Wait, what do you mean we’re almost halfway through the month?! Some of the stress of the beginning of the month has tapered off, and we’re finally finding our grooves (or, in some cases, seeing just how much we bit off with our goals for the month). The 6-hour marathon write-in on Saturday certainly gave most of us a huge push in the right direction, and now it’s just a matter of keeping the momentum until the end of the month. We’re getting very close to being on the downward slope!
We’re a full week into NaNoWriMo, and to say we’ve been struggling is a bit of an understatement. With unexpected life circumstances hitting us (Ferret in the hospital! ALL HANDS ON DECK!) in addition to the regular busy-ness of November, I think pretty much all of us have been fighting to keep our heads above water.
But I’ll let the other Ferrets tell you how it’s going… Continue reading
It’s that time of year…NaNoWriMo is upon us once more!
As those of you who’ve been following us for awhile know, National Novel Writing Month is what brought the Ferrets together (Michelle, Serena, and Rebekah met in 2009, then met Lissa in 2010 when Michelle and Rebekah took over MLing duties, Michelle pulled Jess* along in early 2011, and then Eris joined up in NaNo 2011).
Since then, we’ve all participated in some form or fashion, although this year is going to be a little more rebellious** than others! As usual, we’ll have weekly updates during November as we check in on our projects, and you can follow our daily progress on the NaNo site itself.
If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but just can’t find the time, I cannot encourage you enough to sign up for NaNo and get involved with your local region. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, which is why I come back to do it every year not only as a participant, but as an ML as well, so that I can help other people achieve their writing dreams.
There’s still time to sign up, so why not give it a go?
And without further ado, here’s what we’re working on this year!
It’s been a busy year. It’s been a busy few years honestly. Not to mention physically and emotionally draining. Sometimes the Ferrets don’t always get to run away on our coveted writing retreats, so from time to time we steal an afternoon to ourselves closer to home.
Back in February we loaded up in my car and headed to downtown Claremore, OK. A short drive from Tulsa, it was the perfect afternoon getaway for lunch and a bit of quirky shopping.
Lunch was at The Pink House, which has since moved from it’s own (yes, it was pink) house down the street to a spot on the first floor of the Belvidere Mansion. What a perfect place for an afternoon lunch with friends! If you are a tea-lover there was a very long list of teas you could order. It was hard for some of the Ferrets to decide! And while we were there we enjoyed watching a large table of little girls come in with fabulous hats and their best attempts at fancy-lady manners for their own tea party.
See this food? Yum! Their menu had a great selection and there were other things we’d love to try if we go back another time.
Make sure to leave room for dessert! A few of us did and it was well worth it. Mmm… thinking about it makes me ready to return!
The next highlight of the afternoon was Continue reading
Today at the Ferret blog, we have the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our own! Rebekah has just published her first book: The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, based on a blog series that she did back in 2014.
You can already get the ebook (currently on sale for 99 cents!), but the fancy paperback copy will be coming out on September 30!
What is The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, you ask? From Rebekah herself:
Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask ‘what if’ and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world.
In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that ‘what if’ process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Each chapter includes a corresponding set of guided exercises to help you find the ‘what if’ questions relevant to your story’s world.
Fair warning, though: worldbuilding is addictive. Once you get started, you might never put your pen down again.
So, for such an amazing and wonderfully auspicious occasion, Ferrets Michelle, Serena, and Eris sat down to put together a few questions to
pester ask Rebekah, and she very graciously allowed us to do so.
Without further ado, here’s the interview!
Well . . . in a manner of speaking, anyway! We’re not writing another series of our own interpretations (yet), no. (Although of course we Ferrets are always open to inspiration. . .) However, we absolutely invite you to do so – and let us know if you do! In service to that, here are a few more covers – and Ferret commentary – from the shortlist we voted over for the focus of this last one!
This first one was actually tied for Ferret votes with Song of the Saurials, which was of course our final choice for the flashfiction challenge – at least this time.
In the assortment I presented for voting, it was captioned “Righteous sorceress stalks moron who touched something he shouldn’t have.” (As agreed by Michelle: ‘I mean if that’s not an “oh shit what have I done” look, I don’t know what is.’ It really is, complete with a background ‘oh yes, your ass is toast‘ look from the sorceress, don’t you think?)
The above cover was also my personal favourite from the voting list, to be honest, and I may well write something from this cover (as well as one that did not make this shortlist) in future!
Flash Fiction Title: The Sun’s Sorceress
Word Count: 900
Cover Challenge: Song of the Saurials
“Why do you insist on carrying that thing about when you cannot even play it?”
“Why do you insist on wearing that glamour all the time when you aren’t even remotely some sort of . . . saurial sorcerer hybrid?”
“This is my true form!”
Why, thought Solana as Errinal protested about his ridiculous triple-flute and Vissander continued to huff and snort, did I ever agree to travel with these idiots? Continue reading
Flash Fiction Title: The Usefulness of Bards
Word Count: 420
Cover Challenge: The Song of the Saurials
As soon as the bandits leapt out of their hiding places in the thick underbrush, Gregory the Bard knew he had inadvertently broken the first rule of combat: never bring a clarinet to a swordfight.
“Poop,” he said to no one in particular. He immediately had to duck to avoid a wild swing of a claymore from a bandit.
Flash Fiction Title: The Sacred One
Word Count: 600
Cover Challenge: The Song of the Saurials
The Council of Five stood before the three who had been chosen. They had sought dozens for this most hallowed duty, and after months of deliberation, these three were all that remained.
Malachi, the leader, addressed the young huntress first. “Tell me, Leda, daughter of Amelia, why should you be chosen to host the Sacred One?”
Leda lifted her head defiantly. “I am the most skilled hunter of my generation. My knowledge of fields and forests exceeds that of everyone in my family. I have tamed dozens of beasts and slain hundreds. I can protect the Sacred One.”
Malachi nodded and turned his attention to the elder mage. “Tell me, Harcourt, son of Ema, why should you be chosen to host the Sacred One?”
“For decades, I have studied both music and the arcane,” said Harcourt. “Only the High Mage of Dunforth himself knows more than I. My intellect and magical knowledge will be vital for the Sacred One to have.”
Malachi acknowledged the answer before he turned to the final candidate, the Saurial priest. “And you, Vikla, offspring of Ekmar, why should you be chosen?”
Flash Fiction Title: A Matter of Arrogance
Cover Challenge: The Song of the Sauriels
The Saurial Priestess was not sure how she’d been roped into this… ridiculousness. It was supposed to be a simple Spring Sowing Ceremony, and then these two humans (at least, she thought they were humans. They were some of the ugliest ones she’d ever seen, so who knew for sure) showed up out of nowhere spouting off something about a quest and a prophecy and… Continue reading