Nov. 16th, 2006

NaNoOopsMo

Nov. 16th, 2006 10:12 pm
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The following is a cautionary tale about the dangers of relying on technology.

When I started doing NaNoWriMo, I knew that one of my challenges would be keeping up with what my goal was supposed to be. So, I got one of the links to the nifty little word-count widgets, which seemed to keep track of the daily goal and let you know how much over or under you were. Useful, yes? This is the graph:



Now, the cleverer among you will observe that the goal for today, November 16, *should* be 26,662 words, as is, in fact, shown on the graph when it's accessed without my id number:



Please note the rather large discrepancy between 14,536 and 26,662.

Luckily, I hadn't been relying on the widget to keep up my writing pace. Instead I was using one of the other graphs to track my daily output and make sure I hitting the minimum daily goal. Still, it was a nasty shock when I finally did the math earlier this week and realized how far off the widget was.

The good news, though, as you can see from the word count (currently 25,117, for those reading later), is that I'm actually less than a day behind the minimum. If I can put my nose to the grindstone, I feel confident that I can catch up and be back on track over the next few days. The fact that my allergies have now blossomed into a full-blown head cold with sniffling, coughing, and fever is a trivial consideration.

Onward and upward!

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