sofiaviolet: Dreamsheep with purple yarn fleece (yarn sheep)
NaNo, day 5: not so great. I got distracted by patterns on Ravelry.

I blame Dreamwidth, in a roundabout way - I know too many knitters because of it.

(I told my parents to get me yarn for $winterholiday, y'all.)

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Dreamwidth Follow Friday

Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

[personal profile] azurelunatic posts a lot of funny and a lot of thinky.

[personal profile] turlough is in MCR fandom and makes frequent fic-and-art rec posts, and has recently started posting recipes.

[personal profile] zorkian, also known as [staff profile] mark, got married not that long ago, plays video games and is getting into Warhammer, and is doing NaNo this year.

[community profile] accessibility_fail, for those times and places where you run into horribly stupidly inaccessible stuff. Profile says: All kinds of accessibility fail welcome: mobility-based, visual-based, physical-world, online-world, anything at all.

[community profile] boston, for those of you who live in or care about my current metropolitan area.

[syndicated profile] the_daily_wtf_feed, providing you with far more than your recommended daily dose of really bad code and assorted technology fail from people who should at least theoretically know better.

EDIT: [personal profile] yvi created [community profile] followfriday as a place to collect everyone's Follow Friday posts.
sofiaviolet: NaNoWriMo - easy peasy (nano: no plot)
Words: Well, uh. That's the thing.

Word tells me I have 6180 as of writing this entry. The NaNo word counter tells me I have 6267. This is good, actually, but the discrepancy is really bugging me when it comes to my super-detailed spreadsheet.

I am doing fine with regards to standard NaNo targets, but my personal goal was 2500 per day, and I haven't hit it yet this month. I mean, I have some excuses - burlesque on the 1st, random Amanda Palmer show on the 2nd. And it doesn't help that I'm behind three of my writing buddies right now (of seven who actually seem to be doing NaNo this year). Way to make me feel inadequate, guys (I still ♥ you).

Here, have a quote from the part of the story I'm not supposed to be working on yet:
He ducks his head, bites his lip – he's going to puke butterflies all over her if he opens his mouth, 'I like you' and 'I'm nervous' and 'please be okay with me' and 'please believe I'm okay.'
Perhaps I should do something with [personal profile] brother_marcus? I mean, I am writing his story for NaNo.

Notes on NaNo.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009 11:00
sofiaviolet: NaNoWriMo - easy peasy (nano: pumpkin pie motherfucker)
* Dreamwidth has just implemented a Latest Posts feed, which shows public posts from users and communities which have not opted out.

If you want to exclude your own posts from the Latest Posts feed, go to the Admin Console and enter set latest_optout yes.

To exclude posts in a community you maintain, go to the Admin Console and enter set for communityname latest_optout yes, where communityname is the name of your community.

Locked and private posts will not show up in the Latest Posts feed.

* The latest posts feed can also be filtered by certain site-defined tags to entries. Currently, the only such tag is nnwm09, for NaNoWriMo. If you want your public NaNo posts included on Latest Posts page for NaNoWriMo, you will need to tag them nnwm09 in addition to any other tags you may use.

* I am going to hate myself so much by December. Not just because 2500 words per day, but because those words are going to come from putting a character I really do love through hell many times over.

Or, when I can no longer cope with Marcus and his alcoholism/depression/dead and dying friends and relatives/et cetera, the words will come from the prickly young genius who does not like to talk to anyone, not even his creator. I guess it's cheating to have a backup novel to work on, but I do expect to burn out on And In Darkness, Light early and often throughout November.

(I should note that by the time AIDL is completed, Marcus will have found some stability and happiness. But for the ending to actually get written - well, I'm waiting on some people to deliver the framework I will need. And they will not be rushed - certainly not by the likes of me - and believe me when I say I'm not the only person going nuts over it all.)
sofiaviolet: Narcissism is about looking in the mirror and going, god, I'd like to have sex with myself. (narcissism)


60683 / 50000 words. 121% done!

I took a little time to gloat to my mom.

I'm already thinking about next year. Not just next November, but all of 2009. I have some pretty ambitious goals (75k in November! 1000 words per day, every day!), but I think I can achieve them. Especially if I count everything that is creative writing. I need to give myself credit for the stuff I write that isn't going to make my parents or my professors proud of me. I'm going to count poems toward my 1000-word daily goals. I'm going to count Lightning War. If I poke it into my computer and it isn't a research paper or blog entry, then it goes into my little spreadsheet.

to do, lol college student edition )
sofiaviolet: awesome (awesome)


51323 / 50000 words. 103% done!

:D I set another personal best today, too. 4126 words.

The power went out for a while. Apparently a transformer exploded. All fixed now, though. Also it is almost Thanksgiving and this is awesome even if my parents are not coming to visit.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


47197 / 50000 words. 94% done!
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44346 / 50000 words. 89% done!

I will be making every effort to finish over the weekend.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


42298 / 50000 words. 85% done!

I'm going to try to finish it over the weekend, although no guarantees.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


40225 / 50000 words. 80% done!
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


38122 / 50000 words. 76% done!
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


33497 / 50000 words. 67% done!



36101 / 50000 words. 72% done!

90% of what I'm writing is dialogue. Or porn. Sometimes both. And absolutely nothing is in the right order. /o\

Hugh had the second knee operation today. They kept him overnight for various reasons, although he's doing well. I wrote about 2500 words in a desperate attempt to kill time. Mom keeps thanking me for dealing with him. What else am I supposed to do?
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


31290 / 50000 words. 63% done!

Set yet another personal best today: 3643 words.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


27647 / 50000 words. 55% done!

2644 words today, my personal best for the entire month.

Tomorrow's intermediate goals are: 686 (number of words needed to reach Monday's bare minimum of 28333), 2000 (individual daily goal), 2353 (number of words needed to catch up with cumulative goal and reach Tuesday's bare minimum - 30000).
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


22814 / 50000 words. 46% done!

Did write over 1000 words today, which is better than I was expecting.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


21651 / 50000 words. 43% done!

Only 882 words today, but I did devote a lot of time to that paper. Tomorrow I see TAI..., and Thursday I finish the paper and start getting back on track for NaNo goals. I'm still ahead of where I absolutely need to be, and I have plenty of empty days to fill later this month.

In fact, I'm going to call it: NaNo winner on or before Thanksgiving. Feel free to point and laugh if I'm wrong.
sofiaviolet: Can I change my major to demonology? (demonology)
• Presentation for Japanese Pop Culture is done. I just have to go into class tomorrow and talk for 5 minutes. Easy.

• Voudou paper, first draft: 11 or 12 pages of 15. Needs conclusion, more citations, and bibliography. Due Thursday at 4. I won't have a chance to work on it tomorrow, but I will have Thursday from 11 to a few minutes before 4, minus however long it takes me to eat lunch. (Pretty good considering I hadn't even started it this morning.)

Now for more NaNo.
sofiaviolet: architectural detail of the inside of a Catholic church (cathedral)


20769 / 50000 words. 42% done!
sofiaviolet: lol internets (lol internets)
Forgot to post my word count before passing out last night.



18754 / 50000 words. 38% done!

I suspect I'm going to slow down a lot over the next few days, if not stop completely, because I have a paper to write. And on that note, I should probably go and work on the presentation that is due Wednesday, but has to be done today so my group can stick all our stuff into one powerpoint.


Also, I just got a series of spam emails with "doctor [so-and-so]" in the subject. This would be business as usual, except that one of them was not all that far off from a therapist I really did see back in high school. DNW creepy coincidence.
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)


16246 / 50000 words. 32% done!

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