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!

Date: 2006-11-17 01:08 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like you're doing pretty good anyway, even if you're not up with the widget. This is so why I'm not doing NaNo this year. My widget would still be on 0, and I hate being judged by widgets.

What are you writing about, if you don't mind my asking?

Date: 2006-11-18 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, the widget can be a difficult taskmaster. But it's the only thing that's made me actually buckle down and write. I honestly didn't think it was going to work, to tell the truth, but it did.

As for what I'm writing, my main motivation for doing NaNoWriMo was to start writing fan fiction again, darnit! It's been four years since I finished a story, and I'd like to get back into it before all my ideas get written by someone else or blown out of canon. (It's really bad when you have to re-write a Harry Potter story *twice* because two new Harry Potter books came out during the writing. :))

This story is a Doctor Who story, set during the Ninth Doctor's era (I really wanted to do one of my numerous unfinished Harry Potter stories, but all of them were too far along for me to fudge them into the "don't start before November 1st" thing. Not that the NaNoWriMo Police would have come to my house or anything, but I wanted to do it right). The Doctor, Jack and Rose are looking for a badly-made time machine, and find that one of the Doctor's old companions, one Turlough, is being held prisoner and presumably forced to reveal the secrets of time travel. They rescue him, and try to figure out how to stop said time machine from destroying the universe. You know, small-time stuff. And it's slash. Jack/Turlough slash, just because I can. Also, I figure if I can pull that off, I can do anything. :)


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