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#$10novel – Day 5 – Starting

Working on about four hours sleep this morning … because i’m stupid. Had a wonderful time staying up late with writing friends. One was:

Day Five: Wednesday, May 20th: John Burridge

John probably kept me up on purpose so to be blessed with the awesome purchasing power of $10 if i fail to reach 32,000 words by the time i go to bed tonight. Sneaky!

Look for updates on Twitter.


Positive Reinforcement.

Starting with Pati’s idea, the idea of positive reinforcement is starting to inch its way into my consciousness. Ok, fine, it does make sense. Last night Jerry was making fun of me. “Have you ever done nice things for yourself when you meet your goals?”

Sure … i think … shut up!

No, sorry, kidding. Yeah, i think i get the idea. But what should i do? I’m thinking i should reward myself every five days that i succeed. (If i get my writing done today, that would be tonight!) But what should i do? I don’t have a lot of money. What are awesome rewards that will cost less than paying out $10 a day over five days?

Suggestions? Thoughts?


Novelburns update.

My sideburns itch!

After much consideration and input from my advisors, i’ve decided that the connected mustache is, in fact, too much. I think going even further into my already poorly thought out and celibacy-inducing sideburns may not actually make me happy. So we’re going to go with the mutton chops … which itch.

*sigh* I’m going to look like Issac Asimov.

Well, better get to the writing …


No, seriously, keep reading.

If you’ve been tracking me, you know this book has been a major pain. Well, i’m done screwing around with it. I’m sick of whining about it, i just want it done … at least the first draft.

So i have a plan.

And you can help.

First off, i’m doing the NaNoWriMo thing. I can have this book completely done in 25 days if i write, rewrite or edit 3000 words a day (roughly 15 pages.) Hell, my friend Devon writes 5000 new words practically every day, and she knits and is raising 200 children and and and … so i can … well … she’s a lot cooler than me, but i’ll still do it!

But like i said, i’m sick of the back and forth, so i’m adding an element of danger and possibly giving away cash prizes in the meantime.

Here’s the deal.

Sign up for a day on the list below. Either in the comments or send me an email. If, on your day, i don’t increase the length of my novel manuscript by 3000 words, i’ll mail or Paypal you $10.

No catches, no exceptions. This isn’t a bet. If i DO succeed in hitting my word goal for the day, rather than getting $10, you’ll get a lovely handcrafted email thanking you for helping me motivate. See? Win win!

Sign up for a day. First come first serve! Send me your name and a site, blog, twitter to link to. I’ll put you on the calendar. Tell your friends! 25 days is a lot to fill up.


[UPDATE] OK! Here’s the lucky contestants:

Saturday, May 16th: Dave Lerner
Sunday, May 17th: Sean Markey
Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar
Tuesday, May 19th: AnarchicQ
Wednesday, May 20th: John Burridge
Thursday, May 21st: Chris Battey
Friday, May 22nd: Ethan McCutchen and Nina Kiriki Hoffman (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, May 23rd: Beth Wodzinski
Sunday, May 24th: Pati Nagle
Monday, May 25th: Kishi
Tuesday, May 26th: Emily Mangan
Wednesday, May 27th: Loreen Heneghan
Thursday, May 28th: Holly Arrow
Friday, May 29th: Arashinomoui and Bruce Holland Rogers (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, May 30th: Merchimerch
Sunday, May 31st: Dave Raines
Monday, June 1st: Kevin Kenan
Tuesday, June 2nd: Rachel A
Wednesday, June 3rd: The Ferrett
Thursday, June 4th: Diana Standish
Friday, June 5th: Misa Arant and Jerry Oltion (DOUBLE DAY!)
Saturday, June 6th: Lydia Rhoads
Sunday, June 7th: Josh English
Monday, June 8th: Teng Chek
Tuesday, June 9th: J Peters
Wednesday, June 10th: Valerie Polichar and Eugene Fischer (DOUBLE DAY!)
Who wants to make some money? Well, no one, because i intend to hit my goal everyday.

Bring it on.

art day 70 – 48 bars

Messing around with standup bass samples, jazz drums, and uncharacteristically undistorted guitar. This track starts out really fun, but i think gets a bit noisy in the end. Ah well.

Try out: 48 bars

Random picture:
(I love receiving contracts and checks in the mail, but i REALLY love receiving contracts and checks that come in envelopes like this!)
Cool postage stamps!

art day 68 -Washed Up

Playing with triphop and ambient for a little bit. This track is mostly just a bunch of unformed ideas thrown together. I could probably use an edit and maybe some more melody touches. Maybe i need a singer to to do something over it. But mostly i just wanted something that washes over you. Good writing music, ya know?

For your mellow listening enjoyment: Washed Up.

Random picture (mostly an excuse to play with contrast and color settings):
Blue Gra