NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2: Still Building...

(...And I missed another post day. In my defense, I never said schedules were my thing. [NANO IS GOING TO KILL ME.]) It's getting closer, y'all... I'm so excited, scared, nervous, amped and ready to do this thing!

Technically, I'm still working on my world building and my NaNo Novel Bible (catchy, eh?) so I haven't got but one wee source to share with y'all. :(

There's this amazing tumblr user who makes NaNo calendars! Among the ones already made are Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender, quite a few more fandoms, nature, history, colorful, inspirational, and a bunch more. The best part? You can request a calendar! I lucked out, though. The first one she uploaded was an ancient Egypt calendar complete with Thoth! *incoherent squeeing*

Since my NaNo WIP is inspired by ancient Egypt, I've been doing a lot of research into Egypt's history... and getting not very far. (Boo...) I haven't been able to find much on the politics of the time. Everything I've read about ancient Egyptian politics has glossed over the fact that it was a theocratic monarchy. What about trade? Foreign policies? Slavery? Wars? Like, that's the juicy stuff I want to know!

That said, the lack of info might actually be a good thing. I've been on the fence about whether to write this as a historical fantasy or a low fantasy that alludes to a certain historical period. The lack of info has pretty much cemented my decision for me. Low fantasy it is! (Or possibly high fantasy. I'm still not sure how much a role magic will play. But I'm working on it!)

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2
NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2

I've also got a pretty steady collection of ancient Egyptian names that I'm screwing around with for "creative license" to make fantasy names for my characters, as well as a rough draft of a map based on what Egypt and the Nile River actually look like. (In the photo is just a tracing of what I nabbed off the internet. My mucked-around-with-it-until-I'm-satisfied version is still mid-muck.)

Additionally, I've been collecting music videos on YouTube that have the same kind of feel I want for my novel. YouTube has a treasure trove of videos along the lines of what I'm looking for, and I'm so thrilled with what I've found. Then of course there's the World Music station on Pandora, which is great.

So... yeah. That's about it. How 'bout y'all? Who's doing NaNoWriMo this year?