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Another Comic…

Yet another NaNo strip from the folks at Dork Tower… Sometimes it’s great to be a geek, just to get how subtle some comedy can be… Especially since we have a twisted sense of humor anyway…

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Dork Tower

A classic for the moment…
And for the record, this is also one of my regular stops on the tubes… Since I have been far from an active gamer for many years, it allows me those moments to reflect and remember the good times…
And the subject matter just couldn’t be more hilarious, considering the fact that I can soooooo relate (last year, a stalled out at about 10 pages, or so, and I have another project that I was working on that stalled at about 12 pages…)
I’m trying very hard to embrace aspects of the NaNo ideal of “forget editing, just write”… and I fully understand (logically & intuitively) the point there… but damn if it’s not the hardest thing – getting the “internal editor” to just sit down and shut up…
Ah, the joys of being a writer…
Oh, I would highly encourage anyone (even the non-gamers) to check out the Dork Tower on a regular basis… A word of warning for non-gamers, though: if you find something you don’t quite get… find a gamer…

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It Has Begun…

NaNo 2007 is underway, and so is the novel. I’m still in the introductory portion (having only written while I was at work yesterday… and not quite sure how I wanted to start until sometime in the afternoon)…

But it is in progress… I’ve started the novel with some basic character introductions and scene dressings, and suggested that Chris hop ahead to the major plot hook event – the point that forces the transition in the novel… It’s a point we’ve talked about (it involves a ship and a storm, and that’s all I’ll say for now… :op )…

But it has begun… and I have to get back to writing, or it will never get finished…

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Projects & Progress…

We are drawing close to that time of year again… it is almost November, and NaNoWriMo is just around the corner… Last year, I tried, and failed miserably (barely breaking 5,000 words – a mere 1/10th of the quota of 50,000 to “complete” the event). But there are benefits to that effort… I have a manuscript started, and that’s the first major step… actually writing something…

This year, however, I wasn’t quite sure about participating, until I got an email from a friend of mine. His name is Chris (aka: whtedrgn), and we go waaay back. We go so far back that the only way we remember how far back we go is because of yearbook pictures (trust me, I’ve checked, and was very surprised to make that discovery…). Anyway, the point here is that he’s been in a writing slump for a while, and I obviously would be at great risk of roadrash and gravel marks from trying to make the journey myself. He suggeted that we try a collaborative effort this year (thusly making it an interesting 25,000 words each… a daunting project, but much easier to manage individually….). The theory here is also that we can split days… instead of directly writing each day, we could alternate days… or whatever the word count suggests, or the story dictates…

The other key to this plan: the fact that we go waaay back. Seriously, it’s an important piece for the puzzle. We have been bouncing story ideas and other creative projects off of each other, even collaborating on a three-book story arc idea way back in seventh grade (damn… I just realized that’s damn near 20 years ago… somewhen around 17 or 18 years, to be exact… wow.) Mind you, it was an idea, and we didn’t get to far beyond the basic plot points, but it’s something we’ve been doing off and on for years, so it is a natural idea to pursue…

Well… that’s the “project”… and here’s the “progress”… I will be writing… :o) Pending final decision on the project, there will be character development and basic storyboarding, going back and forth to get things rolling. And I haven’t been reading a lot lately, except for online articles/posts… but I’ve been journaling… a travel journal for the Mini (road trips), as well as keeping notes on “patient humor” – some of the crazy things that I’ve been getting over the phones at work ([funny] names, word butchering, and half-listening callers, just to name a few)… So my major progress (creatively) is getting the juices to flow… which is always a good thing for writing…

Then there is the “exterior” progress… I have started trying to make headway in the cleaning/purging of the house… the focus (right now) is still my stuff (and there is/has been a LOT of it), before delving into the things that were Jenn’s, but I’m starting to seriously think about it, and I want to make dents. I want to purge most of my stuff and simplify what’s around me. But often, it’s all about finding the time, which I’m trying to do (and getting nudged into, thankfully, when I’m not to “in the moment”) a little bit at a time…

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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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The New Year, pt. 1

Here we are in January… the new year underway, and a bastion of hope for what the new year may bring. With that, I give you my “resolutions” for the coming year… at least the ones that I see as fit for public consumption. Here they are, in no particular order:
1) Get my weight down to between 160-175 lbs.
2) Read between 26-30 new books during the year (meaning – reading a book for the first time)
3) Finish “Book 1” – the current project started in November’s NaNoWriMo
4) Write 8-10 short stories/articles.
5) Complete 1st draft of a script idea I’ve been working with (working title: Four Corners)
6) Compete in a 1/2 marathon (there’s one that I’m looking at that’s scheduled for the fall in Virginia Beach…)
7) Learn three (3) songs on bass guitar (to be able to play through completely)… (By default, one of them is going to be “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles, as I have already started on it… the other two are still undeclared at the moment)
8) Clean my office (and keep it clean)… trust me… it is a bigger deal than one may think…
9) Clean & Organize my attic space… a big undertaking, considering the attic has become one of the “catch-all” storage spaces…
10) Clean & Organize our guestroom (our other “catch-all” storage space… which has made the room impossible to use for anything else… like, guests!)

That’s the basics for now… I’ll try to put a “year in review” post a bit later…

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Hello, December…

(Funny side note: as I was typing that, I had part of the Counting Crows singing “Long December”… sorry, I thought it was actually quite hilarious so I had to write it.)

Well… it’s Friday, which is always a good day. Alas, NaNo is NoMo and I can honestly say that I am actually disappointed in the fact that I just let it go… I started ok, but after a couple of bumps, I just stayed stalled (I guess a good comparison would be a race car driver getting into a Daytona or Indianapolis 500 race and then blowing the engine before even completing a tenth of the race). I think I ended up derailing myself once I got a day or two behind… that and trying to do a lot of the mileage at work (which, after staffing changes REALLY killed those chances) were not helped at all by the fact that I had exressed concerns before the project started (translation: the philosophy works – Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.)

But, it is a new month, and new goals to tackle. According to my schedule (yes, I drafted a schedule back in September… kind of a guide to some projects) most of December is intended for drafting some notes, so I have a perfect starting point for my 1,000 word a day goal – my current NaNoWriMo WIP.

So, while my 2006 NaNoWriMo efforts may RIP, there is still life for the story… If you’ll excuse me, it is time for me to raise the dead… and if we’re good, maybe teach it some new steps
(Cue Gene Wilder and “the Monster” for “Puttin’ on the Ritz” to take it away)

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