Nothing. I'm not even sure of an idea yet, and I had class and then lunch with my girlfriend then my last day of work at the bookstore.

Maybe I should do a mystery novel.

With dinosaurs or something, because I'm an unrepentant geek.

Nanowrimo

Oct. 27th, 2007 11:34 am
Hmm. It's that time of year almost, isn't it?

I have no idea what to write. Maybe a mystery. Or something pulp. Or a near-future sci-fi thing. Or something with giant monsters. I could do a real honest-to-goodness superhero story. Or I could write a Deep Meaningful Piece of Real Literature.

Oh Well

Nov. 30th, 2006 05:19 pm
Given that it's 5pm, and I have on the order of 15K words to go, I don't think I'm gonna finish Nano. Which annoys me, the first two years I finished it, and I wrote the most completely random things where I had no idea, this time and last year both I had a good idea, but never managed to get it through. I don't know what's up with that. It annoys me, though. Maybe I'll take this and see if I can hack it into something workable, though. There's at least 20K decent words in it, that's a decent start for something.

Hrmf. The thing about it is, if I'd written even half the days I didn't, I probably could have finished it, too. I'm wondering if it's even worth writing more tonight, or just relaxing and not stressing about it for a change.

Nano

Nov. 28th, 2006 08:45 pm
I think I lost the plot somewhere. Now I'm just writing scenes and fragments of things that strike me as cool, and hopefully I'll be able to figure out where they all go later.

25K!

Nov. 26th, 2006 12:01 am
A milestone. A very late one, but a milestone nonetheless.


I have no idea what that goal number is supposed to be.
And Nanowrimo's word counter counted my novel with 40 less than OpenOffice's word count did. I guess 40 out of 25K is nothing to worry about, I just have to make sure I'm at least a hundred over 50K when I'm done.

And here's a bit, very rough, that needs work on the descriptions of the music bits. I went on for paragraphs like this, with irrelevant details of the natural life and psychology of demons, too.

A Rock Concert Under Duress )
Things are happening now! I've just spent thousands of words describing a rock concert in Hell, with results kinda like when the Beatles started jamming at the end of Yellow Submarine. Of course, rock and roll can usually only change the world for as long as the song lasts, the question is, what'll it be like afterwards?

The only thing I worry about is, if I describe this as being so awesome, and I going to be able to keep making things credibly be more awesome? Well, I guess there's only one way to find out! In the morning.

Nano :(

Nov. 18th, 2006 11:20 pm
Man, I'm so far behind. I'm barely over halfway to where I should be, I haven't even broken 20K yet. I think I'm not gonna make it.

And I haven't even gotten to the awesome parts yet. Why do so many of my stories end up with having a longass time of people talking and doing random things before the awesome stuff happens, then the awesome happens in like a page and that's it? Maybe either a) I need to work on my style, or b) my sense of awesome. Or c) quit screwing around before I get to the actual thing and get to the real part of the story first.
MAN, I wish English had a gender-neutral personal pronoun that wasn't kludged together or some awkward invented thing that draws attention to itself. "Their" works in many situations, but not when you're trying to refer to a named individual of indeterminate gender. I could just use their name everywhere, but that draws attention to itself also, and practically screams "LOOK, THE AUTHOR'S AVOIDING SPECIFYING GENDER FOR THIS CHARACTER."

Meh.
MAN. What's with me, that I can't just get to the important awesome parts and make them awesome? Even when I was working on what was supposed to be a fight scene, it turned into a chase scene, and wasn't epic at ALL. Is it just that I need to get everything to the point where stuff's in place for things to be awesome, or do I have some kind of reflexive instinct against writing awesome epic scenes? Seriously, I'm 13K words into this, and the apocalypse hasn't even STARTED, much less have the sky burst open with the sound of a million heavenly guitars and have a host of angels pour through wielding flaming swords/guitars and the earth crack the opposite way and have demons do the inverse thing. Maybe I think too much while I'm writing. Or maybe I just put in too much build-up.
Has anybody driven from Seattle to Las Vegas (or at least Seattle to like Idaho or something) over the mountains and could provide me with pics or descriptions or any little interesting tales? I was just writing the bit in Nano when I realized the only part of the Rockies I've seen up close was down in California by Yellowstone.
The nanowrimo wordcount doohickey seems to be showing the wrong goal number of words.



It says 17K, simple math on Calculator tells me I should be around 21K. Weird. Shows my number okay though.

And there's an interesting kind of Detailed stat page too. Mine's all in red because I suck.
Man, this whole section is just awkward and going to need major rewriting. And I'm not keeping up with wordcount. If I had time I could futz around with it until everything fell into place, for now, I shall try and boldly bash onwards, and then later on I can try and integrate the three different streams of "How I got the characters actually moving" into something coherent.

I hope.

GARG!

Nov. 12th, 2006 01:07 pm
I'm frustrated with me. Not for the slowish pace of my writing, that has me barely halfway to where I should be, but because I don't think I'm getting the right tone. This doesn't feel like a rock opera, even though I'm only at 10K words. I feel like an indie band trying to cover a rock opera, but I can't just get the feel right, I can't get the soaring epic sense of things, I just get people talking in cafes. Maybe I just can't let go of being detached and self-aware and throwing myself into the thing with all the bombast and emotion and everything, or maybe I just need to kick the characters in the ass and get them on the road. And I kinda suspect I've written myself into a corner of sorts by making one of the characters more skeptical than he needs to be, but I think I've got a way around that, maybe the best way to get out of the corner is just to smash a hole in one of the walls.
So I'm researching various religions version of the end of the world, right? At this point, Hinduism. Which of course leads to Kali and Shiva, and there's a mention on Wikipedia about how when Kali's unleashed, often only Shiva can calm her down. And one of the examples of ways he contained her is "challenging her to the wild tandava dance and outdoing her."

An actual precedent for a dance-off. AWESOME. Now, I could confirm this with other sources, but the idea's too awesome, so I'm not sure if I CARE.
I totally need to name my chapters after rock songs.

In no particular order and off the top of my head, It's the End of the World as We Know It and Rock and Roll Dreams Come True have to be used. I guess naming chapters might come easier after I write them. But I'm open to suggestions for good names!

Wordcount:

Weird

Nov. 10th, 2006 02:46 pm
Somehow, it feels kinda weird to be having so much fun writing about things involving angels and demons and the end of the world, and I haven't even gotten to the big dramatic parts yet.

On the other hand, I think the interpretations I have in here of angels and demons and a bunch of other stuff would probably still have gotten me burned at the stake four hundred years ago, so that's all right.

The War in Heaven, abridged )

Alrighty!

Nov. 8th, 2006 11:37 pm
Tests and quizzes and homework have been vanquished, election season's over(ish), and so now I can actually get back to Nano.

22 days to go. 47k-ish words to go. That's 2137ish words a day.

I think I'd better get writing and get off LJ for a while, eh?

I'm not sure if this is quite the right tone, and it seems to start kinda slower than I want. Well, if this turns into anything useful I can always go back and fix it.

The Overture )

Band Names

Nov. 3rd, 2006 03:19 pm
I coulda sworn I had a file around here with dozens of awesome band names in it, but I can't find it. Therefore, suggest your most awesome band names in the comments, I get the feeling I'm gonna need plenty.
Angels love like adolescents. Totally, completely, like it's the biggest thing in the world. No matter how ancient the angel, in love they are all besotted teenagers. When they sing of their love, it's in the flowery phrases of a medieval bard, whose love is the very light of the world, or the soaring extravagance of opera or the most bombastic rock and roll. And they mean every word of it. No matter how often it happens, no matter how often they're hurt, every angel is always convinced they're The One. Some angels try to avoid this by being aloof and distant and avoiding love, others throw themselves straight into another right after each one ends, and still others pine forever after the one they lost when it ends. Even the ones who've been around mortals the most, and have to hide pieces of themselves away to survive, love like this. And they would tell the one they love everything if they asked, even if their love is mortal. Luckily for them, most mortals never think to ask.

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