25 November 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 24/25

Things learned during today's (well, yesterday's now) noveling session:

If you watch VeggieTales' Josh And The Big Wall, then go write a novel involving a high-powered army commander and two alien shovels, the scene will be eerily reminiscent of the Keep Walking scene in the film -- only without the clever song.

Also, when you spend most of the day listening to White Heart (*cough* Rick Florian), then start writing, you will describe every single character's voice and vocal inflections in great detail. (Especially if the White Heart in question was the Highlands album -- the one with the tricky harmonies in it.)

Also, making a really really disorganised hospital receptionist lazily try to find a file for a man who believes his wife may or may not have been kidnapped actually eats up a lot more words than you'd think.

I now know why I never hear any White Heart on classicchristian247.com when I'm writing (between the hours of 11 pm and 2.30 am) -- they play it at 10 pm. (Learned this when I started my writing sessions earlier than usual tonight. Now that November is almost over...)

And... I just broke 90k! (Total of both novels.) Finally on par with Novel Two for the first time since I started writing the stupid thing -- currently at 34,218. Day 24 (yesterday's) quota was 33,333. Day 25 (are we really that far already?) is about 36,666, but I may try to hit 40k.

20 November 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 20

I've hit 50k on the first novel (which I will update later when I have more time). Suffice to say I had a lot of fun writing it. It's not done, but right now I have to finish the second novel and then I'll go back and have more fun with that first one.

The second one... yeah. Not. Going. Anywhere. Even the inclusion of the Traveling Shovel of Death (and nearly two million of its cousins) hasn't sparked anything. I hate this novel. But I've started, so I must get at least 50,000 words out of it.

I posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago:

(Second novel) I'm supposed to be at 20,000 words by the end of the day. I'm at 9,686.
And I have three hours of driving, five hours of dance classes, and worship team practice.
*beats head against keyboard in effort to make more words*

So yeah. I'll write a better update once I'm caught up.

(By the way, my total for November -- Novels One and Two: 65,693.)

Oooh! White Heart song (Maybe Today) on classicchristian247.com!

Back to writing!

08 November 2012

NaNoWriMo, Day 8

I finished out my 3.30 am writing session at 24,771 words. When I woke up again later this morning I crunched the numbers and discovered that in order to finish this thing by 14 November -- which was my goal -- I have to end today with 28,500-some-odd words.


So now I have write 4.5k, memorise a dance, get some choreography done, practice tap, study that Benesh book my dance teacher gave me so I can get it back to her (I'll have to explain that later), make dinner for nine people, and I really should shower already...

As for the story itself, it's, well, not. The thing pretty much consists of tap jargon and White Heart songs. There's also a little something about an old eighties rock band getting back together, but that doesn't write nearly as exciting as it sounds. I'm so desperate for more words that my character broke the fourth wall last night. (And it wasn't just a little crack either -- he pretty much drove a steamroller through it.)

But I'll say say this -- despite the fact that my fingers keep wanting to type Jekyll And Hyde (as in the Petra song), I will love White Heart forever for naming the song Dr Jekyll And Mr Christian. (I mean, I'll love White Heart forever anyway, but this is a thank-you-for-the-word-count-boost kind of love.)

So as I write this (3.17 pm, though I'll probably publish this when I get on the computer later tonight because I don't trust the Blogger app not to mess it up), I'm at approximately 26,000 words.

Two and a half thousand to go before midnight...

(11.00 pm)

I totally did it! I'm all caught up now.

I just put transferred my writing from Lila to the main document on my computer and the tally comes to 29,356 words. (I also managed to make dinner and shower too.) Now I'll probably send a couple of emails and then I really should start memorising that dance already... I've resigned the tap practice till tomorrow. Pretty much everyone else in the house is asleep already and wouldn't be too appreciative of tap dancing now anyway.

06 November 2012

NaNoWriMo - Day 5 Recap

Actually, this isn't so much about NaNoWriMo as it is about the emotional roller coaster.

First, tomorrow -- I mean later today -- I'm going to be in a meeting which may or may not result in (some of) my choreography getting staged.

I know.

So, naturally, I'm a little nervous. And excited. And I have no idea how I'm going to present it. And I have to wake up early for it and as such I have no idea why I'm writing a blog post at two in the morning because I should really go to bed.

Add to that mixture the fact that a friend of mine from my ballet class, who I've been dancing with for five years, suddenly transferred classes, effective this week (if I understand correctly). This leaves me as the only one left in my level. There were still four of us last year. It was quite a blow, actually.

So despite my shock and depression, I managed to write two thousand words in an hour and then, desperately needing to be cheered up, decided to head on over to the NaNoisms thread. And now I can't breathe and my stomach hurts (from silent laughter), but at least I'm not fighting tears anymore.

02 November 2012

Music Day

I've been cramming my head full of classicchristian247.com due the the illustrious novel-writing occasion and last night (or early this morning), I heard this song.

Dude. I laughed so hard. Listen all the way to the end -- he gets so sarcastic at the end. It's great.

Title: So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt
Artist: Keith Green
Album: So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt
Year: 1980
Label: Last Days Ministries/Pretty Good Records
iTunes here; YouTube here.

It took a bit for me to warm up to this song (until the line the ground opened up and had some of us for lunch). I never realised Keith Green was this versatile. Nor did I realise how great a lyricist he was -- think of mixing the Steve Taylor/Peter Furler team with Larry Norman. Great stuff. (Seriously, who else would ever come up with a line like Manna burgers!)