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Camp NaNo April – Day 6 recap

Camp-2017-Participant-Profile-PhotoWell, it’s day six, and I finally finished one of these stories. Actually, I finished two. Oh, yeah! They just need some spit and polish then I’ll get them posted. Soon, I promise. Really… I do.

Despite that, I’ll still give you a little recap. If you’re wondering why, take a look here and here for more information.

Day 6: share

Finally. Finally, Bellamy and Clarke get a happy ending. It took six days, but finally something good happened to them. Well, good compared to nearly dying of Ebola. Then again anything would be better than that.

In today’s story–set some time in season one between episodes 10 and 11–Bellamy gets all sappy with Clarke and makes her cry. Which is not his intention at all. He just wanted to share his dinner with her before she keeled over from malnutrition.

So what if he did it in his tent. Alone. And touched her knee. And pushed that stray strand behind her ear. It meant nothing. Nothing! That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.

Whatever. As long as it gets Clarke to smile. That’s what’s important.

The End.

Wow, look! I wrote something fluffy. Or mostly fluffy. It’s fluff-like. Whatever you want to call it, no one was tortured, emotionally crippled, or injured in any way. YAY!

Bonus:

“I didn’t ask for your food.” Her voice quivers, and he thinks she might cry. So not his intention.

“I know you didn’t ask. I know you never would. That’s why I’m offering. Actually, I’m insisting.”

He squats in front of her, fingers tapping her knee. “You do so much for us, Clarke, and we repay you with whining and complaining and making you clean up the mess on your own. You deserve better than that.”

She sucks in a sharp breath. Her hands tremble when she finally picks up the plate.

“It’s time you let someone take of you for a change.”

Aww… Bellamy does care.

For more recaps, check out these posts:
Day 1: survive (warning for mentions of mentions of torture… but no actual torture)
Day 2: redo (warning for completely absurd time travel)
Day 3: sunshine (warning for unintended groping)
Day 4: fear (warning for drunken rambling)
Day 5: inside (warning for half-naked Bellamy)

Tools of the Trade: 4thewords.com

As an author, I’m always looking for things–programs, websites, apps–that make writing easier or more enjoyable.

4twlogo-xsI discovered 4thewords.com in October 2015. It was listed as a sponsor for NaNoWriMo. I checked it out and was intrigued, although, I promptly forgot about it. It wasn’t until March 2016 that I truly saw the genius of the site. I wrote 125,000 words that month.

There are a lot of sites out there that offer a place to write and store your words. They might even give you incentives like monthly challenges or have pretty graphs (750words.com is one of them). So what makes 4thewords special?

4tw_playIt’s all in the packaging. And this site is wrapped up in a role-playing game complete with avatars, monsters to fight, and quests to finish. If you like RPGs, I probably have your attention now. For those that don’t get the appeal, you should still check out the site because the graphics are adorable and the quests are amazing motivation.

See, your writing isn’t just words on the screen. It is a weapon to be wielded against a menagerie of monsters. You start in Luciola Forest and have to complete quests to get out. Quests are completed by fighting certain monsters that drop items.

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Wignow of Mama Tree

The monsters are beaten by writing a certain number of words within a time limit. Like a Wignow needs 250 words in 30 minutes to beat him. A Rudakai needs 1,700 words, but you have 340 minutes (around 5.5 hours). The harder the monster, the better the drops.

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Rudakai of Luciola Forest

 

 

 

 

Eventually you fight your way out of Luciola Forest to move on to Mama Tree. And there actually is a storyline to follow. Something about dust infecting the forest, and I honestly wasn’t paying attention because I wanted to get to the next quest. But there is a story.

Along the way, you collect armor and weapons that affect your three stats. The higher your Attack stat, the fewer words you actually need to type to win. The higher your Defense stat, the more time you get to finish the battle. And the higher your Luck stat, the more items the monster drops.

There’s a lot more going on with stores, banks, crafting, and locksmiths. There’s also leaderboards and a great forum with a lot of fun, supportive player-writers (and I’m not saying that because I’m a moderator).

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Untu pirate

Right now we have a Camp NaNoWriMo event going on–an Untu hunt. There’s a special zone with monsters that only come out during NaNo. They have their own quests that earn you special prizes.

All of this may sound ridiculous to some of you, but I am here to tell you that it works. The graphics are adorable and suck you right in. The word count goals for each monster make it feel as if you accomplished something concrete when you defeat a monster. The quests keep you wanting to fight more. And more battles means more words.

For me, the leaderboards have been a huge source of motivation. Staying on the “battle” board for most wins, keeps me fighting one more monster. And keeping my streak going, has me coming back every day. Just this year, I’ve written 125k words and haven’t missed a single day.

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Core Crystal

The only caveat is that the site cost money. You get a 30 day free trial, and then you have to pay $4/month. Honestly, the site is well worth the money. And if you won NaNoWriMo in November, there’s a code in your winner’s goodies to get a 60% discount.

If you do decide to sign up, use this referral code: WVBIY23608. When you eventually buy your first month subscription (because you will want to), you’ll get an extra 20 Core Crystals which are used to pay for subscriptions and a few in-game items. A month’s subscription is 44 Core Crystals which cost $4 (US). Oh, and I’ll get some Core Crystals as well (which I appreciate).

At the least, it’s worth checking out with your free trial. Battle a few monsters, finish a few quests, and visit the forums where I’ll be hanging out. I’m justanotherjen there.

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I hope to see you soon. And happy hunting.

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