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Day 11 – Exhausted (as the Foo Fighters song goes…)

Day 11 – Exhausted (as the Foo Fighters song goes…)

Man *what* a struggle, 20,059 words – here they are (ch. 28 onwards for today). But I’m not that happy with tonight’s words. I think the quality is not great. I had to interupt my writing a couple of times. Bah! Hopefully tomorrow is better. Well, later today – as it’s now after 12am. Need sleep. Lots.

Day 10

Day 10

18,297 words, here’s the latest. I’ve also added it to the menu. Still on track, but I didn’t get much done in the weekend. I was zonked out with the flu on Friday and Sat, watched the rugby on Saterday night (ABs through to semi against aussie), then went to The Matrix Revolutions on Sunday (no spoilers, but what a stunning movie!!). So on…

Extraordinary Evidence

Extraordinary Evidence

It’s Day 8 and my word count is 14,778. Here’s the latest. I took yesterday off. Have got a bit of flu, but the show must go on. I’m trying not to take my novel too seriously, having a bit of fun with it. Today I came up with the concept of “space blogs”. Heh. Extraordinary Evidence is now the working title of my novel. I will probably change it…

Day 6

Day 6

12,288 words. Here it is. btw I accidentally discovered an error in the very first sentence today. How embarrassing. So I fixed it up…I thought about leaving it in there, as proof that I haven’t done any revisions yet. But then there are probably plenty of other bits of evidence of that! I may take a day off tomorrow. It’ll be Friday night and…

Day 5 – and I am updating my novel online now

Day 5 – and I am updating my novel online now

I’ve decided to go the whole hog and post my novel online. There are a variety of reasons for this. One is that posting excerpts would mean it would be read out of context. If I’m prepared to post excerpts, I may as well just tell the whole story. Oh and another reason is that Erik Benson dared me to 🙂 So here it is, all 10,035 words so far…

Day 3

Day 3

6,086 words. Had to struggle to reach this. Started at 8.30pm and finished about 11.10pm. Man this is hard work and I’m only 3 days in. 27 more days to go! The good news is I’m still working at 2,000 words per day, but I suspect I’m going to have to put in a couple of good weekends of writing – so I can have a break on some days. Erik Benson is…

Day 2

Day 2

4,062 words, so I’m keeping pace with the 2000 words per day goal I’ve set myself. I notice I’m currently first amongst the 15 or so Wellington writers 🙂 Enough writing for today. I’m off to watch the All Blacks hammer Wales in the rugby World Cup.

Nanowrimo Day 1

Nanowrimo Day 1

It’s just after 7pm on Saturday 1 November and I’ve finished my first day’s writing in the NaNoWriMo challenge. I managed 2,108 words today, which I’m really pleased with. It took me about 3 hours, a little over 1 hour in the morning straight writing (about 1,000 words) and in the evening I spent 1-2 hours writing interspersed with some research on…

Richard’s 30-day Feat of Endurance

Richard’s 30-day Feat of Endurance

I’ve now officially entered NaNoWriMo, which is an annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel over 30 days. It kicks off on 1 November, which is one day away for me. I checked into the official NaNoWriMo website tonight and I was surprised to see that 14 other people from Wellington in New Zealand are doing this. I suspect the majority are…

Writing a novel in 30 days

Writing a novel in 30 days

I’m one of those people that regularly says: “One day, I’m going to write a novel.” Well now may be my chance. NaNoWriMo is a an annual challenge to write a novel in 30 days, over the month of November. The novel must be at least 50,000 words, which is about 175 pages. I discovered this intriguing contest tonight, via Erik Benson. Erik entered last…

Will of its own

Will of its own

I posted this on my linkblog, but I feel like publishing it here too. I heard some of Rautavaara’s Symphony Number 7 (Angel of Light) a few weeks ago, for the first time, and I was quite taken by the music. It reminded me of The Matrix. So anyway tonight I googled Rautavaara and discovered a) he’s a Finnish composer, and b) I like the way he…

Culture of Celebrity and Weblogs

Culture of Celebrity and Weblogs

I judge the quality of a weblog by its IDEAS, but it seems some people equate quality with popularity. Is the ‘culture of celebrity’ that afflicts Western movies, television and radio creeping in to weblogs as well? These thoughts were prompted by the recent weblog discussion on power laws and how they relate to weblogs. Actually the topic of…

On Broadcasting

On Broadcasting

The Two-Way Web is a very simple concept. It’s all about normal everyday people having a publishing platform on the Web. Sounds reasonable to me, but a thread on Many-to-Many this week has complicated the issue. Here’s my summary, based on how I first discovered and then tracked the thread (the process somehow seems important here): 1. In my…

Select Mode: Publisher

Select Mode: Publisher

David Weinberger recently wrote a weblog post entitled When blogs get really popular. In it he states that the line between blogging and email will become blurred. He says: “The word “blog” will expand to cover any linkable posting (a place) where a person gets to speak her mind more than once. If it’s more permanent than IM, it’ll be a blog.” It…

Massaging the Medium

Massaging the Medium

Thanks to Peter Lindberg, for pointing me and others to a couple of Marshall McLuhan articles. But before I talk about those, here’s an overview of Marshall McLuhan from the Wikipedia: “Famous for coining the phrases “The medium is the message” and “the global village,” McLuhan was one of the early purveyors of the sound bite. He asserted that…

The road to XHTML and tableless CSS designs

The road to XHTML and tableless CSS designs

I’ve been threatening to write an article about XHTML for a while now and so here goes. I’ll also talk about CSS and table-less web designs, because in the Web world right now XHTML and CSS are as hot a couple as Ashton and Demi (who may’ve broken up now, but I couldn’t think of another celebrity couple). Recently I converted my Radio Userland…

Is this the beginning of the Age of Topic-focused Blogs?

Is this the beginning of the Age of Topic-focused Blogs?

I read with interest Matt Haughey’s essay Blogging for Dollars, where he relates his experiences running Google’s Adsense adverts on his TiVo-focused weblog, PVRblog. Matt is making a pretty penny running the Google ads on his TiVo blog and one of the main reasons why is that it is focused on a single topic. He advises: “In order to have any…

Homage to Hyperlinks

Homage to Hyperlinks

I’ve just finished transferring a bunch of links from Outlook to my linkblog. They are links I’ve been hoarding over the past few months, as ideas for future weblog articles or just for inspiration. I plan to use my linkblog to store all the ideas I harvest from the Web. Beats emailing myself, plus because my linkblog is Movable Type I am able to…

Linkblog begun

Linkblog begun

I’ve been playing around with some linkblog solutions. Firstly, on Phil Pearson’s advice I tried del.icio.us. Once I negotiated my way around the minimalist design and even more minimalist documentation, I liked del.icio.us. However the problem is that it’s a 3rd party hosted service and I want to host my linkblog on my own server. So I had to…