Nanowrimo 2012 recap

2012 Nano bannerThe 2012 OLL season came to a close now National Novel Writing Month has ended.  I did more than the goal; as quantity was concerned.  My novel is insanely long, but for the moment I sort of like it that way.

Proper tone; cadence; length; narration are all things I can figure out later when I work on a real draft.  My chapters aren’t traditional at this point either, but I like that for the moment as well.

On the bright side, I can safely say the story is past the halfway point.  After this current section gets finished up…there are maybe four major things before the ending.  Rather, four or five locations, then the big ending.  Sorry to all who want to read this while waiting for that Transformers reboot: no explosions at the end of this book.  Maybe a faint trace of saltwater, but the lead doesn’t end up having a day at the beach.

Then again, there is this…

No, nope – never a part of my plan.  I didn’t plan on her leaving Scottsdale in the story.  Then again, anything can happen when writing a novel in the Nanoverse.

Back on topic: here’s an auto-generated chart from the Nano site; showing my daily progress in November:

Nano 2012 end stats

So close to sixty thousand, I know.  Maybe next year?  That giant bump in my stats was thanks to our Day of Writing Safe and Warm, which is our region’s version of the Night of Writing Dangerously event held in San Francisco.  Ours may not be as swanky, but sure can be a game-changer for a Wrimo’s word count.

My favorite way to keep track of November is with this widget:


This has been my word barometer for a few years now; and this season it was on display in this blog’s sidebar.  The colors can range from red to green, as I recall.  A green box means the daily word count was reached.  All the other colors represent a word count below par, so to speak.

My personal hope was to write two thousand words a day.  Now my plan is to make up the combined difference of all those non-green days with a newer December goal.  This means 2013 will be the time to see if I’ll avenge those orange and yellow boxes.

When I verified my win, I decided to make my forum signature a little easier to see.  Here’s what it became:


In case you’re wondering, all the black print and handwriting were lifted from the project I was writing for November.

Since I’m sharing images, here is something I received at the TGIO [Thank Goodness It’s Over] party for our region:


One of these days I’ll open the pack up, but I haven’t had a special enough use yet.

That about wraps up why November is a tough month to keep my attention.  Now maybe one of these days I’ll finally finish one of these novels.  April and July are the Camp Nano sessions for 2013.  Maybe then?  Oh, wishful thinking…

Related links:


Nano 2012: Story Update

The image is taller than what I usually show, but I’ll try to make it a shorter post to compensate.

Still writing this strange November.  Much has been different for me compared to a year or two back.  I’m sticking with my story from last year, and [so far] staying on-par with my personal goals so far.

I usually do some things to get ready for the Nano season.  This year I hesitated; whatever that reason was.  My updates here and my sponsor page have been sketchy at best.  Today I updated my Figment page (sorry for not mentioning updates there for at least a month).  There also hasn’t been an explanation for why I am writing what I am this month.

So what’s with the pic?  I did an earlier post showing the main character’s “last known whereabouts” when I was writing.  If you where she was as it happened, that could only complicate things for her.  The image is an indication of where she’s been.

What’s happening now?  Well…  According to all, she is ending her journey.  Kadie, the man from the establishment, and also-  That reminds me, maybe I’ve been letting her get a bigger lead than intended.  Here is the “establishment” in question:

That chapter did go much longer than intended, but that’s what the magic of a second draft is all about.  It’s all about quantity over quality though: in the month of November.

Classy in August

Since I’m going for another round of Camp Nanowrimo, I decided to let it ride – staying a sponsored camper.  It means maybe I’ll be able to rasie another dollar or two for OLL; the non profit organization that puts on the Nano writing events (and more).  To learn more, click here or the image below.

You don’t have to donate if you click.  You can learn more about the Office of Letters and Light, post on the shout box, or even send me an anonymous mail.

Camp Nano: week 2 – update

I am behind in wordcount.  How much?  I won’t look.  Who could know I could be so distracted at a writer retreat.  No progress chart to show, but maybe they’ll let me use an old slate in the corner.

Now that I think the day over…there is more I need to finish today.   A flash piece to edit and submit; and a two-page script?  I better go check.

Sorry for the span between information.  Blame the camp’s post office?  I haven’t forgotten about anything…or anyone.  My StayClassy page has been updated – and at 25% of the goal, give or take a point.  [I would have added it as a sidebar, but WordPress doesn’t allow javascript.]

5,183 words and counting…


Help me StayClassy on behalf of Office of Letters & Light

As most know, I’m soon going to see a similar banner soon – as I head out to camp.  Not only will I be this…

But I will also be this…

What does it mean?

“StayClassy is a fast-growing San Diego-based startup that develops an online fundraising product used by thousands of Nonprofit organizations around the world.”

Office of Letters and Light host most of the writing events I talk about on here.  Now OLL is aligned with StayClassy for secure fundraising.  Since I want to do something to help, I have a StayClassy account now; which benefits OLL.

if you didn’t click on any of the links yet, here’s my profile:

Even if you don’t want to donate, I say check the page out now or in June.  Maybe i get points for site hits?  No idea.

Thanks for reading all of this, and hopefully it can hold anticipation until the start of June.