[NaNoWriMo 2013 Final Update] – Days 28-30, The Four Ws

Despite my best intentions,  I didn’t do anything with Chair except for edit it until my version of it matched its validated word count. Between having a houseful of cheerful people, the Monster’s being amazing…

…and he really was, to the point where I was wondering if someone (I suspect my MIL) convinced him that Santa was more than just a weird bearded dude in a red suit who hangs out at shopping malls…

…and my catching a break on a work deadline, I just decided to enjoy the long holiday weekend.  But, I’m back to the Four Ws today: Work, Writing, Wrangling and Wrapping [Up].

Chair’s going into a box until February. I have a couple of short pieces I want to get dealt with before New Years’, and I’ve promised myself that I’m going to spend January fishing around in my weird contemporary exurban fantasy world to see if there’s anything to write about there other than a couple of stream-of-consciousness snippets.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 24 – 27, Second Cornbread Iteration

I woke up this morning with two songs stuck in my head:  One Republic’s “Counting Stars” and David Byrne’s “Marching Through the Wilderness“.  Hey, I figure I’m about due for another bout of stereo ear worm.  It’s two days before Thanksgiving, and I need to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS and COOK ALL THE THINGS and last night, the stupid sweet potatoes I just bought last week EXPLODED in goo and black mold when I picked them up off the floor of the pantry so I need to go GET MORE TODAY WHEN I WAS TRYING TO AVOID GOING BACK TO THE STORE BECAUSE SERIOUSLY TWO HOURS YESTERDAY and … i … still … need … to … pick … up … the … meat…

…and you don’t want to know what happened to the first cornbread iteration.

marching through the wilderness
crying out for tenderness
they call me Mr. Pitiful [which my penguins sing as “Mrs. Pitiful”]
but everything is wonderful
everything that kills me
makes me feel alive

But, there’s this.


When I validated Chair on Monday it was at 56,196.  It’s now 56,996, because yeah, I’ve been slacking somewhat.  I’ll keep whacking at it, though, until the 30th, which is when I promised myself I’d put it down for a while (as opposed to out of its misery) and let it ferment.  Not like I don’t have other things I should be working on.

lately I been, I been losing sleep
dreaming about the things that we could be
I’m workin’ real steady
I’m workin’ real hard
I’m building a monster
In my backyard

Edit: Once @bhoneydew finished his morning cup of coffee, he discovered a cure for my stereo ear worm: something both visually and audibly “weird”.  He cued up Pentatonix’s Daft Punk Medley.  I watched it.  I feel much better now.  Don’t mind the occasional twitch.  That’s just holiday cheer.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 21-23, Parked at the Finish Line

Day 21: 2,128
Day 22: 2,972
Day 23: 2,083
3-Day Total: 7,183
Total Word Count: 52,299

This morning, I’m camped out in the living room with bhoneydew while waiting for the dry cleaner to open.  I’ve already run to the butcher shop (7:00 a.m., right when they opened, and I wasn’t the first in line).  He’s watching a cappella groups while I’m writing this, because that’s just something we do.

Right now, one of the groups is going through an “Evolution of Beyoncé” medley.

SINGERS:  Everything’s in a box to the left
BHONEYDEW: Hey, that’s your penguin song. [pause] It’s probably best that they can’t operate a tape gun. You’d never be able to remember anything.

Yes, this is the person I’m married to.  The same guy who grinned at me when I broke 50K yesterday, decided I needed some homemade chocolate chip cookies, so wandered into the kitchen to throw down with the Amish creamery butter and the bittersweet chocolate chunks.  I can easily forgive him for making accurate observations.  Ahem.

I won’t be able to validate the word count until the 25th, but since I’ve blocked out the entire month for this mess, I’ll keep hacking away at it while I’m sitting in park.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 17-20, Point of Penguination

Day 17: 3,203
Day 18: 2,316
Day 19: 787
Day 20: 1,921
4-Day Total: 8,227
Total Word Count: 45,116

The Internet is not good for me.  I was going to name this post after the technical term for when the momentum of a flying object begins to slow and its trajectory starts to curve toward the ground.  Since I’ve never taken physics, I don’t know what that technical term is, so I went to look it up…

…wound up spending a half hour learning about the life and work of Emmy Noether …

…and I still don’t know the technical term for when the momentum of a flying object begins to slow and it starts to drop.

This will probably bug me all day, that is, when (or if) I have a moment of free time to be bugged by the voices in my head.

Fortunately, the only reason I didn’t hit my 2K-a-day-every-day word count goal was because I was busy, not blocked.  And, hey, my antagonist and female main character are both doing better.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 14 – 16, Eating an Elephant

Day 14: 2,254
Day 15: 2,040
Day 16: 2,548
3-Day Total: 6,842
Total Word Count: 36,889

My antagonist is still being less than awesome, and his antagonist has now started suggesting that I start describing her as the love child of Godzilla and Olivia Pope. I’m not quite to the point where I want to swap their roles around, because doing that would require deleting almost, uhm, everything, and we’re not doing that right now, boys and girls, oh, no, we are not.

And then there’s my female lead character.

I don’t want to talk about my female lead character.

I’m not sure I even want to say “I just ran her through the ‘If I Am Ever The Hero’s Own True Love’ section of the Viable Paradise Overlord List, and she failed horribly,” but I just did, and yes, she so did, so she needs some work, too.

On the bright side, I’m still enjoying the work.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 10-13, 30K a.k.a Sucks, Fix Later

Day 10:  2,222
Day 11:  2,470
Day 12:  2,093
Day 13:  2,847
4-Day Total: 9,632
Total Word Count: 30,047

I wasn’t expecting to hit 30K five days ahead of schedule.  If I remember right (which is always a question), the last time I did this, I didn’t manage that until Thanksgiving.  And sure, we did have a holiday on Monday (Day 11), but the Monster was home from school.  I’ve also not managed to get up in the morning at my usual uncivilized hour until today, which has meant that my usual only self-inflicted interruption plagued writing period has been, hmm, not happening.

But, hey, 30K, despite the flailing.

I’m surprised as anyone1 that I haven’t changed the core story of this mess.  It’s still the same “once upon a time … things went terribly wrong … and there was kind of a happy ending for everyone but the dead people” kind of story that it started out to be.   Not that I haven’t made any changes. I’ve changed the name of my lead character’s sidekick (the one who survived past chapter four) twice, once because it sounded too much like the much cooler name of the antagonist’s antagonist…

…Yes, my antagonist has an antagonist. Have you met any of the people I’ve role-played with?

… and another time because I realized it’d become the same name as someone from my home town who I’ve never known very well (but clearly enough to remember the name).  I also changed the antagonist’s name once because I realized it didn’t fit the culture he’d grown up in.

I soon hope to do something about all of these other characters who still have names like [Occupation]-[Role]-[Gender]-NEEDS FIRST AND LAST NAME.  Before that, though, I really need to change more about my antagonist than just his name.  I think I might have gone a little overboard in making him sympathetic, and by ‘overboard’, I’m talking Eric Bana in the first Star Trek reboot levels of awkward evil. Getting-beat-up-by-a-girl evil, even, and we’re talking a Taylor Swift kind of girl, not Xena.

His antagonist, however, is awesome in a needs-to-be-in-a-sequel kind of way.

1When I say ‘anyone’ in conjunction with ‘NaNoWriMo’, assume I’m talking about the penguins.

[NaNoWriMo Update] Days 7-9, Seek and Hide

Day 7:  1,374
Day 8:  3,127
Day 9:  2,072
3-Day Total: 4,501
Total Word Count: 20,415

Despite the Scrivener kerfluffle earlier in the week (and my 5 Hour Energy’s giving out as soon as I got home from the office on Thursday), I didn’t fall behind.  I am not going to brag about being 5,415 words over par.

I am not going to brag about being 5,415 words over par.

I am not going to brag about being 5,415 words over par.

I am not going to brag about being 5,415 words over par, despite school and work and not-work…

Not. Going. To. Do. It.

I ball parked this project at around 75,000 words, and to my surprise, it does look like I’m going to need every single one of them to tell this story, ’cause, seriously, I’m still just writing scene descriptions and I’m already into 20K.  I haven’t even gotten into the dialogue … or the research.  Oh dear fish, there’s so much I either don’t know or don’t remember about the technology that I’m playing with here.  But research can wait until after NaNo.

On a side note, I got another spam comment about auto-critique of my SEO methodology, along with an offer to sell me something that’d make my site awesome and possibly also magically do my laundry.   At this rate, I’m tempted to put out a statement to, oh, heck, I’ll just do it.

Dear Would-Be-Marketers of Search Engine Optimization,

If I wanted to optimize my search engine presence, I’d be doing it already.