That’s right! I won NaNoWriMo 2011!
I was finished with my 50,000 words with 20 minutes of my 30 days still to go. Last time I did it I finished with half an hour to spare. You cannot say I am not stable in my WriMo habits! Last time I won, lying in bed in a holiday resort, with only a small bed lamp, a clock on the microwave and my exercise book and pencil to accompany me. Oh, and my father’s snores for background music.
It feels… awesome.
Ha! I beat last time’s word count with 16 words – epic huh?
I really also don’t have one single word left in me for this novel. It is also now finished. I was really just rambling to fill up words because there was really nothing left to say.
Do you know I’ve never actually finished before? That’s right: I. Have. Never. Finished a Novel. Before. But I just did!
Oh, I have started hundreds of things, but I have never finished a whole novel. Even last time I ended up being so long-winded that I finished my 50,000 words but being only a quarter through the story. Though I did repeat a lot in that thing. Every time I didn’t know what to say next I had the people repeat the same ancient legend to each other. I should finish it someday – I like that story!
Anyway, here is what my stats for the months looked like:
Please ignore it on those two occasions where it says I did not write for the day. I wrote every day. I was just twice too late to update my new word count before midnight so then it ended up looking as though I did not write one day and then wrote heaps the second.
I find it especially amusing where it says “At this rate you will finish on December 1, 2011”. I very nearly did, having validated my novel with 10 minutes to spare! Phew! I was quite nervous there that it would not go through – I had heard the site can get pretty laggy on the last day and I was scared it would crash, but it was just as fast as always for me. I guess it is because I am ahead of the USA (where the most WriMos are) in time zone, so the lag hasn’t started yet!
Anyway, this is what I look like at the moment:
I also earned my NaNo badge in 750words.com today. I decided to go for both at the same time, because I might as well paste my novel in there as a sort of back-up! Yay!
Anyway, it is now very early in the morning of the first day of December. November is over – can you believe it?! I even passed my final French exam excellently well (for me) through all this novelling going on. And now… with all this over, this new novelist will be off to bed. Yes, I am that boring.
I’ll try and be back tomorrow in my old capacity (as a cartoonist and creative writer and not a WriMo) and try not to brag about my victory too much. Sorry, I know all this nagging is annoying.
There are quite a few things I have to say!
Hi. I do NaNoWriMo. I’m behind again on my word count. I’m losing momentum, and I got Week Three blues rather badly. Writer’s block is when your invisible friends won’t talk to you, right? Yes, that is what is happening right now. But now we’re into Week Four, going down the homestretch and the end is in sight. Am I supposed to be more cheerful now? I’ll try. I experienced the same thing last time. Weeks 1 and 3 are the worse. In 1, because you are wondering “why am I doing this?” and “what am I actually going to do if I’m doing this for reals?” And in 3, simply because you are starting to run out of steam and the end seems too far.
The other thing is, I would like you, my dear reader, to vote in my poll, down below. Please scroll down – it’ll only take a minute and hardly any of your brain power!
I’ll really appreciate it! Thank you!
The weather right now is not helping at all. It’s supposed to be baking – it’s November, it’s summer, but instead I froze under a blanket all day. Two days ago, you could not breathe for humidity, but then last night the heavens opened and the little stream not 200m from our house completely burst its banks and took everything that it could reach (no people at least, apparently) along with it, including rather large boulders. Likely it wants them to bash people over the head with. Anyway, I hate weather like this, because it just wants to make me sulk in bed all day, but I still have more than 13,000 words to go for that novel, I have a 1000-word assignment to do for Friday (it looks like a lot right now, that I don’t have a clue what I’m talking about isn’t helping) and I write my last exam for the year also on Friday morning. Then I’m done with Second Year! I just have to pass French… somehow…
Righto! I can do this, can’t I? Most things are salvageable in NaNoWriMo. My motto for last time (which went much worse than this time round) was:
It is still relevant. I’m far too stubborn and proud to lose. Because then I would have to admit failure.
Okie-dokie, seeing that I have already run out of both things to say and time, how does an excerpt sound?
After the important passengers had disembarked, this man also starting moving towards the gangplank. Abrielle fell in behind him, deciding to follow him a little way to perhaps learn a little more of his story. They stood at the top of the gangplank, waiting for some of the sweating sailors to finish manhandling a heavy sea chest down the gangplank. Then the man walked down the gangplank, cradling his bundle, Abrielle walking in his steps. Once on the quay, the man turned around and around on the spot, apparently looking for someone.
He scanned the heads of the crowd and stretched his neck, trying to see farther. But still he did not find who or what he was looking for. He turned around again, but still nothing. Within moments, he was surrounded by the merchants chanting about their wares. He shook his head at all of them, but as some of them gave up and left, more came up and took their place. Quite a lot of them walked right through Abrielle, apparently not even feeling it in the press of the other crowds.
The sun was westering, and in the golden evening light, most of the merchants gave up on the strange man and left him alone. He still stood on the quay. The sun etched his profile in dark lines. He simply stood looking at the people. Then, with a visible sigh and sagging of the shoulders, he gave up with his fruitless scanning of the crowds. He set off towards the distant houses, beyond the stalls, walking slowly, dejectedly. Abrielle watched him go, not following him any more.
Then she started wondering about this man’s story. Who had he been waiting for? Why had that person never come? What could have happened? Had there simply been a misunderstanding, with months on the sea separating them and leading to a confusion of dates and times? Or had something more serious happened? Death? Illness? Rejection?
Around her, parrots screeched and merchants were still shouting about their wares. There was even a man who was blowing on a flute to a snake that was swaying on the lower part of its body, but it all became background buzz to Abrielle. Suddenly, all she could think of was the unfinished story of this man. This man who had come home after a long journey on the sea, clutching a precious bundle all wrapped up in cloth, but the person who had promised to be here when he landed did not appear. She wondered whether his story would still have a happy ending, or whether only sad news awaited him. But now she would never know.
© All rights reserved. ElanaE. 2011.
So, this is something that has been on my mind for a while… I have actually contemplated this before starting up this blog. I want to make origami tutorials. Yes, right, I write how-to articles on in over on wikiHow, but not every tool that I want to use to do this is allowed / possible to code over there. And some of the stuff I am not sure about the copyright. I have asked there before, but no-one could give me a definite answer and I don’t want to break laws on a site with strong copyright rules and a reputation like wikiHow.
So. The Point.
In this upcoming holiday, I’m continuing to live the dream (first NaNoWriMo and now origami) and I am going to start with origami tutorials. But I want to know from you should I create a new blog and do it there, or should I just make a separate page and category for them over here?
Naturally, wherever I end up doing it, I will link to the new tutorials in my regular posts and cartoons (soon, I promise) over here.
Will the extra, off-topic stuff make this blog too chaotic? Will a new blog leave my poor tutorials lost in cyberspace?
What do YOU think?
Vote here! It’s easy: just click Start a separate blog, or Keep it all together.
(And if you don’t vote, then I’m just gonna do what I want, and you’re not allowed to complain later. Right? This is democracy.)
I made this. It’s generally applicable to girls, I guess. I don’t much know what goes on in guys’ heads when they watch these kind of ads.
Now I’ll be off. Enough procrastinating for one day! (Yeah, right. Famous last words!)
Both images come from Chibird @ Tumblr. Check it out – her stuff is awesome!
I’m hovering between stages 4 and 5, right now, by the way.
You can see my progress over there in the sidebar! ——>
Yep, I finally got a word count widget!
Ah… it’s halfway. Now it is only downhill from here. Je dois être folle…
Anyway, I wrote myself back into the game. I fell behind after my English exam, on which evening I was too drained to reach my word count. Which left me about 400 words behind, when I had been 600 ahead from the first day. It didn’t look too bad at that stage. I could easily catch up the next day, right? Many other people are thousands of words behind. Last time, that was me… It didn’t happen. Lots of unexpected stuff happened instead the next morning, which meant I lost ground with about 200 more words. After that, I was able to keep up, but I couldn’t catch up. The backlog remained ahead of me. But now it’s gone! Buried under the onslaught of religion!
I feel I should clarify that last sentence. My novel is not a religious novel. What genre it really is, is a question that has been puzzling me for some time now. It is definitely very far removed from my usual satirical fantasy, but not 100% exempt, I should say. At the NaNoWriMo site, I classified it as Historical Fiction, but it does not really fit there either. It is not about a certain period in history, nor many periods either. It is more a collection of glances at historical happenings, but it is not so much about the history, but the feelings of my main character as she experiences it. Then there is the element of portals and time-travel, which places it in the field of Science Fiction. And there is quite a lot of time-travelling. Every time I get bored of a particular scene, in fact. Then, lastly, the religious element. I prefer not to pertinently call it Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, I am and remain a Christian. But I want my novel to be more universal than that, therefore I do not want to name and pin it down. I would prefer to think of it as a Spiritual element in the novel.
So, there it is! What do you think? Which genre fits this thing the best?
Stuff I learned this time round:
- The interne
st is your enemy.
- As is Angry Birds and other people’s blogs.
- I really shouldn’t read Harrypotterconfessions: it never stops at just one page. That probably means I should avoid Pinterest as well…
- Oh, and just make that social networks in general.
- writeordie.com is your friend. Especially if you’re like me and you need some incentive to start writing and stop procrastinating. Correction: make that hit over the head with a hammer before you start writing. Not a real hammer of course – an internet writing hammer. I don’t think I’d be able to write anything much after anyone had really wacked me one.
It’s amazing how I can suddenly write with Dr Wicked blowing down my neck.
- It is not easy to write exams and NaNo at the same time. Yes, yes, it is physically possible for me to type 1667 words in an hour. That is what I said at the beginning of the month. So that is all I’d need to take off from studying, right? Yeah.
Sure, it is physically possible. But mentally? No, not usually. And how about procrastination-I-have-a-heap-of-blog-comments-and-emails-also-to-answer-in-that-hour wise? Nuh-uh. Not at all possible. Which means I waste hours in front of the computer, make everyone in the house mad, by just staring at the screen or by looking at fashion blogs and downloading new stuff, when I could have been studying.
Just an hour? Yeah, sure.
- Practise beforehand really helps. As you should know by now if you’re a
stalkerfollower, I write daily on 750words.com. Which means, obviously, that I write 750 words every day of my life. I’ve written 250,000 words on there. Okay, since this month, a lot of that’s my novel… (I’m hitting 300 days in a row tomorrow!!! Remember when I posted on how excited I was to get 200 days in row? No, probably not. But it feels so long ago!) Best habit I ever started. Yes, sure, most of it is private journaling and rambling, and story-writing takes up only 1% of my words over there. But the point is that you practise writing and typing. 750words has taught me that I can write 750 words in 15 minutes if I really type and ignore typos and punctuation. And most caps.
Because writing is like running a marathon, you need to get fit beforehand. So, I am so used to writing 750 words by now, that writing that much of my novel is easy and fast every day. After that, it goes downhill at bit. I start getting like a runner who is out of breath and with a stitch in the side. However, at least I can write half my word count for the day easily, because I’m fit for that portion. And a good beginning is halfway to a win, right?
- I’m not giving up yet. I’m far too stubborn for that. And I like my story. Even though I have run out of plot a few times now. The one time that happened, I just threw a rotting corpse in there. Well, it worked. It gave my story new life (no pun, or other silly innuendo intended). But I did give myself nightmares later that night. Correction: make it that morning. Well done, me. [Yes, I did just steal The Bloggess’s line.]
Anyhow, I write two exams tomorrow, so I should skedaddle now.
↑↑ Even though I don’t even halfway agree with the people who made this thing, they still deserve credit for making it, so go look at them if you’re a NaNoWriMo-hater too. Maybe you’ll find a friend. I could write a whole blog post on why I disagree with them, but instead I’ll just give a link. And another comic that reminded me of it (and made me read Pinterest again…).
I agree with every word in that article. NaNoWriMo gives me the freedom and the excuse to escape from the agonizing of my inner editor and just write. Editing comes later. Because if I don’t stop agonizing, then I will never finish anything. I won’t have time, if all my thoughts are occupied by the difference between “who” and “whom”.
Have you noticed? I’m so lame today, I’m posting other people’s pictures instead of my own. I think it is the first time ever!
Now I really am off!
(The Versatile Blogger, that is, not my birthday. I know when my birthday is, thank’ee ver’much!)
Anyhow, I’m 20 today! I’m so glad. I’ve been ready to be out of my teens for so long!
Obligatory (slightly blurry, mostly horrible) birthday pic:
Look! I’m wearing my origami earrings! I made and designed them myself and then wrote a how-to on wikiHow to share it with others. You can read it, and see them more clearly here: How to Make Origami Earrings. Oh, and that’s my Eine Kleine Nachtmusik printed T-shirt. I bought it a long while ago in Saltzburg, in Mozart’s birthplace house. Then for years I never wore it, but recently, I wear it just about every week. And I twisted up my très Coco Chanel outfit with flowers. Much less boring, hein?
The other news is that the Idiotphotographer has passed on the Versatile Blogger award to me. Thank you very much! It came as a huge surprise, because at first I thought “But I’m not versatile! I just go along!” But then I though that I do post on lots of different topics and styles, so perhaps I am eligible. You can just look at my tag cloud to see the random, diverse stuff I ramble about! Okay… thank you, I accept and I appreciate it very much!
So, now I am apparently supposed to share 7 random things about myself. (Why is it always so hard to think of anything to say when someone says… “So… tell me about yourself.”?)
1.) I’m the only child of parents who had me when they were already middle-aged. No, I’m not spoiled. Well, I don’t think so anyway. My parents did not do nearly as spoiling as many people I knew did to their kids. Being this long-awaited only baby is just more pressure on you to perform. Well… I did get loads more attention and time that most kids who had to share got… Wow, this fact turned into a long preach!
2.) My best friend and I share a birthday. I know. It’s weird. Happy birthday, friend! *big hug*
3.) I can and do write with both hands. I’ve never tried at the same time before, though. I mostly write left these days (it just feels more “right” [no pun intended]), but then today was one of my odd days and I wrote my entire three-essay exam right-handed.
4.) I don’t Facebook, and I stubbornly refuse to succumb to it!
5.) I have a huge fear of dogs. It’s almost like a phobia. People are constantly telling me it is silly, but I simply can’t help it. I know it is silly myself, but if I see a dog I go ice-cold all over and I just want to run and hide. The dog doesn’t even need to bark and look aggressive, I go bonkers anyway. Ha! I’m a cat person!
6.) I play RuneScape. Yeah, I’m a girl nerd.
7.) I once had to kick a soccer (football to those of you who use weird terms…) ball for PE in school. Well, I aimed and kicked at it, but then tripped over the ball and fell. That was entertaining my class for the rest of the day I can tell you! That’s how clumsy I am. I fall up stairs and down stairs and also over my own feet while standing still…
Now, the passing on of the baton…
Why is this so difficult? Apparently I am supposed to nominate up to 15 people. But I only read about 15 blogs, and… not all of those qualify as versatile in my book. Or they have had this award like several times before… Hmm…
Well, I’ll know what I can do. I’ve seen other people send out a call for nominations, because they simply have not enough people to nominate. So that’s what I’ll do. I’ll nominate those that I want to now, and then if anyone wants to nominate someone else as well, leave it in the comments down below and I’ll consider adding them!
Bethie, over at Hear a Snippet Here. She writes about anything from letters to fiction, and then she still manages to add ramblings on hairstyles and strange quirks. Check her stuff out – one day she’ll be a famous author and then you’ll be glad you knew her in her blog days!
The Stressed Out Student over at Stressing Out College. I can always laugh at this blog – probably because all of it sounds so familiar to me. Yep, it’s versatile, ‘cause college is versatile.
Hmm… was that all? I could swear I thought of a third person that I wanted to include here… Well, I’ll update that in as well when I remember… if…
… also included in the bargain, some Wrimo-tips!
Status update: Writttteeeee… Braaaaaaaaaiiiinns!!!!!!!
Eating: There’s no time!
Listening: “When We Were Young” ~ Take That. This has to be my new song-obsession. It is the single to the new Three Musketeers-movie. Seriously. Go and listen to this thing. If you have the same taste in music as me anyway. I’m singing aloud to it at the moment. Well, I’m air-singing, rocking it out. My parents would probably murder me if I sang aloud – especially this time of night! The lyrics just seem to mean so much to me. Perhaps it’s just the kind of mood I’m in…
Reading: What’s that?
My NaNoWriMo is going okay! I wrote over 2200 words on the first day… 1673 on the second, and on the third… 1776. Well, at least I’m still ahead, okay? So it’s going better than last time! I experienced the same last time: the first week is the worst. Once I hit 10,000, I’ll be getting into the swing of things. And now I’m over 5000, so I’m halfway okay!
Here is the synopsis I wrote for my profile on NaNoWriMo’s website. I would also post a word-count widget in the sidebar here, except that all the people over at the Office of Letters and Light decided not to release them yet. Bah!
It is a kingdom outside of time. One day that never changes. People live out their lives in this perfect, balanced, stagnant environment.
When Abrielle’s husband is killed by a single rebel, she feels stifled in this society with all its faults. She decides to go out into Time and find her healing there — for she would never find it inside the kingdom.
She leaves the timeless environment and goes on a journey through Time. But what she thought would be a refreshing, healing experience leaves her cold. Where she thought she would find a better world, she finds a place filled with even more pain, more desolation, more faults than there ever were inside the timeless kingdom.
Finally Abrielle can understand why her people shut themselves off from the progression of Time.
But perhaps she will also learn to understand why she felt that she could not stay outside of it and what there is for her inside the progress of Time.
I also decided you may as well see the Jack o’ Lantern I drew for the start of a Hallowe’en cartoon and then abandoned for reasons of a NaNoWriMo-nature.
Also, I wish this was my manuscript!
That would have been so cool, to have it done and dusted! Actually, ^that^ is a pic of my stack of background reading for my English lit exam on Monday. I’m using that stack right now to balance the laptop on.. It makes quite a good lap-desk. Anyway… I know by now that it is only the beginning of NaNoWriMo that looks so bad. At the moment, it looks so very daunting, but once I get into the swing of things… Yeah, I have experience in this by now! One year, but I guess that counts…
Anyhow, this probably makes me eligible to give some advice! So, if there are any first-time Wrimo’s reading this, here are some tips!
- Plan! Okay, so some people are pantsers (me too!), but I’ve found it works better if you have at least just a bulleted list of stuff that you want to happen in your novel. If you don’t have any idea of what’s going for what, you may just get stuck at 10,000 words without a plot. Of course, if you are a planner, you may also want to plan everything out in detail!
- Get your word count every day. Last time I did it, I missed the 1667 words on the very second day. So that meant from the very second day, I had to do catch up. And in my last week, I had to write over 2000 words every day to be able to finish on time. Not a good idea!
- Actually, linking up to the previous bullet, try to get more than the word count, especially on the first few days. This may mean that you could either finish earlier, or it may save you on an inspiration-less day.
- Try to find some system of rewards. Me, I paste my writing into my 750words.com as well. This is because I really want to be able to show off their NaNo-badge. Two birds with one stone!
I hope you have a great week (especially if you are a fellow Wrimo!)