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Another Year, Another Win (My NaNoWriMo ’13 Concluded)

2013-Winner-Facebook-ProfileThis was, possibly, my easiest year doing NaNoWriMo. I struggled last year to make my word count, but last year I was playing by the rules and this year I did NaNoRebel again–so much more pleasant and enjoyable!

I really only wrote during 16 days or so this year. And some of those days I only wrote somewhere between a dozen and a thousand words. If you look at my bar chart, you can see my daily progress, or lack thereof. Much different from last year’s, when one of my goals was to write at least 500 words every single day.
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During the handful of write-ins I attended on various Fridays and Mondays, I got several thousand words written. But my big accomplishments were on Sundays. I didn’t do much of anything but stay in my PJs and write every Sunday in November, so you can see the huge leaps in word count on those days. Then I didn’t write much during the following week. Those were big writing days, where I did a lot of work, but it really feels to me like I managed to get through November only writing for a few days in total and hitting 50,000 words naturally, without much effort at all.

During the final week of November, I worked on:

  • BBC Sherlock fanfiction- finished the story I started earlier in the month. It turned out pretty good, I think.
  • YA Paranormal Novel- I started a difficult moment in the story and it’s stalled a little bit. But I’m still feeling good about how much I got written in this novel and I look forward to continuing to work on it next year.
  • Marvel Big Bang Fanfic- I got past the 15,000 word mark on it and came up with a bunch of great scenes. I’m still not feeling it as a full story yet, but I’m getting closer. I think I need to take all the scenes, put them on index cards, and figure out what needs to be filled in to make it a complete story.

Congrats to all the other winners out there and everyone who even attempted NaNoWriMo. It’s still more words written than you had when you started!

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My NaNoWriMo ’13 Week 3

Ah, week three. This is when my energy falls and I start slacking off. Luckily, I’m more ahead than I’ve ever been, I think, so I can afford a little time off. I’m still really just finding the time to write at write-ins and on Sundays. And somehow that’s been enough to power me to great heights. Who’d have thought I’d be able to get a more than decent word count just writing heavily one day of the week and well two other days of the week? Not this girl!

This week I had write-ins on Monday, Friday, and Monday again at my local Panera. They’ve discontinued the only food there that I can eat, so I’m a little worried about next Monday’s write in. Maybe I’ll just eat a plain bread bowl? I had a few people join me each time, which was really nice. And on Sunday I participated in an online write-in through swap-bot. I won one of the word wars and I won a few prizes as well. I met my goal of hitting 33,000 words during the write-in and I got through an extremely tense passage in my YA novel.

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Swap-bot online write-in items and my monthly progress chart (light on the weekdays)!

This week I worked on:

  • Marvel Big Bang Fanfic- I got to 10,000 words! My goal is 15,000, so I’m two-thirds of the way there and feeling great about that. I’m jumping around in scenes, writing the easy ones first, I guess. And I’m still not totally confident in the overall plot. But I guess time will tell for that. I might have a beta for it, so that’s a relief!
  • Supernatural Fanfic- I wasn’t really planning on this, but one of my favorite communities had a weekly theme and I got a prompt during the online write-in that was just too perfect for it. So I wrote the story, practically in one sitting. I was pretty happy with it, too. :-) Sometimes it’s just impossible to resist those boys.
  • Paranormal YA Novel- I got through the aforementioned extremely tense passage and I think it actually went pretty well. I read the first chapter of the novel at Writers’ Roundtable this week and people seemed to dig it. And I got some good constructive suggestions. I spent about an hour last night watching disturbing YouTube videos that relate to some things my main character is suffering through in the very near future scenes in the novel. I still don’t know if I’ll be able to write it realistically, but now I have a better idea of maybe how to approach it.
  • Prompt- a Writers’ Roundtable, we had prompts that were pictures. I went in a very dark direction with the piece I wrote. I actually typed it up when I got home and I think it turned out well. It’s just a little piece of 178 words, but I like it.

I also volunteered to betaread for the volunteer coordinator at one of my libraries who is not only doing NaNoWriMo but seems to be me (she writes SPN hurt/comfort too). So that’s pretty darn neat! It’s nice having more people to talk SPN with and the idea she has for her story/universe sounds fantastic. I look forward to reading it, whenever she decides it’s worth sending my way.

My NaNoWriMo ’13 Week 2

NaNoWriMo2013My second week of NaNoWriMo has gone pretty well. I hit 25,000, the halfway mark in words, a few days short of the halfway mark in days. So I’m right on track toward finishing on time or even a little early.

I’m not writing very much during the weeks still, but I’m making great progress on weekends and on write-ins I’m hosting on Mondays after work and Fridays after work.

This week, I worked on three projects:

  • Started a super-kinky BBC Sherlock fanfiction I’ve been wanting to get out of my head for a little while now
  • Got to chapter 3 of my paranormal YA novel before I started to lose steam. So I skipped ahead a little in the story to a big moment and the story is flowing once again. I’m really enjoying it. But pretty soon something awful is going to happen to my main character–I’ve never experienced it nor do I know anyone who has, so I worry my descriptions of it will not be realistic. I’m going to power through and just hope it’s not too overly dramatic
  • Got about 5,000 words written in my Marvel fanfiction (about a third of the way through my goal for the first part). I started writing it backward; writing one scene that references something I hadn’t written, then writing that scene and mentioning something that happens before that, and going back to write that (and so on). Maybe I should have just started the whole thing at the end!

Heading into week 3, I should be able to hit 30,000 easily enough and power through. 30,000-45,000 is usually the part where I start to slow down. But I’ve got some write-ins scheduled, both in person and online.

So It Begins (My NaNoWriMo ’13 Week 1)

My first week of NaNoWriMo 2013 went well. My adventure began at the NaNoWriMo kickoff party on October 27 and continues today, which happens to be the Writing Marathon day. Today is also a great day for donating, which is why my Eeyore user icon on the NaNoWriMo site now sports a halo (over his butt—LOL!). I’m doing NaNoRebel this year, which means I’m working on a bunch of different projects and counting all my words on them toward my total word count.

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Here are my accomplishments for this week:

  1. Finished the last 10 chapters on a story-a-day type fanfiction project (Supernatural slash, hurt/comfort)
  2. Wrote and finished a Strokes (my original character series) short story that I’ve been wanting to write for 8 years now; it’s the final story in a short story collection I want to put together and self-publish.
  3. Began my urban fantasy/supernatural young adult novel. It actually started a whole long stronger than I thought it would and now I’m even more excited about writing it. I just love that “new story” feel. It’s about 7 pages long right now.
  4. Started my Marvel hurt/comfort big bang story during my first write-in last night. I’m not very far in and it’s not going wonderfully. I might skip ahead a little to some of the big scenes and use them as anchors for the rest of the story. But it’s about 1,000 words right now, so at least I managed to start it.

I tried writing just a novel last year, but I really do think I’m happiest when I can work on a lot of things. And it’s tough giving up fanfiction for a whole month. So doing NaNoRebel is working out for me again. I’ve got a little over 15,000 words written. Here’s to another 35,000 words… and more!

Buttercup Was Raised On A Small Farm in the Country of Florin

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What do people think about when they are forced to do nothing but think for long, extended periods of time? Waits in line when you don’t have a book in your purse or the hands needed to take out said book (um, is this the right time to break the news to you that I still have a stupid phone?), lying there in the chair at the dentist’s office, etc.

I had a “nuclear medicine” test at the hospital today, which sounds a lot cooler than it was, believe me. It basically meant eating a bowl of radioactive maple & brown sugar oatmeal (three cheers for me not having to eat scrambled eggs!) and then lying immobile in a giant machine for an hour and a half. Stupid girl that I am, I didn’t ask how long I was going to be in there… so I kept thinking to myself “it’ll probably only be another minute. This was plenty of time for it to work through me” and then nothing would come of such thoughts. After an impossibly long time, the technician came in and told me it would only be another 25 minutes. But, by then, I was already busy.

What did I think about while lying on my back, 5 feet off the ground, inside a giant machine as it tracked radioactive particles in my body? Well… I went over the beginnings of some stories I am planning to start tonight after midnight when it officially becomes National Novel Writing Month. I’ve got an original YA paranormal novel, a contemporary LGBTQ short story, and three fanfiction projects I’ll be working on– BBC Sherlock, Supernatural, and Marvel/Avengers. But writing those in my head proved more difficult than usual, as my focus just wan’t up for it (it had better be, come midnight tonight! LOL).

Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. Her favorite pastimes were riding her horse and tormenting the farm boy that worked there. His name was Westley, but she never called him that…

So I used my fallback: The Princess Bride. Now, I know hundreds of people across the country can recite this movie by heart–I’ve personally met dozens over the years. But I learned the movie off the VHS taped-from-TV version at my disposal. Which meant that when I finally saw the version that had not been edited for television to fit the time allotted, there were a few scenes I didn’t know. Every time I get to one of those scenes, I trip up a little and have to muddle my way through mentally until I can get back on track.

Fezzik: You never said anything about killing anyone.
Vizzini: I’ve hired you to help me start a war. It’s an prestigious line of work, with a long and glorious tradition.

I’ve got to say how convenient it is to have one’s favorite movie completely in one’s head, queued up and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  I found myself chuckling a little at some of my favorite lines and favorite parts.  It was as if the giant machine I was in came with a built-in DVD player… that occasionally missed a word or two and then berated itself for doing so.

And when I was a-strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing. So the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

So, this time around, I only made it as far as Westley and Buttercup entering the Fire Swamp when the test was over. I was lowered back to the ground and shown the way out through the labyrinth of hospital hallways. As I walked back to the parking garage, I went through the fire swamp scene and realized, with complete horror, that I’d skipped the whole section where Buttercup accuses the Dread Pirate Roberts of killing her love. I was devastated. So what’s a girl to do? I rewound to the proper spot and started over from that scene. This time, I made it all the way through the Fire Swamp before I reached home and dealt with my splitting headache.

Westley: We are men of action. Lies do not become us.
Count Rugen: Well spoken, Sir. What is it?
Westley: You have six fingers on your right hand. Someone was looking for you.

It’s times like this that make me curious, though. What do people do with their silences if they don’t have the benefit of  The Princess Bride running through their heads? As Sherlock would say, “What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.”

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