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I won NaNoWriMo!

I have written 53,563 words this month.

Despite being broken and sick the whole time.

I haven't managed to combine this with College or earning money, but that's as much due to the way I've been ill as anything else. It's hard to go into College when you're too exhausted and anxious to move.

I do wish I hadn't been quite so utterly introverted this month, since I've been neglecting some of my friends terribly - but again, that's been due to the way I've been ill :S I should be a little more sociable now my meds have kicked in.

I'm fairly sure my stats page isn't actually right, but you can see the progression fairly well, anyway.

The scary thing? These 53,563 words, or 72 pages of A4, represent about 40% of the story. I'm not quite at the level of DualKatanas and his 532,640 words, but I'll definitely have written well over 100,000 words by the time I finish. Huh.

Is anyone very, very bored? I need some beta readers. I want to start publishing this on Archive of Our Own a couple of chapters at a time, even before it's finished, since I know exactly how it's going to end (have already written the ending!). Do realise that you'd be committing to reading 72 pages of my dreadful rambling - or rather, Alix, my main character's dreadful rambling ;)

I looked at the races of my characters. So far I have:
Humans:
8 Bretons - small pale people, red or brown-haired, part-elven, high degree of magical ability. 2 are main characters, another 3 have a lot to say.
19 Imperials - the dominant race in Cyrodiil, average height, olive skin, brown or black hair, based on Romans. 1 is THE main character (i.e. the Emperor).
5 Nords - tall pale people, red or blond-haired, large and physically dominant, generally distrustful of magic, good warriors. None of them are terribly important to the plot.
8 Redguards - average height, dark brown skin, black hair, the best warriors. Every single one of them awesome, 3 of whom are main characters who kick arse.

Elves:
7 Altmer/High elves - very tall golden-skinned elves. Including 1 awesome alchemist, and all 3 of the bad guys.
3 Bosmer/Wood elves - titchy "white"(pink)-skinned elves.
2 Dunmer - average height grey-skinned elves.
0 Orcs - tall green-skinned elves (yes, orcs count as mer in the Elder Scrolls universe - Orsimer). I AM PREJUDICED AGAINST GREEN PEOPLE LOL. Mostly it's because most of the characters fall into 3 categories: Blades (the Emperor's bodyguards & spies), Mages, and Priests - and there are bugger all in the way of Orcs in any of those roles.

"Beast" races:
4 Argonians - the lizard race. 3 Mages and 1 Priest.
3 Khajiit - the feline race. All of which are bandits. I do have a Mage Khajiit that I'll add in later in the storyline.

The two main characters are a male Breton and a male Imperial. The story has a definite bias towards humans but that's in part due to the world itself, e.g. the fact there are no non-human Blades. Alix (the narrator) actually ponders this at one point, and is likely to take it up with Jauffre (the Grandmaster of the Blades) before the end of the story.

Gender:
Of characters who actually get to speak:
11 female, including 4 Strong/Awesome women.

24 male, of whom 7 are main characters. It doesn't help that by virtue of the main friendship/relationship being M/M, it's men doing the vast majority of the talking. Still, Alix shows his admiration for several awesome women during the story (and because of their ability, not looks - he's really not able to judge the attractiveness of women).
Tags: i am a total fangirl, nanowrimo, writing
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