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Joining the A to Z April Challenge

April means the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! Last year, I didn’t participate, as I was in the process of moving and settling in during the month of April, so I was very busy. However, I did the challenge in 2015.

When I did the challenge before, I wrote 26 short stories related to Ariadne, and it turned into a kind of story. You can read all 26 parts here. You’ll even learn a little bit about the main character of my debute novel, Solona Knight.

So, what am I going to do for this year’s challenge? I’m not sure. They haven’t announced the theme yet, but we don’t have to follow the theme. We can do our own. I won’t be doing the same thing I did two years ago. I may do something about science, or I might do something about writing. Or I may do flash fiction based on words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. I don’t know yet.

So, I’d like to ask you. Do you have any suggestions for what I could write about? Also, are you participating? Let me know in the comments below.

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NaNoWriMo 2016

Am I crazy? No, I’m just a guy trying to write a book. I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year!

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, where you have 30 days to write a 50,000 novel or at least 50,000 words toward a novel. It takes place from November 1st to 30th.

I’ve figured now that I live in a house where I can go somewhere quiet in the morning or late evening, I can do some writing. All I need to do is write at least 1,667 words per day, which is achievable. I’ve done it before, but not for 30 straight days.

I’ll be working on completing Journey to Ariadne, which may or may not be 50,000 words. If it’s less, I’ll start on the first Ariadne novel, or portions of it. It’s a natural continuation of Journey to Ariadne, as this web serial is a prequel to the main story.

I talked about this on my YouTube channel, as well. So, check that out below:

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments below with your profile. You can go here to see my profile. Let’s be buddies!

A to Z Reflections

A-to-Z+Reflection+[2015]+-+LgIt’s been nearly a week since the end of the A to Z Challenge.  I completed it successfully and on schedule.  Looking back, I think it was not only a successful challenge, but also gave me something more. I proved to myself I could write consistently every day. This will give me the confidence to write my book every day, even if it’s a little at a time.  I just have to give myself a monthly goal.  And that’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell myself to write at least 500 words a day. At that pace, I should be able to finish Journey to Ariadne (which is not a book) this year.

In addition to that, I’ll be able to get to work on both my short story sci-fi series and my first Ariadne novel, which will take place on Ariadne after the events of the A to Z Challenge. If you haven’t read my A to Z Challenge, well, here’s your chance.  Every part linked to right below.

If you read all of it, thank you very much. I appreciate it. Leave any comments you have about my challenge or talk about your challenge below. I hope you had a successful challenge, too.

The Zoologist

And so we come to the end of the A to Z Challenge. This was a fun challenge for me, and I got to write about Ariadne. For those of you who read these brief windows into the world of Ariadne, thank you for sticking around. Consider this a preview of what’s to come in future books. You’ve met some of the key characters, though there are others who will play a major role. But with this final part, you’ll see one big potential problem for the colonists.  Enjoy.

The Zoologist

Ariadne

Northern Ipeiros Continent

Twenty-ninth day, third month, fifteenth year after colonisation, Ariadne Era (3/29/15 AE)

Preston Moore crouched behind a jumble of boulders. Next to him, Tracy Spacek recorded the scene with a camera. What they saw Preston couldn’t quite believe. The bipedal creatures were mammalian in appearance, though they resembled nothing on Ariadne or Earth. He estimated they were three metres tall. They were completely covered with a brown hair, and had two arms and two legs. But that’s where the similarities to the legendary Sasquatch ended.

“They appear to have two knees and two elbows on each limb,” Preston narrated. “They walk on their toes, and their hands have four fingers, all completely opposable. The oddest features are on the head. No nose that I can see, but their eyes are on the sides of their heads. Their mouth is a long proboscis, reminding me a bit of anteaters, but I don’t think they have any jaws. I can’t guess about their diet. On either side of the neck are two gills or breathing holes.”

Two of the four creatures turned their heads toward the pair of observers.

“Shit. I think we’ve been seen,” said Tracy.

One of the creatures approached them with caution. It stopped five metres from them and its eyes focused on Preston. Then he heard it. Squeals and pops filled the air, but there seemed to be a pattern. It was language, he was sure of it.

“I don’t understand,” said Preston.

The creature blinked its large eyes. Images flooded Preston’s mind. He couldn’t make any sense of it. He saw images of life forms he’d never seen before, one blue with a vague resemblance to an insect. He saw the double-helix of DNA. He saw landscapes, a dull grey spacecraft, and a field of this being’s species dead.

“Stop!” said Preston. “I don’t understand.”

The creature’s shoulders slumped and it turned. It looked back once more at the scientists and walked back to the other three.

“We’ve invaded someone else’s world,” said Tracy.

“Did you see or hear any of that?” asked Preston.

“Everything.”

The Youth Coordinator

It’s the second last letter of the alphabet! Time for the letter Y in the A to Z Challenge. This was the most difficult job to figure out. I didn’t even know what it would be until about 24 hours ago. But here it is. You get more of Solona. Enjoy!

The Youth Coordinator

Ariadne

New Athens

Sixth day, fifth month, thirteenth year after colonisation, Ariadne Era (5/06/13 AE)

Carl Snyder sat on the sofa, a tablet in his hand. Next to him sat Solona Knight. He had his assignment, one that the Governor hoped would be successful.

“Solona,” he said. “I’ve asked you here to make a proposal. You may be only eleven, but you have shown a lot of maturity, so I’m going to speak to you like an adult.”

She nodded. “Okay.”

“You’ve shown some great natural leadership skills, and you’ve done an amazing job helping the other kids who have the same abilities as you. But Governor Fernandes wants to have something more formal in place. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

“Yeah. I think he wants a group made for us,” said Solona.

“Yes, that’s right. And he would like you to be in charge in the future. But for now, there will be adult supervision, mainly from me. This group will help all of the kids, including you, develop their skills in a safe environment. We don’t want any of you getting hurt trying to figure all of this out by yourselves. We think there should always be a responsible adult around, but it’s better if you could all practice together. What do you think?”

“It sounds like a good idea. You want me to be a leader?”

“Yes, I’d like you to be the leader for the other kids. I’ll just be supervising and making sure no one gets hurt. In two or three years, you could take over as you learn more leadership and management skills. How would you like that?”

“I think it’s what I’ve been doing all along. So, yeah, that’s no problem.”

“Okay, great. Is there anyone you’d like to assist you?”

Solona looked at the list of children on Carl’s tablet. “Mmm, I think Chisa Hara and Danny Bosch would be great.”

“Chisa’s only nine right now. Are you sure?”

“Yeah, she’s great. She’s very responsible. And Danny is great with the kids. They all look up to him. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s good.”

“Okay, I’ll have to talk to them and their parents about this. We can talk more tomorrow about how to set it all up. Thanks, Solona.” He held out his hand for her to shake. She slowly raised her hand and stopped.

“One thing, though. I can’t stop kids from practicing by themselves. I don’t want to be responsible for them making that mistake and getting hurt.”

“I wouldn’t expect that of you. I just think you’ll be a great teacher and role model for them,” said Carl.

Solona smiled and shook Carl’s hand. “It’s a deal.”