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Date: 2009-11-25 11:04
Subject: w3rD c0uNt
Security: Public
Mood:accomplished
Broke the NaNo finish line at 50,446 on day 24
I took five days off during the month, so that's an average of 2655 words per day. My highest day was 5214. My lowest day was 1765 (that I actually wrote, not a day off)

Cups of Coffee - average of two per writing time block, for a total of about ~40
Cans of V8 - 19
Hersey's candies - about a dozen
Spicy Tuna Rolls - 9

Locations writing occurred: Bed, Couch, Friend's couch, car (wasn't driving at the time!), Washington State Ferry, Origami Sushi Bar in Silverdale, WA

Hardware used: Gateway Netbook, Red College Ruled Spiral Notebook, Sharpie Thin line black pen, uniball vision elite black, iPod Classic
Software used: Open Office, Freemind, Notepad, Google Documents, iTunes

Number of songs on writing Playlist: 42
Number of times my iPod repeated my playlist: 83

All in all:

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Date: 2009-11-23 19:49
Subject: word count
Security: Public
Mood:chipper
Tags:blog, nano, word count
47,706 according to google docs word counter. I should make it tomorrow, woo! My first completed NaNo since 2005!

Lethe and I decided to make every month NaNo until we finish. So by the end of December I'll owe 100,000 words, and the end of January I'll owe 150k.

At that point, I'll probably take a couple days off, and exchange work with Lethe. We'll go over each others manuscripts with a red pen over that first week in February (or so), and then Probably stick them in the drawer for the rest of the month. Find some small project to work on or something. Research might not be a bad use of that time.

And then in March starts the rewriting. I'm going to aim for a 10% word cut in the 2nd draft, targeting mostly adverbs and rewording sentences as needed to cut them. I really think I have a marketable book here. Going to do what I can to get it out the door by May.

May. I want to have a book in the mail by May.

Three months to write it, a month to let it sit and research the parts I am faking now, and three months to rewrite it, find a list of agents and write a kick ass query letter.

May.

Totally doable.
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Date: 2009-11-20 15:06
Subject: Word Count
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Mood:amused
Tags:blog, nano, word count
45337/50000 in 20/30 days

Woo!

Today's scene will probably have to be rewritten extensively when I get to that point. I am struggling to make Robin and the Merry Men effective, but I don't want them to be butchers.

Plus I thought of a couple jokes that work better.
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Date: 2009-11-20 14:42
Subject: (no subject)
Security: Public
Mood:annoyed
Tags:blog, nano
Repost of something I put on the NaNo forums, after being told repeatedly that 'original work comes from within as a writer, ignore everything else and you'll create original fiction' Or some such crap.

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Any writer can accidentally create something good that becomes popular. I would argue that someone well versed in his/her craft has a much better chance at purposefully creating something meaningful. I would submit Twilight vs Tolkien for your comparison. Both very popular, but I don't think anyone can seriously argue the difference in quality of writing and the crafting of story.

If you think studying the works of those that came before you is useless, and that you should focus inward in the hopes you hit the mysterious X factor, I would humbly invite you to play the lottery as a better use of your time. One person in a billion can intuitively understand physics well enough to change the face of what we think we know about the nature of the universe. The rest of us have to go to school.

Yes, success does involve a wild alchemy of market forces and timing, but your odds are much better if you write something good in the first place. I don't see how having a better understanding of your craft lessens your ability to make something worthwhile.

I seriously don't even know what we are debating any more. I brought up a point that I thought would help illustrate the concept that everyone recycles themes. You are no different. I am no different. But we are all writers, and if we wanted to be mainstream we wouldn't effing be writers would we? We reject the idea what we are like another writer because by god, that would mean we were a plagiarist, and by god plagiarists are evil and the antithesis of a true artist.

You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. The very heritage of a storyteller is to recycle the lessons and stories of our past and make them accessible to a new generation. This is what all the skalds and bards and ballad writers did for thousands of generations; it is what movie makers, writers and pop stars do now. Stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before you and sing your own song, but by god don't have the arrogance to say their work and glories are meaningless to you.

Plot, character, motivation, pacing, timing, vocabulary and the basic ability to string words together in an understandable sentence are the needle and thread of your craft. If you can't even describe to me what they look like, then I'm not going to trust you know how to sew.

You people are the reason I hesitate to tell others I am a writer. The followup question is nearly always, "Really? where are you published?" Published equals success in the eyes of the non-writer, they don't understand that I don't do it for money, I do it because I can't imagine doing anything else. They don't understand that when you dare to assume the title of 'Writer' that you are donning a mantle of responsibility and history that is nearly as old as civilization. The responsibility to entertain, educate, and express the unexpressed emotions within us all. Open your eyes; listen, listen. That is what the writer says, but they don't tell you what you will see and hear. All they can tell you is what they have seen and heard, in their time in this world, a third of it spent in sleep and dreaming.

Look down and see the shoulders you are standing on. Take the tools of the craft they freely offer and learn to use them, to wield them. But don't be thankless, don't tell someone who asks, "How did you create this beautiful thing?" that you did it alone, and in the darkness.
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John
Date: 2009-11-19 18:52
Subject: word count
Security: Public
Location:United States, Washington, Poulsbo
Mood:accomplished
Tags:nano
43,322 words and counting, and still 11 days left. I'd like to finish before thanksgiving, and I think I am easily going to manage that, but we'll see how it goes this weekend.

I also (mafkjdfisgad) signed up for Facebook.
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Date: 2009-11-14 17:04
Subject: Necro-LJing
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Time to raise this LJ from the dead, like some rotting zombie complete with maggots, grae dirt and a thirst for brain-juice!

It's NaNo time once again, and I find myself unable to resist the siren call of literary insanity.

After my horrible, horrible failure in 2006, and then again in 2007, I decided to take 2008 off to give myself permission to not feel like a loser when word counts started to lag.

But here it is 2009 and I am steaming along nicely. I am taking a new approach for me and not using any form of an outline. I figure I will blame 2007's spectacular light show disaster on the fact I spent Oct 30th and 31st outlining to the extreme (7k word outline. This year I sat down on November 1st and tried to figure out what I wanted to spend a month writing. I think it is a modest success, because here I am on the 14th, and I am about 28,000 words in. Woo!

So. Here is the synopsis and 'shopped book cover for your delight and awe. Enjoy.




Imagine, if you would, that King Arthur had been real. And not only real, but he had been King of Briton and Wales in the 7th century. Now imagine further that Avalon had been real, and that the mighty fae - elves- that lived within were now rulers of England. a Queen descended from Guinevere and Arthur now sits on the throne, Jerusalem and the Holy Lands were conquoered by an elvish hero, and that humans live as the poor class, in an elven dominated aristocracy.

Imagine if Robin of Lauxley had been born to that elven war hero, but she had abandon her daughter to hide the shame of giving birth to a half breed.

This is the story of Robin Hood, as you (hopefully) have never heard it before. You might recognize the names and faces, but the adventures are new, and the trials unfaced by Robin and her Merry Men.

This is a story of heroism in the face of impossible odds, discrimination and the fight for justice in a world that can be very hard to find your own place in.
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John
Date: 2007-10-13 23:52
Subject: Mock up cover
Security: Public
Tags:art, nano
Continuing with the tradition for making a mock cover for my Nano project, I present this lovely doodle under the cut.

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John
Date: 2007-10-13 15:53
Subject: Nano time again
Security: Public
Location:home
Mood:hopeful
Music:none
Tags:blog, nano
It's NaNoWriMo time again.

I must hate myself. This year I am not going to charge the cliff like a lemming. I swear. Really.

I have a plot, I have a rough outline, it's something I can write about. It's... fantasy >.<

But that's ok. It's like returning to my roots. I read mostly fantasy for the first part of my reading life. I can do this.
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John
Date: 2006-11-03 22:35
Subject: Word Count Update
Security: Public
Music:Soundtrack to 28 Days Later - Creepy!
Tags:nano
So, I didn't get 4000, but I got almost 3000, so I'll take it.

Tomorrow at the write-in I'll try for 4000. an extra hour of writing, an extra thousand words. Np.

Total is just shy of 4k now for Nanowrimo's word count.

Bringing the grand total for the novel to just over 20,000. I'm content with that. I can stop beating myself up now. Tomorrow is a new day and I'll get back up to speed.
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John
Date: 2006-11-03 15:36
Subject: Word Count
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Tags:nano
So. My word count sucks. I'm two days behind the minimum, and four days behind where I wanted to be.

That's ok though, because I'm going to write 4000 words tonight.

Totally...

It could happen.

Getting uninterrupted time to write didn't really happen. not an excuse I know, but there you go. Tomorrow will hopefully cure that (the write-in).

If Chapter five keeps kicking my ass like this, I'm going to skip to six or seven. I can't fall too much farther behind.
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