Tarot Tuesday Prompts: September 2022

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Queen of Staves & Queen of Masks

Prompt: Write about two characters with opposite goals based on the card images and descriptions.

Queen of Staves: Leonarra – A woman who is attractive, maternal–fruitful in mind and body. 

Queen of Masks: Odyssey – Firm but gentle person, quick witted and keen. Could also indicate mourning. 

Wheel of Fortune

Prompt: Write about a character stuck in a cycle of ups and downs related to one specific aspect of life. (A series of failed relationships, a string of disappointing jobs, family drama, etc).

The central theme of The Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The turning of the wheel represents the constant ups and downs of life. You will occupy all the points of the wheel at some point. You can take comfort in knowing your circumstances will constantly change. 

Eight of Pentacle & Nine of Pentacles

Prompt: Write a scene where two characters from very different backgrounds meet. Use the card images and the included meanings as inspiration. 

Eight of pentacles: Apprenticeship, repetitive tasks, mastery, skill development.

Nine of pentacles: Abundance, luxury, self-sufficiency, financial independence

Ten of Cups

Prompt: Write a story, poem, etc. that honors someone that has passed on. 

Pictured card from The Ghosts and Spirits Tarot by Lisa Hunt represents the Day of the Dead; a tradition honoring dead ancestors including ceremonies unifying the living and dead through merriment, feasts, dances, rituals and parties. Similar traditions include Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve and Halloween.

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NaNoWriMo 2021–Week 2

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The Project

This year’s project revolves around Dante, a character I’ve been writing about for quite a few years. (Check out her fictional blog) I haven’t posted to the blog in some time, but she’s still very much in my head. For a while every workshop prompt would end up being about her or somebody in her world. So I have all these bits and pieces that I decided I would type up, finish, expand, whatever. Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m doing. I don’t really have a story in mind yet, just barely the tiniest spark of an idea. But I decided to go with it any.

Week 2 Writing

So far it’s been pretty easy, mostly I’m just typing up handwritten drafts. As I go along I’m adding extra little bits and expanding or finished incomplete scenes. I’ve still been running behind on my daily wordcount. Hosting the write-ins have been extremely helpful, days I really didn’t feel like writing, I pretty much had no choice. While I didn’t want to overwhelm myself, it might have been a good idea not to skip days. It pretty obvious the days without write-ins I’m a whole lot less productive. Wednesdays seem to be the worst day, two weeks in a row, I only managed a few hundred words. I’m trying not to stress too much on it. Instead I’m focusing on the achievement of writing everyday. That a big win to celebrate no matter what my actual output is. I knew this would be a big challenge, especially since I’m not solely dedicated to the NaNo project.

This week I finished all of the drafts I had. Now I am working completely from scratch. So, we’ll see how I progress going forward. Today is officially the halfway point and I’m at 19086 words, my average words per day is 1272 and I’m on track to finish by December 9th.

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2021

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I attempted NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2015. I finished my story but was still short about 5,000 words. For me that was accomplishment enough. It was the closest I got to the 50,000 word goal for the next several years. Then last year, I finally won working on memoir writing instead of a novel. I’m still working on editing, rewriting and organizing a workable draft. But memoir writing can be pretty heavy. So I decided to lighten things up by working on some fiction for NaNoWriMo. My goal is to work on both at the same time, but we’ll see how it goes.

To help keep me on track I’ve decided to host some virtual write-ins. Something I started doing this past July for Camp NaNoWriMo. It helps to have company and to be obligated to show up to write. I have four of those scheduled throughout the week in addition to group writing sessions I already attend. It should be more than enough writing time to hit the goal, but my main issue is losing momentum on the project I’ve already been working on.

Week one

Usually the first couple of days or week I try to go beyond the daily word count. It helps to get ahead early, because I will likely loose steam at some point. I wasn’t able to manage it this week. In fact, I’ve been behind all week. Starting off the week with an average of 15000 words a day. Wednesday I barely managed 200 words. I don’t know if it’s the schedule, the change in weather, or just my body being weird, but I’ve been exhausted. I mean tired enough that by two in the afternoon I need a nap. I managed to pick up the pace later in the week and almost catch up. Saturday I even thought I might be back on track, but fell behind again on Sunday. I have a usual routine that includes being a lazy bum and binge watching a TV series. (This week it was Lock & Key.) I managed to get in about a thousand words first though.

In all I guess my first week wasn’t so bad. I’m happy with my progress, I wrote every day. I also managed to keep up with work on other projects I have going on. Maybe not as much as I would have liked but I’m not trying to overwhelm myself. Spent way too many years overworking myself just to burn out and give up on everything. Not doing it again. Well, I better be off to do some actual writing.

For more info and to register for upcoming write-ins, check out the Eventbrite page.