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    NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:05 pm

    Gunna try.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Seoni Milharna » Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:19 am

    Good luck :D
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Andreas the Wise » Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:19 am

    :mrgreen:

    I expect to allowed to actually read results this time. :doc:
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:07 pm

    Oh geez, this lights up the new replies thing. I thought I was safe here in solitude.

    While I'm on the subject though, I'm soooort of hacking the storyline a little and putting Sai'Kar into it, because I haven't actually written anything with Sai'Kar in it in, like, ages. For the canon freaks like Andreas, don't worry; it's technically comparable with actual Micras lore, but you have to squint a little.

    Relatedly, https://www.dropbox.com/s/2wutycciodhn0 ... l.jpg?dl=0 was recently done by a friend.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Seoni Milharna » Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:31 pm

    It's very nice. I wish I could draw anywhere near that well, or even be able to train myself up to that level.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Wed Nov 05, 2014 5:52 am

    So tempting to unarchive this.

    In the meanwhile, dumping stuff I don't want to lose later that's related to this project. Mostly images that broke when I deleted the old photobucket.

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    Sai'Kar is in this story, and this happened. Just saying.

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    Sai'Kar's daughter, Aur'Kir, aka Aurora. You know, I never got around to explaining how the CoD4 team ended. Basically, in my Archipelago canon, almost everyone other than Aurora died attacking the Drachumve before they destroyed the world, and Aurora was about the last one left. She and the survivors of Nelaga realized they couldn't stop the end of the world, so they hurried up the Five Bastions. But they couldn't figure out artificial intelligence in time, so Aurora sacrificed her mind and became both the AURA and RUA computers. It's not really a book spoiler since this probably won't be touched, but its backstory I've decided.

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    Thanks again CJ for the Favored flag.

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    Favored government when Archipelago ended. This is NOT how the book starts and has stuff like Magegirls in it, which I haven't even decided if I want to include. But hey, its research material for me.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Andreas the Wise » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:16 am

    Sai'Kar is an amazing, amazing character (and that picture your friend did is pretty amazing too).
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:54 am

    Milestone 1 achieved: over 10,000 of 50,000 words written.

    The five focus characters are:
    * Sai'Kar, an immigrant from a foreign power hiding in Real Diamond for reasons she doesn't want to get into
    * Panch, a young fisher and dockworker that really doesn't fit the mold of Favored efficiency and dedication
    * Providence, the Favored senator to the World Council, caught between representing his state and dealing with how the Drachumve rule the world
    * Percept, the government assassin who does the dirty work
    * Igis Horizon, a gentleman and a scholar, one of the few Favored that is actually learned instead of relying heavily on the AURA databanks for knowledge

    It sort-of, kind-of follows things that happened in Archipelago, but I'm totally bastardizing it. The Drachumve are much more powerful and forciful in their tactics to keep things under control. Also, there are no conspicious nonhumans because that just got out of control.

    So far, so good.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Andreas the Wise » Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:15 am

    Sounds like a nice set up. You make me want to go back and reread the Favored story arcs.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:57 pm

    Funny thing is, I'm not even sure what I'd recommend you read. The main Favored story on the boards, the Diary one, isn't even remotely mentioned and possibly might not be for the entire book.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:54 am

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    Quick sketch done by a friend of mine tonight of Sai'Kar coming into Real Diamond aboard the Resplendence ship Blue Island, which is the first scene of the book. I think that's a hat she's losing up there, RIP hat. This is a lot lighter and happier than how I wrote it, and I'm going to be changing the text to match this feel, I think.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Seoni Milharna » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:12 am

    Poor hat. We hardly knew ye.

    Subplot idea: Sai'Kar's Quest for Hat. :P
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:28 am

    Milestone 2 achieved: 20,105 of 50,000 words written.

    Going well. Now two full days above par.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:15 am

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    Another one of the characters, Igis Horizon.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Raz » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:53 am

    You drew this? Awesome!
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:41 pm

    I wish. I have an artist friend who's interested in the story and draws these sketches based on loose descriptions I give him. I'm then basing their appearance and a bit of their personality on the sketches. So it's nice.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:39 am

    Milestone 3 achieved: 30,964 of 50,000 words written.

    I had a bit of a crisis of faith this weekend. Too many people told me how crazy this whole thing was, how they couldn't give up the sacrifices I was doing to make the time for this (I've more or less cut everything out of my weekendays other than work - sleep - write) how they always failed this challenge when they had a job. And I'm like, hmm, not sure why I think I'm better than them.

    But hopefully past that now.

    Still, November can't end fast enough. This is really hard.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Orion » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:13 am

    Should be an interesting read. If you can write, you can write as much or as little as you want so long as you remain inspired and focused. I wrote Holy Empire (The History of the Holy Empire of Minorca) in 10 days. That was 60,000 words.

    Good luck achieving your goal.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Harvey » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:51 am

    41,688, so that's 4 out of 5 milestones.

    This update features magic, and sex, and magical sex. I have no idea what I'm even DOING at this point.
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    Re: NaNoWriMo 2014 "Real Diamond"

    Postby Seoni Milharna » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:43 am

    But does it feature sex magic? The world needs to know!
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