Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016: Writing, Pokemon Dittos, and Kamikaze Turkeys

Getting the winner banner is one thing.

Getting a novel truly finished and published is the one goal I haven't crossed yet.

Gotta catch 'em all!

No, wait, that's the Pokemon Go game. They're running a special Double XP this Pagan Turkey Sacrifice Day, and unleashed a rare Pokemon called Ditto:

Ditto hides disguised as low-value Pokemon, so that Rattata you've been ignoring could actually be a Ditto. So you kinda have to catch everything you can now to add up the Dittos.

And, as this is a Pagan Turkey Sacrifice Day, let us honor the greatest ritual of mass kamikaze turkey genocide we ever saw:


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: Getting to 50000 Words And More to Go

Getting to the 50,000 word marker is relatively easy if you've gotten things plotted out, you've gotten the characters lined up, and you avoid the pitfalls of painting yourself into corners that you didn't expect.

I'm hitting the 50,000 finish line a lot earlier than usual as well. Got a full week left of the NaNo campaign to get more of the bits and pieces I've got floating around here.

Next thing up is actually finishing the NOVEL ITSELF - something I haven't done in any previous effort. If I can focus on THAT...

Then I can worry about hiring somebody for the cover art. ;-)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Another Problem About NaNoWriMo? It Makes Me Think

If anybody else writing NaNo ever runs into this as a problem...

See, writers have ideas. Ideas we want to express as either stories or essays.

Once I start writing on something - a story or a blog article or other project - a plot idea or some form of insight suddenly pops up that I can incorporate into what I'm working on.

Unless the idea doesn't fit. Then all of a sudden I have a plot idea or a topic worth discussing that I can't put aside lest I forget about it.

So I find myself going off on tangents, dancing away from the novel/story project I'm on and typing away on an unrelated project.

For example, I'm supposed to be working on my superhero origins novel for NaNo right now. However, I've suddenly got myself thinking about Pragmatism as an American philosophy and musing over the need to write up some amateur proto-philosophical chapters/articles before I lose track of THAT thought.

This is one of the reasons why I've never really finished a full book. Hell, there's an idea on writing up a History of 20th Century Jamaica still sitting in a box in my closet.

Get me back on track, fellow writers. Remind me I gotta finish this NaNo first and foremost.

I can just tag the journal articles and books on James, Pierce and Dewey for later.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Heading Into the Weekend NaNo 2016

The weekend is usually where you can find extra time to get some writing done on your NaNo draft.

Just don't forget to ignore some of the real-world necessities like:

1) Feed your cats
2) Clean up after your cats
3) Do laundry
4) Fold laundry before cats get into it
5) Feed cats again
6) Call parents to let them know you haven't disappeared into the swamps
8) Feed yourself
9) Don't lose track of anything you might forget
10) Feed cats one more time

You can still fit in a few hours of writing in all that. Somewhere.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016


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