Lexember 2018

This Lexember, I worked on Rennukat – the conlang that I created for The Land of Two Moons.

Day 1

iro [ˈi.ro] v. to exist physically

Tsu rennut iro.

[tsu ˈrɛn.nʊt ˈi.ro]

two moon.NOM.PL exist.PRS.IND

“There are two moons”.

Day 2

Language: Rennukat

syven [ˈsy.vɛn] n. star

Day 3

syvekerru [ˈsy.ve.ˌkɛr.ru] n. galaxy (star-cloud)

Day 4

rennudiren [ˈrɛn.nu.ˌdi.rɛn] n. an impact crater caused by the former moon Ellinen

Day 5

lerucha [le.ˈru.tʃa] n. theocracy. A loanword from Ciniáne leruggeá [le.rud.dʒe.ˈɑː] “God republic”

Day 6

hasra [ˈhas.ra] n. desert

Day 7

varasynne [ˈva.ra.ˌsʏn.ne] n. taijitu. From vara “dark” + synne “light”.

Day 8

maita [ˈmaɪ.ta] n. magic.

vara maita “dark magic”

synne vaita “light magic”

Day 9

nahtaryklun [ˈnah.ta.ˌrʏk.lʊn] n. spirit weapon. From nahta “soul” + ryklun “weapon”.

Day 10

Akoisusei [ˈa.koɪ.ˌsu.seɪ] n. The Goddess of Mercy. From akoi “behold” + susei “mercy”.

Day 11

dyhtail [ˈdʏh.taɪl] n. deity

Day 12

soiny [ˈsoɪ.ny] n. pigeon

Day 13

aven [ˈa.vɛn] n. crossroad. Sai Avenit “The Crossroads” is a city in the Western District of Tsurennupaiva.

Day 14

chanda [ˈtʃan.da] n. serendipity. Chanda is the name of the current Avatar of Akoisusei (The Goddess of Mercy).

Day 15

Sairren [ˈsaɪr.rɛn] n. One of the moons that orbits the planet Talassa.

Day 16

Veitlen [ˈveɪt.lɛn] n. One of the moons that orbits the planet Talassa. Also the name of one of the protagonists of The Land of Two Moons.

Day 17

koissa [ˈkoɪs.sa] n. avatar

Day 18

meinara [meɪ.ˈna.ra] n. planet

Day 19

tsyra [ˈtsy.ra] n. diamond

pevu tysra “carbonado (black diamond)”

Day 20

narzyll [ˈnar.sʏl] n. beryl. This is an old loanword that’s kept its spelling.

juki narzyll “goshenite”

kane narzyll “red beryl”

losir narzyll “morganite”

ris narzyll “aquamarine”

ryt narzyll “emerald”

tuura narzyll “heliodor”

Day 21

hallionhiljon [hal.ˈli.ɔn.ˌhɪl.jon] n. solstice. From hallion “sun” + hiljo “stand still”. The final –n exists solely because hallionhiljo sounded too awkward.

Day 22

mortjara [mɔr.ˈtʃa.ra] n. sapphire. From mor “deep blue” + tjara “gem”.

Day 23

kanetjara [ˈka.ne.ˌtʃa.ra] n. ruby. From kane “red” + tjara “gem”.

Day 24

sherir [ˈʃe.rɪr] n. quartz. A loanword from an old, lost language.

Day 25

diren sherir [ˈdi.rɛn ˈʃe.rɪr] n. stishovite. From diren “crater” + sherir “quartz”.

Day 26

aritehde [ˈa.ri.ˌtɛh.de] n. silver. From ariana “silver color” + tehde “metal”.

Day 27

haturra tehde [ha.ˈtu.ra ˈtɛh.de] n. gold. From hatuura “gold color” + tehde “metal”.

Day 28

artemaren tehde [ˈar.te.ˌma.rɛn ˈtɛh.de] n. bismuth. From artemaren “rainbow” + tehde “metal”.

Day 29

natarika [ˈna.ta.ˌri.ka] n. demon.

Day 30

vuhta [ˈvʊh.ta] n. ghost

Day 31

manavah [ma.ˈna.vah] n. human

NaNo 2018 Week 4

22 November

Target Word Count: 36,667

Words Written: 36,687

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 16 pages (converted to 3200 words)

Finished chapter 24 of The Land of Two Moons and started chapter 25. I had to create a bunch of new characters for this next part of the story.

23 November

Target Word Count: 38,333

Words Written: 38,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 25 and started chapter 26.

24 November

Target Word Count: 40,000

Words Written: 40,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons script: 6 pages (converted to 1200 words)

Finished inking two pages of chapter 1. I’m also almost done with scripting chapter 26.

25 November

Target Word Count: 41,667

Words Written: 41,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 26 and started on chapter 27.

26 November

Target Word Count: 43,333

Words Written: 43,587

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Finished chapter 27!

27 November

Target Word Count: 45,000

Words Written: 44,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Today was a rather difficult writing day for no reason at all.

28 November

Target Word Count: 46,667

Words Written: 47,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 15 pages (converted to 3000 words)

Finished chapter 28, which ended up being much longer than a normal chapter due to it containing an action sequence. Also started on chapter 29!

29 November

Target Word Count: 48,333

Words Written: 49,787

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 13 pages (converted to 2600 words)

Wrote a lot more than I planned to.

30 November

Target Word Count: 50,000

Words Written: 50,387 (50,388 according to the validator)

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

Won and finished chapter 29!

Overview

I won and validated at 5:00 PM on the 30th. That’s much better than last year, when I won at 11:30 PM.

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Instead of writing a whole bunch about how it was really hard to keep on track at times and how much I really love The Land of Two Moons, I’m just going to end this blog post with saying that I’m happy I won and I’m going to continue working on this story until it’s done.

NaNo 2018 Week 3

15 November

Target Word Count: 25,000

Words Written: 24,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 3 pages (converted to 600 words)

This is the first day this year I’ve fallen behind!

16 November

Target Word Count: 26,667

Words Written: 26,087

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 8 pages (converted to 1600 words)

Finished chapter 22. I was hoping to get more than 26k, but ended up being too tired.

17 November

Target Word Count: 28,333

Words Written: 29,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 12 pages (converted to 2400 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1.5 pages (converted to 1500 words)

I’m back on track! I also started penciling chapter 1 of the comic.

18 November

Target Word Count: 30,000

Words Written: 30,187

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 1 page (converted to 200 words)

Finished chapter 22. I wanted a break, so I took it easy today.

19 November

Target Word Count: 31,667

Words Written: 30,187

Did not write today.

20 November

Target Word Count: 33,333

Words Written: 31,987

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

I’m behind, but I did manage to write more than 1667 words.

21 November

Target Word Count: 35,000

Words Written: 33,487

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 5 pages (converted to 1000 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)

I wrote a lot less than I wanted to, but I was anemic for most of the day. That messed up everything, not just my writing.

NaNo 2018 Week 2

8 November

Target Word Count: 13,333

Words Written: 14,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 5 pages (converted to 1000 words)

Still taking it easy today.

9 November

Target Word Count: 15,000

Words Written: 15,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of two Moons script: 5 pages (converted to 1000 words)

Finished chapter 18 of The Land of Two Moons and started chapter 19. What was supposed to be one chapter (chapter 16) has turned into four (chapters 16-19).

10 November

Target Word Count: 16,667

Words Written: 19,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 20 pages (converted to 4000 words)

Finished chapter 19 and chapter 20. I also introduced a character that I completely forgot about. She’s supposed to be a major character, so this is pretty bad.

11 November

Target Word Count: 18,333

Words Written:

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1.5 pages (converted to 1500 words)

Did a bit of figuring out where exactly my script is going. Since I introduced the new character yesterday, I had to add in another chapter that explained some things. That’s what I’ll be writing tomorrow.

I also finished redoing the last of the prologue (!!!) and started on the chapter 1 cover.

12 November

Target Word Count: 20,000

Words Written: 21,511

Breakdown:

  • The Book of Immortality editing outline: 247 words
  • The Land of Two Moons script: 1 page (converted to 200 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 0.5 pages (converted to 500 words)

Outlined chapters 27-30 of The Book of Immortality. Started on chapter 21 of the script of The Land of Two Moons and finished the chapter 1 cover I started yesterday.

13 November

Target Word Count: 21,667

Words Written: 22,037

Breakdown:

  • The Book of Immortality editing outline: 126 words
  • The Land of Two Moons script: 2 pages

Outlined chapters 31-32 of The Book of Immortality. Didn’t get a chance to write very much today otherwise.

14 November

Target Word Count: 23,333

Words Written: 23,887

Breakdown:

  • The Book of Immortality editing outline: 600 words
  • The Book of Immortality rewrite: 1.25 hours (converted to 1250 words)

Outlined chapters 33-40 of The Book of Immortality. The editing outline is done! I started rewriting the first chapter. It’s pretty awkward, since I’m going from a script to prose and present tense to past tense.

NaNo 2018 Week 1

I decided last-minute to treat The Land of Two Moons as a normal ScriptFrenzy – a goal of 100 pages in a month. Since a normal script is around 20,000 words, I’ve decided to have 1 page of script = 200 words. I still have a goal of 50,000 words, though!

1 November

Target Word Count: 1,667

Words Written: 1,709

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 6 pages (converted to 1200 words)
  • The Book of Immortality editing outline: 509 words

Finished chapter 14 of The Land of Two Moons. Outlined chapters 4-9 of The Book of Immortality.

2 November

Target Word Count: 3,333

Words Written: 3,509

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 9 pages (converted to 1800 words)

Wrote most of chapter 15 of The Land of Two Moons. I also managed to tie some plot things together and make it a previous event look like foreshadowing. It definitely wasn’t foreshadowing when I wrote it weeks ago, but it definitely is now.

3 November

Target Word Count: 5,000

Words Written: 6,864

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 6 pages (converted to 1200 words)
  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1 page (converted to 1000 words)
  • The Book of Immortality editing outline: 1,131 words

Finished chapter 15 of The Land of Two Moons and started on chapter 16. Outlined chapters 10-26 of The Book of Immortality. I now have a good idea of what events I do and don’t want to keep in the second draft. I wrote quite a bit of filler during last year’s NaNo that needs to be taken out.

4 November

Target Word Count: 6,667

Words Written: 11,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 21 pages (converted to 4200 words)

Finished chapter 16 and 17 of The Land of Two Moons. I went to a write-in today and wrote 21 pages while I was there. That brings me to a total of 42 pages that I’ve written for The Land of Two Moons. 42 pages in 4 days!

5 November

Target Word Count: 8,333

Words Written: 12,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons comic: 1 page (converted to 1000 words)

Redrew page 6 of the prologue. One page to go!

6 November

Target Word Count: 10,000

Words Written: 12,264

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 1 page (converted to 200 words)

My hands started getting numb pretty much as soon as I got home from work. Also, I got really distracted by waiting for election results. But this is why I used the weekend to get ahead – to make sure I wouldn’t fall behind even after missing a day or two.

7 November

Target Word Count: 11,667

Words Written: 13,064

Breakdown:

  • The Land of Two Moons script: 4 pages (converted to 800 words)

Decided to take it easy today as I still had some problems with my hands/wrists.

October 2018 Overview & NaNoWriMo Plans

What did I accomplish in October?

I did a lot of editing. I decided to go back through the early chapters of The Land of Two Moons and put them into the 2-panel-per-page format that I’ve been using for the latest chapters. Those early chapters comprised parts 1, 2, and most of part 3.

The result? Well, Part 1 used to consist of a prologue and 3 chapters. It now consists of a Prologue and 5 chapters. Chapters 2 and 3 needed to be split into 2 chapters each, as they were getting way too long for my liking.

Part 1 is 157 pages long. Comic pages. Comic pages that I will eventually have to draw. It will, at minimum, take me around a year and a half to draw 157 pages.

This is after me cutting out all the fat, too. Everything here is essential to set up the plot and character development.

Part 2, on the other hand, started out as 3 chapters and ended up as 3 chapters. It has ended up at a much more reasonable 94 pages. Part 3 also stayed at 3 chapters, and is 87 pages.

So, writing-wise: I finished the first two chapters of part 4 (chapters 12 & 13). I am currently in the middle of chapter 14.

Artwork completed in October

I didn’t draw this much as in other months – mostly because I wrote and edited a lot.

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I don’t even know why I drew this, but I did. Posted to Pillowfort & Tumblr on October 5th.
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Veitlen Tyvokala (left) & Ariana Rhodynn (right), two of the main characters of The Land of Two Moons. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 14th.

I’ve also been doing a series of black & white portraits of the main characters of The Land of Two Moons. It’s helping me figure out what kind of shading style I want to use for this comic.

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Kallinu Jurne. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 21st.
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Nymue Rozenbarr. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 22nd.
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Veitlen Tyvokala. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 23rd.
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Temurlin Kerruveil. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 24th.
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Ren Fennel. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 25th.
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Hakirin Maurkala. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 28th.
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Brithan Thiosciare. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 28th.
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Ariana Rhodynn. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 28th.
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Avatar Chanda. Posted to Tumblr & Pillowfort on October 29th.

NaNoWriMo Plan & Goals

I’m doing something very different this November. I’m rebelling!

It’s something I’ve done for multiple Camp NaNoWriMo sessions, but never NaNoWriMo proper. I realized that I haven’t had enough time to think out the plot of the original novel, and I wouldn’t get anywhere if I tried to write anything past the first act. I am not much of a pantser, unfortunately.

These are the tasks I want to complete during this NaNoWriMo:

  1. Write the first act of Mujin’s Journey (novel, WIP title). This should be around 10-15k words. The series of events is pretty set in my head, so it won’t conflict with any other ideas I come up with.
  2. Continue working on the script for The Land of Two Moons (webcomic script). I only expect to write 4 chapters during NaNo, with each chapter being around 2000 words long.
  3. Finish the editing outline for The Book of Immortality. I wanted to complete this task in September, but it did not happen. I also wanted to complete it in October, but…it still didn’t happen. I will be writing a 3-4 sentence summary for each of the remaining 37 chapters that do not have summaries. This will probably end up totaling around 1000 words.

At most, that gets me 24,000 words – barely halfway to the 50,000 goal! But there are some other tasks I want to include that don’t produce a wordcount!

  1. Drawing comic pages of The Land of Two Moons. I saw someone mention counting each comic page as 1000 words in the NaNoWriMo forums, and I’ve decided I want to do that as well. I’m breaking this down into pencils (the sketch of the page) being worth 500 words, and inks (the finalized page) being worth 500 words. Since I hate drawing an entire page in one sitting, I’ll probably do a bunch of pencils one week, then ink those pages in the next.
  2. Editing The Book of Immortality. That editing outline is one of the tasks I plan on knocking out first, so I’ll have the rest of the month to edit. Each hour of editing will count as 1000 words.

It’s unlikely that this will also get me to 50,000 words, unless I somehow become a master of time management overnight (very unlikely). That’s why I also want to start worldbuilding and plotting two other projects: Let the Sky Remain Unbroken and Tenebres Library. They’re both future webcomic projects that have been bouncing around my head for a few years. They’re now at the point where I’m satisfied with my ideas, and I want to start writing.

Obviously I’m not going to start writing something new when I’ve got enough WIPs to handle, so that’s just why I’m plotting them.

But…isn’t this too much to focus on in one month?

This has crossed my mind. A lot. It is, in fact, quite a bit too much to do. This isn’t even close to what I would try to do in a normal month – but then again, neither is NaNoWriMo. When I’m writing a normal script or novel, I try to aim for 500 words per day, weekdays only. That’s around 10,000 words a month.

NaNoWriMo’s always been about going above and beyond what I feel comfortable with, so I’m going to give this impossible plan a go!

Like in previous years, I’ll also be doing weekly blog posts.

Unlike previous years, they are not all going to be posted on Saturday. Here’s my current schedule:

Update 1: Days 1-7, posted on November 8th

Update 2: Days 8-14, posted on November 15th

Update 3: Days 15-21, posted on November 22nd

Update 4: Days 21-30, posted on December 1st