Monday, November 13, 2006

I'm 35,669 words so far into NaNoWriMo 2006.
True to the formula, my plot took an odd and accidental turn in week two.
We took a break from frenzied typing to see Disney's Monsters Inc. On Ice last night.
In a completely unrelated incident, I decided late last night to make faster than light travel possible in my novel through harnessing the power of screaming children. No idea why I thought of it. I also added an alien race of one-eyed green spherical aliens. And they skate. Seems appropriate for some reason.
In another plot development, in the future cotton candy costs $10 and strange cultists wander around trying to sell programs for $15. Creepy!
Plans for today include cramming some operating systems on some new servers and building an exact replica of our current production environment. The end result?
Double the support incidents with no user advantage.
At least until we ship the whole mess to Phoenix. Or Philadelphia. Some place that starts with a Ph-.
Phuket, maybe?
I fell asleep in the meeting. Novelling makes me sleepy.


katy said...

Congrats! You're less than 10,000 words behind me!

Taking a road trip rocks once you realize that your spouse has a much better laptop with the doohickey that plugs into the cigarette doohickey.

I wrote over 6000 words yesterday. But sadly, no monsters inc on ice.
Free Korean food, though.


Garrick said...

Mental note: Korean food = massive word count.

Is your story going to end at 50,000 words?
Mine ended at 25,000, but I started "Book Two" of the saga. Geeks love a "Book Two".

Shana said...

"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle.”
- George Lucas

katy said...

I think I'm about two-thirds of the way through the scenes I had mapped out, and a few of the scenes I've 'written' are just an outline form because I got sick of them and decided to come back later. And since I've been making a new file each morning and not coming back to it, I can't possibly flesh out those scenes until I go to edit or at least stick all of the pieces together.

So, um, a real answer... if 45000=2/3x, x=67500. Probably somewhat more, maybe up to 75000. Don't know how much I'll actually write, as while I want to smack some Maryland ass, my inlaws arrive in town on Saturday. But then, novel-writing is an excellent excuse for antisocial behavior. Or I could claim to be going out to write and instead go drinking and whoring.

and I think the six cups of coffee had more to do with the word count.

Garrick said...

I prefer to pretend to write and just do my drinking and whoring at home. Of course, I'm not what you'd call a "self-starter".
Six cups of coffee + Korean food = word count.
Or, for me, a pleasant afternoon spent in the solitude of the Men's Restroom. Either way, I've got WiFi.

katy said...

Oh, and this guy is crazier than you are. Maybe.

Garrick said...

Whoa. Maybe.

Andrew Moore said...

At just a hair under 20,000 words, I'm already on "PART III" of my saga.

One of my characters is about to develop OCD and start repeating huge paragraphs over and over and over.

katy said...


An older and wiser woman than me gave me this advice--"Throw in a sex scene. Between the descriptions and the Oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god you can get 2000 words easy."

I wrote mine in the school carpool line.

And Garrick? 50195 at this moment. (Next year I suggest you get a spouse and children who play world of warcraft. They can't bitch about your insane singlemindedness when they've just spent two hours pretending to fish.)

Garrick said...

I've tried to enlist Shana in my EverQuest excitement. As you can imagine, Shana is far too cool.

katy said...

Dude. Even *I* am too cool for Everquest. And Shana is infinitely cooler than I am.