Monthly Archives: June 2012

So…Weight Loss?

Currently Listening To: Live and Let Die, by Guns N’ Roses

So…final word count is 80,052.

Dividing that number by the magic number (3,500) we get…


So…by December 31st, I’ll shoot to have lost at least 23 lbs. 

How well will this go? Let’s check in about a month.

For the time being, I’m going to be making some simple changes to my lifestyle:

  • Replacing soda with water. Going cold turkey just isn’t going to work. I have to do this slowly..and I better hang around near a restroom for a while.
  • Walking more – don’t need to go on mile hikes early in the morning, but doing those simple things like parking further away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator…that kind of stuff.
  • Less carbs – specifically rice! I’m a sucker for it and I’ll be eating bowls of it a day. I’m not the most active guy in the world so I guess I don’t need all of those carbs!

Since I’m writing a post about this and I have some followers…I can’t fake!

Day Thirty – We are glorious

Song of the Day: Glorious, by Muse

Word Count 80,052 (Validated and Final!)


Just absolutely amazing.

My goal was 75,000. I thought I wouldn’t have time.

After spending 6 hours on the road, trying to find gas and some food, I came home and decided to take my rage out on writing.

However, being exhausted from the heat, I wasn’t at 100%. But I powered through the final phase. At this point I was writing mini chapters of chapters. I couldn’t do walls of text anymore.

Here’s a final look at the word count chart.

Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count Page

I wish this is how fast my bank account grew.

So when I first started Camp NaNoWriMo I had a moderate start. I figured I was going to hit 50,000 for sure, but not 60,000.

Day 9 was big, as I crossed the halfway mark of 50,000. Here I began wondering if I could really hit 60,000.

Day 20 I began thinking of ways to celebrate my word count goals. However, at this point I really didn’t have a reward in mind. All I want is to get this thing published. So I figured to put my ego to the test and make a health challenge out of it. After all I hate to fall short on the Internet.

Day 23 was the biggest push of words I had ever done. 20,000 words. It was just the thing I needed  to get over my hump of stopping at just over 50,000 words. Since this was a big accomplishment for me, I went to announce it in places I frequently visit. It was a goal I thought I could never make. However in most cases I was just shot down (some people said writing 20,000 words was the norm for them. I was also mostly ignored). Really, I wasn’t trying to brag. I wasn’t like “har har I can write 20,000 words. Suck it!” It hurt a little, to feel so insignificant. However I soon tossed aside that notion and focused on hitting my next milestone: 70,000.

On Day 25, things at work were getting hectic so I had to face the reality that 75,000 or even 70,000 words was not going to be hit this month.

Pushing through some rage, I end Day 29 at just above 73,000. The word counter I use is a bit on the conservative side so I expected NaNoWriMo’s word counter to give me a few extra hundred words…but not 3,000 words!

Then today…because of the weather whatever plans I had were canceled. It took me a while to get back home, but once I did (and I made sure to eat and hydrate myself first), I sat down and tore through scenes, trying to hit 80,000. I wanted to stop, but I always was in the habit of giving up. Not today.

It feels good to hit goals. And it’s good when you have fun doing it!

As I said some time before – in the end you have to have some fun doing this. Yes it’s a challenge and yes it’s good to win. But if you don’t look forward to coming home and writing a few scenes or a chapter for this, or you flip out because you didn’t win a word war…I don’t know, but I just feel the point of these things is to have fun making some progress on a story or trying out a new plot idea. It’s really hard to “lose” at NaNoWriMo. Just my opinion. Everyone’s free to participate in NaNoWriMo as they see fit! 😀

Speaking of goals – I managed to actually write a post every day. Admittedly some were more interesting but others but…it got me into a habit!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. There’s still time folks, so squeeze out those last few hundred (or thousand) words!


Day Twenty-Nine – How I spend Fridays

Song of the Day: Stealing Peoples’ Mail, by Dead Kennedys

Word Count: 73,626 (validated)

Let me first state that  I don’t steal people’s mail on a Friday night. I usually get some crab legs and alcohol to cool down after a rough work week.

Now, when I originally updated my word count, it was 70,250. Upon using the validation tool on Camp NaNoWriMo’s site, I got about 3,000 extra words. Woohoo!

I might try and hit 75,000 tomorrow if I have time. I have to be up by 5AM tomorrow and I’ll be out in the heat for most of the day.

I will write a reflection piece tomorrow as the final entry. I’m impressed with two things:

  • I broke my goal of 60,000 words.
  • I managed to make a blog entry for every day of the month.

I know some people are a few thousand shy of their goals. Remember – if I can write 20,000 words in one day (and some people have written 50,000 in a day!) then you can hit your goals in the next 27 hours (if my math is correct).

Cheering my NaNo friends on!

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner's Badge

I wish there were real badges of this. I’d wear it on days I had to wear a suit to work.

Day Twenty-Eight – RAGE

Song of the Day: Fake Messiah, by Lamb of God

Word Count: 69,294

I can smell the 70k mark. I can smell the tension when people talk about the Supreme Court’s decisions today.

If you’re still in this, don’t give up! Remember, there are no losers in Camp NaNoWriMo!

Also, if you have hit your 50k, don’t forget that you can go on the website and validate your novel. I will do so Friday night probably. Saturday I am not going to be home.

Day Twenty-Seven – I spoke too soon.

Song of the Day: Anarchy in the UK, by The Sex Pistols

Word Count – 68,181

Well I was lucky to get in about a thousand words – there’s still problems at work I got to take care of.

You see, I’m the system administrator for a bunch of servers at work. Right now some of our servers are acting up and causing test cycles to be delayed.

And don’t worry – there isn’t anarchy in the United Kingdom.

At this rate, I can hit seventy five thousand words at best. Seventy thousand will be

Day Twenty-Six – Dodging a bullet

Song of the Day: Drug Me, by Dead Kennedys

Word Count: 67,021

I was able to get things under control at work, so I had a little time to write. Hurray!

So I’ve been asked if I will do an August Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s tempting, it really is, but at this point I won’t have a need to write out another draft. July and onwards I will be focusing on editing.

If I attempt it, it will be more of a “how fast can I write 50,000 words”. I don’t want to burn myself out for November…if I’m able to do it.

Day Twenty-Five – Work Work Work

Song of the Day: Psycho Holiday, by Pantera

Word Count: 66,029

I love my job. I really do.

But duty calls. I’ll probably be busy again tomorrow so no writing until Wednesday it seems…

But don’t let that stop you all! Keep on writing!

Day Twenty-Four – What is a Claptrap?

Song of the Day – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, by Skrillex

Word Count – 66,029

No writing today. I earned this day off.

I have to say though – it’s been a good weekend. As I was riding home tonight, I had the windows down. I was going pretty fast (I was within the legal speed limit, don’t worry) and there was a storm brewing. I was blasting my favorite tunes.

Its moments like those where you just forget about all your worries.

Anyway, so I’m sure some of you wonder why this blog is called Gates’ Claptrap. Let me start off by saying that claptrap is not an STD.

Claptrap means this (retrieved from

pretentious nonsense

It’s garbage. Stupid ramblings. Hogwash!

Now the title of the blog is suppose to be a bit ironic. I don’t consider myself to be pretentious. I may blabber a lot but I do try to make sense.

Hopefully this clears up some confusion. Hope you all have a great week! Last week for Camp NaNoWriMo this month! Write on!

A Write-fest

Currently Listening To: Hunters Of The Sky, by Mastodon

So I normally can only write about 11k in one day. However, I wanted to see how much I could possibly write in one day, given all I had to do.

Let’s run through the timeline. To help me out. I was listening to various albums and at the end of each of them, I marked down the time and word count:

1:20PM – I got up. I meant to go bed pretty early, but the news of the Jerry Sandusky trial kept me up close to midnight. After warming up I begin writing.

2:28pm (2,271 words) – I’ve gone through Avenged Sevenfold’s Waken the Fallen and achieved a solid start to this challenge.

3:05AM (3,458 words) – As I’m listening to Van Halen’s 1984, I got hot and cruised by some scenes.

4:30AM (5,523 words) – After the conclusion of Dream Theater’s Octavarium, I realize my productivity is slowly falling. I decide to call it a night, since I’ve broken 50,000 words total and get some sleep.

9:45AM – After some sleep, I shower and eat a quick breakfast.

10:27AM (6,444 words) – After some of Rob Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe, I get into a nice rhythm with my writing.

11:13AM (8,128 words) – I carry the momentum and Blink 182’s Dude Ranch fuels my writing to new heights.

12:21PM (10,042 words) – I conclude the morning rush with Avenged Sevenfold’s Self Titled Album and decide it’s time to get some lunch and go outside.

1:45PM – I come back, full with a turkey burger and ready to continue.

2:56PM (11,616 words) – I’ve burned through the protein and Foo Fighters’ The Colour and The Shape. I’m feeling confident about hitting 15,000.

3:45PM (12,713 words) – I was losing focus here and there, but Rare Candy’s Bomber Blue/Gallant Green energizes me to write some kick-ass scenes.

5:03PM (14,042 words) – After some more furious typing and Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, I’m beginning to exhibit symptoms of burn-out.  I decide to go do other things.

7:30PM – I head out to dinner and decide to watch some baseball while I’m at it.

9:45PM (15,765 words) – I begin the night shift with a run-through of Metroid Metal’s Varia Suite during which I hit my next milestone.

10:55PM (~18,500 words) – At this time my head was hurting and my fingers were aching. The conclusion of Coheed and Cambria’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness gives me some willpower to fight on. I was close to 20,000. I was so tired, I forgot to write down the exact word count.

11:45PM (20,067 words) – The charging power of Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations gives me the final push to hit the 20k. I laugh as I realize what I just accomplished.

Wil I do this again? Probably not. But it was a great way for me to really let loose and hit some milestones that I always fell short on.

Day Twenty-Three – Absolute Insanity

Song of the Day: Knights of Cydonia, by Muse

Word Count: 66,029

That’s not a typo.

From 12:01AM to 11:48PM, I wrote just over 20,000 words for my novel. And it’s still not done.

So yes, I have hit the goal for Camp NaNoWrimo. I even surpassed my person goal of 60,000 words. Next milestone? 70,000. Then 80,000.

Here’s a nice screenshot of my word count stats.

A graph and various stats of my word count

Now that’s what I call a hike!

Expect a more detailed post to come!