Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 30 - Victory!

50296 / 50000 words. 101% done!

And a flight of angels descended from above on a shaft of golden light, trumpets playing...

50,000 words in 30 days, plus change. It's a hell of an accomplishment, especially when you factor in time spent with friends and family, time spent frantically tweaking the plot into something sane, and the last two days spent trying to eject a lung from my body.

So what comes next? Lots of editing, lots of additions. 50,000 words could be called a novel, but the popular term is novella. I don't want to write a novella, I want to write a novel. So I'm going to be doing a lot of expanding. I don't even want to get into the repetitive prose, the two-dimensional characters, and the plot holes I'm going to have to deal with.

Still, I made my goal for the month, and I feel damn good about it. So for right now, I'm just going to relax, try to get the cough under control, and maybe brag a little bit.

And then tomorrow, I start writing again. Because why should I stop, now that I've got such a great head of steam?

Monday, November 29, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 29

47505 / 50000 words. 95% done!

Almost done! I got a good chunk of writing done last night after my post, and another good chunk today after work. Now I've got just a little over a day's work left to finish up and claim victory for the year 2010.

Will I complete my 50,000 words on time? Will the site crash on me and deny me my victory? Stay tuned to find out.

Also, check out this video of the new XM-25 rifle if you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 and want to know what a boltgun might look like in real life. Boom!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 28 - R.I.P Leslie Nielsen

I'm going to keep writing a little longer tonight, but I want to get this post out of the way. I should easily hit 4,000 words written today before I get to sleep.

Leslie Nielsen passed away today. Reportedly he passed away peacefully, falling asleep in the company of his family. He will be missed by his fans, and almost certainly by the parody movie market. When you get the chance, I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up one of his movies and take the time to enjoy it. Airplane! and The Naked Gun movies are obvious choices, but I would also recommend Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and Repossessed (an Exorcist parody).

Whatever your choice, pick it up, sit for two hours, laugh, and salute the passing of a great comedian.

42059 / 50000 words. 84% done!

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 27, And a Review of Splice

38495 / 50000 words. 77% done!

Today was definitely a very strong day, writing-wise. I am starting to catch myself cheating, mostly in little ways: adding extraneous words where they aren't needed (bad), or too much detail to a scene or an action (good - I'll at least have a best of breed when I'm done cutting).

During the writing grind I ended up watching Splice, since my wife was upstairs playing The Sims 3 and wouldn't have to sit through it. I predict that this movie is going to ruin the hobby of biohacking for everyone for years to come.

Here's what I learned from watching Splice (vague spoilers ahoy):
  • While those two bright-eyed young biohackers might be brilliant, they will fuck up your company's bottom line and may very well get you killed. If they won't wear a damn lab coat, fire them immediately.
  • Ask about your girlfriend/wife's childhood after a few years. Her childhood traumas will eventually bite you in the ass.
  • Don't let your girlfriend/wife talk you into a child you don't want.
  • Don't let your girlfriend/wife talk you into a blasphemy of science you don't want.
  • Never do a live show with animals.
  • Genetically-altered animals will change their gender, not because of environmental pressures, but just because they damn well feel like it.
  • The proper way to discipline your blasphemy of science is to tie it down, strip it naked, and mutilate it while speaking into a tape recorder. Because that will teach it to behave.
  • You can get yourself covered in all sorts of genetically-altered bodily fluids without any ill-effects whatsoever.
  • Do not fuck your science experiments.
  • Do not allow your science experiments to fuck you.
And that's all I have to say about that. I give the movie 3 out of 5 stars, mostly because I suspect something very similar is going to happen in somebody's garage in my lifetime and I think an educated populace is a safer populace.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 25 - Happy Thanksgiving!

32051 / 50000 words. 64% done!

Happy Thanksgiving! I didn't write a damn thing today! Enjoy this video of a Corgi fighting a singing turkey! Exclamation point!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 24, And Hobgoblin Nerd Rage

32051 / 50000 words. 64% done!

I'm posting this early because I have to get up early for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and also I wanted to discuss the latest Spider-man story arc. It's called Big Time, and it features a bold new direction for Spider-man, and the return of a classic villain: the Hobgoblin. And I'm already pissed off. Nerd rage (and spoilers) kick in below the fold.

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 23

30272 / 50000 words. 61% done!

That's better. Nearly 3,000 words written today, most of them of decent quality. And I've got a fairly large battle scene coming up in the next chapter that, hopefully, will flow well and let me beef up my word count fairly quickly.

Of course there's Thanksgiving on Thursday, decorating on Friday, and only four days left after that... but I still think I can pull out a win this year. Even if it means having a psychotic episode.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 22

27476 / 50000 words. 55% done!

Some progress today - not as much as I'd like, but enough to keep me from slipping behind yet another day. I will say that when I was writing, the words were coming much more smoothly than they had been. I think the new direction is going to be a big help.

On a side note, the Venture Bros. season finale, Operation P.R.O.M., was phenomenal. Just about every plot from season four gets wrapped up neatly in an hour long episode featuring action, heartbreak, renewed love, career changes, mutant flies, hos, Hulks, and alien technology. The animation was great, the writing was great... the only thing missing was Phantom Limb, but I honestly don't think they could have fit him in. If you follow the show, check it out; if not, be ready next Sunday to jump onboard from episode one and get yourself caught up.

Monday, November 22, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 21

25765 / 50000 words. 52% done!

Failure despair blah blah blah. I've got a strong chapter breakdown going, a corker of a scene to write next and a direction that's got me excited again. The word count will take care of itself.

Because this sucks as a blog post, go check out Five Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know. Also, here's a pep talk from Neil Gaiman that I always find helpful, no matter how many times I read it. Finally, here's a link to tonight's episode of Family Guy on Hulu, which will be available tomorrow. Go thou forth and watch, and do not what Brian does.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

25765 / 50000 words. 52% done!

No progress today, I'm afraid. To be fair, if I'd kept writing what I was writing I would have ended up with even more things I'll need to rewrite, as I've ended up deciding that I need to go in a different direction with my story, setting, conflict, etc. than I had in mind when I started. Frankly I don't have much hope of finishing well this year - I have too much reworking to do and not enough time to do it in, and even counting what I've written so far (which I fully intend to do), I'm still way behind where I need to be to net 50,000 words this month.

So let's forget about all that and talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

I love J.K. Rowling's books, and many of the movies have been a great deal of fun. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had me worried though. I've long been used to directors skipping over minor plot points from the books, but Half-Blood Prince went out of its way to throw things into the story that didn't need to be there and didn't fit in with the original plot.

Luckily, Deathly Hallows goes back to the original formula for the films, sticking as close to the original book as it can within the limits of film. Some subplots again fall by the wayside (apparently because Mad Eye Moody says so), and one character's demise seems to have been jettisoned for reasons unknown, but the main thrust of the book is captured by the filmmakers.

The set pieces are beautiful, expansive, and really get across that Harry and his friends are no longer confined to Hogwarts; it's a big damn world out there, and a great one to look at. The cast is in full form as well. Aside from a few groaners in the script, everyone turns in a top-notch performance. Ralph Fiennes has come into his own as Lord Voldemort, and Helena Bonham Carter finally seems to have nailed Bellatrix Lestrange.

The tale of the Deathly Hallows was a real treat. It's done as a narrated animation, in a style that evokes the movie Coraline and Terry Gilliam's work. It's a fine piece that stands alone in its own right, and I'd love to see it posted on the web somewhere as a free-to-watch clip by the film company. (Not pirates. The people with actual rights to post it.)

The action and fight sequences are very well done. They don't follow the books, as per usual, but they're exciting to watch. I'm still annoyed by the Death Eater Smoke Monsters the series director(s) have fallen in love with, but there's enough villainy afoot from the actual actors to keep me from getting too mad.

Oh yeah, and scares too! There are a few points that are going to give young kids nightmares, and all of them come straight out of the book. You have been warned.

Overall I'd recommend the movie to anyone who's invested in the films up to now. The cast seems ready to finish out the series with a big finale, and if you've watched the rest of the movies there's no reason at all to stop now.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 19

25765 / 50000 words. 52% done!

I swear, I actually do less writing when I have a day off. Here's how my day went:

6 a.m. - Wake up, kiss wife goodbye. Go straight back to bed to overcome sleep deprivation torment.

12 p.m. - Wake up again, shut off perfectly reasonable alarm that is just trying to do its job.

2 p.m. - Wake up refreshed and cursing myself for sleeping in. Check e-mail, shower.

2:30 p.m. - Lunch at Burger King while rereading The First Heretic. Notepad and pen sit in my pocket, unused.

3:00 p.m. - Hit the local Jiffy Lube to get my car tuned up for an impending two hour road trip. $200 flutters out of my pocket as if it was never there.

4:00 p.m. - Arrival home. Let the dog outside and toss the frisbee around.

4:30 p.m. - Chat with the wife about dinner over Gmail and catch up on Twitter, Facebook etc. Halfhearted attempts at writing produce a few sentences.

5:15 p.m. - Settle on the newly reopened California Pizza Kitchen. I decide to try out Assassin's Creed's new multiplayer mode.

6:15 p.m. - I snap out of Assassin's Creed two achievements later and order dinner.

7:00 p.m. - I return with dinner to find a stranger in my wife's parking space. I fail to find the miscreant before she arrives home, but I do track him down before she can tape a passive-agressive note to his door.

8:00 p.m. - More halfhearted sentences emerge while we catch up on Thursday night sitcoms and try to figure out why the dog is trying to eat her own back.

11:00 p.m. - Dammit, it's time for bed.

12:00 a.m. - Wife falls asleep. I put the dog to bed and sit down at my computer to post my daily word count. I ask myself where the time went.

12:20 a.m. - I wish I hadn't asked.

Now it's onward to post-midnight typing, to try and defray tomorrow's festivities, which include a birthday gathering and the new Harry Potter movie. Meanwhile my word count will be sitting in a corner and whining, and my muse will be applying for a job with James Frey. C'est la vie.

Friday, November 19, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 18 - Also Comic Books and Dogs

25088 / 50000 words. 50% done!

Woohoo, halfway point! And I'm only, oh, three days behind. Whoops, after midnight, make that four days behind.

I could cite a lot of reasons why I'm having trouble keeping up... but honestly, I've been more productive this month than I have been in the last year. And I'm pretty sure I'm writing good stuff, too, at least for a first draft. Granted, I'll have a ton of rewriting (and likely rethinking) to do once December gets here. But that's December. November is crazy-writey time.

One delay I will discuss came from New Comic Book Day, and what a day it was! The new Batman: Incorporated series looks and reads fantastic. Batman's teamed up with Catwoman in Japan, and finds himself facing off against Mighty Lord Death Man (no joke) while also trying to set up a new Batman of Japan. The art is great: Catwoman looks effortlessly sexy in every scene, and Lord Death Man actually poses like a Japanese horror villain.

Dead Avengers is a limited series featuring, well, dead Avengers, including Captain Marvel and the original Vision. The barriers between life and death have broken down, and six fallen heroes have to stop the forces of an evil god from murdering their still-living teammates. This is an excellent book for anyone who likes older Avengers stories.

Green Lantern #59 reveals a few secrets of the Indigo Tribe, as well as what happened to Black Hand after the undead nightmare of Blackest Night. Again, not a good jumping on point, but a great series to read.

The Avengers #7 sees a depowered supervillain named The Hood go on a hunt for the Infinity Gems, six jewels that can control every aspect of the universe. Honestly, I was hoping The Hood would get a rest for awhile, especially after he played such a huge role in Norman Osborn's takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and how is he out of jail anyway?)... but I'm glad to finally see the Infinity Gems back in action, and Red Hulk working with the Avengers ought to be a lot of fun.

X-Men #5 is the penultimate chapter in the X-Men vs. Vampires storyline, and the action's starting to really heat up. Wolverine and Dracula both get some great bad-ass moments, and I'm looking forward to the next issue.

Finally, Brightest Day #14 delves into the history of Deadman, a ghostly superhero who has found himself alive again against his will. The guy was, frankly, a jerk in his first life, and seeing him come to terms with that was a blast. Also, the last panel will give anyone following Justice League: Generation Lost a well-deserved thrill.

And, just because it made me laugh my ass off: Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 17

23574 / 50000 words. 47% done!

Not a bad day, though I was pretty late getting started.

Some of you may have been following the Cook's Source scandal as it happened. I won't rehash it here (follow the link, and this one for the intellectual property wonk's take), but Cook's Source has posted an "apology" on their front page that is well worth reading. (I'm posting to the Google cached verison of the page, as Cook's Source itself appears to have gone belly-up.) It's a classic of the backhanded non-apology style of writing. No further comment; I think Cook's Source has been dumped on sufficiently by now, and I'm certainly not going to defend the damned fools.

And, just because: We are now only a few short years away from weaponized antimatter. So be sure to grab your crowbar and kiss your ass goodbye.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 16

21801 / 50000 words. 44% done!

Oh, stop looking at me like that.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 15

20555 / 50000 words. 41% done!

Red is the color of failure!

I'd hoped to do better today. I intend to do better over the rest of the week. That is all.

Monday, November 15, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 14

20315 / 50000 words. 41% done!

Today was kind of a restful day - not much writing got done until late in the evening, but I did make par for the day, and broke 20,000 words overall. As of now I'm still 4,000 words behind where I should be; bad, but by no means fatal.

So far I've been working in a pretty straightforward fashion, writing from start to finish without jumping around or doing any tricks to boost my word count. It's worked so far, but I might have to pull a few rabbits out of my writing cap if I'm going to make my goal come the end of November.

In other news, I'll be taking a little time tomorrow to hunt for a new desk chair. Alternatively, I'll chain myself to my computer and belt out 5,000 words in a day. Either way, you'll hear about it tomorrow.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 13

19039 / 50000 words. 38% done!

Friday the 13th might be bad luck, but Saturday the 13th? Seems to be a pretty good day for writing. Certainly I could have done much worse for a day's work.

Not much to share today, so I thought I'd throw out a few Links of Interest. First up is this story from New York Magazine about James Frey's Full Fathom Five, which to me sounds a lot like a sweatshop for young writers who don't know anything about how the writing business works. I will reluctantly admit that back in college, this would have sounded like a pretty good deal to me. I mean, hell, it's practically guaranteed publication! Plus $250 and a cut of the profits from whatever the book makes, including movie rights! What hungry young author wouldn't jump at that?

Well, if you are a hungry young author: Don't. John Scalzi sums up the reasoning better than I would.

And on the positive side, Lifehacker has a Top 10 list of tips for better writing. It's pretty good advice: I especially agree with the benefits of writing longhand once in a while, as well as the importance of distraction-free writing tools.

The only thing that they leave out? Practice, practice, practice. Even if you keep a regular writing schedule, you are not going to improve if you don't occasionally stop to stretch your writing muscles a little bit.

On top of the exercises Victoria Strauss recommends, I'll throw in focused rewriting. Basically, you pick an author or a book you love, sit down with it at a keyboard, and type out the text, word for word. You can learn a lot about an author's style from this exercise, while also strengthening your own. And don't worry unduly about becoming a copycat of your favorite author: This is an exercise Hunter S. Thompson used with The Great Gatsby, and I'm hard-pressed to point out the duplication between Thompson's writing and F. Scott Fitzgerald's.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 12

17031 / 50000 words. 34% done!

Not much to say today, except that the writing has been coming along fairly well and I'm relieved to be starting a weekend.

To make up for the lack of content, here are two videos of Corgis doing cute things. Enjoy.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Moon Knight/McCormick Connection

Fair warning: If you haven't watched at least the last two episodes of South Park, there be spoilers ahead, so stop reading now I'm going to try putting a jump here for good measure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 10, And a Libel Law Petition

13715 / 50000 words. 27% done!

I've had better days and I've had worse days, but I'm content for the moment.

Rather than dwell on the word count, here's a message from Simon Singh, courtesy of Cory Doctorow:

This week is the first anniversary of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely hostile to writers, while being unreasonably friendly towards powerful corporations and individuals who want to silence critics.

The English libel law is particular dangerous for bloggers, who are generally not backed by publishers, and who can end up being sued in London regardless of where the blog was posted. The internet allows bloggers to reach a global audience, but it also allows the High Court in London to have a global reach.

You can read more about the peculiar and grossly unfair nature of English libel law at the website of the Libel Reform Campaign. You will see that the campaign is not calling for the removal of libel law, but for a libel law that is fair and which would allow writers a reasonable opportunity to express their opinion and then defend it.

The good news is that the British Government has made a commitment to draft a bill that will reform libel, but it is essential that bloggers and their readers send a strong signal to politicians so that they follow through on this promise. You can do this by joining me and over 50,000 others who have signed the libel reform petition.

Remember, you can sign the petition whatever your nationality and wherever you live. Indeed, signatories from overseas remind British politicians that the English libel law is out of step with the rest of the free world.

If you have already signed the petition, then please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up. Moreover, if you have your own blog, you can join hundreds of other bloggers by posting this blog on your own site. There is a real chance that bloggers could help change the most censorious libel law in the democratic world.

We must speak out to defend free speech. Please sign the petition for libel reform!

If you have a blog and think there's any possibility you might piss somebody off with the things you write, this could be an important issue down the line. So go take a look.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 9 - Status: Sluggish

12489 / 50000 words. 25% done!

Not a great day for writing today. Work took precedence during the day, and the XBox came in to bat cleanup in the evening. With any luck I'll be able to make up for it on Veteran's Day and the weekend.

I entered a Twitter contest last week entirely on accident, and came away with an excellent prize. Many thanks to Phil Athans for the books, and be sure to check out his book on writing, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction. It's one of the few books on the market that deals honestly with writing tie-in fiction, which makes it a winner in my book; and even if you don't like books on writing, there's an unpublished R.A. Salvatore story in the back of the book that you might enjoy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 8

11770 / 50000 words. 24% done!

And the words just keep on coming! I'm caught up from the last seven days and I'm into today's word count. Not par for the month, but satisfying enough for me. Anything else I write before I get to sleep? Bonus.

On a related note, I'm really liking Scrivener's fullscreen mode, which blacks out everything that isn't your manuscript so you can focus on just writing. It's a great feature, and a big help when you want to just churn out words without worrying about your Twitter feed.

Now I'm going to go listen to the audiobook version of A Thousand Sons. Because if you're going to listen to an audiobook, an audiobook based on a New York Times bestseller set in the grim darkness of the far future is a pretty good pick.

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 7

10046 / 50000 words. 20% done!

If November was five weeks long, I'd be right on track. As it is, I'm only about a day behind, which isn't bad at all. And, I've got a few more days off coming up (outside the weekends), so I should have ample time to catch up.

Then again, I'm not entirely sure where the story's going after I finish chapter three, so I might lose time outlining the next few chapters. I've tried discovery writing before, though, and it didn't work out very well, so I'll have to consider the outlining time a necessary evil. Kind of like the time I lose to my day job.

Wait, what? No, that was clearly a bad joke, brought on by a brain seizure. Pay it no attention, ho ho...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 6 - Playing With Toys

8888 / 50000 words. 18% done!

No real content tonight, but my word count is at 8,888 right now, and I thought that was pretty cool to post.

I've decided to start tinkering with a program called Scrivener for the rest of the month. It's a word-processing program that keeps the author firmly in mind. You can organize character and location notes, chapter summaries, scenes, chapters, and text in a one-window format that, so far, seems a lot more manageable than having a bunch of Word documents open all over your screen at once. Plus there's a Windows beta version available for the duration of NaNoWriMo, which is a big plus for me, since I'm not exactly a Mac guy.

(I almost posted "bug plus" there... yeah, that too. Beta, remember. Save early, save often.)

I'm catching up to my word count goals and I'm feeling good about my progress, even with a new program to beat the kinks out of. Five digit word count, here I come!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 5, or How a Day Off Gets Lost

6533 / 50000 words. 13% done!

Today was a solid day of writing: Almost 2,000 words in one go, which puts me above par for the day, but still leaves me well short of par for the month. Now, when I went to bed last night, I had every intention of spending all day writing to make up for what was a productive, but not productive enough, week so far.

That... did not happen. And I have excuses. Oh, do I have excuses. Don't we all?

"I slept in!"

"We had guests!"

"My wife felt like I was ignoring her!"

"The new Dark Eldar book came out today!"

"The Netflix made me watch them against my will!"

"My dog felt like I was ignoring her!"

"There's a new tweet on Twitter!"

All of which is to say that I did not have the willpower to get up, lock myself in a room by myself, and get words down on the page.

Well. I did, briefly. But the door doesn't lock properly and they found me.

One day or another I will do better this weekend. And, regardless, I'm feeling really good about what I'm writing. It needs revision (oh ye flaming Gods, does it need revision), but I'm at a fun bit and the words are starting to flow. So I'm going to try and keep the fun alive.

Friday, November 5, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 4

4631 / 50000 words. 9% done!

Well, damn. I'm officially falling behind on my word count goals for NaNoWriMo. In fact, I'm just about 2,000 words short today. To catch up, I'd have to write almost 4,000 words tomorrow.

Do I let this get me down? No. I've been down worse than this in other years. And I'm averaging 1,000 words a day so far, which is a massive boost from my usual word count. And oh yeah, I've got the day off tomorrow. ;)

I'm also managing daily blog updates this month, even though some of them, like *ahem* day three, are really short, and even though the last thing I should be doing is writing things that aren't my Nanonovel. Either the organ-grinder monkey that is my muse is in a really good mood, or I've finally cracked the writer's block, or I'm at last going insane. Take your pick.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 2 - The Fail Begins

2520 / 50000 words. 5% done!

Whether I keep going or not tonight, this was my word count at midnight, so it will have to do. I spent the late evening watching the election coverage instead of writing, and couldn't make up the difference fast enough to hit the 3,333 mark. One problem is that I can keep up a fairly good clip writing on a notepad, but I get bogged down typing it up and end up doubling my workload. Still, some words are better than none!

I don't know how to feel about the national election results just yet, but Maryland looks like it's going to be a mixed bag. Governor O'Malley retained his office, which is... well. I don't like him, but I voted for him over Ehrlich anyway. I've liked Ehrlich as a person ever since his guest appearances with the Sports Junkies, but he ran too far to the right on some social issues this year, and he couldn't communicate a satisfactory plan to pay for the tax cuts he was promising (although the odds he'd be able to get them through the legislature were slim anyway). So I voted for policy over my gut and I'm hoping I won't feel bad about it four years from now.

Our local Congressional delegate got creamed, which would be fine if the guy doing the creaming didn't strike me as a total wingnut. On the plus side, a lot of local candidates I did like and voted for won their races, and the big referendum on slots at the mall ended in a solid "yes" to building the damn casino already, so we've successfully defeated the Horse Lords of Anne Arundel County and will have plenty of hooves to hang over our doors come midwinter.

Right, I'm exhausted and getting a bit loopy. More madness as the month progresses.

Monday, November 1, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 1

1924 / 50000 words. 4% done!

I'm starting off strong today with 1,924 words, just a hair over par. It looks like evenings are going to be my prime writing time this month. With any luck, I'll be able to get into a routine I can maintain into December and beyond.

Unfortunately I only got about three hours of sleep last night, so I'll be turning in relatively early tonight to make up for it. No mad all-nighters for me, or at least not yet...

And while I've got you here, be sure to check out The Walking Dead on AMC, or at least pick up the original graphic novels. The story is old-school zombies done right, and it's creepy as all hell.