May 2012


Lunchtime and right before I leave work are apparently not-so-much times for writing.  I think it’s because, as Douglas Adams said, “Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime doubly so.”

I’ve been resisting writing in the mornings because I’m really a great big ginormous ditz in the mornings, but it’s working so well for running that maybe I need to try it. I could spend some of my social media surfing time on writing.

Similarly, I think my daily writing goal is insufficiently ambitious.  On the other hand, I can’t seem to make that insufficiently ambitious goal, so maybe it’s plenty ambitious.

I wrote on the plane back from Wiscon.  That was interesting.

In other news, current spreadsheet estimates suggest my story in progress will end up being 16163 words long.  I have difficulty believing this.

High Points:

  1. Haiku Earring party: Every year Elise Matheson throws a party where you pick a pair of earrings you like, she gives you a prompt, and if she likes the haiku you write in response she gives you the earrings. My prompt was, “What Faeries Did in the Renaissance”:

    Keep your iron, your steel.
    Your art, your plays, your poems.
    We’ll take your children.

    New earrings: awesome.

  2. I was tragically forced to shop. *back of hand to head*
  3. My reading went well. 🙂
  4. The GenderFloomp Party: You’re encouraged to do something to mess with your gender presentation. There were a lot of women in suits and men in lumberjack boots and red satin negligees. They were one of the two best dance parties. We floomped until we dropped.
  5. Seeing awesome people I only see in person at WisCon!

My cats missed me.

Not only am I using Write or Die, I’ve also started posting daily stats to Twitter.  In addition to boring numbers, you get completely out-of-context sentences.

You can help!  You can mock when I fail to tweet!

Okay, maybe not.  I need positive reinforcement.  I had a rough day.  That said, I clearly need to do something.  I realized when I updated my motivational spreadsheet of doom/outline that it had been five days since I last wrote (because that’s one of the formulas).

My spreadsheet is also predicting that my story will end up being 20398 words, but I have a little trouble believing that.

My friend Jennifer Pelland and I are in the May BroadPod.  This month’s theme is “Not Quite Human.  Automatons, AI, and Clones.” From the site:

They can look human, talk and perhaps even feel human.  But are they?  Can an Artificial Intelligence truly have sentience, or is it just clever programming that mimics conscious thought?  A clone may be a match for human DNA, but does a clone have a soul?  Is an android merely a possession, no more entitled to rights than a toaster?

http://broadpod.posterous.com/may-not-quite-human-automatons-ai-and-clones

I just used the desktop version of Write or Die to get my daily words in.  It was a birthday present from my sister, and it was painless.  The nicest part was when I started to sit around and ponder a name for a walk-on.  I could stare at the screen and try to come up with the perfect name all day, but when the screen started to turn red I named him Smith and moved on.  Heh. 

Those were some fast words, too.  I may have to up my daily goal if this continues.