Fence Sitting

This year, baby sister has been brave enough to take the NaNoWriMo plunge, and I am happily cheering her on. From the sidelines, it seems. Although I have ideas in abundance, I have revising to do. I have no business trying to write my own headlong draft when I have other responsibilities. No reason to start playing around with the YA story ideas. No…dammit, I have plenty of reasons, but...
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NaNoWriMo Debriefing

Fifty thousand, seven hundred and forty words later, I am a proud 2008 NaNoWriMo winner, which basically means that I can post cool graphics on my blog attesting to that fact and, if I’m jonesing for concrete validation, I can download a certificate to print out. But it’s not like I didn’t know that going in. NaNoWriMo is a personal challenge. It’s also conducted on the...
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w00t! I Did It Again!

The results are in for this year’s NaNoWriMo! I am now officially a w00t! I’ll post more tomorrow on this year’s process, the book itself, and what I discovered over the past 30 days. The Viking boat above suggests smooth sailing. It wasn’t completely smooth, but there were some things I didn’t expect that turned out better than I’d thought they would. Now,...
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NaNoWriMo Update #4

Just over 24 hours left to go in this year’s NaNoWriMo, and a little more than 8,000 words to write. I’ll have to write fast, though–there’s a lot of book still to cover. I’ve been dwelling more on earlier chapters than in the past, so I have a decent-sized chunk still to sketch out before I can legitimately write “The End.” Okay, back to the book. More...
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NaNoWriMo Update #3

Productive week this week. Turns out what I need to do is wake up early (just a little after 4 a.m.), write for an hour or so before I have to start waking DH or Frick (Frack sleeps in until after 7), and watch the words pile up. I am way ahead of my pace from two years ago–the year I won–29K now compared to 20K then. Plus, we have all week off from school next week, so I won’t...
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