kelzadiddle: (Where But For Caravan Would I? Section)
It be NaNoWriMo day the sixth! This afternoon my stats are as follows...

Chaos: 3442
Soul: 4136
Corn-Cob: 4063
Total Written: 11,641
Total Remaining: 78,359/90,000

I'm hoping to get another 2000 words done before the end of the day. I still won't be on par according to my 90k goal (I should be at 18,000 words today) but meh, I just need to keep writing at least 3k every day and try and gt little bits extra in here and there to make up for my behindness. See, that's how frazzled all this writing is leaving my brain. Somehow I think that 'behindness' is an actual word. I know it probably isn't, but sod it, this is NaNoWriMo, where sense is thrown to the ravenous seagulls, reality breaks down and weird words suddenly pop into existence.

Yesterday was pretty good! I went down to Bachelor's Park with Shannon, Sophie and my niece, Amy. While they were in the wee playground area I scuttled about taking photos, since I got ten rolls of film through the post the other day. The night before I was poking about on the internet trying to look up a tutorial on how to use a camera properly - as in, working with shutter speed and lens aperture to get the pictures just right. I figured out that you could see whether you had the correct exposure by looking through the little viewfinder at the top of the camera and holding the shutter release down gently, but not enough to take a picture. There's a little gauge to the left with a plus sign, a circle, and a minus. If the red plus sign flashes, it's overexposed (too much light getting into the lens). If the red minus flashes, it's underexposed. If you've got it just right, the circle in the middle should flash green.

So during my Bachelor's Park shoot, I made sure that the green circle flashed as often as possible by tweaking the shutter speed and the lens aperture. I used a whole roll of film (including two pictures I took of Cheeky the night before and one I took looking down the street of my childhood home - the latter of which turned out to be quite an eerie picture). It's a great time of year for nature shoots anyway; being autumn there's some beautiful experimentation to be done with colour, and in the park there are a few lovely wood carvings of characters from 'Alice in Wonderland'. There's a little birdhouse up there as well - as in, a greenhouse with birds in it - but we weren't able to get in. Some nice, up-close pictures of the birds would have been fantastic.

I got the pictures developed the very same day, at Imaging Solutions in town. £9 it cost me! Compare that to the £7 I'd normally spend at Max Spielmann's in St Helens... blimey. Film photography is certainly an expensive habit. I'm probably going to get a DSLR with my next studet finance payment. Photo printing is only 15p a picture from a digital camera.

NaNoWriMo Progress Post 5

  • Nov. 5th, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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Chaos: 3121
Soul: 3325
Corn-Cob: 2052
Total Written: 8462
Total Remaining: 81,538/90,000

I should actually be at 15000 words today, but I've been a bad, bad WriMo. Yesterday I didn't write at all, and the day before I simply didn't write enough to reach my 9000 words goal. With my wordcount today being as it is, I'm on track for doing a regular NaNoWriMo, but I plan on writing much more tonight. I'm hoping to get another 2000 words in at least, and then tomorrow I'll be aiming for 4000.

Afterwards, if I dedicate my Sundays to writing at least 4000, then writing 3000 every day otherwise, I should be on track for hitting 90k, or even a bit more. And in future I mustn't slip up like this; when your goal is as high as 90k, just one day off can jeopardise the whole thing.

I hope everyone else, NaNo or not, are having a good time!

NaNoWriMo Progress Post 2

  • Nov. 2nd, 2011 at 11:59 PM
kelzadiddle: (UFO Club Poster 1)
Chaos: 1710
Soul: 1434
Corn-Cob: 1892
Total Written: 5036
Total Remaining: 84,964/90,000

I'm a wee bit behind today, as you can see, due mainly to my own procrastination. If this was an ordinary NaNoWriMo where I was doing 50k I'd be alright - I'd be a full day ahead of myself - but since I'm aiming for 30k per book, I really need to get a move on.

'You Know You Got (No) Soul' in particular is taking its sweet time. I think I really do just need the novels to take off, because right now I'm still establishing stuff in all three, setting the scene for the lunacy to begin. Kevin needs to realise that his father sold his soul. Far needs to decide, rather wrongly, that he is the chosen one, after his village is stormed by the evil king's bandits. And 'Chaos at the Jazz Club' is on the brink of that two-year shift where Lettie hasn't returned and Gemini starts to realise why that may be.

The silly thing is there's only one way I can get these stories to take off, and that's by writing WORDS.

Day One Writing - The Corn-Cob of Truth

  • Nov. 1st, 2011 at 7:47 PM
kelzadiddle: (Caution! Zombies Ahead! Roadsign)
They say if you travel down 367 miles from the northernmost point of the M1 on a windy April the first night, with a particular cloud arrangement in the sky (my knowledge on this is hazy but I'm quite sure one must be shaped like a crocodile), stop off on the field to your left and then cry to the heavens that your toenails are ingrowing, you'll look like an idiot and possibly be sectioned for having a mental disorder that entails an obsession with abnormal toenails.

If you were sensible and went to Slough instead, to a particular lamp post on a particular street, then swung around the lamp post whilst singing hallelujah, you'd quickly disappear before the man in white coats could even entertain the thought of finding you.

And so it was that a young man in a suit, carrying a heap of posters, stood gasping on this same street in Slough, wishing that his bosses would consider their cock-up in giving him a lamp post in Slough, when in fact he lived in Edinburgh. Parking was nightmarish down here, and already he could feel the traffic wardens watching him, counting down the minutes until they could swarm his car like vultures.

Read more... )
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As soon as Kevin strode out into the classroom and disrobed himself, he saw the same expressions of bafflement cross the faces of the art students, one by one. Not bafflement as in 'what a horrible looking creature; his elbows are positively vile!' - he hoped – but more one of genuine confusion. These looks said 'why is he there?', 'why are we here?' and 'I wonder what I'll make for tea tonight?'.

“This is Kevin; he'll be our subject for today,” said the tutor, a moustached man in a turtleneck who hovered near his own easel. “Let's get painting!”

With that a new silence took over; the silence of concentration and a gentle sonic landscape of brushes scratching canvas. But the old, uneasy quiet was still there, and it was weird. Kevin pondered on it to distract from the draught threatening his nethers. He couldn't help but think sometimes that maybe people couldn't quite place him in the world – like there was something missing or odd that set him apart from some bizarre cosmic balance. But most of his thought went on to the fact that he was unemployed and his life was awful beyond belief.

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Day One Writing - Chaos at the Jazz Club

  • Nov. 1st, 2011 at 7:34 PM
kelzadiddle: (keep calm and read Wodehouse)
And floating through darkness, the faint sound of a clarinet. Gemini lifted her head for just a moment, listening to the ephemeral notes dance around the sounds of the night. In her state of half-waking it was simply a strange composition to her; probably Atlas having a late night rehearsal. She didn't put it down as unusual, although it was. Her mind was just the music, and exhaustion. Her head drifted down into the pillow; her eyes wandered the scattered toys on her bedroom floor and she imagined them dancing as the music lulled her to sleep.

She heard it in her dreams, and it was most unlike anything she had ever heard Atlas play. Another world had opened up from whence the music came; she felt it prising a gulf between body and soul and pushing, widening until her whole being was rushing to pieces. The drumbeat of her heart throbbed sharp and loud.

Light slanted across her ceiling an instant later. Outside a blackbird trilled, another chirped in response. Conversation in song. And then the throbbing came again, this time at her bedroom door.

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NaNoWriMo Progress Post 1

  • Nov. 1st, 2011 at 7:27 PM
kelzadiddle: (Write Like a Mofo)
Chaos: 1001
Soul: 1006
Corn-Cob: 1007
Total Written: 3014
Words Remaining: 86,986/90,000

So, as you can see, I'm off to a fantastic start! I was going to start at midnight like I did last year but I actually went to bed immediately as NaNoWriMo began. This morning I was awake of my own accord at about 8am, and at quarter past the hour I got up and got about 1500 words in before going to university. On the bus I managed a wee bit, but trying to get much done on that bus is ridiculous - there's not much room to open a laptop and in the autumn mornings when the sun's low you can barely see the screen. A fantastic opportunity for writing came up today since I had a free period between my Philosophy lecture and my English Language tutorial. I wrote a couple hundred words in the bus station and by the time I got home I had about 2900 - just 100 left and I'd reach my goal.

That goal has been reached! So now I can rest easy and get on with some university work!
kelzadiddle: (Where But For Caravan Would I? Section)
NaNoWriMo is so close. In a matter of hours I'll be putting those first words to paper - or screen, to be more accurate, as this time I have the luxury of my very own laptop with which to write. Yay!

Since my earlier entry it's been a fairly eventful day. My English Language lecture was actually on Language and Mind - psycholinguistics and all that jazz - and it went brilliantly, as usual. I managed to get a lot of stuff down, and I really ought to make a start soon on that essay of mine!

KFC Nutter and Other Stories )
kelzadiddle: (keep calm and read Wodehouse)
Tomorrow I'll be getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2011! The whole process has been wildly different this year - with university and homesickness being the two big things on my mind I haven't had much time to 'get psyched' about it like I did last year. I'm hoping that as soon as it gets started and I attend a few write-ins the motivation will kick in.

I remember NanoWriMo last year - walking home from Sian's late Halloween night and having the idea that became 'Arcane Mathematics' - at first I was only going to write 'The Time-Share Presentation of Death' and if that had remained the case I might never have made the 50,000 words. I got home at about midnight, just after NaNowriMo had officially begun, and wrote about four pages, going to bed at 2am, and gthen wrote about two pages when I woke up. By 10am on November 1st, I had reached my first day's word goal. My initial doubts about the novel quickly faded - at first I'd worried it was dull, nothing unusual or worth reading, but soon enough I was writing something that rivalled 'The Great Couch Happening of '69' in weirdness.

This year, I have three novels that I hope will be worth writing. And though I'm not psyched for NaNoWriMo like I was last year, I'm still eager to start because I know that when I do, the lunacy will suck me right in!

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