callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Gosh! It's THAT time of year again!

Last year Nanowrimo was lost due to other stuff - operations, writing retreats, general OMG business, so I am really pleased to be in a position to do it again. I've been a part of Nano since 2004, and have really loved to see just how big a thing Nanowrimo has become.

Nano is a funny thing. It has so many aspects to it that I delight in seeing the ways new members learn the ropes, and the steep learning curves ahead. There's always something new to learn, and every time I've done it I've learnt something amazing. The first time I did it, I didn't finish. I learned I wasn't ready! I was about to fall pregnant, and was busy running around selling an awful lot of lingerie and learning more about running a home business than I did about writing. I also fell pregnant at the end of November, which drained an awful lot of my energy! I also went to Margaret River, and Sydney all in November that year! 

2005 is really the year when I wrote and wrote and wrote. I was worried about my wordcount, and started off including *everythign*, uncluding long email posts and LJ posts too. But in the end I blitzed it at 70K, so I could have worried a bit less and been fine. Most of this was my original Book One of the Phat Phantasy I originally wrote in highschool. Key thigns I learned: I could write. I could write fast. Writing with friends is more fun than writing without. I could produce words by the truckload.

And I just didn't stop. 2006 is littered with the remains of wordcounts, and I just kept going. I didn't do Nano again, but that year I think I clocked up about 300K of writing, so I wasn't really all that worried. My trilogy ended up being a quintuplet, averaging about 90K per novel. I learnt that I can write a loosely structured novel of about 90K in 6 weeks, and did so twice.

And then I stopped.

I started editing instead, which is a completely different skillset, and unfortunately does not include any funky wordcounts. It could, but not when you're deleting large swathes :-) So anyway, I spent some time rewriting novels, and then in 2008, I did Nanowrimo again, and completed much to my happiness, dead on 50K for an intended e-book market.

2008 is the Selkie novel, which I am currently editing again. The selkie porn was a huge learning curve, thanks to some extroardinarily generous help from chaosmanor. I've also come into a writing group, a subset of the KSP. We all had novels to crit, so we did so. Four points of view per novel gives you some very good thoughts, ideas, and problems with work with. I've been concentrating very very hard on craft for the last two years. I have learned a stunning amount. 

And this brings us to this year. This yeah, I want to throw aside all the rules and regulations and expectations, and just write. I want to work in the creative flow, and just see what happens. I'm not worried about form or structure, plans, crisies, highlights, dialogue, anything. I just want to see what happens when I let the creative slow strike me. I want to splash colour, slash canvas, create and delete and scribble and scrawl, carelessly and hurriedly, and see what shapes appear.

And at the end of day 1, I'm at 10% of my goal.

Daily Round Up:
Today: 5220
Yesterday: 0
New Words: 5220
To goal: 44,780









callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
I have finished Draft 3 of Book One.

I realised I was padding, so I cut to the chase and put a knife through this fucker.

Er.

I completed this rewrite. Yay!
Probably only another ten or so to go.
:-)

But later. Much later. Yay me! And it came in at 75,001

I should do my tallies up again I guess.
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Xmas Caterpillar)
Let me first state that I am not published. These are just words I have written this year.

January the 8th, my first post about writing has Book 2 at 70K.

So, tally for this year given 81K - 70K = 11K...

Book2 - 11,000
Book 3 - 111,000
Book 4  - 93,000
Book 5 -  93,000
Selkie Porn Book 1 - 52,000

Which brings me to 361,000
However, I am also re-writing book 1. So, minus the stuff I have ripped out of the original draft, I have:

Book One Rewrite -  33,000 new words

Which makes me up to 394,000
Which averages out at 1079 words per day every day for 365 days.

Sean had 282,600 words published.
He has 775 words published per day on average every day for 365 days.

Since I am nowhere near publication, this was an exercise for amusement.
:-)


callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Child of Ica: 49,972
Daughter's Song: 81,469
Queen of A Thousand Tears: 111,040
King of The Dead: 93,175
Hope's Empress: 92,884

Selkie Porn Book 1 - 51,143
Book One Rewrite -  32,592 new words

Tally: 512,275
Goal: 1,000,000
Remaining: 487,725

OMFG, I'm past the half way point! Wow!

callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
It's done.
Real final wordcount: 92885
91984
BRING ON THE CHAMPAGNE

Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 89188
Today: 91984
WordCount:  2796

Notes: Ica_five started August the 11th
finished September the 15th. Gosh. Um. *blushes*
5 weeks ( five weeks and two day actually)
26 work days in there (I try to allow 2 days a week off from writing) so the average is 3537ish words.
This seems wrong! Gosh. Will check over my figures again tomorrow cos I am tired and sick right now.

Note: I started Ica_4 on the 23rd of June, 2008.
Finished : 8th of August, 2008
6 weeks and 4 days.
An average of 2,026 words per day.

Child of Ica: 49,972
Daughter's Song: 81,469
Queen of A Thousand Tears: 111,040
King of The Dead: 93,175
Hope's Empress: 92,884

IT'S DONE! THE WHOLE DAMNED TRILOGY OF FIVE IS DONE. OMG!

Tally: 427, 640
Goal: 1,000,000
Remaining: 572, 630
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 86342
Today: 89188
WordCount:  2846

Despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth about being sick, and the annoyance at losing so much productive time, I am now back on track to finish this novel either late tomorrow night or Tuesday. Then, I drink champagne.

I am stopping for the night to do some femmeconne work. I need to make lists of breakfasty stuff, and remember who offered to get in the GF bread for me, and arrange it with them. I have been thinking a lot on the nature of femmeconne/percon/other and it's also been eating up a lot of time. We go through this every year though. :-)

I hate this cold. :-(
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 83961
Today: 86342
WordCount:  2381
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 83089
Today: 83961
WordCount:  872

Did lots of femmeconne stuff today. Spammed the pants off the list! Hee! A bit tired since Jackie wanted feeding at 2:30 and then Vinnie woke at 4:30 and proceeded to vomit for a while. Chesh sent me back to bed at about 5:30. I have a pile of things for tomorrow, including a better wordcount!

I am entering the final scenes on the book, and I still think I am right at about 95 - 100K. So, if I work hard tomorrow, I can hammer it home and have it done before femmeconne after all.
*grin*
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 79342
Today: 83089
WordCount:  3747
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 78,377
Today: 79,342
WordCount:  965
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 73810
Today: 78377
WordCount:  4567

I'm going to try this leaving the house thing tomorrow. Off for coffee in Perth! I am obscurely excited.
;-)
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 71571
Today: 73810
WordCount:  2239

Today has been very full on! Toys sorted, we had a picnic, went shopping, bought containers for toys, 2 or 3 loads of dishes.... all sorts of stuffs! Also, I tried the mayonnaise on my hair, and it's good! I was a bit puzzled as I've never mayoed or oiled or egged my hair before, so it just sort of seemed to absorb everything! I wasn't quite sure if I was supposed to rinse it out or shampoo it out, but in the end I shampooed and conditioned as per usual, and I'm happy. My hair is shiny and happy and very soft with great body. I am enjoying these explorations into beauty stuff!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 70 093
Today: 71571
WordCount:  1,478

I made a mega kickarse sized vegan lasagne type casseroley thing, a smaller gluten free lasagne, and dinner. Plus had drinks with the parents and did half my wordcount on a few glasses of wine. Hopefully it's not irreparable.
:-)

I have to do some fancy footwork to stop the meandering and get back into the plot I think!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 69043
Today: 70 093
WordCount:  1,050

Hell busy day today. Flights booked, communities spammed, internal issues dealt with, femmeconne stuff pondered.
Surprised I got *any* writing done at all.
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 65035
Today: 69043
WordCount: 4008

Making very good progress on this. I am not aiming to finish before femmeconne, but I might anyway. That would be nice. And then... the editing!

That should be a steep learning curve.
:-)
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 57806
Today: 65035
WordCount: 7229

OMFG!

Sep. 2nd, 2008 12:02 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Yesterday was a ZERO WORDCOUNT DAY! A zero wordcount day! Big fat zip, zero, nada! None! No words at all! 

I wasn't too upset, cos I played with babies and visited friends and drank coke and ate donuts. What a better way to spend a zero wordcount day?

But today...

Why, today is a different kettle of fish! As at MIDDAY I have a wordcount of..... drumroll please....

62008

What does this mean?
Why, it means...
Saturday's wordcount was 57806
62008 minus 57806
.....
4202
Just let me repeat that.

4202

I started writing at 8:50, and ran through until 12:00. I fed Jack, did other stuff, had tea, unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded the dishwasher, made a sandwich, and WROTE 4202 WORDS IN THREE HOURS AND TEN MINUTES.

Why yes, I am pretty goddamned proud of myself right now. And it's time for another break. Hee!
(I need more pr0n. Send me pr0n, dammit!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (chained)
Ica_five.txt
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 56399
Today: 57806
WordCount: 1407
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Ica_five.txt
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 53,792
Today: 56,399
WordCount: 2,607

Weekly Roundup
15,074
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Ica_five.txt
Hope's Empress
Yesterday: 52838
Today: 53792
WordCount: 954
Worst wordcount in a long time. I'm going to bed!
Still not feeling the best, plus headache.

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