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Back To Work!

Currently Listening To: Till the World Ends Remix, by Britney Spears. Nicki Manaj, and Ke$ha.

“Keep on dancing, till the world ends…”

I guess if you substitute “writing” with “dancing” that would sum up my mood right now.

The last time I touched the documents on my laptop related to a work in progress was back in April. Now it’s August and I have a new drive to write something.

I don’t know if it’s related to stuff I’ve seen during that hiatus, or it’s this dark chocolate gelato drink I have…but whatever it is, it’s working!

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Day 14 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 – I have a long way to go

Currently Listening To: Set to Fail, by Lamb of God

Word Count: 17,853

So I am way behind word count wise.

By tomorrow, I need to hit 25000 words.

Am I worried?

Nope!

Why? Because despite falling behind, I am still happy with what I have written so far. I like the direction the story is going in, and I think I am going to enjoy writing this post Camp.

Do I still want to win? Of course! Will I quit writing if I fail? No.

The whole point of NaNoWriMo, in my opinion, is to help writers who need a boost. To some, it might result in a 50,000+ word draft. To others, it’s a draft that was originally a 0 word document. As long as it’s helped you as a writer, then that’s all that matters!

Speaking of winning, my Sunday was full of win. How, you ask? I saw the following show – front row seats and all:

Monty Python's Spamalot

Still full of laughs!

 

Day 1 of Camp NaNoWrimo 2013 – Spicy and Fishy!

Currently Listening To: B.Y.O.B, by System Of  Down

Word Count: 4014 (as of 11:59PM)

Let me start off by saying that no, this story is not a smut novel. Now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about how Day 1 is going.

I have the tactical advantage of having today and tomorrow off. I figure I can get a big head start into the story because I know my work schedule and I will be lucky if I can stay on pace for the rest of the month.

Also, despite having the day off, I didn’t start writing until about 4PM. Well I also spent an hour last night (after midnight, of course!) writing too. I’d say this is a pretty good start. I know last year I was feeling burnt out from the beginning and struggled to hit 1700 words.

I hope everyone else is getting real deep into their stories! And why did I say “spicy and fishy”? Here’s why:

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I do wish this aggravating cough would go away though!

Has It Really Been This Long?

Currently Listening To: Dead Star, by Muse

My last post was during NaNoWrimo…wow.

What’s happened since then you ask?

After giving up on NaNoWriMo, I gave Perverse Selection a rest. I was just tired of writing period.

But over the past few days, I’ve been slowly getting the urge to write. Maybe not my last project, but perhaps something a little different.

It’s nice to get back into things.

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.

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!