Wednesday, October 17, 2007

strange days ahead

Well, as I wrote last post that I was not going to do it - well, now I am.

NaNoWriMo 2007 here I come. You can hunt me down on the site as "nyarlwriter" if you wish.

Yes, I am crazy in the head - but so are the other 80,000 or so people who are going to attempt this month of mayhem and word wacking come November 1st.

50,000 words in 30 days, or 1,667 words a day for 30 days, or about 8 pages of double spaced type in Times New Roman . . .

And I have no idea what I’m going to write.

I’m going to let the morning of November 1st surprise me.

This goes against every writer instinct I have. I need to plot and plan and know what is going to happen and what is going on.

So, just spewing down a huge story as fast as my Grade 13 typing class has prepared me for (years ago when Grade 13 wasn’t going anywhere) and telling the inner critic to STFU so I can get her, I mean, the words out unedited . . . (Okay, 10 points if you got the Wonderfalls title reference . . .) has me more than a little rattled.

But, I’m sort of excited about the attempt as well. I mean it’s the journey, isn’t it?

Right, am I right? (20 point if you got the Peanuts reference . . .)

So there you have it.

Another writer tossing his brain into the shark pool to see if it can swim.


And two other DVD things of note. If you have ever wanted the complete X-Files series or the complete Angel series - Go to Amazon dot ca and do it right now.

Amazon (evil incarnate, well not as bad as Wal-Mart) dot ca has the complete Angel series in the special slimline box for only 97 bucks - include tax and you are at 110. This will be delivered in Canada anywhere for free and works out to 22 bucks a season or 1 dollar and episode. You can’t get a coffee for a dollar anymore so this is great and yeah, I did order it.

The complete X-Files is on for 239. This is not quite as good a deal but still works out to about 30 bucks a season tax included delivered to your Canadian home.

So, to wrap up, every morning in November I will be creating my masterba . . ., um, masterpiece, and then each November evening I get to watch and Angel episode. Angel is supposed to be good, isn’t it?

Until Monday where I will begin to panic about NaNoWriMo.

And oh, yes, this will mean a delay in my current novel, but I’m hoping the brain drain of 30 days of writing will make my latest Sci-Fi novel fly from the neurons and onto the screen afterwards without all the agonizing.

At least that is the theory.

I love theories - it’s that practical bit of making them happen that gives me troubles.

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