Tuesday, November 30, 2010

50,000 Words!

My novel is "complete"! I've reached the 50,000-word goal for Nanowrimo! Hurrah!

In the wide and dusty valley, a herder minded his cattle. His dog ran to and fro, keeping the herd together. The herder walked slowly behind the herd, twirling a stick in his hand.

“You should honor Tíngnopok,” had said his wife, “for He watches over your cattle. He watches over you.”

The herder had not listened to his wife, however, and never bothered to go to Tíngnopok’s temple or even say a prayer of thanks to the Black God.

After thirteen months of such behavior, Tíngnopok became agitated.

And thus 50k words have been written. My work here is done...

Friday, November 26, 2010

40,000 Words, Finally!

I don't have much time to get to 50,000 words before the end of Nanowrimo, but I still plan to finish. I just need to remember to stop editing as I go!

Here are the words that got me to the 40k mark:

Íngna puffed out his cheeks to say something disrespectful, but then he noticed little clouds of dust around the knight’s body. The dust had kicked up when Íngna set him down and was only now just settling back to the earth. Had it really been so soon? Had he truly dug a grave in but a few seconds? Apparently, so.

“I am sorry, my father,” said Íngna with humility. “I see now what has happened. Somehow when the dying knight touched my forehead, the lightning gave me amazing power. With his last command of his body, the knight gave his strength to me.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Light Traffic...

Last night at 5 p.m., I had my quickest commute home in ages. Clear sailing. Not many cars on the roads. Plenty of green lights going my way.

When I saw the horror traffic jams on the late news, I was quite shocked. This morning, people who had been stuck in traffic all night?!

My drive in to work today was easy peasy, as well. More snow on the roads than last night, but it's dry, granular snow that makes good traction, even in the driveway. Hopefully SDOT doesn't spray too much of the de-icer on the streets to turn the good snow into nasty brown soup like two years ago...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

30k, Behind Schedule

I've been lax the past few days on my writing. I fell behind schedule for the first time all month. Now, late on Sunday, I've reached 30,000 words, which I meant to reach on Friday. Here are the paragraphs about the witchy Mongana which took me over the 30k mark:

“Oh my,” said the blonde maiden. “Your hair is very black!”

“And yours is quite golden,” replied Mongana.

The pale goddess stepped into the water beside the maiden and stood close. The blonde girl did not flinch, but stood firm and gazed into Mongana’s dark eyes.

Monday, November 15, 2010



Saturday, November 13, 2010

20,000 Words!

I'm now over 2/5 through my goal of 50,000 words in my novel for November. Only slightly behind schedule, too. Here is the section which put me over the 20k milestone:

“It’s a wonderful day,” said Íkmí. “Is it not?”

Her two sisters were too busy combing their hair to reply.

Íkmí did not mind, for she was enjoying the warmth of Hahumí upon her skin from head to toe. The river water glistened upon her body, sparkling like a thousand jewels. Íkmí smiled tranquilly as the sun embraced her.

“Eeek!” shouted her sisters. “A snake!”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Mirror New Year!

11-10-10 --> 01-01-11 !!!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

10,000 Words!

I have reached 10,000 words this week, this month. I am approximately one-fifth of the way done with my grand story, Chronicle of the Universe.

Here are the paragraphs that put me over the milestone:

Kíngtíní, old daughter of the great mother Anuhut, floated away from Nınom, disappearing from his sight. She walked through the village, none of the folk wise to Her presense. They acted as if She were not among them, for they could not see Her.

The Old Crone searched for a man named Manguhıng. Manguhıng was an old man and a rich man. He had amassed great wealth and was the richest man in the village, by far. Manguhıng had a flock of eighty-one sheep, all healthy and strong.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Eat Up!

Today is the Feast Day of Nokí, Goddess of Food!

As such, this morning I ate two breakfasts.

Monday, November 01, 2010


Hooray! November's here, which means it's National Novel Writing Month!

I'm 300 words into a 50,000-word novel. Good start, right?

I last participated in 2004, back in the days when I had few responsibilities...