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Novel, Day 19

Novel, Day 19

36,119 words. Here’s the latest (ch.42 onwards). I’d be interested to know if anyone is reading this and if so, what are your thoughts. I don’t have much time to respond to your comments, but I do appreciate them.

Nanowrimo Day 18 – virtual worlds and avatars

Nanowrimo Day 18 – virtual worlds and avatars

34,094 words. The latest is here. Yesterday and today was spent writing a long chapter 41, where the main character Declan is inserted into a virtual world as an avatar. I surprised myself with some William Burroughs-like imagery to descibe the virtual world. It’s likely to need some tidying up when I finally get a chance to do a revision of my…

Day 16

Day 16

30,125 words. Chapter 37 onwards. Two weeks to go, at 10,000 words per week. I feel I’m on the home straight!

Nanowrimo Day 15 – plus some thoughts on categories and topics

Nanowrimo Day 15 – plus some thoughts on categories and topics

27,563 words. Here’s the latest (ch. 34 onwards). I’m hoping to reach the 30,000 mark by end of tomorrow. That will give me a nice round figure to aim for of 10,000 words per week for the final two weeks. I’m enjoying having two storylines intertwining now. On the one hand, Declan Atomz is now beginning to understand the alien world. It’ll be…

Nanowrimo Day 13 – nearly halfway there

Nanowrimo Day 13 – nearly halfway there

24,662 words – virtually 50% finished. Tonight’s words are chapter 32 onwards. Today was quite productive. The new storyline has energized me and is taking the overall story in an interesting direction. I’ll be taking a day off tomorrow. Fridays have been declared rest days by my wife, which is fair enough.

Day 12

Day 12

22,009 words – hanging in there (see ch. 31 onwards). Decided to introduce a sub-plot, to liven things up. It’s about a Silicon Valley graphics designer named Dave Darwin, who has just started a social software company. The themes of avatars and social software which I’m introducing here will eventually merge with Declan Atomz’s world of ETs and…

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…