November 26th, 2006

laptop, geek, MacBook, bursting, breakout

Brief NaNo Update

Well, didn't quite reach my target word-count today, but managed 2,800 words (I'd hoped to hit 3,000) Still, this means that within the first hour of writing tomorrow, I should break 40,000 words and head into the home stretch, effectively. That'll be nice :)

Anyway. Off to bed now, before I die of tired.

Favourite line of the day (well, favourite line that can be taken out of context, anyway):

“Which room, please?” she asked the American couple.
“Fourty four,” said the husband, although I could barely hear him over his shirt.
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Encroaching Age

I must be getting old. Just finished listening to one of the (really very good) Radio 1 Best of Unsigned podcasts, and I honestly couldn't tell if the last track was music, or an mp3 encoding corruption.

Ho hum.

In other news, The Pier, while great at supplying nice big comfy cushions like the two I just bought, probably won't be getting any more of my trade this year. I was only subjected to their Christmas music for about four minutes, but that was more than enough to make me want to rip the heads off small inoffensive wildlife. Grr. And it's only bloody November...

42,000 and counting

Caught up a bit more today, although not quite as much as I'd hoped. Still, not too bad. I'm a touch above 42,000 words.

If I do just carry on adding words, I'm not going to end up with what you'd really define as a novel, by any standards, what with the big plot problems, the characters I've not really introduced yet, and so forth. But, by all accounts, this isn't really the point of NaNoWriMo. The point, it seems to me, is to write 50,000 words of vaguely-related fiction in a singe month (a) to prove to yourself that you can do it, and (b) because that's a much better starting point for producing an actual novel than not having any words at all, just a vague feeling that one day you want to write a book.

Still, note to self: Next year, if you're foolish enough to do this again, try aiming to "finish" a few days early, so you've got some tidying/restructuring/adding time.

My favourite line of the day isn't actually mine; it was stolen from the illustrious Mike Ashton. Still, the ability to shamelessly plagiarise from people you don't think will sue is a useful authorial ability.

I grabbed my menu. “Cool, they do vegetarian.”
“Vegetables,” said Nez, “Are what food eats.”