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Vacation over :(

Well, after a week spent doing almost nothing but writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I'm heading back to work
at my day job this morning. While I'm obviously a little down about rejoining the daily grind and cleaning up whatever messes have been left for me, I did accomplish quite a bit while I was off:


18,067 words in my NaNo novel (average of 2581 words each day during the vacation)Examiner articles about the new "World of Warcraft" expansion, about another new Blizzard game, about the new content update in "Marvel Heroes," and then another "WoW" one about the new Garrison feature in "Wizards of Draenor."Last but not least, a few blog posts so this place doesn't appear to be abandoned. But, back to the grind I go now. I'm hopeful that the write-every-single-freaking-day momentum won't be lost now that I'm going back to work.
And today's not going to suck completely. There IS a new "Walking Dead" on tonight, after…

Is it December yet? I wanna start over

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as the kids call it, is all about getting words on the page (or the computer screen). Quantity over quality is emphasized, and participants are encouraged to resist their inner editor and save any major changes for December, for after it's over. I mentioned the other day that I was going to have a hard time doing that.

My NaNo novel this year is a superhero adventure, and it contains characters and elements that have been rattling around in my head for quite some time. Initially my concept was that this book would be a series of short stories,primarily the origins of the superheroes (and villains) that were loosely connected. The later in the book, the more connected the stories would become, until the final story of the book, which would be the culmination. The final battle. The defeat of the Big Bad.

The problem is that the stories written so far are so connected to each other it just feels wrong. Even though they're connected, POVs…

Meeting goals

So far I'm on track to finish NaNoWriMo successfully. Of course, it's only Day 3 so I'm not sure that's anything to brag about at this point. Getting back into the groove of writing every day is very important to me, and I knew NaNo could help me do that. I'm hopeful that this practice continues even after November 30th.

It's hard not to self-edit as I go. Usually I pride myself in writing pretty well the first time through, to minimize needed editing later. Of course, with something like NaNoWriMo, editing as you go is strongly discouraged. The goal is to get lots of words on paper (or screen, etc). Editing can wait until December, the advice goes.

Still. I'd rather not write a lot of crap that has to be reworked later. I mean, I know "the first draft of anything is shit," thanks to Hemingway, but that's not what I mean.  I don't want to end up with a bunch of words just for the sake of having words.

The novel I'm writing this month i…

NaNoWriMo, Day 1

Had a few curve balls thrown my way this morning.  I have the day off work, and I had planned on starting my NaNo novel  after the kids were in school. Well, a major storm system moved through Huntington and the surrounding areas overnight, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses around here.  While my home only lost power for a few minutes, our internet was out until about 9am (which made me quickly figure out how to work with my Chromebook and Google Docs offline) and the Office Depot store over which I currently reign as Head Flunky (aka, Store Manager) is operating on partial power (necessitating several texts and phone calls from my managers on site).  And the kids are out of school because their schools are without power, which could have led to a noisy household had the little angels not willingly gone back to bed.

So, yours truly had a series of minor annoyances, really (nothing so major as what my managers and employees are currently experiencing, having to op…

November's gonna be a busy month

So I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, after sitting out the last two Novembers.  Writing an average of 1,667 words a day doesn't sound too bad, but since I love to procrastinate (and love to write about procrastinating, apparently) and never seem to finish anything I start, it'll be a nice little challenge. I've done some extensive planning this year, and I'll finally be bringing to life a lot of characters and concepts that have been rattling around in my brain for awhile (some as many as 20 years or so).  I'm pretty excited.

I'm also going to be participating in the Extra Life campaign to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It's a pretty cool idea: people pledge money to you and you play video games. The date of the charity drive is November 2nd, but I'll be splitting my gaming time between the first three days of the month since I have to work on the 2nd.  Money donated to my efforts will go to Cincinnati Children's Ho…

Jenna's story and Extra Life: Video Gaming for a Cause

So I'm doing Extra Life this year.  It's an interesting charity that aims to raise money for various Children's Miracle Network hospitals by collecting pledges for hours of video game time on or around November 2nd.  The hospital I chose to support with my efforts is Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, which is near and dear to my heart because of all they've done for my daughter, Jenna.

Jenna was born with a rare disorder called Alagille Syndrome.  It affects various organs, like the heart, kidneys, and liver.  With Jenna, it was her liver that was the major concern.  She spent the first three years of her life jaundiced and really, really itchy.  She would scratch herself enough to bleed at times.  Even in the summer months, she had to be clothed almost entirely from top to bottom to prevent her scratching herself bloody. She had pretty bad xanthomas, cholesterol deposits, all over her body.  They were so bad on her joints that she couldn't even cl…

CONNECT page updated!

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