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Another Revelation

Another aspect of Lady of the Snow has changed. I’m adding more mythological creatures 🙂

Initially, the only creature of legend in my book was going to be my MC, but I’ve decided that since this is a fantasy and since I am heavily relying upon myth with her, why not add a few more otherworldy aspects? Traditional Japanese culture was very superstitious with the amount of creatures and beings that were thought to inhabit the world. I’m just going to make it real in my story’s world. At least, more real than it had been in the book initially.

I’m even thinking of transforming one of my secondary characters into a shapeshifting kitsune or fox. She’ll be a sort of guardian or messenger to Miyuki. Maybe.

I’m also thinking of adding some other less than pleasant creatures, at least in passing, like the oni, which are similar to trolls or ogres, and tengu which are monstrous bird-like spirits of the mountains and forests that sometimes are said to possess people.

I wonder–how different is this book going to look once it’s completely finished? 😛

Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Blog

Ok, so yesterday I just had to vent a bit, but now that Election Day has come and gone (praise the Lord!) I can now completely devote my mental energy to my NaNo novel.

Too bad the mental energy isn’t translating into gripping prose…

I seem to be rather down on my novel quite a bit earlier than I was last NaNo. It took me at least until the second week; it’s five days (almost six) into it and I’m already at that point.

I can’t seem to get the thoughts to flow correctly or add up coherently on the page. I’m fairly certain I repeated myself way too much already.  That and the story direction keeps changing, so it’s morphing into something that’s hard for even me the author to make sense of.

Whenever critique groups start up again, I am tempted to tell them that I’m scrapping the storyline they initially critiqued and starting over, since it’s already changed so much and they’re going to be utterly confused when they get back into it.

Bah. I hate this; I wish I didn’t feel this way so soon into NaNo. Hoping it will go away fairly quickly and that my prose doesn’t sound as stilted, forced and crappy like it does now. Sigh…

Official word count: 11,569

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