Nov. 30: End of #NaNoWriMo 2017

So, here we are at the end of NaNoWriMo 2017. I have won, for the 7th time in 10 years of doing NaNo. But it wasn’t easy this year. (I look back, and I think the only times it was easy were 2008-2010.) And… as you may have guessed from the last two posts, I did not finish There Be Dragons. But I now have a great deal more than I did to begin with, so it’s a success nonetheless.

Some interesting stats from this past month:
Least Words Written: 12 words on November 6 (Total That Day: 6,834)
Most Words Written: 5,369 words on November 26 (Total That Day: 43,776)
Longest Dry Spell (less than NaNo Daily of 1,667 words): 4 days, November 9-12 (125, 22, 62, 41 words)
Longest High Spell (NaNo Daily of 1,667 words or more): 6 days, November 13-18 (1,697, 2,529, 2,740, 4,299, 2,043, 4,574 words)

So, that’s me, signing off from this year’s NaNo. Congrats to everyone who took part, whether they reached 50K or not. 🙂

‘Later!
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Nov. 29: #NaNoWinner2017

Winner: NaNoWriMo 2017

In The Purple!

So, here we are. I managed to win not quite by the skin of my teeth (that would be winning tomorrow, it being the last day for it).

This last chapter has been fighting me a fair bit, so I was worried (despite my excellent word count two days ago) that I wouldn’t be able to make it, but here we are! Thanks go out to Vathara and the other members of the NL NaNo group, for their support and encouragement.

So, I’m ending today with a word count of 50,157 words. But I’ll still be writing tomorrow (I want that “updated word count for 30 days” badge!), and likely for the next month, on and off, as I try to finish the first draft of There Be Dragons. (Because no matter how much I wanted to, I didn’t manage to get even close to finishing. I’d say I’m about half to 5/9 done.)

Thanks for following me on this epic journey of my tenth year of doing NaNo!

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Nov. 27: Last Week of #NaNoWriMo 2017

So, I missed last week’s post. Apologies for that – I was not having the best few days when it was due, and then I decided to wait until either I’d caught up with the expected total word count, or the 28th, whichever came first.

Last post, I’d just finished Chp. 3 and Interlude #1. In the meantime, I’ve had some very good writing days (5 days over 3,334, including the 16th; 8 days over 1,667, including the 16th and today), and some not-so-good ones (4 days under 1,100).

At the moment, I’ve finished Chps. 4 and 5, and I’m partway through Interlude #2 – and discovering something that I hadn’t known an hour ago that adds an extra dimension to the situation the protagonists are in. (Well, the protagonists and the rest of the Interstellar Police officers on Mephamtere….)

Yesterday I managed to match (and exceed) the expected total word count for the day, for the first time since Nov. 2nd. (Almost the whole month. Ow.) Today I’ve already managed to surpass the expected total word count for the day. 🙂 So there’s no doubt that I’m going to win… although I seriously doubt that There Be Dragons will be finished by the 30th. (Not with this new plot twist added into things.) So I’m likely to continue writing it into December, with S&R re-writes pushed back to January and February.

21st’s word count: 30,177. Where I should have been by then: 35,000.

Today’s (so far) word count: 45,471. Where I should be at midnight: 45,000.

I’m totally winning this. 🙂

Next post: My winning! (And maybe end of NaNo, if I don’t get to 50K before Thursday.)

‘Later, all!

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Nov. 16: Belated Week 2 of #NaNoWriMo 2017

Apologies for the lateness of this – I originally intended to get it out the evening/night of Nov. 14th, but I had to get up early for an appointment yesterday morning, and completely forgot.

So, where were we….

Right, starting Chp. 3.

*headdesks*

That… didn’t go so well to start off with. Oh, I started strongly (1,774 words on the 8th)… but then the interaction between my protagonists began, and things got bogged down. 4 days worth of less than 150 words/day bogged down.

So on Monday I scrapped everything I’d written of Chp. 3 into the “counts for words but not as part of my story” file, and re-started the chapter. And that dealt with that block! I’ve been going strong since then.

In other news, I’m planning to apply to be co-ML for the region of Newfoundland (and Labrador?) next year. I’ve been organizing all the St. John’s in-person write-ins this year (our current only ML lives elsewhere and doesn’t have a car, so she can’t really do that), and I figure it might be interesting.

Since I’ve written barely any words so far today (I do my best work at night), I figured I’d give you the word count as it was on the 14th. (I caught up by another 1K+ words yesterday, and don’t yet have today’s.)

14th’s Word Count: 15,119 words. Where I should be (then): 23,333 words. And I’m back to more than the daily word count (yesterday I got 2,759 words), so I should manage to get back on track soon.

(No, Bunnies, that was not an invocation to Murphy, and if you take it that way, I may have to do something to your next shipment of Plot Bunny Feed(tm).)

Addendum (23:02 NST): Okay, finished the writing for today, which was a long session. So. Today’s Word Count: 22,158. Where I should be: 26,667. I’m a lot closer now! (Total of 4,299 words written today, Chp. 3 and just-conceived-of-two-hours-before-writing-this Interlude done!)

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Nov. 7: Week 1 of #NaNoWriMo 2017

Heyla!

So, it’s coming up to midnight on November 7th, the end of Week 1 of NaNoWriMo 2017. And how have I been doing, you might ask?

*sighs*

Yeah, I’m behind. It seems to happen every year in Week 1 – if it’s not that I’m sick, it’s that the Bunnies are kicking up a fuss, or I’m blocked. This year, it was sort of all of that. Had a minor cold last week (naturally from Wednesday onwards). Got stuck in Chp. 2 of TBD. *sighs* And had two days when I got less than 100 words written.

Good news on the horizon, though! Chp. 2 has been finished (at least as much as I can get at the moment; there are a few scenes where I have comments in square brackets about what’s to go there later), and I’m on to Chp. 3, where the action really starts to pick up.

And my villains have become even more villainous. I thought they were kind of generic bad guys at first, nasty to animals (or those they think are animals), not caring about the environment, etc. Turns out that they’re worse than that. My human protagonist just got dumped in a place where they’ve dumped a lot of other inconvenient people. And, you know, there’s a direcat pack around that kind of appreciates the free meals….

Today’s Word Count: 8,869 words. Where I should be: 11,667 words. But I’ve managed more than the recommended daily word count the four (out of seven) days that I’ve managed to hit over 250 words, so at least I should be able to catch up.

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October 31st: Time For #NaNoWriMo 2017!

Wow. I’ve really been neglecting this blog over the last year and a half or so. Whoof. Didn’t even do anything with 2016’s NaNoWriMo (which I won, by the way) here. *shakes head at self* Okay, I’ve got to do better.

Anyway, as the title says, NaNoWriMo is almost here. (In fact, it will be here in 2 hours from when I post this.) So, posting time! (And this time I will try to keep the updates going.)

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant Badge

As last year (not shown on here) was fantasy, I’m back to science fiction for this year. And I’m going to be working on the story I originally tried to write for April 2015’s Camp NaNoWriMoThere Be Dragons (summary below).

This is my tenth year doing NaNoWriMo (yay!), and while I’ve won 6 out the last 9 years, the only years when I actually finished the novel I started working on were the first two (2008: Search and Rescue, and 2009: A Fox’s Fight). So that’s my goal for this year – not only win, but actually finish the novel.

As usual, my tracking page is up at tag’s Library: NaNoWriMo 2017. This year I’ve also added a “Word War” widget so you can follow my best friend’s progress along with mine. 🙂 Click to read summary

Update: Apt, Exercise, Camp NaNo July ’15

So, it’s been a while. Since early May, in fact. Sorry about that, and hi, everyone! I hope life has been treating you as well as it’s been treating me.

This is going to be a fairly long post, which a number of different sections: about my new apartment, about Imber, about Camp NaNoWriMo for July 2015, and about exercising and how I’m doing with that. And pictures are included! (Luckily, I figured out how to do them as a gallery.) So I’m definitely putting it behind a “more” tag, and as you can see, I’ve added internal links to each of the sections to make it easier if you only want to read one or two of them at a time, and not have to go all the way through everything else….

Read onwards….

#CampNaNoWriMo April 2015: Not A Winner….

So. It seems this was not a good month for writing for me. My concentration has been shot most of the month, and I’ve written less than 4,000 words of There Be Dragons. Definitely not enough to win, even when I lowered my word count goal to 20K words.

On the other hand, I always count any writing done during NaNo or Camp NaNo as at least a partial success. As is often mentioned at the end of the month, at least there’s however many words more written than you had at the start of the month!

Not sure exactly what I’m going to do with There Be Dragons at the moment; I suspect that at the very least, I’m going to let it sleep for a few weeks while I try to get rid of the brain fog I’ve been in most of the month. With any luck, May will be better – I’ll likely be at least somewhat more active, for one thing, now that the weather is finally starting to warm up here. (Not that you’d know it from the drizzle and wind today, but….)

If nothing else, I suspect I’ll get back to work on TBD for July’s CampNaNo. 🙂

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#CampNaNoWriMo April 2015: Progress? Bit Not Good

So, it’s the second week of April, and what have I done?

Not much, I’m afraid. Started out okay, though not great, on the first… and then didn’t write, and didn’t write. *sighs at self* As of yesterday, I only had about 1,028 words written. That’s not much for being a third of the way through the month!

Today, I took a different tack. I went back to my NaNoWriMo roots, and went to a coffee shop. I figured the change in scenery would help get things moving. (And I also reduced my word count goal to 35K words for the month, but if I can keep at the rate I’ve started going today, I’ll be able to bring it back up to 50K….)

It’s just after 19:30 hrs here, and I’ve added another 2,010 words. And I’ve just started a new scene, with so much fun to play with…. So I’m doing well now, and came up with a good way to break the block I was running into.

Which leads me to a piece of advice, for any others doing Camp NaNo who are reading this. If you’re not getting anywhere with your story, or you keep running into roadblocks… try changing the scenery around you. Sometimes we need to get away from the everyday.

Also, you may notice that my theme has changed. Yeah, I was running into a few problems with the old theme, so moved it around. The original menu items are now under the “Main Pages” menu, and I’ve added more menus for other things that I figured people might be interested in. 🙂

‘Later, all!

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#CampNaNoWriMo April 2015: The Start

So, April starts tomorrow. And with April comes many things. (The worst being Autism $peaks’s “Light It Up Blue” campaign. See my autism blog and the links for details.) Among those many things is Camp NaNoWriMo. (Obvious, from the title of the post, I know.)

This year, I’m not going to work on the general fiction autism story I’ve done for the last two years; I think it needs to sit for a few years. Instead, I’m going to work on the science fiction original version of my 2014 NaNo story Here Be Dragons. This version is now called There Be Dragons; it got too confusing otherwise.

So, non-Pernese dragons on a world that’s barely been explored by humanity, whose method of communication (which, yes, is primarily telepathy) drives approximately 99% of humans insane, and an undercover police agent investigating a black market in archaeological treasures found only on this world. Fun!

As usual, I’m aiming for the traditional 50,000 words, and planning to get more. Wish me luck, as I’m wishing luck to all the rest of you who are doing April Camp with me!

‘Later, all!

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#NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 30 – The End

So, we come to end of NaNoWriMo 2014. I stand in the winner’s circle, proud, despite the adversity I encountered this month (for more info, read the post about my winning and last night’s post). And I have successfully managed to reach my altered goal of 60K words; in fact, my final word count is 61,232 words.

And boy, are the Plot Bunnies ever happy. They’ve been crazy all day – I think someone fed them caffeine adulterated with pounds of sugar. They’ve been hopping all over the place, particularly toward my other Sekirei fics and the SF Original Fic version of Here Be Dragons. *sighs*

Anyway, this month has been a good run, and I’m glad I did it. Here’s to all of us NaNoers, whether we got 50K or 5K – we did it! There are now more stories out there than there were at the beginning of the month. So “Yay Us!”

Now, back to your regularly scheduled erratic updates….

‘Later, all!

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#NaNoWriMo 2014: T -6 Hours & Counting

So, we are now at T -6 hours and counting (as mentioned in the title). The Bunnies are hopping excitedly, the cat (Imber) is purring and not wanting to share my lap – or my hands – with a keyboard, and everything’s all ready for NaNoWriMo 2014 to start.

Oh, and it’s Halloween. Happy Spooky Day to all those with little goblins, ghosties, or ghoulies of their own! (Including my sister and brother….)

So I’m at my parents’ house for the weekend (as usual) and raring to go. And while waiting for midnight to hit (at which point I’ll probably be chatting to Vathara), I’m reviewing the fic that I won’t be touching during the month, and distributing candy to those few goblins, ghosties, and ghoulies who come to our door. (We don’t tend to get many trick-or-treaters here.) And petting the dog, and keeping my cat happy and contented and purring.

Expect my next post tomorrow evening, with a word count and status report of the first day of writing!

‘Later, all!

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#NaNoWriMo 2014: T -27 Hours & Counting

So, as it says, we’re at T -27 hours and counting for NaNoWriMo 2014, here in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador. And the Plot Bunnies are going, “Dragons! Dragons! Dragons! Hip hip hooray!” (Or something to that effect. It’s distracting.)

I kind of asked them yesterday if they wouldn’t rather do the original fic, now that I’ve got ideas for how it should work out, of Here Be Dragons. The response? “No, we wants Sekirei!” Very firmly. So, looks like I’m still on track for doing the Sekirei fanfic then modifying it later. (Yes, that’s what December is for. Christmas? What is this “Christmas” you speak of?)

Anyway, once things get started, feel free to pop over and take a look at my widget tracking page at tag’s Library, where I’ve got it all set up to provide you with my stats throughout the month. 🙂 (First time it’s been used since 2011, as it happens.) Not to mention my NaNoWriMo Participant‘s page, where you can check out my progress as well, and take a look at my writing buddies! Good friends, all of them. If you pop by, please cheer them on as well!

I do intend to provide regular updates throughout the month – in fact, I’ve made a note to update weekly in my Todoist list, so that I’ll get it done! 🙂

‘Later all! See you in November!

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#NaNoWriMo 2014 2: Bunnies Run Amuck

*sighs*

Yes, as the title says, my Plot Bunnies are running amuck.

It has been decided that I am definitely writing Here Be Dragons, as per my last post. And I’ve already (with the help of the estimable Vathara) worked out the vast majority of the differences between the fanfic and the SF story. (Except for character names. That I haven’t done yet.) I’ve even set up a project in Scrivener, and got a whole bunch of notes written, doing my usual method of combining “planning” and “pantsing”. Namely, a lot of background info, vague ideas for how I want to start the story, and what I want to have happen.

Unfortunately, the Bunnies are straining eagerly at the reins, wanting to get started before Nov. 1st. It’s getting hard to hold them back (thus all the working out of things, and setting up of the project, and prepping), but I am determined. They are not allowed to start writing until 00:01 hrs. on November 1st!

Of course, then I’ll end up staying up half the night (or all of the morning) getting the first several scenes written out….

Anyway. Just had to grouse about those darn Bunnies. (And if you see me running around cyberspace with a dog catcher’s kit and traps containing nets and PlotBunnyFood(tm), you’ll know what I’m trying to do!)

Whoops! Almost forgot to include the summary!

Here you go, as it is on the NaNoWriMo site:

A Sekirei AU fantasy story (that will be adapted to an SF Original Fic story once done).

For millennia, there have been warnings about the high mountains to the north of Yamato. “Don’t go there; there be dragons.” And “whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”. They form an impassable barrier; in order to conduct trade and diplomatic relations with the nations to the north, ships have to be launched from the cities to the south. Yet it’s known that there are mineral riches in those mountains, and from the sea on the other side, it’s clear that their northern slopes are rich and fertile.

Sahashi Minato is a student in the capital of Heian. After having failed the entrance exams to the university for a second time, his friends decide to take him on a “better you than me” trip, and get him a bit of breathing space from his mother. His best friend, Yasaka Ichiro, comes up with a plan: they’ll go explore the mountains!

None of Minato’s protests can dissuade him, and before long, the group is heading off on the camping trip. But they have no idea what awaits them.

Nor do they realize that there are other Yamatoans who have gotten there first. Minaka Hiroto and Sahashi Takami, Minato’s parents, were the first in millennia to discover the truth of the dragon legends. Now Minaka’s company MBI is mining the mountains, and there are many flocks of dragons who are not happy about this. They want it stopped.

And in Minato and most of his friends, they may have found a way.

‘Later!

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