Hey, thanks for the exalt. Those 4000 words were tough. I actually did some editing, too, and cut out a couple thousand words that were going off in a direction that I wasn't ready for yet. I did save the words, so they aren't really wasted, but I was just getting ahead of myself in the timeline.
So you like Gondra? I have to tell you, he was a major NPC in one of my RPG campaigns, and the players never did get him completely figured out.
That's the reason I'm writing this particular story, to fill in the background on various NPCs from my various campaigns. When I'm done, I'll probably email my old gaming buddies in Maryland, tell them about the story, and see what reactions I get from them.
I've posted another 3000+ word installment of my story at eposic.org/fiction/nanowrimo2006/. I'm just under 22,000 words total, putting me 3,000 words behind schedule, unless I can find the time to write another 3,000 words before the day is over. (I've still got 20+ hours left in the day, so maybe...?)
But right now I'm going to bed... I'm so tired... hope I can sleep...
BTW, it's not that the grumozerii *forgot* to pack enough food. They just didn't have time. And they had to commandeer a ship used for teaching purposes just to get off the planet. It was the best they could do just to get everyone on board and stock the thing with enough food for all those people for a few months.
But, no, they aren't a well-oiled military machine like Knifeclaw Company. Not even close. And the guy that was in charge of stocking the ship died because he didn't stock even just a week's worth more of food for six people on the ship. Sad, really.
He did it! After prefacing his act with an agonizing self-examination scene, argh! I was about ready to smack him and shout, "She saved your sorry arse; now return the favor!" But then he did and it was all good.
Actually I didn't finish reading it. 1/3 of a page to go but I need to post my sad lil excerpt and get my butt in gear before I'm late for work. *incoherent noises of frustration* I need a 3-week vacation at the beach.. wait, where do people who live on a beach yearn for a vacation? The mountains! Yeah.
Yet another post. Menslar / Rvei is becoming quite the fighter. And Elleg is doing her share of the thinking. And fighting, too, of course.
Well, I'm past the half-way mark, with over 26,000 words. I'm still about 2.000 words behind schedule. Maybe it's not about the word count, but I find the word count to be a strong motivator for me, so in that regard it's important.
Hee hee. Those two are so cute. Elleg almost reminds me of Leia, she's so practical and self-confident even though she isn't technically an arse-kicking warrior. She does what she has to and thinks quickly. It helps that she doesn't think about all the things Rvei does. Sure, he's doing much more thinking, but a lot of his contemplation is dedicated to stuff that won't immediately help them. Like whether or not he's a warrior! He's got the glowy sword; therefore he's a warrior. He can change back later.
He likes categorizing himself, huh? Elleg doesn't seem to care about self-categorization. She cares about whether she and Rvei are alive and how they can stay that way. And she's fixated on perpetuating the species. Good thing, too, because her mate doesn't seem to dwell on that much at all. I hope he'll take it more seriously when he's less stressed.
Another installment has been posted. In this one, Menslar / Rvei does a lot of thinking, as he is wont to do. Then there's some action and the consequences thereof.
Yeah, Dandelion, that glowy sword does help make Rvei a warrior. And, yeah, he does categorize himself, whether he likes to or not. His categorizations are not helping him, of course. But he can't help it.
Elleg, as you said, doesn't care about categorizations. She does have some experience in the military, though not so much with physical combat. She's a pilot. As a pilot, she's got good perception and good reflexes. That's helped her a lot lately.
But the grumoziik forces are trained warriors, and that's making things tough for our heroes.
Another installment has been posted. I've fallen behind quite a bit, not having posted at all for about five days. I don't know if my job is going to allow me to write the remaining ~17K words I need to write to be declared a NaNoWriMo winner. I've got to go on a business trip before the end of the month, and I have a lot of preparation to make before I go. So I don't know if I will get those last several thousand words written in time. But I'll write whenever I get the opportunity, and we'll see where I end up on the 30th.
In this latest installment, Rvei finally gets something that he has been desiring for some time now...
Yet another installment posted. I'm not quite to 40K words. It's looking real doubtful that I'll reach the 50K mark. I'll need about 4K words per day on the average to reach the desired goal, and circumstances do not seem conducive to my being able to do that. But we'll see. It ain't over till it's over.
In this latest installment, Rvei is, after all that time of being awake and wanting to sleep, very willing to be awake now. Or maybe he is awake, but if so, he isn't willing to accept the fact...
I'd say more, but I'm perplexed and intrigued now. Please find a way to keep writing so you can get to the part that explains all this new stuff!
Rvei had another "want to smack him" moment. Sure, he had two possibilities, dream or insanity. But logic dictates, no matter how unlikely it may seem, that a third possibility be considered: that it's all real. I mean, if we want to get all purist and everything.
(That's something Nulu would say to Hraith. Not to say that Nulu would believe it; just that he'd say it. He's wired for purism.)
I have to go on a business trip starting Tuesday morning. I'm getting up in 5 hours from when I'm writing this, and heading for Maryland. I'll be up there until Friday, by which time NaNoWriMo will be over. I may find time to write while I'm in Maryland, but there's a strong possibility that I won't. So I don't know if I'll reach the 50K mark by November 30. But I'm thinking I may continue writing on this story beyond the 30th, because I will not have finished it by then, even if I manage to write a full 50K before the end of November.