Thursday, November 29, 2012

We're Almost There

To anyone out there still in the NaNo Cave, this is it. Last call. Pretty soon they'll be turning on the lights and shutting off the music, pulling out the chairs and sweeping the floors. And man, that's quite a mess after being sequestered here for the last 29 days.
Only one more to go, which, for a chronic over-reacher such as myself means that it's time to think about what's going to eat up my time next month.
Well, revisions, of course. Not NaNo quite yet, but other projects that have been simmering while I made NaNo hash out of a new manuscript. Soon it'll be time to take the lid off and see what happened when I let those other books stew for a few weeks. Hopefully something delicious.

I also have another big project in the works, to be launched soon, and take up a lot of my time in the new year to come. But we'll save that for post- NaNo.

How about you? What are you going to do now that NaNo is over (if you were crazy enough to join in) And how are you planning on wrapping up 2012?


Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving and the NaNo Homestretch

Well, here we are with enough distance from Thanksgiving to appreciate it. I come from not just a family, but a united federation of families that is so big and spread out that holidays don't involve planning, they involve strategy. In the end, there was feasting and poker and a heartbreaker of a football game and laughter.

And like forty pies. Which was a lot of pies.

And now that Thanksgiving, with it's relatively light preparations compared to the looming juggernaut of Christmas, is behind us, it's clear sailing to the end of NaNo.

Perhaps some of you have finished, and are sitting back with a cigar and a brandy, wondering aloud what all the fuss and bother was about.

Perhaps you are one of the sane people who has washed their hands of this nonsense, and gone back to writing like a sensible person, and have been relieved of connecting every day on the calendar to how many @#$! words must be produced before sundown.

Perhaps you are like me, and are very close, but need to make that final sprint to the finish. In that case, the coffee is on, the chair is warm, the cats are waiting to sleep at your feet, and there is a whole week ahead of us. Godspeed, crazy writers!

(but we're going to need more peppermint mocha creamer. And I think we finally ran out of pie)



Thursday, November 15, 2012

NaNo Halfway Check In

I'm just shy of the mark, with 22k in. So still attainable, but I feel the last 25k are going to be way, way harder than the first half.

In NaNoReviMo news, I've hit the 23.5k mark on my revision project, which is just about halfway as well. (It's another MG)

That's about all. I'm still here, still writing. Still taking my days one cup of coffee at a time.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 12 - Progress on all Fronts

So far, so good!
This NaNo beast seems to be tamable!
I've made it to the 19k point, right about the place that the Big Lag happens, when it's time to launch into the swamp that is The Middle.... But that's the fun of NaNo - just write through it!

In other news, Mr. and Jr. and I got around to having an official family portrait taken over the weekend, Mr. Cate started editing his section of an anthology film he's been working on since spring, and Cate Jr. has decided he would like to pursue a career in astrophysics. He's eight, so we'll see how long he runs with that one. I could be paying for a lot of college.
Maybe he'll swing back to  the career he picked last month, "Lego designer". Then again, I went to and Art and Design school, so that could be a lot of college, too.

To all the NaNoer's out there, good luck! Now is the time to keep pressing forward. We're nearly halfway through this. The end is in sight, with a brand new (possibly slightly terrible but that's what revisions are for) manuscript!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8

15,100 words on Classic NaNo. I'm now considering the possibility that I could hit the halfway point by the end of this weekend. Ooooh.

20,000 words on the revision  Never mind. Didn't like it. Back to 13,000.

Halloween candy still holding out, which is a shock and relief, but tonight I feel I may have to make a pie of some sort. Pumpkin sounds good. Pumpkin goes well with a steampunk manuscript, don't you find?
For other types of manuscripts, recommended pies include -

Cozy Mystery   - Apple
Romance          - French Silk
Western            - Rhubarb
Literary
Fiction              - Shepherd
Thriller             - Blueberry
Horror             - Cherry (or strawberry)
Sci Fi               - Key Lime
Fantasy            - Banana Cream
Poetry              - Pecan


Good luck and happy baking!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6

Reached 13000 on my NaNoReMo project. Had a minor coronary incident this morning, when I opened the document to find none of my progress from yesterday anywhere to be found. Recovered lost document. All is well.

I have also embarked on a Classic NaNo project, to get a mess of an idea I've been playing with for months into actual manuscript form. It stands at 7290, with more work tonight.

Halloween candy still plentiful. Spirits still high, despite evening now arriving at 4:30. This truly is the writing time of year.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day Three

All is well.
Have made it to 7000 words.
The summit is far, but we have rich stores of Halloween candy left to sustain us, coffee supplies and spirits are high.
45k left to climb.

For my fellow travelers:
An evening constitutional works marvelous much for generating ideas and invigorating the blood.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ah Ha!

A version of NaNo for me!
As I am the Perpetual Reviser, who has way too many manuscripts piled up on the ol' chicken to even think about starting another one, I have always opted out of NaNo officially. But this year, I've found the magical Na No REVI Mo. Wheee!




So, what am I going to Revi for this Mo? A lovely little ghost story that is in a late draft and still needs some nipping, tucking and polishing. 52k total to polish and perfect by the end of the month. And I'm already about 4k in, so it's really more like 48/52k to work on before December. ONwords and UPwords!



Just to make this interesting, with each update post, I shall have to include a Lily Cate approved Writing Tip or two. So for today -
 Get some comfy slippers, it's too distracting to write with cold toes.
The Mint Condition from Caribou Coffee is the best barely-still-coffee drink evah. Live near a Caribou.
If you like music while you write, I suggest creating a Submarines station on Pandora. AWEsome.