Nanoplanmo 2020 Update 1!

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Hi! It’s been thirteen days since I started my planning for my Nanowrimo novel. If you remember from my announcement post, you’ll have noticed that I didn’t go into detail as to what I’d be writing, aside from that it was going to be set in the world my previous two nano novels were set in.

Well, that was because I had no idea what I was going to write. But hooray, now I know, more or less.

This year’s novel is indeed going to be set in the same world. It’s a fantasy, and it’ll happen on a continent that hasn’t gotten a novel yet, meaning I’m currently doing a deep dive into the development of culture, civilization, history, species, magic, and you name it for that continent. Some themes I’m going to utilize within the novel include relations between species with different technology levels, the use of magic, and the misuse of life to fuel that magic. I’m not really gonna go deeper at this point, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

So for that past ten days, I’ve been drawing maps and detailing out which areas I wanna focus on. I’ve also been on the lookout for map creators and town creators and stuff in video game form or web browser form that’ll let me actually build my cities so I can have a clear picture of what goes where. I’ve found a few things, but nothing has really stuck out to me as the perfect product yet. So if you have any suggestions, do let me know, particularly if they have a free demo I can try out first.

I’ve also been really trying to get a system in place for my world building. It’s a bit all over the place right now. I toyed with Campfire for a bit but my trial ran out before it had sold me. My husband, who’s also doing nano this year, has basically made the equivalent of a campfire set up within his evernote, so I might try doing that as well. We’ll see.

If you’ve done nano, or if you’re a writer that does a lot of world building, where do you organize it? What’s your system? I mean I have a “system” but it’s basically just a bunch of unorganized word documents.

Anyways, I’m really pumped about this year’s project. For the first few days of October, I was iffy, just because I had a premise but didn’t have a plot. Now I have a plot as well and I really like it. I’m itching to start writing now, but I’m forcing myself to hold off. No cheating!

Guys I’m so pumped!

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If you’re also participating in Nanowrimo, do let me know!

Nanowrimo 2016 Wrap Up – Blogmas 12/2

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So, as I’ve mentioned, I kinda buried my Nano novel this year. My goal was to combine novel writing with coding for a couple projects I had to get through. Well, I vastly overestimated how many words I’d get from the coding and vastly underestimated the time it would take me to type those words. So I didn’t get much time to actually write fiction. Most of the ‘novel’ is code, and even then, the word count is not what it’s supposed to be. :”D

Total ‘words’: 11325.

Yep, didn’t even get half way. Didn’t even get a quarter of the way. Here’s how the daily count breaks down:

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So as you see, I was on track for the first three days are so – that was when I was still writing the fiction bit of the wordcount. And then you see a jump around day 8 when I copied in my first chunk of code. And Β that was when I figured that copying code as I made it wouldn’t really be accurate, so I decided to wait until the last day and then copy in all the code at once. So that’s that last jump you see from the 30th.

All the other days that are stand-still… I was coding. Not too many words of coding apparently, but that’s what I was doing. I haven’t actually touched the fiction since day 3 or 4. I still have it and hopefully will continue it eventually, but buh. Coding is hard. 😦

I’ve participated in Nanowrimo every year since 2009 or so. And the only two years where I’ve actually won were when I was not in college and was working instead. Homework takes up too much time. When it’s just work and then that’s it, I seem to do better. Hopefully next year will follow this pattern – I’ll be employed by then (in theory).

I hope you all had a fun nanowrimo this year, whether you won or lost! Happy writing. πŸ˜€

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week 2

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The word count goal for the end of today isΒ 23,333. My current word count is 9,359. So yes, I’m very far behind. πŸ˜› Classes are killing me. I’m still planning on trying a 10k saturday on Nov 26th, but we’ll see how far that gets me. At this point, if I make 25k words by the end of the month, I’ll be happy, haha.

To those who are in my boat, I feel you. To those who are succeeding, go you! I wish I had your self-discipline. :”D

Maybe I’ll do better next year when I’m not in classes anymore. That tends to be a pattern. The two years I’ve won, there have been no classes to worry about. Coincidence? Me thinks not.

NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week 1

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Hello! Today is November 8th, and the word count goal for the end of today is 13333.

If you read my original Nano post, I mentioned that I’ll be doing a mixed-media project of sorts for this year’s writing. I’m writing a novel like everyone else, but I’m also writing two coding projects and since I know they’re going to take hours of time, I’m including them in my wordcount.

So in between my coding projects and my novel, my current word count is 8592.

So I’m about 5000 words behind, but the month is still early. Plenty of time left (and plenty of coding left to do). I’m still hopeful for this one. I think I’m going to attempt a 10k Saturday on 26th if I’m not caught up by then. If you’d like to do it with me, drop me your Voxer or skype or something and we can keep each other motivated. :”D

Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo 2016

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Happy day! I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year, and I feel like it’s going to be an interesting one purely do to the format I’m going to be writing in. This year is going to be a bit different. Yes, there will be a rough draft of a novel and it will go towards a word count, but knowing me and my workload this semester, I already know it’s not going to make 50,000 words.

So what I’m doing to do is I’m going to include my projects into my word count. I’m writing (code), and it’s creating a thing, so I’m going to count it (cry). My projects this semester are two huge ones: Create a text miner that will read in raw medical data and do a bit of machine learning to harvest patterns from it, and create a linking package between a tic tac toe game and a NAO robot that will allow that robot to play the game with a human user. Both projects are huge and both will require so much damn code. So I’m going to count that code, just because I know it’s going to suck up hours of my time in November (and now – I’m already working on the damn things). My novel will be a reboot of one I wrote in 2010, so I already know the general plot, I’m just going to rewrite it from scratch since I didn’t like how it had turned out.

So my Nano plans are as follows:

Text Mining and NAO Tic Tac Toe projects as a priority. I’m going to count each line of code as one word, just because it’ll be hard to pick out words from brackets, operations, etc etc.

The novel reboot as a secondary project, because the first two are more important. D:

So yes. I’m doing Nano, but I’m definitely doing it in a very non-traditional way.

Wish me luck! If you’re participating, add me on the Nanowrimo website! πŸ˜€