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Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Tangle on October 19, 2005, 06:17:35 am
Out of curiosity, who else is planning on participating in NaMoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org) this year?  I must be nuts to be trying it.  Heh.  

So, if you're doing it, do you think you'll make it?  (probably not)  What's your novel going to be about?  (pretentious lesbians)  Have you done it before? (no)  How did that go?  

I'm excited.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Gwyn on October 19, 2005, 11:07:29 am
Lesbians FTW!

and no, no I wont be doing it because I have the writing skill of an 8 year old.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 19, 2005, 02:58:57 pm
I'm sure I'll try.

And fail.

LOL.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on October 19, 2005, 08:14:01 pm
I tried it last year, and failed. I'm debating giving it another go, but man... I can barely find time to run xepher.net these days. So I don't think I'll make it. The story would be the failed attempt from last year, reworked so as to avoid the same failure (hopefully.)

Basically a sci-fi story. Nuclear engineering is "quaint" and so the main character only finds a job by volunteering to go spend time training aliens on a recently contacted world that's a few centuries behind earth in technology. Things aren't always as they seem though, and...

But enough of that. It needs to be told properly, as this is a story I've had in my head for nearly a decade now. If I don't get it done this time, I will write it eventually.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Lei on October 19, 2005, 09:21:39 pm
Same here I faile miserably :D But my friend I invited last year is trying so if I get a lot of things out of the way this month I'll be right in there.

 I'd be writing about... well, it's long and tough and difficult to explain, so just forget about it :D
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Tangle on October 20, 2005, 12:37:53 am
Hurrah!

Gwyn:  I'm sure that's not true.  PEER PRESSURE DO IT.  

Ashley:  Yay!  You win.  We can fail together.

Xepher:  Sounds intriguing.  I hope it get written, if not now, eventually.  And I can't tell you how much I appreciate your work for Xepher.net.  I know it's a huge committment.  Good luck with everything!

Lei:  Go for it!  And it can't be that long or diffucult to explain.  I mean, the entire Odyssey can be summarized to "Man pisses off god.  Has long journey home."

P.S.  Those of you who are participating, how are you going about it?  Just plunging straight in with only the vaguest ideas?  Do you have outlines?
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Databits on October 20, 2005, 01:08:49 am
I'm good at writing up D&D campaigns, but not writing in general. So probably not. I'm a game designer not a story writer... even though both are just as important in a game. ;-)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: griever on October 20, 2005, 01:31:50 am
I enjoy my mental sanity.  It's powered by watching my friends enter Nano and then crying for the next month.

That sounds terribly cruel, but sometimes, I have to wonder.  I have friends who have been entering that for a while now and they always agonize.  I think they're all literary masochists.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on October 20, 2005, 01:45:03 am
Quote from: griever
I think they're all literary masochists.
But you repeat yourself. Seriously, don't literary asperations and masochism go hand-in-hand? Or have I been doing it wrong all these years?
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 20, 2005, 07:50:11 pm
Quote from: Databits
I'm good at writing up D&D campaigns, but not writing in general. So probably not. I'm a game designer not a story writer... even though both are just as important in a game. ;-)
Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a can can dancer!

Sorry. ROTFLMAO. I can't help myself sometimes.

Xeph, I've said it before, but I'll publicly announce it, I'll totally do it if you do it.

lol.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on October 20, 2005, 09:07:02 pm
Quote from: griever
I enjoy my mental sanity.  It's powered by watching my friends enter Nano and then crying for the next month.
I'm sure I'd enjoy sanity too, if it hadn't gotten eaten by all those musicals.

So yeah I guess I'll do it then. This seems to be my year for doing stupid things anyway. Worst case scenario I can still brag to my friends that I got carpal tunnel or something. Picking an idea might be hard though...(Quick! A duel to the death! Last idea left standing wins!)

Well anyway, should be fun considering I have no idea what I'm getting myself into.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Miluette on October 21, 2005, 03:05:35 am
I hope to try this sometime! But November is my Hectic Month, it so happens. I love writing though, and I could do it all day. All month, I'm not sure, but I'll test myself in a couple years anyway. <3 It should be fun, if I pick the right thing to write about.

On that note, I'm not sure if, when I finally do this, I'll use one of my many queued-up story ideas in my brain or totally fly by the sear of my pants. The former would be more immediately fulfilling... but the latter would be more random and fun. A much bigger test, definitely.

I know someone who's entering this. Introduced me to it, really. I'm going to point and laugh at her all month. Haw haw! *tomatoed*
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on October 24, 2005, 07:40:25 pm
Quote from: Ashley_Rose
Xeph, I've said it before, but I'll publicly announce it, I'll totally do it if you do it.
Well then... guess whose November just got a lot more difficult!

I'm gonna make a real attempt this year. I figure writing is one of the few "jobs" that would ever let me live the lifestyle I want. That is to say, slack around for the majority of the time, hang out on beaches and in forests a lot, and drink heavily while "on the job." :-)  I need to find out if I can ever have the perseverance to see a full-sized project through to the end, or if I should give up such notions and move on to other options.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 24, 2005, 07:50:23 pm
BAHAHAHAHAA! That's what I like to hear! Whoo hoo!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: thefemnazi on October 26, 2005, 01:16:00 am
for me, who is still getting back into her swing of creativity for herself, summarize Nano?

Sorry, but i spent the last four years putting all my creativity into things like that masturbation lesson and puppets about different religions.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Tangle on October 26, 2005, 11:23:02 am
In November, you try to write an entire novel in 30 days (50,000 words, or 175 pages). Deadline is midnight, November 30th.  Think quantity, not quality.  

...masturbation lessons?  puppets?
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 26, 2005, 02:03:35 pm
I love you Harm. So much.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Databits on October 26, 2005, 04:44:39 pm
So it's a contest to see who can put themselves through the most hell in a short timespan? Or is it judged based on the content of the stories originality. Something that is pretty rare now days.

Then again, it's hard to think of a story that isn't in some way a derivation of what someone else has already thought of at one time in history. It's no wonder why movies are starting to suck. It seems like people are running out of original ideas lately, so things are starting to bleed together in similarity.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on October 26, 2005, 07:55:57 pm
Nah, it's only a contest against yourself, but with the theory that "misery loves company." Anyone who actually meets the goal is declared a "Winner." I guess it's mostly like a self-help group for masochistic-writer-wannabes. :-)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 26, 2005, 08:32:11 pm
Mmmmmm...masochistic wannabe writers....
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Aetre on October 27, 2005, 11:45:33 am
I don't know if I'll have time this year...

(but if i do, i'm writing about a muffin with eyes and feet.)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on October 27, 2005, 02:08:51 pm
Mmmmmm...bipedal muffins....
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: DC Bueller on November 01, 2005, 01:47:00 am
Sigh...I need to get something to get me on my groove, but I don't think this will be it...I'm still working on trying to make sure my house isn't falling down or flooding (and failing horribly at it).
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: griever on November 01, 2005, 02:10:20 am
Quote from: Xepher
Quote from: griever
I think they're all literary masochists.
But you repeat yourself. Seriously, don't literary asperations and masochism go hand-in-hand? Or have I been doing it wrong all these years?
Only if they try to write the great American novel in a month... ^-^
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Tangle on November 01, 2005, 02:43:57 am
Oh goodness, guys, 5 hours left!  (in my time zone, anyway)... and here I am reconsidering my idea.  >.<
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Miluette on November 01, 2005, 04:41:54 am
I think if I were doing this I'd jump into cold water. Just like that, bam - new ideas.

Good luck, guys!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on November 01, 2005, 05:24:02 am
Unfortunantly I have to be at work at 9am, or I'd start writing tonight. Tomorrow though... tomorrow I must make myself write. Good luck all!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Ashley_Rose on November 01, 2005, 05:55:54 am
Good bye soul, and hello soulless husk!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on November 01, 2005, 10:36:08 pm
Quote from: Tangle
Oh goodness, guys, 5 hours left!  (in my time zone, anyway)... and here I am reconsidering my idea.  >.<
YOUR idea? I still don't even HAVE an idea and I'm a good 14 hours into November! Just go with what you got and it'll go fine. Well, as fine as trying to write a 50k-word novel in one month can go at least. :/
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on November 02, 2005, 03:09:22 am
2000 hours, MST, 11-01-2005: Word count=0.

EDIT: 2130 hours, MST, 11-01-2005: Word count=1475.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Kira Dwenna on November 03, 2005, 06:10:53 pm
That is the most insane product from a group of confused minds that I have ever seen.

I wanna do it, too.....
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Kira Dwenna on November 03, 2005, 06:13:13 pm
I'm a little late to enter, though.  :/
That and the time.  Oh ye fates!  The lack of time! T_T

Next year!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on November 03, 2005, 07:36:58 pm
You can start late, you just have to try and still finish on time.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on November 04, 2005, 08:12:49 pm
jeez, fast novelists.... collective word count so far is 86,245,781

I'm happy to know I contribute a good 279 to that! Huzzah! XD (considering I just starts about 15 minutes ago I'd say I'm doing well)
by the way, I'm tickyhead on nanowrimo if anyone wants a writing buddy~ :P

and now back to your previously scheduled program.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Aetre on November 08, 2005, 08:41:47 pm
yep, i won't be able to finish this year. best of luck, all!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on November 09, 2005, 12:21:28 am
hah, there's no chance I'd ever finish. Still fun though, and it's good practice.

That or I'm just REALLY masochistic....XD
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on November 09, 2005, 06:03:38 am
2300 hours, MST, 11-08-2005: Word count=4151.

Hmm... not exactly on course there. That's not quite 8% of the minimum, and we're 25% through the month. On the other hand, I've really only had two sessions of writing, so if you count that as 4 hours work, it's not bad at all! ;-)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Lei on November 09, 2005, 03:30:52 pm
oh yeah.. well...

1000 hours, November 9th, word count = 0.

 I really gotta get cracking.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Kira Dwenna on November 12, 2005, 07:39:05 pm
Quote from: Xepher
You can start late, you just have to try and still finish on time.
I'm insane, not psychotic.
....
....
....
....

....yet. >.< ;)

Thank you for the encouragement, but I think I'll ascribe to the challenger status next year.  Wouldn't be wise to make my professors angry at me, after all.... ^^;;
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Xepher on November 27, 2005, 03:29:59 am
Well, I've made it nowhere. Anyone else get any progress done?
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on November 27, 2005, 08:24:43 am
nope! Not like I was actually planning on winning anyway, but it was fun while it lasted. I'll probably pick up on the one I was planning later just for fun. Or delete it, never to return to wreck havoc upon computer screens again.

Now back to my cultural anthropology ethnography, RPG system, and 6+ other writing projects I've got going.......
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Aetre on November 27, 2005, 06:36:46 pm
i think i'll do this thing whereby December and January get melded into one giant "write 100,000 words" contest, seeing as how i have this huuuuuuuuuuge break and a typewriter at my disposal (and nothing better to do with the time).
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Lei on November 27, 2005, 10:53:00 pm
I started (surprise!) but I saved it on a USB JumpDrive which was then borrowed by a certain brother and lost...

 But I did get a new Drive out of it so I'm OKAY
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Tangle on December 02, 2005, 12:25:32 am
I made it about 20,000 words in.  I've discovered that I'm a really slow, meticulous writer.  Except when drunk.  I am planning on continuing working on it though.  I guess I'll just have to pull a Hemingway and write the entire rest of it while smashed, otherwise it will take me years, haha.  The drunk bits seem like the best ones, anyway.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Miluette on December 05, 2005, 12:17:39 am
I'm entering JaNoWriMo. <3 January = much better time.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Kira Dwenna on December 06, 2005, 04:52:04 am
They repeat the insanity?  O.o

.....

.....


*smack!*

Bad Kira!  Stop thinking about it!  ;)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: dragyn on December 06, 2005, 05:23:31 am
judging by your signature, you already have alot to do, so why not add another!  :)
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Kira Dwenna on December 06, 2005, 05:52:23 am
Quote from: dragyn
judging by your signature, you already have alot to do, so why not add another!  :)
Why indeed.....
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Lei on December 06, 2005, 06:33:33 am
how many months do they have covered??? O_o
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on December 06, 2005, 07:47:22 am
hmmmm . . . writing 50,000 word novels during a month that ISN'T filled with midterms and cram sessions . . . blasphemy I say! But I'll do it P:

they should have nanowrimos all year I say! and I don't mean that year-round thing, I mean writing a new 50,000 word novel EVERY SINGLE MONTH. Who's with me!? . . . Okay I suppose no one here is that suicidal.

Also yes, bad kira for actually thinking! It's act first, regret it later remember?!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Miluette on December 08, 2005, 08:59:50 am
They need one in July. :O PERFECT!

Go on a vacation to a beach and write amongst the sand! Unless you don't want to get any into your keys...

I'm trying to make outlines now, and I just can't seem to find a plot OR coherency! GO SENSHUU!
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: tickyhead on December 08, 2005, 11:45:27 pm
I never have a plot or coherency. I make up some characters, stick 'em in a setting, and see what happens. It's more fun that way.
Title: NaNoWriMo 2005!
Post by: Miluette on December 09, 2005, 03:43:08 am
But I neeeeed them, because I'm continuing a partially developed idea. One I want to make serious. ...Later on.

Agh, I should prolly start something new for my first attempt. But then I'll be clawing out my eyes until November/next January.