NaNo 2014 Day 20

I’ve finally finished adding to that first section of the prologue, whoo!

I’m sure I still have editing to do, but now that’s going to have to wait until December when NaNoWriMo is officially over.
Funny how all those “no progress” days cut into my head start, innit? ;)
Now, though, I can get back to plot progress.

Let’s see… where did my old content leave off? Oh, yes, the fight between the Wanderer and the Demon Summoner…..

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 2762
Total goal: 33,333
Total written: 41,003
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 25

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NaNo 2014 Day 19

So much for my “more progress on busy days” inane rambling. ;)
But this time it makes a bit more sense. See, this time, I not only had that class, I also had some errands to run in the morning (that kept us out until it was about time to head to class), and this Boy Scout turkey dinner thing in the evening… and more errands in between.

While I was on the computer in class, it was to work on the PHP segment of one of our projects… easier said than done when the router wasn’t working so I couldn’t get online to look up error codes and such.
I guess that keeps “my own laptop/tablet” on that Christmas list. For some inexplicable reason, the students who had laptops of their own could get online just fine; it was those of us who were stuck using the school computers that couldn’t access the internet.
I wasn’t on the computer at home, except to post my blog update… and check for new messages on assorted sites and email.

Meanwhile, I’ve just joined up with the Tardis wikia.
No guarantee I’ll post much on there, but I have seen the occasional detail in need of editing, so once my account is finalized (such that it may be), I might start making the odd fix… provided nobody fixes those details first.
Trouble is, the one fix I can think of that needs adjusting right now crosses three pages (an actor’s birthdate); if I fix it on just the profile, does it automatically update the other two, or would I need to update those as well? Need to look through their help info a bit before making any actual changes. For now I’ll just muck about with my profile.
And maybe I’ll (eventually) start joining other wikia for assorted reasons. Maybe.

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NaNo 2014 Day 18

Can someone explain why I seem to get more work done on  my NaNo–which, some days, is to say any work done–on the days I have class?

One would think, since I’m not only in class those days, but have a whole bunch else going on, that I’d get very little writing if any at all done. At the very least, one would think that I’d get a lot less done those days than the rest of the week.
I think the issue is that I’m doing everything else the other days–things to do with Winter and housecleaning, after which I don’t want to do much but sit around with a cup of hot chocolate–but it’s still weird that the days I technically have the “busy schedule” are also the days that I accomplish more writing outside of that schedule.

Anyway, at last count, either I’d mistyped my progress from Day 17 or I managed to delete a bit after, because my word count is a tiny bit lower. (Very tiny, just a 20 word difference.)
I don’t recall doing a whole lot of heavy editing since my last count, but okay, whatever.

For all purposes, I’ll just leave it as “no progress,” mmkay?

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NaNo 2014 Day 16-17

Finally, a more recent… ish NaNoWriMo update! ^^;

I’ve gone back to the prologue, but I’m actually working on new content. Right now I’ve got pirate captain Denizen working himself into a frenzy as he tries not to pace (he hates having to stand still ;) ) while former desert nomad and current First Lieutenant Fahd keeps on eye on the merchant ship’s movements.
Soon they’ll get to attack, which will bring the pirate’s part of the story right up to where the first part of the prologue leaves off. But only after Fahd notices something very peculiar abut the merchant ship… or more accurately, about the people on it.

Outside of NaNo, I am of course continuing to work on homework–why does it always seem like there are more assignments towards the end of the semester? The assignments were laid out from the beginning, and the weekly workload never changes, but it always feels like there’s more to do….
Anyway, I am also attempting to catch up on my reading–only 100 items on my Kindle to go, plus the (shockingly low) half dozen books I still own print copies of. Maybe someday soon I’ll start putting up more reviews.
I’m looking around for a better carving knife, and hoping to hear back from a certain co-author sibling pair regarding lineart from one of their books… also hoping for a chance to meet them afterward; the whole reason I want to do a relief carving from their book is to give it to them as a gift. :D

And back on the subject of reviews, I’ve just found out about the Goodreads Giveaways! Lots of people entering, and plenty of books that I’m not interested in, but it’s worth putting my name in, just in case.
I’ll post something more on the subject later on.
And if I win something and leave a review here, I’m guessing that qualifies as a “Sponsored Post“? Near as I can tell, Amazon Affiliate links would still be allowed, as per WordPress’s Affiliate policy.

Anyway, the numbers as of Day 17.

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 3277
Total goal: 28,333
Total written: 38,261
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 23.

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NaNo 2014 Day 13-15

Head meets desk. That’s a lot of time without updates for NaNoWriMo.

Midterms are over and done with, and now the semester is entering the final phase, and we all know what that means… more homework until the semester’s actually done!
It tends to seem that way, at least.

Still, I did manage to make a fair bit of progress on my NaNo during the gap since my last update.
Not as much progress as I’d like, certainly–I’d like to get in the typical daily goal–but I haven’t slacked off so much that I’m falling behind. My rebellious head start has, thus far, kept me ahead, leaving me plenty of time in case of emergencies, and homework is not enough to interfere.

In previous updates, I’d mentioned that I’d finally finished out the old content and can start on the new.
Well, “new” content, in this particular case, doesn’t just mean newer chapters, it also means adding to the old content. Case in point: the first section of the prologue is undergoing some heavy editing as I’m not only rewriting to give pirate captain’s point of view, but I’m adding some bits in there to lead up to his part in the original version.

So nothing I can upload to Patreon yet, not when even the prologue is, technically speaking, “done.”

As of November 15:
Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 3134
Total goal: 25,000
Total written: 34,984
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 22.

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NaNo 2014 Day 11-12

Forgot to update yesterday… oopsie. ^^;
That’s okay, I’m still far enough ahead in my NaNo that I spent the time getting ahead in my homework; since I neglected to update even my blog with Day 11′s count, I’ll just combine the two here….

Finally finished out the old content. There’s still some editing to be done here and there, so I’m not entirely finished with the “rebel” portion of this year’s NaNoWriMo entry.
But the bulk of the lookover is done, now it’s time to move onto new content… which includes adding scenes to the older chapters.

Perhaps soon I’ll be able to start adding the prologue to my Patreon account to provide a free “sample” of my work, to entice anyone who might be interested in funding me for early access of the rest, hmm? ;)
But will I manage that before the end of the month or will I leave it until December? Hmm, decisions, decisions.

In other news, I’m attempting to get a “lineart” out a full-color jpg image so I can use it as a woodcarving pattern (specifically, a relief carving) without wasting a lot of ink on the colors.
I took the image in question, fed it into PhotoShop and slapped a couple of filters and Gaussian blurs on it. I believe the tutorial I used was on the WonderHowTo PhotoShop Tutorials section. Nothing fancy, it would never suffice if I wanted to draw and color the image myself, but it ought to do well enough to trace the image through graphite paper onto a sheet of wood, yes?
Having a proper lineart to start with would’ve been much better, but I don’t see that happening, not unless the giftee for this particular carving sees fit to send me a copy.
Meanwhile, if anybody has any other conversion tips, I’d love to hear them.

And… the “progress,” shifting Day 11′s count over to Day 12…

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 11,469
Total goal: 20,000
Total written: 31,850
Report Card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 19

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NaNo 2014 Day 9-10

No NaNo writing done these past two days.

On Sunday, I had to help my dad remove the mower deck from his tractor so we could install the snowblower, which took far longer than it should have–the instruction manual included the step about the clutch cable thingamabob (which is permanently attached to the tractor) in the “assembly” section instead of the “attaching the assembly,” and since the assembly was already, well, assembled from years passed, the assumption is that we didn’t need that section.

Then, because my rebel-word-count was pretty far ahead, I tried to get some work done on that assignment I mentioned from Day 8… only to discover that even the trial mode wouldn’t cut it for me. *headmeetsdesk*
The problem, it seems, is that the file we needed to work on was not one to create ourselves, but rather one that should’ve been included in the downloaded sample files… but was mysteriously absent.
Still, the assignment in question was extra credit. Annoying that I couldn’t finish it, but since it wasn’t required, I reasoned it was better to skip it, get to work on the next assignment, and go back to it when I had a chance later.

And on Monday, I had…
Game Scripting class (and I think, somewhere along the lines, another file that either went missing or I never acquired to begin with ^^; )
and Scouts.
I got a bit more homework done, but no NaNo.

Copying my cumulative count from Day 8 to Day 10 still gives me a head start, and the report card tells me:
Total written: 20,381
Report Card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 25

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NaNo 2014 Day 8

NaNoWriMo Week 2 is now in full swing!
Did you participate in Double Up Day? :D Congratulations to whoever won all those prizes they were offering, i.e. congrats to people who aren’t me. ;)

I should’ve finished my homework instead. I would’ve finished my homework instead; my Rebel-edited-NaNo has more than enough of a headstart.
But I had to wait for my computer to download updates, because my version of Adobe Edge Animate doesn’t support that one feature that the assignment I’m currently on relies on (facepalm) and I’d put off downloading the trial version precisely because they never last as long as a semester, and I can’t exactly afford $120 for a year’s license on a program I’ll only need for three months. So as of Day 9… I should have just barely enough time to use the finish my assignments before the trial runs out.
Still, I managed to finish a few assignments before version differences interfered, so that’s something.

In NaNo News, my pirates got to meet their captors, and who arranged for their capture. In the process, they also crossed into my Doctor Who Rewrite territory (the obsessive fan in me really wants to get back to work on those ^^; ), met two of my recurring characters, and learned something unpleasant about the way certain kinds of magic work in this world.

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 3797
Total goal: 13,333
Total written: 20,381
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 20

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NaNo 2014 Day 7

The first week of NaNoWriMo is officially done, and….

my pirates have been captured. They’re on their way to the scene that crosses with my Doctor Who rewrites.
And now I’m having trouble convincing myself to stick with the current novel instead of switching over to those rewrites. ;p

But as I said when I started for this year, I need to finish this novel, darn it!

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 1908
Total goal: 11,667
Total written: 16,584
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 22 (It’s starting to go up again! Not quite a realistic figure, given the nature of my rebellion this year, but it’s getting closer….)

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NaNo 2014 Day 6

Got several more sections of rebel-editing done in my NaNo novel.

I’ve finished and passed the scene I’d picked for my writing sample on deviantArt, got through desert man Fahd’s flashback (which was revised a few years ago as the only “story” ready for the CreateSpace winner’s code the first time I worked on this novel–look up Rite of Passage if you want to see more)

And now I’m just starting in to the scene where the pirates must meet with Fahd’s old tribe for, erm, business reasons. And Fahd doesn’t much like the idea.

Maybe soon I’ll get to the scene where this starts crossing with my Doctor Who rewrites. Though if I’m to finish this thing, I’m a long way off from working on those.

Daily goal: 1667
Daily written: 4569 (Yeah, I wish.)
Total goal: 10,000
Total written: 14,676
Report card: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 21 (if only…..)

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