#NaNo2018: Winner, Winner!

On a yellow backgroud, shows "2018" and "nanowrimo WINNER", then at the bottom of the banner has a table with (from left to right) a donut on a napkin, a mug with steam rising, a laptop computer with the screen showing "50K", a cup with pencils and a pen, and a pile of five books, laid one on top of the other.

The 2018 NaNoWriMo Winner Banner!

Apologies – I had meant to post more throughout the month, but it’s been a learning curve for me, and I’ve had a couple of downturns this month, for various reasons. (Have I mentioned how much I hate psoriatic arthritis? If not, consider it mentioned now.)

It’s really been a crazy month. I basically booked us/organized three write-ins a week, to try to make sure that everyone who wanted to make it to a write-in managed to do so. It was… less than successful in terms of that (other people showed up to about half of them), but successful in terms of allowing me to reach 50K! (Each day I had a write-in, my word count really picked up – more than the daily recommended dose of 1,667 words – which, since there were a few days where I wrote less than 100 words, really made an impact.)

I also had a number of issues with my characters throughout the month (*glares sharply at Jade*); they went in some weird directions. Which helped contribute to those days I wrote less than the daily recommended dose, because I was fighting for every sentence.

Read on for details!

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. 🙂

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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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#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: Day 29, Weekly Report

First of all, I apologize for missing last week’s weekly report. Unfortunately, due to a new dosage of medication, I spent most of last week (including Saturday) lightheaded and unable to concentrate. As a result, my productivity also went way down in terms of my writing.

I have recovered, however, but it’s likely that I’m not going to make the 75K goal. So I’m now trying for getting over 60K as of tomorrow night. (*gasp* Yes, NaNoWriMo 2014 ends tomorrow.) I’ve already won, now it’s just continuing to write as much as I can while I have the excuse of NaNo.

My current word count is 57,077 words; it might go up before midnight tonight, it might not. (Depends on how long it takes to read Vathara’s latest update, and post this.) Either way, I only have to get 3K words tomorrow in order to make that 60K goal, so it’s more than doable.

It’s been a wild ride this month, and thank you to all of those who have followed my progress and cheered me on. There will be one last post just before the end, tomorrow evening, which will also give you my final word count.

‘Later, all!

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[Edit 23:50 hrs.: My final word count for the day is now: 57,270 words. Go me!]

#NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 20, NaNoWinner!

So, a day later than originally intended (hellish headache yesterday interfered with getting much more than the 1,667 word daily count), but I have now won NaNoWriMo 2014, complete with pretty purple validated word count bar!

So. Word count, as of a few minutes ago, is now 50,429. Let’s march onward to 75K! (And maybe even 100K, if I can make it….)

‘Later, all!

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#CampNaNoWriMo July 2014: The Fanfic That Ate My Brain

Well, it’s been a while. Haven’t meant to be absent from this blog for so long (again), but between the heat that has been hitting St. John’s (see all my previous complaints and rants about my allergy to heat) and getting caught up in the subject of this post, I’ve been more than a little bit distracted.

First of all, don’t know if I mentioned it or not, but I didn’t win April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. *shrugs* Again, various things happened, and Real Life interfered. Didn’t help that we were dealing with my housemates leaving, and two new housemates coming in (whom I admit I get along better with!). But, I did get some writing on It Came From the Library done, and I was determined to do better with this month’s Camp.

The story I chose to work on for this month was an original fic (naturally) called alternatively Seal Song or Selkie Maiden, based on the song “The Maiden and the Selkie” by Heather Dale. I’d already written the prologue, but figured it was easy enough to just remove that from the word count; and I knew how I wanted the first chapter to start out.

Well, I got off to a slow start – didn’t even start writing until July 7th, and ended up not writing anything July 9th and 10th due to horrendous headache attacking me out of nowhere the evening of July 8th.

Meanwhile, Vathara has been working on a Sekirei fanfic, and she was tossing lots of bio stuff and ideas with me, and while I was sick with the headache, she suggested that I read the manga. Heh. I’d already been intrigued by her descriptions of the character Kagari/Homura, especially the gender issues he experiences over the course of the series, and the manga just increased my fascination with him. So, the night of Friday July 11th, what should I end up doing but starting a Sekirei fic?

As the title of this post implies, that fic – titled “Fire and Flight” – rapidly began eating my brain. By (Thursday) July 17th, I’d already managed to write over 25,000 words, and brought my word count goal for the Camp back up to 50K words. And this past Wednesday (the 23rd) I reached 50,455 words just before midnight.

So, for the first time since I started doing the Camp, I am a Camp NaNoWriMo winner! Yay me! 🙂

If you want to read a few more details about Sekirei and FaF, read on!

NaNoWriMo 2013: NaNoWinNer!

I did it!

Yes, it’s the last day. (Having been suffering a nasty headache from Sunday night onwards that effectively kept me on bed rest Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday kind of ruined the “finish the 50K by the 25th” plan.)

But I did it. For the first time in three years, I have a purple word count slider! Check it out!

No, I didn’t get 100K (and I’m not about to, in the remaining 8-1/2 hours of November), but I won for the first time since I moved to NL. I’m fairly satisfied with that, to be honest.

Yay me! 😉

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner Cover Pic!

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner Cover Pic!

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner Square Pic!

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner Square Pic!

‘Later, all!

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NaNoWriMo 2008: The Continuing Story

Remember, way back in November of 2008, I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, and finished an SF novel, Search and Rescue? And I think I said something somewhere about having to re-write it, because some of what happened was seriously impractical, and I had them going from tension-up-point to eating, to tension-up-point, to eating, etc.? (Or maybe I just said that to Vathara.)

Anyway… it took me three years (until last spring / summer; mid-May, I think) to finish the re-write of Chapter 5 (there are 14 chapters). Chapters 1-4 didn’t need much adjustment, and were already partly adjusted before NaNo ’08 ended.

So, between last mid-May and now, I’ve gotten to the beginning of Chapter 8 (which has a major event… well, the major event is at the end of Chapter 7, but 8 is where the two protagonists finally really start becoming friends). I haven’t done any writing on this since… December, I think? (Last fall and this past winter were seriously stressful.) Maybe September.

But, there was the first meeting of the Newfoundland Writers’ Group MeetUp today, and I got pumped by it. So I spent the rest of the afternoon (after everyone else left) and after dinner working in minor edits for Chps. 1-7, and I’m now working on getting farther in Chapter 8! Yay me! 😉

Anyway, I am writing my original fic as well as fanfic again. (Which reminds me… does anyone want to see some stuff from my other unfinished fic, or would you rather wait until it’s finished?)

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Update #8

Well, this is the final NaNo update for 2010, although I may add an entry after the TGIO (“Thank God It’s Over”) party tomorrow night.

Didn’t get anything written yesterday due to a sinus migraine. I hate the fact that I’ve inherited my dad’s sinuses, much as I love him, because when the weather is as changeable as weather in Toronto can be, it knocks me for a loop. It’s been worse this year, I think because I’ve had so many other stresses playing a role.

Anyway, enough of the misery, here’s the good news.

It’s not yet midnight, and I have accomplished my goal of getting more than 100,000 words for NaNo 2010! Admittedly not much more (only 53), but the goal was 100K, not how much over that I would go.

Of course, Lost and Found isn’t finished; I’m going to still be writing it into December. But it’s at least half done, so I’m fairly satisfied with that accomplishment. And I’m going to have people bugging me to finish it as quickly as possible, I know, because they want to get the next “ready for beta” chapter of Search and Rescue to read, and that’s not getting done until I finish this first draft of Lost and Found.

Anyway, here’s hoping I feel better tomorrow!

Happy November, all!


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NaNoWriMo 2010 Update #5

Okay, here’s the latest on NaNoWriMo.

Unfortunately, for the first part of the week I was effectively taken out of the game with sinus migraines – or sinus headaches of migraine intensity. So I didn’t update my story from Monday to Wednesday. *sighs*

Got some written yesterday, and am currently at the Friday write-in session, and have reached just over 75,000 words. (*waits for cheers*) Now I’m trying to get to 100,000 words by Monday evening. Luckily, the next two days are the weekend….

The write-in has been fun so far, and I’m enjoying it again this week. So far we’ve had two people in the session reach the NaNo goal of 50,000 words, so we’re doing well. And we’ve got quite the crowd here, probably since it’s the last Friday write-in session for the month of November.

Anyway, I’ve got to go get another cup of tea, then concentrate more on my writing (25K words in 3 days is a lot!).

‘Later, all!

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Update #2

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve hit 50,000 words (actually, 50,044 as of this time). I originally meant to get to this point by last Monday, but… well, having sinus migraines for three days can kind of interfere with your writing. Wasn’t fun. So, it’s now Friday morning (early Friday morning). I reached 49,545 words – along with the start of Chp. 7 of Lost and Found – by midnight, less than an hour ago. Since then, I’ve passed the finish line. Yay me!

But there’s definitely still more to go. I have a goal aside from finishing Lost and Found for NaNoWriMo this year. It involves Toronto’s Word War. This year, unlike other years, we aren’t competing against a different city – we’ve won the last several, and it’s started to get just a wee bit boring. So we’re competing against ourselves. There are five main teams (I’m on Team Book Wyrms, and at the moment, we’re winning!), along with Team Overachiever, which is made up of those who made over 100,000 words last year. And every Word War team member who makes over 100,000 words this year will be put on Team Overachiever as well as their own team.

Why is this so important, you wonder?

Well, aside from the fact that I have a feeling that Lost and Found, like the prequel Search and Rescue, will be over 100K words, and I’d really like to finish the first draft by the 30th… Team Overachiever is participating in a donation drive for The Office of Letters and Light, which is NaNoWriMo’s parent, non-profit company. For every half million (500 thousand) words written by Team Overachiever, you pledge how much you want to donate, and then at the end of the month, donate it. So I want to help that. I won’t hit 500K words, I know that much, but my 100K+ will definitely count.

I believe in what OLL wants to do, admire the help they provide for the Young Writers’ Program (kids in school and under 12 who participate in NaNoWriMo), and want to encourage writers to participate in events such as NaNoWriMo. To do all that, and things that they want to do to improve both programs – as well as Script Frenzy and its accompanying Young Writers’ Program, which takes place in April – they need the help that donations provide. So I do my best to do what I can.

Anyway, the basic point of this post was to go, “Yay! I won again this year!”, and to let you know what my ambitions are for the rest of the month. Tonight I go to a write-in session at the Starbucks by the TTC Runnymede Station, and tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday morning is the Overnight Writing Session, which I’m looking forward to as always.

To those following on my LJ who aren’t quite at the current word goal… I wrote a pep talk (now here on my LJ) for the topic shown in yesterday’s Procrastination Station, Pep Talks from the Unpublished. I do encourage you to read the thread – there are a hell of a lot of excellent pep talks from fellow NaNoers there, and one of them (or more!) might resonate with you. The originator of the topic even wrote a Pep Poem that’s a short way down the page that I found myself both laughing at and agreeing wholeheartedly with.

Will probably post another entry on Sunday to discuss today’s writing session (last week’s was wonderful) and the Overnight Session.

‘Later, all!
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P.S. By the way, if any NaNoers are reading this journal who haven’t friended me on NaNoWriMo, I invite you to do so. As I said in my pep talk, a large part of NaNoWriMo is the community, and the more connections we make, the more encouragement we get. And thank you to those who have posted replies to my previous NaNoWriMo entries encouraging me – every little bit helps, and it’s partly thanks to you that I’ve made it to 50K so quickly.

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NaNo-Noveling, Report #3

And here we are, at the end of Week #2 of NaNoWriMo 2009.

And I’ve won.

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At the time of writing this, I have 50,495 words. With another half hour to go to type more.

And I’ve also discovered that The Fox’s Journey is, in fact, the title of a series. (Hopefully only a duology….) The current working title for this first book is: “A Vexing Vixen”. And it’s almost finished (I’d say I have about seven to ten more scenes to go, and some of those are small, less than a thousand words long scenes. Action scenes). I estimate I will be done either tomorrow (Sunday, the mid-point – yay, I got the goal before the mid-point!) or Monday.

At which point I start the second book of The Fox’s Journey: “The Trickster’s Trade”. (Yes, tag0 is in to alliteration at the moment.)

So my goal is now 100K words by the 30th. I did it before; I’m sure I can do it again.

The other thing I’ve noticed is that “A Vexing Vixen” is, literally, a skeleton of the story. I’ve got pretty much all the scenes I want, and I’ve got the important stuff (dialogue and some of the actions) in those scenes – but the extras, that help people visualize and inhabit the story – like the description – is missing. It’s interesting, and not something I’ve ever done before. And ironically, it’s sort of what you’re meant to do in NaNo, for the first draft. Get the skeleton of the story, and flesh it out for the second draft.

As I mentioned to Vathara, it’s definitely going to be interesting doing more fleshing out and less actual revising….

Anyway, if I want to get anymore written by midnight, which I do, I’d better get to it.

Hope those of you with whom I’m sharing the NaNo experience are all doing well!

Later, all!
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NaNo Novel Done!

Aside from the re-writes of Chps. 1-3 to mesh in with the change in plot (referred to in my last post), the rough draft of my NaNoWriMo 2008 novel is done! With the last word of Chp. 14 written, it clocks in at 103,009 words (which may change if I get the 1-3 rewrites finished before midnight tomorrow – but for now, that’s how long it is).

I feel very, very proud of myself right now. And I think I have very, very good reason to. Especially considering that at the beginning of the month, I wasn’t even sure I could make 50,000 words, much less actually finish a novel-length work in 30 days. But I did it.

And it’s a story that I like.

Yes, it needs some reasonably major editing, of course – but this rough block of marble has a definitely pleasing shape to it.

Three cheers for NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty, and the Toronto NaNo Community for all the support! And thanks as well to my family, best friends and LJ friends for the same support and encouragement – it did help, guys.

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NaNo Official Winner!

Well, I am now an official winner of NaNoWriMo 2008.

*cheers self*

Off to sleep, then work on the rest of the novel (and at last I’m starting to approach the climax! Yay!).

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NaNo Winner!

Hey, everyone, guess what? I’ve hit 50K! (50,019 words, as of the time of this post, actually. And there’ll be more before the end of the night.)

*Does Happy Victory Dance*

Now it’s just a matter of getting Brendan and Ryuu out of their current mess (which I didn’t even want to happen when they presented it to me this morning), through the next one, and to the climax before the end of the month. Considering what I’ve done so far, that shouldn’t be much of a problem. *G*

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