And now comes the day of the week where I talk about everything else on my mind that connects to writing. So, what’s on my mind?
Japan Writer Conference – NaNoWriMo – 4thewords – Inktober – Huevember – and I’m sure more that I’m not thinking about at the moment (critique group that I owe comments for, dozens of worlds I want to write, etc.).
October 13th and 14th I will be meeting up in Tokyo with fellow writers at the Japan Writers Conference. It’s held once a year, usually in the middle of October, and there’s a very nice link where you can check out the presentations being held this year. http://www.japanwritersconference.org/ – I still need to time myself on my presentation, make sure that all my slides/information is good to go, and that I’m ready to rock an’ roll! Pretty much I’ll be talking about NaNoWrimo: what it is, how it can help authors, the community is brings together, sponsors, and how to survive. (All the important stuff). This year I’ll also be giving a presentation to a school doing the Young Writer’s Program for the first time, and I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about that. I mean, I still see myself looking around and saying “Isn’t there a better adult than me?” Nope. I have become that “better adult,” which is a very odd feeling. Understandable. But odd. (I’ll also be live tweeting as much of this event as possible!)
NaNoWriMo – I got my ML items in the mail (and some other ordered items since the steampunk theme looks beautiful this year! Yes, I absolutely needed another coffee mug and a second poster!) https://www.nanowrimo.org/ is the address if you need to sign up (and feel free to add me as a buddy, I LOVE seeing everyone’s progress!) At first, I thought I had my idea for NaNo – I was going to rewrite my Fantasy Detective novel and finish that so I can edit it. Then… I realized something. I want to submit a novel/novella about kaiju (think Godzilla) to a publisher around April, so it’s probably best that I focus on that one. I’ll need to do some research of course, but I live in the land of kaiju, so I should be good. 😀
4thewords – I’m SO EXCITED! The Dark Forest, the next area to open up, will be opening on October 4th this year! I’ve got a bit to go on making sure that my part is done (checking dialogue, descriptions, lore, etc.) but I feel pretty good that all ‘i’s have been dotted and the ‘t’s crossed. Now to work on what special things we’re doing for NaNoWriMo this year! http://4thewords.com (we’re one of the sponsors for NaNoWriMo by the way, so you can found out more about us in the sponsor section!)
Inktober – I’ll be the first one to say that I’m not much of an artist, but sketching is fun and it allows me to relax, so I’m going to take a stab at Inktober this year. What’s Inktober? 31 days, 31 drawings (almost like NaNo is 30 days, 50k words, 1 novel). If you like sketching the website’s here: https://inktober.com/ The rules are pretty simple: ink a drawing (or pencil first), post it (refrigerators count too), use the #Inktober or #inktober2019, and repeat. There’s an official prompt list which I’ll be using since it’s easier than trying to think of something on the fly, but yeah. I’ll probably use the #WriterArt as well to show that I’m not normally an artist 😉
Annnnd that brings me to “Huvember,” which is something a writer friend introduced to on twitter. They found it on tumblr apparently, it it’s a giant color wheel with specific hues given a day of the month https://huevember.tumblr.com/rules. Pictures need to be in that color. I normally wouldn’t dream of including something else to do in November, especially since I already have NaNoWriMo, but… it’s tempting. I have all the colors, and if I Iimit myself to a picture a day, like the prompts of Inkotber, then it should be okay (hmm, maybe I’ll use an earlier year’s Inktober prompts to decide on pictures for Huevember – that would make it easier!). It’ll also be a small break from the tippy-tappy on my keyboard. Seriously though, I have so many colored markers and pencils that it seems a shame to waste them when this opportunity has come around 🙂
As you can probably tell, I’m trying to get my blog up and running too, and of course, the Writer’s Life isn’t complete without working on drabbles, short stories, novellas, and novels. Include some editing at the end.
If you can’t tell, I like to keep busy. On the other hand, now that I’m involved with many different groups, I’m starting to forget a few of the things that I need to do. Current plans are to go through the (probably around a hundred) notebooks I have and try to find one that I can chop up into different pieces.
How’s your writer journey going?