beccastareyes: Image of Sam from LotR. Text: loyal (Default)
I've been moody recently. Possibly because I've been bad about taking my meds. I have an anxiety disorder, and generally unless I take my meds, I get this kind of bull-in-a-china-shop feeling when in any sort of social situation, that any sort of action is going to break something. Yeah, this ain't fun, and it's usually distinct from my PMS symptoms (which is mostly just crying at anything). On the plus side, I don't get any of the other fun symptoms of SSRI withdrawal, the anxiety just comes back and if I try to restart, I go through a week of being tired, just like when I first went on the meds.

Anyway, my weekend was fun. )

Also, on Friday, I am sending out Christmas cards. If you want one, comment and check to see if I have your address.
beccastareyes: (NaNoWriMo 2008)
The NaNo auto word-counter (the one that validates that you indeed wrote 50,000 words and links you to the winner page where you get a button and a printable certificate) is more generous about words than my writing program. Not by much -- a difference of maybe 200 words in a 30,000 word passage -- but enough that it boosted my mood. Browsing on the forum shows that Word and OpenOffice users are having the opposite problem -- special characters like em-dashes and curly quotes apparently mess up their ability to count words, so they give more words than the NaNo site.

I also made my 30K, which means I'm only a day down. I could either do a hard day's writing tonight again, or just make sure I'm setting my daily goal to 2,000 instead of 1,700.

Plus, I'm getting a free lunch out -- the speaker today is taking us to the Mediterranean restaurant instead of letting the department buy us all pizza.

I am learning that I'm less happy with my original fiction than my fanfiction when NaNoveling. As is, I think I'm going to be just writing the first half of a novel -- I'll get to a solution, but really it's not all of the story, and I'll have to keep going, and weave some of my threads back in. I might try the 90-day novel community on Insanejournal (except it's dead) instead for original fiction in the future, and stick to using NaNo as an excuse to write longer fanfiction work, where 50,000 words gets me a lot more. (The 90-day novel is 750 words a day for 90 days. Even then, this might run short -- the writing every day thing does work for me, and keeps me from spending most of my evenings goofing off on the interwebs).

But, after this I have a fanfiction to write for Yuletide, and probably other obligations that I've forgotten about.
beccastareyes: Image of Sam from LotR. Text: loyal (Default)
The NaNo auto word-counter (the one that validates that you indeed wrote 50,000 words and links you to the winner page where you get a button and a printable certificate) is more generous about words than my writing program. Not by much -- a difference of maybe 200 words in a 30,000 word passage -- but enough that it boosted my mood. Browsing on the forum shows that Word and OpenOffice users are having the opposite problem -- special characters like em-dashes and curly quotes apparently mess up their ability to count words, so they give more words than the NaNo site.

I also made my 30K, which means I'm only a day down. I could either do a hard day's writing tonight again, or just make sure I'm setting my daily goal to 2,000 instead of 1,700.

Plus, I'm getting a free lunch out -- the speaker today is taking us to the Mediterranean restaurant instead of letting the department buy us all pizza.

I am learning that I'm less happy with my original fiction than my fanfiction when NaNoveling. As is, I think I'm going to be just writing the first half of a novel -- I'll get to a solution, but really it's not all of the story, and I'll have to keep going, and weave some of my threads back in. I might try the 90-day novel community on Insanejournal (except it's dead) instead for original fiction in the future, and stick to using NaNo as an excuse to write longer fanfiction work, where 50,000 words gets me a lot more. (The 90-day novel is 750 words a day for 90 days. Even then, this might run short -- the writing every day thing does work for me, and keeps me from spending most of my evenings goofing off on the interwebs).

But, after this I have a fanfiction to write for Yuletide, and probably other obligations that I've forgotten about.

Ugh...

Nov. 19th, 2008 10:27 am
beccastareyes: (NaNoWriMo 2008)
So, normally I worry about my second attempt at any challenge, or my first attempt after my first success. Because usually the first time I succeed I do so without really expecting to -- it's either 'I keep trying and one day I'll make it' or 'wow, did it on the first shot!'. Second time I'm cocky and overconfident going in, and I end up not being careful and screwing myself over.

Unfortunately for NaNo, it appears this was true on the third attempt, perhaps because my second attempt went so well. I'm still stuck around the mid twenties and want to get 30K tonight, which means essentially turning everything off and writing all evening tonight. A couple of good days (and I can do 3,500 words when uninterrupted for two hours, as that's my normal write-in rate) and I won't have to consider breaking out the emergency Word Count boost I have. (Basically, take a weekend and write 500 words an hour all day.)

There are lots of little things I could have done better -- the first weekend, I didn't get up a good start thanks to Halloween and being sick a couple of days ago is when I turned a treading water novel into one that was heading downhill.

But, I intend to keep going until the 30th, or I get my 50K.

I'll be on IM tonight, and open for word wars, but probably not that chatty otherwise.
beccastareyes: (NaNoWriMo 2008)
If any of you want to hang out over IM as NaNoWriMo kicks off, just message me. I'm BeccaStareyes on AIM and Google's chat program.
beccastareyes: (NaNoWriMo 2008)
What? It seems to work well for me.

Vocab and worldbuilding )
Characters )

Trying to decide if I want multiple POVs, or just let Melody tell the story.
beccastareyes: Image of Sam from LotR. Text: loyal (Default)
Yesterday I went to the fabric store for Halloween supplies and figured out how to thread the bottom needle of my sewing machine. I also started a discussion on third gender pronouns on NaNoWriMo's board that has yet to turn into a fight.

Sie and se and s/he and xe and ey~// and we can't forget singular they~ )

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