NaNoWriMo 2015 — 30 Days Later

Today is December 1.

That means NaNoWriMo is now over.

Over the past month, I’ve written some updates on my progress during this annual November challenge to write 50,000 words. Mostly anecdotal stuff, nothing special. More like pouring out some thoughts on my current state. Let me now take some time getting into the meat of what that month was like for me.Read More »

I don’t know what happens next, but the stuff after that rocks!

The title. Right there, it sums up everything I’m feeling about my NaNoWriMo story.

I began part 3 in an interesting way. It’s just a piece of monologue from what could be considered a bad guy. The main character can hear him, but is paralyzed, which is also established in that monologue. At the end of that scene, a big twist.

And then it all just sucks. 3000, 4000 words of blah blah blah that just doesn’t feel good. I sort of kind of know what I want, but don’t know how to get there.

What I am sure off is what comes after all of that.

So, for the first time in my NaNoWriMo project, I need to skip a few scenes. Up until now, I was able to just keep on keeping on. Scene after scene, I managed to follow the narrative in a straight line. But now I need to take a leap of faith, skip some things, and write what I already know comes next.

Hopefully, this will illuminate the missing links. Somehow, what happens next after next will give insights into what happened before in better detail.

Anybody else having to do this?

NaNoWriMo 2015 — Day 1

If you paid close attention, you already saw the calendar date on the right of the site, together with an updated word count for my NaNoWriMo.

Made it to 10,460 on day one. That’s where I call it quits for now. Been writing all day on and off. Between doing stuff around the house (and eating and drinking water).

When I talked about my preparation for NaNo, I said that I split my project up into four parts, each with a word-count goal. The first part was meant to be around 10,000 words. Now, at 10,460, part 1 is done. It actually worked out. When I was around 8,000, and I looked at where the story was and how much was left for part one, I had a pretty good feeling already.

All in all, day was a success. Next few days will be slower, for sure. Work and such. But if all goes well, I should be done with the 50,000 words by the end of the week. Or something.

At that point, I’ll write a little more about the actual story, how it all developed. Excerpts are incoming, too.

Stay tuned.

NaNoWriMo 2015 — Update

One week from from now, NaNo officially starts.

I have joined the local (Calgary) NaNo group and hung out with some of them during a newcomer event, as well as a kickoff event. Next Saturday, the 31st, we’ll meet around 10pm for coffee and sugar, and start writing together comes midnight.

I’ve always found the notion of writing together a little weird—what with everyone sitting there together to be alone. But groups like this all over the (NaNo) world are doing this every year, so there must be something to it, no? I’m sure it’ll be fun.

We’ll be writing for about two hours until 1am—hang on, you say? Shouldn’t that be 2am? We’re turning the clocks back this weekend up here in the great wasteland of Canadia, so: fooled you!

So, have I prepared at all, you wonder? Indeed, I did. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll most likely be picking up a piece of flash fiction to turn it into a novel. The Drop, it was called, which will probably be the title for the first part in the story. Of course, some things will change. Character names will change, as well as the details of their current mission (who their clients are).

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Go Go Power Rangers

If you don’t know what the Power Rangers are, go to google now and learn.

As a kid, I used to love the original show. Yeah, it was cheesy and cheap and weird, but the idea of teenagers being chosen to become intergalactic warriors with powerful animal-mechs that can transform into one mega robot to destroy their hometown while saving it at the same time from some monster-turned-supermonster…. come on!

Now I stumbled on this little jewel. A short movie that takes the original concepts and brings it to dark, gritty, cyberpunk dystopia, where turning teenagers into weapons to fight a war against a machine uprising can only go bad for everyone.

The way they weave in bits and pieces of the original series, and create a narrative that makes sense in this dark vision of the Power Rangers, is beautiful.

I guess there actually is a full-length Power Rangers movie being made, and this little masterpiece is setting the bar very high for whatever studio is doing the official movie.

Check it out.