Monthly Archives: November 2012

Future Me is Gonna Be PISSED

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Jack Attack

…in which Jack looks sad and offended at the same time.

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Jack Attack- Friday edition

… Just because I’ve missed a few Mondays, and hey, it’s Thanksgiving weekend down south. I’m not a dog person, but I’m thankful for Jack. He may be the poster child for depression, but I wouldn’t trade him for any other dog in the world.

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Seriously, could he BE any sadder?!


Win!

50,000 words.

20 days.

Not even half of the story, as far as I can tell. But that’s OK; revisions will bring it down to a manageable number, once I work through the insanity that’s come so far.

There have been circular arguments, questionable descriptions, awkward backstory and info-dumps, and the main character I just added still had little to no idea how this is supposed to work, but that’s OK. That’s what revisions are for. Without NaNoWriMo, I’d have nothing written, nothing to edit and polish. I’m way ahead of where I’d be otherwise.

I’m trying for 60,000 by the end of the month, and averaging at least 1000 words a day in December if I can- but I’m also going to be taking one more pass at my finished novel to try to make it really great.

And then MAYBE it’ll be ready to go somewhere.


Bad, Bad Romance

There was a forum thread at NaNoWriMo.org asking how to write non-cheesy romance scenes. I’m going to go with, “do the opposite of this”:

“My heart exploded into butterflies and puppies, and even though the love-puppies weren’t house-trained, it was OK, because they urinated sunshine and sugary syrup, like the kind you give to hummingbirds, all over the carpet of my heart.”

Maybe I should work on my own novel instead of coming up with theoretical, horrible metaphors for non-existent romance novels, but this is so fun.

Over 22,000 words as of today, hoping to get over 25,000 tonight or early tomorrow.


Port Blandford

Another quickie today- NaNoWriMo rolls on, and I have a headache. I showed up, don’t expect coherence or understandableness, ok?

So, Port Blandford. It’s a town we pass on our way to St. John’s, just another “WTF, NL?” town name (see also: Dildo). We’ve made a game out of it, because the drive is 4 hours long, and it’s fun. It has no official name; I’ll call it Port Blandford Facts.

Did you know…

– In Port Blandford, they eat their Kraft Dinner without the cheese.

-Port Blandford’s town flag is a taupe cod on a field of taupe.

-Someone once got shunned in Port Blandford for painting his house beige. It was too exciting.

Get it? It’s bland. (I didn’t say it was an exciting game, but I look forward to it.)

-the library in Port Blandford has no Fiction section.

-The only cheese they serve in Port Blandford is mild cheddar, and ketchup is a controlled substance.

Yeah, I’m done. Add your own in the comments. Maybe I’ll get a picture of the sign on the way by next time. It’s SUPER exciting.


NaNoWriMo Day 3

Hey, I’m actually ahead of the game so far! I passed the 6,000 word mark last night. It shouldn’t have taken as many hours as it did- I wish I could do something about how easily distracted I am. What would be one hour if I could just focus on writing and nothing else turns into three when everything else gets added in. I have kids, my brain doesn’t work unless it’s multitasking. I know, cry you a river, right?

I posted an excerpt for the first time ever on my NaNo profile. Remember how I said I was hard on myself about first drafts? This is why I’ve never shared one. But there’s part of one scene there, and it’s OK. Baby steps…

Synopsis and excerpt here:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/kittysparkes/novels/torn-183850


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