I still don’t like how it sounds, but it’s the truth – I didn’t write yesterday at all. I actually haven’t written anything since the 17th, putting me 13,305 words behind where I need to be. So time to get to work on that!
A couple of really exciting things happened this week:
- I got to interview local artist Chris “Merk” Merkley for TBPL Off the Shelf! Merk’s interview is going to be #25! It’ll be posted in December (I’m thinking of switching things to the first week of the month, rather than leaving it on the second).
- I finally joined NOWW. My brother is one of the board members, and I’ve been going to their events, so I kind of thought I should probably join. I was thinking about joining a few months ago, but finally got around to it yesterday.
- I’ve had Merlin for a year!!! Exactly a year ago today I went to Animal Services and picked him out (or more accurately, he picked me out!) I didn’t bring him home until the 24th though (I was still living at my parents’ at the time and didn’t want their cat getting mad at having another cat around; after the weekend, my parents told me to bring him anyway because they’d only be in the same house for a week and wouldn’t have to be together at all).
So on to the writing!
Earlier this week I spent a lot of time worldbuilding Ayvlin’s World. I even managed to give the world a name! I was thinking something along the lines of “emotion,” because emotions have become so important to the way the world works and its magic. but I couldn’t find any words I liked for that (I spent a lot of time last weekend on Google Translate looking for words in other languages). But then I decided that this really is the fae’s world, so why not name it for them? After a bit of research and trying out a lot of different letter combinations attacked to “fae,” I decided to call it Faeriia (pronounced “fay-rye-a” for anyone who cares. Those who don’t, feel free to pronounce it any way you want to). I wanted to call it Faeria (with just the one i), but i discovered this game and decided not to. I was also tossing around the idea of calling it “Faerin,” but thought that was a little too close to D&D’s Faerun. So now that that decision has been made (and I’m quite happy with the name – I’ve been calling the world that all week and find it fitting), I’m going to switch the category for the world from “Ayvlin” to “Faeriia.”
After I came up with the name, I felt like I was “done” with the setting, which is part of why I haven’t been working on the NaNo “blob” this week (but also because I seem to be ridiculously busy. I also started reading a novel this week because I hadn’t read anything in almost a month!!!) But after reflecting on the setting for a bit, I realized there are still a few major areas that need work. So that’s my plan for tonight – try to tackle the 13,000 word deficit while developing Faeriia a bit more. Wish me luck!