Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unearthing Magic is Like...

...the title of my NaNovel of 2012. No, really it is. *grin*

I was sitting outside, eating my lunch trying to come up with titles when, *BAM* it hit me like a punch from a Batman comic. I didn’t even have another contender on the page, and I’ve got the feeling that this will stick. After all my there will be a few things ‘unearthed’ during the course of the novel. The most symbolic of which will be the main protagonist’s digging deep into herself to find the strength to do what needs to be done.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Remember how I mentionedthe Board last week? I’ve since figured out how to make a reasonably portable one. I went to Staples this past week and I bought myself the items listed below for about $27.56 plus Tax.
  • 11”x14” (expands to 33” x 14”) Grid Project Board - $4.99
  • 10 Pack of Zebra #2, 0.77mm, mechanical pencils (w/eraser) - $4.29
  • Pentel R.S.V.P. Colors, 8 pack, M (i.e. 8 colored pens for coding) - $6.29
  • 12 pack of 3” x 3” Canary Yellow Post-it Notes (probably way more than I need) - $11.99

One I got home, I pulled out my sharpie (normally used to label my kids lunches) and created the masterpiece you see below. Acts 1 2 (in two parts) and 3 with a block for title and logline and a color code key.
(It was hard not to get a glare and those grid-lines really do disappear, a bit too easily) 

Portability wasn’t a problem. I just made sure I mended everything that I had in the purple peace bag (two skirts for my daughter) and voila! It amazingly fit (just) and of course into the bag went “Save the Cat” as well as my working notebook for Trabia (now with the immensely better name of ‘Unearthing Magic’).

Now I’m working on filling it up with post-its. The first one I put on the board – The title and logline (that’s what I dedicated the box in the top left for). A logline that’s even gone through some revision based upon feedback. Okay, so I didn’t approach strangers, but my Maryland NaNo Facebook group gave wonderful feedback (as did Charley and Miriam).

Thanks to them I’m now plotting out *cue movie trailer voice*

Unearthing Magic
- In a kingdom where magic is suppressed, a farm girl discovers her powers. Honing them under the protection of two foreign princes, she sets out to help defeat the vengeful magi threatening their world.

I’ll be writing from the perspective of the farm girl and the two foreign princes. It’s going to be fun! Next week, if you like, I can post up a picture of how I’ve filled it in the past week.

At some point, I should probably get some reading done, don’t you think? Miriam is waiting for my comments on Destroying and I’ve got the third Camilla Randall Mystery to tackle!

:} Cathryn Leigh


  1. RSVP pens are the best pens. Ever. That is all.

    1. Really? Glad to know I made a good choice. It took about 15 minutes to figure out what colored pens I wanted! :}


    Hehe, I joke. But it is awesome looking.

    Eeeee, so excited for NaNo, even though it's still months away xD

    1. Now, now, you know all you have to do is ask nicely and I'll make you one for a pressie. :}

      Speaking of pressies, have you found Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy yet? I seem to have a spare one that could use a good home. :}

  3. Wow, hardcore planning. And there's me who just dives in without a clue ;)

    1. We'll see if it works out or not. I've sort of abandoned the board and s=just started writing chapter summaries, in hopes to bring them back to the board... Who knows where this adventure in plotting will end! *grins*