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Ok, so yesterday I just had to vent a bit, but now that Election Day has come and gone (praise the Lord!) I can now completely devote my mental energy to my NaNo novel.

Too bad the mental energy isn’t translating into gripping prose…

I seem to be rather down on my novel quite a bit earlier than I was last NaNo. It took me at least until the second week; it’s five days (almost six) into it and I’m already at that point.

I can’t seem to get the thoughts to flow correctly or add up coherently on the page. I’m fairly certain I repeated myself way too much already.Β  That and the story direction keeps changing, so it’s morphing into something that’s hard for even me the author to make sense of.

Whenever critique groups start up again, I am tempted to tell them that I’m scrapping the storyline they initially critiqued and starting over, since it’s already changed so much and they’re going to be utterly confused when they get back into it.

Bah. I hate this; I wish I didn’t feel this way so soon into NaNo. Hoping it will go away fairly quickly and that my prose doesn’t sound as stilted, forced and crappy like it does now. Sigh…

Official word count: 11,569

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I must admit I’m nervous about the next four years now what with the results. Not too much of an Obama fan; don’t really agree with a thing the man stands for, especially on moral grounds (i.e. abortion, especially late term abortions…).

But what’s done is done. Yes, I’m going to be depressed tomorrow; yes, I’m even going to wear all black to show I’m in mourning πŸ˜› Sure, it may be silly, but it’s how I cope πŸ˜›

I’m also comforted by the fact that at least Congress is not overrun by liberals, so not everything he wants to do will (hopefully) not go through. And perhaps…perhaps…things won’t be as bad as I think.

All I can do is hope.

Anyway…back to writing…I managed to hit 9,509 today. Just 491 shy of 10K. I was trying for that today but got too distracted πŸ˜› Anyway I’ll definitely hit it tomorrow

That’s pretty much it; tomorrow…or sometime soon…I should break out of this election depression.

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Are you getting tired of reading word count updates yet? πŸ˜›

Anyway, today’s official count: 7,018

Slowly but surely…

I managed 2800 words (exactly) today. Normally I’m only able to write about 2,000 maybe 2,500 max. So 2,800 is quite a feat for me.

Most of the scene I wrote today was between Kaiyo and Ryuji, from Ryuji’s POV and it was the first “realization” that he might be falling in love with her. Of course the poor man is agonzing over this because he’s not supposed to be falling for his boss’ daughter–especially in a society where marriages were still typically arrangedΒ  (even though Kaiyo was raised American). Of course I have toΒ  make certain I don’t make it too angsty, which it could become if I’m not careful. Actually, I may just give in to the “angst” thing until NaNo is over; I’m afraid thinking about it too much might make me not write as much.

I’m still up in the air if I’m going to have them officially together at the end or make it more of an open ended thing. I normally hate open ended books,Β  but I don’t want this to become cliche. So who knows. But the end is still a very long way off…

Anyway, I’m also surprised at my word count because I got some disheartening news tonight about my grandmother, who’s in the ICU now. I was seriously depressed after finding that out, but I figured it would do me no good to wallow about it, so I forged ahead. We’ll see how she improves over the following days…hoping that it’s not too bad and that she comes out of it ok; otherwise I may be making a three hour drive up towards home.

Ok that’s all for this mismatched and rambling entry!

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I crossed the 4K mark today (thanks to a little bit of haiku, which added a few dozen words). I also challenged my little sister to a word war while at my write-in.

Of course, she won. πŸ˜› 724 versus 901 in 30 minutes. And of course she is past the 6K mark, but she’s been really working ahead since she’s in college and has classes during the week that she has to focus on. Still, I’m very impressed πŸ™‚

Anyway, official count for today: 4,218. Just shy of 2K by about 18 words. Still, it’s close enough for me.

I must say the write-ins are very beneficial to be a part of–it helps get the creative juices flowing when around other NaNoers.

I’m hoping to go to a few more write-ins this week, but not sure how many. I figure it’s better for me to go to them than to stay home and be tempted by my birthday present–the Wii Fit. I’ve been playing that a lot the past two days…and actually feeling kind of sore from it πŸ˜› Apparently my balance is awful though; it even asked me if I had trouble tripping over my feet when I walk! (Embarrasingly enough, I do…clumsiness is inherent trait in me, passed down from my father).

Well that’s all for today; my wet hair is drying quick and if I don’t use the hair dryer, it will be a mess tomorrow!

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I managed to cross my daily goal of 2,000 words today.

Word count for November 1: 2,236

I wrote slightly less than 1k from early this morning, but as I was at my NaNo kickoff party, there was a fair amount of socializing and eating rather than writing. I did manage 900 something words though and most importantly, met that daily word count goal.

It would probably be A LOT more as I am planning on sticking in two haiku poems in this segment, adding a few dozen more words.

I’ve also decided that perhaps somewhere along the way, I will be having a character read a Shakesperean sonnet (or at least part of one) so that will really bring that word count up. I would like to use that in the novel itself but I’m not sure; that may go in the editing process; it depends on how much it adds to the story.

Anyway, I hope those of you who are participating in NaNo managed to have a good writing day! The first few days are easy but come this time next week, it becomes challenging πŸ˜›

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It’s a quarter after 1 in the morning and I’ve written about as much as I can tonight before I continue onward tomorrow.

Current word count: 1,394.

Most of it is utter crap, haha. Especially as my brain does not function well after midnight or so; I think I was half asleep as I was writing half of that.

Oh well. My daily word count goal is 2,000 so that means I only need just a little over 600 more words tomorrow, er…later today.

Off to bed now, dreaming of my novel….probably.

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