I haven’t been blogging because I have been spending my writing time on my NaNoWriMo novel. I am technically behind on the word count but I’ve written more this time than any of the others. So I consider that a success. I expect that if I do write the entire story it will end up being less than the 50k words called for. Why is that? I am not actually writing the whole thing. I am working out the basic plot elements. How they get form here to there, etc. I am not writing much in way of description or fleshing out every scene. I have a fear that even if I do get this draft worked out, I won’t have the will to go back and do all the hard work to rewrite/flesh out he rest. Means I should probably just give up. I kid. I kid.
This is my fourth year trying to do NaNoWriMo and my fourth year trying to write this novel. That means I have three other versions of the start. It fascinated me to look over these other versions and see many differences: not really only in style or plot, but differences in tone. The first one was a little dark with a lot of introspection and internal dialogue. After I realized the first attempt was long and rambling, I tried in the next two to use a flashforward to show that there would be action after the boring bit. These versions also tried to be a little more lighthearted. In the latest version I’ve removed a lot of the early stuff where I gave the background on the main character. This background is very important to justify his actions. I will try and find some way to organically include this info in the story.
NaNoWriMo starts today. As promised I will not be repeating the mistake of participating in it’s sister event NaBloPoMo. During National Blog Posting Month people try and make at least one blog post a day. This led to my posting of several blogs well below the mighty high standard I set. If you don’t realize that last sentence is a joke, you must be new to reading my blog.
During NaNoWriMo you are supposed to write 50000 words. That comes to 1666 words a day. I am sure this year will go exactly as the last four have. I’ll write maybe three perhaps four days the entire month and produce, if I really try, somewhere in excess of 1200 words. Mind you, I mean 1200 words for the full month.
You’ll notice a graph on the side bar to help you track my failure and shame. So wish me luck. Or better yet, wish me some hard work.
Most of you will be aware of nanowrimo the national novel writer month. But you might not be aware of NaBloPomo the same thing but for blogging. You just have to blog at least once a day for the month of November. I did it last year and will be doing it again this year. So expect many lame posts over the next month. Like nanowrimo the point isn’t to worry about quality but just to get words on the screen. Today I had plans. I have mentioned in the past that my dad has health problems. He is confined to a bed or a chair. The current house my parents live in is a quad level. That is a lot of stairs. My Dad is stuck in the main floor. His bed resides in the old living room. So my Mom has recently bought a rather nice ranch one story house. Only one major renovation is needed. The chair doesn’t do well on carpet so the carpet needs to be torn up and then replaced with hardwood. The bedrooms actually already have hardwood floors under the carpet. So my plan for today was to head up their and tear up the carpets. My body had other plans. I had been feeling like I had a minor cold for several days. I had a cough, sore throat, and a snotty nose. It wasn’t enough to keep me from going to work but it was annoying. I woke up this morning feeling horrible. My sinuses were all stuffed up. I had a terrible headache, my throat was raw, and the cough was back with a vengeance. I quickly realized there was no way I would make the two hour drive and then spend all day doing manual labor. So I had to make the call and tell my Mom I wouldn’t be there. Sorry mom. I did manage a trip to CVS to get drugs of many kinds. Funny enough writing this blog post was interrupted by me and the cat taking a three hour nap together.