In the same way that a journey begins with a single step, a story begins with a single word. Just one word. Any word will do, if you make it count; if it is a word that begins things. It can be hard to find that word, but once it’s found, it’s just a matter of putting one more word there, and another, and another, until you’re finished.
Simple? Yes. Difficult? Oh, yes.
My name is Nikki, and I’m on the journey of beginning a lot of things. I’ve recently graduated from master’s school, ending a long time career in college for the moment. And here I am already, beginning other things. As you can see, I’ve begun a blog. I am beginning, again, a series of fantasy novels that have been wrapped intimately about my brain-space for years. I’m also beginning a search for gainful employment.
I’ve always wanted to write, so no matter where I’ve gone and what I’ve done, I’ve written. In college there is a lot of writing. When I play video-games, specifically social ones like World of Warcraft, I’ve been heavily tied into networks surrounding the game to write about my experiences through my characters. I’ve written profusely for my participation in Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. I’ve written alone but also with friends, sometimes creating entire worlds for no other reason than leisure. So no matter where I go from here, and no matter what I do from this point, I know I’m going to be writing.
I think that is what this blog will be about: the journey, the story, one step and one word in front of the other–whatever that happens to entail.
Here are a handful of things that I know for a fact you can expect from me in the near future:
- One blog post weekly, every Monday.
- July’s Camp NaNoWriMo: I participate in this event every chance that I can. Hosted by the Office of Letters and Light, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a November-based event where writers are challenged to write 50,000 words within a month’s time. The camps in April and July are unique because you can join “cabins” of like-minded writers and choose your word goal. It’s a fun way to make oneself write a lot of crap, which is crucial to the writing process in my opinion. You can learn more about them here.
- Conferences: I’m currently looking into attending conferences related to writing, games, and new media. Any adventures I end up taking will certainly be featured.
- Good Reads: I love books, and I love discussing books and their writers.
- Progress: The good, the bad, and the ugly of how I’m doing on my manuscript and updates of any publishing I might get done.
- Writing Prompts: If I see a writing prompt I like, I’ll participate and share, and invite readers to join in the fun as well.
Talk to Me
Lastly, I’m imagining that this will be a very dry experience if all I am doing is shouting into the etherspace, hoping that you are listening without giving you leave to respond. Please feel free to leave respectful feedback here on the blog, and participate in writing prompts and discussions as they come.
I’m also on Twitter as @bookjade, so feel free to follow and contact me there as well.
That’s all for now–a beginning! One post to be followed by another.
See you next week. 🙂