On a Monday

Greetings, internetizens! NaNoWriMoing is going okay. Current word count is 30276. I’m still a bit behind. I’m hoping to make up some ground this weekend. I have 4 days off!! WOO!

This pleases me greatly.

There was this part of the story I was having trouble getting past. I didn’t do a good job of deciding what I wanted it to be beforehand. I did have my notes, but there was a kink in those, so I had to scrap about a page of them and work that part up from scratch.

The good part of having the notes is that I can see what doesn’t work in the story before I actually write that part of the book. It saves some story editing.

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The boy gave me this accurate button.

That’s all for now. Smell ya later.

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NaNoWriMo Update

Day 13. I do not hate myself yet. Mood: optimistic.

The book is going pretty well, despite my various distractions. I need to move a little bit faster. Current word count is 19955. That puts me a smidge behind where I need to be, but I’m not overly worried. Here are my current stats as listed on the Nano website.

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In my Nano inbox (which I didn’t know I had until today), there was a peptalk from Dean Koontz (Everyone got it, not just me. Alas, Dean Koontz does not personally email me. Though he is welcome to do so at any time!). I hope he doesn’t mind if I steal a snippet from it.

“To get on with your career, don’t waste time responding to the naysayers. Don’t dwell on what they’ve said. Stay true to your vision. Instead of letting their negativism get you down and slow you down, adopt an ‘oh-yeah?’ attitude and double your effort; move faster into the future. The world is full of people who say it can’t be done. If everyone listened to them, we’d still live in caves—and there would be no such thing as books.”

I have to go write now. right now.

And, we’re working. We’re working.

The NaNoWriMo project continues. Current word count: 10,754.

I’ve been overly conscious of story pacing or maybe just paranoid about the pacing. I always feel like I’m either rushing or going too slow. Nothing feels quite right.

I am muddling through, though.

The distractions have been true and real. The pull of Destiny 2 is strong, but I’m doin’ okay! Somehow. Also, the husband distracts me with various house things. I think he’s secretly trying to sabotage me.

I would like to get a day or two ahead on the word count because I know, at some point, I’m going to miss a day, and that will be a bad situation.

 

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NaNoWriMo: Day 1

I promise not to post updates every single day. I am posting one today, however. I’ve written 2061 words so far, and I’m getting ready to go write some more. Pretty good, even if I do say so myself.

I did have a quite epic printer jam this morning when I tried to print my notes for the book. That was pretty lame. The printer basically sucked in like 25 sheets of paper at once and locked up. I could NOT pull them out.

The husband got them out later. He’s occasionally good for that kind of thing. The printer may not be all the way well. I may have actually broken it. So, that was a super great start.

I have a weird setup I use when I’m writing on my lunch break. The last time I wrote on my lunch breaks, I took my tablet, and I had it in one of those keyboard cases. I didn’t really like it because I don’t feel like hauling around a tablet is a good idea. Any number of fates could befall it at any moment.

I started thinking about it, and I realized that I could just use the keyboard with my phone. I have that with me, anyway, right? I came up with this.

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I’m using my mp3 player as a stand-in for my phone because I can’t take a picture of the phone with my phone. My phone is bigger than that, but it still kinda looks like the world’s tiniest laptop screen.

Yes, I am a total dork. I don’t care. It works, and it’s convenient.

 

Last Bits

I’m in the process of getting some last-minute stuff together for NanoWriMo. The last bits are: printing a map of Antarctica, doing some more research, and making a graphic timeline of events that occur before the story. I have a written timeline, but pictures are faster to reference sometimes.

The to-do list is delightfully light at the moment. I have completed most of the urgent things within the timeframe I needed to do them. Now, aside from that last-minute preparation, I am ready.

I’m also trying to anticipate distractions and how I might work around them. I just got Destiny 2 for my birthday, so I’m going to have to minimize my quality time with it. I also need to figure out how to make fewer trips to the store. I don’t know how I end up at the grocery store like every other day, but that’s probably a 45-minute chunk out of my evening.

Oh, and social media. I don’t participate much, but I do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking and reading those random articles and lists of things I didn’t really need to know about.

I plan to use the basement as my writing retreat spot. There are fewer distractions down there. Also fewer snacks, so I might have to take some with me. I have gone to the library to write before, but they kind of expect me to keep my shoes on, which is lame.

Okay, kids. I’m off to put together the last bits.

Please enjoy this picture from my hike last weekend. We went to a park called Sodalis. They have magnificently manicured trails.

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NaNoWriMoPlanmo

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t participated in a while. I’m a little nervous about it. I remember how much work it was last time. Really a lot of work. Persistent work.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is, it’s this yearly event during which many, many writers try to write 50,000 words during the month of November, like their own set of 50,000 words, not one big, shared pile of words. That would be much easier! If it were just the one big pile of words, my contribution would be “the” because it’s so versatile, and everyone would admire my practicality.

Anyway, it’s insanity. It is for me, at least. That’s why I’ve been trying to plan as much of this thing in advance as I can.

I plot out all of my books before I write them. A lot of people don’t. If I tried to write a book without notes, I would be all over the place. I would like start at one point and then wander off in some random direction, never to be seen again. I can’t even imagine what the editing process would be like, probably nightmarish.

Here’s what I have so far: a character reference/history timeline document and another document with my main day-to-day roadmap of the events that will occur in the story. The latter is at about 10,000 words long and counting. It’s that long because there has been much thinking and research over a somewhat longish period of time.

The book will be sci-fi horror. I also have a totally awesome title, a cover art sketch, and the book description. I’ve found that writing the description for a book is much easier before I write the book itself because I don’t get bogged down in the details and the subplots, etc.

I will be blogging during November. I will likely post some word counts, perhaps some whining, and various cat pictures.

I am excited to finally get to write this thing. I’ve had it in my brain for a while. So, yeah, 50,000 words…in a month. Wish me luck! I might need it.

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