Monday, June 9, 2008

The Wounded Boar's Nuts

Ha! I see I caught your attention with this snazzy title! And I didn't even make it up myself... it was the name of a tavern that a group of us ran into tonight while playing a pick-up game of D&D. It was an interesting game, to say the least. There are some people that I don't think I'll game with on a regular basis, simply because I prefer to co-operative group dynamic that the Bloodwars campaign has. Okay, enough D&D geeking.

Time for crafting/novelling geekiness! I've got a pattern in my head, and I think I can totally make it work. However, I've though this before, and it's been a horrible mess. I'm getting better at crochet, but I can't always picture how something will be affected by a particular type of increase or decrease, so if I'm not working with a pattern, I'm completely flying by the seat of my pants. I think that I've figured out how to make a plot ninja. For those of you who don't know what plot ninjas are, try visiting NaNoWriMo. If you're too lazy to go there and search, I'll explain. Plot ninjas are those weird little things that you throw into a book/story because there's nothing else to do. During NaNoWriMo, you are actually encouraged to randomly throw ninjas into your story when you hit a block, because it forces your characters to do something. Or get killed by the ninjas. Either way, the ninjas will get removed in the second draft, because by then, you'll have figured out a way to get from point A to point B without ninjas (or you'll have abandoned the whole book entirely). Last year, I made some plot bunnies (cute fuzzy things that pop up in your story and make it more interesting), and gave them to some fellow WriMos. This year, I'm planning to make several more plot bunnies and plot ninjas, and sell them through Etsy to finance the NaNoWriMo goody bags (thanks for pointing out the site, Jonathan!).

So the moral of today's post? There isn't one. Don't look for it. But watch out for the ninjas.


Jonathan said...

let me knwo when you get your etsy store up and I will advertise on my blog!

when are we all getting together to play D&D

KarenElizabeth said...

I can't believe that you haven't heard of Etsy before. Even I've heard of it. I have an account on it lol. Get with the times girly.

colbymarshall said...

You can watch for them, but you won't see them coming. Because they are ninjas...they know what they're doing.