Sunday, November 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Winner!

Today I crossed the NaNoWriMo 50k finish line. The story isn't finished yet, there's still a few epic fight scenes and a rousing "This day we fight!" speech left to write, so I'll be going for a while yet.

I thought I'd share a few highlights of the draft so far:
  • Number of f-bombs: 27
  • Times Cat tells Harrison to die in a fire: 3
  • Favorite new character: Patience Roberts
  • Favorite line at the moment: "If you drop Harrison into a pit of molten lava he’ll just become Darth Vader. No one wants that."
  • Number of times Cat has fainted: 0 (yay for improvement!)
So, my fellow writers, how is everyone else faring in NaNo land? Crossing the finish line? Or did you give up weeks ago? ;)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 22-23

40428 / 50000
(80.86%)

Still ahead, and Turkey Day approaches. I'm not predicting that any writing will get done during the Turkey Day festivities, but it could happen. I'm planning on crossing the 50k finish line this weekend. Or possibly getting close and finishing on Monday. After all, we'll probably put the Christmas tree up this weekend, and that's labor intensive. No, seriously. We have enough ornaments for three trees, in a variety of themes. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Wizard of Oz, Muppets, Snoopy, Garfield, and the list goes on.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 17-21

38042 / 50000
(76.08%)

Despite having the plague, I have pulled ahead of the daily word count. Though because I did much of this writing while under the effects of the plague, I'm a little unsure of the quality. Cold meds and writing don't mix well. But that's what editing is for, right?

Dear Walking Dead: Why must you be on before my bed time? Really?

So many zombie nightmares. :(

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Intarweb Tuesday: Doolittle!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I was laughing so hard at Damn You Auto Correct! that I was crying. I'm still looking for a place to use "grubstake" in the NaNo. But this one also cracked me up, so I thought I would share.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 15-16

26803 / 50000
(53.61%)

Say it with me, "HALF WAY THERE!". I imagine it being chanted at me like a crowd chanting at Adam on Man v. Food. And now I'm even slightly ahead. Which is good, because I need to get ahead before Thanksgiving. I'm guessing there won't be a lot of writing time when I'm home visiting the family.

In other news, there are some lovely photos of Samhain Duckie at the Cheesecake Factory over on my Facebook page. I'm also blogging at Embrace the Shadows tomorrow, and you should stop on by. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Day 14

23335 / 50000
(46.67%)

I'm back in the saddle again. ;) Today I caught up with the word count. I also watched the Bears win, and probably watched too much The Walking Dead and will have more zombie nightmares. (Damn you, Walking Dead, why must you be on before my bed time?) Today I got to introduce my favorite new character. Tomorrow I get to write the alternate ending to Blood, Smoke and Mirrors that I always wanted...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 10-13

20316 / 50000
(40.63%)

Still behind, but I made a lot of progress today, and I'm planning on more tomorrow. I'm coming up on some fun parts in the story, and I get to introduce my favorite new character. She's awesome. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 8-9

14501 / 50000
(29%)

Progress was hindered yesterday by a migraine, but I'm continuing to chug along. I need to sit down and really focus to catch up (and turn off the TV, or go in the other room and let the hippy play Mass Effect 2 without my help).

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Days 5-7

11017 / 50000
(22.03%)

So I'm a little behind, as predicted, but I'm not doing bad. This week should be pretty quiet, and catching up shouldn't be a problem. Lots of fun stuff coming up in the story, including some of my favorite characters.

And the Bears won today, yay!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Day 4


7003 / 50000
(14.01%)

Not bad. Still ahead of where I need to be, though not by much. I should have time to write tomorrow before my weekend guest arrives. And most of the cleaning is done.

Now as an aside, in my previous job as an editor I spent a lot of time dealing with rights and permissions, and making sure that material isn't plagiarized is a subject near to my heart. And like SBTB, I say don't be a Judith Griggs. Just because you found it on teh intarwebs doesn't mean it's public domain. Sheesh.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Day 3

And...fail.

Not so much with the progress today. There are various excuses for this, laundry chief among them. The sad truth is that I let myself get flustered and unfocused, and I didn't buckle down and achieve as much as I could have.

Tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Day 2


6494 / 50000
(12.99%)

I'm a little ahead. Which is good,  because I predict falling behind in the near future. Specifically this weekend, when a friend of mine is coming to visit. Though as one of my biggest fans, she'll probably demand that I sit down and write.

It's odd letting Cat ramble again. Since finishing Blood, Smoke and Mirrors I've dabbled in stories from the perspectives of other characters from the book--Harrison, Emily, and Simon, to name a few--but Cat has a special place in my heart. A bitchy, snarky place.

My debut at Embrace the Shadows is tomorrow, so please stop by if you have a moment. I'm talking series, a topic that also has a special place in my heart right now. ;)

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010: Day 1

Day 1 word count achieved.

Number of times Cat has told Harrison to die in a fire: 2

Okay, so I got a little distracted by Dancing with the Stars, but I made my word count anyway. Tomorrow will be more challenging, because I have a blog to write and a vet appointment for my cat. But the story is starting out with a bang...