Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Can't Believe It's Been 12 Days...

There really hasn't been a whole lot going on here. Well, there's been plenty, and it's been exciting after a fashion, but nothing that makes good writing.

I get up when the monitor squawks. Pee, brush my teeth, and get Snookerdoodles a clean diaper. Feed said Snookerdoodles. Actively feed the eggs/waffle/pancakes/French toast/oatmeal, then let her feed herself with the Cheerios while I write what I can, usually about 100-150 words, all while listening to Tool, Velvet Revolver, Soundgarden or Johnnie Cash. She's my little head-banger!

I finally got formally set-up for NaNoWriMo. Turns out that there's 94 participants in my area! A little surprising, since our population is about 225 000; not a huge city. On our region's message board, a few people were saying “...we should have a write it!” With no suggestions, I suggested a time and place. We'll see what happens with that.I've “Buddied a few of you on the NaNo site, but if there's any others, by all means, let me know.

I think that the hardest part will be turning off the “Inner Editor” to just write. I'm always checking the Spell Check, and pausing to refine my work, and it slows me down Not this time; I'll trudge along, typos and all!

I had to set up a new email account to register with NaNo, because MSN are being douche bags! I'm locked out unless I provide a cel number for them to send a code to. Well, fuck you, fuck you very much, they don't need that!

Wish me luck, and best of luck to all of the other participants! Cheers!


  1. The best of luck to you! I also found a few people in my area and we are planning a write in as well. On my blog for Novemeber I'll be posting writing prompts, so please check it out if you get stuck or need inspiration. The idea will be to include the prompt into whatever your writing so that it helps keep the word count going.

  2. I could never participate... too lazy for sure.

    Good luck

    Snookerdoodle must be running around now

  3. Hey Will! You've been gone a while. Wild week here for me. Don't remember if I found you on the NaNo site or not.

  4. Loved the read, hope all is well with the family.


  5. Good Luck Will! When blog posts don't come, take a few photos, it helps~ It may help your writing, too!

  6. Looking forward to hearing how it goes -- you are motivated and well set up -- can't believe a cell number was required by MSN? that's ridiculous...Getting tired of setting up accounts..Jam on with Snookerdoodles :D

  7. Hey, Will! Love that your daughter is a headbanger!

    And I have been EDITING and have come to a deep conclusion... Books written fast are easier to rewrite... it is much less painful to, after the fact' come up with clever connections for things that in first draft just seemed separate. It is much HARDER to convince yourself to dump large sections and write something totally DIFFERENT because... well... you already WROTE IT... where if it is a HOLE, you DIDN'T already write it, and so can come in fresh and clever to make it complete... does that make any sense? I will never write slow again on first draft. (that is all to encourage dumping the editor... the editor when the whole thing is DONE has better information to work with.)

  8. I'm doing NaNo but not really doing anything to get ready yet. Haven't even really checked my region, but I probably wouldn't go to a write-in since I don't have a laptop and it would be too distracting for me anyway.
    My NaNo name is "wordleeness".

    Tossing It Out

  9. You're very dedicated to write while there is a little one nearby. I am too overwhelmed for NaNo at present. Good luck, I'm sure it will be a wonderful experience.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  10. Good luck with NaNo - I'm giving it a go. Maybe.

  11. Ooh a write in - what does that consist of then? It all sounds terribly exciting!

  12. I just buddy you! I don't know what happened to my post about gearing up for NaNo but it's up now. I do have an earlier post about the project notebook as well. I can relate to having your hands full with family. But we can do it! After they all go to sleep, that is. Rock on! :D

  13. Hey Will - Only 1 more day. Eeep! If you want to be buddies, my username is historian40. Good luck!!! =D

  14. Oh!! One other thing. Speaking of fantasy series that you wait years to read. November is "Jason and Emily read second last book in the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time Series" Month. It comes out November 2nd. So November 2nd is exciting for us: We Vote and then Read.

    I plan never to read a series again unless it's complete.