Camp NaNoWrimo

Here are my thoughts and musings on Camp and all the joys and headaches that come with it!

You thought I was dead huh?

Well I’m not! That’s right! Now that NaNoWriMo has come back around, Kyo is back as well!!!

I’m not gonna lie. I’m a horrible blogger. It’s true. I write for a while then vanish when I have nothing to say and then come back when something interesting is going on and repeat the process over and over again. For some of you it will suck but hey! Look on the bright side, you will never have a blog from me on a random topic of no interest. You are welcome my friends. 

Anyways. As I said, NaNoWriMo is here and for those who don’t know that is National Novel Writing Month and at the end of yesterday, Day 1, I was at 2,222 words. Most of my followers will know what that is and those who paid attention to my previous blogs will know about Ilisrian. Need a refreasher, eh? Okay.

Ilisrian is a novel series set in the future where virtual reality gaming is now true and real. You hook up to a machine and ‘download’ yourself into a game. Think….Avatar but instead of going into a body on another planet you just go into a game….and your not a blue 8 foot tall creature thingy…..

Moving on! Ilisrian is the name of the novel and the game in the novel. It’s a typical mmorpg with monsters and lords and dragons and quests and all that good stuff! The fun part is the people playing the game and that the game is completely unscripted. The players choose the course of the game and what happens. The big evil of the game? Doesn’t exsist. There are monsters, yes, and factions that hate each other but no clear cut views on who is right and who is wrong. That’s up to the players to decide. And the world? Well they are watching the players while they game because if this isn’t the ultimate in reality television what is? 

I’ll be posting updates and tid-bits from the story as I go along but for now I will quote gamer-girl Lacee and say “I hope theres dragons. Lots and lots of dragons!”

Have a great day and Happy Writing!

❤ Kyo

 

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Mini Update.

I’ve changed my camp nano project. Instead of doing a guide (which is currently 6k of jumbled notes) I’m going to be doing journal/scrolls that are wrote by gamers in the world of Ilasrian.

I just hate not having something to post for you guys to read and learn about the world. Plus, writing about people in the game will help me figure out things about the game so it’s win-win, eh?

Also, two confirmed races for the world. The Kinyth and the Ilisirn. The Ilisirn being the founding race of Ilisrian and of a elven-esque type (but done my way cause standard elves are cliche but if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it) and the Kinyth being of animal bonded decent (essentially the original pet class of the world).

I should have a scroll up for you by tomorrow! Have a good day and happy writing!

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The world of Ilasrian is coming alive!

As Camp Nanowrimo progresses and time goes by my word count is limited but my world has grown huge. Though it took a while as I got caught up on the technical aspects of the game and the mechanics. Luckily I found a fellow writer who also happened to be a gamer on the nano forums and she and I began debating ideas back and forth and helped me work through a lot of my questions and uncertainties.

One of the things I was caught up on was respawning. I originally wanted absolutely no respawning. If you died in the game that was it. Game OVER! However, she helped me see that while I, as a hardcore gamer, would simply take that to mean ‘get your head on straight and play smart, bia-bia,’ the casual gamer might be thrown off of playing it even if it is the first ever full immersion virtual game. However, I wanted the risk to be high to discourage impulsive actions and to make the tension of a high class battle mean something. If the character can just respawn then their death means nothing.

So we came up with the soul binding towers. (They will not be called that in the story but I’m not up to naming them at the moment. ^.^) You see, few and far between in the land of Ilasrian are the great towers (or orbs, or alters, or something but we shall refer to them as towers for now) that a player can bind their soul to. By bind I mean they save. If they fall in battle their body and all items/equipment they had at their save point are ‘absorbed’ back into Ilasrian and they are reborn at their save point. Sound simple enough, right?

‘But Kyo, that’s still respawning and takes away the thrill and danger of the fight!’

Wrong! Two points. One: A player can not save/bind their soul at the same tower twice in a row. If they bind at Tower 1 the next save HAS to be at a different tower. And they are, as I said, few and far between so their is risk of traveling to the next tower but they have to if they wish to save again. They can only return to Tower 1 after they have saved somewhere else. So they run the risk of saving at level 10, getting almost to Tower 2 and dying at level 24 before they reached the next tower. (Towers may or may not be closer/farther apart).

‘But I still don’t see the risk, Kyo!’

Give me a minute! Okay the big ‘oh shit’ factor? Respawns are not unlimited. You only get so many (2-5 dependent on race/class) So if you only have 3 rebirths and die three times? Your character is dead. Done. Gone Forever.

How’s that for the big risk?

Now I am still working on one aspect. When a person starts the game their brain is scanned and all their memories, knowledge, and essentially everything they are is scanned into their new character/avatar. While they play their character is only able to retain the knowledge and memories they had on that initial scan and what happens in the game. So all the breaks the players take where they leave the game world and spend time with their friends, have a nice hot shower, crack open a cold beer and watch the game? When they are in the game they won’t remember those moments. So say you play the game for a year. Your real self will remember the game and your real life. When you are in the game though you will only remember the game world. When you are in the game you have no knowledge that you ever left and that helps drive the nail in the coffin of ‘this might be a game but it’s my world now’. That, my friends, is going to cause some VERY interesting things to happen to our dear players throughout their adventure.

A few people have listened to me go back and forth about races and no, I still have not decided yet, but I do know their will be multiple races. How many? No clue! But at least three. What I am going to try and do differently though is intermingling the races. None of this (humans live here, elves live there, dwarfs over yonder, and all humans are alike, all elves are alike, ect) the races are going to be living together. Their might be isolated villages here and their but in Ilasrian the races live and work together.

The races are not all the same either. The nature/animal bound race of the forest will have different cultures, morals, and way of being then the nature/animal bound race of the mountains. Hell, even in the forest their might be several different cultures within a single race. Just like all us humans here on earth.

That leads me to the next decision I made. The big bad? The major quest? The evil that needs to be vanquished? Doesn’t exist! Not in this game! Oh there are quests and trust me there are plots and things going on but who is evil? Who is good? What is the right thing to do? What is the wrong path to choose? No one knows, especially the players. That, my friends, is something we are all going to have to learn along the way. And what we learn might just surprise us.

Have a good day and Happy Writing!

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Camp Nano: Day Who-knows

Things have been rocky in my writing. I hit 19k and not only did I stall out but I crashed and burned. This story…. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love the characters, I love the setting, but it’s just. not. working.

I’m really not sure what I’m going to do but I know pressing on is not an option. I just can not force myself to write something I know I am going to hate. For now, I’m going to take a day or two completely away from the story, and try to come back with fresh eyes and see if anything can be salvaged. 

So far, I’m thinking of splitting it up. I like all the characters individual stories but trying to do them all at once is what is killing the story. So maybe I will split the series up again and instead of doing it plot by plot I will do it character storyline by character storyline. 

What do you guys think? Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?

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Camp Nano: Day Nine

So, I wrote exactly zero words today. I’m not upset over it though. Work was long and hard and Kyo was exhausted by the time she got home. I’ll make it up later this week though, so I refuse to stress over it. 

How is your camp going? Everything I am seeing in you guys’ blogs are amazing and my cabin mates are doing fantastic! MellyBeans his 17.5k today and I was cheering so loud for her! Ya’ll are amazing. Keep it up! Good night and happy writing!

Since I have no excerpt to give you guys, have a picture of my other puppy. His name is Daryl ‘Super Saiyan’ Dixon. ^.^

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Camp Nano: Day 8

First off, look at my puppy. Isn’t he such a spoiled queen. *pets him*

Chugging along here at Camp Nano. Not going great, not going bad. Just kinda on an average playing field I guess. I’m a couple thousand words behind but I hit 11.5k today so I am decently satisfied. I had a lot of fun writing today’s chapter and I would write more if my head wasn’t pounding. Stupid spring and the sudden increase in pollen!

But, since things are now coming a bit easier and the words are flowing better, I have no doubt I will be able to catch up relatively quickly. Especially with the marathon coming up. How many of you are doing that? For me its from 1pm to 9pm and I will have to miss the first hour to hour and a half due to prior events being scheduled that I can’t weasel my way out of but its all good. I complain about it but I think a day out on the trails with the horses will do me some good. And I will be writing with my mum and while she doesn’t really enjoy my writing style (stupid moms and their love of pure romance novels) she makes for a great help since she is happy to help me bounce ideas around and figure out scenes when I can’t wrap my head around it.

Anyways, that is all for today. I’m off to bed now! Good night and happy writing!

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Camp Nano – Day Six

Well today went pretty smoothly. I had a huge hang up trying to figure out the mobs hierarchy and was ready to pull my hair out but luckily my mother came to the rescue! *3 cheers* and I was able to figure it all out. Sadly, today’s writing was all boring. A slow chapter describing the ranks and setting the system up but it was a needed evil and the plot could not go forward without having that there. It’s over now though so tomorrow we can get back to the fun stuff!

I’m sitting just a little over 8k and while I’m fretting trying to hit 12.5k by tomorrow night, I think it is a possibility so I’m not out of the game yet *flexes muscles….errr…fingers?*

Anyways! I also had an adventure in a horse getting lose, breaking and then fixing my front door, going on a hay run with my mother in which we broke the curse of the hierarchy and she decided I am mentally unstable because I have literal conversations with my characters in my head and she thinks that means I am not normal. What do you guys think? Do you treat your characters as if they are real? Do you talk to them? Do they feel real enough to you that they actually surprise you with their reactions and thoughts on certain things? Do you constantly want to strangle them because Kaiden cannot decide how he wants his plot to end and keeps changing his freaking mind?!?! 

Let me know! Peace out and pens up!

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Camp – Day 5. Updates and new chat.

It is Day 5. Not a lot to share. I finally finished Chapter One. >.< I’m about 6k into the story and still have no idea where it is going BUT it is going. The ideas keep flowing in as I write so I am actually fairly okay with not knowing the plot since the plot is steadily flowing in as I write. 

For those who run on word wars, a new chat has been made that is dedicated completely to wars and sprints. I know the main nano chat hosts wars a lot but they get so mixed up and jumbled in the regular/non-nano chat that it can get a little flustering. 

http://us12.chatzy.com/54046617352286

Here is the link if anyone would like to join us there. 

That is pretty much all for now. I will post again later and give you guys some updates on the story itself. For now I am off to try and get another couple hundred words in before lunch. Good luck and happy writing!

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Camp Nano -Day 3 (mini update)

Well, my boss screwed my team over today so we have the day off without pay. It blows but I gave up trying to care. I’ll get even with him somehow. *grabs the super glue*

Anyways, writing is a little better today. I haven’t wrote a lot yet. I think I’m sitting on about 864 words at the moment but it’s only 2:40pm so I still have a lot of time. The word count might not be good but my muse is starting to be slightly nice to me so writing is not as hard as yesterday. I’m slogging through the crap I wrote yesterday and hoping to leave it behind me. Luckily the scene I am working on right now involves the first scene of my two favorite characters alone together for the first time so I get to write Kaiden being all romantic and lovey-dovey while Nicolas pretends to be in denial. I love it.

I’ll update you at the end of the day. Hopefully I will still be in a good mood!

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Camp Nano – Day 2

Well, today I wrote 1k of words that I completely and totally hate. I would seriously be tempted to delete it all if I didn’t think it would be impossible to rewrite and get back on my word count goal in time since I already know the intro/prologue chapter is probably also going to be ripped out once I am finished and ready to polish it.

Not sure what is going on. I think it is just a bad day for me and my brain is taking it out on my writing. I’m walking away from my computer under my daily word count goal with the hopes that tomorrow will be a better day and I will either not hate the writing that much or be able to power through it and force myself to continue anyways. 

It’s all sucktastic but I will leave you with a little bit of it anyways because, hey! Why the fuck not?

The little blonde haired, hazel eyed whirlwind known as Avery smiled and gave him a quick greeting before heading off towards the kitchen. Nicolas shook his head and stepped in as well and waited for the other man to close the door before the two of them made their way into the adjacent room to join the others.

“You guys missed a great fight last night,” Akai said as he poked Avery in the cheek. “I kicked ass and Kai got stabbed!” He informed the three who had missed the fight in nothing short of absolute delight.

Avery gasped and whirled around from where she had been helping flip pancakes. “Is he okay? Where is he? Why didn’t anyone call us?” she questioned as fear for her friend flooded through her. They might take the fighting and violence lightly and brush off their injuries as ‘scars for the future’ but she could not help but worry each and every time.

Emily was quick to calm her fears though as she pat the girls arm reassuringly. “He caught a blade to the upper arm but it was not to bad. No major damage and he should heal up just fine in a few weeks. Though,” she said with a shake of her head as she scooped the eggs she was cooking from the frying pan and onto a plate, “if I know him as well as I know I do, he’s going to ignore my advice to rest it and be back to training in a week.”

“And we wanted to call you but Kai wouldn’t let us. He knew you had a date last night and didn’t want to interrupt.”

“A date? With who? Where? Why didn’t you tell us?” Marcus spoke up from the table and Avery glanced over to find not only Marcus but Alec and Micah watching her with the utmost attention.

 

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