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[#nanowrimo] 29 Days until NaNoWrimo…

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It’s that time for year again. The time of year literary agents dread: NaNoWrimo is in a month.
The website has been rebooted and this year’s theme is: 8-Bit gaming!
What’s 8-Bit gaming? Go ask your parents.
I’m happy to say we survived the 8-Bit + 16-Bits Wars so you could live in a world where three consoles was the norm. Ya know, before it became retro cool, again.
A few recommendations about NaNoWrimo: click here.
This year I’m going to work on the Weaver sequel. Which means it’s time to start planning it out.
Yep, no more pantsing for me. Planning all the way. Scrivener has been a help. I’ve been using the synopsis window to get through scenes in the work in progress.
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Now I just need to finish the work in progress…

[Plotting About] September's Metrics or Cresting 100k or NaNoWrimo is one and half months away…

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Yeh, I need to start making my own You Should be Writing icons. Thanks to Tumblr for the above image and several more.
A quick local shout out to Jen Butler Basile’s Chopping Potatoes and Bennett North’s blog.
Both blogs are fun to read with Jen’s covering motherhood with fun pictures and Bennett’s posts on ranging from movie reviews to ongoing SF&F and geek politics.
Novel Update:
The Where Weavers Daire K BAR count is:

After my last update, I went back and took an entire chapter out because it broke with my stay with one of the protagonist for three chapters plan and got rid of two chapters because they went in the wrong direction.
The goods news is scenes from three of those chapters are savable and shuffled.
And then I found out my first nine chapters had been formatted with 1.5 spacing and not double as the other chapters were. My 14-15 page max rule for chapters kinda went out the window but that’s what editing is there for.
Formatting may be as boring as all get out but I like to get it down before I start writing. This is why I created a template in Word to cover all the margins, spacing and indenting without using the tab key.
Cresting the 100k hill felt good even if I had bounced back and forth over the line by adding/subtracting chapters to get to where I am now. I can see the end which I already wrote so it’s just the knock down drag out fight between Spencer and the villain.
I also raised the cut off ceiling to 120k. The agents at the panel I went to at SDCC said don’t worry about the word count and just write it. Half of that advice was already echoed by the writing group.
NaNoWrimo Update:
With 2.5 months to go before NaNoWrimo, I decided not to re-up for municipal liaison duties.
As much as I enjoy trying to coordinate I don’t know what I’ll be doing in November and I’d rather commit than quit a week before hand. My plans are to plot out Book Two of Weaver before going into November and be done with Book One of Weaver by the end of September.
Convention Update:
Yeh, the SDCC pictures aren’t getting tweaked until the novel is finished. I have a list of people I bought stuff from that I want to pass on. That’ll be in the future post.
Emerald City Comic Con tickets have gone up sale. In line with prices from last year, if no one has been to Seattle it’s a great con to go to. Nice people. Good amount of venders and the guests they have lined up is growing.
They’ve extended the con to all of Friday and will be mailing out badges this year. That sound you heard was everyone who stood in line for two hours this year breathing a sigh of relief.
They haven’t taken the extra step of incorporating RFID into the badges like NYCC has but one can assume that’s on the horizon.
New Television Season:
I’ll post some television ramblin’ later since the new season starts next week…

[NaNoWrimo] A metric check in…

Looks like 2012 is going to mirror 2008 with the paltry metric score.
This post from last year will show you how much I was ahead.
The NaNoWrimo Death Bar count is:

I can’t blame it on much except my heart just wasn’t in it this year.
At least at the Write Ins I’m getting some word count in. I can happily report that Woonsocket and Newport Libraries have nice meeting rooms and if we ever get more people asking for write ins in those areas I can point them in the right direction.
So far, the write ins in Providence and URI seem to be the most well attended.
I’ve took my own advice and hit page break and went back to the current work in progress and shifted a few chapters around so Spencer and Melinda (the book’s two protags) get some equal time.
I think it works since one chapter ends on a cliffhanger for Spencer and the next chapter picks up the Melinda storyline better.
The WIP Death Bar count is:

One more chapter for Mindy then it’s back to Spencer and soon they’ll meet up and fight the evil.

[NaNoWrimo] Cricket Erotica*…

Alternate titles for this post were:
Bacon is the sex of meat.
Or
Fifty Shades of Green.
* Sentences overheard during our NaNoWrimo Google + Meet Up.
So far I’ve started off slow since I not working on my current wip but a new idea I worked on during the SF+F 1 Gotham Writing Course.
The NaNoWrimo Death Bar count is:

Currently ensconced at the Newport Public Library in their Rotary Room. Hopefully more words will arrive.

[NaNoWrimo] A few suggestions…

So with NaNoWrimo now upon us, now what?
Well, a couple of things:
First: Be prepared. Back yer stuff up. Get a USB Stick, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Docs, some sort of easy to use cloud and or physical back up that you can easily carry around with you. Emphasis on easy and portable because you don’t want your gear to crash on you loose all your work. This also means going into the word document preferences and adjusting your auto save to every three minutes or less and making sure to create a backup of the document as well. Triple redundancy is your friend.
Second: There is no need to work on some epic that has eluded you for years. NaNoWrimo is and is not about story.
Third: Find a word war buddy. Yes, that means step 4.
Step 4: Go to your region‘s bulletin board and find a local Write In. Meet people. Be friendly. Ask someone if they will poke you every so often so you won’t fall behind. The comments from people who have never gone to a Write In and suddenly find their writing output going through the roof is always nice to hear. Sure, this draft is going to suck but it’s 50k words, you can edit in January.
Fifth: Why wait? Because NaNoWrimo is fun exercise to rub your sticks of creativity together and see what it’s like if you decide to do this writing thing full time.
Sixth: Edit in January. Seriously. Just put it on the back burner and worry about the holidays then come back to it.
Seventh: If you find M$ Word is too expensive try Scrivener (Mac/PC) or Storyist. They both may have a learning curve but it’s better than having to go through several folders trying to find that little tid bit you were looking for.
Eighth: Find a writing group. Check Meetup.com or find an online writing course like Gotham Writing Courses. The general idea is to get other people looking at your work to find the errors and to give advice. This leads to the ninth step.
The Ninth Step: Get thick skin quick. Your first few stories aren’t going to be home runs. As the old adage goes: How do you get to Symphony Hall? Practice, practice, practice. It takes time and effort. And, if anyone could do this then everyone would be doing this but they aren’t. If you enjoy this, if you can take the critique and the feedback then on wards and up wards.
Lastly and this will probably irk some people but fan fiction can only take you so far. I started writing Robotech fan fiction and received some good advice about playing in my own sandbox instead of someone else’s. Sure, Fifty Shades of Gray started off as Twilight FanFic but sometimes a fresh idea starts with reading a magazine article.

[NaNoWrimo] Rhode Island Write In location post…

NaNoWrimo just 3 days away time to post the locations of the Write Ins for this year.
All of the write ins can be found on the Google Calendar.
Sundays – With the exception of the 11/11, the write ins will be at Providence Athenaenum Library from 1:15pm – 4:15pm in the Art Room.
On 11/11 the Write In will be in Cranston at Panera from 7pm – 9pm.
Mondays – 11/5 will be at Panera in Cranston. 11/19 + 1/26 will be at Woonsocket Library from 530pm-845pm
Tuesdays – Warwick Write Ins will be TBD on 11/13, 11/20, 11/27.
Wednesdays – South County Write Ins at Brewed Awakenings. 6pm – 9pm.
Thursdays – Empty.
Fridays – Google + Hangout at the Rhody Wrimos Google + Page from 7pm – 10pm.
Saturdays – A write in on 11/10/12 will be Providence Anthaenum Library from 10am – 2pm. Newport Library for every Saturday from 2pm – 545pm.

[Plotting About] Frankenstorm and NaNoWrimo…

I thought we had run out of stupid names for storms.
Apparently I was wrong.
While Hurricane Sandy rolls up the coast, calls on Facebook have gone out looking for D Batteries. Double A batteries they got, but D Batteries, uh uh.
brought up a good point in her post: If Jim Cantore shows up in your neighborhood: it’s over.
So with enough water, TP, paper towels, a twelve pack of pop tarts and 24 pack of AA batteries, my car gassed up, all the lawn furniture inside and the trash cans next on the list, I hope the house is secured. The pumps and hoses from 4 years ago are at the ready in the basement.
Hopefully the snow they are predicting for the middle of the week doesn’t materialize.
With NaNoWrimo upon us next week I’ll be post more than I have been recently. I may have stepped back from coordinator duties but I’ll still be going to some of the write ins and going to be writing about an idea I came up with during my Gotham Writing Course.
I’ve been playing catch up with the Self Publishing Podcast and highly recommend it if you are thinking of self publishing. There is a good post on Johnny B. Truant’s blog on how he conceived and wrote his latest novella Fat Vampire in 29 days.
Johnny has freely admitted to not getting it heavily edited, a step in this process that I, my entire family, my writing group and the Gotham Writing Group have said needs to be done before I submit anything.

[NaNoWrimo] Have whiteboard will travel…

So with NaNoWrimo winding down so are the Write Ins, the last Saturday Write In for Exeter Library was me, myself and I and I managed to plot out my WIP across the Library’s whiteboard.
This solved a great deal of problems I had been having, including the writer’s block at the 21k before NaNoWrimo began.
So, 3 hrs later I have a twelve page double spaced beat sheet from beginning to end.
Some of what I wrote during NaNoWrimo is savable.
The 76k I posted a few days ago is about to hacked at again, thankfully no page one re-write is needed.