Rest In Peace Slate, Part Two

Oh the irony…

Back in September, I had talked about role-play characters, and how they could be used in my writing projects. I had also said the following:

I also intend to use Melissandre, my half Fae sorceress as well. I have a way to jump universes, and plan to use her in some way in a future story.

Of course, I had been thinking about characters, because a friend had posted the death of his character on Facebook. But at the time, I wasn’t aware of what was to come…

Basically, I now have Mellisandre being unplayable. That is because she has since had an adventure where she ended up a werewolf, and then she and the other characters had to find a cure, before the next full moon. I had ignored the fact that you had half-elves and half-Fae being inflicted, even though I was seriously wondering about the validity of the adventure. It was on the way home I realised that I had played the final adventure with her.

The curse had been given by the god Apollo.

This is significant, because she had ancestral curses, powerful demonic tainting of her bloodline. This is why she was part human in the first place: an ancestor – a member of the Unseelie Court – had made bargains with demons, and had been expelled. They then had to live as a human, a curse placed upon them, and future generations, to bind and seal the pact, to stop it manifesting.

This binding had already been destroyed, in an adventure years ago. Because I couldn’t have my character evil and demoniacally powered (even though I had given the detailed background beforehand,) I had to find a way to have her “rebound,” so to speak. Thus, I had her pantheon of gods give her the ability to Planeswalk, in short travel to other universes. Their plan worked, and she ended up on the world of Innistrad, where the Archangel Avacyn had enacted the Cursemute upon her. The Cursemute had also ended the curse of the werewolves on that world, turning them into a wolf-human hybrid, the Wolfrir. And so, for a couple of years, all was good, because I had found the perfect solution.

Until she ended up a blasted Werewolf.

The problem is, I now have a negated binding, and am back to Square One. But it is worse than that… How do you come up with something more powerful than the Cursemute? And what happens when it is undone again?

So, I have found a way to solve the problem, but the character cannot be played ever again. I can’t go through another session of working out how to make her playable again. The advantage is that she can end up in my stories, and I can still have fun with her…

But not as a Werewolf, I can assure you.


Preparing For NaNoWriMo 2015, Part Three

Well, it is nearly here. And I’m dreading it.

As those who have followed will recall, I made the mistake of thinking “Everything is ready… what can go wrong now?” Well, i ended up with the netbook going mental, and I had weeks of having to use my phone as a laptop. All old news.

But the problem lies in the fact that I had realised that there was more to do. Details on locations, fleshing out the characters some more, pinning down the time-line, and placing it in relation to the greater mythos… and my notes were trapped in a cyber-limbo.

Face-palms all round…

So, the moment I could, I got myself a replacement. That in itself is in some ways not as good as the original… but at least I can attach a monitor to it, which is helpful. As is my having a phone with a large enough storage capacity to use as a glorified USB stick. Tens of gigabytes of data was transferred, and I am still sorting things out. But now, I am slowly getting to put together the information… and with NaNo about to start, I can see me having to add information as I go along. Not the most helpful of situations.

But at least I have a chance of operating, and I still have the crazy plan to get the first draft finished within a week, then spend the rest of the month editing and polishing it. This is more to have a finished item, and not something waiting to be completed: there is more than enough of that on that pile. So an item done, dusted and completed would be a wonderful thing indeed.

What is also a fair bit nerve-wracking is the fact that I am now hosting Write-Ins in my town, not a idea I had in the first place. I expect it to be a simple affair, and all low-key: a few people meeting up, and doing Word Sprints. I also have had the idea of myself and friends having an all day session in the local library… which has now been added to the calendar. Thus a lesson of learning precisely what to say, and when. But there is potential advantage for a small group to emerge, and gel in my town, and that would be wonderful. And who knows? It might just carry on through all year round.

So, there is still lots to do, but lots to anticipate. And I am back at the literary precipice, preparing for the plunge…

Preparing For NaNoWriMo, Part Two

I have to confess that I’m finding the lack of a computer rather annoying. I think by the end of this post, it will becme clear why.

The problem is that, despite having an outline ready to go, I have realised I want to delve into the characters and setting a lot more than I have. Of course, that is easy to do, because I have all manner of notes and details stored in a writing program, to track the entire mythos I have been creating.

As I have already said in a previous post, my netbook has effectively died on me, and I can’t access the contents until i have a new computer ready to go. So, I cannot access that information. Happily, the outline was saved to my phone, so I can  write away still.

So, how can I circumvent the problem?

My solution is a novel one, to say the least. I have started creating word processor files on my phone, one per topic. This way, I can keep going, and get more details of locations and characters donw, whilst I am waiting ptiently until I can manage to get a new computer. This is far from an ideal solution, but it will have to suffice for the time being.

Of course, it has gotten me to contemplate getting hold of Scrivener, as a way to update the software I currently have. It was made in 2004, so is antiquated in software terms. But do I go and risk causing massive upset for myself by  getting a new program, then transferring all the information over to it? Thus, the Great Scrivener Debate rages on, at least in my head.

One other idea I have had is to join the NaNo London Forum. It is perfectly possible to join more than one region, though only one region will be your home region. I’m on there, because i know I will end up with questions about London that only locals can answer. Or at least, people who have lived there a while will know the answer to. And I am needing this increasingly so: there will be at least one other story set in London. I say this because the July Camp project I have talked about is still slowly being written. And it is becoming clear that a good part of it will be set in London as well.

Add to this the fact that I have two friends looking at doing NaNo this year as well. So, part of the preparation for me is to psyche myself up, because I am going to need to know their availability and such forth. I also plan to get write-ins done, using the Internet to do just that. I also intend to run an all day writing session on a Saturday in November, where we invade the local Library, and then start doing numerous word sprints, then go to lunch somewhere, then back to the Library to forge ahead some more. All good stuff, if it pulls off.

And that leads to another NaNo aspect, which is somewhat magnified this year: that of the nerves and the worming fears. Yes, that little voice of burrowing doubt is creeping back, saying the usual things… I’m not really good at writing, it is all pointless, I’m an imposter. The usual affair that happens. I know I am far from alone in this, which is comforting, to say the least.

So, November is edging closer now, and despite the nerves, despite the fears and doubts, the trials and tribulations, I have just one thing to say about it all now.

Bring. It. On.