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NaNoWriMo Live Blogging

Thursday 3rd November 2011, 11 pm

Link explaining madness: http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/nanowrimo-live-blog-tomorrow/

What’s that? You’re too lazy to click? Fine.

This event involves blogging throughout the day of Friday the 4th of November 2011 while writing for your NaNoWriMo novel. You give yourself a goal for the day, mine is 2777 (so I can hit 4000 words), and you try to reach it. So far ten people have joined, including me. One of them is my writer friend Jessica, who’s in Australia and started doing this madness 8 hours ago: you can read her live blog post here.

NaNoWriMo account: http://nanowrimo.org/en/participants/midnight-adrenaline/

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Friday 4th November 2011

12.10 am: I’ve written 11 words, but as I haven’t even finished my homework, that’s all for now.

Word count: 11/2777

NaNoWriMo total: 1234

6.45 am: Wake up. Snooze.

7 am: Get on computer with intention of writing and blogging.

7.04 am: Realize that’s not happening–I have to leave at 7.30 and I still have to get dressed and eat breakfast. *goes back to reading blogs of other writers doing this live blogging thing*

7.06 am: Decide that the moment I get home, I’ll leave comments on everyone’s blogs and answer to the comments on my post. And get some writing done.

7.17 am: While finishing breakfast, radio talks about weather. The area I live in is on orange alert because of all of the rain. Decide I can get some writing done in philosophy class (all French high school seniors have this class).

7.22 am: Woah, the rain and wind is really picking up… And I should get off the computer now.

8.20 am: In philosophy class. Got maybe a hundred words written in my special NaNoWriMo notebook.

10.18 am: In school library on computer. Going to type up what I wrote, write more then email the whole thing to myself.

Word count: 135/2777

NaNoWriMo total: 1358

11.08 am: Decide to stop writing. Library will be closing at half past anyway and the notes I need to continue writing are at home. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)

Word count: 440/2777

NaNoWriMo total: 1663

3.29 pm: Finally home and on laptop. Need to get ready for awesome writing session. And convince siblings to leave me alone–and resist temptation to watch Supernatural/Glee episode(s) with them.

3.32 pm: *is wearing comfy clothes* Now I need food.

3.45 pm: Got a sandwich. I told my sister I’d watch Supernatural when I reach 1000 words. Here I go.

4.04 pm: Contemplate downloading the new Florence and the Machine album. Scold self and get back to writing.

5.26 pm: Before you give me that look, you know the look, I did not in fact waste time on that spreadsheet. It will come in handy during big fight of novel. Now, Supernatural. (I KNOW! Don’t give me that look…)

Word count: 592/2777

NaNoWriMo: 1815

9.44 pm: Cake in the oven and Supernatural will be watched while consuming said cake. Until then, commenting on blogs and writing. Also, I caved and bought the album.  Florence is a genius!

10.07 pm: Still commenting on blogs… *sigh* I think being dead-tired isn’t helping. A zombie would be more efficient at writing a novel right now.

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Sunday 6th November 2011, 2.17 pm

So… You’re probably wondering what the hell happened? This happened between Friday 10 pm and now:

  • I was tired
  • I watched Supernatural
  • I ate food
  • I watched The Big Bang Theory
  • I slept
  • Or at least I tried. The mice inside the walls kept scratching and thus woke me up after only 3 and a half hours of sleep
  • I watched more Supernatural
  • I rewatched The Princess Diaries
  • I had more food
  • I slept
  • But the mice inside walls once again disrupted my sleep

And now I’ve eaten breakfast/lunch/whatever you want to call it and I have homework to do, the X Factor to catch up (bad TV reception last night) and the last two episodes of season 6 of Supernatural to watch. And Misfits is on tonight at 11 pm.

I CAN do this.

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Movies I’ve seen (bold=loved it)

  • Bangkok Dangerous
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • X-Men: First Class: Go watch it now. This is my favorite of the 11 movies I’ve seen recently. It’s brilliant.
  • The Smurfs
  • Hanna
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Bad Teacher
  • Quadrophenia
  • Super 8
  • Megamind

NaNoWriMo (link if you’ve somehow never heard of this)

In other news, I’m doing NaNoWriMo for the 3rd time. And being a NaNo rebel again. My personal goal is 30 000 words (= the amount I think I need to finish the Big Damn Novel).

That would bring my novel to approx. 90 000 words.

As this is the 3rd day of NaNo, I should have 3000 words; I only have 1223.

Total word count is:

And tomorrow, I’m doing this crazy thing: http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/nanowrimo-live-blog-tomorrow/

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The second week of NaNoWriMo 2010

  • Monday 8th: 516
  • Tuesday 9th: 1002
  • Wednesday 10th: 305
  • Thursday 11th: 1719
  • Friday 12th: 103
  • Saturday 13th: 162
  • Sunday 14th: 939

Total for week 2:

Current NaNoWriMo total:

Total for novel:

Total NaNo-fail, I know. A mix of school, being sick, having homework and plain ol’ procrastinating got in the way of writing. Also: a problem in chapter 27 that I haven’t been able to overcome. Last day I wrote: Wednesday the 17th of November. And thar was 79 words. FAIL.

But tomorrow morning, I might get up an hour early and write. And I’ve done some homework in advance. *GASP!* I almost NEVER do that.

Movies

  • Bandslam: MUCH better than I expected. What I expected was a cliche-ridden film. I expected the nerdy boy to fall for the bitchy girl and not realize that the quiet outcast was THE ONE for him. I expected stereotypical characters and stupid insults. Guess what? There was only one cliche (that I noticed anyway) throughout the entire movie. And it was a small one. Most surprising part? Almost crying. This movie really seemed like a typical Disney movie. And later, I looked it up on IMDB. Turns out they advertised it by comparing it to High School Musical. That’s exactly what I thought it was going to be like. But that was based on the DVD cover alone. Okay, I’m rambling…
  • A Sound of Thunder: Not a fantastic, brilliant, genius movie, but it was entertaining. And I love that whole “survival” aspect. If you ignore the obvious plot holes, it’s entertaining. Or you can make fun of them, like my sister and I did.
  • Tout ce qui brille: French movie. Sad/funny. The thing I hated the most was seeing this one character pretend to be someone else, all to fit it with rich people. Rich people who didn’t even give a shit about their own kids. And the other main character who DOESN’T do that still pissed me off with some of the things she did. Do not recommend.
  • The Condemned: Kinda like “A Sound of Thunder”: not brilliant, but it’s entertaining. As long as you don’t mind violence that is.
  • Nicotina: Mexican movie. Very similar to Pulp Fiction–characters, dialogue, plot. I liked it.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1): Being a HUGE HP fan, I SHOULD write a whole post about it, but it’s late. For now I’ll say this: HP7 part 1 surprised me. It was dark, sad, funny, and a 1000 times better than the previous 6 movies. I only hated one scene in the movie: when Ron explains how he found Harry and Hermione, with the ball of light from the deluminator, I found it cheesy/corny/sentimental. Totally unlike Ron. And the music didn’t help either. Apart from that scene, I am VERY pleased with it. And is it just me or was Daniel Radcliffe much funnier in this movie?
  • Simone: Okay, I’m too tired to think of anything to say about this movie. Average. Some funny moments. Definitely the worst out of the 7 movies on this list of movies I’ve recently seen. You’ll be fine if you don’t see this.

Books (this is gonna be short–I have to go to bed SOON)

  • Alpha by Rachel Vincent: Last book in Shifter series. Loved it. Cried. Averagely happy with ending. Want more.
  • Break by Hannah Moskowitz: Devoured it in one day. I was half-happy with the ending (though a lot of people HATED it), the writing could have been better, but she was only 17 or so at time of writing it. Her blog and the excerpts of her new novels she posts show that her writing has improved. (She’s now 19.) I intend to buy all of her books.
  • Fallout by Ellen Hopkins: Last book in trilogy. Loved it. Also devoured it. Very happy. (I own ALL of Ellen Hopkins’ books.)
  • Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead: While I enjoyed reading it, and I definitely want to read the rest of the books in the series, I don’t desperately NEED the next book NOW. Very funny, though. Very interesting to see what writers look/are like to non-writers. Made for some funny scenes.
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: Some of the writing/dialogue was corny (like some of Brittany’s inner monologue, or her dialogue. She actually says “I’m completely grossed out!”–seriously?), but I tried to ignore the writing and focus on the story. That was the interesting part. Alex (Mexican) and Brittany (rich white girl) fall in love. At first they hate it each other. Hated that Alex and Brittany judged each other based on where they came from–they both knew better. Brittany knew people thought she was a rich bitch with a perfect life and body and boyfriend–and she knew those people were wrong. Alex knew people thought he was a bad guy, involved in drugs and murder–and he knew those people were wrong. And yet what do they do? They judge each other. Shouldn’t they know better?

Other

  • School: My grades range from average to good to very good. Only one is really bad. Overall, I’m happy (and surprised) with my grades.
  • Health: My eyesight has declined a little (yes, I wear glasses–I’m nearsighted) so I have to go to the ophthalmologist the 7th of December; I have lordosis (google it) which means I have to go swimming twice a week and see a physical therapist once or twice a week; I have light aquagenic urticaria, but that’s old news (we found OxyHives–homeopathic and it works). Man, I am NOT a very healthy person… The two fingers I burned the other week are healing though. (Why the look of surprise? Did I not mention I burned two fingers last week? I’m pretty sure I mentioned it on Twitter.)

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The first week of NaNoWriMo 2010

  • Monday 1st: 1906
  • Tuesday 2nd: 1752
  • Wednesday 3rd: 142
  • Thursday 4th: 207
  • Friday 5th: 389
  • Saturday 6th: 20
  • Sunday 7th: 535

Total for week 1:

 

Current NaNoWriMo total:

 

Total for novel:

 

As you can see on the right, most of the people in my NaNoWriMo support group are doing much better than me. But I vow to catch up by this Sunday, where the expected word count is 23 338 words. *gulp* I can do it?

Muriel’s Wedding

Oh. My. God. That movie was amzing. The characters were all so different and fascinating. It was funny, sad, dark. Muriel was at first annoying and you just wanted to yell at her and tell her to grow up, to DO something. But then she does do something–and she changes. By the end of the movie, Muriel is 1000 times more awesome.

I’d say a lot more, but it’s 1 am and I have to shower. BUT I want to add that I’ve noticed movies released in 1994, coincidentally the year I was born in, are awesome. Pulp Fiction, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Interview with the Vampire, Little Women, The Little Rascals (which I LOVED as a kid), Frankenstein (with Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter), Thumbelina (another favorite when I was a kid) and the last Freddy movie (awesome series which led to my sister and I often quoting this line “Let’s go kick the motherfucker’s ass all over dreamland!”).

Enough evidence?

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Despite being in my before last year of lycée, which means lots of homework and exams, I’m doing NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo?

First, it stands for “National Novel Writing Month”, but really it’s international. (InNoWriMo just doesn’t have the same effect.)

Second, the goal is to write 50-000 words of a (preferrably new) novel in November. Here’s the site: http://www.nanowrimo.org

Third—*SCREAMS* It starts in less than 5 hours!!!!!

I’m insane. Why? Why am I insane this year but wasn’t insane last year? Because last year, technically, I cheated. I used NaNo as a way to finish writing a novel. BUT I did write 6700 words on the last day. I did NOT, however, write 50 000 words in 30 days. This year, I WILL be doing that. I’ll be finishing The Way Wars Are Won and writing the start of another untitled novel about witches and hell dimensions.

List of things I have for NaNoWriMo

  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • The almighty Internet and even almightier iMac
  • A special NaNoWriMo 1 GB USB key to back up everything I write
  • A special NaNoWriMo word count spreadsheet (linky — download and modify spreadsheet as needed (I checked—you don’t need to sign/have an account to download it))
  • A special NaNoWriMo folder
  • Some outlining for untitled novel and research about Swedish deities
  • A support group composed of www.twitter.com/aekubo, www.twitter.com/nlmars and www.twitter.com/need_tea. We shall e-mail each other, talk on Chatzy, share our writing through Google Docs and keep each other sane. More or less.

Add me as a buddy if you want: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/603186

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Movies

  • The Firm
  • Blade Runner
  • Zombieland
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Firehouse Dog
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • BloodRayne
  • Hard Rain
  • The Net
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

What can I say? I love watching movies. I recommend all these movies. This doesn’t mean they’re all brilliant movies, but I say they’re worth watching.

Writing and NaNo

I haven’t written a word today, but hopefully I’ll find the time during school hours, which is why I’m taking the whole of chapter 2 with me. It’s actually longer than I thought: 5 A4 pages and a bit on a sixth. 2810 words just doesn’t seem that much to me.

I’m still in love with my novel, by the way. And my holiday goal is reaching 15 000. Maybe I could even reach 20 000, if I write more or less 1000 words per day, which I could do since I managed 6000 the last day of NaNoWriMo.

Speaking of… My NaNo hoodie arrive today! Except… I wanted a medium size or even large, but my mother measured me and according to the website, small was my size. Not so much. It only just fits me. So that was annoying…

Cold weather

We have something like -4 Celsius in the morning. Let me tell you, a long sleeved top, a sweatshirt, a scarf, a coat, gloves, two pairs of socks, boots and jeans is NOT ENOUGH to keep you warm. So I got stockings (pantyhose for any Americans out there). I ended up wearing them all evening, after I got home from buying them. I had no idea they could keep you so warm!

O.O I just remembered: I didn’t have a cup of hot chocolate today.

Hot chocolate and me

One thing about me: I think I have an addictive personality disorder. Not seriously, but kinda, because I got addicted to a forum and I ended up doing homework at 10 pm, and I spent my entire Christmas holiday last year on that forum.

The only way I got out of it was by kind of quitting the internet, so I was actually quitting two addictions. Make that three (computer addiction). I basically stopped using my laptop.

I am also addicted to: reading, writing, hot chocolate, waffles, Hamka’s (chips/crisps only found in The Netherlands) and I’m of course still addicted to my laptop and the internet. Oh and now Twitter. And blogging. And word count for my novels.

Oh, and listening to my iPod/music while I sleep/do anything.

I’m sure I could think of more, but you get the point.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always been this way. I can remember going through phases of “addiction” in a way, from tamagotchi to “magic” to stickers to Diddle to coin-collecting to stone-collecting to… Get what I mean?

But once I really love something, I can easily get addicted. Maybe this is why I love my family so much and can’t imagine my life without them. Ditto my best friend. I’m not saying I’m addicted to these people, but it’s tied-in with my addictive personality. I think.

I don’t really know if this is making sense or whatever because it’s quarter to two in the morning and one my fingers really hurts. I’m gonna go sleep now.

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Before NaNo:

  • if I was stuck, I couldn’t keep going. Now I can. I answered how in the meme:

How often do you get writer’s block?

Not very often, and most of the time, when I can’t write, it’s because I’m being lazy/procrastinating/distracting myself/etc. NaNoWriMo taught me to power through. Write “something happens” or “they talk and go to shop” instead of a scene, and most of the time, once I’ve written that, I find that I can write the thing that happens, or the talk.

It’s like by writing that, I free myself. And then I can write again. I highly recommend this.

  • I couldn’t write everyday:

If I didn’t feel like writing, I didn’t. If I gave myself a goal, I didn’t reach it. If I–well, you get the picture. Now, I know that:

  • I can write everyday.
  • I can easily write 1000 words in an hour.
  • I can reach the goals I give myself.
  • I can, under pressure, write 6000 words between getting home and 11.55 pm.
  • I can, if needed, write the last 1500 words of those 6000 in very little time (however, I end up not capitalizing, making typos, not making much sense, etc. BUT I get the words down on paper–computer screen).
  • I CAN do it.

Thank you, NaNoWriMo, for this. I’d always wanted to teach myself to write everyday, no matter what — which I’ll have to do if I become a full-time, paid writer — but I never could. I didn’t have enough discipline. This doesn’t mean I won’t procrastinate and distract myself, but now I know that if I put my mind to it, I can do it.

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