Nov. 30th, 2009 08:58 pm
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*looks out, dazed at the bright light as she crawls back out into the word. World. I meant world.*

That's it. After trying three years, I made it on year 4. It was really all about pacing my self, but I still don't think I could have done it without taking those two weeks off work. But yeah. The words are finished, and the last line of the epilogue is written. There's one scene that's half finished because it was added because I meant to put it in, wasn't inspired at the time it was supposed to go in, then I needed words at the end, so went back and added it, and got halfway through before winning. There's also a couple characters I need to unkill, because they evolved into characters that don't die. so at this point, they have death scenes and then the story continues as if they hadn't died. That's nano. I'll fix it later.

That said, I do realize my approach to writing (outlining beforehand) does mean that the finished result, despite the lack of follow through on some of the deaths, is somewhat more coherent than much of what gets written during nano. Which may be a large part of why I've struggled with winning in previous years. I just can't bring myself to write something I *know* I'm going to cut. I can write something I don't know for sure if I'll keep, but I can't write something I know I won't. So all in all, though it needs a *really* good edit, I think the story could be definitely made publishable.

Week two

Nov. 10th, 2009 08:18 pm
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Week two is always the worst for nano. It's when you start getting tired of spending hours and hours every day writing, and you've done so much work, and look at it and realize you're not even halfway. And it's depressing. Every year, it's been the point where I start to fall behind one day, and worse the next, because even though I'm writing every day, it's not been enough to keep me on track, and the day that I sit down and get a bunch done is not enough to make up for it.

Then I start getting discouraged and give up because I'm so far behind at this point I have no realistic chance of catching up. I keep going, determined to at least be happy to have gotten a good chunk of a start on a new project, and one day I'll have more time, and less commitments, and then I'll make it to the 50k. One day.

This year I had more time, and less commitments.

I'm not behind.

This is the year.
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K, so I'm gonna post my nano novel here anyway. It will not be friends only, it will be posted to a writing filter. I only have about four people on that filter, so if you would like to be able to read it, respond to this post and I'll add you. If you can see chapter one, which I'll post shortly after this post, then you're already on it.

Nano update

Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:47 pm
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The widgets aren't working yet, I don't think (they disable them to improve bandwidth early on in the month) but I broke 5k last night. Then my brain shut down and said no more tonight.

But my main character has got his head out of the water and met the Messiah. Now they have a plan and are about to execute it.

I'd post it but nobody ever comments on my writing on LJ, so I don't think anybody actually reads it here.


Nov. 1st, 2009 11:59 pm
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Day one, in which our hero is captured and tortured into confessing that he believes in the messiah.

2717 words by midnight.


Nov. 4th, 2008 09:51 pm
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I are sick with a cold. s'my excuse for being 2k words behind.

Nano Teaser

Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:20 am
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I've resisted the temptation to start my Nano novel with a prologue. I had a good idea for one, but I always hate prologues when other people do them, and I invariably cut them eventually when I write them myself. I agonized a while on how to start it, then I read over an article on first lines, and there's three ways of doing it; start with description, start by introducing a character, or start in media res. If you do description, the description has to be completely amazing, and if you start by introducing a character, it has to be an interesting character, and then if you start in media res, which seems to be the expectation these days, and many critiquers deem anything but entirely unnacceptable, where you start has to be somewhere you can slip in everything that's going on, so that the reader doesn't get confused, and has something happening that reveals as much information as possible about the main character, so that you don't have to collapse into exposition explaining a bunch of things.

My two favorite books, The Last Unicorn, and Kushiel's Dart, start with introducing the main character. ("The Unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone."/"Lest anyone should suppose that I am a cuckoo's child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me.") So I've decided to start it this way.

The Avaline Lieutenant )

Sad News

Nov. 20th, 2007 12:15 am
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I only have a few days after the end of classes to study for my bichemistry exam, rather than like, a week, like normal. I'm also behind with my french lab exercises, have a biochem lab report to write up, and just finished my english essay.

Now, if I could add all that to my nano word count, I might be able to make it, you know. But other than that, it's looking like the only way I'm going to have the time to make it to 50K is dropping all my schoolwork. And that's just not an option.

So sadly, I'll have to bow out of NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe some year when I either have easy classes, or nothing to do besides work, maybe then I'll be able to do it. The frustrating thing is, I'm pretty certain I could do it, if I was say, just working full time, rather than doing both work and school.

Ah well, such is life. I may try and continue this story next year, since I didn't get very far. Dunno. Anyway, it was a refreshing reprieve, writing a much stronger willed and more intelligent main character after two years of Morgan. But back to Timekeeper now.
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So I was complaining to my boyfriend that I have no money and cant go buy all the video games he buys all the time.

Why do I say dumb things like that in the middle if nanowrimo?

So he bought me an RTS, cause he knows I love RTSs, and I'm really not capable of not installing it on my computer as soon as I got home.

"Your computer does not meet the system requirements."


Back to writing. It's a three paycheck month though; I'm so totally going to see about upgrading my computer.

Nano update

Nov. 6th, 2007 10:58 pm
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I am one day behind and have remained so for the last three days. *sigh* I hope to catch up on the weekend.

On a happier note, I had worried about not having a main antagonist, or any character for the characters and reader to focus their hatred. But when I started writing, he just walked right into the story like he'd been there all along. So I'm thinking of ways to kill him. I think I have a good one.

In my outline, there's a bunch of areas where in my head there a "then some stuff happens" insterted between events, but the trouble is, I don't know what that stuff is. Ultimately, those stuff just gets skipped. Ah well, I tend to think of things to add into those places once I'm about 60K into the story. Which theoretically would be about done.

I'm having trouble transitioning into the really exciting parts. I think I need to remember to update my outline so I remember what I was going to write next. There's a traitor in their midst, and they will be a great catalyst.

Nano Update

Nov. 1st, 2007 11:46 pm
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Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1800 / 50,000

I got my words for the day done. And another paragraph besides. Redid the math, I only have to write five pages a day, if I round up, and writing five pages a day I can afford to be a page short every five days.

Last year I started late, tried to work on an existing project, never got properly into the swing of things. I think this year I could actually make it.
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first, Happy Halloween, and Happy Samhain, to any and everyone who celebrates it.

second, several months ago, I bought a tinfoil scrunchy cat toy for the cats, which they loved, and promptly lost. They're dirt cheap, so I bought a pack of eight of them, theorizing that if I buy enough of them, there should always be one kicking around somewhere easy to find. Went to play with the cats today - can't find even one. There's nine of them - NINE - kicking around the apartment, and I can't find one. 'Bout fifteen minutes after I gave up searching and Nathan's finished laughing at me because I was so baffled and telling me, don't worry, the cats know where they are if they want them, Apollo fucking walks in carrying one.

Third, biochem lab today was COOL. We got to isolate DNA. We got to use centrifuges like fucking CSI or something. Ya take the salmon sperm, and mix it with this to break down the protein, then mix it with the buffer to neutralize the first thing, then you dilute it with another thing, then you mix it with another thing to make the protein separate from the solution, then swish it around and stick it in the centrifuge to settle under centrifugal force. Then you skim off the protein (made hexagonal jelly crystals) off the top, and all that's left is the DNA. Then you cool it. Then you mix it with cold ethanol to make the dna come out of solution, and stir it gently with a stirring rod so the strands wrap around the rod and you can lift them out. This was the point where my lab instructor commented about my diligence, upon observing the way I was watching the tiny white strands collect on my rod like it was the coolest thing in the fucking world. Then you scrape it off into a buffer solution to keep it safe for next lab day when we will do other things to it.

Fourth; Nano is about to start; oh, crap, it already started, k bai.


Oct. 30th, 2007 11:06 pm
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-Study for french test tomorrow
- french test overwith.

-Finish lab report due on wednesday
-significant progress made.

-Get at least a rough draft of the essay due on nov 21st written, so it doesn't interfere too much with writing

-Type out my changes to chapter seven so I can send chapter 18 to people.
-three more pages typed, 6 to go.

-Write a breif summary of most scenes planned so far in nanowrimo story.
-kinda scketchy outline done so far

Thought of a good ending for the story too. using clever literary techniques.

I have to write six pages every day all of november. I seldom get more than three. *shakes head* got almost 20 000 words last year. Ah well, I'm damn well gonna try. I'll be really pissy if I come out like ten pages short or something stupid like that.
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-Study for french test tomorrow
-Finish lab report due on wednesday
-Get at least a rough draft of the essay due on nov 21st written, so it doesn't interfere too much with writing
-Type out my changes to chapter seven so I can send chapter 18 to people.
-Write a breif summary of most scenes planned so far in nanowrimo story.

Now, those are in order of importance. I expect they will be done in reverse order, as usual. Nothing like homework to be done to get me working on writing.

I'm getting revved up for Nano, though. The story is coming together in my mind. Canada votes in the NDP and the NDP rip up NAFTA. The USA is screwed for natural resources and invades. Story revolves around a Mother and her children (12 and 17) and her increasing involvement in the resistance. I thought of putting a dog in the story, but I realized if I put a dog in, it would just die.
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Last day of NaNo. I kind of made a pseudo goal for myself of 20 000 words. I'm currently at 16 750 words. I think most likely I won't make it, it means I need to write nine pages by the end of my shift today. I've never written that much before. But hey, I can try. Shift ends at midnight, and that's the cutoff time.

I can't wait to get chapter 11 typed out though. I've missed the feedback from my beta readers. And i know a bunch of you have been impatiently waiting for the next installment - those of you who are not busy with your own stories. And at least one who is.... Will be soon I promise. I figure I'll probably get it typed out by monday. The last three pages of it I typed right onto the computer, and I don't think it will need much editing. The subsequent chapters very much will, though.

Anyway, back to writing. Perhaps I can get this done.

update, 8 pages left.

7 pages. and only 3 hours left of my shift.

6 pages, 2 hours left. Stupid customers keep interrupting me.

4 pages, and only a half an hour. Not gonna make it, but oh well. I still got a crap load of writing done, and lots to type out, and I'll do better next year.
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I've done bugger all for writing the last couple of days, but I sat down today and got 1000 words done.

It was inspired writing though. I think it should count for double word count. I can't wait till I've got that whole chapter typed out so people can read it. Little bit wierd and twisted, but since I was basing it on something I've researched; the shamanic death and rebirth, it had definite direction.

Well, I think it was good anyway. I'm not good at writing gore; some of my readers who are better at it might have some advice.

Current total: about 15 000 words.
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Yeah, so like, fricking everybody's doing it, so ok.

My biggest excuse was that I write on paper and have no convenient way of figuring out how many words I'd written, cause not only that, I tend to add up to half a page worth in the margins at times, but I'll let go of that excuse and work around it. I have two chapters - about 25 pages worth in the same book I'll be writing in, typed out, so I've figured out how many words per page figured out on average, and I'll go with that (about 350 words per page.)

Of course, I'll be working on Timekeeper, and see if I can't finish it or at least get really close. I realise there's no way I'll make 50 000 words, because I'm in university and will have a whole three physics lab reports that take three hours due this month, among other things, but I figure this will teach me to manage my time better. At worse, I will learn how hard I can push myself, and whether or not I can force myself to write successfully.

Wish me luck.

PS: as of now, 5250 words


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