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NaNo2013 – 10k

Okay, so NaNoWriMo started on Friday and I wrote 5000 words.  And I hated it.  It seemed like the story was moving too slowly and my main character was weak and passive.  Of course, she just had a lot dumped on her at once so reacting instead of acting would be a normal response, at least until she got her world turned at least mostly right side up.

I only got a couple thousand done on Saturday – I was doing some pretty heavy emotional slogging which made it tough to write.

Sunday involved more emotional slogging but I finally got out of it, but then I was so tired that I just summarized a bunch of stuff, which is all right – I don’t need to write it all out.   The problem is that it’s a very bad summary, but that’s all right, too.  It’s just a first draft – I’ll fix it if and when I edit this thing.

Yes, I’m still not sure if I’m going to work toward publishing it. I’ll wait until I finish it and then put it away for a while.  Eventually I’ll read over it again, and probably do some editing, but before I invest too much time in it I’ll find a beta reader to look it over to get a second opinion as to whether or not it’s worth investing more time in.

Of course, this could all change later in the book – I still might end up loving it:  I’m at least hating it a little less than I did on Friday, and I do have a favorite line.  It comes from Taliya’s father who almost didn’t even get put into the book.

 “I don’t care what Aelind Osbert may have told you, Taliya.  He’s so deep in Maureena’s pockets that he flosses with lint.”


I’m now a little over 10,000 words in.  Well ahead of par but way behind where I wanted to be.  Hopefully with the worst of the emotional stuff behind me I’ll be able to write faster now.

Also, no more Letter Garden until I have finished the novel – or at least hit 50,000 words.  That game is far too addictive and sucks away far too much time.  (Jigzone, however, is allowed – it’s relatively mindless and helps me come up with what to do next.)

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Sunday Excerpt — November 3, 2013

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(This is still a work in progress and the following lines have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences – and I still went over a bit.)

Picking up from last week: Gregor has just signed on to work in maintenance on the newly refitted starship, Sanguine, and was made Maintenance Chief.   Captain Kaen Yblis sensed that there was something else on his mind and Gregor told him, “I know what you are.”

“Oh?  And what am I?”  Kaen knew that there were vast rumors about him, and he had heard them all. Most of them were wildly untrue: a few brushed against one truth or another, but none of them even came close to the reality of what he was.

“You’re a vampire.”

“That’s a new one,” Kaen said.  “No one believes in vampires anymore.”

“I do.  The old tales — the old ways — have been kept alive in my family.”

“You say I am a vampire,” Kaen said after a long silence, “yet you do not fear me?”

“Why should I?” Gregor asked, holding Kaen’s gaze steadily, a feat few men were able to accomplish. “I believe in vampires, not fairy tales.”

Kaen laughed.  “So, Mr. I-believe-in-vampires-not-fairy-tales, what do you intend to do?”

In answer, Gregor reached inside his belt and withdrew a small golden dagger. “Do you recognize this?”



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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Let the Insanity Begin

It has begun.  The mad dash to write 50,000 words in 30 days is underway.

My own personal NaNoWriMo tradition is to start at midnight and do my first 1000 or so words at before going to bed.  Then I’ll get up and try to write another 4000 words throughout the rest of the day since I don’t have any other plans. (At least, none that I’m aware of, and everyone who knows me is aware that November is a bad time to make plans that involve me without telling me.  Well, actually, any time is a bad time to make plans that involve me without telling me, but November is worse.)

As you know if you’ve been following my NaNoWriMo prep posts, things are a little different this year.  I’m writing science fiction instead of fantasy, for one thing, and for another I’m not entirely in love with the story or characters (mostly the characters). 

Still, I am ready:  I have done as much prep work as I can.

I cooked a large ham for dinner today so I’m all set with leftovers for the next week at least.

I have scheduled my Sunday Snippets posts through the middle of December. (I was only aiming for the end of November but I was on a roll.)

My other blog has posts scheduled through the end of the month, so unless something drastic and exciting happens I won’t have to write anything for it.

And I’m actually finally starting to get excited about starting. 

I have an outline that is pretty solid, lots of background notes, etc, and I am as ready as I’m going to get.  One secondary character remains a bit of a behavioral problem but I think I may have gotten that worked out as well, at least well enough to get me through the first draft, and that’s all that counts.  (I’ve been re-reading the first draft of Book One of The Academy of the Accord series and all I can say is that Onyx Sun is going to be a lot less bad than it is – it’s looking like it needs a total re-write, the result of too many plot holes and unanswered questions in the outline.)

Even so, I’m not quite sure how well this is going to go. 

Check back on Monday to find out…

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