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NaNoWriMo 2011 is over

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NaNoWriMo 2011 has come to a glorious end. I say glorious because I'm exhausted and ready for a break and I actually won. I squeaked by with 50,165 words despite a rather difficult month. I most certainly don't have a complete novel, but I do have much more salvageable material than I did last year at this time. Now I'm going to take a break from my novel to focus on some writing over at WVU (Writer's Village University). Not to mention some focusing that I need to be doing on all of the household items that I've neglected for the past month. I plan to return to my novel in January and flesh out the rest of the story as well as fill in some gaps. Then I'll turn my attention to editing. I'm hoping to get some valuable feedback from my peers at WVU. From what I've seen so far, that shouldn't be a problem.

That's really all that I wanted to say in this post, but don't think I've forgotten about my review of the Unicomp SpaceSaver M keyboard…

Some thoughts on my NaNoWriMo journey

I thought I should post something since it had been some time since my last post. I know the title of my blog allows for some leeway in this regard, but I do actually have a few thoughts I'd like to jot down if only for myself. And, who am I kidding? They probably are just for myself.

I have to say that I had mixed emotions about participating in NaNoWriMo this year after the death of my step father in October. On the one hand, it seemed much to soon after such a sudden loss, but on the other hand I felt it would also be a great distraction. In addition to that, I felt like I had a really great story in mind that I had been thinking about since the last NaNoWriMo. So mixed emotions or not I dove right in.

At first I made fairly steady progress. I was averaging two thousand words per day and the story seemed to be off to a solid if somewhat mediocre start. Then with all of the stresses and sad thoughts as of late, I started to slow and view the writing as a chore. I continued to wr…

An old Dell QuietKey is new again

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I'm still managing to keep up with my word count for NaNoWriMo, but the other day I found myself thinking back to the good old days of the IBM model M keyboards. They had such a wonderful clicky tactile feel. Yes I said clicky. They were truly fantastic keyboards and were built like tanks. I found out that a company called Unicomp holds the patents to the old M's and is making new versions. While I think that's fantastic, I just couldn't justify laying down close to $100 on a keyboard for myself right before the holiday season. So imagine my delight when I came across an old Dell QuietKey that I had gathering dust on the top shelf of my closet.

The Dell QuietKey isn't quite on the same level as the model M, but for a keyboard with plastic switches and no springs it's about as good as it gets. The action on these things is wonderful and the build quality is superb. I think the one I'm using is close to fifteen years old. I'm actually typing this post on …

And so it begins

Day one of NaNoWriMo is done for me and I've managed to log 1,923 words for the day. It's a fair start, but to be honest I had planned on trying to reach 3,000 words the first day to give me a little edge. After I finished the first scene though, I already had close to 2,000 words and I was at a good stopping point. If I launched into the next scene I'd either have to write a little later than I wanted too, or I'd have to leave off mid scene. I don't really like to stop mid scene because I have trouble getting back into the right flow. Tomorrow will start with a reaction scene followed by some more dramatic action, so hopefully I'll log another 2,000 words or more.

I definitely have a better game plan this year, so I'm hoping the writing will burst forth out onto the page like a mighty river escaping its banks. Sorry, cheesy...real cheesy. :)

Good luck to all my fellow NaNoWriMos out there!

A little NaNoWriMo advice

Yes friends, it’s that time of year again. The time for throwing caution to the wind, ignoring household chores, isolating yourself from friends and family, and logging way too many hours behind a computer screen. No, I’m not talking about a marathon World of Warcraft session, I’m talking about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The time of year when all of us crazy writer types attempt to bash out 50,000 glorious, or not so glorious words, in a month of literary abandon. This is my second year to participate, and since I actually won last year, I thought I’d post a little advice and a few tips. Not that I’m qualified to do so mind you; I’m just going to do it anyway.
First and most important in my opinion, is don’t doubt yourself. You can do this. You have it in you if you just stop listening to those negative voices in your head. I had to drown mine out with music last year. Eventually the voices of my characters overpowered the other voices and I let them guide me to the finis…

POV exercise

Okay, so I actually wrote this for lesson three of F2K, but I had a lot of fun with it and thought I'd share it here. We were supposed to write a scene from two different POV's, either third person, first person or second person. I chose first person and third person limited for my original posting, but then Benning posted an optional assignment encouraging us to write a 1000 word story with a beginning, middle and end using the POV that we hadn't used in the original assignment. So I used second person since I hadn't used it before. I have to say that I was kind of worried because I, along with most of the reading public, hate second person, but I must say I really enjoyed using it here. It was definitely a challenge to stay under the 1000 word limit, but I did my best. The result is my tribute to the pulp fiction/film noir stories that I remember so fondly. Enjoy!


The Drop (WC 1000)

She told you this one would be easy, but you knew better. You just couldn’t resist Eve…

Getting back into the habit

I love to write, but I'm certainly not the most disciplined writer by any stretch of the imagination. That's why I'm starting another blog. I'm making another attempt to journal on a regular basis and to get back into the habit of writing daily. You can see by the blog's title that I have fairly realistic expectations of my overall level of ambition. We'll see how well this works over the next few weeks.

I've always wanted to write a novel, and to that end, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last year and actually finished with 50,006 words. A whopping six words over the finish line. The problem was that while I did get into a daily habit of writing, the finished product was quite a mess. So much of a mess in fact, that I couldn't bring myself to revise it and polish it into a finished piece. I'm hoping the results of this year's NaNo effort will leave me with a more cohesive work that can be molded into my very …