sareini: default (discworld - millenium hand and shrimp)
First off, a NaNo update:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7,438 / 50,000

As with every other year, I'm being my usual luddite self and handwriting my novel, because sitting at a computer and trying to write it just gives me too many distractions and I never get anything done. Plus, I can write pretty much anywhere in the house and I'm not limited to whenever Nick isn't using the computer that way. I don't think I'm doing too badly this year; yes, I'm a little behind on words as I didn't actually write on Tuesday due to watching Election coverage and on Wednesday due to recovering from watching election coverage, but catching up isn't too big of a problem, especially since I've already written over 1k words today and that's even with having to stop to do things on the computer every half hour.

In other news... still not got a computer of my own and so having to share Nick's. It's a strained situation, especially since a lot of the people I usually need to talk to are only on in the evening or at night... which is usually when Nick's on as well (not to mention the fact that I can't update lj whenever I feel like it like I used to...)

I've started playing around on Twitter a little, much to Nick's horror and dismay. I'm @Sareini over there.

Also, I think I broke another lightbulb yesterday.
sareini: default (Discworld - Exclamation marks)
It's October.

I've signed up for this year's National Novel-Writing Month in anticipation of November... but as of now I have no idea what I'm going to write. Well, to be exact I have several ideas, all vague, floating round my head, and I have no idea which, if any of them I'll end up using. Or how they could develop. Ah well.

This weekend I also got an invitation to my school reunion, which served to remind me that it's now been ten years since I was 18 (and nearly 11...). Plus, the idea of seeing most of those people ten years on - most of whom really did expect me to end up in a mental hospital - is slightly scary. Visions of Grosse Point Blank keep going through my head. Although I think the chances of me having to stab an assassin to death with a cheap pen in a hallway are somewhat slimmer. Sad, that. It would be interesting entertainment.

And now I'm off to wait in the cold (and probably rain) outside the doctors' to get an early-morning appointment. Bah.

Oh, and I have dragon eggs: Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

(my first two died :( )
sareini: ('everything is true')
Gods, I've not been properly online in days. First I got smacked with a dose of that good ole' CFS exhaustion (that is, more than usual), which left me crawling out of bed and barely able to do anything past the basics of keeping yourself alive. Then, just as I was starting to feel human again, I think I caught a mini-bug that Nick had and passed onto me. Still got that, actually. It's not fun.

So, what's been happening in the Meat-World while I've been gone?

The House )

The Cats )

The Novel )

So that's what's been happening. Now, to feed the cats...
sareini: default (Good Omens - Pinko Subversive)
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22,069 / 50,000

Yes, I've well and truly broken 20k, and I think I can get up to 23k by the end of today. In some ways it's easier working downstairs in the living room with the TV on, because if I watch VH1 Classic or Magic (my two music channels of choice) I can time my writing sessions by the hour because that's how long a lot of their programme segments are. Magic is currently doing a week of power ballads, apparently, while VH1 is the same as it ever was - 80s and 90s music. I guess this is another sign that I'm officially old - I just don't like the 'new' music that plays on the other channels.

Also had a strange experience today when going shopping - the taxi driver decided to point out to me where all the local brothels were. I'm not sure what I should be more bothered about - the fact that he just spontaneously started twlling me this, or the fact that he knew where all of them were...

Now though, time for a nap.
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I finally managed to type up the entirity of my first chapter! It's incredibly rambling and wordy because I'm going for length right now and planning to edit most of it out after I'm done, but here it is for anyone who's interested...

Chapter One )
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14,974 / 50,000

Ok, things are going better now. Starting to get away from the setup and into the actual horror/action of the story. I am mildly concerned that I might have too much setup which leads to a too-slow buildup, but I guess if that's the case I can just edit like mad when I finally finish and come to go over it. I just need to remember that this month, at least, is just for getting the damn thing down...

Also don't know how much time I'll have to write tomorrow, as Kerry is coming down to see me. The theory is that we'll be going out for something to eat and to the cinema, but that may be subject to change as I have absolutely no money till Wednesday (we spent the last of our funds yesterday on kitty litter). So we might end up in the living room watching DVDs and eating what food we have in the freezer (thankfully there's plenty of that)...

Also discovered the source of the mystery puddles on my bed - it was Mac, who apparently decided to start widdlling on my bed. Which would have been bad enough, except that he did it while I was in it. He was thoroughly told off for that (I was so angry that I scared him into running away from me for five minutes, which made me feel really bad once I calmed down), and we've moved his litter box out into the upstairs landing in the hope of reminding him that he isn't to go anywhere but there. Currently he's watching me trying with some interest.

Edit: Also, having just loaded a word count widget from the NaNo site, I am amazed to see that I'm actually over 1k ahead of the word count I should be at! I'd worked it out that I was supposed to be at 16,667 (that's the daily count of 1,667 multiplied by 10), but apparently my dyscalcula has struch again. Or maybe I'm reading the widget wrong. Anyway, I should probably stop procrastinating now...

NaNo Day 7

Nov. 8th, 2006 03:19 pm
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10,911 / 50,000

We shall not talk about Monday, becuase that was a sucky day. A sucky day when I had too much to do and was then to tired to get more than a few hundred words done.

No, we shall instead focus on how I managed to redeem myself yesterday by geting up to just below 11k, despite the mystery of the puddle of liquid that appeared on my mattress with no indication of where it came from...

Also have to keep myself motivated this week, because this is where I usually start to fall apart and stop writing. Since I still have a strong idea of where I'm going in general with this, and some detailed ideas of what's going to happen in the next few chapters, this shouldn't be too much of a problem, but there's always the risk of burnout from simply wanting a break from writing...

NaNo Day 5

Nov. 6th, 2006 09:59 am
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8,715 / 50,000

...And the plot has arrived! Well, sort of. I've finally gotten to the hook that will get my MC to the town where the zombie hoards will soon be eating at theit all-you-can-eat long pig buffet.

This is nearly always something that frustrates me when I'm writing, actually. I get all these tense, action-packed ideas for stories, and I can't wait to get them down on paper... but then I realise that I have to write build-up to them, and set the scene, and so by the time I actually get to the action, I've quite often burned myself out.

This is why I quite often write in a fragmented, completely non-linear fashion - I write all the action scenes and exciting stuff first, and then try to fit in everything else around them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

But this time I'm doing the old-fashioned A-to-B-to-C... route, just for tradition's sake. And it's not going too badly so far, although I'm still acutely aware that I may start to get burned out before I really get to the zombie hoards. Hopefully I can work out ways to avoid that, though. I really want to do well this year.

Now, to boring real-world stuff that has nothing to do with writing (or even the internet) for a while...

NaNo Comic

Nov. 5th, 2006 09:49 am
sareini: default (Bast)
I just saw this on the NaNo site and had to post it here... This is almost exactly what Mac was doing when I was using my computer, and pretty much what Jelli occasionally does at the moment...

Cats and NaNo

NaNo Day 4

Nov. 5th, 2006 09:45 am
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Not too bad, despite the disasters that are befalling me... I've at least been able to take the makeshift bandage/splint off my finger now that it's stopped bleeding and has scabbed over, so I can bend that finger again and therefore type properly once more.

As for the computer thing... well, I'm using Nick's computer when he's not, as I said yesterday, but he doesn't have MS Word (at least I don't think he does, and anyway, the point is moot now). Instead, he has OpenOffice, which I've never been able to get the hang of using for some reason. Plus I don't trust Nick to forget that I'm using hia computer and accidentally delete my document files.

So I'm using Google's online word processor instead. It's a bit basic in its layout - WYSIWYG - and I had a few problems finding things like the word count tool, but other than that it's working just fine for me. So I can continue to handwrite everything in my room, and then proceed with the long, long task of typing it all up when I have a spare hour or two. Like now.

Once I actually have a chapter finished, I'll even post it up here...

(And Jelli says good morning; well, actually she said "777tu48" when she walked across the keyboard, but it's close enough.)
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Oh, and before I forget...

Extract from Chapter One of 'All Flesh'... )

NaNo Day 3

Nov. 4th, 2006 07:58 pm
sareini: default (Blackadder - Bugger)
(This would, of course, have been up much earlier if it hadn't been for lj being down for most of the day)

5510 words... and my NaNo curse has hit early this year.

My computer has died. The motherboard (probably) to be exact. So I'm limited to using Nick's computer when he's not, which isn't usually that often, till we can get a new one. Bugger.

And just to make matters even worse, I sliced open a knuckle on a cat food lid earlier, and the damn thing just wouldn't stop bleeding! In the end, and to try to stop it getting infected because we can't find the plasters, I had to wrap it in tissue paper and then bind it up with medical tape - which is fine except that now I can't bend that finger at all. I guess I should just be thankful that it's on my right hand and not my left, of I'd be completely done for.

In other news, there's fireworks going off like mad outside this evening, what with it being the day before Bonfire Night. I was worried that the cats wouldn't like all the explosions, but they're quite thoroughly nonplussed. Currently Mac is asleep in front of the fire, oblivious to everything, while Jelli is sitting up on Nick's computer desk and cleaning herself. She does look up when one of these really loud macaroons, or shells or whatever they're called, goes off, but other than that it's business as usual for her. I guess, in Jelli's case, she's used to them from being a street cat, and in Mac's case he's too young/daft to properly fathom what's going on...
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I found a word counter widget!

Overall, things are going well, although I am mildly confused as to how my main character and main supporting character have morphed from being college students into exotic dancers. Methinks my characters are trying to get a little too independent...

And now that I've actually got my computer set up in my room (partially balanced on a crate, but still...) I'm going to try typing some of it up later on...
sareini: default (B5 - socks)
So, let's try this again, shall we?

About an hour after I posted last week, the net went down. Bloody NTL. Turns out that they hadn't transferred our account to our new address, so their system wouldn't give us net access. Add to this the problems of Nick having lost my phone charger, Nick's own phone having just about the worst reception ever in this new place which ment that I kept losing the connecton halfway through phone calls, the fqact that we had no spare money to use a payphone (and, incidentally, that there are none anywhere around... very strange) and the fact that NTL's customer support are, of course, even less competent to be advising and fixing problems than my kitten who hasn't figured out how to stop running down the stairs yet and keeps bouncing off walls, and you'll understand why we didn't actually get the net back till yesterday evening. What fun.

So, what's been happening in the past week?

Insert flashback effect here )

Despite everything, I still started NaNo yesterday (my lovely new duvet is wonderful to be under when writing). After one day's writing (interrupted by frequent bouts of cat management, one shopping trip, an anniversary meal and sleep) I'm on 1,822. Which doesn't seem as much as some people's (I get paranoid), but is at least ahead of the 1,667 that the NaNo spreadsheet says you should aim for each day. With any luck I'll get Nick to set my computer up leter today and then I'll see about typing out some of what I've done so far (I don't like Nick's keyboard; the keys tend to stick or not register with me because I have a lighter touch than him). Now, however, I am offf to feed the cats and myself. And put the fire on, because it's bloody freezing and we haven't figured out how the radiators work yet.

Back later (unless NTL mess up again), with the tales of my birthday and our fifth anniversary...

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