November 27, 2014

The Thanksgiving Surprise - A Poem by D.S. Devereaux


"If Ratbeard can't get turkey
and Bonnie can't make pie
Than what other surprises
Do on this Thanksgiving lie?"

November was coming to a close
Upon the Hero's Kite
And past the Raven Island snows
She sailed on t'wards the light

While Gracie manned the cannonballs
and Sarah topped the mast
The captain, boggled, milled about
As frazzled as was fast.

"Should we worry 'bout the traffic
On through the sparkling Stormgates home?
What about today's parade -
Skull Island will be overflowed!"

In time, as she neared the swirling
passageway to her island home
Ships, bumping 'round, were stacked and twirling
Flotsam soon these vessels prone!

With a sigh, the dead-eye swashbuck
Steered her ship away, away
Seemed that she was out of luck
To spend time with her friends that day.

November 23, 2014

Un-Surviving the Smuggler's Arena: A Journal

This is an experimental post
Spiral Date 68360.4



Snyder fixed his hat, reinforcing an invisible crease in the seam between his fingers."There's a better way to get Scrip, y'know," he croaked, "But you've got to fight for it, mate." I folded my arms and pulled my goggles down to hang around my neck. I could see Hinson gulp - at least someone had heard of my doings, whether they were the clockwork rewirings in Marleybone, the Stormzilla fight in Mooshu, or even my papers published in the Laurentine, though I doubt those were the interest - and Snyder immediately stepped back. (I have the second thought now that the two were likely more shocked over the dead eye instead of recognizing my scientific progress.) 

"What is it?" I asked, scrunching my nose at the putrid smell of the Black Market. If the opportunity was anywhere but here, I'd take it up.

November 17, 2014

Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo 2014



 1. I really, genuinely miss PvP.

I get up at 5:00 in the morning and hope to get 2,500 words down. I can normally muster 1,000 of that before actually starting my day sometime around 6:45. During every down moment, I'm writing, whether it's in the actual draft, my plot notes, or even just a random snippet about an unrelated character off to slay a dragon. As long as I'm writing, my brain remains in the necessary state to be creating. And trust me, it's been tough.

November 8, 2014

Where I've Been - NaNoWriMo 2014 Wordcount Tracker

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Where have I been? I've been in alleys for hundreds of words, trapped in the forest for thousands. I've been in so many minds in the past so-many days that I've lost track of whose thoughts belong to who - me, or my characters - and none of them have yet considered becoming pirates. 

It's that time of year, again! Due to schedule constraints, I have been unable to piece together posts to last the entire month, but I'll let you know now that I am participating in National Novel Writing Month 2014! This is my third year participating and I'm hoping to win for the second time! While I have the time and wish I could blog during the event, doing so much writing in a day drives me a little bonkers.

Above is a self-updating wordcount widget that will track my progress throughout the entire month. When that bar starts to near the end, you'll see more of me. I have a few writing/NaNo-intensive posts on the way. As of 11/9, I am AHEAD of schedule and should be finished early. 

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