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Monday, October 31, 2011


November is here... tomorrow, anyway. For those aspiring authors out there, it's national novel writing month. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a stupid gimmick to get writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days, or a novel. I don't know of any novels other than mid-grade books that are complete at 50,000 words, but spitting out 90,000+ is a bit ridiculous. Anyway, I haven't ever participated. I'm going to this year.

I have 5 weeks before my baby girl is born... If the wife doesn't pop her out early. (fingers crossed). That means 5 weeks or less of the concept of free time in my life having any meaning, other than a whispered myth. Gunlord is not even near being finished.

I have 70,000 words written. Thought I was almost done with book one. However, now I am making the novel a standalone, and have roughly 80,000-100,000 words to go. NaNoWriMo gives me a reason, although lame and gimmicky, to get a hell of a lot of work done. So November is going to be my "write your ass off because your writing time is going to be drastically reduced in the near future month." Wish me luck.

My normal speed is about 20,000 words a month, so I've got a bit of a challenge ahead of me. Sorry XBox, for the neglect I'm about to force upon you. :(


  1. You can do it! I think the baby-girl deadline (congrats!) is a good one. Finish that book! Nathan said he really liked your writing when he attended your group, so get 'er done. ;)

  2. Good luck! Write, er, type like the wind.

    I'm dying to read your book.

  3. Thanks, both of you. One day down, nearly 1800 words in the can. It's been several months since I've been so excited to write new material! It's pathetic that I've only gotten a chapter and a half since WorldCon of new stuff.

    This will be good for the writing group, too. I was only two chapters away from running out of Gunlord subbmissions. I would like to submit more on my Xander story, though...

    *voice shouts in head to focus*

  4. Go, dog, Go! (That's a Dr. Seuss book... You'll be reading a lot of those soon.) ;)

    Maybe I'll jump in after the move. I can do 50,000 words in a week, right?