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Slaves, flaming swords, and re-outlining a novel

There are only two more weeks left in Preptober, with only 13 more days to go before the start of NaNoWriMo!

So my WiP is still about escaped slaves, escaping slaves, former slaves, and a slave holder and catcher or two, with a few assorted other MCs to be mentioned later (if someone is interested: please let me know in the comments). And it is still revolving around the Ever-Turning Flaming Sword, but I’ve just realized, in writing my most recent scene rough rough draft, that I need, yet again, to reset a couple of important base points from my main plot!! Argh!

I’m also finding that I hate writing the detailed outline for each scene of my novel, which I’ve been working on since June, now.

I needed the high level scene outlines, which I scribbled on 3×5 cards, and then hated when it came time to lay them all out so I could see the main plot and my three subplots.

Now that I’m writing my detailed scene outlines, one page of a4 paper for each scene, those 3×5 cards are coming in handy, while I am cursing the fact that I just grabbed any scrap of paper or my smart phone (to bring up workflowy) when ideas would hit me, and now have a vast array of bits of different colored paper marked up in different colors of pen and highliter colors, workflowy notes, and my spreadsheet, which I use to lay out the scene order and number, while assigning a preliminary word count to each scene.

To make matters worse, I’ve found that I actually prefer to type the rough draft scenes into a word processor (for page by page wordcounts), rather than writing on paper, as I’d planned.

So now, I have partial scenes written and spaced out in my notebook with literally 6 different types and sizes of paper, in 8 different color markings, and then 2 places online to look: I think that the sequel will be all on soft-copy!! –

 

So, I am now rapidly re-rePlotting my WiP, to avoid the tractor-trailer sized plot hole I only just discovered, via my 3rd subplot… 

More on my continuing striving with sword and slave tales next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “slave” into Hebrew.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, OR:

3.) Share your thoughts on your writing process.

Any ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Thoughtful Thursdays, almost Hoshanah Rabah (and praying for rain in the desert), and 15 minutes of WiP research prompt writing for PrepTober

So it is almost sunset, still the 5th intermediate day of Sukkot, and getting closer to the traditional day for the joyful circumnaviation of the synagogue (ok, not this year…), and the prayers for rain which I usually avoid: but now I realize that the entire world needs more fresh water. But they didn’t back in 1838 Baltimore:

Back to -Oh, no, it’s almost November! Er, NaNoWriMo!!

Here is where I am in my research for my WiP, which brings me more and more clarity as I research where various MCs might have spent their respective days, according to their various stations in life.  Where to keep all of this information is also an interesting problem, as I jot down notes by hand from books, or find websites and journal articles online.

So, now my timeline is progressing, also, as I set dates for MC births, when Ice Cream arrived in MD, and news of the first Mardi Gras parade down in New Orleans.

Some of my more interesting recent notes thus far, as I gather them via Twitter:

My MCs could have met #FrederickDouglass just before he left Baltimore, but as Frederick Bailey, still… https://twitter.com/ShiraDest/status/1313574177450926082
 
” A bigger school and new chapel were built in 1836. The new chapel is especially significant because it was not only for the use of the convent of the Oblate Sisters of Providence but was also used by Baltimore’s black Catholics.” oblatesisters.com/history #wip #WhoByFireIWill

https://twitter.com/ShiraDest/status/1314348610088251395-

 

So, it turns out that plot and character development go hand in hand, for me, with research, which I love as it fleshes out everything as I consider each subplot.  More on my continuing striving with escaped slaves and family stories next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of empathy that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to show slavery related history, like slave pens, near you.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you found each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that discusses slavery or some related aspect of injustice, tells a good story, or just makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

Last day of ‘normal’ chol haMoed Sukkot 5781

October, 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Preptober on an intermediate Sukkot Wednesday: Day 7 (from Edana Ülf’s NaNoWriMo 2020 Prep #7 prompt): World Building

So I just saw that there is a structure to this prep month of October, before NaNoWriMo, apparently, though I’ve still not found the origin, nor the rest of the (31, presumably) prompts (?). I’m still not sure if pushing myself to start writing my Rough Draft while I’m still outlining is a great idea, but I know that I’m getting sick of outlining, so why not?

So, like Edana, I am going to write for 15 minutes on a specific aspect of my story’s society and/or culture.


My WiP is set in 1838, mostly in Baltimore, but also will move for about 13% of the scenes (6/46 of my total scenes) down to Ann Arundel county (near Annapolis, the state capital).  Since my MCs are mostly Colored workers, slavery figures prominently in the story (especially since my protagonist is an escaped slave), but I also have to deal with differences between Baltimore City and the surrounding counties of northern MD vs those of the Chesapeake Bay, like Ann Arundel, where my protagonist, his wife, and his son, are from.  Since he was high status on the plantation from which he fled his depraved master, he does not fit in well in Baltimore, where though most Black folks are free at this time, most came from lower positions on plantations further south, and are darker skinned, so despite the relative lack of skin-color barriers (according to the author of Freedom’s Port), there is still discomfort for him, as a light-skinned man.

There is also a rising level of anti-free and anti-Black & MU sentiment among the white population of Baltimore city, since the 1831 uprising in VA, and also due to increased immigration of mostly Irish but also German immigrants, taking semi-skilled jobs that had earlier been available, like caulking, from the colored workers.  So friction is growing in this previously liberal city, and most of my characters are on the lookout for the increasing danger of being kidnapped and sold (whether free or not). 

Religiously, oops, next time…

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources on slavery in the late antebellum (last three decades before the Civil War) period.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet expanding your thoughts on the above, or a story that tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

3rd day Chol HaMoed Sukkot, 5781

Preptober, 2020, aka: 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)