Memories of NaNoWriMos Past

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November is coming and along with it will be the lower temperatures that necessitate wearing jeans to school as opposed to the shorts that I so frequently wear.

However, there is something that comes around every year that I have attempted several years before and never reached the finish line. That is National Novel Writing Month.

You’ve probably heard of it before, perhaps by its acronym “NaNoWriMo”. The premise is exactly what the title would imply, you write a novel in a month. But that sounds pretty unattainable without a number attached to it. In this case, you’re going to need 50,000 words. Broken down by day, you’ll need 1,667.

This is by no means an insignificant task. I can understand why Suze threw up her hands with a resounding “nope”! In previous years, I tried and stalled out about a few days into making my novel. Yet, I return this year more confident than ever before. So, what happened back then and why did I decide to return?

A Yarn Only Half The Required Length

When it comes to my longest work of writing, it was my first novella that I produced and self-published many, many, many years ago. The last time I checked, the entirety of the book clocked in at 10,000 words. It was a product of very specific circumstances.

At the time I was deeply emotionally involved with the process and had lots of time on my hands. At the end of it, I put it up online. It has since been removed because I checked it and it contained a lot of artifacts of my inexperience. I have since then removed virtually all semicolons from my writing.

But I desperately wanted to recreate that. In fact, I wanted to go one further. I wanted to produce something that I could take to a publisher and put on bookshelves.

I believe my last two attempts were “Cloudrunner” and “Dissolution”, respectively. Cloudrunner was a space opera about a family of planet-destroying plunderers of a substance known as “Anthane”. Dissolution was about cyberbullying.

In both cases, there wasn’t enough material present to really build a novel. I couldn’t exactly put my finger on it. I had not consulted anyone at the time because I had no idea what I was doing. But either way, I reached an impasse that I could not conclude. It wasn’t writer’s block, it was the fact that I couldn’t figure out where to go next.

Another successful conclusion was also of a shorter variety, it was a horror screenplay called “Eternal Candle: An Unseen Light.”, split into a series of 15-minute episodes to be written. It never made it past the script stage but it is indeed relevant to this upcoming novel.

It is indeed possible for me to tell a complete story. However, I was going to need to really work at it. For a while, I was playing around with interactive fiction and eventually completed a build for my original incarnation of “One Hundred Days of Mist”.

It dealt with the subject that the current novel will be dealing with: depression. I kept reworking it until I prepared it for a graphic novel script. But my days as an artist are behind me so I had to get an artist. Eventually, I decided to convert back into prose and leave it at that.

There’s plenty of material there and my storytelling ability has improved since then. A year of Dungeonmastering has given me the great ability to make stuff up as I go along, improvisational storytelling at its core. Given that this is largely what I’ll have to do in NaNoWriMo, I’m perfectly comfortable with it.

If anyone wants to look up the project, they can find it here.

 

A Long Overdue Award Acceptance Bonanza!

It has taken me a while to get around to this post, I know. The primary reason of which is because I was juggling school, D&D, and maintaining a regular blogging schedule all at the same time As a result, it just kept getting pushed further and further back. But now I have the time necessary!

With that in mind, let’s get to the awards! I was presented with two awards by my blogging friend Suze. Thank you so much for the award! Let’s start with the Sunshine Award.

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Ok, so let me see if I can answer the questions proposed

1.Which would you choose and why? A vacation alone in the Bahamas or a two-week camping trip with a boy scout troop?

I would pick the Bahamas. I’ve been there before and I definitely wouldn’t mind going back.

2.Explain in your own words (no looking this up) what is the difference between a DVD and Blueray?

The perks of being a tech aficionado! The difference is that a Blu-Ray disc can hold much more data than a DVD. This is facilitated by a blue laser, hence the Blu-Ray.

3. If you could have one of your blog posts go viral, which one would it be and why?

Without a doubt, my most emotionally powerful post in my eyes is Darkest Green. I’ve always found a sharp discrepancy between what I like, what gets seen the most, and what resonates the most with people. So far the post with the most views is my original Dungeons & Dragons post, my weight loss post got the most likes, but I think Darkest Green was my best post so far.

The reason I like it so much is because it speaks to some things I think a lot of millennials go through. It speaks to our disaffection, our dissatisfaction with the status quo. No matter what your political stripe, we’re all very frustrated and scared. It also speaks to our vulnerability, our susceptibility to dangerous ideologies that are recruiting millennial mouthpieces even now. It speaks to their self-destructive nature, with Michael Ruppert being so consumed with the prospect of societal collapse that he ended up dying from suicide as a result. Finally, it speaks to how we can be slowly molded into something that we would never desire to become. Over time, things that our moral compass would tell us to stay away from turn more and more socially acceptable when you have an ideology that justifies them(this is the concept known as the Overton Window). In my case, it was death in Earth’s name.

But it is ultimately hopeful because you can do what I did and walk away from it all.

4. dinner with Genghis Khan or Benjamin Franklin? What would you talk about?

I would pick Benjamin Franklin. What I would like to do is pick his brain on our current state of affairs, I would love to see what the founding fathers would think.

5. If you could be the ruler of the world for one day, what laws would you make? (they can’t ever be changed)

There are a handful of things that I would like to see in my lifetime. The first thing I would do is global nuclear disarmament. The second thing I would do is institute an oil phase-out protocol.

6. You are writing a comedy show for television. what is it’s title and what is it about?

It’s called “The Dungeon Crawl” and it’s like the Big Bang Theory except it’s entirely about a Dungeons & Dragons campaign and its players.

7. You are accepting the award for World’s Best Blog! What do you say in your acceptance speech?

I wouldn’t be posting without the support of my readers. I am grateful for the readers that I have and the helpful comments that I’ve received.

8. Which one is your favorite? Brussel sprouts or cookies? WHY???????

Cookies. I don’t like the taste of Brussel sprouts. Let’s move on.

9. Your local university is sponsoring a special class that only YOU can teach. What are the students going to learn?

Oh, I can’t drop that bombshell that. You’ll have to wait until “Fear and Loathing on the Internet” comes out to figure it out.

10.   Were these the VERY BEST QUESTIONS you have ever been asked? Why or why not? (this is a special credit question…think carefully prior to answering!)

There are some good things about these questions. There aren’t any yes/no questions. But some of these don’t really elicit much of a response from me. The Brussel sprouts or cookies question in particular stood out.

Unfortunately, I can’t nominate the blogger that I was planning on nominating because she already has the award. Therefore, I am going to edit this when I find a suitable blog.

All right, on to the second award.

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Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post).. Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

3. Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.

4. Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

5. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here).

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

As with the previous award, I am going to edit this once I find a suitable blog to nominate.

Let’s get to the questions:

What is your name? My full name is Dylan Edward Greene.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start? I have a full article devoted to this, you can view it here.

What are you most proud of? Non-blog related?  As of now, my academic performance has given me access to the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

What are your blogging goals? I want impact. I want someone to take what I have written and think about it. They can accept it, they can reject it, but I want them to think about it.

How do you spend your free time? If I am not doing my homework, I am playing games, watching movies, and planning Dungeons & Dragons sessions.

State five random facts about you.

Let’s go with some of my favorite movies and literature. My favorite book is Frankenstein and one of my favorite movies is Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I have successfully completed two Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, one in 3.5e and one in 5th edition.

I am going to dip my toes into the crazy world of speed dating next week.

I wrote my first book many years ago, which is now out of print.

My main personal weakness is Reese’s cups.