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Challenge: PerNoEdMo: Day 27: Catch-Up

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I should have just been posting these as I wrote them, but….

July 13, 2013

Two days ago (the 11th) I was given a kick by a coworker who told me that he depends upon me to become famous.  I tried to do a little editing that day, but I was rather unsuccessful.  I cut some useless stammering from my protagonist.

The night after (the 12th), I tried again to rewrite the scene that I must.  I’m still struggling with it.  There’re a few versions collecting on my Word doc.  I’m not sure what to do with it.

July 26, 2013

This week has actually been fairly productive for PerNoEdMo.  I have had a few days where I’ve done some editing.  The days I’ve not been able to edit, I’m been thinking about the novel enough that the characters have begun to “blow holes my ship.”

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They want my villain to not be planning on killing the protagonist’s best friend the night that he does attempt to do so.  It really only makes sense, however, if he does plan to do so, and does plan on having the protagonist present.  I suppose I should not actually be upset with the plot as it stands.  As it stands, the villain is COLD.  As the characters want to rewrite it, he’s—what?—angry?  There.  I think I’ve just cowed them.  At least for a bit.

But the villain had to know that to kill the protagonist’s best friend then would make him the protagonist’s enemy.  How do I get around that?

This weekend, I have three days of back-to-back shifts with an hour and a half break between each.  This means I’m bringing my computer to work with me, and it means that today I worked a bit during lunch and then a bit during that break.

With today’s about 6-page cut, I have cut exactly 4,900 words from my thesis baby since February 27, 2013 (which is when I wrote a synopsis that included a word count for a contest entry).

Challenge: PerNoEdMo: Day 7

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July 7, 2013

I’m starting today from 237 of 424.

Today’s soundtrack has been a mix of off-Broadway musicals: Bonnie and Clyde, Children of Eden, The Last Five Years, and [Title of Show].

There are scenes that need to be added back to the story, revelations that I decided earlier needed not to be revealed to the protagonist so soon in the plot, so alas, it’s getting longer and not shorter.

I’m ending on page 240 of 426.

Challenge: PerNoEdMo: Day 5

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July 5, 2013

I also brought in earlier a title that I invented for my protagonist that I don’t think I’ve used yet in this version of the manuscript.  He questioned it upon its first usage, but the villain gave him a veiled answer, because the poor boy’s brain is saturated with new information at this point in the novel, and he can’t bear that one more straw.

I am fighting to add in a mention of my protagonist eating pomegranate seeds in the villains’ home, but while it’s a lovely allusion, it seems like superfluous information, and that’s what I’m trying to trim.

My farthest page marker is at 238 of 424, so that is a few pages past where I left off yesterday (at 233).  I’ll call that progress, but work is exhausting, and I can’t seem to bring myself to take a knife to my heart this late at night.

Challenge: Reader, Meet PerNoEdMo

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July is supposed to be the second month of Camp NaNoWriMo, The Office of Letters and Light’s hosted summer program (for my explanation of the program, click here).  I made myself a promise when I realized how much work I had yet to do on my completed manuscript that it would be finished by the end of the summer.  To that end, I’m skipping July’s hosted NaNoWriMo.  Instead I am doing an un-hosted NaNoEdMo (national novel editing month, but since this isn’t hosted and I don’t have hosts of company, it’s more of just a personal NoEdMo—PerNoEdMo?).

I’ve always had a difficult time trying to figure out how to NaNoEdMo.  I don’t really keep my focus often when I edit to say that I have edited for x hours.  Editing often involves—for me—trips to the Internet to research energy currents, heart attacks, and the tastes of various species of fish.  And that’s editing.  But it doesn’t feel to me as if it should count towards an hourly editing count, probably because I recognize but refuse to acknowledge that my editing could probably be completed without this fact checking—and because I dip to social network sites while on the Internet too.

I started July battling a summer cold.  Advice: don’t catch one.  It’s not fun to have a fever in summer heat and humidity.  That delayed my start of PerNoEdMo.  As I told a group of friends: “Comedy of the absurd is a thing, but it’s not a thing for editing my novel.”  My head has felt clouded and congested and I’ve just been scared to take the scalpel to my novel—even though with the help of the track changes feature with which Word provides me, no change need be permanent and any deletion can be easily retrieved, so maybe it’s laziness from which I’ve been suffering.

What editing I’ve been doing, what editing I need to do is a lot of scalpel work.  My novel is still 145,280 words, and most agents and editors won’t look at writer’s first attempt unless it’s under 100,000 words; a terribly sad fact, but I understand their reasoning.  Such a limit does weed out a lot of works from writers who haven’t done the work, but some works just need over 100,000 words, and there is no trimming left to do.  (Of mine, I cannot yet say that with certainty.  I am finding a lot of unnecessary scenes now that I’m reading with an eye towards trimming.)

Daily posting updates on my progress for May’s NaNoWriMo was very motivating.  I felt there were those watching to see if I could do it, tracking me—even if I was really the only one really tracking my progress.  So, I’d like to do the same with my PerNoEdMo.  I’m going to keep my blog readers in the loop as I slog through this wicked tangle with my machete.

I hope you’ll stay tuned and keep me honest about doing the work I need to do to be able to say I’m a published author.

I challenge anyone else doing a PerNoEdMo to join me and let me know so I can cheer you along too.  Additionally if anyone is doing NaNoWriMo, I would love to cheer you along too.

July 4, 2013.

Happy Independence Day, America!

Happy ball and chain of editing to me.  Just kidding.  I like my imprisonment.

I begin today’s editing on page 233 of 424 (hey!  That’s more than halfway through!).  I’ve been here awhile now.  I made myself a checklist of things that my protagonist needs to learn before I can hit the climax.  He hasn’t checked one of those off in awhile and I want him to move onto the next main point.  That being said, my villain has control of the plotline at this point, and he doesn’t know that the protagonist has something that he needs to tell the villain.  The villain has things he needs to tell the protagonist, and he sees those as the priority—though he won’t if the protagonist will share with him his secret.  So I am in a battle of wills, a silent one, one that the villain doesn’t know that we are playing.

I discovered a position of rank within my village that had been mentioned only in notes and once in passing halfway through the novel.  That has been fixed.  Now it’s mentioned in passing earlier too.

I did embarrassingly little today, but more than I’ve done on any other day in July thus far, and it is a holiday, I did have work, and I am still not at 100% health.  I may yet do a little more, and if I do I will update this to reflect that, but my mind is feel soaked in illness again.

Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 30: I WIN!

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April 30

Today has included a lot of research into the Great Dismal Swamp and Maroon colonies.  Such research has been serving as “breaks” between writing.

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A visual representation of my NaNo journey provided by CampNaNoWriMo.org.

I did it!  I passed!  I’ve won my first NaNo, my ninth being a competitor.  And now life can return to normal, if I can remember what normal felt like.  I finished with a full first draft of second book in my WIP teen high fantasy (or the third) and the beginning of the third (or fourth) written in this month alone.  Not only did I write all those words and prove it is possible to write that many in 30 days, I’m feeling more secure in the idea of cutting the first book in this series into two (hence the parentheses).

Thank you to my friends, coworkers, and cabin-mates for supporting me through this month–and of course all of you have been visiting the blog for putting up with (enjoying?) these NaNoWriMo updates.

Today’s goal: 50000!

Total word count: 50708

Day’s word count: 4493

Average daily word count for April: 1692

Death count: 2

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 34011

Daily word count towards other projects: 1262

Average daily word count for other projects: 1193

Today’s playlist: “Poetry” including Unpoken, Children of Eden, Mumford & Sons, Andrew Peterson, and Foster the People

Songs I’m singing:  “Lost in the Wilderness” from Children of Eden, “Two Nobodies in New York” from [Title of Show], Vanessa Carleton’s “Spring Street”

Cups of tea: 1 caf, 1 decaf

Sugar: 1 coconut ice

Hours spent at work: 0!  (I didn’t even ask for it off!)

Hours driving: 0!

What else distracted me: Friends, brain breaks of YouTube videos

Rewards: More YouTube videos, another piece of coconut ice, a walk in the park, and time with friends.

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page

I may yet write some more for NaNo or pleasure, but I’m going to go ahead and post this now.  Anything I write from now on won’t be to achieve my victory status; it will be towards the greater victory–publication!

Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 29: The Penultimate

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April 29

This morning this applied (or the verse about powering through to 40 did), and I went around singing it.

I seriously think this novel is wrapping itself up around 40000 words….  (I’ve written 46215 words towards this NaNo, but the count on the words I’m keeping is actually 40510.)  This could be problematic for NaNo.  Is it against rules to send in a complete draft and the beginning of a second?

Today’s goal: 48333

Total word count: 46215

Day’s word count: 3515

Average daily word count for April: 1595

Words behind the pace: 2118

Words till 50000: 3785

Death count: 2

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 32749

Daily word count towards other projects: 360

Average daily word count for other projects: 1191

Cups of tea: 2 caf, 1 decaf

Sugar: 1 bowl of ice cream

Hours spent at work: 6.5

Hours driving: 1.5

What else distracted me: My Little Pony, meeting with my (potentially, hopefully) new landlady, chores, friends

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page

Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 28: None of the Action

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April 28

I essentially have two too clever groups fighting one another now.  First, the protagonists had somehow figured out a way to wiggle unseen past the villains and to safety.  And I shouted, “No!”  I backtracked.  The villains waylaid the protagonists, now guessing their plot to sneak away.  Now I don’t know how to get the protagonists free, and my plot is still stalled.

Today’s goal: 46666

Total word count: 42700

Day’s word count: 258

Average daily word count for April: 1526

Words behind the pace: 3966

Words till 50000: 7300

Death count: 1

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 32389

Daily word count towards other projects: 739

Average daily word count for other projects: 1220

Cups of tea: 1 caf, 1 iced peach

Hours spent at work: 7.5

Hours driving: 1

Visits to the minefields: 1

What else distracted me: A late night Merlin commentary that was half distraction and half a reason to stay up later and write 134 words, catching up on YouTube subscriptions, My Little Pony, friends, chores

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page

Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 27

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April 27

““Not again,” Veil muttered” [speaking to the authoress].  My sister had the right response to this line of his and comment of mine: “haha dear Veil, just suck it up and take whatever she’s writing.”

More deaths are forthcoming, I think, but I don’t know whose they will be.  It’s a problem.  My villains are trying to kidnap the plot.

Today’s goal: 45000

Total word count: 42442

Day’s word count: 2228

Average daily word count for April: 1573

Words behind the pace: 2558

Words till 50000: 7558

Death count: 1

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 31650

Daily word count towards other projects: 1228

Average daily word count for other projects: 1238

Today’s playlist: The same playlist in need of a title that includes Taylor Swift, Darren Criss singing covers from Glee, The Mountain Goats, Hunter Hayes, and Fleet Foxes.

Songs I’m singing: Fun’s “Carry On,” “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story, “Come to Me (Fantine’s Death)” from Les Mis, Fun’s “I Wanna Be the One.”

Cups of tea: 2 caf, 1 pomegranate oolong

Sugar: 0!

Hours spent at work: 5.5

Hours driving: 1

Visits to the minefields: 1

What else distracted me: I talked to my mother for a little and to coworkers.  Oh, and there was a spider.  He was evil.  My manager killed it (or at least swept it into the trash bin).

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page

Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 26

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April 26

I was skimming through my own work today, and I found this delightful tidbit.  It wanted sharing:

It was nearly done, its skin begin to sizzle, when Keagan stirred.

Veil brightened and hurried to him.  “You mad idiot,” he laughed, leaning over him.  “How do you feel?”

“Tired,” Keagan grumbled.

“Can you ride?” Thir Fowler asked.

Keagan pushed himself up on his elbows and then sat up.  He didn’t grimace, did so smoothly.  He nodded.

“Good.  You are a mad idiot, and I’ll give you a proper telling-off when you’re fully recovered, don’t you worry about that,” Thir Fowler snarled.

Today’s goal: 43333

Total word count: 40214

Day’s word count: 2578

Words behind the pace: 3119

Words till 50000: 9786

Average daily word count for April: 1548

Death count: 1

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 30422

Daily word count towards other projects: 819

Average daily word count for other projects: 1239

Today’s playlist: “Poetry” including Children of Eden, The Mountain Goats, The Rocket Summer, Harper Blynn, and Foster the People; an untitled playlist that includes Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Starkid, Sanctus Real, and The All-American Rejects (if you have any suggestions as to why I should have felt these artists need clumping, I’d be interested to know; I’d love to name the playlist by determining its glue)

Songs I’m singing: “Original Musical” from [Title of Show], “Far From the Home I Love” from Fiddler on the Roof, “Lost in the Wilderness” from Children of Eden, Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break”

Cups of tea: 1 caf, 1 decaf, 1 passionfruit

Sugar: I was weak.  2 coconut ices

Hours spent at work: 0!

Hours driving: 0!

What else distracted me: Book reviews, Doctor Who, chores

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page