Question time (what? I'm writing something unconnected to the election? Scandal!)!
Is anyone doing NaNo in a witchy manner? If so, how do you see it affecting your writing?
Let me clarify: last year, I did my writing in circle, & each time I cast, I invoked Urania, Muse of Astronomy. I was writing a fantasy novel, & after some meditation, I decided that SF/fantasy falls under her domain. That way of doing things helped me immensely. This year, I have a full-time job, which I didn't last year, & so far I've been reluctant to cast a full circle in my cubicle. But I'm still invoking aid from Urania before I start (this year's novel is a sequel to last year's).
The interesting thing about all of this is that, before I started last year's novel, I hadn't given a lot of thought to the religion of the world I was creating. I knew that my MC didn't have much use for religion, so I hadn't thought a lot about what people in her world who did have use for it were doing about it. Near the end of last November, I wrote a scene that was mostly filler, but that allowed me to flesh out some ideas about religion & cosmogony in this world.
Turns out their entire religion revolves around the stars. Humans were formed by stardust that descended to Earth; when people die, their spirit literally return to dust and ascend back to the heavens to resume their place among the stars. Astronomy is the holiest pursuit of the clerics. There's no Hell; the worst spiritual punishment is for one's spirit somehow to be forced to remain on the planet, unable to return to the stars. Already this year, my characters are swearing a lot more. Their oaths & profanities, too, are linked to stars & astronomy. Where we might say, "For the gods' sake!" they say, "By the stars' mercy!" Our "the gods only know" became "the stars alone know." And a new one today: religious fanatics in their world are called "dust eyes" (or are said to have "dust eyes"). It's been one of the most fascinating things that's happened in this world I've created, & we know who I have to thank for it. And I do. Thank her.
Anybody else have things like that popping up in their novels?
-Eli (elidecaf around NaNo)