Sunday, 29 November 2009

Nano - Day 29

The penultimate, and preferable number to be at: 48,333

Oh it was so sweet to pass my sister's total. I shall remember it for, well, minutes.

Nano - Day 28

Look, it's getting hard to keep up with everything I'm doing. There was no update for today. I think my Nano is not going to be won this year. But I must beat my sister.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Nano - Day 25

Scared number: 41 667

Making a concerted effort. Not enjoying it though.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Nano - Day 24

Freaking number that rushes away as I approach it, even at a tiptoe. I think I should rush it: 40,000

Brain. Hurts. Must. Not. Give. Up.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Nano - Day 23

Stupid, unfeeling target: 38,333

I've reached the halfway point. The only problem is, the Nano is in it's last week.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Nano - Day 21

Exponentially accelerating number rising faster than the National debt: 35,000

Friday, 20 November 2009

Nano - Day 20



The dreaded number: 33,333

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Nano - Day 19

It's interesting to see figures displayed in different ways. These graphs prove that (a), I suck at this and (b), I'm losing.

Coops: 18,300

Sister: 29,091

Impertinent expectation: 31,667

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Nano - Day 18

Coops: 17,310
Sis: 27,214

Horrific number, forever staying out of reach: 30,000

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Nano - Day 17

Coops: 16,642
Sister: 27,201

Unlikely number: 28,333

Monday, 16 November 2009

Nano - Day 16

Coops: 15,413
Sis: 24,003

Needed to escape defeat: 26,667

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Nano - Day 15

Coops: 14,380
Sister: 23,260

Acceptable as a minimum: 25,000

Geez, whaddoya say. I suck at this.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Nano - Day 14

Coops: 12,509
Sis: 19,100

Inspirational number: 23,333 (Calculated by multiplying unobtanium with procrastination.)

Friday, 13 November 2009

Nano - Day 13

Managed to have a dabble with it today. Had to work out some accounting software and PDF conversions amongst other shit writers shouldn't have to think about.

Coops: 11,207
Lil' Sister: 17,467

Expectation/Demand: 21,667

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Nano - Day 9-12

Too damn busy to scratch my arse. Got the other project out of the way and I'm back to staring at my Nano screen.

Coops: 10,267
Sister: 17,467 (hah! Complacency dragged you back to my level girl.)

We aspire to: 20,000

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Nano - Day 8

Oh noooooo. Liddle Sis typed more words. I had a token stab.

Coops: 10,072

Little Sister: 15,032


Sposed to get: 13,333

Nano - Day 7

Still banging away at words for someone else's pleasure. Be back at it soon. I hope.

Nano - Day 6

Got a job on. Not writing. Oh Shit, now the pressure is on.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Nano - Day 5

Tap, tap, tapping along. Bogging down, probably because I haven't got a place for the, (now dead), hero to go. Wherever he ends up will only bring bigger problems for him, that I can guarantee. At least I made the minimum for a change.

Haven't heard from little sister so she gets the previous count and a cackle from me.

Coops: 10,007
Sister: 12,041

The expectation: 10,000

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Nano - Day 4

Bloody hell, it's so hard when you have to play catch up every day. I need a buffer like the little sister has. With any luck she's tapping a dry well after the literary spurt. I've stopped practicing my commiserations that I was going to heap upon her when she lost.

My story is developing just ahead of the words I write. A frantic way of creating but ya gotta go with what ya got.

Coops: 8326
Sister: 12041

Words ideally obtained (as calculated by dry, unfeeling mathematics): 8333

Yeah, I know how close that is, and yeah, I could have bashed out a couple more sentences, but I'm determined to take the count at the same time every day. Usually as I crack a beer. Mainly cos I know not much else gets done after that. It has just occurred to me that I haven't informed little sis of this requirement. Bahahhaahhaha.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Nano - Day 4

Credit where credit is due, little sister is working full time and doing the Nano as well. Kinda makes her heroic catchup even more impressive. She zipped past me yesterday and I'm struggling to catch up.

I'm actually writing a coherent story this year since SOMEONE complained bitterly that I was bending the rules in both the last 2 Nano's. The first one I wrote an Anthology of interconnected short stories. The second year I did the same but used pure dialogue. That was pretty hard.

Coops: 5774 (Almost killed the hero. Another few lines and he's a dead men. In his current form anyway.)
Sister: 8249 (Hope she gets complacent and slips behind.)

The average we need: 6667 words

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Nano - Day 3

I'm cruising along. Got lost in the story a couple of times, in a good way. Haven't had that feeling of immersion in months. I know the plot needs a lot of work but I'm hoping the depth is being hinted at enough to come back to me in the edit. This one is a keeper though.

I'm trying hard to separate the character from Sam, (Fatal Cure's hero), although I think they could be related. They'd hate each other of course. I hope this strings out to 50,000 words. Xmas would be so boring without something tangible to occupy me.

Coops: 4442 words
Sister: 6053. (I won't insult her by insulating any falsehood as some would do when under pressure.)

The average we should have obtained: 5000 words

Monday, 2 November 2009

Nano - Day 2

Got woken up about 8 times last night by the wife's phone. Problems at work and she's on call. The broken sleep drifted into full wakefulness at around 4:30AM with a dream about getting shot. That's when I had the germ of an idea. I actually got up and wrote it down. I thought it was important though I still don't know what it means but I'm sure the whole story hinges on it.

Over the course of the day other bits and pieces came together and the idea gathered momentum in exciting ways. I now have a beginning and the world is building itself around my dead-beat trucker, Todd Lucker. I'm still quite keen on the whole deal although details are bogging me down a bit. I need to keep it moving.

Found out the Nanowrimo site was overloaded and the start gun failed to go off because of that. The world hasn't ended and I'm away regardless.

Coops: 2840 more confident and purposeful words.
Sister: Haven't heard but will assume to worst and delete one word from yesterday's total. 1499 words.

The average we should have attained: 3333 words. Not great for me but better than 1499.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Nano - Day 1

Bit confused. Where's the fan fare, the firing of the gun? I haven't heard from my little sister either. What the hell is going on? Did the world end while I was Internetting?

Well bugger it, there seems to be no point in going hard on this if no one else is interested. It doesn't help that I haven't got a plot, any characters fleshed out, nothing. No clue.

I picked out an idea at random from my slush pile. 'A Better World'. The file contains 6 hurriedly jotted lines but it brings back the idea clearly. Well, like seeing fog clearly.

I bashed and bashed the keyboard trying to find the story within. No joy yet.

Coops: 600 hesitant and awkward words.
Sister: A purported and unofficial 1500 HAND WRITTEN words. (does anyone really do that any more?)

The average we should have attained: 1667

We both suck.