nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
[livejournal.com profile] lady_drace gave me the age 17, so here we go:

I lived with my parents and sister in the north of Sweden, in the house I grew up in (I lived the first four months of my life in an apartment in town, but since I can't remember that I don't think it counts).

I drove my parents cars (they had two at the time - north of Sweden means everyone has to drive to get where they want or walk from a bus that goes every two hours) to practice for my driver's license.

I was in a relationship with FREEDOM! Which is silly-talk for saying I was single.

I feared having to move away from home and picking a university education, thus deciding what I was "going to be when I grow up" because I had no fucking clue.

I worked as a swim teacher on weekends and some week-nights.

I wanted to be happy, which I was, most of the time, and still am.

Want to meme? Tell me how old you are, and I'll pick a random age for you to remember.
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nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
NaNo Winner June 2012

61,433 is the final word count of June! But seeing as there's still 20,5 scenes to get done, I'm joining the inofficial July Camp as well. Here's to 50 000 more words!

And here's the rest of the NaNo meme I've been doing:

Today's questions )
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nonesane: (The best of plans!)
Today's questions:

If you’ve participated in or won NaNo before, what happened to your other novel efforts? Still in the revision process/querying publishers/scrapped it immediately/etc.

I participated last November and wrote the novel I'm still writing. I won in November, but the story was far from done. It's currently at about 100k+ words and there is still over 20 scenes left to write; WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!

Do animals play any part in your story? If so, how do they add to it?

Not really. They show up now and then, as transportation (horses) or in flashbacks and conversations, but never more than "do you remember that parrot that shopkeeper had?" or "I'll ride this horse to this or that place". I like including animals in my stories, but this time around all my protagonists and supporting characters are humanoid.

Is religion featured in your novel at all? If so, which ones? If it’s/they’re your own creations, describe it/them and how it/they play(s) a part in your characters’ lives.

No real life religions were harmed in the making of this novel ;) Meaning no, there isn't much religion in my story and those I hint at are completely made up.

The "demons" have a very matter of fact view of the world, with surprising little interest in how the world was created and if there is a one true meaning of life. The humans in the Empire, on the other hand, are generally somewhat religious, and have always been free to worship whichever religion it pleases them to, as long as it doesn't got against the Emperor's Laws (one of the laws being: all conscenting adults of sound mind may marry).

The main characters (both human) tend to pray to undefined gods, as they themselves weren't raised in a particular religion. They sort of believe, in an absentminded fashion, that there's "something out there" that made the world and keeps it running, but they haven't bothered narrowing it down to a certain being. They simply figure at least one of the worships must have gotten it right and just pray to whatever deity might be listening.

The humans outside of the Empire have all manner of religions, but since they don't show up in the current novel, I haven't bothered defining them yet.
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Today's questions:

Which authors or books have inspired your own writing the most, and why?

Uhm, all of them? I honestly don't think I've ever ready a story that I haven't learned something from, when it comes to my own writing. This goes for books that I've liked and those I've disliked equally.

If you could meet one fictional character from any book you’ve ever read, who would it be, and why?

Nyargh, so hard to choose! Only getting to pick from books narrows it down a bit, but still...

Seeing as I'm currently rereading Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett, maybe I'll go with Granny Weatherwax. She's an awesome witch; I'm going to be just like her when I grow up!

With about 10 days left to this arguably traumatic experience, what are your plans and goals for your novel, should you successfully complete it?

I'm planning on posting it online somewhere; maybe here, maybe as an ebook. We'll see. But what I'll definitely do, once it's edited and proofread a few times, is to print one physical copy of it. Just so I can have one book that's actually written by me in my bookshelf. [livejournal.com profile] chibiangle has promised to draw the cover :D

But that's far away. My never-ending-novel, as I've come to call it, what with it being over 100k long and there still being 26 scenes left to finish ;_; I doubt it'll be done come July, even if I without a doubt will pass the 50k limit (I'm currently at 43k).
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nonesane: (No-faces from Mononoke.)
Imagine you’re behind in your word count goals (even if you’re not) and are going to pull an all-nighter to catch up. Screencap a playlist of inspirational music you would use to get you up to speed.

I'll do you one better, I'll link to it! It's not my regular writing playlist, but a music medely from an anime I'm going to watch after NaNo is over. Always get me in "fighting mode", so I can catch up with my word count!

Name a male character from your novel. Describe him through the point of view and words of the female character you introduced in question 3 (if they never interact, pick another female character).

"Lykos? Yes, he's my brother. How to describe him... Well, he's older than me, but younger than Bernike. He was born closer to her age than mine, before my mother joined father and their mother's marriage. He's always been a very kind soul, always calm and gentle. Don't let that fool you though, he's got a sharp mind and loves to rile up those who can't control their temper as well as he; Bernike is his favorite victim, since she's always nearby when we're at home, but anyone will do really. Don't underestimate him in a fight either. He's not one of the guards, but he's handy with knives and needles and can reshape anything to suit his needs, should he be cornered. He's also a great debater. And now I think I've sung his praise enough; you can't tell by looking at that serene smile of his, but on the inside his ego is steadily growing too big for his body to keep up. He'll explode before too long, I'm sure of it!"

Is the sexuality of your characters a large part of your novel’s story? If so, are there characters who deviate from the heterosexual “norm”? In what way?

Yes and no. It's not a romance novel, but the characters do comment on who they think is attractive and romantic relationships do exist and matter (just like the friendship and family relationships matter and drive the plot forward). The entire cast definitely deviate from the heterosexual norm. Both of the societies that are the main focus of the story couldn't care less about who you fall in love/lust with (unless said person is a child) or who you wish to marry. My one main character (Dylis) is homosexual and in love with her good friend Rhian, while her brother (Glaw, the other main character) is bisexual.

Other than that, there are a ton of same-sex couples popping up here and there, as well as a polyamorous relationship (though I'm leaving that one up for interpretation, as it's not really vital to the plot and the main characters wouldn't come to that conclusion unless it was outright stated by the three people in question).

Do any of your characters have a disability or mental illness? If so, how does that affect their development throughout your story?

My main female character (Dylis) is deaf and only speaks in sign language. This of course means she can't eavesdrop on other characters and that sneaking up on her is relatively easy as long as you stay out of her line of sight. However, she's an expert at reading body language and very observant (which you sort of have to be if you're deaf and in the military at the same time). It's a bit of a challenge to write since a) I'm very used to writing in reactions to sounds in my stories, especially in action scenes and b) I'm trying to not make her character all about her being deaf, which is tricky since I'm aware I could slip up and thus might be going too much in the opposite direction...

Other than her, I have supporting character called Cato, who has a mental illness caused by a telepathic accident some years back. He's still a competent warrior, but socially he's unconventional, talks to himself a lot and he can zone out now and then.

At around the half-way point, it bears mentioning that most of us wrimos have other obligations beside simply hitting that elusive word count. What else do you have going on in your life (work, school, children, neurotic pets, etc.), and just how much are you shafting it to win NaNo?

Oh dear, this question. Uhm... Well, the first week I was sort of free. I'm writing my master thesis at the moment, but me and my co-writer can't really do much now before the second round of testing (which will be in August) so yeah. But then my little sister came to visit, we went to a big anime & game convention (during which I barely wrote anything) and now I'm at my parents' place until the end of July. Can't very well ignore the people giving me free room and food, or my sister, so I'll be slowing down now towards the end.

Though I must admit that the biggest distraction I've got is my parents' cat; well, my cat too. He's usually a very quite companion, who likes to sleep next to me while I write, but since my sister and mother went to visit me at my place, leaving my dad alone with him, he's been quite worried. He's a bit more of a sheepdog that cat (he's a Siberian) so he's never too happy to see the "pack" split; this of course means that he's overjoyed everytime it's reunited and especially when I also tag along (I lived at home the first three months of his life with us, so I count as "pack" too apparently). And a happy cat is a cat that wants to spend "active" time with me, which means a lot of cuddling and petting = less writing time.

In what time period is your novel set? Is it in this world or another?

Another world, definitely. The time period equivalent to our world would be roughly early 1900s for the main society, while the rest of the world is hanging about in the 1600-1700s (due to magic and science not being all that popular in those parts, which means the main society - the Empire - has done several "jumps" forward in technology that the rest of the world has missed out on).

Who is the antagonist in your novel? What drives their actions?

Bit of a spoiler, that. All I can say is that there's a main "trio" of antagonists, who all work in the shadows. They're all driven to do what in their minds are "the best for their people", but who "their people" is and what actually is "best" varies between all of them.
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Today's question:
Ever tried collaborative writing (such as play-by-post roleplaying)? If so, what do you think of it?

Many times! I'm actually a member, as well as leader, of several play-by-post RPGs. I've been RP-ing that way since I was 13 and have always enjoyed it very much (obviously, or I would have quit by now).

Collaborations in general are fun and I enjoy balancing my own input with that of the other authors. I'm a bit of a control freak, so it's a good extercise in restraint, as well as entertaining!
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nonesane: (Gin & Kira)
I went to a big orchestra consert today, in Stockholm, together with [livejournal.com profile] chibiangle. A ton of different instruments and a big choir. Also, the music they were playing was from Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross and Final Fantasy. The last piece they performed was a mixture of all the final boss battle themes.

Epic.

Today's question:
How does your love of writing manifest in non-NaNo months?

I'm always writing something, be it original or fanfiction. There are so many WIPs in the writing folder on my computer it's actually quite sad, compared with the very small number of stories I've actually finished and sent off to a beta/put online. This NaNo is sort of my attempt at getting better at finishing things; hopefully I'll gather important experience so that I in the future can get to the editing stage of many more of my still-in-the-works stories.
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Smiling Sebastian)
Today's quesions are:
List your current, most up-to-date word count. Are you satisfied with your progress thus far?

The exact numbers as of this minute are 24 365 words. Almost half way and it's hardly been more than a week; you bet I'm satisfied!

Have you told anyone else you’re doing NaNo this year? Who? What was their reaction?

I've told pretty much everyone I know well enough. The reactions have varied from "cool, have fun!" to "are you sure that's a good idea...?"; the latter mostly because they know I tend to want to do a million fun things all at once and then get frustrated when nothing gets done XD
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nonesane: (Plymouth?)
Today's question:
Where’s your favorite place to hunker down and write?

Uhm, I guess that would be my room; my bed to be perfectly exact. I've got a nice bedspred and a few comfy yet decorative pillows.

When not in my room, I prefer to leave my apartment and go somewhere I can be seated in peace, like one of the university buildings or the library. But yeah, most of all I prefer to stay at home; my flatmate rarely bothers me and I don't waste precious writing time on riding my bike somewhere ;)
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nonesane: (SGA meets Izzard)
I'm a little above 13k right now and that's with surprise dinner guests showing up, so time for more meme!

Today's question:
What is your one biggest stressor related to forcing yourself to write at least 50,000 words in a span of 30 days?

That would be that social obligations (pleasant though they are) will triumph over my need to write and that I thus won't have the free time to finish. Because I want to finish the first draft, so I can edit it and finally have it printed as an actual book (not to sell, just to have on my bookshelf, to be proud of).

Oh, also that I keep getting the urge to write on other stories I have in the works, since I downloaded a trial for Scrivener. Damn.
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