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NaNoWriMo Day 23: Thankful

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m in Nashville with my family, we had a fun day of cooking and eating, and now I’m borderline food coma.  We went non-traditional this year and made Italian food.  It was awesome.  I didn’t do any writing today, it was too busy.  Hopefully tomorrow; I have a novel to finish.  There’s a lot to be thankful for, so here’s a list:

  • God’s love
  • Family
  • Food
  • Friends
  • The Friendsgiving Star Wars Christmas Sleepover
  • Finding the opening to the Upside Down
  • Italian food
  • Eating leftovers (a LOT of leftovers)
  • The Paradigm’s readers
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (I can’t wait for that!)
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Writing
  • Acting
  • Reading
  • Books
  • The Bible
  • The Wayward Witch
  • The Divine Blades
  • Punching bros who deserve it
  • East Nashville
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Pie
  • Chess Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Darth Vader
  • X-Men
  • Vader X-Man
  • Cute girls
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Scrooge
  • Penicillin (the drink)
  • Water
  • The New York Yankees
  • RPGs
  • Xia: Legends of a Drift System
  • Smiling
  • The Nostalgia Critic
  • Jesus Christ
  • Santa Claus
  • Santa Christ
  • That guy on his phone you don’t like, but have to be nice to
  • The agent and publisher I’ll one day sign with
  • Emma Watson (she will always be on this list)
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Dragons
  • Imagining
  • Christmas music (Yes.  I’m one of those people)
  • The Ronziphone™
  • Brother and Sister
  • Dancing even though you don’t know how
  • Fire
  • Knowing you can beat up a dweeby guy if you ever needed to
  • The Bothans
  • The list of books I’ll eventually read
  • Bryan Adams
  • Broken records
  • Q
  • The letter “Q”
  • Natural 20s
  • Lightsabers
  • Pooping
  • Steve Harrington’s character development
  • Stranger Things
  • 008
  • Eggos

I hope you all had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 50,962/50,000!

Until I can write again,

Andrew Ronzino, Thankful

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NaNoWriMo Day 22: Blocked

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

Writer’s block sucks.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 50,962/50,000!

Until I know where to go with this story,

Andrew Ronzino, I Think?

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

First things first, I’m sorry I didn’t post yesterday.  With traveling and all that, I just didn’t have time to write or post.  So Day 20 wasn’t very productive.  But, now I’m in Nashville with family, and having a good time.

Now on to the great news…

I REACHED 50,000 WORDS!

Twenty-one days after I starting the NaNoWriMo challenge, I crossed and passed the 50k line!  I woke up this morning, sat down, and hammered out the words I needed to beat the challenge.

Every year I like to share the 50,000th word.  This year that word was: “witch”.

The sentence containing the 50,000th word was: “The Wayward Witch had blown up enough of supports in the tower that its weight couldn’t hold it.”

The context is that the Wayward Witch, the villain of the story, is angry at my main character, Symon.  After completely destroying his home village and killing over 150 people, including his friends, she knows he will not rest until he finds her.  So she blew up the Cleric’s Tower, the place were the Mythic Clerics work from.  The Clerics were in the building when the bomb was thrown in, but were able to get out in time.  Then they helped save people from the wreckage.

Since she’s the villain, having the second part of her name be the 50,000th word is fitting.

I have technically succeeded the challenge of NaNoWriMo, but the story is not finished.  I don’t consider it a victory until I finish the novel.  I still have a bit to write, so vacation won’t be all relaxation, I have some work to do.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 50,354/50,000!

Until next time,

Andrew Ronzino, A Man Who Wrote A Novel In Under 30 Days

NaNoWriMo Day 19: So Close

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

I’m so close to 50,000 words, I can taste it.  I had a rehearsal for the play I’m directing today, so I wasn’t able to hit 50K.  I would write some more and make it tonight, but I need to pack for my Thanksgiving vacation.

My family is all flying to Nashville where my sister lives for Thanksgiving.  We haven’t been all together as a family since our trip to Italy in 2015.  I’m really excited to get together.

So, needless to say, I wrote a lot of words, but not enough to push me into the win zone.  I’ll try to do it tomorrow if I’m not too busy after my flight.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 48,916/50,000!

Until I reach Nashville,

Andrew Ronzino, Music Man

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

Today was a great day for writing.  I was able to crank out a lot of words.  My vacation for Thanksgiving has begun.  I will be flying to Nashville on Monday to go to my sister‘s for the holiday.  I’m super pumped for it.

So far in the story, I’ve given you the plot, the first and second excerpts, and introduced you to Symon DeMyn.  But now I would like to introduce you to Princess Rachel, who is the oldest daughter of King Kaylon of Vastervale.  She was introduced in The Priest of Tears, but I’ve been able to expand her character a lot more.  She has a much bigger role in this story now.

Meet Rachel Daylyn, a secondary character of The Wayward Witch.

Meet Rachel Daylyn

Name: Rachel Lyndra Daylyn

Nickname: The Blacksmith Princess, the Fox

Age: 24

Hair: Short, black hair with a pink stripe on the right side

Skin: Caucasian

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite Music: Opera

Food: Succulent chicken and vegetables

Likes: Theater shows, a good drink, making arms and armor, bard songs, the Mythic Clerics (though she pretends like she doesn’t), Symon DeMyn (though she doesn’t let on)

Dislikes: The boring parts of the Creeds (the holy texts of the Five Divines), milk, yellow flowers, stubborn customers who are far too demanding

Most prized possession: Her blacksmith apron

Why?: It means a lot to her

Personality flaws: She has a big, sassy mouth

Personality strengths: She is loyal, and will go out of her way to tend to the needs of someone she cares about

Rachel Daylyn is the third of the five children of King Kaylon Daylyn and Queen Panella.  She is third in line for the throne behind her two older brothers.  Because of the near impossibility that she would ever have to be crowned Queen of Vestervale, she has been left to her own devices.  She also leaves the public “princess” duties to her younger sister, Valery.  She learned the ways of proper court and crown when she was a girl, and has these skills on reserve if she ever needs them, which is more often than she’d like.  She was also trained in the art of rulership if her service to the country was ever needed, like all her siblings.

When she turned thirteen, she became aware of the art of armor and weapon smiting.  She begged her parents to let her try her hand at it.  So she began to apprentice under Orlynd Mason, the country’s official Crown Blacksmith who, with his seven apprentices, crafted and maintained the Crown Paladin’s arms and armor.  She worked with for years and developed a knack and an eye for smiting.  She eventually became good enough that she opened her own private blacksmith shop when she turned 19.  Her father has used her for his special requests ever since.  Her skill became known worldwide, and she was soon crafting arms and armor for people all over, but always stayed local to keep close to her family.

She met Symon DeMyn when she was asked to craft a functional replica of the Mythic Clerics armor of legend for him.  She did so, but found a disliking that a commoner worthy of the Mythic Blades would be wearing her armor.  Over the three years of his appointment as Mythic Commander, however, she has grown to like the man, and though she won’t admit it to anyone, a little flirtatious with him, in her own, feisty way.

* * *

Rachel has been a blast to write.  She’s sassy, and sassy is always fun to write.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 46,458/50,000!

Until the light returns,

Andrew Ronzino, King of Vastervale

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

Tonight I started to write the Crown Masquerade in my story.  It’s a party where no one knows each other’s identities.  The most common beggar could mingle with the king and not even know who each other were.  I had a scene set at this ball in The Priest of Tears, and it’s one of my favorite scenes in the novel.

This year, Symon DeMyn is attending with Princess Rachel Daylyn, and they decided to coordinate their costumes (as the Commander of the Order of Faith and Honor, he’s allowed to know what the royal family is dressed as for security reasons).  They decided to do this for the fun of it.

I got the idea of their costumes from my friend Rachel (not the character, a real person, I swear).  I asked her advice, and she gave me a look and color concept.  I came up with what the costumes represented in the world.  They’re costumes of red, black, and silver clothing, with powdered wigs, masks, and feathers.  He’s dressed like a noble lord; she like a lady with fishnet gloves.

They are the mythological personification of death known as the Twins of Death.  There’s Lord Doom and Lady Gloom, commonly referred to as Doom and Gloom.  They have the power to kill with a touch and to decay with a glare.  But they’re quite misunderstood, as the deathly brother and sister are often regarded in myths as frightening but necessary and even loved characters.

Symon is Lord Doom and Rachel is Lady Gloom.  Their twinned costumes caused quite a stir at the ball, as people wondered who they really were.

I love writing.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 42,153/50,000!

Until peace is felt,

Andrew Ronzino, Who Death Looks For Under the Bed

NaNoWriMo Journal 2017

First things first, I hit 40,000 words today!

It’s strange the way this played out.  On this day, two years ago, when I was writing The Priest of Tears, I wrote about an interlude I added to help me get out of a rut.  Now today, on the same day, I’m doing the same thing.  I did not plan this.

I felt like I needed something more, so I’m writing about what’s happening elsewhere in the world.  I’m writing about Haynk, the barkeeper of the Happy Nightwatcher Tavern, which was the tavern Symon always went to when he lived in Tiddleway.  Haynk has a run in with the Wayward Witch.  I’m going to use this as a way to explore her personality a little more as well as show what she’s planning.

Through writing this, I now know what I’m going to have her do to push Symon over the edge, and it’s not pretty.

Current word count for The Wayward Witch: 40,215/50,000!

Until we meet again,

Andrew Ronzino, Knight Radiant

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