Friday, November 8, 2019

THE SHARED WIP TAG - WEEK 2 // a step into my nano story world


This is when the NaNoWriMo 2019 Shared WIP Tag starts to differ from earlier Shared WIP Tags. We decided to shake things up this time and base the questions for Weeks 2, 3, and 4 off this overarching what if:

What would it be like if we had the opportunity to LITERALLY interact with our NaNo world and characters? 

If you're not entirely sure what I mean, just keep reading and you'll understand soon enough. Mwahaha.

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What aspect of this world would make you want to leave immediately?

The rampant storms of RANDOM AND CHAOTIC MAGIC. That is to say... creatures, objects, and entire settings that are literally the result of unsupervised sorcery practice. Most of this disorganized magic is purposeless, and all of it is weird, but one thing is clear - it's extremely dangerous and you do not want to cross it.

Fun times are happening up in those mountains, ha ha haaaaaaa.


If you lived in this world, what would be your job/working environment?

Ooooh, so many options! If I lived in a Fawood village (quite far from the mountains, thank goodness), I could work in any number of places/environments. A bakery, a flower shop, a general store... LITERALLY ANYTHING. I don't think I'd be a lumberjack or a runner, though, because 1) I don't think I'd like swinging a heavy ax all day, and 2) as much as I enjoy running, I seriously doubt I'd enjoy constantly marathoning between villages with a heavy pack of supplies on my back.

Other than that, I could settle in the farmlands, but I don't think I'm cut out for farming, as aesthetic as that would be. XD And then there's Neverland, but unless I was a fairy there wouldn't be much of a working environment there at all...

In other words, if I wanted to be lazy and do nothing but play and have adventures, Neverland would be the place to go.


What would you most likely be wearing if you were dropped into this world?


A simple, homespun dress. Probably gingham.


What aspects stand out to you as different from our world? What is very similar to ours?

Inhabited islands floating in mid-air among the clouds come to mind. We don't have those in our world, unfortunately.


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We also don't have dragons living in our mountains - an even bigger disappointment. (Or maybe it's a good thing, hmmm.)

The areas of this world that I primarily explore in Flecks of Green are wild and magical and just VERY different, so I'm sort of blanking on that second question.


Which part of your world would you most enjoy visiting?

NEVERLAND. Always Neverland. That place is gorgeous and I want to visit my version of it soooooo badly. Here are some pictures (via Pinterest - all credit to original creators/owners) to give you a feel for what it's like up there!



Will o the Wisp by Gwillieth.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt - I really like how the artist brings out the moonlight effect so well!

AUTUMN PUNKINZ - satakentia:     Øystein Aspelund

FAMILY DAYS OUT: With underground caverns, real bear bones, Birds of Prey flying displays & Hawk Walks - kids just love Aillwee Cave in Co. Clare! Best value tickets available from TopAttractionsIreland.com - delivered instantly by email & valid for 365 days from purchase. Makes a great gift too!

It calls to me and my heart reaches for it even as it is terrified.


Heart eyes, no???


Which part of your world would you avoid at all costs?

Robin and I are polar opposites, which is part of what makes writing him equal parts challenging and fascinating. You see... there's this labyrinth in the mountains. It's full of dragons and dangerous magic (although he doesn't learn about the magic until he actually gets there). Whereas Robin begins FoG wanting to go to these mountains - and, once he finds it, the labyrinth - I would prefer to avoid these mountains and this labyrinth. At all costs.

So while I'm writing sentences like "Why don't we fly to the mountains beyond the farmlands and see ourselves a dragon?" my mind is screaming, "YOU SHOULD NOT DO ANY SUCH THING, BUT FINE. HERE WE GO."


Would you enjoy the types of food or common dishes eaten in your world?

Yes, I'm sure I would. There a lot of bread, after all, and I LOVE BREAD. Stew is another primary dish, so I wouldn't mind eating that either.

Also, there's a unique type of blue berry in Neverland that I'm kinda dying to try! I guarantee they're better than the blueberries we have here, which aren't my favorite. :P


What does the culture of this world revolve around and would you enjoy participating in it?


One thing the culture of the Fawood villages does not revolve around is education. Children finish school before they even turn sixteen, and what is taught IN school is pretty basic. As someone who doesn't exactly have a natural love for school (too many fun hobbies calling my name, I'm sorryyyy), that sounds like something I wouldn't mind participating in.


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The culture of the labyrinth revolves around randomness, illusions, and general mind games. I think that would give me a headache. So... hard pass on that one.

As for Neverland, its culture revolves around spontaneity. So that includes an element of disorganization, but it's a much more laid-back kind of disorganization than that of the intense labyrinth. Again, I really want to go to Neverland, so I'd definitely be up for participating in that culture. (It's probably worth mentioning that spontaneous plans stress me out... BUT STILL.)

What’s your favorite thing about the story world?

To be honest, I love writing magic systems that don't have a bunch of strict rules to keep up with. Maybe that makes me a lazy fantasy writer, but it's TRUEEEE. So that's probably my favorite thing about Flecks of Green. In the labyrinth, there. are. no. rules. It's all random, and anything can happen. Literally ANYTHING.

It gives me such freedom at the keyboard. XD


Provide a few pictures that help depict your story world.

Since I already shared pictures of Neverland, I'll use this question to show you what the mountains and labyrinth are like. (Once again, I took these pics from Pinterest and I take no credit for them.)



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How To Train Your Dragon Aesthetic 55 Ideas #howto



A little glimpse of it, anyway. ;)

~ OTHER WIP TAG PARTICIPANTS ~


I hope you enjoyed exploring the world of Flecks of Green with me, and I'll see you next week with Part 3!


The Lord's Truly,
How's NaNo going, my friends?? I confess, I'm finding it tough to write as much as I want/need to, what with everything going on in my life (like visiting my soon-to-be school this weekend - which is probably where I am as you read this!), but I still feel that fire of inspiration and I can only pray it stays. <3 Comment below with any NaNo thoughts or prayer requests you'd like to share!

14 comments:

  1. Neverland and the labyrinth (I guess I'm like Robin XD) sound fanastical and magical and epic!!! Can I go there now, pretty please???

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    1. Lol, I'm not sure how much you want to be like Robin... ;D But thank you so much, Clare!! You can certainly go, once I finish building this portal. XD

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  2. I agree with MovieCritic: can I go explore your world? I love the pictures, cannot wait for your book!

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    1. *jots note* That's two people who want to go through the portal I'm building. Excellent. You will be notified when travel is ready to commence.

      Thanks!! <3

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  3. Ooooh the random magic storms and labyrinth sounds super fun, and dangerous (in an exciting story way)! I love that you're the polar opposite to Robin hahaha! Best wishes with NaNo, I hope you're able to let that inspiration shine. <3

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    1. I'm soooo excited to explore them in the novel itself!! Thank you, Melissa! <333

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  4. Your story world sounds amazing! I love labyrinths and dragons.
    Neverland sounds like someplace I would want to live.

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    1. EEP, thanks so much, Skye!! Labyrinths and dragons are epic things. XD

      Saaaaaame.

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  5. I already love your storyworld, so to spend more time in another corner of it...ack I can't wait. *flails softly* It's gonna be SO GOOD.

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    1. *flails at your flailing* I CAN'T WAIT EITHERRRRRR. Hopefully it'll be good. XD THANK YOU!

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  6. *SHRIEKS TO THE VOID* Whyyy do I have to wait so long?? I love all of this! But especially no school. #villagewriter

    Please take me back to Neverland. ❤️

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    1. I'M SORRYYYYY. It's not THAT long, though. ;D Thank you so much, Danielle!

      I will! Soon! Very soon! <3

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  7. Woah!!! All those pictures are so #aesthetic I immediately felt like I was there when I saw them!

    Your world sounds so awesome! I can't wait to hear more about it!

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    1. Yay!!! I'm so glad you like them! I had fun picking them out. They made me feel that way too! XD

      Thanks, Sarah!!

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