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Here is proof of my word count:  Nanowrimo 2014 by gingersketches

In actuality, though, I wrote WAY more than that.  I had a file for cuts (which technically, I'm not supposed to do for a NaNoWriMo novel ^^;) and a file for brainstorming and rambling when I couldn't figure out what to write next.  With the addition of those documents, I wrote closer to 60,000 words.  Thank goodness I learned to type so fast when I was younger, or I would never have managed.  My hand cramps when I handwrite for too long...
Nanowrimo 2014 by gingersketches
Nanowrimo 2014
Made it! :phew:

(Just barely, though.  Good thing I chose to do it in a month with 31 days instead of only 30... :faint:)

See my previous journals to know what I'm talking about: Happy October!
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Ok, folks, here's the deal:  one NaNoWriMo* tip for writers is to have a "trigger" for one's writing sessions.  Something that signals to the creative portion of the brain, "Hey, it's writing time!"  Some people wear funky hats, or use a particular pencil, or visit a specific coffee shop with their laptop.  In my case, I've been listening to music by Peter Crowley on Youtube.

Peter Crowley is 21-year-old guy from France who composes epic fantasy music.  And it truly is epic.  This music encompasses sub-genres of Celtic, Pirate, Adventure, and even "Symphonic Folk Metal" (yes, you read that right).  He uses sound libraries of actual instrument recordings, so everything sounds phenomenal and authentic.  As if that wasn't enough, while he offers his music for sale, many of his songs are available for non-commercial free use with proper credit, too.

Seriously, if you're in a creative rut, listen to some of Peter's music.  If it doesn't inspire you to great and wondrous things in your art/writing, nothing will.

Here's my favorite:



Some of the others I like are "Epic Celtic Music - Medieval Anthem," "Epic Celtic Music - Wolf Blood (by Adrian Von Ziegler)," "Epic Pirate Music - Escaping the Kraken," and "Epic Adventure Music - The Kingdom Above the Sky."  These are only a small number of the great songs by this composer.  You can easily spend hours browsing and listening to his song list.  Please check out his Youtube account - you won't be sorry you did!

*See my previous post for details on NaNoWriMo:  Happy October!
Wow, is it October already?  Where did the time go?  Only two more months until Christmas - that's a freaky thought!  (I need to get cracking on my Christmas shopping!)

I have decided to use October as my NaNoWriMo* month this year.  November is the "official" month, but with Thanksgiving and several family birthdays taking place in November, I know I'd never get it done in time.  (It also has one fewer day than October, so I'm milking this month for the extra day, lol.)  Once I know who my characters are and what they look like, I intend to post some pictures of them here.

*For those of you not in-the-know "NaNoWriMo" is an abbreviation for "National Novel Writing Month."  A bunch of slightly crazy people commit to writing a 50,000-word story in the span of just one month.  It's not meant to be a fabulous piece of material that jumps to the top of the bestseller list overnight, but rather proof to ourselves that we can actually WRITE A NOVEL if we just psych ourselves up and DO it.  The polishing and rewriting can come later, if we so choose, but for most of us, the joy is in the doing.  For more info, visit the NaNoWriMo official website:  nanowrimo.org or read No Plot?  No Problem! by Chris Baty.
She-cyclops and She-ep by gingersketches
She-cyclops and She-ep
Dumb title is dumb, lol =P

I was browsing through an old sketchbook last night, and I found a sketch of this female cyclops there (next to an ambiguous blob that I think was supposed to be a sheep, but apparently I had lost interest).  I really liked the way she looked, so I decided to finish the sketch and upload it here on dA.  This is one of my more detailed backgrounds, which isn't saying a lot, but at least I'm trying ;)




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Here is proof of my word count:  Nanowrimo 2014 by gingersketches

In actuality, though, I wrote WAY more than that.  I had a file for cuts (which technically, I'm not supposed to do for a NaNoWriMo novel ^^;) and a file for brainstorming and rambling when I couldn't figure out what to write next.  With the addition of those documents, I wrote closer to 60,000 words.  Thank goodness I learned to type so fast when I was younger, or I would never have managed.  My hand cramps when I handwrite for too long...

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Shauna
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I am a Christian, a homeschool graduate, and a cancer survivor. I have been drawing since 9th grade, and I enjoy playing classic video games and watching black-and-white movies. I currently work at my local library six days a week, and am in constant danger of drowning in the books I check out. I'm also engaged to a pretty amazing guy. I thank God every day for these blessings.

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vesperaline Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for all the sweet comments you posted on my gallery lately! This is kind of you ^u^
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :aww:  I have been so busy lately, that I do not always have time to look through my deviantWATCH notices.  So I pick a day to look through the gallery of a person I watch and see what they've posted since the last time I looked.  Looking through your gallery was a pleasure, as usual :)
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DBZpowerupover9000 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hello
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :)
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DBZpowerupover9000 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi gingersketches I have a question. Do you take requests?
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not currently.  I'm so busy these days, I'm lucky if I have time to make art, period, much less a request.  (As evidenced by the fact that the last time I uploaded a deviation was in August.  Yikes!)  Sorry about that :hmm:  But thank you for your interest! 

If I do re-open requests at some point in the future, I will let everyone know via journal entry.  The guidelines for requests are here:  fav.me/d59ix29.
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The-White-Dragon-97 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthankyouforthellama: as well :aww: :dummy:
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gingersketches Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :pat:
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The-White-Dragon-97 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Tito-Mosquito Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama. :hug:
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