State of the ‘Chain’

Now that we’re half way through December, I think it’s safe to say that NaNoWriMo was a bust. Got to about 20k then gave in to the chittering monkeys clambering for a break. Which is too bad because it looks like every one of the dozen other participants I know finished this year. I think a big part of my failure was tied to a growing lack of motivation. Well, maybe next time I’ll get more involved with communal write-ins. That said, I hope to practice by continuing to write over the mean time. Maybe post some of it here.

Harking back to the roots of this blog, the next few posts are going to be book reviews. Hopefully this will once again become a somewhat regular occurrence (seeing as I’ve got about a dozen more books waiting to be read). As for Blogenning… well, everyone seems to still be recovering from NaNo, so who knows.


NaNoWriMo 2011: Part 5

Holy crap, I’ve actually started writing again.

Long, long way yet to go.

Playing in the Background: Apocalyptica, Flogging Molly, Alestorm, Dropkick Murphys

Current Word Count: 15,462/23,338.

Edit: Okay, it’s about an hour later. New word count: 16,071/23,338.


GET. UP. His elbow bent as he propped his palm against the ground for leverage.
The mantra resounded through his head.
James pushed, forcing himself to knees. His vision swam and mind reeled with the surge. He tried to steady himself with an arm against the car door, but the chicken pot pie that had been dinner surged forward with a violent heave, painting the black asphalt.

Background Noise

NaNoWrimo is progressing. Straggling behind by about a day, but sticking with it. I could really use a 4-5k word day.

One part of my writing process is that I need noise. It’s kind of funny but silence drives me to distraction. You’ll notice that I’ve been listing a few things in my NaNoWriMo posts (livejournal made it a lot easier, but whatever). Maybe turn on the TV or put in a movie – something that can be in the background. But if I really need to get some progress, it’s music.

Here’s a small selection of the last 24 hours:

October ’08 Wrap Up

October was a decent month for reading, friends, and life in general. Work, not so much, but you can’t have everything. I was surprised at my reading pace this month, especially after the problematic last few. Then again, there’s nothing quite like the onset of a cold fall to keep you in bed curled around a decent novel.

So, here’s the breakdown:

1. Viewpoints Critical by L.E. Modesitt

2. Cally’s War by John Ringo

3. Wellspring of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt

4. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

5. Ordermaster by L.E. Modesitt

Number of Pages: 1,992

With almost 1,000 pages over September, I even managed to also squeeze in the 1st volume of Preacher and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns for the Graphic Novels Challenge.

Now, my predictions for November are a bit complicated. On the one hand, I’ve got 4.5 books on my shelf ready and rearing to go. On the other, I’ve joined the few, the proud, the insane. That’s right, this year I’m attempting NANOWRIMO (if you think it sounds like some exotic act of ritual suicide, you’re not far off).

If you haven’t heard, November is National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). The goal: 50,000 words written in 30 days. Thankfully, I do have a few things going for me: a friend or two participating, a few more backing me, a roommate very willing to be my sounding board, and another with all the technical know-how it’ll take to make me not sound like a moron.

So, while I’ll do what I can to maintain review posting, I get the feeling a few will be pushed back to December. Until then, here’s my badge of honor: