November is finished . . .

But, my novel isn't yet. 63,152 words and counting. I'll probably wrap it up in the next 5,000 words or so. Then is editing and revision. The nice thing about doing Nanowrimo this year is that I fell into a social community of folks who were writing too. That made it a bit easier. I hope that I can keep it up and meet with others in a writerly fashion during my remaining time in Korea.

Almost there. Should cross 50K tomorrow.

The days after the Daegu midway party were rough. I only managed 1000 words on Sunday and Monday. I felt pretty drained and didn't write at all on Tuesday. It was a much needed break, as I got back into it on Wednesday by writing 2800. Then I wrote 2600 today. My word count sits at 49,832 words. But, I'm not going to push myself today. I'll cross the 50K line tomorrow and keep up the same word goal I've been trying every day (>=2000 words). Slow and steady wins the race. WRITING!
  • Current Music
    "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" by Brand New

34,039 words thus far.

I'm beating the pace that I set the last time I did Nanowrimo. I think that the writing process has become less laborious, although I felt like I hit a wall today. I was off all day from work (school was cancelled because of the Suneung test, essentially Korea's ACT/SAT, but a bit more soulcrushingly crucial for the students). I hemmed and hawed for the morning and afternoon, only managing to write 1700 words following several hours. Then I logged into the NanoChat and did some word wars and quickly got out an additional 1400 words. THis time around the social aspect of the competition is working out much more in my favor. This weekend I'll be in Daegu for the Midway Party and Write-In, so I hope to get a lot of words written and meet with some other cool writers there.

Something, Something, in the Woods is coming along nicely. I just need to think of a better title . . .

Nanowrimo 2014

I'm doing Nanowrimo again. It's been three years since the last time I did it. I read the posts I made about doing it in 2011. Seems like so long ago, and all I can remember was how much I sucked and how much it felt like pulling hair to get my words out.

Truthfully, even though I studied writing in college and took writing classes, I don't consider myself a writer. I haven't written in the time since 2011. I had plans to do so, but I just never really did. Mostly I've just left a wake of dashed hopes and given up projects -- see my horror journal below.

This time the writing has come a bit more easily. I'm flying by the seat of my pants, and I didn't even have a solid idea chosen until October 31st, but in my first two days I've managed 6,767 words. That's pretty good I think. Not as good as some of the other folks in my region, but better than last time, and better than the pace car of 1,667 words per day.

I've not been writing in the past three years, but my confidence seems to have improved. It's not (all) crap coming out of my fingertips. I doubt it's publishable, but that's not what I'm thinking about at this point. At this point, I just want to get some more words out of me. Just for the sake of doing. I think that's a good goal in and of itself. Just let the words bleed out . . .

The Ethereal Nature of Online Journals

A post for 2012. Nothing to say, just wanted to update the calendar. I need to go thru and download all of my entries so I have them saved on my computer. No one really uses LJ anymore, but what was once written is important, and in my opinion should be preserved.

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Big sigh of relief.

51099 words. I crossed the Nanowrimo finish line with 3 days to spare. I feel proud. My novel is nowhere near completion. I'm quite a long ways from the ending, plus I have a lot of random pieces to cobble together yet. This isn't even a first draft at the moment, but I do feel pretty damn pleased to have banged out 50,000 words on the keyboard. Well, I suppose a good third of my total was bled out onto notebook pages, dripping from my fountain pen actually. Either way, they are out of my braincase, and  have the nebulous of a novel.


My last written, not really quite Bulwer-Lytton line: The point of her knife facing forwards led Gwen into the uncertain safety of this darkness.
  • Current Music
    "Ragoo" by Kings of Leon

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Word count = 30159

My story has some weird cow mythology developing. Also a falling chandelier, that doesn't kill anyone, and a falling tree that does. I don't know where it'll go in the next 15 days, but I never would have guessed it would have gotten anywhere to like it is now.

Still very rough, but I played a section for Rob and Jeff the other day. They laughed at it, which is partly because of my Mac's strange robot voice, partly because the dialogue was meant to be off-putting, and partly because it probably sucked.

Anyway, I'm having fun with it still.

The Bulwer-Lytton line of the day: "The Brahma is my bovine protector."

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12747 total thus far.

I wanted to get more this weekend, but that didn't work out since I went on the Avalon/Reading Town hike on Saturday. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I went since it will be my last. I struggled to write today though. Jeff and Scottish Rob were at 3PM with me, so I chatted with them instead of solely writing the whole time. Jeff helped a lot with some characterization, and now I feel like some of the characters are becoming more fully realized and hopefully more interesting.

After dinner I sat in Coffee King's for about an hour and a half and managed to finish a bit more than 2400 words. Thus far I'm not behind, but I wish I had a larger buffer in front to protect me from the apathetic days sure to come. Tomorrow my time will be a bit tighter, because I've got my two privates before class, which means I'll be up extra early and at the coffee shops writing at an ungodly hour in the morning. Or at least I will try to do so.

For now I'm gonna watch some Scooby Doo with Jeff and then try to go to bed.

The Bulwer-Lytton line of the day: Samantha still gripped the flashlight, but realized how futile it would be to use in a fight against a mountain lion.