NaNo 2017 Day 19

And we’re into the home stretch!

Well, I am, anyway. Some of y’all are probably matching pace with the daily goals, and some of you overachievers have probably met the word count goal a long time ago!

But even my case the “home stretch” isn’t related to word count. No, it’s simply that I’m nearing the end of my current draft and soon will have nothing to edit.

Case in point…. my latest bit of content added/edited is Voalt being dragged along on his first demon hunt. Or so everyone seems to believe.
Much of the scene, insofar as the current draft is concerned, is only in the form of notes on what I wish to adapt from one of my very old fanfics. There is some actual dialogue, narrative, and assorted stream-of-consciousness specific to the novel’s version of events, but mostly it’s notes. Notes, notes, notes, all from my quasi-outline written the first time I started NaNo with this particular plot bunny, way back in 2011.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1942
Total goal: 316697
Total count: 41340
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 18

The novel is getting there….!

For Day 18 the added/edited content is simply Voalt learning the ropes of his new unwanted home and having to investigate some of the flaws in the Wanderer’s research.

I fully intend to give better tidbits once I’m ready to start posting things on Patreon…. 😉 Right now I’m torn between giving actual tidbits so as to not make the content look boring and why would you want to read that, and being vague so as to not give away too much before I do start posting to Patreon. Though I’ve probably given away far more information than that in years past with this exact same novel.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1877
Total goal: 30000
Total count: 39398
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 23 (Still?)

Fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the writing?

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NaNo 2017 Day 17

How far can a dog run into the woods?

Halfway; after that he’d be running out.

 

Technically I should’ve posted that riddle for day 16’s report, but whatever. 😉 Anywho, we are more than halfway into this year’s Nation Novel Writing Month, which means we are on our way out of the month. But are we halfway through our word count goals and/or drafts?

In my case, word count most emphatically yes. (You can see I’ve been more than “halfway” through the 50,000 word requirement for several days now.)
But as far as the draft itself…? Well, until I actually finish the draft I won’t really know for sure how far in I’ve gotten; I’d actually like to say I’ve got far more than half of it to be done. I just can’t see this story as being only 50,000 words, but who knows?

Anyway, content-wise….
As usual this year’s NaNo is rebelling by editing older content (and hopefully, eventually adding new). With that I have gotten to the scene in which the demon summoner and the Wanderer trade blows–figuratively speaking–over the ownership of young pirate Voalt, and the youth eventually makes his way to the new home he never wanted.

And in terms of word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2260
Total goal: 28333
Total count: 37521
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 16

I almost did it again. First thing in the morning, not after I’ve spent a couple hours browsing websites (instead of writing) and only remembering to post when I need to start getting ready for work.

Bad author, bad! No cookie for you!

*ahem*

Anyway, somewhere along the lines I got mixed up on things like the word count and, in particular, which part of the content I’ve edited/written on which day. My spreadsheet/report card has the correct information each day, but what I reported for day 15’s content was… not.

So, to repeat:

Content-wise, edits are up to the scene in which main character Voalt (yes, that’s his name) and company attempt to escape the Wanderer. But being imprisoned on an island lair full of strange creatures loyal to your captor makes for a difficult escape.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2213
Total goal: 26667
Total count: 35261
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

How much more editing of old content and adding of buffer days do I need to change that ETW…. even if just by a day?
And how much further before I can/must start actually adding new content in order to keep the word count going?
How much further before I actually finish this draft? Think I’ll manage it during NaNo this time around? I sure hope so!

In other news, my copy of MS Office 2016 just arrived so I’ll get that installed… when I’m not trying to get ready for work. Then maybe I can get the app set up properly on my phone and be able to use the same version of the file on each device; I use DropBox to sync everything, after all, so it’s not like I need to worry about Microsoft’s ability to keep my files up to date.
Unfortunately, if I remember how the mobile app works last time I tried to use it, this means I’ll have to save my files by default as docX instead of the compatible-with-more-devices “legacy” doc format… which means I won’t be using my parents’ computer to work on them. But I do have that tablet and the keyboard folio, maybe I ought to start using that more often?

Fellow NaNo-ers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 15

Okay, no, now I’m caught up on the “post my novel’s progress the next day” schtick.
With my work schedule I really oughta be doing these posts in the morning–since the posts are reporting on the previous day’s word count, anyway–not waiting until I get home and hoping I remember before I head for bed.

Speaking of which, best to finish up this post so I can get some sleep before my next shift.

Content-wise, edits are up to the scene in which main character Voalt (yes, that’s his name) and company attempt to escape the Wanderer. But being imprisoned on an island lair full of strange creatures loyal to your captor makes for a difficult escape.

And in terms of word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1967
Total goal: 25000
Total count: 33048
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Got a nice big buffer going there, but the estimated time to win doesn’t seem to be shifting just yet. So the question remains, given that I’m rebelling by editing an older work, am I going to actually finish the draft before NaNo ends…? Only time will tell.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 14

Caught up on the daily update….

Again.

But for how long, this time? We shall see….

Anyway, like I said in the previous post, I don’t rightly remember which additions/edits belong to which day, content-wise.

do know, however, that some of the content in this day’s writing, beyond meeting an old enemy, is inspired by characters written out a year or so ago for the “Writing Superheros” class I took back then on edX. While much of this novel is fantasy in nature and doesn’t necessarily fit directly within the superhero genre (although the likes of Doctor Strange do use magic, so it might fit in a certain subgenre if I tried to force it), I decided to adapt one of the characters (not any of the major players) from this story into the “hero” I needed for that class…. and a villain plucked right out of one of my Doctor Who fanfics became the villain, as I wrote my “hero’s” origin story.
The scene in question, alas, falls somewhere between pure notes and stream of consciousness and doesn’t strictly belong in this part of the novel, so further editing is obviously required. But edit I shall, and the scene’s time is coming soon.

And the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2439
Total goal: 23333
Total count: 31081
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 13

Ah, yet again I have missed the daily update!

And I’ve forgotten what I’ve done for the day, content-wise… other than the crew met the Wanderer, and then met an old enemy from eight years past.

But the report card reports….
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2215
Total goal: 21667
Total count: 28642
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the progress?

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NaNo 2017 Day 12

And we’re back with the “posting my count the next day” approach I’ve been trying to take all along.

For Day 12, my content additions/edits have Fahd’s old childhood friends-turned-enemies taking several members of the pirate crew away, but to what end? They are met by a kitsune who commands, but does not steer, a living ship without a crew, and the entire group sails off to meet with the necromancer known only as the Wander.

And on the word count front, that my report card to….

Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2377
Total goal: 20000
Total count: 26427
ETW: At this rate you will finish on Nov 23.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 11

Finally caught up…. on the “posting one day after” thing I’ve been doing every year since I started.
(Anyone paying attention to the date stamp, please ignore the fact that I still posted this after midnight 😉 ; I just got home from work.)

Content-wise, the crew discovers Fahd has a very good reason for wanting to avoid his people… but it is not entirely due to problems from his childhood. Next section, on to the Wanderer’s lair!
(For future reference I will be offering up tidbits like this as I begin posting full chapters to Patreon. Hopefully of a more intriguing nature than what I am doing for NaNo.)

And as for the word count, the report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2820
Total goal: 18333
Total count: 24050
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 23.

Got myself a copy of Office 2016, now it’s just a matter of waiting for it to arrive (I get kickbacks when I buy from certain websites) and also, hopefully, keeping my mobile documents better synced with my at-home documents.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2017 Day 10

Yup, another late posting. Mayhap I can get caught up tonight after work, and mayhap I can’t. We shall see.

Anyway, content-wise I finished off that hunting scene and moved into editing the soccer scene that was never deliberately written as soccer. 😉 (Funny how the mind works, ain’t it?) A version of that scene can be found as a “writing sample” on my deviantArt.
Next step, the pirates move on to visit with Fahd’s people! The desert man is not particularly keen on this visit, and if you’ll have a look-see at the short story “Rite of Passage” you can see why.

And in terms of word count….

The report card reports:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 3167
Total goal: 16667
Total count: 21230
ETW: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 24.

I think I can do better than that–not only in terms of word count but in terms of finally finishing this thing… once I have a program I can consistently use on my lunch break. (Should’ve bought Office 2016 when I got home from work, now it’s no longer available for that price. Oh, well, got to keep looking.)

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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