Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is an event where you can join a virtual cabin with 19 other writers and enjoy a month of writing frenzy, inspiration and much more.

What is camp all about?

The main thing, of course, is writing. You’ll set up a goal you want to reach this month and try to achieve it. And you meet up with several writers in an online cabin.

Your goal

Your goal can be set in words, hours, minutes, lines and pages, unlike in November, where the only goal is in words. You can chose a lesser amount than the normal 50.000 words NaNoWriMo November has. And of course, if you really wanna go for it, you can choose an even greater goal.

What will you write?

During camp, you’re free to write anything you want. While the goal for NaNoWriMo November is to write a novel, during camp you can edit your drafts, work on world building, plot your next novel, do research or basically anything else you’d like to write during Camp.

Cabins?

What are these cabins about? I’ve heard that question often. Basically it’s a virtual cabin where you group with 19 other writers. At Camp NaNo you enter your project details and you state if you’d like to be added to a cabin randomly or you can set up your own cabin. If you don’t want to start your own cabin and do not want to be entered to just some cabin, you can also look on the forums for a cabin to join.

Camp activities?

Are there any camp activities? Well, that all depends on the group. In the groups I’ve been in, we have regular chats in the weekends and we’re quite active during the week as well. Once camp’s over, we even have our own (closed) Slack group where keep in touch.

Tergaenae news report: Moira Wihnhilda brings in new mages

Newsreport April 3, 2019

The Pargansae Reporter has send me the following:

After the last report, the Terra Contact Council is again positive about sharing news with you, so I’ve made a selection of everything I was sent:

Moira Wihnhilda has brought a group of young new mages to The White City.

The week-long harsh rains in the Soronem kingdom have been stopped by Shearah, a weather mage.

The stars above Shao Grea are extremely bright tonight. Good time for Scrying magic.

A sack of gold has been left at the doorstep of an orphanage in Neverstrand.

I thank you for your attention.

Your #pargansaereporter

Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo

in which I tell a bit about Camp NaNoWriMo and my cabin NaNoEUFantasy&SciFi

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is an event where you can join a virtual cabin with 19 other writers and enjoy a month of writing frenzy, inspiration and much more.

What is camp all about?

The main thing, of course, is writing. You’ll set up a goal you want to reach this month and try to achieve it. And you meet up with several writers in an online cabin.

Your goal

Your goal can be set in words, hours, minutes, lines and pages, unlike in November, where the only goal is in words. You can chose a lesser amount than the normal 50.000 words NaNoWriMo November has. And of course, if you really wanna go for it, you can choose an even greater goal.

What will you write?

During camp, you’re free to write anything you want. While the goal for NaNoWriMo November is to write a novel, during camp you can edit your drafts, work on world building, plot your next novel, do research or basically anything else you’d like to write during Camp.

Cabins?

What are these cabins about? I’ve heard that question often. Basically it’s a virtual cabin where you group with 19 other writers. At Camp NaNo you enter your project details and you state if you’d like to be added to a cabin randomly or you can set up your own cabin. If you don’t want to start your own cabin and do not want to be entered to just some cabin, you can also look on the forums for a cabin to join.

Camp activities?

Are there any camp activities? Well, that all depends on the group. In the groups I’ve been in, we have regular chats in the weekends and we’re quite active during the week as well. Once camp’s over, we even have our own (closed) Slack group where keep in touch.

NaNoEUFantasy&Sci-Fi cabin

For several years and camps I’ve run a fantasy cabin especially for those who live in Europe or are especially active during our writing hours. This year we’ve added Sci-Fi as well because a few of our long standing members are writing more sci-fi this camp.

Our cabin is, two weeks before camp starts, already full! And because of that, we decided to start our themed chats. the cabin is very active already and I love it!

Tergaenae news report: Queen Aeghtine and the Dragon Rider King will meet and more

Tergaenae News January 9, 2019

This news reached me earlier today:

 

I was cautiously happy about your positive responses after the first time I decided to share news from my world #Tergaenae with you in your world.

I spoke about it with some of our royals and the unanimous decision was to tell you more about our world. So, here’s again some Tergaenae news:

Our #pargansae queen Aeghtine agrees to a visit with the Dragon Rider King.

Prince Finlay has been spotted near a brothel in Dragon City.

It is said the missing daughter of Dragon City’s Master Blacksmith has left because she wouldn’t become the next Master Blacksmith.

Winds have been fair and have brought lots of merchants to Trader’s Port.

I thank you for your attention.

Your #pargansaereporter

Tergaenae news report: White wolf and more

Pargansae Reporter with Tergaenae news on January 2, 2019
#pixiereporter has brought it to my attention, through @Katie_Masters29, that we can bring news from our world to yours. Even though we #Pargansae rarely seek out humans, together with the Hedgehog I am here to bring you news from #Tergaenae.
 
A rare white wolf has been spotted south of The Big Lake
 
It’s warm near Devil’s Gulf. Ideal for harvesting silk
 
Rumour has it a certain Healer may have met her man
 
Preperations for Sauin are in full swing
 
Your Pargansae reporter
 

WORLD BUILDING: Eating Utensils

Roman Eating Utensils

in which I take a quick look at what my characters could possibly use as eating utensils.

 

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Every day items: eating

Some things may not be thought of before writing a story, but in the end you just might need that tiny detail. After all, when your hero arrives in a tavern and she doesn’t have any eating utensils with her and is served soup with bread, how is she going to eat it if everyone else assumes she brought her own utensils? So, today I answered this question for my own fantasy story:

How do your characters eat?

Nowadays we’ve got forks, knives, spoons, sporks (spoon + fork), knorks (knife + fork; or is there another word for it?), chopsticks and possible some other utensils I haven’t mentioned. But how was that several centuries ago? What did the medieval men and women use to eat. Well, from the old ages there were the knives and spoons. At some point the picker made it’s way into the household (the top utensil in the above photo). It was quite a while later that forks were introduced and made common.

In Fantasy

Even though The Infinity Saga is a fantasy story, any utensils I introduce have to fit in the setting. I decided not to have forks as common items yet. Which means my characters will have a knife and spoon and probably a picker, like in the above photo. But forks is a whole other story. Forks are more of a status symbol. You may find these strange devices in some courts, but many people don’t see the use of a double toothpick claiming it doesn’t work.

eating utensils
eating utensils

Dragon Riders & Forks

Some of the #dragonriders may be at least familiar with forks since they may have visited various courts. At the #Dragon City court, though, forks are to be thought amusing toys to play with, but not ideal eating utensils. Why use a complicated thing when you already have the ideal tools for the job?

Mages & Forks

Some #mages see forks as tools for their craft, but certainly not something to use for eating. Most of them laugh when they someone trying to eat with such a weird thing.

Common people & Forks

Common people don’t use forks. They think it’s for those uptight noblemen and -women and as one of them said:

“To be ‘onest wi’ ya, it ain’t easy at all, no missy! Be careful, or yo’ll get tha’ pointy end in ya tongue!”

Photo credits

Instagram embedded photo ©: History Answers
Featured photo ©: National Education Network
Other: Unknown photographer

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What do your characters use as eating utensils? Why those items? Share it in the comments below!


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Happy 2018 everyone!

Happy New Year 2018

in which I reflect a little bit on 2017 and where I’m looking forward to all that’s ahead of me in 2018.

Reflection

2017 was an interesting year for me. I started with My Peak Challenge, I continued working on my novel and I learned on a lot of new and interesting things.

It’s not always been an easy year, but that’s all part of life. I’ve made the decision for myself to look at the good that happened.

My Peak Challenge

My Peak Challenge is both a physical challenge as a mental/creative/anything you like challenge. I’ve worked on my physical challenge (Yay, I can now eat bananas and pears and my asthma has gotten better!) and will continue to work on that in 2018.

I’ve met an incredible group of peakers here in the Netherlands who are amazingly supportive. With them I’ve done fun things like Mermaid Swimming!

Mermaid Swimming
Mermaid Swimming with the Dutch Peakers, Courtesy Amfion Fotografie

We have done a lot together in 2017 and I’m very much looking forward to everything we do in 2018.

New & Interesting Things

I’ve learned several new things about history, rituals and about world building. There is so much to learn from history and from current events, plants, animals and such. It’s incredible! Did you know, for example, that we can now help wild animals who’ve lost a limb or part of a scale?

And that’s not all! What happens to spiders when fields and such are flooded? They search for higher grounds and make huge webs there:

And there is so much more to learn! Keep an eye for these amazing tidbits of information that just might rock your world!

My novel

I’ve worked a lot on my novel in 2017. It was mostly world building and that’s okay. I discovered I was sometimes stuck on a story line because I hadn’t worked out a few things good enough in my world building. I’ve developed my complete story line for book one. The story line for the other books is something I’m going to work on when the first draft of my first book is finished.
And I’ve been working on my map. I can show a small preview, but you’ll have to wait for the full version, cause I’ll show that later on!

Teaser of the map
Teaser of the map

This is just a small portion of the entire world. I will not tell you which part it is just yet. You’ll have to wait and see!

You will see more of my world building in later posts!

Looking forward

Like I said, you will see more later. There are two things I can reveal to you today:

  • The new book series title
  • My plans for 2018

I won’t do it in a normal blog post. Nope. I’ve decided to give you a video in which I reveal both. Have fun!

What are your writing or reading plans for 2018? Share them below in the comments!


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NaNoWriMo November: Are you participating?

It’s that time of the year again. Autumn is slowly showing signs of breaking through, which means NaNoWriMo is almost around the corner. Are you participating? Let me know!

What is NaNoWriMo?

The National Novel Writing Month is an international writing event where you write, in your own favorite writing place, 50.000 words of your novel. It starts November 1st, 12:00AM and ends November 30th, 11:59PM in your own timezone.

Why Participate?

NaNoWriMo offers you the possibility to just write, ignoring all mistakes you make (shut out that inner editor!), just keep on writing. It helps you to get  into a daily habit of writing.

Additionally, there are literally tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of people participating at the same time. You will get support through the forums, Facebook, Twitter and more!

HOW much do I have to write a day?

50k words translates to 1,667 words per day. I know, it’s a lot! I’ll give you tips on how to break this down and start a daily writing habit before November 1st. If you have any tips, share them here!

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