November 2006


My story, “Corporate Oversight,” is now available at The Fifth Di…. Woohoo!

NaNoWriMo 2006 Winner!
I think it needs to expand out, like an accordian. Later.
I reread part of the beginning. It’s better than I remembered. It’s… funny. I’m still a couple of rewrites from the decision of whether I want to ‘fess up to it in public, but…
I wrote a novel. In a month.

42,093 / 50,000 : 84.2%
I have NaNoWriMo fatigue. I’m ready for this to be over. The question is whether I want to try to marathon extra words or just slow and steady finish the last 8,000 words over the next four days.
We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, but I might be able to crank out some extra.

I’m at 33,717 words, but I also have a sick kitty. She’s our current Queen Kitty, and the other cats are worried.
I completely blew off yesterday, and am having trouble talking myself into doing it today. I’ve been trying to do 2,000 words a day; maybe I can manage 1,000 tonight.
I used up my outline in the first week. D’oh! I’m starting to think I just suck at outlining.

NaNoWriMo proceeds apace. Thus far the story is coming out quick and sketchy, like a gesture drawing. It’s like my muse feels rushed and is telling the story as fast as she can, and I have to hurry to get down a bare skeleton of mostly dialog just to keep up. I allowed myself a brief pad session, but no. It didn’t feel right. Forward motion. Forward.
I’m also afraid of running out of story before 50,000 words at this point, but since what I’m getting down is so sparse I suppose I can go back and add more to the middle if I get to the “end” too soon. I mean, either way I’m going to have to rewrite. It’s also going to be much, much longer than 50,000 words after I rewrite.
I’m looking forward to the rewrite. I generally prefer rewrites to drafting. Not now, though. I have to get it down.

“Corporate Oversight” will appear in the December issue of The Fifth Di….