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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-13 07:43
Subject: [books|writing] Kalimpura Progriss Riport, More Thereof
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Tags:books, cancer, conventions, green, health, kalimpura, process, writing
This morning, I crossed the 50,000 word mark for November's new word count production on Kalimpura, with this morning's writing adding 2,600 words to finish up at 54,200. (Between medical needs and OryCon, yesterday entailed no writing at all.)

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo for two reasons. One, this manuscript wasn't eligible. 3,200 words of it were written in October, before my mother's health issues sidelined me for several weeks. Two, though I am not a NaNo doubter (see various kerfuffles of late), for my own part, every month of the year is NaNo, or should be.

If you're doing NaNo, I applaud you for engaging with the effort, practicing the ass-in-chair, and putting the words on the page. I'm a big fan of word count and finished drafts. After all, without that raw material, you have nothing to revise or sell.

Meanwhile, some WIP:
"You are a storm of swords. Even those terrible women we travel with have become frightened of you." Her voice was ragged. "I cannot defend my daughter as you defend your own children."

"I only defend because I am attacked."

"You are attacked because your defenses are so vigorous as to make you seem a danger to others."

I'd never quite thought of it that way. "Like the wave...?"

"Prince Enero's men might not talk here in Kalimpura. They have their own skins to think of. But they will sail away, and sailors will tell their tales. Tales will be retold, again and again. In a year's time, you will be known in a dozen other ports as a Selistani storm goddess. In this port, if that rumor ever crosses the rail, everyone will fear you. Everyone."

"And what people fear, they attack."

"You must make yourself less frightening." She turned, the knife in her hand quivering in a fashion that would have been a threat from almost anyone else. "Green, you frighten me, and I've seen some dreadful things."

"I've done some dreadful things," I muttered.


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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-11-13 17:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am doing NaNo and it's interesting. Last year I was making 1,500 words a day at a stretch but anymore than that was really difficult unless I was able to write at work earlier in the day (as a receptionist I could at the time).

This year I've stepped up my game throughout the rest of the year and this November I'm managing that 1,500 easy with another 1k or so as a stretch, usually in the same 2-3 time block. I'm hoping I can continue this same pace because it'd be really nice to finally finish some of my larger projects instead of just doing shorts.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-11-14 04:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:white horse
Thank you for not dissing NaNo. I'm doing it for the first time this year, mainly because it happened to be convenient for an idea I needed to get out before it injured my brain or the manuscript I was working on before I took this month-long -- break is not the right word, but you know what I mean.

I was absolutely astonished at the venom people have been throwing at NaNo. It sort of reminds me of the gay marriage bashers, on a really tiny scale. How on earth is my doing NaNo hurting them???
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