amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Also, it's October 1. Know what that means? That you should be signing up for this year's NaNoWriMo. C'mon, you know you want to!

ETA: OMG OMG Mercedes Lackey is doing one of the pep talks this year! AWESOME.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
So, bullet points.

•Jason: quite simply, fantastic beyond words. I would write more but I can't think of anything that isn't silly and sappy, so - he is awesome, I am ridiculously happy. There you go. :D

•Work: crazy busy and stressful. But we are interviewing candidates for the office coordinator position, so relief is on the horizon!

•'Paranormal Activity': freaked me out. Good movie, but exactly the kind of thing that scares me (and sticks with me forever).

•Halloween Zombie LARP: awesome times, although I am out of shape and therefore didn't do much actual running around. Thank you, Julie and Ryan!

•NaNoWriMo: more difficult than I had remembered, but also more awesome. I had forgetten how much I loved Write or Die.

•Current word count: 3432, which is technically okay but I know from last year that getting a good safety net of extra words the first week is crucial. I'd like to get to at least 5,000 tonight. We'll see.

And with that - off to write some more.

ETA 10:42 PM: 5,555 words. I swear I did not particularly intend to end on that particular palindromic number, but yay!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
So, bullet points.

•Jason: quite simply, fantastic beyond words. I would write more but I can't think of anything that isn't silly and sappy, so - he is awesome, I am ridiculously happy. There you go. :D

•Work: crazy busy and stressful. But we are interviewing candidates for the office coordinator position, so relief is on the horizon!

•'Paranormal Activity': freaked me out. Good movie, but exactly the kind of thing that scares me (and sticks with me forever).

•Halloween Zombie LARP: awesome times, although I am out of shape and therefore didn't do much actual running around. Thank you, Julie and Ryan!

•NaNoWriMo: more difficult than I had remembered, but also more awesome. I had forgetten how much I loved Write or Die.

•Current word count: 3432, which is technically okay but I know from last year that getting a good safety net of extra words the first week is crucial. I'd like to get to at least 5,000 tonight. We'll see.

And with that - off to write some more.

ETA 10:42 PM: 5,555 words. I swear I did not particularly intend to end on that particular palindromic number, but yay!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
The move to the new office is scheduled for this Friday and looks like it will go relatively smoothly, knock on wood. Packing is going to be annoying, but what can you do? I'm looking forward to the new space. Also, my annual review at work was today (I actually haven't quite been there a year, but they apparently do everyone's review around the same time for convenience's sake) and it went well. Yay!

...holy crap, I've been working at this place for eleven months. I mean, I like the company overall and I'm glad I'm working there, it's just a weird thought. I've been in P-town almost a year. Huh.

Which reminds me, tomorrow is the first day of September. And you know what that means? NaNoWriMo is only a couple of months away. Yes, I am absolutely doing it again. (How can something so seemingly masochistic be so fun?) However, I have not yet come up with any idea of what I'll write - no plot, no characters, nothing. In lieu of planning, I've been popping over to the NaNo forums, which is nearly as entertaining. I'd forgotten how amusing the NaNoers are. Especially the LitFiccers, for some reason - perhaps because their genre is so serious but they don't take themselves at all seriously, leading to hilarious contrast. Like the writer who summarized his/her entire novel as: "A man walks around feeling a bit sad".

(Of course, the Plot and Character Realism forum takes top billing during the actual event, as it hosts gems like mystery/suspense/horror writers who realize their entire intricate plots rest on such questions as "how much volume would a human body take up if one were to blend it into a liquid?")

There was a point to this post, I swear. I just...don't remember what it was. Ah well. Off to bed. Perhaps in a day or two I will write up my percolating rant about Piers Anthony (which was not the point of this post, but deserves ranting about). Later, all!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
The move to the new office is scheduled for this Friday and looks like it will go relatively smoothly, knock on wood. Packing is going to be annoying, but what can you do? I'm looking forward to the new space. Also, my annual review at work was today (I actually haven't quite been there a year, but they apparently do everyone's review around the same time for convenience's sake) and it went well. Yay!

...holy crap, I've been working at this place for eleven months. I mean, I like the company overall and I'm glad I'm working there, it's just a weird thought. I've been in P-town almost a year. Huh.

Which reminds me, tomorrow is the first day of September. And you know what that means? NaNoWriMo is only a couple of months away. Yes, I am absolutely doing it again. (How can something so seemingly masochistic be so fun?) However, I have not yet come up with any idea of what I'll write - no plot, no characters, nothing. In lieu of planning, I've been popping over to the NaNo forums, which is nearly as entertaining. I'd forgotten how amusing the NaNoers are. Especially the LitFiccers, for some reason - perhaps because their genre is so serious but they don't take themselves at all seriously, leading to hilarious contrast. Like the writer who summarized his/her entire novel as: "A man walks around feeling a bit sad".

(Of course, the Plot and Character Realism forum takes top billing during the actual event, as it hosts gems like mystery/suspense/horror writers who realize their entire intricate plots rest on such questions as "how much volume would a human body take up if one were to blend it into a liquid?")

There was a point to this post, I swear. I just...don't remember what it was. Ah well. Off to bed. Perhaps in a day or two I will write up my percolating rant about Piers Anthony (which was not the point of this post, but deserves ranting about). Later, all!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
54,235 words.



And my story is finished (I actually didn't allow myself to 'validate' and become an official winner until I finished the story).

...holy crap.

I almost got a little teary in the middle of Panera Bread. I can't believe I did it! And I can't believe it's over!

I'm going to go be stunned a little more now. And possibly eat a cheese danish.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
54,235 words.



And my story is finished (I actually didn't allow myself to 'validate' and become an official winner until I finished the story).

...holy crap.

I almost got a little teary in the middle of Panera Bread. I can't believe I did it! And I can't believe it's over!

I'm going to go be stunned a little more now. And possibly eat a cheese danish.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Current Word Count: 41,135
Chapters left to write: 3 or 4
Amount of the so called 'main plot' left to write: at least two thirds. (Yeah...to be fair, the longer I drag it out, the longer one my main characters looks kind of crazy.)
Randomness level of the random romantic subplot that suddenly popped up: really, really random. I absolutely did not intend it to exist, but now I kind of like it. But now I need to drag my characters out of that apartment and INTO THE PLOT.

In other news, I still really like my job but our printer/copier/scanner is the current bane of my existence; one of the things I have to do is scan all of the application for the day into one big PDF and send it to Enrollment. Except tonight it kept jamming after, oh, four pages. Again and again and again. I got so wrought up that I almost started crying, and so I decided to go home. Hopefully it will be more cooperative in the morning. *sigh*

And now, to bed.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Current Word Count: 41,135
Chapters left to write: 3 or 4
Amount of the so called 'main plot' left to write: at least two thirds. (Yeah...to be fair, the longer I drag it out, the longer one my main characters looks kind of crazy.)
Randomness level of the random romantic subplot that suddenly popped up: really, really random. I absolutely did not intend it to exist, but now I kind of like it. But now I need to drag my characters out of that apartment and INTO THE PLOT.

In other news, I still really like my job but our printer/copier/scanner is the current bane of my existence; one of the things I have to do is scan all of the application for the day into one big PDF and send it to Enrollment. Except tonight it kept jamming after, oh, four pages. Again and again and again. I got so wrought up that I almost started crying, and so I decided to go home. Hopefully it will be more cooperative in the morning. *sigh*

And now, to bed.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Todays' NaNoWriMo was written entirely while listening to Muse's 'Supermassive Black Hole' and AFI's 'Miss Murder' on repeat. Just so you know.

LOOK DON'T JUDGE ME.

I had a sort of freak-out, oh-crap-this-is-a-terrible-pretense-of-a-book moment earlier this evening, when I realized that I had finished half of what I wanted to accomplish in chapter 9...but chapter 9 had all of 600 words.

However, when I finally started writing (after several hours of panic-induced procrastination), I realized that the other 'half' of the chapter was regarding my subplot, which is about college theater craziness. And I can write a LOT about college theater craziness.

Let me also take this moment to pimp out something that a NaNoer mentioned on the forums and that I used to write the entirety of tonight's NaNo production in about an hour and a half. I highly, highly recommend it if you ever need to write a draft of something quickly and/or are having trouble motivating yourself to write or concentrating.

My friends, I give you Write or Die.

The premise: put in how many words you want to write, and in what timeframe. Then hit 'write' and you'll be brought to a screen with a text box. The time counts down and wordcount is updated as you write. Also, if you stop typing for more than a few seconds, there are consequences - from a pop-up reminder (gentle) to your words actually being deleted (kamikaze). I am not totally sure if the 'punishments' work on Safari, but it really doesn't matter; the combination of the blank text-entry screen, the timer, the word count, the limited timeframe and goal are wonderful for pushing you to actually write.

I met my personal goal for tonight (after falling asleep after less than 1,000 words again last night). Yay!

Current word count: 34,112

And now, bed at last.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
Todays' NaNoWriMo was written entirely while listening to Muse's 'Supermassive Black Hole' and AFI's 'Miss Murder' on repeat. Just so you know.

LOOK DON'T JUDGE ME.

I had a sort of freak-out, oh-crap-this-is-a-terrible-pretense-of-a-book moment earlier this evening, when I realized that I had finished half of what I wanted to accomplish in chapter 9...but chapter 9 had all of 600 words.

However, when I finally started writing (after several hours of panic-induced procrastination), I realized that the other 'half' of the chapter was regarding my subplot, which is about college theater craziness. And I can write a LOT about college theater craziness.

Let me also take this moment to pimp out something that a NaNoer mentioned on the forums and that I used to write the entirety of tonight's NaNo production in about an hour and a half. I highly, highly recommend it if you ever need to write a draft of something quickly and/or are having trouble motivating yourself to write or concentrating.

My friends, I give you Write or Die.

The premise: put in how many words you want to write, and in what timeframe. Then hit 'write' and you'll be brought to a screen with a text box. The time counts down and wordcount is updated as you write. Also, if you stop typing for more than a few seconds, there are consequences - from a pop-up reminder (gentle) to your words actually being deleted (kamikaze). I am not totally sure if the 'punishments' work on Safari, but it really doesn't matter; the combination of the blank text-entry screen, the timer, the word count, the limited timeframe and goal are wonderful for pushing you to actually write.

I met my personal goal for tonight (after falling asleep after less than 1,000 words again last night). Yay!

Current word count: 34,112

And now, bed at last.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
To be fair, our wireless network is still not really working at my house, so posting on LJ and updating my word count is difficult.

But! I made it to 30,000 words today (30,452, to be exact). This is the most words I've written in a single day so far (over 5,000). And my plot is finally moving forward. Score!

I should probably keep writing, but my wrists are aching just a bit (Panera Bread tables are not ideally positioned for ergonomic typing). Maybe I'll go home, watch a movie or something to relax, and then write a bit more.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
To be fair, our wireless network is still not really working at my house, so posting on LJ and updating my word count is difficult.

But! I made it to 30,000 words today (30,452, to be exact). This is the most words I've written in a single day so far (over 5,000). And my plot is finally moving forward. Score!

I should probably keep writing, but my wrists are aching just a bit (Panera Bread tables are not ideally positioned for ergonomic typing). Maybe I'll go home, watch a movie or something to relax, and then write a bit more.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
I reached 25,000 words yesterday, which is the minimum I needed for the halfway point. \o/

Goal for today: writing another 5,000 words to reach 30,000. It's a write-in day, so it's doable. Onward!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
I reached 25,000 words yesterday, which is the minimum I needed for the halfway point. \o/

Goal for today: writing another 5,000 words to reach 30,000. It's a write-in day, so it's doable. Onward!
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My internet at my house is sort of screwy, so getting online is a challenge.

Current wordcount for NaNo: 21,649. My goal is to get to 23,000 tonight - we'll see how that goes. (I totally missed my words for the day yesterday; I made the mistake of typing while laying on my stomach in bed and accidentally fell asleep.

Also, I highly encourage everyone on my f-list to go watch this. Even if you've never heard of Twilight. Even if you love Twilight. At least make it to reason #3; it cracks me up every time. (Although if I could get the song they actually used from the Twilight trailer, I would; rip-off or not, it's a good 'movie soundtrack song'.)

(Also, I'm too lazy to find the links, but Robert Pattison - playing the male lead in 'Twilight' - has publically stated on at least two occasions now that he thinks Stephenie Meyer is insane and 'Twilight' is a self-insert quasi-sexual fantasy. The anti-fans are SWOONING.)

Onward and upward towards 23,000!

Edited to add: I made it to 23,000 at 11:57 PM and was too tired to update this post before going to bed.
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My internet at my house is sort of screwy, so getting online is a challenge.

Current wordcount for NaNo: 21,649. My goal is to get to 23,000 tonight - we'll see how that goes. (I totally missed my words for the day yesterday; I made the mistake of typing while laying on my stomach in bed and accidentally fell asleep.

Also, I highly encourage everyone on my f-list to go watch this. Even if you've never heard of Twilight. Even if you love Twilight. At least make it to reason #3; it cracks me up every time. (Although if I could get the song they actually used from the Twilight trailer, I would; rip-off or not, it's a good 'movie soundtrack song'.)

(Also, I'm too lazy to find the links, but Robert Pattison - playing the male lead in 'Twilight' - has publically stated on at least two occasions now that he thinks Stephenie Meyer is insane and 'Twilight' is a self-insert quasi-sexual fantasy. The anti-fans are SWOONING.)

Onward and upward towards 23,000!

Edited to add: I made it to 23,000 at 11:57 PM and was too tired to update this post before going to bed.
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
It's only day five of NaNo and I'm randomly REALLY EXHAUSTED. I don't know why. But I barely made the Recommended Daily (Word) Allowance today. Meh.

Word count as of this moment: 15,820.

Plot update: my characters are drunk, although this did not lead to as much as humor as I expected. Mostly awkward social situation. And now they've walked down to the local bar/club, which is 'downtown' and almost a mile away. In the snow (it's finals week of first semester).

My bed is calling to me. Night, all!
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
It's only day five of NaNo and I'm randomly REALLY EXHAUSTED. I don't know why. But I barely made the Recommended Daily (Word) Allowance today. Meh.

Word count as of this moment: 15,820.

Plot update: my characters are drunk, although this did not lead to as much as humor as I expected. Mostly awkward social situation. And now they've walked down to the local bar/club, which is 'downtown' and almost a mile away. In the snow (it's finals week of first semester).

My bed is calling to me. Night, all!
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
So I didn't expect that I'd be able to vote today. I hadn't switched my registration/residence to Portland, and I had forgotten to request an absentee ballot.

But I didn't remember one thing, which my coworkers helpfully reminded me of today. Maine's standards for voting registration are ridiculously lax.

After work today, I went to the polling place nearest to my house. I told them I needed to fill out a new registration card to update my address, and showed them my Maine driver's license and an 'electronic pay stub' from work. Now, no offense to my company, but the electronic pay stub is very much less than official-looking. I could probably make something that looks like it in about fifteen minutes in Photoshop, and I'm not even good at Photoshop. But it had my name and a Portland address, and that's all that mattered. They checked it, had me fill out a new card, and gave me a ballot. ^_^

This meant that I also got to vote on Portland town issues, except I don't know anything about Portland town issues. So I guessed randomly. Yay democracy? I'm such a bad citizen. *sigh*

And now, I return to my usual blatherings about NaNoWriMo.

Word count as of today: 14,037. Woo-hoo! My goal for tonight was actually to reach 15,000 but I was purposefully aiming high so I'm reasonably pleased.

The plot of my story, and keep in mind that I'm using 'plot' in its very loosest sense....this is something [livejournal.com profile] deliriumdriver asked about. I choose 'mainstream fiction' as my genre as it's basically about wacky college hijinks, but with some random urban fantasy elements involved as well.

Tessa is my heroine, a freshman education major (with a possible minor in Poli Sci) going to school in a mythical liberal arts university in southern Maine. Her roommate is Brianna, an English major, aspiring writer, and huge bookworm. After a mutual all-nighter in the middle of their first semester, Tessa and Brianna are trying to get to sleep when Brianna confesses something:

She's clairvoyant. And an orc.

Tessa is still trying to deal with that particular revelation when second semester classes start and Brianna declares that their mild-mannered Business Culture professor (an abstract math professor who basically spends every class shouting combinations of business buzzwords in an excited fashion) is a twisted genius with an Evil Plot (which they, of course, need to thwart). Unfortunately, she doesn't know what that Evil Plot might be....

And now, to bed.

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