NaNoWriMo 2017 Is Here!

NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo is back again, and thus so am I! Novels and characters are coming to life all around the globe. This month is always very exciting. It’s honestly my favorite month of them all, despite the early evenings, late mornings, dark days and cold weather (or just the bad weather because my country is weird in that regard). It is very motivating to write stories, light some candles and drink a nice drink all day.

That (and a few other things) is exactly what I did today. I rose at 9 AM and then went off to school to meet up with my team for English Business Communication so we could discuss our pitch. Then we went on to perform said pitch. We passed, which is not bad news either. Then I met up with another team for the module assignment. Then I went home and had lunch. I booted up my computer, turned on my NaNo playlist and sat here for hours since.

An impressive 8.5k now sits in a document next to this one (I write my posts in Word before copying them to WordPress). I’m honestly quite impressed with my own word count thus far, but it is not enough yet. The NaNo site now displays lifetime achievements. It includes my ‘wordiest day’ which is the day on which I wrote the most. It displays a day two years ago when I wrote 10k in one day. I don’t know how, I just know that I did. So I have to surpass at least that! I also expect to surpass the 50k and win as well. I also plan to still buy myself a halo on the NaNo site.

For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about, I will explain.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual event ran by a non-profit organization that wants to stimulate people of all ages to write; whether they are professionals or amateurs. Regardless of whether they are 9 or 90, this project believes everyone can write a book.

During the month of November, (aspiring) authors everywhere try to write 50.000 words in one month. A handy chart helps people keep track of their progress. There are peptalks in the forms and in e-mails you receive. You can join online communities in the forums. Local volunteers help run events for NaNo such as a kick-off and write-ins; which are local writing sessions where you gather with other writers and work on your NaNo novel. I’ve never been to one of those because I am a hermit but they sound fun.

The idea is just to type away to your heart’s desire. 50k might sound like a lot to some people, but that amounts to no more than 1667 words a day, which can be done in just a few hours or less. When you have achieved the 50k, you can unlock special offers for NaNo ‘winners’. Winners are people who earned the 50k. You will receive a happy video of cheering people, words of pride and the special offers I mentioned. These offers include free trials or discounts on writing programs such as Scrivener, cheaper deals on self-publishing a book somewhere, offers for cover designs or even discounts on writing courses. Exciting stuff, I think!

NaNo stats 2015
These were my NaNoWriMo stats after 2015. Yes, this is a not-so-humble brag.

Personally, I think NaNo is an amazing initiative. Ever since I found out about it, I have been passionate about it. I have done my best to spread the word about the idea with anyone who had even the slightest dream of writing a novel. I’m not about to stop that either!

Now then, with that having all been said, I will proceed to having dinner and then continuing my writing journey. IF anyone wants to contact me, my NaNoName is Tristin Worth.

May destiny be kind to you.

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NaNo and IBMS

It’s September. I have only just started university life. For bragging rights, the name of my school is Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Such a mouthful so it must be good, right? Then to make things even more interesting, I am studying the program called International Business and Management Studies (IBMS).

I have survived the first two weeks. The first week was an introduction week. It was exhilarating yet completely draining. This previous week was our first actual week of classes. It was less exhausting because we only had a few classes in total. Even though it’s the first week of the first year, the teachers felt we should have homework; on the first day…

Nevertheless, I’ve been doing my utmost best to try to keep up with the homework and the study material. I’ve been trying to participate in class by speaking up. I answer the teacher or ask questions. Today I even got a compliment for one of my answers. I was then asked to repeat it so the entire class could hear it and write it down as a note. Brilliant, I felt and I think I blushed for a moment.

Anyway, evidently studying consumes both time and energy. At the end of this past June, I quit my volunteer work for an organization of my peers. I’m not happy about leaving them. I would have enjoyed staying but it would have hindered me. Last night, I quit my other volunteer job. I didn’t think it would get in the way as much, but it was mainly the effect it had on my mood that was displeasing to me. So that too, was for the best.

Evidently this ‘clearing’ of my tasks gives me more time for studying as well as for that one miraculous hobby I have; writing! Let me remind you, dear readers, of an event that is coming up. In November NaNoWriMo will be taking place as it always does. For me that means showing up to my exams, studying for others and trying to write.

To make sure my studies won’t suffer under the weight of writing, I will be doing what my friend is doing too. We threw our word count out the window. There it flies, see it? Instead we are going to focus more on the story itself. We both have a project laying around that we want to finish. So, that is exactly what we will be doing. I will be working on the continuation and potential finalization of my story Nivitera’s Promise.

I am not yet completely sure how I will balance writing with studying. Any tips on this are welcome.

Furthermore, I’d like to mention how much fun I am having at IBMS. I’m enjoying every class. My peers are very friendly and helpful. We often talk and get to know each other in-between classes. I feel really at home among them and in the building. I believe I found a place that I need to be. It feels welcoming and heart-warming. I haven’t found anything (so far) that displeases me.

I know this is another short post, but I decided to write it anyways. I want to get back into the habit of writing now and again. I know it’s very relaxing for me to do and that is just what I need after a long day of classes and study work. To me it feels like curling up by a comfortable hearth with a book and warm slippers on. Who doesn’t want that?

Camp Nano Prep: A Glance at the Divine

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? As the writers among us may or may not know, Camp Nano is only ten days away. Of course a person like myself will toss away all her social contacts, hobbies and any other activities that would define ‘having a life’ so to write like a maniac. I’ve created my own tradition nowadays. I’m clearly a planner and thus I dedicate the month prior to mindless typing to prepping for the big event.

Thus this month I’ve been overthinking many things. First off was the consideration of what to write, who to include and of course how much words I wanted to aim for. I set the bar high and set my goal at 75.000 words for the entire month. This means I will need to write 2500 words a day to complete the event. So that much has been established.

I considered writing a new story that came into existence after a message a friend sent me and my response to it. My imagination took the two messages and ran with it; creating an entirely new world with interesting characters. However, I decided to place this idea upon the shelf of to-writes and returned to my current favorite; Nivitera’s Promise.

This story held my attention during all of November and will do so again this upcoming month. I will resume the story. I will finalize the ‘first part’ of the story. I decided to turn the story into a four part series. The story is quite long and would thus become an immense book if it were to be published as one piece. Furthermore, the number four holds a very strong place within the tale.

WARNING!

May contain spoilers! But I do my best to avoid them. My apologies if I have spoiled anything.

Nivitera

The ruling, divine being of the world (Aroyina) is named Nivitera. This being is a creature that is comprised of four other entities. When combined, the four parts collide and combine into Nivitera; a being with the head and body of a lion, the wings and claws of an eagle, horns of a mountain goat and the tail of a seahorse. With that having been said, let’s dive into this being’s four parts!

Ni

Ni is a male god; represented by the form of an adult, male lion. He is depicted wearing white, black or shades of grey upon his coat. A combination of such colors is also possible. In this instance, he is often seen as a grey-coated lion with white manes and paws of a dark grey or black hue.

Ni is the god associated with courage. He represents one of the dimensions of space. He reigns over the summer season. This season is considered the season of opportunity. Often times, the name Ni or the letter N is assigned to the direction that is northward. Furthermore, this divine lion is connected to the plasma state of atoms. The ambassador*1 of Ni is a small feline male. This cat is named Feeyor. His title, granted to him by Ni, is the Prince of the Shores and the Tides.

Because Ni is the first quarter of Nivitera, many figureheads wish to depict the graceful lion upon their weapons to display their ability to lead. Statues of Ni are quite common among various royals of the world. Some take it a step further and have paintings made of them within the company of Ni himself.

Vi

Vi is a female god displayed by the shape of a fierce eagle. Often times the eagle is seen with wings spread wide. This divine part connects to the colors cyan, magenta and yellow; the primary colors. In many portraits these colors can be seen upon the body or wings of the bird. Some artists choose to dedicate one color to one portion of her body while others place the colors all about randomly. However, blending the colors is not respected and is seen of a sign of disrespect towards Vi.

The trait that connects to Vi is strength. Vi too, represents one dimension of space. Vi is also the god connected to fall; the season of decline. Therefore some think Vi is a ruthless, harsh being. She is connected to the gas form of matter. Her name or letter V connects to the direction we know as west. Therefore, the sun sets within Vi’s direction. It descends to the darkness in the presence of the god of general decline. Vi’s ambassador is named Akatthi. She is a tall woman of humanoid form but of a race unknown to the population of this fascinating world. She takes pride in her archery skills and uses this to protect the forest that has become her home. The title she received from Vi is the Princess of the Winds and the Woods.

Because Vi represents strength and since her season brings death to the world, many warriors carry a symbol of hers upon them when engaging in battle. It is said to bring luck o their battles. Weapons used to inflict damage upon foes are often engraved with the shape of an eagle. Furthermore, many persons who feel vulnerable or threatened, often seek refuge by praying to Vi for protection. In common conversation, when one finds themselves saved from a nearly impending doom, people say they were held by Vi’s wings; which caused them to survive the hazardous situation.

Te

Te is a female god; represented by a large and powerful-looking mountain goat. The horns upon her figure seem to exceed a size that is reasonable for her body. She is often depicted engulfed in red, purple or green colors. These are the secondary colors. In many portraits or statues, Te is shown with one hoof placed forward; as if she were to take a step. Her head is always shown high within the air.

Wisdom is the trait that is connected to Te. She represents the third and final dimension of space. Te is the god of the winter. This season is the season of pause, reflection and reincarnation since it casts the world into a state of renewal. Te represents the solid arrangement of matter. Te or the letter T is connected to the south. Te’s ambassador is a young woman who has hidden her form well and later changed it to another form to guard over the young child she gave the gem to. Her name remains Irill. Before she gifted her game, she held the title of the Princess of Sands and Stones.

Te is the god that gets approached when a person requires guidance; both in common knowledge o within matters that require great wisdom. She is said to watch over the world and its development. Many symbols of her reside within the homes of scholars or within universities. In time of dilemma, people often look to Te for guidance. Within common conversation, the expression, ‘holding Te upon both shoulders’ refers to a dilemma or conflict. Here Te represents the two (or more) outcomes a decision could create, depending on the choice(s). In this sense, she is said to help a person think, reflect and remain in balance during the process and make up their mind afterwards. Because Te is often depicted with a hoof forward, she is also the god that represents forward motion and innovation.

Ra

Last but not least, Ra is the god in the form of a male seahorse. His facial expressions are always kind and pleasant. Therefore he receives a very hospitable, warm look about him. Ra’s colors are turquoise, rosewood or maroon. Many creative artists color every separate scale upon his body in a different color; giving him a very checkered appearance. Yet the colors of Ra are allowed to blend without displaying disrespect and therefore it is done at occasions.

Ra’s connected trait is loyalty. However this trait is often seen as selflessness or nurturing. While the other gods define space, Ra defines time. His season is spring; the season during which things come to life and the cycle starts a new. In a sense, time returns to the world during this season. As a divine seahorse likely would, he represents the liquid atomic state. He completes the cycle of directions too by standing for the east; the place where the sun rises and thus the day (time) starts. Ra’s ambassador is to this point still unknown.

Ra is sometimes linked to a pendulum. As the pendulum swings, it defines time. Should it stop, then perhaps it is because time has stopped. Therefore, Ra is often seen upon artwork pertaining to clocks or other forms of defining time. Some images show Ra wrapped around the sun, since for many ages, the sun was the indication of time that was used. The expression, ‘Ra will tell’ is equal to the idea that time will tell.

Note *1; Ambassador of the gods = a figure chosen by the divine part to guard a special gem. This ambassador is blessed with special oracle-like qualities and immortality to fulfil the job they were chosen for. The ambassadors are also known as guardians. They guard the gem until they see a person fit to hold it.. Persons that quality for a divine gem often strongly associate with the trait that the god stands for.

Outro

There you have it; a good amount of information on what four components make up the divine Nivitera. I am not sure if I have missed any parts but feel free to point them out in the comments.

I might find another chance (and the inspiration) to set up another prep blog but I am not promising anything. If I do not get to that, I will do my best to keep you posted during the actual month of writing but even that might not be done. I will not promise!

So for now; till next time.

PS: For anyone wondering; my NaNo name is Tazira.