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I've signed m'self up for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Which means through the month of November, I intend to write a novel 50,000 words in length or more. That's nearly 2000 words a day. I've decided to do this for a number of reasons. 1) I've got plenty of time to waste, 2) I'd like to write more, 3) I've been intending to buy a laptop, and this is a good excuse to feel like it's not a pointless waste of money (which it is) however much I might want it, 4) I've wanted to write a mystery for a while, but feel bogged down by the need to be clever about it and 5) I've got plenty of time to waste.

I'm actually excited about the project. This is basically what sold me on the idea:

3) Art for art's sake does wonderful things to you. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you want to take naps and go places wearing funny pants. Doing something just for the hell of it is a wonderful antidote to all the chores and "must-dos" of daily life. Writing a novel in a month is both exhilarating and stupid, and we would all do well to invite a little more spontaneous stupidity into our lives.

Basically, writing a novel in a month is a ridiculous thing to try to do. So why not do it?

In other news, I went out and bought a bunch of graphic novels and manga yesterday. I've been doing that a lot lately. Vol.4 of Utena finally came out, now that Viz has switch to the unflipped format. Trigun vol.1 is out and is 350 pages (!), so I decided to give that a shot, since I heard when it was airing that the manga covers a lot of neat background stuff that the anime leaves out. I also bought a cute little indy graphic novel called Rosemary's Backpack. Now and Then has a graphic novel bargain bin now which is great for trying out different stuff. While it wasn't revolutionary, Rosemary's Backpack was a nice, light and fun adventure where most indy graphic novels... aren't.


matt writes:


Go for it!

I want to read it.

Speaking of which... I've got an author you might like. Mysteries in medieval Japan... Was in the Oct. Alfred Hitchcock magazine (Kamo Horse, or something like that). I'll get the name for you in a bit.

Good luck!

Submitted 2003-10-27 17:07:58

flying squirrel writes:

No guarantees I'll ever post it. And remember, the goal is wordcount, not cohesive storytelling. I might post exerpts and things, though.

Thanks. My mystery queue is already a little long, but I'll give it a shot. Probably in December sometime. ^^;

Submitted 2003-10-27 17:39:27

tinkerer writes:

Bravo, Squirrel!

I actually heard of NaNoWriMo two years ago and thought it would be great fun, but November had already started, plus my daughter was on two hockey teams that season and so there *no way* I had time or energy for it. And then last year I simply fogot all about it until it was over. :< And wouldn't you know it? This year my daughter is again on two teams, and since my budget is going for ice time and gear I don't suppose I'll be able to buy a laptop to take to the rink. ;>

So I guess I'll just have to sit back and cheer you on loudly (I get all this practice cheering from the hockey, y'know), and then when you've finished I can smirk and say, "well of *course* I knew the butler did it!"

Submitted 2003-10-27 19:25:09

1 <azrael-1@highstream.net> writes:

I don't know what's worse, pulling my hair out of my head or the excessive blood loss from banging my head against the wall in the hopes that a couple of people here would actually get their heads out of their @$$es. This crap sounds like the same crap that has been around for at least 4 and a half years from the two of you. If only...But I always have...blah blah f@#king blah. I've been coming to this site, all too regularly, for the last year alone and neither of you have changed. So here is the deal...

1 month for a novel, too high a goal for either of you, so here it is, in writing. I will give whoever (or is it whomever? or do you think I even care?) my laptop, it's not a great machine but more than enough for writing anything on, to the one who can send me a complete short story, or at least the best short story if you both dare to accept my challenge. I must receive them by the 22nd of November and I am looking for a complete story that will be mostly judged upon entertaining myself, which to be fair means that I believe in characters and plot.

There it is, much easier than 50k words or then again much more difficult.

Submitted 2003-10-27 22:53:22

Oh god, are you posting whilst drunk again?


Dan writes:

Oh, come on, you can do better than a crappy laptop. Let's throw some prostitutes and booze in there!

Submitted 2003-10-28 00:04:39

matt writes:


First two on the list for sure... the other stuff I haven't a clue (though some of it appears not be by the same author...)

Submitted 2003-10-28 10:23:37

matt writes:


Let's try that again... (funny wrap there... the url above is broken, but complete...)

For those having trouble it's I.J. Parker.

Books are:

The Hell Screen: A Mystery of Ancient Japan
Rashomon Gate: A Mystery of Ancient Japan

Submitted 2003-10-28 10:25:44

db writes:

when you've finished, i'd appreciate a little help with my thesis.

Submitted 2003-10-28 13:55:43

flying squirrel writes:

Sure thing.

Submitted 2003-10-28 14:24:40

matt writes:

Whoops! Not your word count.

Disregard all that's relevent.

Pay close attention to the rest. :-)

Submitted 2003-11-02 13:12:49

1 writes:

Hookers, booze and laptop computers...sounds like a best seller to me.

Sorry, I share my booze with no one. I could offer a ticket to L.V. though.

Was I drinking and posting again? Of course I was but I'm not sure if I was actually drunk when I wrote that. I was in a rowdy mood though after the DKM concert.

Where's a good site to get Canadian Statistics?

Submitted 2003-11-07 13:34:11

matt writes:


What'd you do to get pagerank at Google???

Was it the truck thing? :-)

3/10... I clock in at 0. Someday... :-)

Submitted 2003-11-11 14:23:47

flying squirrel writes:

No idea, to be honest. I think google has a FAQ about it. Really, what I'd like to find out is how *not* to get pageranked. Sure, I want people to find my homepage, and I've had some nice comments on my astrology and myers-briggs pages, but mostly it's more trouble than it's worth. People get pissed off when you're not what they're looking for.

Submitted 2003-11-12 14:58:05

tinkerer writes:

You have astrology and myers-briggs pages? Boy, I've been spending *way* too much time on hockey lately. I seem to be missing all sorts of things...

Submitted 2003-11-12 17:44:10

Admittedly, I never managed to make a very good astrology page. But yeah, it's there. The Myers-Briggs one is a bit better. They're both over two years old.


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