Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Written Word Wednesday - 16,192

I figured that for the month of November I'd use my Written Word Wednesdays to keep you all abreast of my progress of my latest mini-obsession.

I'm keeping a running tally of my word count at the end of each day; figured I'd share it with y'all

I would just use this nifty word count widget to show you my progress

Or maybe even this one

but since the main NaNoWriMo site was not being cooperative the first couple of days due to the large number of people logging on, I couldn't update my numbers until yesterday, so the graphs the website generates aren't all that accurate.

Day 1: 8,016
Day 2: 10,086 (+ 2,070)
Day 3: 12,409 (+ 2,323)
Day 4: 15,038 (+ 2,629)

As of this moment (part way through day 5), my current word count is 16,192 words, thanks to a lunch-time write-in with my two co-workers who were largely responsible for talking me into this in the first place. This puts mes well ahead of the recommended pace to complete the novel on time; in fact, I have almost double the amount of words for today (8,335), and I still have a write-in at the main library to go to this evening.

On a related note, fellow NaNoWriMoer Bubblegum Tate is starting up a club for everyone out there who loathes and despises me for being so far ahead of the game and making their efforts look feeble in comparison; feel free to drop him a line if you want to join*

The recommend daily word count is 1,667; if you were to write that much every day for the whole month, you would wind up with 50,010 words, a whopping ten words over the goal. Right now I'm shooting for at least 2,000 words a day; that amount of over-achievement, coupled with my blockbuster first day of writing, should give me enough of a cushion to carry me through times of much distraction.

Speaking of distractions, there's one other stressor coming up this November which I forgot to mention earlier; since our lease is up at the end of the month I will be moving from Benjiman Street to Wicker Way, into the spare bedroom at Cap'n Shack-Fu's house. So, packing and moving and cleaning will all be going on while I'm attempting to write a novel . . . yes, I'm sick in the head.

Now, while others are impressed with my word output, for me it's not the biggest achievement so far; after all, those of you who know me well know that I am an incredibly wordy bastage. No, for me my biggest achievement was the moment where I realized that a segment of dialogue-driven exposition from Chapter 1 would work much better in Chapter2 -- and I did nothing about it other than make a mental note for revision purposes. But outside of that, I left it alone; didn't cut and past, didn't juggle text, didn't hem and haw over how to replace it in one place and blend it in in another. No, just kept going full-steam ahead. Since it's that sort of situation I've been most worried about, I consider my ability to fight off the editing temptation a moral victory of sorts; the fact that both Tate and co-worker Dr. Pester have fallen into the trap themselves probably adds fuel to their "Stop making us look bad, you wordy bastage!" club's hatred.

Going through this process, I can't help comparing it to when I wrote In a Cabin in the Woods. Probably the biggest difference I've found between the two experiences is that, with NaNoWriMo, when I step away from the laptop, I pretty much step away from the writing process as a whole. Oh, sure, from time to time I'll have a random thought about where I want my story to go next as I'm driving to work, or am on the elliptical machine at the gym, but I just don't have the non-stop, obsessive compulsion regarding this particular work that I did with In a Cabin. I'm sure part of it is because the deadline for Cabin was a much more practical one; had to have it all written out and finished and (mostly) coherent so that Flunky could get it for Christmas. Whereas with NaNoWriMo, the deadline is much more arbitrary, and as long as I hit the magic 50,000 word mark it's considered a "success," whether I've technically finished my story or not.

Don't get me wrong: I want to finish my story. Right now I'm thinking that even if I hit 50,000 words before the end of the month (which I seem pretty likely to do), I'll probably go ahead and keep plugging away at it without editing or revision through the rest of the month, or until I finish the story, whichever comes first. But just knowing that I don't have to have a completely finished product in place by a certain date has helped keep the obsession at bay.

Of course, the other big factor is that with In a Cabin I had five different stories clamoring for my attention, and I honestly wasn't sure what was going to happen in four of them until I actually got them written. So, I was driven partially out of a fear that I was going to run out of time to tell these mysterious stories, and partially out of a desire to see where the heck they were heading. Right now I just have the one story to focus on, and I kinda sorta have it plotted out for a little bit longer; I'd say I'll probably be at the 20-25,000 word mark range before I have to make a serious decision about what direction to take the story in.

*No, PigPen, the club isn't for those who loathe and despise me on general principle, so you'll have to stick with your own club for now.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

TV Tues - "You've Got a Little Evil on Your Face. No,the Other Side"

Well, I'm still really behind on my TV viewing; actually have been glad for the preemptions of election coverage and the like because they've kept from falling behind even further.



(CW 8:00): Am glad the "Yeah, Lily really was a thief" thing came out, was afraid that was going to be dragged out much longer. My favorite bits of the episode had to do with the girls and their volunteer project; much more entertaining than Megan's family dramatics.


Pushing Daisies
(ABC 7:00): While not as strong as some of the other episodes this season, this one still had quite a few good parts; I'm looking forward to seeing the development of Ned's relationship with his twin half-brothers.

Private Practice (ABC 8:00): Anyone who didn't see Addison winning the write-in vote coming raise your hand; what, nobody? That's what I thought. *sigh* So predictable.


(CBS 7:00): Yes! Yesyesyesyesyes! Was so incredibly worried that the snake with the shifty accent would finagle his way to the end; way to blindside him, Sugar!

The Office (NBC 8:00): Even though I hated to see Holly go so soon -- I figured they couldn't let Michael be happy forever, but I would have liked to have seen their relationship flourish a little bit more before the plug got pulled -- I thought this was a great ep. From the killer Halloween intro featuring creepy Creed and poor Pam ("I can't even take off the hat, because then I'm Hitler), to the absurdity of Michael's inability to grasp the concept of singing the Blues, to the glory that was the Dwight/Andy feud, I was rolling the whole time.


The Big Bang Theory
(CBS 7:00):

How I Met Your Mother (CBS 7:30): While the bulk of the best parts of the episode were Barney-centric as usual, two non-Barney moments stood out: Robin's Canadian past, and Marshall's revelation that Stella hated Star Wars.

Two and a Half Men (CBS 8:00): While Jake calling Charley out on being a sick freak was a highlight, the best part of the show had to be Alan's evil grin at Judith's plight. Charley pointing out the evil on his face was good; the quicksilver shifting from evil grin to faux-concern as he was faux-comforting her was comic genius.



(CW 8:00): Tension between the twins as they start to explore their separate goals in life; oh, the drama.


WEC 36: Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown
(Versus, 7:00): The long-awaited title fight between Faber and Brown which was postponed due to hurricane issues. Will also feature a title fight between Paulo Filho and Chael Sonnen, as well as a match with Jens Pulver; I'm interested to see which version of Jens we get this time around.

Private Practice (ABC 8:00): Fall-out from the election of Addison as head of the practice.

Ultimate Fighter (Spike 9:00)


Survivor: Gabon
(CBS 7:00): It's merger-time, when all the alliances scramble for the swing-votes.

My Name is Earl (NBC 7:00)

The Office (NBC 8:00): The promo blurb seems to promise lots of Jim/Pam and lots of Jim/Dwight, which always bodes well. Plus, Angela and Andy choosing an "unusual" wedding location.

30 Rock (NBC 8:30): Speaking of promo blurbs, after reading the one for 30 Rock I have to say that while Liz meeting Oprah and Tracy and Jenna feuding over whose life is harder both sound kind of amusing, the real draw for me came from this sentence: "Kenneth tests Jack's morality." Comedy gold, people, comedy gold!

Grey's Anatomy (ABC 8:00): For those of you who haven't heard, tonight's episode will mark the last appearance of Dr. Hahn, who was been let go from the series. Let the conspiracy theories begin!

Life on Mars (ABC 9:00)

MONDAY, Nov 10

(NBC 7:00): Chuck's ex-girlfriend pops up while Captain Awesome does mandatory CPR training at the Buy More.

Heroes (NBC 7:30): A peek into the Petrelli's past that I hope will provide some answers.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 7:00): Sheldon bans Penny from the apartment, and Penny vows revenge. Can't wait.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 7:30)

Two and a Half Men (CBS 8:00): The events of last week play out as Alan tries to escape Judith and Herb tags along with Charley


Monday, November 03, 2008

Movie Mon. is MIA

Between Halloween preparations, NaNoWriMo distractions, and a few instances of general neurotic overload, I didn't get a single movie watched all week long. I almost got one watched last night, but I didn't have any DVDs on hand that appealed to both Li'l Random and Cap'n Shack-Fu, so we wound up watching last week's episode of The Office instead.

Anyway, my movie reviews might be slim pickings for a bit; on the bright side, my NaNoWriMo word count as of last night is 10,086. Since the overall NaNoWriMo schedule calls for the 10,000 word mark to be reached on Thursday the 6th, I fell like I'm a bit ahead of the game.

I will try to get some Halloween pictures and stories posted here soon; if nothing else, I've gotta share the story of the creepy Oompa Loompa kid.