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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Liftoff, we have liftoff! T minus 2 days, -76 words

Yeehaw! Snuck over the line late Friday night and I have now officially won Nano 2008. I'll write a bit more in the next two days to give me a final total for the month somewhere around the 51.5k mark I'd say. There's still more to write and a huge amount of editing to go, but the main task is complete.

Friday, 28 November 2008

SRBs are go: T minus 3 days, 1819 words

Final checks have been completed, all lights in the green, ready to go for launch. Tonight we shall see victory!

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Main engine ignition: T minus 4 days, 3712 words

So close I can almost smell it! With an official 4 days to go I should get over the 50k barrier on Friday night sometime. That'll give me the weekend to get well over the count so any discrepancies between the way MS Word and NanoWriMo count words will not have an effect on my victory status. Here's hoping!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The Final Countdown: 5 Days, T minus 5538 words

A bare minimum of writing done last night. I need to get some action happening soon to get the words flowing again. Right now I've got the MC in the bar (AGAIN! What's the story with all the booze?), the good guys en route and the bad guy(s) about to do the same. Let's see where they all end up.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The Final Countdown: 6 Days, T minus 7208 words

A quick 1680 words last night which is right on the average requirement per day. At this rate I'll reach the 50k barrier with a couple of days to spare and quite probably a fair bit of story left to go.

Of course, the question is what do do with it next. Should I attempt to edit it and make it (possibly) worth publication? That will wait for a month or so after November, just to give myself some breathing space. I've still got the 22k I did last year that needs to be finished somehow as well.

Monday, 24 November 2008

The Final Countdown: 7 Days, T minus 8888 words

With one week to go I've broken the 40k barrier. This morning I realised that with my current count of 41,112 words I am precisely 8,888 words from the finish line. A nice bit of symmetry there. So I'll switch to a countdown tally for the run to the end of the month.

We spent the weekend at Emerald Beach. Despite it being very windy the weather was lovely, 30 on Saturday and mid 20s on Sunday. Much better than Armidale where it almost snowed on the weekend.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Day 20: 36,886 words

I just scraped in above the daily count tonight. It was a tough one, words took a fair while to get going, but I managed. The next few days will be interesting.

More rain and storms! Just what I need when riding home on a bike.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Day 19: 35,158 words

A nearly 3k day, excellent!

Rain, rain rain this week. And we're off to the coast this weekend, here's hoping it clears up by then.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Day 18: 32,275 words

Reporters, you can't trust them. Particularly when you suspect they aren't really reporters. And when you are spot on in your suspicions. The plot thickens!

Monday, 17 November 2008

Day 17: 30,422

w00t, over the 60% mark! The story is progressing, more or less. Happy gangsters, unhappy directors of mysterious temporal agencies, and a MC who's decided he's tired of being clueless. Of course, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Day 16: 28,372 words

I did write yesterday, around 1500 words or so, but I just forgot to update the blogosphere. Today was a better word count, around 2200 or thereabouts, so the weekend total has been pretty decent. I'll check out the numbers tomorrow, but I should be closing in on being day ahead on the word count. I thought I was doing pretty well until I saw someone who yesterday had just over 600,000 words. That is not a typo, over half a million words in two weeks. Yikes.

Victory in the cricket this weekend, chasing down 196 in 40 overs we passed their score with 8 balls remaining. Great effort by all the lads this week. Second grade won as well, so a good weekend for the ACCC.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Day 14: 24,754 words

Not quite half way, but a good enough count for tonight. Things are mostly moving along ok, but I'm getting to some fairly important plot bits so I'm wondering where to go. Ah well, stick the characters in a situation and see where it takes them, I guess.

Caffeine withdrawal is unpleasant, I've discovered. I decided to skip caffeine drinks for a few days and I've been feeling seriously headachy and really tired. So I had a coffee today and felt much better. Might just try to stick to one a day for a bit, I think.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Day 13: 22,944

My first big milestone today - I passed last year's word count. Boy, was it hard too. I didn't get anything written during the day as work was flat out. So all today's words, all 1508 of them, came tonight. It's much easier when I get eke out 800 or so words during the day, but that really depends on how flat out we get. And today was one of those days.

Still, I'm ahead of the curve. With any luck tomorrow will see me over half way. We shall see!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Day 12: 21,436 words

Excellent, I'm over the 21k mark. Tomorrow should see me exceeding my word count from 2007, so it's uncharted territory from then on! Will our hero survive? With the time stream stay intact? Will we ever learn what his new, secret cocktail is? For the answer to this and many other disturbing questions, stay tuned tomorrow, same nano time, same nano channel!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Day 11: 19,369 words

Well on track and 1k ahead. Nice. Lots of exposition today, fairly crap, but that's the whole idea. Editing came come later, its raw words that count!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Day 10: 17,221 words

Ahh, much better, 2k words today. I'm going to need a few of those as we've got a weekend away coming up soon, so writing will be rather difficult. I need to get ahead of the curve as much as possible.

I've now finished shooting up the cafe and getting my MC off to hospital. Segue to the investigating officers getting a royal chewing out for completely screwing up the surveillance.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Day 9: 15,096 words

It's not as rewarding as growing a mo for Movember, but the word count is proceeding on track. I've just shot up a rather nice cafe but haven't injured the main character too much as yet. All this over a bar and a pocket watch. Sad, really.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Day 8: 13,592 words

Another day, a little below average on the word count, but my head is still above water. Tomorrow will tell.

I can probably blame it on officially advancing old age.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Day 7: 12,380 words

Not a great day for the word count, but I was already a bit ahead of the curve so I could afford it. With the weekend coming up there is a chance to really get some words down. We shall see.

Tomorrow is an auspicious day, I'll see how many of you can work out what that is.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Day 6: 11,011 words

A good day, which was surprising considering we were woken up twice by our youngest throwing up. That's never a particularly good start to the day.

So, the USA has its first black president. Here's hoping that he can do what he has promised in his speech at the end of the election night. I think he can; and the rest of the world seems to think so as well. We shall see.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Day 5: 8,571 words

A little slower today, getting a little bogged down. It's hard, as I often write without overly describing situations and people, probably a result of writing flash fiction. Now that I've got such a large number of words I'm forcing myself to be rather more descriptive, but I worry that it's at the expense of story. I'll just keep going, I think, it fills out the word count effectively and gives me thinking room to work out the plot a little more.

Time for a mysterious stranger and 1928 brandy.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Day 4: 7.018 words

Still ahead, wahoo! I've got the feeling I'll be looking up cocktail recipes and particle physics for this one, probably both at the same time. Anyone know how to mix a supernova?

Monday, 3 November 2008

Day 3: 5,664 words

Slow start, fast finish. It's amazing how helpful it is to get up and bake a Pavlova.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Day 2: 4,001 words

Things seem to be flowing pretty well today, I'm ahead of the curve for a change! Having the weekend to write has been helpful, so we'll see how it goes during a working week. Fingers crossed!

In other news we barely avoided an outright loss this weekend in the cricket. Having been bowled out for 122 in the first innings, Easts declared at 7/152 and sent us back in. We had a shocker, bowled out for 87, leaving them 10 overs to get 58 to win. We get down to the last ball where they need 3 to win but luckily they couldn't do it. Too close for comfort, that.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Day 1: 1,717 words

NanoWriMo is upon us again and I'm giving it another go. However, I've got no real plot ideas at all this time, so this could be a real struggle. So far I've got a bar and the owner's just been shot. We'll see where that leads.