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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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Movies (favourites in bold):

  • The Chamber
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • Mission: Impossible 3
  • Cadillac Records
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • Unknown
  • The Town
  • Machete
  • Mission Impossible 2
  • Tamara Drewe
  • Layer Cake
  • I am Number Four
  • Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Green Mile: I HIGHLY recommend it
  • Ghost
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Diva
  • Battle Royale 2: Requiem
  • It
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Thing
  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Planet 51
  • Sucker Punch
  • Tangled
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Hellboy
  • Big Fish
  • Beetlejuice
  • Scream 4
  • Black Swan
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Beaches
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Bandidas
  • Jumper
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Largo Winch 2

Books:

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk: Loved it.

Writing progress:

Almost non-existent.

Movies I’m looking forward to seeing (in no particular order):

  •  The Avengers
  • Real Steel
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Hangover part II
  • Jane Eyre
  • Hanna
  • Super 8
  • The Help
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Fright NIght
  • Spy Kids 4
  • Dirty Girl
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Immortals
  • Sherlock Holmes 2
  • Mission Impossible 4
  • Underworld: Awakening
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Hunger Games
  • American Reunion
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Men in Black III
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Sleeping Beauty (with Emily Browning)
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Expendables 2
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • World War Z
  • Django Unchained
  • Dark Shadows

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EDITED: I remembered that I’d seen another movie.

Last book I finished reading: Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison. It was okay, although Georgia, the main character, is so stupid that she’s unable to realize which guy she really likes…

Writing Progress

The Way Wars Are Won

Word count: 61 966

Excerpt:

Maeve never thought she’d miss the sensation of blushing—cheeks burning, like a fire beneath her skin, heart pounding, head dizzy. She closed her eyes. “But I miss being human.” William’s hand still touched her cheek, and his right arm was still wrapped about her waist. If she were human, her body would react in so many different ways to his touch. “You’re wrong about things feeling better. I felt more when I was human.”

Kenna’s Choice

Ideas for new, improved plot. Might add a POV. Will be awesome. Too lazy to start working on it though, because I’d have to go through every chapter and write a mini-summary for the Plotting Spreadsheet. Argh!

Word count is same. No excerpt.

Movies (as per usual, bold=better than the others)

Webs

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Vampire Bats

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Day of the Dead

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2: Wow… I laughed, I cried, I felt nauseous (because of the tension). Maybe on second viewing I’ll find plenty of things wrong with it, but, having seen it just once, I’m 98% happy with it. The 2% mainly stems from the epilogue. It was way too short to my liking. The Battle of Hogwarts was very epic.

Whip It

Satan’s School for Girls

The Usual Suspects: Amazingly, the twist wasn’t spoiled for me. (If you know me, this is quite an achievement–I’ll usually spoil it myself…)

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Note: I wrote this AGES ago and it was going to be a guest post. Since that still hasn’t happened, I’m posting it here. Enjoy.

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Writing novels: more than just “a hobby”

On Wednesday the 2nd of June 2010, I had to write a 10-line speech about anything I wanted in my French class. Racism, inequality, war: anything that I could defend or argue against. I chose to defend writers. Being one, I knew it’d be easy to write about it, even if it did have to be in French. Here I am saying it in English and expanding what I wrote that day.

Now if you’re writer, then you already know that writers in general aren’t always taken seriously. Many writers probably hear “It’s so nice you have a hobby” when they tell someone they write novels. This is what Kiersten, a writer, heard when speaking to someone she vaguely knew. You can read her blog post about it here: http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/2010/05/zombies-are-only-funny-until-you-become.html

Sure, not every person who writes dreams of being published, but most do, so being told that the months or even years they spent with a cast of characters, telling a story, being involved emotionally, falling in love with the story and the characters they worked hard to make realistic is just “a hobby” is a big insult. Only other writers can truly understand what it’s like to ignore things like social outings and homework and sleep and to instead choose to spend your free time writing. Alone. In a, most likely, small and messy room. (Like my room…)

When writing a novel, you sit in a chair for hours at a time with your door closed. You lose your mind, your fingers cramp up, you get frustrated when you’re stuck, you cry when you have to kill a character, you smile when the main love interest is shown as nice and caring and your main character is watching him, smiling as well. And you lose a lot of sleep.

So why do we write, people might ask? Surely that cannot be healthy, right? All that time alone and staying up all night worrying about our characters’ problems and isn’t that a bit crazy? What’s wrong with us?

Well it’s better than never telling all the stories you have in you and losing your mind in a completely different way. It’s better than being depressed because you’re not fulfilling your need to write. It’s better than not writing.

And if just one person can say they loved your novel, then it was all worth it. But that’s not the only great thing about writing.

Just think about it: writing is like being a god or goddess. You create a world, characters, a story. Those characters fall in love and they fight and cry and laugh. They become your children, they become real and they surprise you. You become attached and when you make something bad happen to your MC, you talk to them at night, apologizing. When they don’t want to reveal why they’re depressed, you talk to them, and they tell you. Or not.

Huh, I guess at first you’re the god/goddess, but pretty soon the characters take over.

Still don’t get why writers love to basically inflict torture on themselves? (If sore hands, bouts of depression and not getting enough sleep isn’t torture, what is?)

How about this: we don’t need drugs to feel high or therapy to deal with our issues.

Write 6000 words in 8 hours? You’re “high”, so to speak. You fall asleep with a smile on your lips. Who cares if no homework got done and you have a long day of school the next day and nothing else in your life is going right: all that matters is that you wrote 6000 words in 8 hours.

Got a problem in your life? Somebody you hate? Failing classes? Anything bad like that?

Write, torture your characters. Or talk to your characters about your problems. Being a writer means you never need therapy. Well, almost. It can’t cure everything.

And I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d want to do for the rest of my life.

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So chapter 27 of The Way Wars Are Won has been kicking my ass for the past 6 (SIX!) months. I’m serious. Since November 17th, I’ve barely written anything and I just couldn’t bring myself to rewrite the whole chapter. Finally, on Tuesday, I grabbed all my papers involving chapter 27, printed out all the different versions (I have 3 versions of this one scene–it’s ridiculous) and spread them out on the floor.

Items needed:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Post-its

I used the highlighters to really see the different scenes in the original chap 27. Then I summarized each scene onto a post-it. With that outline, I compared versions and picked which pieces I’d be using. Kinda like a puzzle. Now I just (ha–JUST) need to type it all up. Of course it’ll still be a mess, but it won’t be as much of a mess as it was. So it’ll be an improvement.

Word count: Who the hell knows? Maybe I will 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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