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Well, I did it.

I wondered if I was going to recover from the Great Thanksgiving Writing Drought, but in fact it turned out to be not so hard. I wrote like mad on Monday and Tuesday, and actually managed to catch myself up to the point where I had less than 1,500 words to finish tonight. And, voila!

The resulting story is, as expected, fairly craptastic as a piece of literature. But I've worked out the plot, and what the characters are doing, and have even written one or two little bits that I'm kind of proud of. 90% of it is characters sitting around reciting explicatory dialogue that will most likely be cut out completely during editing, but it was important for me to get it down so that I would know what happened. The word I'm looking for, I believe, is "potential."

Plot details, for the curious )

In any case, the most important thing, for me, is that it's the first piece of fan fiction, no matter how crappy, that I've actually finished in four years. So, Yay!

And now to bed.
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I have solved the Great Word Count Widget Mystery. Sort of.

According to what I can gather from posts in this topic on the NaNoWriMo Tech Help forum, the mini-widget

and the larger graph widget

each recalculate your daily word count minimum based on how much you've written so far. This is quite clever, and isn't necessarily a bad thing.

On the big graph, for instance, the gray bars, which represent the daily minimum, are shorter or longer depending on how much you've written. If you reach the green zone every day, you will end up with 50,000 words. Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, what remains a mystery (despite explanations in the above-linked thread) is how the mini-widget arrives at its goals, what the numbers mean, and how, exactly, they're supposed to be useful. Still, it makes me feel better to know that it doesn't, in fact, make any sense, and that no one else understands it either. Maybe next year someone will write a novel about it. :)

Caught Up

Nov. 18th, 2006 01:30 am
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Okay. I am officially caught up to the recommened daily NaNoWriMo minimum. Well, I'm technically 1 day behind now, word-count-wise, but I've got approximately 23.5 hours to do said day's minimum, so I'm not too worried. Plus, everyone knows it's not tommorrow yet until you've slept. :)

Good night, all.


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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As a few of you may know, I decided to do the National Novel Writing Month this year. The results so far:

This is actually kind of a big deal for me )


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