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So here it is, about five and a half hours to NaNo'07 kick off, and Sierna (the main character from NaNo'06) is chattering her little hamsterish head off about how the kinless are treated in her home culture.

WTF hamstergirl? Where was this info this time last year?

Yes, yes, I'll start a TiddlyWiki for you. I promise to stick these little details in there and get back to them later. Maybe I'll be insane enough to do NaNoFiMo with your story, okay? But I swear, if this year's NaNo actually ends at 50k (unlike yours, which is what, half, maybe?) I'm doing NaNoEdMo for it instead and you'll just have to wait since you didn't speak up all year.
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Because Sierna has instrument lust for Waterphones.

Something that sounds like her beloved aeolian harps, chimes, and the wind blowing through the canyon? She wants it. (She doesn't know what whales are or what they sound like, but there's a significant amount of whale song in the sound of the thing.)

Well she's heading east, probably along the coast, I'm sure I can arrange for her to encounter one of these things. :)

Current music downloaded from the website linked above.

I did it!

Nov. 26th, 2006 10:54 pm
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Image Hosted by ImageShack.us By only 12 words so far but I still have more story to write.

My first NaNoWriMo and I did it with days to spare!

Now I just need to figure out what happens next.

Sierna just got herself in a jam and I'm not sure just how it's all going to hit the fan or how I'll get her out of it.

The sentence that put me over the line:

Sierna knew then that she'd gotten herself into a bit of trouble by accepting the dance.

Well I didn't say it was a good sentence.

Also, there was no deliberate padding of the word count, though I did skip forward to write a scene that came to mind when I stuck early on and haven't managed to get the story to the point where it links up to it yet....
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I'm about 673 words behind where I want to be but it's still plausible to get to 50k by midnight Saturday.

Saturday is anime night so I need to really pile on the words tomorrow. If I miss the self imposed Saturday deadline I'm sure I'll hit 50k on Sunday. I was just hoping to finish with a 2k per day average so an extra day won't bother me too much, and it's still before the 30th, which is awesome.

I have learned that I'm not really a "small amounts a day, every day" sort of writer. I really need a day or two off a week to get the heck away from the story.

If you're curious about my progress since the first there's a handy widget on NaNoWriMo's site. Note that the "Written" column goes from midnight to midnight so some days, most notably the 22nd and 23rd, don't represent words written in a session. I actually only wrote about 2k today, the extra 800 or so were from last night's session that rolled over at midnight.

For the heck of it, EditPad's statistics on the file:
                   File size: 243,449 bytes
        Number of paragraphs:   2,422
             Number of words:  45,220
Number of letters and digits: 187,595
        Number of characters: 195,402

Edit: Well dang, I'm 18th out of 267 for wordcount in my region.
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I've missed a few of these lately.

42,393 words

Goal: 50k by midnight Saturday

If I stick with writing either Zephyr or Sierna I should make it. Writing Nikkol is like pulling teeth and he was part of why I fell behind schedule last week.

I'm not sure how writing Runil, Xelfi, and the two other (currently unnamed) scouts will go. Logically they should be written between Zephyr and Sierna's parts though, and I'm not sure just what they're going to find where they are heading either.

Current locations of the major players in this rambling story:
Sierna - on the Southern coast, in a back room at a bar of dubious legality talking with a cross dressing (probably) apprentice priest, I suspect he's going to be traveling with her soon
Nikkol - on the southern slope of the Northern mountains returning to his village with a sack full of not precisely legally obtained scrolls
Zephyr - midway back to the Inner Dwells of the Valley of the Wind with a young Roam scholar who just spent an hour or so staring at his naked ass to keep from freaking out about being underground in a cramped tunnel
Runil - about nine days away from a settlement known to be a bit hostile to Roams like him, he's hoping there won't be a "diplomatic incident" because the sort of diplomacy they have is a bit rudimentary

And the not so major players:
Rizma - presumably heading back up river to the Lower Dwells. She's currently out of the story.
Chirru - in the room with Sierna and the priest and making sure nothing too kinky goes on.
Aksem - sitting in the bar and guarding the escape route and chatting with his sister the bartender.
Yagen and his wife Narna - waiting for Nikkol to get back home. I'm really hoping they don't share any more information about their sex life with him.
Jirlun - blissfully unaware that his little sister just spent quality time staring at Zephyr's ass.
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Well I'm not going to make it to 40,000 today, but I'm at 38,153 so I can live with it.

I'll definitely have 40k tomorrow, and I'm going to try to stay at this over 3k a day pace I've had for the last couple days.

If I squeeze in another couple hundred words I'll be back at my "three days ahead" schedule I had last week too.
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35,085 after skipping Friday due to my hands acting up and Saturday just because I got lazy.

I'm going to try to get to 40,000 in the next 24 hours. I probably won't make it but it would be nice. 37,500 would be acceptable though.

And it occurs to me I said this when I'm writing Nikkol. *head!desk* He's so hard to write. He doesn't really click and come alive for me when he's off on his own. If it were Zephyr or Sierna I'd be lot more likely to reach 40k in 24 hours.
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I had some vague idea of maybe trying to hit 35,000 today but my hands are just not up to it.

I've had problems with my hands for a good decade now and even with the glucosamine and chondroitin I'm taking daily, and the gloves I've been wearing while I type, my hands are just screaming "WTF? NO!" today. I've taken some naproxen sodium to take the edge off and will hope the day of rest will let me get back on track tomorrow.

I do want to be over 35,000 words by midnight Sunday, I was considering trying to hit 40,000 by then. While it's certainly possible to get to 40,000 in two days it might be pushing a bit hard (I know I can get over 4000 words on a day, I've done that the last two Sundays, but it kills my hands and makes me start to hate the story.)
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Pronouns! Either I have to do some contortions with English or I'm going to have to make up a set of pronouns.

I totally didn't think about the tech level enough before I started writing. This had led to several things that I'm going to have to work out.

First, travel technology.

I always figured the world was at a level before the invention of the internal combustion engine. There might be some steam toys but wood is too scarce in my main country to make a wood fired steam engine practical. they also don't have any coal to speak of. There might be some steam tech in the northern mining country though.

So without engines how are they getting around? Well in the northern plateau region, probably on foot or astride animals. The topography would work against the use of wheeled carts. I have them using boats on the river but completely forgot to consider just how those boats are propelled. *d'oh!* I have some being poled but that's not very practical for long distance. I'm going to have to go back and mention sails since with the set up I have that would be the most efficient means most of the time (at least in one direction for half a year at a time.) In the southern plains they have wagons and other animal powered wheeled vehicles.

Other technology issues:

Why the hell did not I not think of the people of the valley doing something productive with that wind tunnel they are living in? I need to figure out what they might do with windmills. Grind grain, pump water to the top of the cliffs (or at least up the cliffs for a bit rather than going from the rim to the river for water all the time!), but what else? And what other technologies might those windmills depend on?

For the northern mountains, I need to work out just what level of technology they have in the mines. They're keeping records and such in an old played out mine so they must trust the way they stabilized it. Just what are they mining up there anyway? What's the refining technology like? I have a blacksmith down in the southern continent so there has to be iron working going on.

And the southern region has popped up with two technologies I need to research, glassblowing because I have a character doing that, and wire production. What level of metal working technology makes drawing wire possible?

I'm really stuck with working out how technologies inter-relate and what technologies I didn't consider might have to be present to make the ones I want/need to have available to my characters.

It's okay if I end up with "lost" technology where people don't know why whatever they do works, just that it does. In fact that would work well with my "plot" (such as it is) but I need to know how it works so I can write it.

If I think of anything else I need to work on I'll add it later.
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2174 words today and my novel suddenly has definitively "not nice" people for my protagonists to deal with.

I've been rather nice to my main characters thus far, which probably another sign of bad writing, but Sierna's going to have to be careful or get herself stuck in a really nasty situation now.

And unrelated to that I have a recurring problem with my writing so I'm going to toss it out here for anyone that has a suggestion (like anyone actually reads these updates of mine, but might as well give it a shot.)

Details behind the cut due to length. )
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Writing is not going well today.

I've gotten "good" at bashing on through even when "uninspired" but I end up writing some pretty bad stuff.

Like the info dump that just exploded in dialog. Chirru is the incredibly curious sort so it's not out of character for him to ask questions but.... It's still bad writing, even if Sierna were the sort to explain things at length.


I know Sierna has to go talk to the Storm Priests but getting her there, and what will happen when she does, is eluding me right now.

I took Saturday off, mostly, so I don't want to blow off today, even if I am still ahead of schedule. I want to be at 30,000 words by midnight Wednesday, that should be easy with three days to get 5000 words down. :P

I swear it's partly boredom, I've been writing at least some every day except that first Friday and I can't get away from the muddle I'm making of this story. I've dropped bits here and there along the way and added things that I'm going to have to go back and weave into the story before the point I've added them. I've also not been letting myself think about the story when I'm not actively writing it because I know I'll end up so far ahead of where I am in text that I'll end up not writing it down because I already know the story.

Well typing here isn't getting it done so back to the grindstone.

[Edit to add: The urge to paint the Valley (and the Lowers, and Aksem and Chirru's house, and...) is not helping the situation.]
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I am half way through my word count for NaNoWriMo and less than half way through the month!

*dances more*

Oh man, it's feels sooooo good! I haven't written anything this long in... forever I think.
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I'm staying two days ahead of schedule now.

20,916 verified words (21,366 according to EditPad)

The goal is a reasonable 25,000 verified words by midnight Sunday.

Since I don't think I'm anywhere near an end of this story (in fact there are several areas I want to go back and expand upon) I should have enough story to get to 50,000 verified words without any sort of padding.

Other than my hands aching from all the typing (somewhat alleviated by locating my old support gloves) the hardest part of this is not going back to edit things. I may try to squeeze in a mid-story note taking session though since I'm sprouting characters and cultural details and new countries all over hell ever since I crossed the 10,000 mark.

But after 25,000 it's all down hill to the end, right? (Leave me my illusions please.)


Nov. 9th, 2006 10:54 pm
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NaNo's word count verifier and EditPad's statistics are no longer matching up. My 18,510 words verify to only 18,109. :P

I guess I better add another 500 and see if that will get me over the 18,500 goal I sent for myself today.

11:38pm - EditPad now says 19,059 and NaNoWriMo says 18,651. I guess I'm going to have to figure on an extra 1000 words at least to do this with a verified word count.

NaNo update

Nov. 8th, 2006 11:44 pm
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3442 words today.
16,484 words total.

I'm almost two full days ahead of schedule.

Rizma has propositioned Sierna.

Nikkol has learned things he didn't want to know about his Master's sex life.

And I still don't know what Zephyr is up to out in the Roams, maybe I'll work on that tomorrow.

[Word count widget added for the heck of it, because Ursula is awesome and keeping up with her is part of what is keeping me going. :)]

NaNo Update

Nov. 7th, 2006 09:58 pm
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13,042 words.

707 paragraphs.

And I still don't really know what the heck the plot is.

I have one character off in a foreign land hunting down any legends she can find that might correlate with one that her own people have from several thousand years ago. I have ended up with some sort of religious order being the likely people to have the records, and superstitions that make it a bit dangerous for Sierna to be there. Yay for adding complexity on the fly. :P

I have her would-be love interest (poor boy, she shocks the hell out of him for fun with her flirting) sailing back home to his "country" to attempt to gain access to his people's records to see if they have any matching legends. So far Nikkol has been both quiet and rather boring. I'm sure he'll get into trouble somewhere.

I have a sort of priest/monk person of undetermined gender1 who I think has gone off to deal with a group of people that I think are the rough and tumble and not precisely nice sort. I'm not quite sure just what the Roams are yet but Zephyr doesn't seem to feel they are a problem.

And I just added a barge master that mentions a culture I didn't know I had. I'm not sure if I'll end up following that branch, it's sort of dead at the moment. It just added a group of people I hadn't had in mind while I was bashing together my idea for this story. Rizma may also be a lesbian that may be interested in Sierna, that little detail popped up in the last 100 words or so.

Yeah. No Plot. Just a hell of a lot starting to happen all over the damned map.

1. Undetermined as in no one knows if s/he is female or male and they all have their own opinions on the matter. Sierna thinks female, Nikkol thinks male, and Zephyr's not telling because the Dwellers Within don't distinguish between the two publicly.
tephra: (fangirl squee)
Woohoo! I did it!!

OMFG, OW. My wrists are killing me. :(

4679 words today, most of them in the last 4 hours.

My NaNo is sprouting cultural details all over. The editing phase is going to be ugly because I'm sure I have some contradictory things going on here and there.

NaNo update

Nov. 5th, 2006 01:45 am
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5382 words, that means I wrote 1992 words before midnight, 1398 short of my goal for Saturday. *sigh*

That means my aim for today, after I get some sleep, is 4618 words.

It is, of course, technically possible, but man is it ever going to suck.

I might "cheat" and write a chunk I know goes later in the story and then try filling in between. A gruesome death should fill up some of that word quota almost as well as gratuitous smut, and it wouldn't even be a gratuitous gruesome death. ;)

NaNo Update

Nov. 4th, 2006 12:06 am
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Today's word count: 0

I suck.

Tomorrow's goal: double my existing word count (3390), minimum.

Goal for midnight Sunday: 10,000 words

Hopefully I'll reach at least one of those.
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Well I made it over 1667 words, which puts me over the minimum per day to "win."

But man, I am writing crap. I need a plot... and a few more characters wouldn't hurt. Heck, even a rough time line for about a year of story time (even half a year!) would help. Maybe I'll try to hammer that out now that I have my minimum writing for the day complete.

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