Short Check In, Belated IWSG Notes, and Some Plates

Forgot to post for Insecure Writers Support Group day!

Rather timely, actually, because NaNoWriMo has been on for a week already (and ROW80 Round 4 is about halfway through) and I think I hit the wall this past Friday. I pushed for more words than the daily average, to make up for fewer words the day before, and I could tell that by the end, even though I was still in a frenzy of drafting, the words were growing increasingly repetitive and silly. I hope the second week is better.

Anyone have interesting writing prompts/questions to share?

Today is Remembrance Day, so I'm going to link to two specific bloggers:

Claire Gregory, with a post on her family in WWI, and research she did about another family in WWI.

Private Lamin's experiences in WWI.

For WWII, I just discovered this site: A Dutch historian juxtaposes photographs taken during WWII with modern-day photos of the same places.

With this year's NaNo, I'm close to having, at least, drafts of all my major story ideas from the past few years, except for the big one - the Canadian story that's set before the First World War. It'll be my own exploration of the loss of the world's innocence, an homage to England and Canada and the greatest generation (and their children, who fought in the Second World War), and a tribute to authors like L. M. Montgomery, all told through the lens of the romance between two characters, Alice and George. Maybe all the stories I've been writing have been gearing up to this.

Meanwhile, though, I've set aside Druid's Moon as I write Santiago and Mawdlen's romance in Captive of the Sea for NaNo, but Fred and Lyne are still in the back of my mind. I saw these plates in Anthropologie the other day and thought of the monster behind my beast (Fred is the Beast, but there's a greater horror at the heart of the caverns):

Also, I read my first e-book as an e-book this week, Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, on my phone. I think I could get used to this newfangled e-reading thing...


Tammy Theriault said…
i have not gotten into the e-reading yet, but it sure does sound convenient!!
E.J. Wesley said…
Great progress on your NaNo counts Deniz! Loving having my Amazon, B&N, etc. accounts synched between my phone and reading device ... I can continue reading the story from the night before while I'm out and about on my phone. Truly convenient. :-)
E.J. Wesley said…
And those plates rock, btw! :-D
A little late is all right. Hope next week's writing is less silly.
Not sure I could eat with an octopus looking at me.
Hi Deniz .. better late than never - even if being sidetracked by octopuses in Anthropologie is not counted as distraction of thought!

I'm going to keep this open to click the links to the two Remembrance Day stories .. cheers Hilary
Old Kitty said…
It's brilliant your Nano-ing is bringing together your ideas!! Good luck with all your stories and your continued nano-ing!

Take care

alberta ross said…
easy to get the hanf of the -e book thingy - I still prefer a book book but for trips away, days my wrists are grumbling or just when there is not a strong enough light or too small print - like my sony reader - your'e doing well in the writing stakes - well done and those plates are fantastic:)
Susan Fields said…
Good luck with NaNo! I'm not doing it this year, but I admire those who are!
Jayne said…
Sounds like you are winning with Nano! And how great to have proper drafts of all your major ideas. It sounds like you are itching to start on your Canadian story - good luck with it when you begin.
Melissa Bradley said…
I love those plates! and thanks for WWI links. I also have a story I'm working on set during that war.
Deniz Bevan said…
Much easier than I expected, Tammy!

I can finally read all the KindleforPC books I've gotten, E. J.!

Not even octopus salad, Alex? [g, d&r]

Please see my Wednesday post, too, Hilary - Claire has a separate blog dedicated entirely to WWI stories, which I forgot to link to.

Thank you, Kitty!

It's a lot easier on my back, too, alberta, rather than all the books I usually cart around...

Thank you, Susan and Jayne!

Ooh, need a reader, Melissa?
I adore those plates! =D

Congratulations on all those drafts. Thanks to ROW80 and NaNo, I am closing in on having drafts for all current ideas in a double series.

You seem to be doing very well, even if some of the words won't make the next cut.

I'm happy to be part of your cheering section! =D
Liz Fichera said…
Your WIPs sound so intriguing! I love the historical aspect of them.

And those WWII photos from the Dutch photog, superimposed with modern-day? Absolutely amazing. Hauntingly beautiful.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thank you Shan and Liz!

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