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Man, it's been a while. I have about a dozen different things to post about. But because I have to get up early:

1. Fishers Ghost Festival in Campbelltown tomorrow! Woo! I grew up with the legend and never realised the reality lay so close to home, let alone that it had been adopted as a community celebration.

2. Yuletide nominations close in a little over twelve hours. Over 2500 rare fandoms have been nominated so far, and it is astonishing and delightful to see some of the names that have come up. Archy and Mehitabel! Prince of Persia! xkcd! And the fact that RPF has about a billion categories, from Film Critics to Heian Era to McCarthyism to Table Tennis.

3. NaNoWriMo is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Even though I've flamed out every time but the one, I am tempted.

Day 30

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:13 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 12544
Total - 50096

Technically, you're supposed to stop writing at midnight local time.

But I didn't sacrifice so much, and get so far, and come so close, just to stop before I finished.

So it's just on 6 AM, and at last I've hit 50K.

If this is a breach of the rules, then so be it. I'm going to validate and be damned. I wish it had been otherwise, yes. But I'm too tired and empty to care.

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn’t even matter

- Linkin Park, 'In the End'

Day 29

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:12 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 6218
Total - 37552

Day 28

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:11 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 6291
Total - 31334

Day 27

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:10 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 2780
Total - 25043

Day 26

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:09 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1242
Total - 22263

Day 25

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:08 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 771
Total - 21021

Day 24

Dec. 1st, 2004 06:07 am
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 736
Total - 20250

Day 23

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:20 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1508
Total - 19514

Not dead. Still plugging away at NaNo. If you're reading LJ with the most recent posts first, you're about to get a week's worth of updates. Apologies in advance for the spammage.

Day 22

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:19 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 981
Total - 18006

"Writing a novel is hard work. Now writing anything well is work, whether it's an epic trilogy or the last line of a limerick for a deodorant contest. But when it comes to the novel you have to work long and hard even to produce a bad one. This may help explain why there are so many more bad amateur poets around than there are bad amateur novelists. Writing a good poem may be as difficult as writing a good novel. It may even be harder. But any clown with a sharp pencil can write out a dozen lines of verse and call them a poem. Not just any clown can fill 200 pages with prose and call it a novel. Only the more determined clowns can get the job done."

- Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print by Lawrence Block

Day 21

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:18 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1233
Total - 17025


- Death, The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Day 20

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:17 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1760
Total - 15792

"I learned a long time ago never to give in to despair. Fortune may be fickle, but she loves a man who tries and tries again."

- Parmenion, Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell

Day 19

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:16 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1019
Total - 14032

"You must write the book, else there is no book. It will not finish itself. Do not try to commit art. Just tell the damned story."

- Tom Clancy, interviewed in Writer's Digest Volume 81 Number 1

Day 18

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:15 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1077
Total - 13013

"Yes, fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape? The moneylenders, the know-nothings, the authoritarians have us all in prison; if we value the freedom of the mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can."

- JRR Tolkien

Day 17

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:14 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 868
Total - 11936

"Never ask for an easy life. Ask for courage."

- Jupiter, Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown

Day 16

Nov. 24th, 2004 11:13 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1058
Total - 11068

"Because we are free. It's real now. We are free to try. And you only put your full effort into a thing when there is no going back."

- Michel, Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Day 15

Nov. 16th, 2004 11:54 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 1460
Total - 10010

It's halfway through the month and I'm barely a fifth of the way through my word count. You know, I had some really good advice for myself last year - it's a pity I totally ignored it this time around.

So. I have 15 days left in which to write 40,000 words.

It's time to either give up - or attempt to do the impossible.

Well, the only way to go down is fighting.

How to screw up NaNo in 15 days - AKA What I Did Wrong )

How to salvage NaNo in 15 days - AKA Plan B )


Never promise to do the possible. Anyone could do the possible. You should promise to do the impossible, because sometimes the impossible was possible, if you could find the right way, and at least you could often extend the limits of the possible. And if you failed, well, it had been impossible.

- Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Day 14

Nov. 16th, 2004 11:47 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 760
Total - 8550

Day 13

Nov. 14th, 2004 05:56 pm
meteordust: (NaNoWriMo 2004)
Word count:

Today - 623
Total - 7790

I was actually doing pretty well until a certain Secret Project distracted me...


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