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In Which your Hosts Finally Return!

We have an Exciting Plan for NaNoWriMo, and politely request your participation!

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Greetings octopi of all shapes, sizes, colors, and other attributes!

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When we said we’d be back in August, apparently what we meant was November… So let us begin this post by wishing you all a very happy National Novel Writing Month! For more information and participation in NaNoWriMo, make your way over here to the official website. In the meantime, GeGi will be attempting* to share a daily post here on the Octopus Society of Evil Authors official blog for the entire month. It is quite the impressive and ambitious goal, but such are the lengths we are willing to go for you, dear readers of the blog.

GeGi’s plan, such as it is, can be outlined as follows: every morning, GeGi will write the required wordcount for NaNo. Then at some point in the day, that writing will be shared here on the OSEA blog. Since GeGi’s plan for the novel is more of a loosely connected series of vignettes and scenes thematically tying together through overlapping characters set in the same location during the same (nonlinear) overall time-period, this will potentially work out quite well.

GeGi would further like to encourage you all to participate in the writing process by leaving various forms of feedback — if there are characters whose stories you’d like to see told, events you wish to know more about, or other sorts of writing props you might think of, please leave them in the comments. This is very much not a planned-out novel, and as such there is a lot of freedom for reader involvement. Tell your friends! Spread the word! And most of all, have a great NaNoWriMo!

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All the best,

Your OSEA hosts.

EDIT: [ *footnote: attempting is a key word in this sentence. As is plan. Things often have their own ideas about schedules. There will be days in which Things Do Not Go According To Plan. Participating by leaving writing prompts will probably help Things to Go According To Plan more often. (The key word in that sentence is “probably”). ]

A Brief Announcement.

The Project NaNoWriMo story updates will continue after a short break, while the author is saying good-bye to friends and moving back to another state for the winter.

We promise the story will finish at some point — preferably before the end of the year — but most likely it won’t be by the end of November.

There may be a few random posts here and there, or it may get back to a regular schedule with only a few missing days here and there. Either way, thank you for reading with us, and we hope to entertain you here again soon!

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21.) Dmiri and Kreth.

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Dmiri was curled into a tight ball on his bed, buried under his quilt. Ever since the power discharge ran through him, he was exhausted and his head had been throbbing; not quite a headache most of the time, it felt more like he was feeling the pulse of the earth in his temples. It wasn’t the right time of the month for him to be feeling cramps, either, but this morning he’d woken up feeling that womb-deep pain in his abdomen. The energy build-up and discharge, so sudden and without any of the careful preparations and controls he’d been taught, had wrecked his body. Nothing he wouldn’t recover from eventually, with time to rest and will to meditate to rebuild the channels for energy he’d been trained to visualize since he was small, but it would be slow progress. In the meantime he was relieved not to actively working, even if the reason for the break was awful and blamed him for something that wasn’t really his fault.

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20.) Molvy wakes.

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Molvy’s first thought upon regaining consciousness was that she felt like death warmed over. The second was that a mouth shouldn’t feel so fuzzy. She rolled over, and felt like her stomach wouldn’t stop turning. Her skull felt like the wrong size, and was throbbing. She made an small, wordless whimpering noise.

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19.) Vitre and Hexen.

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People called it ‘the incident’, or ‘that thing Dmiri did’. It overshadowed the trickle of news coming out of the Polis about the stadium bombing, at least among the employees at the resort. It made Vitre furious, especially when ne heard that Bharah had suspended him from work and was talking about firing him. Kreth, of all people, was one of Dmiri’s most vocal supporters when the lunchroom talk turned nasty. Terynik could barely stopped crying long enough to get through work each day. Neimei, the only one among the crew who had lived in the Polis before coming to work here, was withdrawn and barely around outside of her duties. Everyone was on edge.

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18.) Molvy and Neimei.

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“Are you sure this is going to work?”

“No.”

Molvy paused. She took a deep breath, and then told Neimei, “Next time I ask that, please just lie to me.”

“If there’s a next time, I will,” Neimei promised.

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17.) Dmiri gets coffee.

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Molvy and Neimei stopped talking and looked up as soon as Dmiri entered the employee break-room. Molvy looked guilty, which Dmiri usually assumed meant he’d been the subject of the conversation. Neimei’s expression was unreadable. He ignored them both, and headed for the coffee station.

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16.) Storytime.

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“Right, so Tenebrae is trapped on this island, cursed to live there because of some celestial rivalry that ended up getting carried out down here, and—”

“Hey, no skipping the best parts!”

“Fine, Terynik. Fine. Who’s telling this story again? But sure, have it your way.”

“Thank you, cousin, you’re the best.”

“So Tenebrae gets cursed during a battle because—”

“Battle with?”

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