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Weekly Update: Back on the NaNoWriMo Train

I have to first start with the obvious: Today is November 1st and the first day of National Novel Writing Month and ten years since I first participated.  In 2008, I wrote and completed a novel for the first time.

My Halloween costume this year:  A NaNoWriMo participant with bloodshot eyes from lack of coffee and a full cup of hot sleep.

In the times I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, and revised the books since then, if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s to just write it out. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense, if you’re writing too much on something, or if the scene just isn’t working. Just write it. When it’s time to revise and reshape the lumpy mess of thrown-together words, you’ll actually have something to work with.

What I’m Writing:

For this year’s NaNoWriMo adventure, I’ll be writing a book called, Kimchi, Bulettes, and Other Space Problems: A Starfinder Story  As the note chronicler for my Thursday night Starfinder Game, I am going to be turning a year’s worth of all my gaming notes and turning it into an epic story of our space adventures.

The major goal for me is to create a logical, even flowing story complete with world building. I borrowed the first three books of the Dead Suns Adventure Path our game is based as resources for this endeavor.

And for those that have been following me (thank you!), I just posted the fifth episode of the Concordia Adventure Logs; the notes were taken this past Monday.  I’ll continue to update the Concordia Story Book once a week and a more frequent posting of the Starfinder Book as my schedule allows (to prevent spamming everyone too frequently, I will mention how many new stories are available via weekly updates like this one with a link on where to find them).

What I’m Crafting:

I am STILL knitting a shawl I first cast-on in September, although I’ve made a lot of great progress and am finally at the final, fifth section of the pattern.  On a fluke, I joined a knit-a-long – my second one – hosted by Through the Loops designer, Kristen Kapur. The pattern I purchased was the Thistle Rambles Shawl. Though I am way past the 9/30/18 deadline, I am confident I’ll have it done by….December? Maybe sooner?

Almost done! Just the final rows of edging is left.

Whenever I finish, I’ll be a proud new owner of my first shawl, and a beautiful one at that.  I already have several more projects I want to do, but I’m doing my best to keep myself focused to completing one project at a time!

What I’m Gaming:

We just completed our fifth campaign night of the Concordia 5th edition game Monday. I’m excited my new Hero Forge mini came in for my character, Neela and I got to use her this week while struggling to keep everyone alive.

My half-orc cleric, Neela

This week, instead our usual Thursday night Starfinder game, we’ll be playing a horror-themed game called Ten Candles in the spirit (ha!) of Halloween.

I also enjoyed participating in World of Warcraft’s Hallow’s End holiday even that just came to a close today. I managed to collect enough Tasty Treats to get a familiar pet.

Outside of that, I’ve been enjoying playing my new Dark Iron Dwarf – a race introduced recently in the Battle of Azeroth expansion.

An epic name to go with an epic new race

This is my first Shaman, having so many failed attempts in the past, and we just ran Zul’Farrak last night now that I reached 50th level. I actually ended up coming head-to-head with the mage and monk in DPS meters. In the end I made second in DPS, and I’m super proud of myself.

Coming Up:

This weekend I’ll be in Houston, visiting Cowboy’s family and having fun at our sister fair, the Texas Renaissance Festival. I have a few minor medical procedures coming up next week and later this month and then before we all know it, Thanksgiving will arrive.

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you all my best! I will be climbing that mountain right there with you and hope you find inspiration and success in your travels. In order to do so, I’ll be dedicating an hour each morning before work just for writing