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50000 words on the nose!

That is all.

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Probably should have posted this yesterday, but … oh well, I’ll edit and put it up today!

First, I’m right on track for word count. Hallelujah! Wednesday, I felt generally run down, ill, and grumpy, to the extent that we ordered comfort food (pizza) instead of what I’d planned for dinner (hot dogs) and I didn’t write a word. I was a full day ahead on word count at that point, so taking the day off didn’t hurt a bit. I’ve been getting out of the house in the afternoon, which helps immensely with my writing productivity. Today, I’m going to haul butt out when the D&D starts later on. I may try to do this every day until the end of Camp. It’s good to not have the chaos of housecleaning, laundry, critters, et al weighing on me.

When this is finished, I want to put it somewhere that my friends can see it and comment as part of the betaing process, but where it would be private and not necessarily considered “first publish”. Fictionpress is absolutely out; I’ve been hanging out at  the fpwatchers group on livejournal and seeing how many stories are plagiarized from there, even published online for cash at Amazon. Besides, that would be considered a first publishing situation. I could put it on my own site and distribute private links to my friends, but how to let them comment? The guestbook I’ve tried to use as a “review board” is FUBAR and no longer supported. I’ve tried Google docs before. Some of my friends had a hard time accessing it. Has anyone done anything with Disqus? How difficult would that be to add to a website and is it flexible enough to use as a review board?

I’m also thinking about consolidating my web presence. Right now I have several blogs; this one, another WordPress blog (for family tidings), my faithful livejournal, a Blogger (for religious issues), a sparkling new tumblr, and of course, Twitter and Facebook. The Facebook is personal, using my real name. The Twitter uses my online handle as does this, the livejournal, and the tumblr. I could easily add a WP blog to my site; that’s one of the apps my web provider offers. I’m trying to decide which way to jump so I can be poised for when I actually need/want to do self-promotion.

So, any ideas? My website needs some serious overhaul in any case!

Oh, and this blog is under an alternate spelling of my online handle, “Tikatu”. Just sayin’.

Crossposted from livejournal and tumblr.

Taking a break to update on Camp NaNoWriMo

I decided to do the Camp NaNoWriMo July session, even though I previously tried (and bombed) in April. I’ve found in past years that July isn’t quite as busy for the family as the rest of the summer seems to be. So, I picked up the novel, dusted it off, and went back to the beginning.

I had a good start, but pretty soon lagged behind on my word count. There’s still so much world building to do! I’ve been getting great ideas, though, which has kept the plot moving. It’s just that pesky internal editor who gets in the way most days, as well as a borked OpenOffice on both my laptop and my desktop. No one has given me a straight answer at the support forums other than “use .odt”, which I refuse to do. Not too fond of proprietary formats that I can’t share with friends who have other software. So, I’ve switched over to Scrivener. Haven’t done much fooling around with all the bells and whistles yet, but I’m liking it so far. I have the 30 day trial on the desktop and the Camp NaNoWriMo version on the laptop. I think, if I reach my goal–and it looks like I will–I’ll buy it. Reaching my goal means I get it for half price! 🙂

Though goals are flexible for Camp, I went with the traditional 50K. After floundering with that OpenOffice problem and spending a couple of days just goofing off, I’ve really picked up the pace! Right now I’m a day ahead of the word count. That’ll change at midnight, when I’ll be just over the day’s goal. My intention is to keep at least a day ahead. Easy right now as I’m sliding into stuff I’ve had in my head but never have put down on virtual paper. The visuals are there and becoming more and more defined as I continue. Some pretty horrific stuff, too–the vampires have shown up and so have the dragons. There’s a grand plan to kill off one of my MCs; just need to shape up how and when this will happen. I’ve got an idea for a sixth group of elvenkind, one which is far friendlier to the humans than any of the other five.  (I really need to flesh out that fifth group!)

Still tons to do! For the first time, my extended family has had to listen to me groan and complain (or boast!) about the novel. My oldest niece has been asking me questions about it, which is a real switch! I’ve got some decisions to make about self-promotion, too. Never to early to think about that!

Well, back to the book! I’ll crosspost here from my livejournal from now on (also to my new tumblr). Later, y’all!