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Must be Monday – Inktober Week Five and NaNoWriMo Week One

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So last week marked the end of Inktober. I really enjoyed taking part in the Writer Edition for it and will definitely do so again next year I think. Below you can check out the last two prompts I did but didn’t include in last weeks post as it wasn’t quite finished!

30.Catch

Rose had slept in far worse places, albeit usually where her father’s influence and reputation reached. With Slobberchops however, her loyal, if not dishevelled looking winged cat, she slept soundly knowing that anyone who may disturb her sleep or try to steal from her would quickly regret their life choices. 

(Thank you to Georgia from Top Banana for this artwork of my precious, not as sweet as she looks, warlock girl, Rose)

31.Ripe


“It’ll be fine!”

“Why don’t I feel confident in your abilities right now?” The alcohol slurred Naero’s words but couldn’t disguise the concern. Lucien scoffed. 

“If Dae can do it I probably can too” 

“Probably?” 

“Just put the damned apple back in your mouth” Lucien commanded drawing back his bow.

(Thank you to Michelle from Feline Trickster for this gorgeous artwork of Lucien, my D&D character based on a different version Lucien from ACOTAR. This particular piece was inspired by cosplayer Woodsmoke and Words a shot taken by Starbit cosplay.

NaNoWriMo

For those of you who have maybe not heard of NaNoWriMo it stands for national novel writing month and is a challenge for writers to write 50k in a month. Traditionally you start a brand new novel on November 1st but many others, like myself, use this month for rewrites, later drafts and more. This year I’m working on a story I’ve had the bones of for a few years now but I think after a lot of tweaking I might finally have it this year so fingers crossed.

I had a pretty strong start hitting over 3k words on my first day and smashed my daily goal again on day two. I tapered off a little Sunday but made my goal still (it’s been a busy day) and I’m already about halfway through today. I only tend to first thing early in the morning or in the evenings and my evenings have been full for almost a week now so I’m relying on those mornings! The story is coming along well although I’ve only vaguely plotted half of it so we’ll see where things head as I have a rough idea about the ending.

Let me know if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo! I’m MissChocobo88 on the new site if you wanted to be buddies! Just make sure you let me know so I know to accept you.

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 4

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Okay so I know it’s not Monday but I took my Angel Mage Blog Tour date before I decided Must be Monday’s were a thing! So today is an honorary Monday? The end of Inktober is almost upon us and I am really flagging now but still going! This will probably be the last purely Inktober post as next week Inktober will be over but NaNoWriMo will have begun! I won’t be posting everything I write for that because I need to write over 1.5k a day AND I will be adhering to the same first draft motto that I have for the past three years.

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I will check-in and reflect on how it’s going through, maybe share a quote or two here and there to help me reflect on what I’ve written so far etc. There’s also quite a high chance that I might ask for ideas/names/help and so forth but we’ll see how it develops, I want it to be a casual and informal kind of weekly blog post. Anyway, for now here’s another week and a bit’s worth of Inktober posts, enjoy!

22.Ghost

“Trick or Treat!” The group of children cried. Kate smiled as she offered up a bowl of gummy pumpkins. Each took one, thanking her, a figure in a sheet was last and Kate made sure the little ghost got an extra one. Kate, after all, had died fifty years previous. 

23.Ancient

“It is an honour Cardan” the old monk had insisted as the young boy struggled against those that held him between them.

“No! I don’t want to be a monster” he had begged, tears streaming down his face.

He screamed then as the fire of the ancient dragon consumed him. 

(My boy Cardan is back, you might recognise him from some of the other Dragon related ones!)

24.Dizzy

Claudia stumbled as the room spun around her. She knew she’d had too much to drink and almost nothing to eat. Someone caught her but then she was being lifted up through the crowd to the front of the stage where she threw up in front of her favourite band.

(True story).

25.Tasty

“That…actually wasn’t bad,” Daefir admitted. 

“Don’t act so shocked!” Lucien looked affronted. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you so much as chop an onion.”

Lucien looked sheepish, “I can chop an onion”

“Did you?” Dae raised an eyebrow.

“Well…Umeris was already there and…”

“You are utterly unbelievable.”


26.Dark


I crawl back into bed and crack open my laptop. My furry companion sits beside me with an occasional head bump for strokes. Its five-thirty in the morning, I’ve already been up for an hour and a half but I figure I might as well get some work done.

(Another true story and exactly what was happening when I wrote it at 5:30 in the morning).

27.Coat


Still feeling a little light-headed Claudia pulls up the collar on her coat to protect her from the fierce winds blowing. Her coat was lighter, she realises, but this is much darker. She puts her hand in a pocket and freezes as she pulls out a large red gem.

28.Ride 


Asha surveyed the group with suspicion but also a longing. She’d lost count of how long she’d travelled alone and this group was certainly interesting. Instantly recognised the regalia of a Dawnfather cleric, was surprised to see Tiefling twins but fought the urge to run as she saw Aasimar eyes.

29.Injured


She limped from the temple, her mortal wounds healed but still bruised and sore. As the sun began to rise, Asha tried to ignore the memory of the knife entering her chest, the bodies she had left behind and the sudden dullness of the Dawnfather icon pinned to her cloak.

Just two more days left which feels crazy! But then the dreaded NaMoWriMo arrives!

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 3

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I somehow both can’t believe we’re into week three of Inktober: Writers Edition but equally, I’m really starting to flag a little now. Especially as I’ve been starting prep for NaNoWriMo next month which is A LOT of work. I’ve succeeded with the 50k goal for the past two years and I want this year to be no exception so I’m trying to make sure I’m as ready as I can be as I had a lot more free time last year! Still, we’re not there yet so without further ado I present days 15-21 of the Inktober 2019: Writer Edition challenge.

15.Legend

“You’re sure this is the place?” Zeke grunted.

“Yes,” sighed Zara.
“It’s just a ring of mushrooms”
“I know what I saw. We just have to wait.”

“We’ve been here for hours and…” Zeke paused, mouth hanging open as seven fae dragons materialised in the circle and began to sing.

16.Wild

Tig circled the Tiefling girl, growling. Injured or not she refused to become prey but was finding it hard to concentrate with all the blood she was losing from the wound in her gut. She readied herself to strike just as the girl called out. 

“Would you like some tea?” 

17.Ornament
“Why do you keep so much junk?” David groans, grabbing another dusty box from the back of the attic space.

“I don’t like to throw things away” Lara protests.

“Even this?” David holds up an old, stained teapot, rubbing at a stubborn spot. 

“You have wishes three” A voice booms. 

18.Misfit 

Closing her eyes and gathering her power it felt as if the universe pulled at her, the entire cosmos bearing down, the gravitational force of hundreds of planets, the heat of a trillion stars. She pulled at the threads within and let them escape in a torrent of defiant force. 

19.Sling 

“You broke my arm!” Lore exclaimed as Clair nearly tied off the sling she’d hastily made from her scarf. 

“You shouldn’t have kissed me!” She yelled, tugging a little harder than perhaps she needed too. Lore hissed and gritted his teeth.

“I thought you wanted me to!”

“I’m ENGAGED!” 

“Oh.”

20.Tread
“The tracks lead this way.” Zara nodded forwards. 

“Into the dark spooky forest?” Zeke asked, fear clear in his voice. 

“Yes,” she huffed, “He’s your friend, don’t you want to make sure he’s okay?” 

“Of course. But does it absolutely have to be this way?” 

Zara sighed dragging him along.

21.Treasure 
Lucien sat with an ornate box, resting it on his lap before opening it and gazing at the contents inside, a leather bracelet with a crescent moon charm, his first real birthday gift from his little sister. His courage found at last, he replaced it and went to rescue her. 

 

Huge thank you to both Feline Trickster for this AMAZING art of Lucien and Anissa and to my in-game sister Alaina (Anissa) for letting me use it for this piece.

Just one more week left to go now. I’m determined to see this through AND be ready for NaNoWriMo as well as keeping up with my normal blogging too. I think I might need some luck! I’ll meet you back here tomorrow for my weekly review, this week it’s Finding Home Vol. Two: The Healer and it is a doozy.

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober Week 2

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So week two is now over and this feels like it was better than last week, maybe because I’m getting more into the swing of it now. Yesterday I even managed to only go two words over the fifty word limit in my initial write up before I had to edit which was a first! Friday’s post started out at seventy-three words so sometimes a great deal of editing is needed and it really helps me to think about what I’m trying to say with each piece. Here is last weeks Inktober 2019: Writer Edition round up!

Frail

Leaving her cane behind she made her way through the trees, leaves darkening, creeping near the end of their time in unison with her own. Their usual bench was empty now without her companion but as she sat and longed for their hand she knew they would be together soon. 

Swing


Cursing in elvish as his arrow misses another target Lucien throws his bow to the ground and draws his short swords, advancing on the TARGET before him but missing again. Growling with frustration he reaches behind him and pulls a sword through his long russet hair, leaving it considerably shorter. 

(Credit to Lissy Raine for her art of my precious boy Lucien – My main D&D character based on Lucien from ACOTAR.)

Pattern 

Elle picks at the ghastly green and silver threads resembling snowflakes and Christmas trees adorning the red woollen jumper while trying to ignore the itchy sensation she had been experiencing since putting the damned thing on. Her girlfriend beams proudly at her handiwork and Elles feels her cold heart melt.

Snow

I’m not going to make it in today,” Lara coughed down the phone, “I’ve come down with that bug that’s been going around. Yes, of course, forty-eight hours” Lara reassured the voice before hanging up the call. “All clear!” She yelled as a snowball hit her in the face. 

Dragon

As an ear-splitting roar filled the air I was surprised to find I was not afraid, although my hands shook and my fingers itched with anticipation. Despite my time at the monastery, I had never come across another of my kind. I held my breath as I stepped forward. 

Ash


As I floated back to consciousness the taste of ash filled my mouth as it always did, this time accompanied by a sick feeling in my gut.

“Good work, my son,” My father told me later that evening and I knew then that I must have done something truly terrible.

(This is a follow on to the Dragon prompt and is about another D&D character who shares their body with the soul of an ancient red dragon.)

Overgrown

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Lucien wasn’t sure he’d recognise his home as he walked amongst the now ruins where he had grown up, but as he ran a hand across the charred and overgrown remains of what had once been the veranda overlooking the great gardens his mind was suddenly awash with old memories.

I’ve been playing and/or planning a fair bit for my different Dungeons and Dragons groups this week so a good few of these are about events that have happened or I imagine have or will happen to my characters which I’ve really enjoyed as D&D is pretty much my favourite past time.

I think my favourite this week was probably Dragon although overgrown is a close second. My least favourite was swing as I had to edit it quite heavily and it didn’t have quite the same feel to it once I had reduced it to fifty words.

Now,  onto another week!

 

 

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Must be Monday – Inktober: Writers Edition 2019 is coming!

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So as most of the writers among you will probably already know that NaNoWriMo is just a month away now along with the usual prep I hope (haha) to be able to do I also decided to take part in a new writers edition of the traditional Inktober challenge to help me wake my creative side up a little. This is an official challenge, hosted by @HannahRobinsonAuthor approved by Jake Parker of the original Inktober challenge.

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Now, the normal Inktober Challenge is for artists and they draw a picture each day for each prompt, for the writer’s edition we are tasked with writing a fifty-word story for each prompt. That’s right, only fifty words. This paragraph is the same length that those short stories will be.

These stories won’t just be short, they will be tiny but they must still BE a story based on each daily prompt starting tomorrow!

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I’m hoping this will be a fun little exercise I can do at the end of each day in a much more relaxed and stress-free fashion than NaNoWriMo but still getting me in the mindset of writing every single day. Maybe I’ll give myself some ideas? Maybe it will go terribly wrong? WHO KNOWS? For accountability, it is my intention to post each fifty-word story to Instagram each day with (hopefully) a weekly roundup here every Monday in the new Must be Monday posts.

Will you be taking part in Inktober or NaNoWriMo? Let me know! I’d love to follow some more writers, especially if you’re taking part in Inktober: Writers Edtion via Instagram or Twitter.