Friday, November 1, 2019

THE SHARED WIP TAG - WEEK 1 // introducing my nano novel

Um, guys?

It's... November 1.

You know what this means, don't you? IT MEANS TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF NANOWRIMO.

*runs around in circles screaming* *hits wall and collapses*

Much write. Many panic. So pain. Wut r words?

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Freaking-out aside, though, I'm ridiculously excited for this! I've known about NaNoWriMo for a long time and have followed the journeys of many friends, bloggers, and other writer acquaintances for the past couple years as they've participated. Never have I tried to write 50,000 words in 30 days myself.

But. 2019 is the YEAR, my friends. MY FIRST NANOWRIMO. I HOPE THAT IT GOES OKAY AT THE LEAST. EPIC AT THE BEST. *cracks knuckles*

This month on the blog I'll be sharing about my NaNo novel (as I write it!!) via the Shared WIP Tag. This is a fun sort-of tag hosted by Julian @ Saver of Memories. A handful of other bloggers and I signed up for it about a month ago and then worked together on a Google Doc to craft 5 weeks of questions, each set pertaining to a different aspect of our NaNo novels. This Friday we'll simply be introducing the story, and on further Fridays this month we'll delve into things a little bit deeper.

(I've given the URLs of the other participants at the bottom of this post. So excited to read about their projects as well!)

Without further ado, allow me to introduce Flecks of Green.

If you have a book cover, torture your readers by making them scroll forever to see it. If you do not have a book cover, describe your dream cover.

I don't have a mock cover for Flecks of Green, unfortunately, because for some reason I have never felt inclined to create mock covers for my books. My dream cover obviously has green on it, though. It would also be cool if dragon eggs could be incorporated onto it somehow.

Yes, you heard me right. Dragon eggs. With green spots. XD

Provide a blurb

Prepare for EXTREME vagueness and general mediocrity, but this is what I managed to come up with pretty much on the fly:

Robin hasn't celebrated his birthday in years. That's because, as a doorstep orphan, he has no idea what his birthday is. But Robin knows of the mountains beyond the villages and of the dragons who lurk there. He's bored from his recent lack of employment, and he's tired of missing his birthday year after year after year...

So. What better many-birthdays gift could he give himself than a long, exciting, and ill-thought-out journey to a world he has never seen before? He needs only two things: a pack of supplies, and a companion.

Marlina has not seen the boy she loves for three days and it scares her. She is as painfully aware of the invisible forces striving to rip him away from her as she is of her visions of the future. He is always in those visions, always by her side.

She would do anything to find him. She would join a friend of a friend and a fairy in their search for another missing child. She would brave a swamp, climb a mountain, fly to an island in the sky.

She would face the dark forces themselves.

Share some aesthetics

pics via Pinterest; all credit to original creators/owners

Behold, my Flecks of Green collage! Including pictures of my main characters. :D

I haven't made a WIP banner for this book yet, but once I do I'll certainly share it.

How long did it take you to flesh out the story enough to feel prepared to use it for NaNo?

From I-don't-know-when-I-started-brainstorming to October 31. Because yes, I was still trying to get ready the day before NaNoWriMo started. XD

Is it a standalone or part of a series?

Part of a series! In fact, it's the final book in my Dusted Red trilogy. Even though it has a different protagonist (two this time *cough*) and a different adventure, it would be VERY confusing to read any of these stories out of order. The character arcs in Flecks of Green, for example, begin in Blue Like Sapphires, and what happens at the end of the latter has a significant influence on the former. It's allllll connected.

How did you get the idea for this story?

My sassy redhead from book 2 (his name is Robin in Flecks of Green, although he goes by a different name in book 2, which I shan't tell you) decided his story wasn't over with Blue Like Sapphires. And when he begged for another adventure with him at the head of it, several other characters who also first appeared in BLS decided to join him. Naturally. :P

What song or selection of lyrics best describes the general aesthetic of your story?

Even a well lit place, can hide salvation
A map to a one man maze that never sees the sun
Where the lost are the heroes
And the thieves are left to drown
But everyone knows by now
Fairy tales are not found
They're written in the walls

~ It Has Begun by Starset

What made you decide to write this book for NaNo?

For some reason, I can't bring myself to start writing any other plot bunnies until all the books in this trilogy are written. With the first draft of Blue Like Sapphires finished right before NaNo, it only made sense to jump right into book 3 for NaNo itself, while the characters are still fresh and the aesthetics of this fantasy world are still prevalent in my mind. Once I've finished the first draft of Flecks of Green, I'll finally be able to give my other story ideas the attention they deserve. But first I need my trilogy to be complete (first-draft-wise, anyway XD).

What are your publishing plans for this book?

None any time soon. But I certainly hope to have this series traditionally published one day!


So. Welcome to Flecks of Green.

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If you don't feel ready for this, you're not alone. I mean, I'm the writer of this thing, and I'M NOT READY EITHER.

What I'm probably most excited for about this story is the two POVs. I've never written a novel with more than one POV before, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes!


Be sure to read their posts as well, and I'll see you next week with Part 2. :D

The Lord's Truly,
What do you think of Flecks of Green? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Comment below! (and then go write more worrrrrds)


  1. AHHH FLECKS OF GREEN!! It’s so much prettier than I imagined!! The blurb tho, and the aesthetic. I can’t wait to meet Robin because He sounds so fun to read!!

    All the good luck with NaNo!! I can’t wait to hear more!! <333

    1. THANKS, DANIELLE!!! I can't wait for you to meet Robin either; he's soooo fun to write. XD

      Thank youuuuu! And same to you! WE'RE GONNA ROCK IT. <33

  2. *gets super excited* Oh my word, LILA. Robin???? Marlina???? Is this what it sounds like???? I AM OBSESSED.

    1. Sort of but also not really???? As in, it was GOING to be a retelling when I first got the idea a long time ago, but now it's just very very (like, VERY) loosely inspired. XD

  3. He is still Ginger in my thoughts though, because of his attitude when I met him: sassy with a glimmer of mischief in his eyes!

    1. Haha! Well, you can certainly call him Ginger if you want to. ;D

  4. I LOVE all the titles for your series! And this story sounds like a fun, whimsical adventure! *claps hands excitedly* You'll do great with NaNo Lila, go forth and conquer your wordcount! <3

    1. I'm so excited you like the sound of it, Melissa!! :)))

      THANK YOU!!! *rolls up sleeves* I will try my very best to do that!

  5. That first gif though...that is totally me doing NaNo, lol...


    1. I thought it was pretty accurate... XD



    Robin... green... hmmm... ;) ;) This sounds so awesome. Would it be super spoilery to ask which of the characters from the first 2 books will reappear in this third one? Because if it is, then you can just give, like, a number, lol. If it isn't... :)

    I've never actually won the actual NaNo 50K before, and I'm not sure I will this time. I'm just a naturally slow writer, and I just do NaNo for the extra motivation. Plus I'm doing a *shock gasp amazement* CONTEMPORARY this year, so I'm pretty sure I'm quite out of mind. And also English class is out to get me. Awful timing. xD

    Hope your writing goes well!!

    1. <3333333333

      Robin and green, yep. XD Weeeeell, Robin and Marlina are from book 2, and then the older brother of the main character in book 2 is a major player in this book too. AND Tink from book 1. Those are the main ones. *smirk*

      I've never even tried NaNo before, so this is definitely a big challenge for me too! I can see why you'd do it mainly for the motivation, though. And you can bet I understand life getting in the way. :P

      Thanks, you too!!!

  7. Everyone's novels have sounded so cool and this one is not exception!! I can't wait to learn more about this because it sounds AMAZINGG!

    1. Thank you so much, Ceci!! I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE MORE EITHERRRRR.

  8. "I do a thing called what I want"<-- I absolutely love that!!!

    This whole story sounds awesome and I can't wait to hear more!! Robin, especially, sounds like fun!

    1. ME TOO!! It fits with Robin's personality perfectly. XD

      AHHHHH thank you so much, Sarah!!! Robin is crazy and I'm loving writing from his perspective. :D

  9. Those aesthetics are PERFECTION, Lila!!

    1. THANK YOOOOUUUUUUU!!! I like them quite a lot myself. :D


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