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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.


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.