Updates, pt. 2

Well… I have finally changed over the keyboard from the shiny black Dell model that came with the machine to an archaic (looking) white model… A whole lot of keys that will be staring at me, waiting to be pressed but will likely never be used (for a while, anyway). Gone are the quiet clicks and ticks, overtaken by solid thuds and smacks of heavier springs and thicker plastic…

The biggest thing to get used to will be the placement of the keys… probably a week of having to think through some of the calls, the mental chess of, “Oh, wait… that key is over… um… here, I think…” played in about a split second, trying to override (and over-write) the muscle memory that has been built up…

But enough about work… turns out I wrote more than I thought I had… my final word count was just over 2,000 after yesterday… yeah, me. That only covers the beginning of the story, and by my “original” schedule, I have allocated until around the 23rd for this project… so I’m going to have to pound some keys and see where the story takes me… I have a general idea for the events, but I’m fuzzy on the ending… guess it may depend on the middle first…

But I also need to make some notes on lengths… I’ve read about a couple of different spreads, estimates for work lengths – average length for short stories, but in what range does it start to be too long and enter into the wilderness of “novella” before emerging on the other side as a novel…

NaNoWriMo puts a target of 50k words as a decent benchmark for a novel – it equates to about 180 pages… I think Stephen King put a breakdown in his On Writing, but I have to find it again…
*sigh*

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