The annual November madness – NaNoWriMo 2017

In two days, on November 1st, writers from all over the world will most likely go insane over a span of 30 days, while they’re racing to write a novel with at least 50 000 words.

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In two days, on November 1st, writers from all over the world will most likely go insane over a span of 30 days, while they’re racing to write a novel with at least 50 000 words.

For me, it will be my second time participating in NaNoWriMo (although I feel like the “National” in “National Novel Writing Month” is actually obsolete, since this is an international event) and, just like last year, I’ll be left stressing over assignments that need to be written for Uni while trying to write at least 10 000 words. If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen various tweets from me with the hashtag “#ProjectKA”, which is not only the hashtag for my project this NaNoWriMo, but was also the working title until I found a proper one.

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The Expanse – A love letter to the show and Science Fiction [Review]

Humanity has colonised the moon, Mars and the Asteroid Belt and continues to spread further across the solar system. Mars and Earth are at the brink of war – and amidst that a group of people, trying to save the Universe from a terrible secret.

Programme Title: The Expanse

Broadcaster: Syfy/Netflix

Seasons: 2

Episodes: 23

Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery

The Expanse is based on a book series under the same name by James S. A. Corey and follows Jim Holden (played by Steven Strait), his crew, Detective Joe Miller (played by Thomas Jane) and a few more characters.

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So, I wrote a book

There are people, who say that writing a book is not actual work, that you just string together words and sentences and – tada! Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a book! 

Well, the truth is: it is work. It’s hard work.

There are people, who say that writing a book is not actual work, that you just string together words and sentences and – tada! Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a book!

Well, the truth is: it is work. It’s hard work. And I put a year and a half worth of hard work into writing Dumornay’s Legacy (which is still a working title, but I think, I’ll keep it). I spent roughly 18 months agonizing over plot and characters and what should go where. There were times where I made myself laugh and times when I made myself cry.

And still, it’s only the first draft. I’ve only taken the first big step towards maybe, someday, possibly publishing a book. A book, that right now, stands at 101869 words and 332 pages. Far more than I ever thought it would be. And I’m proud, but also sad and maybe a little bit scared. Because I’ve taken this first step, because I finished a story. The first part in a planned trilogy and I got to know these characters far more intimately than I thought I ever could.

In December 2015, the story of Alexandria Dumornay first took shape in a way that I could start writing it. Then, in February 2016, I had finished the first few chapters. In November 2016, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and although I didn’t win (you can win NaNoWriMo if you write at least 50.000 words), I managed to add roughly 25.000 words to Dumornay’s and I thought, ‘Wow, you’ve been working on this for so long. Can you finish it next year?’

I doubt, I could’ve finished the first draft in these 18 months without NaNoWriMo and CampNaNoWriMo (which is like NaNoWriMo, but takes place in April and July and you can set your own wordcount goal) – and of course, the Schreibnacht, a german writer’s forum and a monthly event, where people meet in the forum and on social media and spend a night writing together.

So, yeah. I’m proud of myself, because I finished something. And I’m tired, because it’s a lot of work and I put my heart and my back into it. And I’m grateful and glad for the people I got to know through writing and who supported me and sometimes even gave me a little kick in the butt and said ‘You can do it. If you sit down and write.’

And now, I need a little break from writing to recharge my creative battery, so to speak. (And I also have some work to do for the next trimester at Uni. Oh, and I don’t get paid to write about NaNoWriMo or the Schreibnacht, I’m just glad they exist ;))

Related links:

NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

Schreibnacht

Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword

To be perfectly honest with you, when I first saw the trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, I thought: ‘Oh, here we go. Another Hollywood action movie with Fantasy.’ Initially, I wasn’t even going to watch it.

With no idea of his real parentage, Arthur grows up in a brothel in Londinium. When he is one day faced with his legacy, he has to come to terms with his future and his past, being drawn into a war he doesn’t want to fight. But he does not have to fight alone. Arthur finds unlikely allies in the Mage, Sir Bedivere, Goosefat Bill and their little army. When he finally meets the monster from his past, he had no idea of its true identity.

To be perfectly honest with you, when I first saw the trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, I thought: ‘Oh, here we go. Another Hollywood action movie with Fantasy.’ Initially, I wasn’t even going to watch it. Until a fellow writer in a German Forum and I began to talk about it, and she told me to go watch the movie.  Continue reading “Review: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword”