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July Camp '22: Colonia Heights/Tarot's House of Vigilance



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Fri Jul 01, 2022 7:02 pm
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*kicks in the door* that's right, I'm very late to the party, but I'm back around for another round.



Summaries:

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Colonia Heights:

Spoiler! :
Felicity doesn't want to go back to Colonia Heights. Her sister, Fiona, sees it as an opportunity, but going back to their childhood home full of bitter memories and soured nostalgia holds no appeal for Felicity. But she doesn't have the resistance to Fiona's convincing arguments to say no.

Except when they get back, the world tilts just a little. The magic in Colonia Heights feels haunted by some unknown corruption, a feral ghost has been causing disturbances, and a girl from Felicity and Fiona's past, Charity, is missing. And nobody remembers her, not even her best friend. Soon, visions of something lurking in the darkness begins to haunt Felicity's nightmares, and the truth, and reality, begins to unravel around her.


some comps are: Sawkill Girls, Night in the Woods, and The Magnus Archives


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Tarot's House of Vigilance
working title. also known as: gay detectives

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In just over a week, Icarus becomes a traitor, takes a young girl, Marion, under his wing who is wanted like he is, and ends up living with a bitter, enigmatic, and shunned ex-detective, Tarot, in order to hide. After learning of his mentor's connection to a brutal killer, the Aetherborn Butcher, Icarus must convince the unwilling Tarot to help clear both his and Marion's names.

But the truth of his mentor's work, and of Aether's war-torn past, is far more gruesome than any of them were expecting.


some comps are: Howl's Moving Castle, The Great Mouse Detective but way darker, and Witchmark



Goals:

Going for 15k for Colonia Heights to finish the third draft (fINALLY), though tbh I'm not even sure I'll need that much but we'll see.

And for Tarot's House of Vigilance, going for a nice chunky 25k.
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Fri Jul 01, 2022 7:29 pm
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RandomTalks says...



Wow, those are some impressive goals! I wish you all the luck with them! :)
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YAY TWO NOVELS DURING CAMP CHAOS <3
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Sun Jul 03, 2022 6:15 pm
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once again, I'm dreadful at keeping accountability threads updated:

Day One - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 1,758/806
Overall Word Count: 1,758/25,000

"Overall" word count is actually sorta inaccurate since there's like, a chapter and a quarter I didn't count that I wrote a while ago (lol), but I'm just going to be counting what I write for Camp NaNo because I'm lazy.

anyway, I have once again done ruined a perfectly sweet little guy and gave him anxiety :)
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Day Two - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 1,736/???
Overall Word Count: 3,494/25,000

me: never again will I start a novel without finishing the outline
me, now: oh god! camp nano is happening! *looks at this novel, the only one I have ANY significant amount of outline completed for, which is still not that much*
me:
me: uh oh

anyway, I'm still trucking along the plotting, but I'm pretty sure I have enough at least for the 25k. either way, why do I keep doing this to myself :')
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Mon Jul 04, 2022 7:13 pm
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Day Three - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 1,383/742
Overall Word Count: 4,877/25,000

Icarus: *collects a child*
Aelinor, who hasn't spotted the child yet: so I think I found somewhere for you to hide while you are wanted for treason. he's probably not a child murderer!
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Day Four - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 2,702/719
Overall Word Count: 7,579/25,000

nothing like starting a new novel and camp nano to really get me kicked into high gear I suppose lol

anyway, my favourite part of writing a new novel has unfolded: the protagonists have met, and now I can cause chaos
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Hurray, great going mellifera! Let the chaos begin :D
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You're smashing this so far!
I know I have a novel of yours to read, it's on my list for as soon as I finish my draft




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Day Five & Six - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 162/???
Overall Word Count: 7,741/25,000

Daily Word Count: 935/664
Overall Word Count: 8,676/25,000

I bragged about doing really well and then immediately plummeted lol I've been punished for my hubris.

actually I just decided I wanted to make cookies on Tuesday before playing d&d, and then ran out of time between that and making dinner and ended up writing a little bit in between when I was meant to be doing anything.

back on the horse though! also after going "I need to be consuming something detective-esque right now, but what?" I started listening to The Penumbra Podcast and found out it is literally about a PI so I'm winning (also I'm really enjoying it already, which I've been having trouble with ever since finishing The Magnus Archives. nothing was hitting the sweet spot of content I was looking for, but I think I might have found something now so I'm satisfied).

ALREADY ALMOST TO 10K ON THIS NOVEL let's GO (actually technically I'm a few thousand PAST 10k on the novel as a whole since I didn't count the beginning chapter or part of the second, so... winning)
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Sat Jul 09, 2022 3:35 am
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Day Seven - Tarot's House of Vigilance

Daily Word Count: 354/653
Overall Word Count: 9,030/25,000
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Sun Jul 10, 2022 12:57 am
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Day Eight - Tarot's House of Vigilance and Colonia Heights

Tarot's:

Daily Word Count: 1/???
Overall Word Count: 9,031/25,000


Colonia Heights:

Daily Word Count: 832/???
Overall Word Count: 832/15,000

yes I did write ONLY ONE word for gay detective novel. I meant to do more but I,,, have poor time management lol

but I got some Colonia Heights in!! which I've been kinda putting off, but finally got back into it ^^
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Day Nine, Ten, and Eleven - Tarot's House of Vigilance


Daily Word Count: 1,054/694
Overall Word Count: 10,085/25,000


Daily Word Count: 3,807/???
Overall Word Count: 13,892/25,000


Daily Word Count: 854/???
Overall Word Count: 14,861/25,000


got a HUGE boost on Sunday, and by that I mean I was like "I'm just going to quickly finish this chapter because all it needs is a short scene to be added" and boy was I SO WRONG (well, yes, but actually no). and what I mean by that is that I went to write one specific scene and my hand slipped and I info-dumped,,, so much :')

like, I REALLY enjoyed writing the chapter, and I think it is a cool chapter that really illuminates more of the worldbuilding and what's going on, but,,, mel no. that's not what was meant to go there. you didn't need worldbuilding there. you needed TWO things to happen and that is ALL.

(did get some, I think, excellent foreshadowing though B) also some cool emotionally wrecking lines for Icarus, which is always a plus)

anyway, I am enjoying third person omniscient/present tense SO MUCH, and I can and will fight anyone who doesn't like it. yeah, maybe it's not as fun for the reader, but they're not the one who has to pull teeth to write it, are they? (idk why I'm feeling kinda zany right now but I'm sleep deprived so anything goes)


also, tarot is a mood. he's such a drama queen and I love him. he's about to Go Through it :)
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Liminality says...



Ooh so close to 25,000 !! You can do this @mellifera I believe in the power of your typewrite skills!! (Also I'm here for info-dumping in a draft c: happens to me all the time!)
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