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NaNoWriMo

  • Avatar of Dave Johnson

    To everyone who completed NaNoWriMo … was away for a few days so just caught up and seems like loads of you nailed it… Most impressive!

    Avatar of James Keeling

    And you get to look at those words again, and again, and again…  you’ll say, "Did I write this?  What the hell was I thinking!"  Then you’ll make it all better and you will cry. 

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    Congratulations! That was very well-paced! Good thing you did that crazy night of the travelling write-in, though. That looked like it really helped you get firmly in the game. Nice job!

    BigJohn

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    Well done! My December is really just a continuation of my November…I was thinking Jan. or Feb. would be a good time, once all the hubbub has settled.

    BigJohn

    Avatar of James Keeling

    50,041 according to the site and I’m right in the middle of my big climactic scene too.  But I be a wiener!

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    I’m going to have to sneak around just to find the time to edit this one.  But it’s gotta be done.

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    You just keep right on writing!  Laughing

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    That’s my little Pastry Princess.  You Rawk!!!!

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    And welcome to the world of long fiction (AKA not stopping at 50k)!

    Avatar of JT Manis

    and I’m starting the 2nd draft now; hoping to get 180k in final form before April. Anybody up for a December edition of NaNoWriMo?

    Avatar of Bob Laramee

    nice!

    Avatar of BigJohn

    That’s great. Well done!

    BigJohn

    Avatar of Beth_Ailis

    You get to see it and you made it to 50K. That’s wonderful.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

    Avatar of Vaney

    and I’m still not done! Gonna keep writing a story that will more than likely never see the light of day.

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    It’s a major undertaking and you gave it one helluva run.  Your story sounds too frickin’ interesting to keep inside too, so now you gotta tell it.  I know exactly what you mean about getting those juices flowing.  It’s amazaing isn’t it.  Just think, most of the population will never know what that feels like.  It’s carthartic, that’s what it is!

    Make it happen my friend and we’ll both be here next year. 

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    I’m right behind ya too.  Edit it and then we’ll switch and read each other’s work.   

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    So close! You’re in the home stretch!

    BigJohn

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    :D

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    I too will not finish by 11/30, but I’m going to stick with it. I like the 12/31 deadline. I’ll shoot for that.

    And next year, more prepared!

    Kudos to all who tried NaNo and a major W00T to all those who have finished.! 

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

    Avatar of BigJohn

    Fantastic! Inspiring! Well done!

    BigJohn

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    that I am not going to win this year. Note that I am not giving up, I just am conceding that I will not finish by 11/30. I knew this was a possibility when I got into it; with my birthday and thanksgiving eating up the last full week of the month, I only had three weeks that I could really write during the month of November.

    I thought I might not win my first year anyway, since I’d never tried before, but I was surprised at how the juices got flowing when I got down to it. I got stalled twice with plot development; if I had spent the time in October plotting it out like I said I would (on the two 11-hour flights to and from Ireland!) I probably would have had a little of a better chance.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t even know exactly where my novel was going when I started, and I’m pretty pleased with how it shaped up. I’ve managed to jot down the remaining plot notes, so I think the home stretch is in sight.

    I am still going to finish, for sure by the end of the year. That’s my next self-imposed goal.

    Good luck to everyone still tapping out the final words!

    BigJohn

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    With two days left you’re looking good!

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    Avatar of Dave Johnson

    That’s an awesome achievement!

    Avatar of James Keeling

    Just wrote a particularly sappy scene too.  Daugher 2of4 approves.  She liked it.  The only thing it’s missing is sparkles…  

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     I’m proud of you!  Now go ahead and finish your story. 

    I’m still sitting back there in the low 40′s but I’m going to finish, no matter what my wife says…  Once you finish the story let me know.  Once again, You Rock!

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    Passed the 50,000 word mark.  Novel isn’t finished yet and I still have lots of editing but I crossed the nanowrimo finish line.  

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    Three days left. Like a little train once said; ‘I think I can, I think I can, I think I can’

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    Glad to see you’re all still working hard at it …. glad to see the end is in sight for some of you … keep going Smile

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    I’m routing for you!!

    sarcophagi is the right word if you want more than one sarcophagus

    Avatar of Bob Laramee

    nice…just about there!

    Avatar of Shirley Bruce

    I am at 46,200 words.  I’m hope to do some more tonight.  Kudos to everyone on their counts.

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    You hit that magical 40,000 words and you’ve just got finish.  Can’t let yourself fall short of the goal when you’re that close. 

    I’m right behind you too…  Can’t let me beat you…   

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    Avatar of Vaney

    but as of yesterday, I’m at 40,420 words. And I’m only at chapter 18. Damn, I write long chapters…

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    That’s 4,308 words so far today… I really needed to catch up though.

    No exerpt this time.  Though I did write a really cool scene at the Maria ad Gradus. 

    He fell the XXX feet/meters to the floor below.  It is unknown whether he managed to push himself away from the edge, or if somehow a draft of air came up, but he landed some thirty feet from the floor directly beneath the catwalk.  Tourists and onlookers screamed as his broken body lay within a roped off area.  Jacque  had landed at the feet of one of the great treasures of the cathedral, the three magi.  His body was broken, his frame facedown in front of the sarcophagi? (CORRECT WORD?)  His arms outstretched in front of him, holding out the box as if it were a gift.

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    Avatar of James Keeling

    I’ve been there! 

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    Riding in the car on the way to Monterey and back, I managed to eke out a few more words. Not as many as I had hoped, but still kicking. An excerpt:

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    In short order, the bartender arrived with his sandwich: corned beef resting on a bed of steaming sauerkraut, dripping in thousand island dressing on dark rye bread. Barry thanked the man, then grabbed the malt vinegar, sprinkling it judiciously over the wedge cut french fries. Suddenly ravenous, Barry took a big bite out of the sandiwch held in his right hand, and stuffed a forkful of sauerkraut into his mouth with his left. The mixture of corned beef and cabbage burned in his mouth, and his brain alternated quickly between delicious, freaking hot, delicious, then freaking hot again. He pursed his lips and breathed in through his mouth, desperately trying to cool the bite down. Barry waved his hand in front of his mouth, as if that would accellerate the cooling. He was left with two choices. He could either ignominiously spit the half-chewed bready mix back onto his plate, or more properly, into his napkin. Or, he could douse the offensive fire with a strategic gulp of water or beer. Opting for the water, Barry quickly filled his mouth with it and felt the inside of his mouth instantly cool. Letting the water drain down his throat, he was left with the mushy glob of formerly delicious food in his mouth. He chewed the squishy lump, now completely devoid of flavor, and swallowed it.
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    BigJohn

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    finally passed that mythical 35k barrier. Less than 15k and I’ll be done. At least with nano. Got to finish the story and edit it. It’s gonna be good too. Epic even.

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    You know, if Micheal Vick had gotten off on a technicality, there would have been some need for the black ops branch…

    I hope you let the poor abused animals help you dispense a little well-deserved justice (in your book, in your book!)

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Which is the closest equivalent of what I do… dunno if people will really want to read about the plebs I deal with unless horrific accidents befall them Wink

    They say write what you know so when I do eventually take part in NaNoWriMo It will prolly be something along those lines … or maybe the black ops branch of animal rescue for those unsolvable complaints that need to result in summary execution of the individuals involved…. hmmm now there’s a thought for a storyline 

    Avatar of Beth_Ailis

    Save it for next year’s NaNo

    Is this like Animal Cops in the US?

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

    Avatar of Dave Johnson

    But it was a witness statement for work…. although it did have a police chase in it!

    Mad props to all of you taking part in NaNowrimo! wish I had the skills (and the motivation!) 

    Avatar of Dave Johnson

    Good vibes being sent your way to urge you on!

    keep at itSmile 

    Avatar of BigJohn

    Found some time this evening to write a little more. Almost 4,000 words today total. That’s quite a bit for me, and I think the most in one day so far. Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

    BigJohn

    ==================

    Barry got out of his car, locked it, and walked towards Ivy, where he could cross the street. As he approached Ivy, the traffic light for his direction turned yellow, then red. He would have to cross Middleton first, then Ivy. As Barry waited for the pedestrian crossing light to turn green, he pulled out his cell phone. He figured he should check in with Linda; he wanted to make sure she was ok. He dialed her number and waited on the street corner as it rang.

    "Hello? Barry?" Linda answered. She was outside somewhere, from all the noise.

    "Yeah, hi Babe. How are you?" Barry winced at the insincerity of the question.

    If she was bothered by it, Linda betrayed no sign. "Oh, I’m ok. I called in to work and told them I wouldn’t be in for a while. I also called a funeral home, and made an appointment to check them out. I just got here and am about to go in. What about you, what have you been doing?"

    "I went to go see the detective, but he wasn’t in. Linda, I found someone who actually saw the person who…did it." Barry was speaking excitedly, but still balked at saying killed out daughter.

    "What? What do you mean?" Linda sounded confused, but also distracted, like she hadn’t quite heard what he had said.

    "I met someone who was a witness. He’s going to meet with Detective Simms and give him a statement." Barry was fairly bursting with excitement. He was hoping she would brighten at the news as he had.

    "So he knows who it is?" She asked, seemingly giving Barry her full attention once more.

    The light turned green, and Barry started crossing Middleton. "Well, not exactly. Anyway, it’s more information than we had yesterday. I’m hoping this will turn into something concrete. I-I don’t want you to get your hopes up too high, but I’ve got a feeling we’re going to get this guy."

    "O-Ok," said Linda. She really seemed in shock. "Don’t…don’t do anything rash. Make sure you let the police handle it."

    "I will. I’m just going to find out a little more information and then get back with the detective so I can give him an update." Barry stepped onto the curb and faced right, waiting for the light at Ivy to allow him to cross.

    "Ok, well, I’ll see you back at the house," said Linda.

    Barry heard a weird echo, and put his hand up to his opposite ear to try to block out the distracting ambient noise.

    Linda continued, "I have to go…"

    The echo was very strange. Attempting to get a clearer signal, Barry turned around, squinching his face up to concentrate as he tried to move out of the weird cellular phenomenon.

    "I don’t want to keep this guy waiting," Linda finished. Her words echoed oddly in both of Barry’s ears.

    "Ok, I’ll talk to you…" Barry had turned around and was facing an outside patio of a small trattoria on the corner of Middleton and Ivy. There, not 15 feet away from him, sitting at a table with another man, was Linda. She was holding her cell phone in one hand, and looking at a menu in the other. Smiling, she looked up, right into Barry’s eyes. Her smile faded, and her face flushed red as she lowered the phone away from her ear.

    "Soon."

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    Aw hell yeah! Laughing

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    25,798 today… I may add more later, but I’m pooped now.

    More than halfway feels pretty good. It’s like getting to the turn-around to start the second lap on a 10K. Lots of people are ahead of me, but I just want to finish.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

    Avatar of Beth_Ailis

    We bought a car adpater thingee from Radio Shack a while back that plugs into the cig lighter and has a regular electrical plug. I don’t think it was very expensive. We use it to play the kid’s Game Cube.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

    Avatar of BigJohn

    is that my laptop battery will die before the 4 hours is up! I suppose I could bring two laptops, and split time with them!

    BigJohn

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    With the kids now having iPods and Nintendo DS it’s actually quite possible that I could write in the car. Four hours there and home again… cool.

    DH won’t mind. Well, I think he won’t.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Just make some time to write and see what happens.  When you get on a roll, thousands of words just come on out.  I wrote over 8,000 words in one 17 hour period…  which is actually pretty lame.. cause i hit 10,000 words last year in about 14.  And one guy hit 15K in a day… it can happen.  Just give it the chance.  If it doesn’t that’s fine too.  finish when you finish.

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    I’ve got a 4-hour car ride coming up but I don’t think my wife would appreciate me typing away while she drives in the rain. Oh, well. I’m i the same boat, I think. I’m determined to finish, but each day I get further and further behind. I’ll be sure to cheer you on, too!

    BigJohn

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    I did a 5K last Saturday and it was the first in a long time. I finished and I was not DEAD last (one lady behind me – woo hoo!)

    Thanks for the support!

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Just keep on writing and we’ll cheer you across the finish line.

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    I was really discouraged about missing the write-in. I’m way behind and I know that I won’t get as much done next week with all the family stuff going on.

    But — things look better today and I’m going to continue. It may take me longer than Nov. 30 to get to 50K, but I am going to keep going. I Promise. Cool 

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    anyone care? 

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    to the "If a tree falls in the forest and on one hears it….."

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    Amazing stuff! 

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    I make lots of noises when I write a story that no one has read! Maybe it’s the garbonzo beans…

    BigJohn

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    and no one is there to read it (or wants to), did you actually make a noise?

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    as of last night.  I see the flicker of a light at the end of this tunnel.

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    Exit, stage right!

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    :D

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    First to cross the finish line.  Rock on!

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    Very impressive.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I’ve been keeping plot notes separately; maybe I’ll just put them into the text itself. See, that’s the kind of old pro advice us rookies could use. And here, I thought you resented me coming in and taking over the team. I scoffed at your advice, which I saw for its blatant sabotage. But I’ve seen the error of my ways, and relish in your sage wisdom.

    </dork>

    BigJohn

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    Good job!

    BigJohn

    Avatar of JT Manis

    Done.

    Only about 1/4th done with the novel, so I still have quite a bit to go.

    Avatar of James Keeling

    We had a 15 minute word war.  My 10 year old typed 150 words.

    The winner?  963 words.  In 15 minutes!  Frickin’ insane!

    It can be done.  Just remember.  If you’ve just written a paragraph that you don’t really like and you want to write it over.  don’t go back and delete it!  It might have some nugget that you like when editing.  just go ALL CAPS AND SAY THAT PARAGRAPH SUCKED, BUT KEEP FOR EDITING.  Then press enter and type a new paragraph.  Not only do you not lose those words, you get 7 more words to boot.  Make it happen.  We believe in you! 

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    are so close! But she’s got the lead, edging you out by 84 words. Are you just going to take that?!

    Myself, I’m at 23,530. At the rate I’m going, I would need to write every day in november for 1 hour, and add 4 more days to the month. Time to pick up the pace!

    Avatar of Shirley Bruce

    I tried to get a day or two ahead this past weekend because I have family coming for Thanksgiving.  I’m sure I’ll fall behind then.  THis is my first time to do the nanowrimo thing but it is fun and I see now what Scott is talking about when he says his characters sometimes take on a personality that wasn’t originally intended.  Dirty rotten characters!!!![flickr-photo:id=3938763689,size=m] and friend of GirlCo’s official mascot

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    NaNo-fied movie quotes!
    ———-

    "I love the smell of literature in the morning. It smells like victory."
    ———-

    "Luke, I am your plot ninja…"
    ———-

    "You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the literary rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out my word count can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my novel writing. "
    ———-

    Joey, have you ever written in a Turkish prison?
    Joey, do you like gladiator novels?
    ———-

    This is a month that never ends,
    it just goes on and on my friends
    Some people started Nanoing not knowing what it was
    And they’ll continue Nanoing forever just because…
    ———-
     
    "Aye, write and you may die, quit, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our main characters that they may take away our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR WORDCOUNT!"
    - yeah. That’s right. Braveheart. I went there.
    ———-

    “I’m gonna punch you in the hand, that’s what I’m gonna do. A straight shot, right to the novelmaker.”
    - Anchorman
    ———-

    And as if there wasn’t enough of it already:
    "You’ve got a little crush, don’t you, Doc. Well, that’s gonna make this hard to hear. See, later, I’m gonna take this little wordcount back to my place. Show her the laptop, coffee maker, maybe even the write-in. You think she likes me now? I’m gonna give that wordcount the night of her life, just because you want her. And I get what you want. See, she’s giving it up, and she’s giving it up hard. Cause she’s with Captain WriMo. And these… are not the wrimo.

    The wrimo is my penis."
    ———-

    "No. MORE! PLOTHOLES! EVAAAAAAAAR!" – Mommie Dearest
    ———-

    "Have fun writing a novel!"
    "Think it’ll work?"
    "It would take a miracle."
    ———-

    "And after the spanking, the write-in!"
    ———-

    "There’s a war out there, old friend. A word war. And it’s not about who’s got the most plotbunnies. It’s about who controls the WiFi."
    ———-

    A classic movie…

    "Come on, Wrimos! The way you’re lollygaggin’ around here with them laptops and them notebooks, you’d think it was a hundert an’ twenty degree. Can’t be more than a hundert an’ fourteen."
    ———-

    "We are the Knights who say Nano."
    ———-

    Gondor has no plot. . . Gondor needs no plot – LOTR
    ———-

    I don’t know nuthin bout writin no novels – Gone with the Wind
    ———-

    I don’t mind writing – I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
    ———-

    Westley: I told you I would always NaNo with you. Why didn’t you wait for me?
    Buttercup: Well… you were dead.
    Westley: Death cannot stop NaNo. All it can do is increase your word count.
    Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
    ———-

    From Firefly
    Well Look-ee Here!
    Looks like we made the word count just in the nick of time!
    What’s that make us?

    Big Damn Authors Sir!

    Ain’t We Just!
    ———-

    Going minimalist here…

    "Nano nano!" Mork from Ork
    ———-

    "Nano is a joke in heaven?"
    "The way I understand it, it’s mostly a joke down here too."
    -Dogma
    ———-

    "Will someone get this big, walking plothole out of my way?" (Leia in Star Wars IV)

    Obi Wan Kenobi wrote:

    "I sense a disturbance in the novel, as if a thousand words cried out, and then were deleted."
    ———-

    Monty Python wrote:

    "No right, well gentlemen, I’ll just remind you of the faculty rules:
    Rule one – no editing.
    Rule two, no member of the nanowrimos is to maltreat the characters in any way whatsoever – if there’s anybody watching.
    Rule three – no editing.
    Rule four – I don’t want to catch anyone not checking the forum drinking in their room after lights out.
    Rule five – no editing.
    Rule six – there is no rule six!
    Rule seven – no editing.
    That concludes the reading of the rules, Nano."
    ———-

    Harry wrote:

    "Writers and non-writers can’t be friends. It just doesn’t work. You always want to work them into your novel."
    "What if the non-writers aren’t interested in being in your novel?"
    "That could work."
    (pause)
    "No, that’s no good, because let’s be honest, you secretly want to work them into your novel so you can kill them off."
    (deep sigh).
    ———-

    One wordcount to rule them all
    One website to find them
    One month to bring them all
    And in NaNoWriMo bind them
    ———-

    Wash: "Oh my god. What can it be? We’re all doomed! Who’s WRITING this thing!?"

    Monty: "Damn you ta Hades! You broke my plot in a million pieces! You made me love you, and then y– I SHAVED MY BEARD FOR YOU, DEVIL WOMAN!" (applicable to writers also participating in No-Shave November)

    River: "My plot is problematic."

    Mal: "You know, it ain’t altogether wise, sneaking up on a man when he’s workin’ on his novel."
    Inara: "I’m sure I’ve heard that said. But perhaps the dining area isn’t the place for this sort of thing?"
    Mal: "What do you mean? Only place with a table big enough."
    Inara: "Of course. In that case… Every well-bred novelist knows — the bottomless pot of coffee always goes to the far left of the place setting."

    Zoe: "Can we find someplace with a beach?"
    Wash: "Maybe a naked beach?"
    Mal: "Cut it out. Job’s not done ’til December."
    ———-

    And for you Dr. Horrible fans out there:
    "Write-in day, See you there
    Coffee cup, emptying
    Wanna say, ‘Love your hair’
    Here I go, Mumbling
    With my 50K I will stop
    The world
    With my 50K I will
    Find the time and have ’nuff words to…"
    ———-

    "Hey, kid… Ever write with the devil in the pale moon light?"
    ———-

    I know what you’re thinking. "Is he at 50,000 words, or only forty-five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is NanoWriMo, the most powerful writing event the world, and would blow your novel clean away, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel creative? Well, do ya, punk?
    ———-

    Nano means never having to say you’re sorry.
    ———-

    Outlines? We don’t need no stinkin Outlines!!!
    ———-

    Houston, we have a plothole.
    ———-

    You had me at ‘Chapter One’.
    ———-

    I’ll write anyhthing that moves!!!!! – Blue Velvet
    ———-

    Here’s lookin at you, blank screen.
    ———-
     
    "When you can’t do something smart, do something NaNo." Jayne Cobb, Serenity

    "No plotbunny in the ‘Verse can stop me."

    "Also? I can NaNo you with my brain."

    i wish only to be worthy of this Fruity Oaty bar shirt. ^_^
     

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    Wanted to stay ahead of, or at least up with the word count… 

    instead of a excerpt, I’ll post some funny.

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    Keep up the pace and you’ll surpass the 50k mark. All you NaNoWriMo participants are full of awesome!

    KISS’d by Sigler Honored recipient of the "Iron Man" Award. Pusher twice over. UNdead Advisor to the King Of UNdead for Sigler.

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    &nb

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    Keep going! It’s probably good to be ahead of schedule at this point; I’m gonna lose some serious time next week. Garrr!

    BigJohn

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    I made it past 24,000 today. Going to a write-in tomorrow.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I feel so behind!

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    More than 3/5 of the way thorough and a head of schedule.  Eat your heart out Scott Sigler.[flickr-photo:id=3938763689,size=m] and friend of GirlCo’s official mascot

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    I’m at 21,898 today. Nothing special to post. Lot of motorvating my character around, moving from place A to B & C. Not interesting reading, but necessary. I really want to finish this now; it’s a matter of whether I think I’ll get it done by 11/30.

    BigJohn

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    I don’t know… I’m beginning to think you just ‘have’ to finish this book.  It sounds too good not to read.  Or at least listen to. 

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    Keep it up, you’re gonna finish long before me! 

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    And an excerpt! YAY!

    It was still dull and gray outside, but the rain had stopped, leaving large leaf filled puddles along the side of the road. I walked as close to the buildings as I could in order to avoid being splashed by passing cars. I didn’t know what street I was on, nor did I care; I just had to get far away from headquarters. I may not have known where I was or where I was going, but my feet apparently did. I found myself standing outside the Notre-Dame Basilica

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    The only constant on Chel’tzar’s face was his eyes. Two black pits bored deeply into the front of his head, his eyes had been put out in his human life. Some pitiful attempt at vengeance on his broken, dying body. The enucleation hadn’t bothered him at the time, though he discovered you didn’t need eyes to weep. Even in Hell, his vision wasn’t impaired for the lack of eyes. His lidless sockets stared, always open, and through some miracle of damnation, he could see perfectly fine.

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    You deserve it! 

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    I honestly can’t be bothered to put a sample right now, I’m so damn tired of typing, and this browser won’t let me paste properly. 

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    Alright… time for me to unwind…  Post your word count and a short excerpt if you can.  Push the rest of us to achieve.  Make it happen Junkies! 

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    Driving Test? 

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    I’m a pastry cook, not an author! :P

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    Someday he would leave this place, go somewhere he would be appreciated, somewhere he could continue his work.  As an intelligent animal, man’s connection to nature is one of the last frontiers to be truly understood and harnessed.  There was so much to learn from the other species.  Scientists all over the world had been gathering glimpse of this for decades, but it was in the intersection of the species that true growth potential will take place.  Eventually, his research would enter the realm of the genome, and the inclusion of hard science would elevate it to unknown heights, but before that, the understanding must come.  The understanding of the fundamental truths governing life create the existent paradigm of reality.  It is only by understanding the existent paradigm that one can move past it and effect the great breakthroughs of the ages.   

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    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    Wow, that’s a lot of words. I think I’ll do a bit more, at least until all the kids are sent to bed or read time.

    I can’t believe I missed the write-in in Atl last night. Rats! I could’ve shopped at IKEA and added some major wordage.

    There’s a write-in Thursday night just a few miles from home. I’m there.

    G’nite all.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs! Love me some IKEA!

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    And happy birthday!

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Just wrote some more at lunch. Up to 19,632 right now. I’m going to try to break 20K today! I’m not going down without a fight!

    Oh, and aren’t you #3 in crack hits?

    BigJohn

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    It’s a personal thing… I won’t force you one way or the other…  Now those other slackers on here like Vanessa… I’ll verbally berate her till the moose come home if she don’t finish.  (she’s canadian… ya have to speak real slow to them dontcha know…) 

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    Man, what a bad month for this. My birthday AND thanksgiving. Ugh. I’m at 18,208 right now. Way behind the pace. I’m averaging about 3,000 words each day I write, but only actually writing every other day or so.

    I’m determined to finish this thing, but right now it’s not looking like I’ll win.

    BigJohn

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    writing tours soon. And NaNo is definitely kicking our asses, but I believe we can pull through.

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    The writing tour this weekend helped a lot.  Amazing what over 8,000 words will do to your word count… but now I gotta keep up the day to day… ungh. 

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    but my word count, as of yesterday, is currently 26,685

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    still writing, but man…I suck when it comes to getting word count posted.

    __________________________________________

    MC; CA; UNdead Jester and Love Slave of the UNdead Grave Mother

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    haha…looks like you cleaning house against the FD∅

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    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    Finishing up at the Blue Moon Cafe.  Word count is 24, 353.

    Now, it’s off to Merlin’s Rest (Bar – I need a drink) then it’s off to Denny’s for some more productivity starting at midnight.

    <img> src=http://www.nanowrimo.org/NanowrimoUtils/LiveSupporter/404732.png </img>

    So, how am I really doing?  Well, let’s just compare, shall we?

    <img> src=http://www.nanowrimo.org/NanowrimoUtils/WordWar/404732-116608.png </img>

    not too shabby…

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    very nice.  keep it up!

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    I was wiped out today. Did virtually nothing. There is a write-n at the Li-berry near me on Tuesday night. I’m going to make sure to go.

    At least the Georgia Bulldogs pulled out a win.

    Quote from my granddaughter (5):

    "All of my superpowers are in my butt!" 

    I can’t write stuff that good, maybe I’ll just take notes while she plays tomorrow.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I had a horrible week and I dipped down below the daily goal of 1,667 words per day, it was ugly.  as in not pretty… well, after 5,708 words, I am finally back above that mythical goal.  Goal by midnight tonight would be 23,333 words, and I’m over that.  So, yea me.  That’s right I said it. 

    Death came to visit him then.  Death came to claim him, not only him, but his prize as well.  That couldn’t be allowed and grasping the box he dropped beneath the table.  The devil began to move about the room and Jacque took the opportunity to work his way towards the sitting room and the front door which miraculously still stood ajar. 

     

    As quiet as possible he descended the stairs and escaped from the tomb of an apartment building.  He instinctively knew the men he left behind him would sacrifice themselves to give him the chance to live the chance to continue.  Death fed on life, in the same way as life feeds on death, those valiant men would give their lives to feed death.  Hopefully, they would satiate it enough to allow him passage, escape.  He had to outrun death.  He just had to; there was work to be done. 

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    I will do this! 

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    21,440 words… and I think that I’ve finally written a paragraph today that I actually like.  It’s a very dramatic paragraph…  Let me know what you think:

    As quiet as possible he descended the stairs and escaped from the tomb of an apartment building.  He instinctively knew the men he left behind him would sacrifice themselves to give him the chance to live the chance to continue.  Death fed on life, in the same way as life feeds on death, those valiant men would give their lives to feed death.  Hopefully, they would satiate it enough to allow him passage, escape.  He had to outrun death.  He just had to; there was work to be done. 

    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    I’m going to be really tired of coffee by the time this write-in is over. 

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    to keep you going on that crazy writing tour. Don’t forget to breathe and eat!

    BigJohn

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    Up to 19,009… so far I’ve already written over 2,000 words today…  and I’ve got about 26 hours left of the tour too. 

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    I’ll catch up tomorrow! 

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    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    I was on a bit of a roll! I got this much in under two hours, a freaking record for me! I await the moment the FDO kicks my ass in surpassing word count.

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    5,600 words or so down, but now the dentist is over, I made my trip to see my parents, and tomorrow is the last day of the Author Boot Camp at Stanford with Seth Harwood. And then? Feel my wrath! FEEL IT@!!!

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    To 15,000! Gotta just gut it out. (UPdate: 15,202!)

    Today was my day off and it’s been NaNo Day. I think the Big Guy got his widdle feelings hurt — I finally had to tell him to leave me alone! I’m glad he loves me and all, but IMs and coming upstairs to "check on" me was really distracting.

    And now belladonna wants us all to come and play on the forums.

    Only 74 more words until I can quit for the night…. let’s see,

    "And then the most unexpected thing happened…" 

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    But I miss everyone on the forums now that NaNoWriMo is in full swing!  Don’t let it stop you though…  keep up the excellent work everyone!

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    Check this one out…

    The dates and time:
    The tour starts at 10am on Saturday, November 14 and ends at 2pm on Sunday, November 15. We will spend a few hours at each writing stop. The only actual "food" stops are Denny’s and Perkins, both back-to-back, but every coffee shop along the way has an excellent selection of sandwiches and pastries. Plus, there are other food options to grab a bite between stops if you’re anti-coffee-shop-sammich.

    The schedule:
    10am – Depot Coffee House, 9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins (on bus route 12)
    2pm – Uncommon Grounds Coffee, 2809 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis (just north of the Uptown Transit center)
    6pm – Blue Moon Coffee House, 3822 E Lake St, Minneapolis
    10pm – Merlin’s Rest Pub, 3601 E Lake St, Minneapolis (non-writing stop for those of us who wouldn’t mind a drink… those who wish to not be around alcohol can continue on to Denny’s)
    Midnight – Denny’s, 2700 E Lake St, Minneapolis
    4am – Perkins, 1544 University Ave W, St. Paul
    7am – Nina’s Coffee Cafe, 165 Western Ave, St. Paul
    11am – Barnes & Noble, Mall of America

    The tour ends at 2pm on Sunday, 28 hours after starting in Hopkins

    What it really looks like on a map and everything

    http://homepage.mac.com/callipygianking/x/nanotour09.pdf

    Last year I racked up 10,000 words when I was at perkins, at 2am… I called that good and went home to bed.  One guy actually stayed through the whole thing… 

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    I’m also behind the daily average, by about 6,000 words total. I’m going to a write-in this Saturday, where I hope to squeeze my creative juices out in a steady stream.

    My time is being split between the novel (which my wife doesn’t really support) and putting up a web blog and pictures for our recent trip to Ireland & Scotland (which my wife supports).

    I’d love to quit my job! As long as they keep paying me, of course.

    BigJohn

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    I gotta catch up!

    I’ll just have to quit my job!  Can’t seem to write at night, always too much crap to do.

    ARGH!!! 

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    Didn’t write too much today, but enough to help my count.

    Excerpt:

    "That winter, with Sofia in the throes of childbirth and a midwife on hand, Maciej watched his wife die. The midwife, a local expert of sorts,  was unable to save either Sofia or the baby. She was, however, adept and efficient at cleaning up the mess of the failed birth, and knew the right people to talk to who could come and help Maciej put poor Sofia and her stillborn baby boy to rest in a simple grave under the arms of an old oak tree not far from the house."

    BigJohn

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    Today didn’t feel as grueling, though I was hoping to make it just a little past 21,000, but my juice ran out :(

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    11376 ok Holy Shit!! That my fricken birthday !!! 01-13-76 …. What are the Fricken Odds of that !!! OK now Im done!

    Festina Lente (Make Haste Slowly)

    Dark Knight Marine General

    Jayguana

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    Thats all can type now!

    Festina Lente (Make Haste Slowly)

    Dark Knight Marine General

    Jayguana

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    That’s all we… well, just about all we need… 

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    I’m definitely going to write tonight when I get home. May have to lock the Big Guy and the dogs downstairs, but they have food and TV, they’ll be OK.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Keep it up.  Finishing is all that matters…  share the triumph as well as the pain with others and you’ll cross that finish line.  Make it happen!  Hard alee ladies, hard alee. 

    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    I finally made it to 10K last night. But I’m continuing on…

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    God, it felt like it took me forever to get there today. I suppose this is what I get for not writing for a long while.

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    And of course, the wife is trying to set up a whole list of things for me to do when I get home…  Must control… a;fdslj ;sdljf;ljf;lsf 

    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    Great year so far. Trip to Ireland & Scotland; discovered Sigler (he was missing?); joined nanowrimo.

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/564091

    10,607 words so far. Synopsis is up, feel free to check it out. Didn’t write today, unfortunately.

    Don’t know if it’s bad form to attempt to add FDO as a writing buddy…?

    BigJohn

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    Gotta start getting back on track, but these days happen. Couldn’t miss the Steelers whooping up on the Broncos.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    That hurts to think about.  I hope that dentist knows who he’s working on and takes extra special care.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I didn’t write at all  yesterday… I allowed family to take precedence.  Ya, I know, I know… what the hell’s wrong with me…

    I’ll try to catch up today… 

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    Liked it a lot.  It makes me want to read the next paragraph and you can’t really ask for more than that…  Keep it happenin!

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    I’d like to  think you’d be able to crank it out, but the more time you have, the less seems to be available.  When the dentists give you the gas, watch your cornhole bud…

    hhhmmm…  SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #4 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)  Multiple S.H.I.T. Award Recipient!  Double Dipper and Triple Threat!  All-around uberjunkie!

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    I hate that this browser doesn’t let me paste normally. Tech-tard? Yup, that’s me!

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    Not the most profound sampling, but I like it.

    The clerk behind the counter smiled at us with her plastic toothpaste ad smile, patiently waiting for Tania to make up her mind. She never could decide between O’Henry bars and M&Ms. The clerk kept glancing at me, but not in the way of ‘you-going-to-help-her-decide-or-what?’, but more like discreetly suspicious. Of what, I wasn’t too sure; there was no possible way she could truly know what I was, but something seemed…fake about her, and it wasn’t her smile either. I suddenly felt uneasy.

    I spared one last glance at the clerk. As I did, her eyes flashed red. I blinked, surprised. It happened so fast, I almost thought it was my imagination, but her eyes caught mine and her smile became a little sinister.

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    that it doesn’t come from some guy named Abbey Normal.

                                                                               

    the trick to staying sane is to just out-crazy the world

     I’ve

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    Visiting the parents this week, next week, some dentist guy saws into my face and embeds a piece of a dead dude. Going to be a bitch to make my 50k, but I’ll get it done.  

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    I’m hitting that this isn’t as much fun as I want it to be wall a bit early this year too.  You just got to power through it.  You’ll hit a stride where it’ll be fun again, and when you finish on the last week (When, not if)… you’ll feel great.  It’s worth it.  Stick with it.  Go to a write-in or something…  Just don’t give up.  It may seem like a chore right now, but it’s still worth the effort.

    We’re all here pulling for you.

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    They had found him nearly catatonic at a state institution for the criminally insane. Being discovered in a farmhouse covered in the blood of a farmer, his wife, and his daughter was apparently enough to get one committed to a mental hospital. Who knew.

     They offered him a job.

     If it had just been the incarceration, he never would have taken the job, but the medications they had insisted on prescribing dulled his senses and kept him from protecting his mind from attack.

    Virtually every baddy he had ever dealt a blow to had discovered this and come back to literally haunt him.

    Anything was worth getting away from that. Anything maybe, except this. He couldn’t do it anymore. He’d tried to face up to his failures, but he simply couldn’t. Too many had died. After the drug-induced haze had lifted, he’d been able to erect his usual wards, but just the thought of facing down a demon turned his stomach to jelly and sent an almost uncontrollable tremor throughout his body.

    He knew that if he had been forced to face a demon now he would simple assume the fetal position and wait for the end.

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    did it last year but started late and had a crappy idea. this year, started early and have an awesome idea, but am already falling behind.

    11582 word count and I’m too tired to continue 

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    You’re gonna finish this month 50k+

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    &nb

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    I think I’ve finally gotten some sort of idea what my novel is actually going to be about…  New excerpt:

    An ancient and evil threat has surfaced to once again threaten humanity.  What makes this all the more heinous is the lack of forethought and malice. Evil simply is.  To combat this threat, a special team has been formed, with special skills and abilities.  The future is in the hands of bunch of maladjusted, broken individuals.  May God have mercy on our souls.

    Yeah, I know the synopsis sucks, but the story is much better… I hope…

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/404732

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    The protagonist is a man basically sharing a body with three others.  This one is the grizzled old detective Richard Chambers…  Excerpt:

    He was getting ready to retire.  Actually, the exact words were ‘Dick, you retire, or we’re going to retire you.’

     

    That was when he received the call.  ‘Time for your interview’ the voice had said.  He still remembered the conversation as if it were yesterday.

     

    “You’ve got a very aggressive arrest record Detective Chambers.”

     

    “Every one of those rat bastards was guilty!”

     

    “We are well aware of that, we’ve checked.”

     

    “So what do you want from me?  I won’t say I’m not grateful for what you did for me.  That was a dark time.”

     

    “Think nothing of it, as you’ve said, that rat bastard was guilty.  As to why you’re here, well Detective Chambers, we’d like to offer you a job.”

     

    “I don’t know if you heard the man, but I’m retired.”

     

    “So we’ve heard, but what if I said you could go on fighting the good fight and catching the bad guys for many many years to come.  Would you be interested?”

     

    Why the hell hadn’t he just said no.  You can take your years and years and cram them up your ass. 

     

    Subs.  They called them subs.  When one was up, the others were down.  ‘Just like being asleep’ they had told him.  You’re going to be part of something great they had told him.

     

    In reality, it really meant living only part of a normal life.  He would wake up in strange places, wearing strange clothes, sometimes in strange situations.  He didn’t always know which sub he had followed, but if he ever found out which one was the sick bastard with the thing for red headed twins; he would either kick his ass or shake his hand.  Not quite sure yet which one. 

    Take it for what you will… it sounded better when I wrote it..  I think… 

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    Keep it up!  We’re all in this together!

    Me?  Well, I took yesterday off.  don’t ask me why… I just did.  I guess I was working under the delutional idea that I would have time today to make up for it.  <sigh>

    Well, I’m at Caribou Coffee right now and I’ve got my laptop.  Ready to write and all that.  Of course, I’m not writing, I’m posting here.  Not sure what good that’s really doing me.  <sigh, sigh> 

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    Well I wont call it my favorite but its the best of the worst for tonight.

    Outside of the bus the moon had finally started to clear the mountain range and was spreading its diffused white light onto the desert floor of New Mexico bringing with it the diverse wild life that prefered to hunt at night. Some where near by a group of coyotes sang there sad song to the night sky and on the road a rattle snake seeking the last warmth left in it came to a violent end as the bus rolled over it making it a meal for something else. And so is the way of the desert and all things in it.

    Festina Lente (Make Haste Slowly)

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    Jayguana

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    "Paramedics were dispatched to the scene of the apocalypse,"

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    Feeling good, even if I’m a little behind.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    If you’re trying to get motivated to write, remember, that I’ll be writing too… just imagine me there… clickety clacking away on my laptop…  it makes it easier…  4of4 already has 200 of her 1000 words done for the Young Writer’s program.  For a 5th grader, she’s doing alright…  Make it happen!

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    It’s easy and seems to work very well for me. Thanks for the tip. And it’s free! SFC (So Fucking Cool!)

    Gotta do some writing tonight, starting to fall behind. 

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Take a moment each day and post you word count along with your favorite line, snippet, paragraph, or even word that you wrote that day.  What tickled your fancy.  What made you smile, or grimace, or cry. 

    8,354 words 

    I went back through my words yesterday and this one jumped out at me…  How about you?

    “Like many, you most likely believe in that most innate quality of humanity known as free will.  True, everyone man woman and child has been gifted with free will, but how many truly possess the strength to exercise that will?  To impose that will on the world around them.  Most people are as malleable as soft clay.  Reality television shows you that much any night of the week.   

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    Still on track…

    Just cause you special people have reached the magical 10K mark, doesn’t mean that you can sit back and think job well done, cause you’re not there yet!  20% is 20%…   You’ve seen that it’s possible…  when the second and especially the third week gloom hits, you’re going to need your optimism and strength to finish…  Just remember that we’re all pulling for you… 

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    Which is a day ahead of schedule, which is even better considering I had no idea about anything with this book before I started. Good job, everyone!

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    Keep it up so that those of us with too little time and motivation can live vicariously through your success and hard work :)

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    Write your fanny off!

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     Guess I need to go work some more on mine…  Keep up the good work.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I have a total of 10,105 words. I honestly did not think I would even make it as far as that.

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    That would be interesting… 

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    3565 – Im going to have to step it up to make the cut! First day total and my head hurts! Going to drink a couple more beers and call it a night!

    Festina Lente (Make Haste Slowly)

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    Jayguana

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    on the morning of 5 Nov. I suspect this will go in spasms. I have sufficient storyline in my head. The issue is just sitting down to put the words into the machine… Hopefully I’ll continue to nibble away at this today and tomorrow, then make some significant progress over the weekend! This is fun!

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    1091 words, giving me a total of 7300 words. If I keep this up, I should hit the 10 000 mark by Saturday!

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    As long as I finish… and I’m on track for that… 

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    don’t go back and edit!!!  Don’t do it!  it’ll stop you in your tracks!  Do a font strikethrough on the bad part and write the new part!  Don’t lose them words!  Put in notes like:

    REMEMBER TO FIX THAT – NAME IS NOW GORGONZOLLA! or I HATE THAT LAST PARAGRAPH, USE THIS ONE INSTEAD!

    But don’t delete the old one.  when you get to editing, you might find something you really like or someplace else to use it.  keep it going!  And I’ll let you read my novel from last year when you cross 50K… motivation personified!  Now get out there and write! 

     Tweet me your word counts every day.

    @synapticjam

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    I know that I shouldn’t worry so much about making this first one all that polished and coherent. But that’s just the way I approach new things. 

    Made it to 3,400+ today. It’s starting to roll along.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    from what I can tell, it’s comparable to scrivner… and it’s free. 

    http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html

    You can use it in an easy way, just doing chapters and maybe scenes, or you can go all out and have character studies, storyboards, time lines, fleshed out locations, and all that…

    I write using word though…  it works for me.  When I’m done I’ll copy it over to yWriter to clean it up and find the holes. 

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    Try to make it to a write in.  Just pick one.  if you’re anti-social, that’s fine.  You’re really expected to stick your head down and write anyway.  Barely even have to say hello.  Just clickety clack baby… all the way to 50K…  or some such crap.  There’s a lot of other people in the area writing for NaNo, hopefully, if you’re thinking about quitting, that will help you keep going…  I wrote this crap tonight too:

    The last remaining soldier lowered his weapon, only to raise it again, nervously scanning the room.  A silent specter rose behind him, indiscernible from the long shadows but for the combat knife held firmly between the specter’s teeth.  The man turned to the right, the shadow swung to the left.  The man swung to the left, the shadow twisted to the right, the knife doing a macabre dance of death behind the man, till it rose as if suspended by a string before flashing down.  The man stood staring forward as his life’s blood poured down and across his bulletproof vest.  A demonic face appeared over his shoulder and a gravelly voice whispered,   “In my world you’re either a Seal, or you’re a bleeder, and you sure as hell ain’t no God damn Seal.”

     

    Lieutenant Dan, Navy Seal stood alone.  

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    So Scrivener and the Storyist (the writing software that is a promoter of this year’s NaNoWriMo) are ONLY for Mac. I’m a PC gal, and always will be. What can I use that has all the cool tools like Scrivener — an outline tool, timeline, storyboarding, etc.

    Sure I can use Word, but I’d like it all in one project file.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    Still learning to navigate around the site, but I will try to check out the info on the tour. And no didn’ t make it to Nina’s, I just got started so I didn’t know anything about it. I see that this is something you have done for a while though, and tips on the best things to check out on the site?

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    Jayguana

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    Did you go to the kick off at Nina’s Cafe?  You should have been at the coundown to NaNo party on Holloween night.  I’m on the east side myself. 

    Whatever you do, make sure you’re at the writer tour..

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    First day total 2,444 so far! I know Im late to the party but thats just my style! Part of the Twin Cities MN region if anyone cares. And keep up the good work everyone!

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    And kindly nag us to continue. Laughing

    Think I’ll get another 15 minutes or so in before getting back to work.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs! Got my signed copy of "The Rookie"

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    anyone who takes part in this deserves major props … wish I had the time to commit to this too.

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     It’s on course for finishing… I hope to get a bit ahead over the next few days.  It’s all starting to loosen up a bit.  Well that’s it for me.  I’m going to bed.  gnite.  more words tomorrow.

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    Up to 5,233 today. This’ll be going quickly, if I do say so myself.

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    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/529894, feel free to add me.

    Also, I only got 800 words today. Long story short, was not having a good day.

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    Like how I beat you to the 50k mark last year and have never let you live it down?

    Yep, that’s definitely key :)

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    Thank you all for the enthusiasm – I know I’m a day late, but I’ve signed up. Now I got some writing to do.

    Go Steelers! Go Dawgs!

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    I AM not a writer of fiction, but I read very well.

    I prefer to write non-fiction and oneday I will share some of my writings. for now I appreciate reading yours.

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    The FDO Hisself!

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/es/user/116608

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    And make sure you do, align yourself with those will also finish…  We’re great here, but post on your local Salem Oregon forums and go to some of the write-ins in your area.  That’s the real way to make sure you finish…  

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    I’m going to have to do something about that! 

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    I am on track I ended yesterday ith over 2000 words..I am gonna do it.. I am gonna finish this year!!

    I have not found a title yet… maybe today it will create a name for itself I have found that the novel has a life of it’s own..and LIVES on Halloween candy…OOPS!
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    I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    Mom!!!  NO fair!  I don’t wanna work!  I wanna write!  Make him stop!   

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    But watch out, I’m also lethargic…

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    Anyone else who wants to can put theirs up here too.

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/404732

    Feel free to follow along… 

    For some, that’s the key to completing NaNo, making the mere thought of failure so embarassing that you HAVE to finish. 

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    I basically finished my edits a few months back and am overall happy with it. Finish a little more content and I think I’ll be ready. That’s really the reason for my extended absence. I’m sort of in a transition period… Sorry.

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    Glad u made it. This years novel is called sub-something and should be really interesting. Had a midnight countdown write in at a denny’s Had. Great time. Day 1 total was only 2,072 words, but that’s alright.

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    3038. Could have done better.

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    3,576 on the first day.

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    I’m gonna have to try it this year. Don’t have any ideas right now, but hopefully I’ll come up with something.

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    Well, NaNoWriMo is starting soon, and though last year was quite a challenge, this year probably won’t be. Why is that, you ask?

    Because for the last two months, I’ve been doing 60k+ a month, finishing my new novel in only about two and a half months. Considering NaNoWriMo is only 50k/month, it’ll actually be me slowing down. So if any of you want to challenge me, then let’s do it!

    This year I’ll be writing the sequel to last year’s NaNovel (The Rise and Fall of Leon House), titled Leon House 2: The Hunt for the Sanguine Succubus. Over the last few months I wrote a midquel titled My Silent Winter, which takes place during the one-year gap during the first book. An entire trilogy written in little over a year! 

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    . prvt john bennett (major charecter) the crypt.

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    I had a good time with what little I did, last year.. and "Jam, The Man"…actually finished…but what about this year…is anyone going to write this year?…I really really want to read what YOU wrote, Mr. Jam…. I have began using some of my last year’s efforts in my current Bitstrip series….The Mandelbrot Scar…so far I have 12 episodes and have not even started!!http://www.bitstrips.com/series/76203/

     I enjoyed the NaNoWriMo so much even though I did not finish 50,000 words…I am planning on doing it again!! Every one should check it out. 

    And if nothing else is gained from the experience..you learn to appreciate just how much effort great writers like our FDO put into their work so that it we can read and enjoy it for all time..
    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    I remember you mentioned before you were doing a novel.
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    As SJ said, you’ll hit it next year. I managed to hit the 50k mark after only a few weeks, ending the first draft of my tale at 56k on the 22nd day.

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    I am so glad you finished and I bet it is so awesome! I pooped out after 11, 372 words, and then was just certian I would never finish, so avoided writing….I guess that is the downfall of many…but I was amazed at the support available, so many wonderful e mails from local groups and individuals, and lots of interesting stuff on the website.
    But NEXT year I will succeed….YES!!!
    But I wrote some fun and interesting stuff that gave me lots of fodder for many other projects, including ideas for fan art…

    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    What really did it for me was the support structure here in the twin cities… went to a few write-ins…  kept me motivated.  I probably would have finished either way, but it definately didn’t hurt…  I gotta finish the edits and podcast this baby.  Really, it’s not bad…

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    I’m working on the 1st edit now.  I’m finding that I actually enjoy the editing.  It’s pretty cool.  Almost a way to enjoy the creative process without worrying about that 50,000 word sword dangling over my head.  Is the site secure?  

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    S.H.I.T. Award Recipient and all-around uberjunkie! 

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     Excellent Jam! I was checking out your page at the nanowrimo site and noticed you had a "Winner" tag after your word count. Did you get a win for your story or for your word count?

    "Get off… the nuclear… warhead."

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    to those that finished. I’ve done it twice, last year and this year, but I’ve never even come close to 50k.

    I put the laughter in manslaughter.

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    Hey folks.  Late to the part here, but I was assuming that there were several writers here.  I did nano this year as well and came in at 50019.  Nowhere near finished, but at least I hit the 50k mark.  I’m probably going to come in around 85k or so on this one before the draft is done.  I’m actually working on something else right now and took the month off of my current project to get an idea that’s been kicking around in my head for a few years on paper.  Now my nano will sit in a virtual drawer for a few months until I finish the current et project.

    Any of you guys have work up on booksie.com or screenwritersutopia?  They are great sites to get some peer feedback.  I love to read other folks work and give feedback if you’re interested in a reading and some detailed notes.  Let me know if you’re interested.

    cheers,

    brianca.. 

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    oh thats pretty cool.  

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    Do not speak on my behalf, Jam! Also congrats! I did my first round of edits as I wrote it, so again, I’ll be needing your email address so I can send you a PDF of it.

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    Just finished.  I was surprised at how some of the tangential plot threads pulled at the very end, and others that I planned on finishing off left themselves hanging out there a bit.  characters wanting to come back for a sequel maybe?

    I’ll start on the first edit soon.  Thanks for your support Everybody!  Both JT and I really appreciate it! 

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    G-Man

    Chasity, do not put that in your mouth!

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    Basically, it’s for anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel but could never seem to get around to it…  There’s no great prize at the end of the ordeal, except for the satisfaction of knowing that you actually did it.  

    Basically, it gives you a goal, and a deadline.  The two ingredients that together have accomplished pretty much anything worth doing in our history.  Every building that was bult, every conquest, all of these had a goal, and a deadline to make it happen…  That’s why!

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    Congrats and I cant wait to see the end product of your labors!

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    To see who can write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, or in my case, a 56,709 word novel in 22 days.

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    i dont get it…whats the whole contest about? 

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    I will join you guys next year. This time around, I had too much else going on, and I blew it.

    I will continue to work on my book, but no freakin’ way is i gonna get up there with you guys. Congratulations to all of you, And I hope to write with you next year. 

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    to you two! You and jam kicked keester!

    – “I just did something involuntary. And messy.” – Sid

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    – “I just did something involuntary. And messy.” – Sid

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    I’ll probably have another 2,000 – 3,000 words left to reach the end, and editing, but I’ve done it!

    2008 – Compensating Controls W   <– the W means winner!

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    Now get to your first edit!

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    The first draft is officially finished. Jam, I’ll need your email address.

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    If I have to have my reportedly non-existent soul boil away with some folks, you and twowire are two of the few folks I’d like to boil with. Can anyone say HOT TUB! Shadygirl is in too–not to write, but we’re long-time hot tub buds. We should start thinking about some hot story lines, get the water a-boilin’, and let the chafing begin! (Wait a second–let’s not fill our hot tub with water. How boring… Gmork and Shadygirl, if I may speak for twowire, we give you the honor of picking the liquid of luxury. If Mrs. twowire wants in, of course, you three toasty gals get to choose. Twowire and I are at your service. Now off to the pen isle at the local office supply store!)

    – “I just did something involuntary. And messy.” – Sid

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    Looks like my estimate of it ending around 60k is going to be right. And that’s just the first draft with one character’s events.

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     Dude your assuming we have souls? Ok enuf, but really try some cornstarch or some talc. It works well for chafing. :)

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    Two’s company and Three is Frak’n Amazing!

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    …  that’s too tempting an offer to pass up!  Count me in

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    The water is boiling hot. Your soul will evaporate within five days if you don’t take it serious. And even then, it’s hard to know if the chafing from the burns is worth it.

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    Twowire and I are thinking of jumping in next November. Wanna join us? Come on in; the water is fine.

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something that’s funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    45,361  I’m limping right along.  I’ll make it, and in plenty of time, but you did it’!!!!   Awesome!!!   ‘get that first edit done.  I wanna read it.  Once I’m done, I’ll do my first edit and then share it with yaz…. 

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    Grace us with the Killing of Scott so that we may revel in your literary prowess! :p

    No, really please, please, please!!

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    …INSPIRING!

    Really neat to follow all the work you and Jam have been doing.  Kudos for setting a goal and working feverishly to meet it!  Junkies Rule!

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    And the day isn’t even over yet. I figure I can get at least another 10k words into this story before it’s time to stow it away until it’s time for the second draft.

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    Work had a stupid lunch thing which kept me from going out and writing and I spent a good part of the night at a birthday thing for a buddy of mine…  You’ll finish by this weekend.  Alright, I admit it, you rock…  But I still got to kill Sigler.

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    Couldn’t get much in today due to a surprise visit by a few friends, but still got a few thousand done.

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    I’m guessing it might conclude around 80k or so, but that’s just an estimate. If I get done in time, I might be cheap and have a self-publishing site print copies for me to give to people as holiday gifts. Eventually I’m going to try to get it published, either with one a print-on-demand publisher or something like that, such as I did with my first novel.

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    You just needed a little incentive now, didn’t you!  Well done! We’ll have to swap stories once we get our first edits done…

    Are you going to finish the novel at about 50K words?  Or is it going to run long.  Mine seems like it’s going to actually finish up, as far as plot goes right about the 50K point.

    What are you planning on doing with your novel after you finish it?

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    Jam, you’re looking quite pitiful in comparison.

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    And I’m just hittin’ my stride baby! 

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    If y’all ask really nicely I might post an excerpt about how I kill Scott Sigler… 

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    Make sure you enter your novel in there before posting any more word counts, as that’ll be how it’s counted. There’s a ~200 word difference from their count and Scrivener’s, but oh well…

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    From when the main characters are sneaking through the hospital to get to the morgue and examine the body of a recently murdered man:

        Leon walked up to the thick steel door to the morgue, followed still by his fake family. He pulled it open and almost instantly a foul smell came at them; the scent of rotting flesh. Leon shuddered and stepped into the cold, poorly lit room. The room seemed to be composed of only three metal tables in the center of the room, while the left wall held embalming chemicals and the sort, and the right wall was just those body drawers you always see in movies.
        In the center of the room, standing over the middle table with a clean scalpel in his hand, was the mortician, wearing a giant flashlight strapped to his head and a long, flowing doctor’s robe. “Can I help you youngsters with something?” The doctor said in a surprisingly cheery voice as he looked up and saw them; he was obviously someone who enjoyed their job a great deal.
        “We’re here to give a positive I. D. about our father, Armistice Flaürgut.” Leon said, and started holding his breath.
        “Oh, are you his family?” The doctor asked. Leon nodded. “Then he’s just under that cover over there.” The doctor pointed to the third and furthest away table. Leon and the others walked over and pulled the top of the sheet down, revealing a pale phantom that dwelled in the realm of death.
        Leon let out his breath, slowly and in a shuddery pattern, to give the impression that he was trying to breathe through the sorrow. He inhaled deeply and wiped imaginary tears from his eyes, then turned his head away for a moment, then turned to look back up at the doctor. “I’m sorry… But could you just give us a few minutes to say goodbye? We won’t be in town for the funeral, so…” Leon trailed off, mimicking a sad voice as much as he could. Surprisingly, it worked on the doctor.
        “Okay… I’ll give you five minutes or so, but after that, I’m sorry, but I’ll have to get back to work.” The doctor said with a compassionate smile as he turned and walked out of the room, leaving them alone with a body.
        Leon exhaled slowly and then breathed in deep again. “Okay people, first, Dowell, get over to the door and lean against it, tell us if you hear him talking or hear any footsteps coming. Stipe, get this tarp off and lay it on the ground. Jed, turn his arms over.” Leon demanded, resuming his normal voice yet again.
        They followed their orders and Leon leaned in closer to the body and examined the left arm first, then threw it down frustrated and moved to the right arm. He folded and unfolded it several times, though it was difficult due to the rigor mortis which had started to set in. He rubbed his thumb up and down the inside of the arm and a small smile graced his face for a split second. He reached onto the table and grabbed the scalpel in his right hand and jammed it down on the corpse, into the heart.
        “What the fuck?” Jed exclaimed, Leon simply looked up at him in return.
        Leon pulled on the scalpel, making the hole in both his chest and heart bigger. He leaned in closer, and a simply disgusting smell filled his nose. He stopped breathing. He looked into the heart and saw exactly what he wanted to see. He smiled and chuckled slightly, but the foul scent infiltrated his senses again and he turned his head, coughing. He dropped the scalpel on the table and looked to Greg. “Get the tarp on, now.” He said, and Greg did so. Leon looked over to Malcolm and motioned for him to come over.
        Just as Malcolm came over and stood next to him, the door opened again and the doctor walked through. “You all righty now, then?” He asked. Leon simply turned to him and nodded, then turned towards the door and started walking, not stopping until he walked out of the hospital and into the limousine, not saying a word the whole time.

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    You are really awesome, you will finish with honors!*I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    Via google Docs, and am currently in the process of preparing to destroy you, Jam.

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    Only racked up about 700 words over lunch…  I didn’t have my hip flask with me, so I’ll blame it on that!

    That’s alright though…  I’ll get back on that hobby horse… or whatever it is…

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    I was at the place where the assassin is about the kill the bitch who betrayed the hero… he was gonna carve her up real good… but the hero knocked his punk ass out and she and him ran from the feds, broke into a house, and hid.  She was sitting a table, and he was yelling at her when she realized she had actually fallen in love with him…  Now check this shiznit out…

    “Damn skippy I don’t trust you!  You lied to me!  Cassandra, I’ve fallen for you in a big way.  Correction.  I fell for you in a big way.  Nothing you could have done in the past would have changed that.  All you had to do was talk to me, tell me the truth.  We could have worked something out together.” “I’m telling you the truth now aren’t I?”

    “A bit late for that don’t ya think?”  Nick’s tone clearly intimated that it was a rhetorical question and the words stung Cassandra. “We can still work this out Nick, I never meant for you to get hurt and now that it’s all gone to hell, we’ll stand a much better chance if we work together.”  “But how can I trust you!  What, am I just supposed to pretend that none of this has happened?  Just forget how you used me, how you took advantage of me, how I thought you loved me too?” 

    Cassandra’s chest seemed to contract, and her ability to draw breath disappeared as tears came unbidden to roll down her cheeks.  It was now.  It was here.  The walls she had spent so much time erecting around her heart crumbled and deep in the center of her very core, she knew love. She knew what she had denied herself for so long.  She loved this man.  She loved him deeply and without reservation. 

     

    “I do love you too.” She whispered, expelling the last of her breath as she continued to sob. 

    At this point I threw up my hands, yelled holesy shiite!  I’m righting a frickin’ romance novel!  I had to wash my hands after that!  of course I added the following line…

     THIS IS ROMANTIC CRAP!  EDIT THIS LATER!!!!

     I half expect fabio to run in, his long luxorious hair waving in the breeze.  CRAP!  stop it!  Damn it!

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    And I killed Scott Sigler too…  Really nasty! 

    I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!  3000+ today…  I’m sure it’ll slow down though, I want you to feel good about yourself so I’ll let you get ahead of me….  for a bit..  then I’ll rub your nose in it!

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    And Jam, you’re going down. Still.

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    and it hurts like a bitch to type for too long. I will not be able to catch up, but I will go for "second place" (25000)

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    37561 words, and growing VERY quickly.

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    That’s right…  That’s Thirtynine Thousand and Twentyeight Words!   Less than 11K to go, and I gots me about 13 days to do it in!  Catch up!

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    You’ll get there!

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     well I lie,  how’s that for good fiction?I am just at 8194 . I had two full days to write and I took  it.   we had a flood in the kitchen so I had to stay home and be here when the floor people came to fix things, hmmmm, maybe next week I’ll have another emergency so I can write, I loved being able to sit and just go wild with stuff, just working a little at a time does not open the portal in my brain to let enough out.
    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    I will catch up! I will!

    damn homework took away at least five hours of prime writing time today. BAH!

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    The only thing I’m going to bite is your hard drive, so that you have to start over again.

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     only 12,815 to go to reach 50k!

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    Go ahead and bite that one!  Go ahead!  Bite it!

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    I could just check your nanowrimo page. I shall destroy you, Jam!

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    I Shall NOT tell you my word count!!!  I won’t do it!!!  You cannot make me!!!!!  

    of course, you could ask nicely… 

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    The ideas are a little slow coming, but hopefully that’s just a weekend slump

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    Your doing well. Over the halfway mark already and still got 16 days left!

    “[No matter where you go, there you are] – And Sigler knows exactly where there is! ”

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    I know you can junkie!  Step up! 

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    I want to double that tonight and double that tomorrow. Wish me luck

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    You’re still kicking my ass…   You suck….  Well, not really.  I mean… really I wouldn’t know…  You know?  Well… uh….  this is awkward…..   San Dimas High School Rocks! 

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    and the day isn’t even in it’s prime writing period, the apex of literature; night.

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    Movin’ right along…

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    I’m only at 25,915.  You’re still well ahead of schedule…

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    …you don’t quite start from scratch, then?

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    Had to type two school reports, and halfway through printing the second, my printer decided that it was ‘too busy to finish print job’, so I had to hand-write that one, which took a big chunk of time.

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    had to change one thing, where I switched two characters out after I got a better idea for their role later.

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    but since this is sooooo much bigger, I wanted to plot it out a bit…  keeps me on task, and hopefully, it’ll reduce the amount of going back and changing stuff I’ll have to do after I’m done.

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    I started with a blank page, and a short mental outline of how things would go. My main plot has only just truly begun, so it’ll probably go far past the 50k mark.

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    about it, but I liked it. Very useful without ending up being a book written by a veteran author for other veteran authors. (By veteran, I mean having written a bazillion novels.)

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something that’s funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    I think anyone who writes a fantasy book has to use the phrase:

    "Green Elf needs food Badly!" in it.    

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    Officially over half way there… finally!

    My assassin is about to carve up a beautiful lady too…. 

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    Mae does a great job on the chop shop…

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    I am sadly failing you at the moment.  I may have to switch from my fantasy idea to pumping out The Fan.  I’ve been working on that instead whenever I get a chance to write.

    Just made the change heres the new synopsis for anyone whos intrested:

    Gerald Everet is a rabid Galactic Football fan that lives on a small rock of world in the backwater regions of the Purist Nation.  He was sentenced to work in the mines after being arrested for various hacker exploits at just thirteen.  Now he’s an adult a year away from religous Confirmation when a series of events pull him from the world and system he has always known and propels him into the dark galactic underworld.  Now Gerald must rely on some unlikely allies and his own blind luck to survive psychotic hitmen and ruthless crime bosses in order to see his next game.

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    It’s time to refill the hip flask…  again…..

    You know… all those old movies with the guy and his hip flask.  As much as you see him tug on that bad boy, it never seems to be empty..  I’m tellin’ yaz from experience, they don’t last that long….  gotta refill it more often than my car!

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    Some writers have to be organic… the only way they feel comfortable, or enjoy writing is to start from a blank page.  I can do that, but for this large of a project, I started out with a rough outline and chapter synopsis of about 60-70% of the story. 

    In this chapter, I introduce blah blah blah

    In this chapter, blah and blah, use the blah to blah blah right up the cornhole

    In this chapter, yada yada yada…

    You get the idea.  This seemed to work really well for me, 20,000 foot view of the story just hitting the highlights…

    It’s kept me going and also kept me from getting stuck on anything as I at least kind of know both what’s happening and what’s gonna happen next.  You might want to take a couple of hours and sketch out a rough outline with some basic descriptions…

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    First of many!  I want it to go through at least one edit prior to posting it here as an excerpt…  Of course, the spirit of NaNoWriMo is that you can’t go back and edit yet because it slows down your production…  Caught in the catch 22…..

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    Allright you Junkie Grunts, get on those keyboards and give me 1,000 (words, that is). Let’s go! Pound out that novel! I want to see at least FIVE Junkies finish the NaNoWriMo action.

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     Uses scotch to get him going! :)

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    gets you guys going? do you just write random stuff, or try to make it make sense?

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    Almost halfway!  I’ll get there!  Just probably not tonight…  <yawn> 

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    Congrats!!!  You’re well over half way!!!!

    My ultra gory chapter ended up being almost 3,000 words… Wow!  I think that for a first draft, it turned out really well!  Now that that’s gone more of the action should start happening too…   Enough of this dramatic tension and bullcrap!  Let’s bring on the hurt baby!

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    I’ll just have to pull a few all nighters Thanksgiving weekend

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    One of the first major events of the book has just happened, which’ll make writing for the next few days easy.

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    And you’re gonna have to for awhile!  Of course, there are plenty of nanos that write the last 30,000 words in about a week, so I  know it can be done!  You can do it! 

    Me?  I’m at 23,214

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    Otherwise you’re screwed.

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    You’re definitely going to need it.

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    fuckin’ 456 words. I’m gonna die.

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    I know this is author suicide, but I just joined NaNoWriMo today. wish me luck

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    Words, that is…  Black on white Gold!  Minnesota Tea!

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    I’m finally ready to write the ultra awesome chapter where I get to gut the punk computer hacker…  All kinds of ready…

    I start writing the chapter…  keep on writing…  look at my watch, ‘Crap!  I gotta get back to work!’

    I wrote about 1,400 words and I STILL haven’t gotten to the good gutting scene…  Got a bit of the torture in though… that was fun!  I’m thinking about naming the punk-ass hacker Sigler…  what do you think?

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    Often due to things just such as this…

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    Seems our writing schedule, and distractions in such, are on the same level.

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    Didn’t get squat done… maybe 200 words, tops…  gar!

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    Read it.

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    If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend Stephen King’s book “On Writing.” It’s actually entertaining, but one of the best serious digests of writing advice I’ve ever seen/read. He talks specifically about all the stuff you’re involved in–the discipline of writing so many words per day, attainable objectives, writer’s block, theme, re-writes (drafts), etc.: all oriented toward the novel. It’s excellent. Oh, and watch out–there might be two more joining you next November…

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    Due to a massive migrain, I only got about 300 words today.

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    Who would work on my or JT’s budget.  That would of course be a budget of zero dollars, or as we like to call it, ‘the shaft’….

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    Edit other people’s work? Or write their own book?

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     At this rate, I’ll never catch up to you… Which is alright… I’m finally at the place where I get to write the scene with the Assassin gutting the evil hacker dickweed.  I’ve been waiting to write this scene for quite awhile now and it’s finally here!  Blood and gore for everyone!

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    I just finally ticked over 20,000….  I need to fake my own death, go hide out in some skanky hotel room and write!  I’m just not finding the time to get that many words in…

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    The building I help run is hosting the meetings for it every two weeks …they’re a really good group of people.

    Gabriel

    Janitor & Morque Cleaner for the FDO

    spreading the word of Siglerism to The Great White North

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    You need an editor. Otherwise, what would editors do with their time?

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    And the day hasn’t even ended yet :)

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    How long does it take for you to complete a draft, and on average how many words are they composed of?

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    Usually….  How good, or unbelievably crappy and horrible is your first draft?

    I’m just wonderin’…..

    Jim

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    It’s our work.  Whatever we want to do with it is what happens…

    Some authors just leave it by the wayside and go on to other things…

    Me?  I got plans baby!

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    who edits these things in December?

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    Is to get all mixed up in re-thinking what we’ve got now.  If we go back and edit one thing, we’ll go back and edit fifty or more…  Do that and we’ll never get done…  Hence the deadline!

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    ended staying up way to late just to get the words in…  <yawn>

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    Total. It’s been a slow day.

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    you attempt to avoid the question like, well, a master question avoider…

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    November’s just for writing, with December dedicated to editing.

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    who edits this monster?

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    at 20,010 words.

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    Carbondale’s about a half-hour drive from where I’m at. Being 14, I don’t always have reliable transportation, and I simply don’t know the location of anything in Carbondale.

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    According to my region stats, I make up approximately 8% or so of the words written in my region. Besides, I prefer to write in solitude, and I’m not good with schedules due to school, homework, etc.

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    Schedule your own write-in!  Pick a coffee shop and put a post out there.  You might be surprised how many are in your situation.  I’m kind of lucky… there are about 1800+ people in my region…  Kind of nice.  We’ve even got our own google calendar for all the write-ins…  

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    There isn’t a region for my area, just a broad "Southern Illinois" region, which I’ve joined.

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    There is a group for southern illinois…

    I think I saw them setting up write-ins for carbondale…  Take a look at the regions and peruse the boards for write-ins.  They make it so much better…

    http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/307

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    Check out the forums for your region.  I just got done with a write in at a coffee shop here.  Kind of nice to have someone else plunking away with you.  Keeps you going….  You’re in Illinois right?  What region are you in for the website?

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    Not sure there even are any.

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    At 19,015 words.

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    Have you attended any write-ins with others in your regions?

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    I’ll have to find some more time this weekend.  It’s my 20yr reunion this weekend so I’m heading out for drinks tonight…  Let’s see if the heavy drinking improves the writing!

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    Well my word count is at 9,015.  Birthday festivities and work reared their ugly heads, but now that I am back on track I hope to get the number pushed up.

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    Since the message there was only an approximate period of two hours between the last message on the board and the one that you replied to. Of course, in Sigler time that’s four weeks or so. No snow here, though it’s cold enough.

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    We’ll compare notes after this weekend!  Of course, it’s snowin’ up here in Minnie…  Don’t know about Obamaland…

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    16396 words…

    Proof

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    It’s official.  I’m kickin’ ass!  Recommended for end of day 9 is 15,003 words.  We’ll see what happens when week 2 slump hits… 

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    15,238 words so far.

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    Even feeling like crap and being virtually bedridden I can pump out more words than you can..   

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    It’s a promise.

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    Sound like a challange to me.

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    I’ll be ahead of you within a few days, I assure you of that.

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    Shut up and put up! Come on, give it to me!  Yeah!  Can you feel that!  Ungh!  Double up, Ungh Ungh! 

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    Still feel like crap though…  I’m heading back to bed! 

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    Of course, this is almost what NaNoWriMo was made for…

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    But I’m only lagging behind you because of the data loss…

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    Money is a real limitation, but your palette is a poor excuse brother. Save up and treat yourself. The good stuff is the good stuff for a reason–it’s GOOD. Dewars? Come on, save your pennies and treat yourself. You deserve it! Afterall, you have a warship named after you!

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    I’m not sure, but no matter what it is, we can probably spew out enough pablum to give braggart one and two a word-count run for their money. Seriously though, I’ve written a monograph that was published (only 70 pages) and a reasonable volume of essays, but never actually tried a work of fiction that was intended to be a novel-length work. I have a few story line ideas, but frankly not sure if any of them would have legs. What do you think? We can move a detailed discussion off the website and onto regular e-mail if you want.

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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     But still managed to add at least a few words…

    12,247 words so farlll  I’m off to sleep… 

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    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    I have neither the pallette nor the money for the really good stuff…

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    12, 15, 20 year???? Brand?????

    "Even crazy people sometimes base their fiction on an ounce of truth" -S. Sigler

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    And I’m done for tonight.

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    You’re making me look bad with your larger-than-mine word count.

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    I’m bookin!   

    If these longish excerpts are too much for you let me know…  This is why I wanted something fun!

    Cassandra lived alone.  She was always alone.  She would often lament to herself, that even in a crowd of people she was still alone.  It had been this way since she began her adult life as a fourteen year old runaway.  As often happens with runaways, she immediately fell in with the wrong crowd, but when you’re hungry and cold, you’ll take what you can get from whoever will give it to you, and at any price.  In that dark time, she’d done a lot of things she was definitely not proud of, and most of those things she refused to acknowledge had happened, much less remembered.  But there were times, when the sun had set and she was alone with her own thoughts that the pain would return, squeezing the humanity from her and leaving nothing but an animalistic husk that resembled anything but a human being.  Those were the nights she cried.  The rest of the time she shrouded herself in the insane bravado of what she perceived to be an adult persona, closed to the world, and all that she dreamed the world might have to offer.   

    Not long after she had made a name for herself as the kid who’d do anything to anyone, she was forced to do a ‘favor’ for a local gang.  They forced her to seduce the leader of a rival gang and lure him into a trap where he would be killed over a small strip of territory, barely ten city blocks long.  The ruse had worked so well, that the leader of the gang, known on the street as JP, made a deal and ‘rented’ her out to the local organized crime syndicate boss, Mr. White, who supplied his gang with drugs.  Once again, she performed her duties flawlessly and JP was rewarded for it with a discount.  The next time Mr. White wanted to avail her of her services, he offered her a job.  Naturally, she took it.  JP had become bored with her, and as the saying on the street went, when JP got bored, she got bruised.   

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    Check out this excerpt:

    Mabel Winston was excited.  She was so excited she was jiggling, and Mabel Winston never jiggled.  She glanced around the bus in excited anticipation.  She had been saving for this particular event for over a year, scrimping and scraping from every social security check and every dividend payment she’d received since she first learned of ‘the show’.  While Mabel jiggled, a small murmur of conversation permeated the interior of the deluxe motor coach.  It was a large tour bus destined for Los Vegas and the show of a lifetime, its huge wheels chewing up the miles as it rumbled down the highway. Spontaneously, someone broke into song, warbling out in a high pitched sqeek,  “Far.  We’ve been traveling far.  Without a home, but not without a star!”  As if on queue a dozen other voices, as equally bad as the first joined in and Mabel just couldn’t help herself and belted out in her enormous alto: “Freeee, only want to be freeeee!  We huddle close, hang on to a dreeeeam!”   By this time everyone else had joined in and the windows of the bus rattled with the cacophony of discordant voices. “On the boats and on the planes
    They’re coming to America
    Never looking back again
    They’re coming to America”
     The raucous noise continued unabated for the next 5 minutes, as they repeated the chorus over and over again. “They’re coming to America,
    They’re coming to America,
    They’re coming to America,
    They’re coming to America,
    Today, today, today, today, today!”
     Gordon Burns wanted to die.  He wanted someone to take an ice pick and shove it into his right ear, feel it slide through the middle of his brain, and exit his left ear. Anything would be better than this he thought.  Gordon, or Gordie to his friends (none of which were on this bus at the moment thank you very much), had taken this job as a way to earn extra cash for flying lessons at his local municipal airport.  He was ready to take his instrumentation exam and he really needed the money to pay for the flying hours.   But if he had to listen to one more bad rendition of “Girl, you’ll be a woman soon”, “I am I said”, or “September Morn”, he would seriously go postal!  He was sorely tempted to scream “You better be quiet!”  “Don’t make me pull this bus over!” Or even “Don’t make me come back there!”  Instead all he could do was repeat over and over to himself “Are we there yet?” “Are we there yet?”  “Are we there yet?”  “Are we there yet?”    Sigh.   The Neil Diamond Summer Love Tour Bus, Vegas bound with about thirty blue haired biddies continued to make is slow way oblivious to the world around it, a rousing chorus of “Sweet Caroline” muffled, but clearly audible serenading the surrounding countryside as they went. Gordon was squinting his eyes against the pain and throbbing in his cranium.  He was so focused on the road ahead and rendered virtually deaf by the toneless biddy brigade, that he did not notice the flashing blue lights behind him.  Nor did he notice the blaring of sirens that every desert animal for 20 miles heard.  He did not even notice the helicopter as it went “whup whup whup” above the bus.  It was only when a state patrolman whizzed past him, changed into his lane and slowed down in front of him that he took any notice of his surroundings.  As he made to pull the bus over to the side of the road, the singing stopped and Gordie couldn’t hold back a blessed sigh of relief.  He thanked God for whatever ‘sound ordinance’ he was sure the ladies had broken.  As he pulled the big vehicle to a stop, he noticed about 30 large people wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying a rather lethal array of weaponry exiting from transport vehicles behind the bus.  The men, and probably women, he couldn’t tell from the riot gear and facemasks, surrounded the bus and pointed their guns menacingly in his general direction.  Gordie almost pissed himself.  When he opened the door, a half dozen combat troops wearing camouflage poured onto the bus and pointed their guns at everyone, seemingly at the same time.  Fully a third of the old ladies on the bus promptly swooned and then fainted.     After smelling salts were administered to the semi-unconscious (he was pretty sure at least some of them were faking), Gordie was grabbed roughly and dragged outside, along with everyone else from the bus.  Every last one of the poor old ladies were bustled out and placed beside the bus, hands behind their heads.  The sobbing was almost as bad as the singing.  Almost.  The military people began to frisk everyone, pouring out contents of pockets, purses, even knitting bags.  Steadily, a pile of lacy underwear began to form on the ground as the ladies looked sheepishly on.  There were at least a few recitations of “That’s not mine!” and a couple exclaimed “oh dear, how did that get in there” Finally, one of the police pulled a cell phone from Mabel’s knitting bag and held it up.  All of the law enforcement personnel on the scene, all 35 of them lowered their guns.

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    Scrivener crashed on me after I left it open for a while when I went to school. Came back and almost died. I had ~11k words when I left, and my last save was at 7,860 words. Damn you Jam; were it not for the crash I’d be ahead of you!

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    G-Man

    I am gman’s "spider fingers".

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    Ticked up to 10,021 at lunch today…  Pretty good shit too!  I’m enjoying this NaNoWriMo thing waaaay too much….

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    We should write something. Whaddaya think?

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    I’m gonna have to buy some more scotch…  I seem to be racing through this bottle.  Dewars… not too bad.  couldn’t bring myself to buy the real expensive stuff…  

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    Bite on that one!  Har!

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    Just an old farm boy thats done his share of hunt’n.

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Twowire, your knife gutting knowledge is making me shake in my boots!

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    Gotta fly!!!!

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    Like it could have come from some personal experience? It reminds me of some of the supervisor I’ve known. Keep it coming Jam! 

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    A quick excerpt:

         The doors in front of them opened up as they pushed them open and they were greeted with a blue hallway. Not a ‘blue’ highway, as in the adjective of describing someone with a dirty mouth, such as Leon, but as in the color. The entire eighth grade wing was themed with one thing: The color blue. Dark blue floor tiles, light blue walls, and very light blue ceilings were just some of the most noticeable blue things among the most minute blue details of the hallway. Why the hell the school had decided to Smurf-ify that wing, he had no idea. Some of the other students had asked why, and even the teachers didn’t know. If he could find the architect of the school, Leon would probably end up beating him to death with a can of blue paint. The only downside to that plot would be that the paint can could rupture and spray even more blue paint onto the walls, much to the chagrin to others.

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    I got around to topping off my hip flask with scotch…  I’ve only been using it for a day and a half, but man i must have been tugging at it more than I thought!  Go ahead and try to do something underhanded and dirty with THAT!  You degenerate bastards!

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    It’s tough getting onto the site right now, but here’s kind of how it works…

    You just keep on writing, and whenever you feel like it, log onto the site.

    Go to "MyNaNoWriMo" and then "Edit Novel Info". 

    A page will come up with places to give your novel more information:

    a name

    an author

    a synopsis

    an excerpt

    and right near the top is a place for wordcount….

    If they have the word counter enabled, you could use that, on mine they don’t.

    Just click in the blank for word count and enter however many words you have.

    Then go to the bottom and click on submit.

    It will then go to a page with your novel info on it including your new wordcount.

    The little blue bar will start to move for you as well.

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    Jam, I signed up too but half the time my computer does not work, it has nothing to do with me however, really it doesn’t.  I have written some, but do I wait untill I am finished or do I send them stuff each day? do I enter my wordcount as I work or do they enter the wordcount after I send my stuff to them? I am also signed in as ogreoregon, same as here, but I am already feeling a little lost.
    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    5,684 Words…   Still trying to get to the really good parts too!

     Quick simple excerpt:

    Normally, a mid-level manager would not have the permissions to create user accounts, but Mr. Moriss had insisted that he be given domain level administrative permissions because as he had said:  “This is my network damn it!  And you work for me!  I should have the same rights on this network as you do!”  Of course, he had then proceeded to access the main file and print server and believing he was simply giving himself access, replaced ‘all’ of the permissions on ‘all’ of the files on the server;  Effectively wiping out the existing permissions structure.  Mr. Morris could get to everything.  The rest of the company?  Not so much.  It had taken Nick and Susan 2 days to get everything back to normal.  For his part in it, Mr. Moriss’ had refused to take any of the blame and had chalked it up to “general network problems”.  Nick chuckled as he remembered this; then once again, he was snapped back into reality as he heard a door close across the office floor and his heart jumped up his throat to take up residence somewhere near his tonsils.  

     

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    I wrote 1444 words to a fan-fic for nocturnal. me and someone else were planning it for a while and I just got around to typing it. I’m thinking that depending on how much I ca nget done by the end of the week I might sign up and try to put together a "novel" of fan-fiction stories I would write. Not only from Sigler’s stories but maybe also from TZC.

    G-Man

    I am gman’s "spider fingers".

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    And I ain’t even done for the day yet Junkies!   In reality the first 2 chapters are complete and total crap.  I know that, but the deadline kept me going and Chapters 3-5 are pretty frickin’ cool.  Maybe I don’t suck after all!  Besides… Rough Draft..

    Oh, and before I forget!  DAMN YOU SIGLER!  I’m gonna Kill you in my book!  (If that’s okay with you that is).  And not an ultra cool ‘die like a man’ scenario either… No my friend, you’re gonna die like weasal, begging for your life like some crankpot 3rd world dictator when faced with the actual size of his own wang!  You come out with a new Nocturnal, just as I’m getting going!  I’m saving it for a commute, where normally I woulda just sniffed that shit up like the coke that it is!  I took the time to listen to the Stank Announcement, and while that just plain ol’ rocked grandma’s nickers right off of her, it doesn’t get you off the hook for jackin’ me over with the new nocturnal episode that I can’t listen to until I get another couple of thousand words down!  Do you feel it?!?  Do you feel the pain?  The Heat?  The almost insufferable explosive RAGE!  ARGH!!!! 

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    Thanks Jam!

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Really helps…  More than I thought it would have…  By the way, you’re a pussy….  just to let you know… but that’a alright, cause you’re gonna die anyway…   Okay, okay I won’t make you a pussy, but you will be snuffed…

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    Was writing up until the second before midnight and have barely beat you so far at 3313 words.

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    Who would have thought writing could be done in a social setting. When you think of writer writing it always in some secluded room or cabin away from everyone.

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    For the first couple of days the website just gets swamped all to hell.   can’t even get on to update my word count…  It will says 1,421 or some such crap!  I’ve got a helluva lot more than that you worthless piece of ….  
    ARGH! 

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    Not a bad start!

    Had a great time at my countown write-in – had about 15-20 people there…  Wrote about 1,400 last night.  Added the rest just now.  With the occasional nip of scotch from my hip flask, I was good to go…   Let’s see how far I get tomorrow…

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    Off work. Fresh drink. Wrote first sentence.

    Current coiunt — 12 words. HAR!

    “E=Mc2, Sigler=MoRe CarNage 4 U."

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    I, too shall be attempting NaNoWriMo for my first novel attempt. My username will be nattydad.

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    So sad.

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    Literaly to literal. Or naive?

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Are you a lawyer? Hang on, I might need to call my lawyer.

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    That there even are any. Besides, I prefer to write in private, where nobody can hear the ego-fueled laughs of terror.

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    How and why would it be illegal?

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    I don’t think this is legal. At least where I live. I need a drink.

    – “Hey, I’ll teach you to laugh at something funny!” -Homer Simpson (Angry and strangling Bart for laughing at him.)

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    Are you going to be attending write-ins?

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    But I’ll probably get started when I first awake in the morning. I’ll also be posting my word count, and perhaps we can get a competition of the junkies going….

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    Any objections to my posting this over on our regional NaNoWriMo board?

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    May you remain sober enough to remember what you were going to write about.

    May the crap you’re typing on the page somewhat resemble the scene running through
    your mind.

    May your deadline be dictated by someone whose ass you can kick in an emergency..

    May all your characters ride off into the sunset after a happy ending…or be

    slaughtered horribly with whole paragraphes devoted to the play-by-play of

    their suffering.

    And as you continue to peck away,

    May you not pass out prior to typing those two perfect words: The End.

    “E=Mc2, Sigler=MoRe CarNage 4 U."

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    I’ve got a countdown write-in scheduled for tonight so at 12:01am I’ll by typing away.  I’ll post my word count here as we go along.  All the other Junkies who are participating should do the same so we can get the ‘proper motivation’ from the rest of you…   

    We had a big kick off party last night at a coffee shop in St. Paul.  packed the place.  Kind of felt like the book signing in Houston…  I was surprised at hwo many different kinds of people are doing this.  Young, old, single, married, you name it…  Kind of like Junkies!  Very cool.

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    Once the month is over and I have a first draft, I’m planning on using yWriter to tighten it all up and hone the story.  If I remember correctly, you’ve used yWriter before.  Should be interesting…

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    Good luck SJ! I’m not taking part this year, but keeping my toe in the water (I help out with the Charlotte NaNo meetup group).

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    dropboxjk@yahoo.com

    I’ll need your name though.  or do you want me to just call you Twowire? 

    SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)

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    Just kill me off in your story! JK! I would be nice though.

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Thanks for the links.  This is just about exactly what I’m looking for!

    SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)

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    Very Bad Deaths, by Spider Robinson
    you would particularly enjoy the torture scenes (or the implied, spider is mainstream sf, so he doesn’t get too graphic, but graphic enough)
    #2
    http://www.pgholyfield.com/maah/

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    We’d be thinking about what you did after you UN dressed the deer! ;)

    No really what gets smelly when gutting an animal and I suppose it would be the same with humans is when you get into their intestines and stomach. All that poo and stomach contents in there will cause quite a nasty stink. Most Gutting knive are a short blade to keep from nicking the innards. Here is link with deer gutting knives.

    http://www.deershack.com/gear/knives/knives.html

    I like the "Large skinner" – http://www.deershack.com/gear/knives/G1515.jpg. Its a palm held knife. Once a cut is made you use the back side hook and pull. But take a look around and see if theres on you think fits your needs.

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Fill in the blanks if you can…

    NOTE:  This is just synopsis stuff…  Not material that will be placed in the book.  I’m just describing what the chapter/scene ‘might’ be like here….  

    Things I don’t know:

    • Is there a special name for the gutting knife with the hooked end.  Having trouble finding one.
    • Having never dressed a deer, (Stop thinking that you sick bastards!)  I don’t know the particularsabout the insides, what smells worse, the bits and pieces, etc…

     

    Pulls out long knife… special back-story on the knife – He’s used it before – a lot of times… Special type of knife… leaves special types of wounds…   It’s a gutting knife, like used for butchering animals (field dressing).  Has a hook on the end that curves around.  Used for cutting the skin without messing up the insides.  This is for the downward stroke.  The backside is serrated for a very messy backslash (going up)…  common usage, hands tied behind the back, duct tape across the mouth with a small hole to let “a little bit of sound” out.  Pin your pretty against the wall with your left forearm by his neck.  Split the skin from sternum down using the gutting side of the knife.  While you do it, turn your left arm and hold the skin together so the guts don’t come gushing out.  Get real close.  After you reach the bottom of the initial incision, breathe into his face and say ‘something’.  Then viciously stab the knife the rest of the way in and then very messily drag the serrated part of the knife upwards, making as much mess as possible.  Listen to the screams coming through the little hole directly into your ear and sigh with pleasure.  Might include some quasi-sexual pleasure derived from this.  Whatever.  NOTE:  Avoid the heart and maybe lungs – just to promote extended pain (when dressing a hunting kill you avoid tearing into all sorts of internal stuff (this keeps the internal organs from oozing all over everything making a smelly nasty mess), not this though, it’s meant to be icky)…  Additional research:  What smells the worst?  What’s there?  The more descriptive, the better.   

     
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    Is a modified gutting knife.  has the nice little hook on the end for making a perfect surgical cut and splitting the skin…   I’ve been coming up with idea to make it even more graphic when I finally get the chance to descirbe it in the novel…  

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     I could write that much in a year! When it comes to writing I would be what you call a "Write-tard"? I go blank when ever I try to put things down in words. Either that or it comes out a unintelligent jumble of words. Many of my posts are proof of that!

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    either JT_manis or jtmanis

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    Good to know that I’m not the only Junkie doing this….   

    What name did you register under so I can buddy you?

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    And trying a style of writing completely new to me: drama. This shall be fun.

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    NaNoWriMo is pretty sweet. Good community, good challenge, and it gets your mind on the fact that you can’t talk about writing, you have to write. Roll up your sleeves and start flinging words, Junkies.

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    Ok so here’s my title and synopsis for those interested

    Vanium: Dawn of the Second Age 

    The time of Change has come ending the second cycle. The four great World Dragons gather to transfer control of the titanic energies used to rebuild the planet after their war back to Nylhere, the creator of their current truce. When Nylhere is discovered dead in his lair the remaining three dragons retreat in rage and fear. They consolidate those loyal to them for protection. For who or what could have slain one of the near god-like great dragons. The energies that have protected the planet for eight millenia are fading, pulled back by the great dragons in order to be used for their own protection. Disease and famine rage across the face of Vanium, where neither had been seen in even the most ancient writings. And throughout the world emissaries from an distant land move, seeking those looking for glory, money, and power.

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     and i would love to do this.my work schedule sucks bad but it sounds fun

    hell if it taste like chicken,bring me chicken!

                                                        rodney carigton

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    I’ll find you on the site and buddy you…  

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    Ok so I signed up to the site username is the same as here StayzKrunchyInMilk.  I decided on doing the idea I had for a fantasy novel.  I will try to put in the synopsis soon.

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    I’m working on my starving writers costume.  I’ve already got the gloves (I’m gonna cut the fingers off of them – ala Aggie).

    What else should I wear?

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    This is an excellent excuse to get started writing or to get back into writing if you (I) have slacked off. If you (I) stick with it, you (I) have a novel (or a bunch words the approximate length of a novel) on your hands. But hopefully you (I) also come away with the habit of writing everyday. That’s where I think the magic happens.

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    and I think the knife is a kabar knife, maybe.

    G-Man

    Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! – Mooj

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    I won’t get 50K by the end of the month.

    G-Man

    Rich man gets off work, then buys stereo. Not after f***ing brunch! – Mooj

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    That sound like a lot.  I might could write 1K words.  I have some ideas for short stories.  Nothing gory like Scott does though.  I admire you guys!!!

    "Even crazy people sometimes base their fiction on an ounce of truth" -S. Sigler

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    Keep us updated as to when you post your work! 

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Mostly, because I feel obligated to.  The assassin is going to have his trademark killing method…  This is just synopsis material…  The actual writing will be much better: 

    Time to finish it…  Pulls out long knife… special back-story on the knife – He’s used it before – a lot of times… Special type of knife… leaves special types of wounds…   maybe sharp (with a hook?)  for slice on the forehand and serrated for a very messy backslash (going up)…  common usage, slice down the chest into abdomen then reversal up tearing through all of the juicy insides (avoiding heart and maybe lungs – just to promote extended pain) (when dressing a hunting kill you avoid tearing into all sorts of internal stuff (this keeps the internal organs from oozing all over everything making a smelly nasty mess), not this though, it’s meant to be icky)…  Nasty!  Finally Kills Eugene by his trademark slice and gut rip move.  He will hold onto the location of the data until the cleanup job is done.  He must realize that this makes him more noticeable.  But he’s okay with that.  It’s street cred.  As long as he doesn’t get caught.  Some assassins like to never be known.  They engineer elaborate ways to kill people so nobody would even know it was on purpose.  Not him though. He likes the notoriety…Feeds on it…  Hell, nobody, even any of his employers knows his real name.  And they’re not going to either.  That’s the way he likes it.   

    Does anyone here know the name of that kind of knife.  with the hook on the end? 

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    I found your site and info here http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/404732. Look forward to seeing your work!

    “I still can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.”

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    Create a log in to participate.  That’s all…

    Set aside a little time each day (maybe an hour or so) and start writing…  End of each day, go to the web site and post what you’ve written so far, they keep track of the word count so you can see a bar fill up to 50K words.  Pretty cool really.  You might be surprised how many people in your area are doing it.  Go for it.  Make it a 50K sigler fan-fic…  

    SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)

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    We can watch each other’s word counts and egg each other on!  Personal challange! 

    SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)

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    Data, vital to the security of the United States, has been misappropriated by those who would cause harm.  Nicholas Edgewood, a mid-level network administrator, is framed for the crime and catapulted into a world that very well may be the death of him.  Technology and National Security combine as the end of the world looms near.  Or something like that…  Intrigue, femme fatales and even an assassin grace this place…  Let’s see what it looks like when it’s done…

    My chapter synopsis (can’t start writing yet) is about 9,000 words.  That’s just chapter descriptions and plot ideas.  I’m refusing to plot out the last 20-30% of the novel though…  Really jazzed up for it! 

    SynapticJam on Toast – hhhmmm… tastes like chicken (aka PUVJK) #3 in crack hits (Special?  Ain’t I just)

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    Okay.  All it is…   challenge… simple.  50K words in thirty days… That’s an average of 1,667 per day or nada and 50K in 3 days…  whatever you want.  That’s it.  New stuff only.  Don’t try to "finish up" something you’ve already started.  Last year over 101,000 people world wide tried it.  You can too.  Don’t worry about the tech part…  just create a log in on the site and there’s a place to copy and paste you’re novel in for them to do a wordcount.  That’s really about it.  On the surface.  In reality, here in the twin cities, there are about 1600 people registered and we’ll be getting together for write-ins (not writing groups where you read other people’s stuff).  Coffee shops, bars, wherever.  Good social time too, despite the constant clacking on keyboards.  We’re even doing a writers tour from 12 noon on saturday until 2pm sunday.  More or less a bar crawl really, but hey, that’s cool.  I’m synapticjam over there as well if you wanna look me up.  I’ll post the synopsis of the novel I’m planning.  Compensating Controls – kudos to whoever knows what that is…  

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    I need to work on some of my "solo" projects.  Maybe I will pick one of those and really get down to working on it for this.  I guess we will see come November 30 if I can do it. no WoW for me this month :P hehe

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    I looked it up after Jams post.
    I think this is a great idea, I think I should write things down anyway so I don’t forget them, who knows maybe there is a great Novel hidden in all of us or at least a great way to leave a bit of ourselves for others to learn from. Since I started keeping a journal I find myself writing down lots of random thoughts that come from nowhere, that are really interesting. It will take me years and years. Kudos to those who participate and finish in the month of NOVEMBER.
    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    YOU should do this
    it’s about writing a certain number of words a day, everday, for the month of november (i think)

    it’s a terrific exercise in writing, it doesn’t have to be pretty or good, just get the words out, you can edit and change things or trash and start over later. others can give you the paticulars

    #2
    http://www.pgholyfield.com/maah/

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    Of course I am not doing it.Cry
    What is it and Where do I find out about it?

    *I am the Rear Admiral but Sigler gives the Orders*

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    Anybody here doing NaNoWriMo?  If so, let me know!

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