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Friday, March 11, 2011

Currently reading

I'm currently reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. Really good read so far. Witty, British, and very different from my usual reads.

However, I can't get over the idea of David Tennant as Jonathan Strange, if there's ever a movie rendition of the book. If that ever happened, I wouldn't miss it. He might have to tone down his natural wackiness a bit, but I think he'd be marvelous for the part.

Tennant was my favorite of the new Doctor Whos (although Eccleston was also fun), and excellent in Hamlet with Patrick Stewart. Maybe I just want him to be in the JS&MN movie because I've turned into a fan. :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NaNoWriMo update

So, NaNoWriMo ended a while back, December 1 to be precise. I started late, and gained about a 5000-word deficit early on. In mid-November, I'd crawled back within 3000 words of where I needed to be, and slipped back in the hole numerous times. By Thanksgiving, I had kept pace, but hadn't gotten out of that hole.

Then came Black Friday. I don't do Black Friday. It's annoying, and a waste of time and effort. Well, this year, I got hooked: Old Navy was offering Lego Rock Band, for FREE.

To make a long story short, I sat out in front of Old Navy on a cold sidewalk for about 3 hours, just to score a free game. But more importantly, during that time I wrote like crazy, coming within just two-thousand words of the 50000-word goal. Thanks to that night, the next few days of writing were a cake walk, and I won my first NaNoWriMo.

Aftermath

Since then, I've let my story sit idle. As part of winning, I have the option to print out a free paperbound hardcopy at CreateSpace. I'm not about to pass up that, so it has lit a fire under me to get the story in decent shape. Three weeks ago, I began revising. Since then, I've even sent a few chapters to a friend to read. It's progress, and progress is good.

What's the Story About?

That's a good question, and although I want to answer in detail, I will be vague instead: It's a space opera, set in an age of recent devastation and decline. Faster-than-light travel no longer works, and cryogenics never did. No one's expecting help to arrive, so those remaining in this small, cut-off solar system will have to make the best of what's left.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weak Sauce and NaNoWriMo

So, I went to the trouble to make a post about NaNoWriMo last week, and I was all excited about all the writing I was going to do. Then, I started reading the NaNoWriMo site, and I thought to myself, "Man, a page a day? A page?! That's so weak."

So that day I began brainstorming. Suddenly, some strange and wonderful ideas that had been kicking around in my head over the years, but had never occurred to me to be story-worthy coalesced into a story outline that looked like a lot of fun to write. The day after, I signed up for NaNoWriMo and began writing.

I'm deep into novel mode now, going ahead at full steam. I'm still behind because of my late start, but I'm hoping to catch up later this week. It's a lot of work, but I'm loving it so far.

You can find my on the NaNoWriMo page, here.

Words written to date: 9341
Goal: 50000 words by 11:59 Nov 30

Monday, November 2, 2009

Goodbye October, Hello NaNoWriMo

I popped one last peanut M&M and headed to the bathroom to shave off my pirate beard. I was a little sad to see it go, and it was resistant to my straight razor as well (me being too lazy to hit it with the clippers first). But as the razor stripped each patch of hair, I felt comforted. I had my old face back, and to be honest, I looked a lot less silly. It also signaled an ending, mostly just the ending of October and the Halloween season. But staring at myself in the mirror, I looked forward to November.

November is NaNoWriMo.

I've been writing off and on lately, after taking a break from any kind of extracurricular activities that could be considered "work." Having a new child and holding down a day job and a personal life with variable sleeping hours are mostly to blame, but I love my family, and I wouldn't trade the last few months.

As of October 30, I still hadn't jumped back on the writing wagon fully, however. And I've always wanted to partake in NaNoWriMo. So, on November 1st, I set aside some time for my characters. I wrote pages of prose. They weren't great, and they weren't for a novel, but so what. They exist, and they've given previously-inert pages a semblance of life. Awesome.

My goal for November is to write at least a page of text each day, whether it be for blog, short story, or novel. I want to get into the spirit enough to write for a novel, too, so I'm dedicating at least 15 of those pages to a new novel idea I've been thinking about lately.

The score as of Nov 2:
Blog pages: 1
Novel pages: 0
Short story pages: 1
Total pages: 2