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Happy Birthday Theodor Giesel!!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Dr. Seuss
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dr_seuss.html#H3wFpALzEE6XyitS.99

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but Dr. Seuss is my all time favorite author. Over the years some have said that it’s silly that as an adult this guy remains my favorite, yet who cannot learn a lesson from this master. His talent is without scope. Both fun and serious, his books allow for life lessons under the guise of a child-like imagination. While there are other authors that I both love and envy, this man was the all time best!

…And despite the sometimes criticism that I receive, I know that I am not alone. So go on now, pick out your favorite and read it again. It won’t take long.


I Dare Ya!!

I love the DARES on the NaNoWriMo forums (This is one of the many things I do to waste time while waiting for inspiration to strike). 🙂 You should definitely check it out if you get the chance, but just for fun I’ve copied just a few of them here for you to check out.

(I did not make up any of these, but they are free for anyone to use.)

Make your characters play ‘The Game.’
BP if someone says, “I lost the game” at the climax.
DBP if the game is a plot point.
TBP if the game isn’t ever explained.

Give someone an out of character hobby.
BP: If you can justify it.
DBP: If it plays into the bigger picture of the story.

have a character who speaks exclusively in metaphors.
+ if the metaphors never make any sense.
++ if everyone else understands what the character is saying anyway.

include a character with a social networking addiction.
+ if they stop at crucial points in the plot to update facebook/twitter/tumblr/whatever.
++ if they do this at the most inopportune moments possible.
+++ if, while doing this, they say things like “wait! my facebook friends/followers/etc. would think this is HILARIOUS.”
++++ if they say this in the middle of a beheading.

include a character who is constantly pointing out symbolism in the novel.
+ if the things they talk about aren’t actually symbolizing anything.
++ if they are.
+++ and a large cake if you’re parodying your high school english teacher.

Just make the MC be a time traveler or something….
Quadruple bonus points if they’re updating facebook in a medieval castle.

Have a character killed by the Travelling Shovel of Death (but that’s hardly a dare! WAIT, interrupting parenthesis) and explicitly identify it as the Travelling Shovel of Death.
BP if the shovel-ee is otherwise immortal and can only be killed by a metafictional artifact.
DBP if the plot involves a quest to acquire the Travelling Shovel of Death.
TBP if this quest involves visits to the Nanovels of other Nanoers using the Travelling Shovel of Death.
QBP if you type the name of the Travelling Shovel of Death out in full every time that you refer to the Travelling Shovel of Death.
SBP if your nanovel is an academic history of NaNoWriMo itself using the quest for the Travelling Shovel of Death as a framing device.
BNP if the person killed with the Shovel is a white supremacist.

Have a character meet Jenny Everywhere. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Everywhere)
+BP: Have Jenny Everywhere be a major character.
+DBP: Have Jenny’s universe-shifting powers be explained.
+TBP: Make her powers a major plot point.

Kill your protagonist in every scene.
BP if nobody notices.
DBP if it’s never explained why or how that happens.
TBP if it is nevertheless intrinsic to the plot.

Name all of your characters with anagrams of Ian Woon.
BP: If you also have important plot objects named with an anagram (Like a Win a Moron contest. )
DBP: If no one notices this in the story.
TBP: If everyone notices this in the story and makes fun of it.

Write your novel in future tense.

…and that’s the second time I’ve lost The Game today. (For anyone not familiar, the rules for The Game are pretty simple). I hope everyone is having fun prepping for November.

How Do You Get In the Mood to Write?

Glencar Falls, Ireland

This photo helps me. At least on my current story. I sometimes struggle to get into the mood to do any writing (this is a problem I have in many areas). Since my current fantasy novel involves a cross-country journey, this photo is perfect to get my mind-set for wilderness. And it brings back some great memories of my trip to Ireland.

I would love to go back and do a hiking trip across the country. It is beautiful country.

How do you get in the right mindset?

Is It Possible to Finish a Novel In 6 Weeks?

Why yes, I do believe it is. I just finished the novel that I started for August’s CampNaNo. Okay, so it’s only a first draft and still needs work, but I can’t believe that it’s done already. It makes me wonder what I’ve been doing with the other novel that I’ve been working on for 3 years. Who knew that I could finish that fast? Not me.

It was difficult to finish. You know that feeling you have when you’ve read a good book and you reach the end? That sinking feeling because you know you will miss the characters? Finishing a novel is a little like that for me. I get all wrapped up in the story and the characters. I know things about them that I don’t even get to put in the story. I really think that is part of my problem, finishing means saying goodbye. I have a way out now though, since there are several more ideas bouncing around for this character and the world in which she lives. Finishing doesn’t seem so final now. So next goal, finish the original idea, and outline a new novel for November.

Still, I am hoping to make November’s novel something a little different. I have a character that’s been patiently waiting. October will, hopefully, be filled with world building for the new world and outlining. Unless I don’t finish The Tales of Talamh. In which case I’ll be a rebel for November.

Write often, knit when you can and be good to each other.

And Fail!!

27,925 – NaNoWriMo 2010. That was my final word count this year. The calendar is gone, but if it were still up I am quite certain that anyone could tell why I didn’t make it this year. The last two weeks were spent doing very little writing. I was talking with a friend, and complaining that November just isn’t the best time for this sort of thing, but she pointed out that we can all make excuses anytime. When is it a “good time” to do anything? Really.

So my excuse is that it’s just too close to the holidays, and the last two weeks I get distracted by all the other things that have to be done before the end of November. Meanwhile, I take comfort in the knowledge that I still did almost 3000 words more than last year. I do feel pretty good about that, and it gives me hope that I may yet have a ‘finish’ year from NaNo. Also, what I wrote isn’t great, but it isn’t crap either, I may be able to something with it yet, and that is word count sacrifice that was worth making.

I hope your stories went well, and I hope to join again next year. Now for me, its back to knitting, and planning some hiking for spring. 😀


Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement! I am back on track for NaNoWriMo. It feels pretty good to have my word count right on target, and to still feel like I am writing a story. It may not be my best work ever, but I have managed, so far, to not abandon my plot or my integrity. Although with NaNo I will say my integrity may have been compromised from the beginning.

Just in the two years that I have done NaNo, I have seen a lot of writers who have become frustrated and quit. Last year, I learned the power of enjoying the writing for the sake of the writing. I reached a point in my story that I too had become frustrated, and uncertain about where my characters were going. I needed to do research and had no time to do it. Therefore I plucked a “cheat” from the NaNo forums in the form of a dare, and not only did it add five pages to my story, but it got me back to thinking creatively. Now, I did not finish last year primarily because November is really not a good month with the Thanksgiving holiday, and Christmas looming on the horizon. However, I had more fun than I had expected, and I was very proud of my 25,000 word count since I had quit somewhere in week three due to time constraints. In fact despite setting my novel aside I still felt that I had some really good ideas and some good pieces of writing. Therefore I came into NaNo this year with the idea that it would be fun. I planned very little for my story, and I accepted that I would be “cheating” my way to the finish.

A “dare” novel. That was my brilliant idea. Because it didn’t matter if it was publishable. I have a job, and I’ve never aggressively pursued publication anyway. Why ever would I care if no ever read it. So integrity awash, and caution thrown to the wind I began NaNo this year knowing full well my novel could be complete trash when it was finished. In a happy surprise for myself, I have actually begun to think that my novel is pretty good. Not publication quality by any means, but still a fun and silly story that I may one day share with friends and family around the camp fire. It turns out that using a number of dares from the forums have kept the ideas fresh and continuous without obliviating the plot.

So on that note, Happy noveling to all of the great writers out there (published or not)!!!   😀


Sqeeeeee!!!! and Yay!!!!! NaNo is up and going. Okay, I know, I’m a day late, but I did get started yesterday. Unfortunately, I had a client who needed to go to the hospital (you know the all day ER), and sadly didn’t get much writing time yesterday. I “weighed in” with only 505 words yesterday, but I’m already up to 2800 today, and I will still have more time to write this evening. I think. 🙂

So, one more time “Yay, NaNo!!!” And wish me luck, because I’m going to try to get the word count widget into the blog.