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Didn’t get there.

As this pressure on my head, throat, and sinuses that I’ve been trying to ignore the past few days continues to increase, I am forced to concede that I am in fact getting sick. Couple this with being way behind in my NaNoWriMo entry already, I think it’s a clear sign that I’m not going to make it to 50,000 words for the month. I’m only slightly bummed about this, though, as I feel I got a decent start on the novel, as well as a lot of great input from some amazing folks. This isn’t to say that I’m giving up on the story altogether though. I just think it best that I take things easy and focus on other stuff that needs dealt with.

Hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to try again next year, and with better advance preparation. I think one of my issues this first time was that I decided to do it the morning of October 31, and thus didn’t have all that solid a layout for my story just yet, and didn’t even write out an outline until Nov 3. Scheduling issues got in the way as well early on and even though I started pretty far ahead, I ended up way behind by the second week.

The novel I chose to work on was a fantasy story and prequel to a novel I already had in the works. My working title is First Empress and takes place in sort of a late-Bronze-Age fantasy setting. Given this, I fairly deliberately fell back to my past reading and research into Ancient Greece, even opting to call the infantry soldiers hoplites. If anyone is interested, I’ll go ahead and post a few excerpts from the story.

Here is the synopsis I submitted for my NaNoWriMo novel:

Empress Viarraluca Tolles, brilliant, ambitious ruler of the island city-state of Kel Fimmaril, has been offered an amazing, magical gift by her beloved subjects: eternal youth. The gift is the result of new research into the use of arcane methods to prevent aging. Having transformed her nation from a tiny island kingdom into the sea-faring, commercial Tollesian Empire in less than a decade, the 28-year-old empress contemplates the implications and consequences of becoming its eternal ruler.

Far to the south, a nine-year-old girl named Zahnia experiences daily the horrors behind the arcane research, as dozens of her fellow orphans are experimented on for the benefit of humanity. Alone and terrified, the captive girl prays for any escape, any ally, to deliver her from the mad alchemists who hold her.

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