purpleparadox: (Em in the desert)
Oh, you know you missed hearing about the novel, admit it. :D

Did some more editing today, and I'm up to 17 scenes edited (including one of the really emotional ones, I think I made it even better than it was originally), with 38 to go. 75,370 words! I've added 6,408 words, which is less than I'd written in a day during NaNo proper, but the goal of editing isn't to make it longer, it's to make it better. I'll probably end up spending a chunk of tonight working on the novel as well, considering I have a five hour shift at the computer lab tonight with no homework to do. I think once I finish this draft, I'll get the proof done - not sure if I'm going to mark it up like Hayley did with hers, but it'll be so nice to have a copy of my book to hold and show off.

In other news, Bryan made lemon poppy seed muffins. They were tiny, so I ate three. ^^; He's making brownies now. :D Hooray for Bryan!
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I'm still alive, my novel didn't eat me, I promise.

I think I'm done, at 67k. There's a lot of editing to do, and I think I have one other scene to add before it's really done, but my story's been told, and my poor characters are exhausted. I'm writing a little short story with Em, Trout, and Nina - they're all going off on vacation on a different planet, in a tropical locale. I think they deserve it, poor guys. I'm still trying to decide whether or not to make Em polyamorous - she loves Trout, but she's got feelings for Nina as well. Ahhh, the drama. Poor Em. I've put her through so much in this novel - it's a wonder she still lets me write about her.

I'm sad that the story is over - while I enjoyed writing about the characters (and in Em's case, as the character) back when Pedro and I roleplayed back in 2001, I've grown very attached to them all after this novel. It's almost like they're human to me, and I don't want to leave them just yet.

I gave up waiting to put up my Christmas tree, and decided to put it up tonight. I'm ridiculous, I know, but I've been waiting to put this sucker up since I bought it at a garage sale in August for $5. I didn't quite realize just how HUGE this thing was - I went from a three foot tree to a seven and a half footer! I stuck my Princess Serenity doll on the top, instead of an angel or a star, and poor Serenity's head almost hits the ceiling. It was also a pain to put together - it was color coded, but I had no idea which colors went where. It was like putting together a puzzle that's only one color, and all the pieces are roughly the same shape. At least it came out relatively tree looking, even if it is listing to one side a little. Once my camera's battery charges, I'll post some pictures. It's a very eclectic tree - only on our Christmas tree will you find The Simpsons ornaments, Beauty and the Beast ornaments, Precious Moments ornaments, a sprinkling of tiny stuffed animals, and a Sailor Moon doll stuffed on the top.

I did a little bit of circle trimming today - mostly it was people who haven't updated in months (with the exception of [personal profile] nomnomchuupie, considering we're married and all that). If you're just lurking around DW, and don't post entries but still read mine, and you're sad I removed you, just let me know and I'll add you back. (Although, one person I removed hadn't updated in something like 78 weeks, so I doubt they're lurking.)

AUGH. I just looked at my tags. NaNoWriMo and Christmas tags shouldn't ever be used together. XD


Nov. 8th, 2010 09:13 pm
purpleparadox: (Crazy in the Coconut!)
So, my wonderful, lovely, not even a year and half old Macbook Pro, the one that has my NaNoWriMo novel's original files and all my wedding pictures on it?


Today. In fact, before class. It froze up, then when I rebooted it, Silver went all "durrrrr, where's my operating system? Are you my mommy?"

And I freaked and took it to my old boss at CTS. And he told me, and I quote, "Your hard drive's hosed. I hope you have Time Machine."


and now we're going to the Apple Store in Syracuse tomorrow.

(at least my novel is safe in my Dropbox account, even if I did have to piece all 40 something RTF files that Scrivener made into a coherent word document)


Nov. 5th, 2010 09:39 pm
purpleparadox: (Coffee-head)
Word count: 25,171

Outline: Rewritten from chapter 6 on to make more sense with what my characters have done with themselves

Sanity level: I'm two steps away from speaking in LOLcat, oh hay guise i wroted a novel

I promised myself a NaNoWriMo coffee mug if I managed to get to 25,000. Since I hit that tonight (which I didn't expect), I bought the mug! If I get to 50k, I'm getting myself a t-shirt, and Bryan is buying me something as well.

Someday I want to be able to donate a ton of money to NaNoWriMo, so I can get a phone call from Chris Baty, and go eat pie with him. XD

I really can't believe how quickly this is going. I may have to bring back some more of the old RP characters and write some short side stories that take place after the end of the novel, to keep me busy until December.

In other news, if you hear about a disgruntled computer lab worker setting her co-worker on fire tomorrow, that would be me. I hate working on Saturdays, solely because of my co-worker. I hope I get to work with Robert and Nathan for all my shifts in the spring. Today was crazy at the non-credit office, my main job - two of my co-workers were out, and my supervisors were busy all day, so for most of the day it was just me. It was crazy. And lonely. I hope Michelle's having fun in NYC!

For those of you on my NaNo filter who may have missed it, I posted a bit of story up. If you feel like reading it, go ahead. Leave comments. Or something. ^^;
purpleparadox: (NaNo '10)
I wrote 5,000 words yesterday. FIVE THOUSAND. I think that's a new first-day-of-NaNo record for me. Holy holy crap. Granted, yeah, 1700 of them were at midnight, but still. Five thousand. I think I may win. I've already got my 1,667 for today down, and will most likely add more after work and before class.

Other than that, not much is going on. Applied for a graduate assistantship that will pay for my classes next semester, I hope I get it. My dad would be so pleased that he doesn't have to pay for school.
purpleparadox: (NaNo '10)
With less than a week until NaNoWriMo (OMG OMG OMG), I figure I should ask if anyone wants to be on my NaNoWriMo filter, since I'll probably be posting a lot about how I can't reach my word counts, my characters are not behaving, and so on, and not everyone wants to read that.

So, if you want in on the filter, let me know! :D
purpleparadox: (Default)
Wow, I have been extraordinarily quiet this month. I apologize for that. I read everyone's posts, and comment when I have something to say, but mostly I've just been lurking in the background. I'm good at that, I guess.

I've got a doctor's appointment today. I hope I find out the results of my blood tests, and that the results aren't scary. Tomorrow is counseling, and I hope I don't end up sounding like a gibbering idiot in there. Is it sad that I have to take notes in order to actually talk about what needs to be talked about, instead of staring out the window and stuttering?

Next week at this time, I will be noveling. OMG IT'S ALMOST NANO TIME. I have been so hyper over NaNoWriMo this year that it's crazy. I even made a research poster on NaNo. It's beautiful. I'll have to post a PDF of the completed version up at some point.

I don't want to go to work today. I don't feel like I've had enough weekend yet. I ended up spending most of the weekend cooped up inside, since the weather was crap and Bryan wasn't feeling well. (He spent most of yesterday in bed.) I'll be happy to get out of the house, but sometimes I actually want to do something other than work and class, yanno? Maybe next weekend I'll just go to the library and work on noveling notes or something.
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I'm going a little NaNoWriMo crazy this year, even moreso than in years past. I think I may have found my winner.

(Ugh, you say that every year. You never win. You've only gotten halfway once.)

I've got a cover made up, too. It's a vectorized version of an old drawing I did of the main character of the story, back when she was just an RP character.

A Month In The Life
by ~baranotenshi on deviantART

purpleparadox: (NaNo)
I wrote 4,585 words today for my NaNoWriMo novel.

Holy crap.

I've still got a little under 4,000 to go to get to where I'm supposed to be for today, but once I hit that, I will officially be HALFWAY DONE.

And I'll officially be further along with this than any other NaNo novel I've done.

I'm glad I told myself that I can catch up, and that I can and will win NaNo this year.

Day Four

Nov. 4th, 2009 08:12 pm
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Well, today went better than expected.

I read through four volumes of Trigun Maximum (and was really sad to find out that it doesn't end at Volume 10, which is the last volume I have, which means I have to buy more when I get money), and packed up some stuff as well. I also moved some stuff around over at Tara's, and emptied some buckets in the process (and made a mess of my bed over there as well - since I don't have a closet or dresser or anything yet over there, my bed is a closet until I move in). Tara bought some pretty purple sheets to put on my bed, which makes me feel special. I like them.

Did some writing- a little over the daily 1,667 I'm supposed to do, but not too much. I'm still ahead of where I should be, thank goodness, and if I really get motivated, I could break 10,000 words tonight. It's a good feeling. I used Write or Die tonight, and it helped a bit- I cranked out all the words I needed in 32 minutes! Including this gem of a sentence, in reference to the cleanliness of dorm showers: "Yeah, the shower stall sparkled like a vampire from a Stephenie Meyers book," Sarah said.

Best. Sentence. EVAR.

9660 / 50000 words. 19% done!
purpleparadox: (Escaflowne: eeeehhh...)
I'm going to omit a lot of this to spare any of the NaBloWriMo readers out there, but to make a long story short, Bryan's bad attitude has ended up with him not being able to move in to Tara and Josh's house. I'm more than welcome over there, but his attitude towards them, and how he treats me, has made Josh decide that he just doesn't want to put up with Bryan.

Which is understandable.

Also, I've only cranked out 600 words for my novel today (I was going to shoot for another 3,000, and who knows, I could make it, but only with coffee and chocolate and late night writing), I slept through the morning, I lumped around all day on the couch, and now I'm freezing and starving.

Oh lord, how I LOVE being an adult.
purpleparadox: (Default)
I feel like it's practically 2 in the afternoon, and it also feels like I've done nothing all day.

Well, the last part is somewhat true, I really haven't done much today. I made myself some lunch, and I helped Bryan gather laundry, and we went to the store together to get some food. And I wrote. A lot. I'm past where I should be for tomorrow, and my goal is to hopefully get even further ahead by tonight. Not too much has happened, novel-wise: I've done a halfway decent job of establishing who my main character is, and we've introduced the love interest! Typing up IM conversations between two characters is a great way to rack up the words. As long as I take care of myself, stay optimistic about things, and don't let myself fall in a hole like I did last year around this time, I should be just fine. I may actually win this year! If I do, I'm totally framing my little completion certificate, and using that "get your novel printed for free" goodie I get when I complete.

But yeah, the end of DST always messes me up. I feel like it's much later in the day than it really is, I haven't even bothered changing some of the clocks (we're moving in a few weeks, what does it matter? They'll be changed when we move), and night-time creeps up way too quickly for my liking. Stupid season changes and accompanying seasonal affective disorder, bleh.

I think I'm going to hunt down my USB heated gloves- my hands are chilly.

5002 / 50000 words. 10% done!
purpleparadox: (NaNo)
Last night I went to my friend Patty's house in Syracuse and got to see a lot of my friends, as well as meet Patty's girlfriend. Heather is super cute! I like her a lot. We all found out that our friend Crystal is pregnant, and I'm not quite sure how to take that. I'm not a huge fan of her current significant other - he skeeves me out to no end, and he's also a lot younger than she is (she's 27, like I am, and he's 19), so I don't know how long that relationship will last. They're planning on getting married, but... yeah. I dunno.

Today we all got up, and Patty, Bryan, and I went to Wegmans for some food. I got a delicious salt bagel! :D I miss having a Wegmans near me- it's one of the best grocery stores ever. Then we puttered around Patty's apartment for a bit, and then she put us on the bus to come back up home. I haven't taken a bus in a long time - I actually really enjoyed it today! I took a tiny powernap on the bus, too- I needed it. I slept like hell last night.

Anyway, here I am now, with my first blog entry for NaBloWriMo. I've been coming along pretty well with my novel, too- I'm way ahead of where I should be, and the story's coming along pretty well. I get the feeling I might be jumping around a bit when I write the story, but if it happens, it happens, so long as I get the words out, right? :)


Oct. 27th, 2009 09:05 pm
purpleparadox: (FF: Birth Control!)
I'm really getting excited about NaNo. This is the first year I've done any sort of preparation besides "oh hey, I have a title, a vague idea, and a handful of characters", and I think I'm going to do really well this year. I started planning in September, that's how early I got started on my novel this year. I'm glad I've got some friends on Dreamwidth who are doing NaNo as well, and hopefully I won't bore the other people who read my entries with rambling about my novel.

One of the things I am not excited about, however, is the urinary tract infection I have. Not fun. At least the antibiotics aren't killing my stomach - one small thing in my favor, I guess.

I'm slowly getting stuffed moved over to Tara's. I would have loaded her car up and made a trip over today, if I didn't have to go over to Student Health to get this "omg I have to pee all the time" taken care of. Ah well, there's always tomorrow. I'm going to see if I can explore her basement and see how gross it is down there, if it's not too bad I might put some of our plastic buckets of stuff down there so Bryan and I can have a relatively clutter-free attic and bedroom. Although... hahah, clutter free bedroom? Like that'll happen- the bed takes up practically the entire room. XD

My paid account runs out soon, and I can't afford to pay for more paid time right now. Maybe when I get paid next week, I dunno, but it might be a while before I can afford a paid account since we're so broke. Ah well. I wonder what 6 icons I'll be stuck with! That's always a fun game to play. I can't believe I've uploaded so many icons- I never did this when I had a paid account on LJ.

I gotta get into the swing of blogging every day, for NaBloWriMo.
purpleparadox: (NaNo)
I have a plot. I have a title. I have a rough outline that covers a year of time in the stories. I have names for all my characters: Maia, Julius, Sarah, John, Frank, Rob, Dee, and Arthur. I have detailed character profiles for my main characters, and have fleshed out the basics for my lesser characters. I'm ready for this.

... OH NOES. I think the NaNo website went down. Dammit! I wasn't done doing my morning forum perusal yet!

Ah well. Later today Bryan and I are going to take care of some stuff at Tara's, maybe move some stuff up to the attic and clean out our bedroom (if the cat boxes have been moved, anyway), and then Tara and I are going to go to Jo-Ann Fabrics and get some cross-stitchy stuff. :D
purpleparadox: (DW: DELETE)
... I'm doing National Blog Writing Month on top of it all! (it's at http://www.nablowrimo.org, if you're interested) I figure November will be full of my ramblings about how my novel is going, and how life in general is - you know, the usual, just with extra NaNoWriMo goodness thrown in. So for those of you stumbling across my blog for the first time, thanks to NaBloWriMo, hi there! :D

Speaking of life, Bryan found out that he's not getting paid nearly as much as he thought he was for substitute teaching, so next month is going to be interesting. Let's just leave it at that.
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I'm going to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I never make it to 50,000 words, but I always try. I've been participating for... haha, this'll be my 6th year! I can't let November go by without writing at least a little bit.


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