Category Archives: Writing

Day 2: I should consider finding more time in the day

Currently Listening To: What I Got, by Sublime

Word Count: 1,207

Nothing to add. I’ve been up since 5 this morning because of work. I really haven’t had much breathing room today.

I will say this though: enjoy NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo Day 1: I wrote over a thousand words??

Currently Listening To: Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy V) – Master of the Blades. A remix by pu_freak, OCRemix.

Word Count: 1,207

Considering I had to work late, I am surprised I even managed to write over a thousand words!

My stratagy with NaNoWriMo is to always get a good head-start. It just makes the rest of the challenge so much easier. This time around, I just don’t have the time or energy to go to five thousand on the first day.

Tomorrow isn’t going to be much better and Saturday I’ll be out. So watch for a spike on…Sunday?

Happy Writing!

That NaNoWriMo thing…

Currently Listening To: Scream, by Avenged Sevenfold

So yeah.

NaNoWriMo.

I’m so not prepared for this…

Maybe this might be a good thing! However, I know I won’t be firing all cylinders until Sunday. Work is just piling right now thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

I lost two days worth of work (and I can’t make up those hours), and I lost power for a day.

Other than that, I guess I survived.

Good luck to those participating!I'm writing!

Cleaning the room

Currently Listening To: Anarchy For Sale, by Dead Kennedys

I’m in the process of redesigning my room. When I moved in I didn’t really think about it but now I’m looking forward to a new look.

As a writer, I have to be prepared to write wherever I am, but if I have a quiet weekend ahead of me…I want the environment to be perfect.

A picture of a room that looks like mine!

Optimal for college projects. Not for writing.

It’s back to work for me. Also, be on the lookout for a charity event I will be doing!

Sorry for being MIA!

Currently Listening To: Highway to Hell, by AC/DC

Hey readers, sorry for not posting for a few days. It’s been a crazy week at work and there’s still more to come next week too.

Fortunately, I’m staying somewhat sane. Yesterday could be summed up with these activities:

  • Coconut Rum
  • Pool Volleyball
  • Trips to 7-11

I’ll post more in a bit!

Getting Started (Helpful for Mac Users!)

Currently Listening To: DARE, by Gorillaz

So I use Apple’s Pages app for my word processor needs. I was use to Word so this was a change for me.

Before I can begin the manuscript for Perverse Selection, I need to set the template correctly.

I knew how to set everything in Microsoft Word, but Pages was a new world to me.

Fortunately I found this blog post that gave me some helpful tips on setting the template correctly.

Unfortunately, it’s an important week at work. Let’s see how many chapters I knock out.

Getting ahead of myself

Currently Listening To: Bomber, by Motorhead (on low volume)

I still need to get Perverse Selection done, but I am already researching ideas for my next story.

I have an overactive imagination.

Also, avoid the jungle juice.

That is all.

Day Thirty – We are glorious

Song of the Day: Glorious, by Muse

Word Count 80,052 (Validated and Final!)

Amazing.

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!

THANKS TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE CHEERING AND AWESOME SUPPORT!

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.