Dragons + Viking Culture + Middle Grade = Camp NaNoWriMo

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That’s right, friends, Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner (a.k.a. tomorrow), and today I’ll be sharing my novel idea with y’all!

As you can (hopefully) tell by the title, it’s a middle grade novel with dragons and a Viking-era setting, and what you didn’t know is that it also involves three banished children and a miniature, snarky dragon.

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I wrote those runes in on this picture; it means “dragon novel” in Nordic runes. The picture is a pretty good representation of a drake as well…


Who are the characters?

MIKAEL

Mikael is the main character. He’s quiet and creative, and he carries around a sketchbook with him. He has a big family and sometimes goes unnoticed, so he wants to become someone great that people will appreciate.

ASTA

Asta is the daughter of wealthy parents, and she’s extremely intelligent. She sees the world in a very direct and clear way, and she uses that to her advantage in order to get whatever she wants.

IZAK

Izak is a bit of an outcast compared to the other two. After his mother died, he and his father have been on their own. Consequently, he’s spent a lot of time out in the wild and knows how to survive.

LOKI

Loki is a drake (miniature dragon) who can talk and uses his clever wit to insult anyone around him. When that doesn’t work, he’ll bite them. He can be very influential and charismatic when he wants to be, but making jabs at other people is much more fun.

(I had a drawing of them, but Izak was drawn wrong, and the clothing was inaccurate for the time periods, so you don’t get to see it… Hopefully I can draw another one soon to show you!)

 



What’s the story about?

Well, here’s my synopsis:

The coming-of-age ceremony requires three children to work together to complete tasks, but even quiet Mikael knows that it’s not all about learning how to work together. Those who win are awarded with respect that no other child would receive–and with the loud, inconsiderate Izak in his group, Mikael is less than happy with their chances.

So when Asta, the third and cleverest member of the group, suggests taking one of the talking drakes with them, Mikael agrees, even though it’s not allowed. Everything falls apart during the competition, and when the drake is found with them, the three of them are banished for a week–the three children and the drake, Loki.

Away from their home for the first time, they find out what lies beyond the cliffs–runes and ruins that lead to secrets that have lain hidden for hundreds of years.

They must work together and develop friendship in order to uncover the deepest secrets and stop the forces that are combining against them.

It’s all very friendship-y and touchy-feely, but hey, it has a good message for middle-graders, right?

I’m very excited to write this! It came about partially because dragons but also because I wanted to write something for my younger brother. It should hopefully be short and sweet and maybe with a hint of plot twist



¡Háblame! (Speak to me!)

What do you think of the novel? What is your project about for Camp NaNo? Are you ready to write like crazy tomorrow? Do you like dragons? (If you say no, something drastic might happen…) What does your candy stash look like?

P.S. Because of this post, I’ve decided to try increasing my blog’s readability. I think my post is definitely more readable than others, but I feel like my voice has faded and this post was not as exciting as it should have been, since I love this project. Feedback? I would love to find a good balance and improve my blog.

P.P.S. If you are wondering where I’ve been, I went on choir tour (much fun!) and then I’ve also been procrastinating/frantically doing homework in the wee hours of the night/stealing the books my mom is reading/occasionally writing, all instead of blogging. Sorry?

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40 thoughts on “Dragons + Viking Culture + Middle Grade = Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. Kellyn Roth March 31, 2017 / 5:22 PM

    What do you think of the novel?: it sounds great! And it’s like MG fantasy which I really adore even though I read next to none of it … oh, my gosh, I haven’t read Enhanced … I am the worst. Forgive me? But anyway, yes, it sounds exciting! I really like the character Loki. And Asta. Although … okay, this may be crazy but you might consider changing her name. Asta = Astrid … kinda similar. Idk. Ignore me …

    What is your project about for Camp NaNo?: Uh … yeah. You know. XD

    Are you ready to write like crazy tomorrow?: YES!!!!!

    Do you like dragons?: heh, you should talk to my sister. Okay, so I have a appreciation of dragons and I don’t want to end up on the wrong end of one, but I don’t think I’m a huuuuge fan … I mean, they’re neat … but I have … no feelings. They’re cool. I have nothing else to say.

    What does your candy stash look like?: uh … what candy stash? I have no cash and cash buys candy and yep …

    Feedback?: yeah, it was definitely shorter. *nods* And not really so … you. It was easy to read. But … I don’t know. I kind of miss the old Lana just ’cause … it’s you and I love your posts! I mean, maybe it’s better this way but … I miss your rambling and such. XD Maybe organization ain’t for everyone? Idk.

    And obviously you can’t blog on a choir tour. *nods* 😛

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    • Lana April 1, 2017 / 6:57 PM

      Why, thank you! I have fond memories of MG fiction, but I don’t really read it anymore…although I am reading an MG now ’cause it has little references and funny bits for older readers as well. And yes, of course you are forgiven for not reading Enhanced. 😛

      You’re right, Asta and Astrid are really similar (actually, I looked it up and Asta is apparently a shorter form of Astrid which is a form of Ástríðr (Astridr, if the special characters don’t work) and so I decided her name is actually Ástríðr and she goes by Asta). Anyway, I looked at a few other Norse names, but I still like Asta the best from her, and she is pretty different than Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon. I’ll face it that a lot of my readers will probably be like “Wow, she just got that from HTTYD.” (Well, maybe I did…my subconscious likes to steal things from other places…)

      YAY! How has your crazy writing been going? I mean, I can see that you have written more than me (*claps*), but is the story itself coming along well?

      That’s all right, you don’t have to love them. You have your dogs, and I have my dragons. 😉

      What, you didn’t get a job yet? That was one of your dares a few months ago, isn’t it? *is offended by your lack of dare-following-through* *is extremely hypocritical* 😛

      Haha, thankee for your opinion! I definitely agree with you. I liked the readability (and bolding random bits of text kind of felt like art a bit) but I do need to bring back my voice because I’m definitely a supporter of the idea that the more you love something then the more other people will love it too. So I shall work on improvement.

      Obviously. 😛

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      • Kellyn Roth April 1, 2017 / 8:57 PM

        Yeah, I guess you shouldn’t change it if you really like it … I mean, gosh, you didn’t steal it from HTTYD CONSCIOUSLY, so … but yep, I have a lot of things in my books like that … and I never change them.
        Okay. I got 1,400 words, which is pretty good f0r Camp if I do say so myself. 😉 But yep, it’s going pretty well. I like the beginning, which rarely happens for me. 😛
        It was a New Year’s Goal … but it probably won’t happen ’cause I can’t drive myself anywhere until August. XD

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      • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:19 PM

        Hehe, yeah. I mean, maybe I should change that the drake’s name is Loki, considering all of the Thor movies (that I’ve never watched) but oh well.

        Yay! Liking the beginning is always awesome.

        Aww. I’m hoping to get a job this summer, but we’ll see how that goes…

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      • Kellyn Roth April 3, 2017 / 5:31 PM

        Ha, you should talk to my best friend. She’s obsessed with Loki from the Thor movies. I don’t know why. She’s a little strange sometimes … 😉

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      • Lana April 5, 2017 / 11:04 PM

        Haha, I’ve actually never seen them, so I wouldn’t really have that much to say…

        Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think I’m changing his name to Aki. I’ve been using it for a day or so by now, and I feel like it’s working much better.

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      • Kellyn Roth April 6, 2017 / 10:15 AM

        Yeah, I guess not. I don’t have much to say either, to be honest … 😉
        That’s a cool name. Original, too.

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      • Lana April 6, 2017 / 10:26 AM

        And now we’re having a conversation about not being able to say anything. 😛 *high fives*

        Thanks! I found it on this Norse name place, so I think it fits well. 🙂

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  2. May @ Forever and Everly March 31, 2017 / 5:36 PM

    What do you think of the novel?: It sounds super awesome! Dragons = yes.
    What is your project about for Camp NaNo?: Well, it’s called If Memory Serves, and I’ll be discontinuing it after Camp. (I’m giving it a parting gift of hopefully 17.5K words, aka me practicing my writing stamina).
    Are you ready to write like crazy tomorrow?: NO I AM NOT I HAVE TO WRITE 583 WORDS A DAY TO KEEP UP WUT.
    Do you like dragons? (If you say no, something drastic might happen…): Um, who doesn’t???
    What does your candy stash look like?: My madre doesn’t allow candy. 😥

    This post was definitely shorter and more easily readable (personally, posts EXPLAINING things are quite dry if done not-so-well (but yours was good don’t worry)), however, I agree with Kell: You still must use your voice! It’s what makes your blog your blog. 😉

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    • Lana April 1, 2017 / 6:45 PM

      Haha, thanks! Oh yeah, I read your post about that… 😦 But hopefully it’s all for the best, right? And hopefully Camp will be awesome as well.

      YOU CAN DO IT, MAY. I BELIEVE IN YOUUUU!

      Nooooo candy is the way I get through the month. *pats* *offers virtual chocolate*

      Thankee for your thoughts! I agree…I’ll need to work on keeping my voice and my readability next time. 😀

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    • Lana April 1, 2017 / 6:43 PM

      Thanks! Have you posted about what you’re working on for Camp? Superhero Wives?

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      • Joynell Schultz April 2, 2017 / 7:08 AM

        My main goal is a project I joined called “Hidden” where I need to write a story (15K) with that title. BUT, my secondary goal is to finish up Superhero Wives so I can spend May doing some major editing of both stories.

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      • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:15 PM

        Oh yes, I remember you posting a little bit about that! Good luck! How is the writing going so far?

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      • Joynell Schultz April 3, 2017 / 5:23 PM

        I’m setting a timer every day for 30 minutes and getting about 1200 words in at a time. (So, I’m up to about 3600 words so far.) How about you?

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      • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:26 PM

        That’s awesome! 😀 My writing has been pretty good–I’m just about on track with 4100 words. I’m going to get to the point where I don’t know what’s happening in the story, though, and then I’ll probably end up slowing down a bit…

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      • Lana April 5, 2017 / 11:08 PM

        Kind of, but not really. I usually make sure I have a really basic plot in my head and try to explain why things happen before I start writing (doing some character and setting development) but my writing always tends to evolve a little bit as I write, so I can’t stick to a strict outline. I should probably do a bit more, though… You?

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      • Joynell Schultz April 6, 2017 / 3:43 AM

        It depends on my mood. I’ve learned, I get lost in the middle somewhere without some type of outline. I make sure to outline a few key points at he very minimum, but what happens is after I write the beginning, I always end up writing a detailed outline through that part. It’s the hardest for me.

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      • Lana April 6, 2017 / 10:23 AM

        Middles are so difficult! I can write a good beginning (I mean, I’ve had a lot of practice at THAT), and I can write a decent ending, but building up to that…that’s the hardest part.

        Maybe I should try your method though…then since you’ve written the beginning, you can have an idea of where the middle is going to go.

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  3. April McLauren April 2, 2017 / 12:42 PM

    What do you think of the novel? AHHH IT SOUNDS AMAZING LET ME REAAAAAAAAD
    What is your project about for Camp NaNo? a new novel currently untitled about a girl who constantly fights with her parents… untik she finds out its not really her fault. they’re over joyed, until…
    Are you ready to write like crazy tomorrow?bahahahaha i wish
    Do you like dragons? (If you say no, something drastic might happen…) uhm, do i like one of the coolest creatures out there? no, of course not…
    What does your candy stash look like? i dont have one :/

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    • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:14 PM

      Haha, yay, I’m glad you like it! 😀 It seems to be going well, so hopefully I can finish it by the end of the month and get some beta readers for it!

      Oooh, that’s intriguing! I want to know why it’s not really her fault… And how is the writing going so far?

      I sure hope that sentence was sarcastic… 😛

      Nooo! Everyone so far has said they haven’t had one! I mean, I don’t either, but it’s still sad…

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      • April McLauren April 3, 2017 / 11:30 PM

        😀 beta-readers… sign me up!!
        well, you’ll just have to wait and see… *cue writer-ly music which i should know how to describe but dont*
        i hope so too…. LOL!
        i know *cries* i do looooove krakel bars tho.

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      • Lana April 5, 2017 / 11:00 PM

        Haha, alrighty! I’ll post about betas when I’m finished with the novel. 🙂

        Haha, we should figure out what would be on a writer’s soundtrack! Probably some epic movie soundtracks…and also something that represents writer’s block, though I don’t know what that’d be. 😛

        *gives you virtual krakel bars since that’s the best I can do*

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  4. Daisy Paquet April 3, 2017 / 12:38 PM

    I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WRITING ABOUT TINY DRAGONS?! NO WAY. MY DRAGON MUST MEET YOURS.

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    • Lana April 3, 2017 / 4:56 PM

      WHAT YESSS THAT IS AWESOME! 😀
      WHAT IS YOUR DRAGON LIKE?

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      • Daisy Paquet April 3, 2017 / 5:05 PM

        HE’S TINY AND HE’S MUTE BUT HE MAKES THESE ADORABLE SQUAWK-LIKE NOISES AND HE’S GREEN AND HE’S KIND OF CATLIKE AND CLUMSY AND GAH.

        Now. Tell me more about yours.

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      • Lana April 3, 2017 / 5:24 PM

        AWWW HE SOUNDS SO CUTE! 😀

        Well…Loki is not very nice, especially compared to your dragon. He tries to be annoying as possible by cleverly insulting people and making really bad puns…and basically just being rude and trying to bite everyone.

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      • Daisy Paquet April 3, 2017 / 6:53 PM

        …So basically your dragon is me when I have a headache? :p

        My book has lots more dragons… (uh, wait, it doesn’t have dragons. IT IS DRAGONS.) Does yours have several or just the one?

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      • Lana April 5, 2017 / 11:03 PM

        Haha, probably. 😛

        Well, in their village they have this drakehouse where a bunch of drakes live and…I dunno, do stuff. 😛 But that doesn’t really come into play. However, there are big dragons that they find out about later which will be fabulous and important to the plot. I’m so excited!

        So what is the plot of your book about? I want to hear about these dragons! 😀

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      • Daisy Paquet April 6, 2017 / 8:17 AM

        YOUR PLOT SOUNDS AMAZING. Big dragons are fabulous. ;p
        Basically, for years there has been this underrated practice called Dragoncology. One day, however, the king of their country (Alluris) decides that dragons are TOO DANGEROUS and he outlaws them. He kills dragons, and sends the dragoncologists to jail. The daughter of two dragoncologists, Tilley, finds a small dragon, and decides that she will not let the slaughter of dragons go on any longer.

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      • Lana April 6, 2017 / 9:56 AM

        THANKEE and I knowww! I just love dragons so much.

        OOOH OOH it sounds so wonderful! 😀 How is the writing going so far?

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      • Daisy Paquet April 6, 2017 / 12:01 PM

        DRAGONS ARE LIFE. And the writing…. is moving. Slowly but surely.

        How goes the war for you?

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      • Lana April 8, 2017 / 11:33 AM

        TRUE. Yay, at least it’s moving!

        Well…I’ve had some good moments…I think I’ve also lost a few battles. 😛 My MC, Mikael, is about as exciting and opinionated as a rock, but whatever. That’s what second drafts are for, right?

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      • Daisy Paquet April 10, 2017 / 8:16 AM

        Yup yup! Also: at least Mikael rocks. *facepalms self* bad puns aside, your story sound a-maz-ing.

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      • Lana April 12, 2017 / 5:00 PM

        *grins* Oh my gosh, you don’t know how much I love bad puns. 😀 And thank you! Your story sounds fantastic as well. (Wait, I said that already. Oh well, it’s worth saying twice!)

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      • Daisy Paquet April 13, 2017 / 8:24 PM

        Bad puns are a constant at my house. 🙂

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      • Lana April 29, 2017 / 12:36 PM

        That sounds wonderful. 😀

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