I think i can, i think i can, i think i can!
Day Three: Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar
I’ll mail or Paypal Amal $10 if i fail to get my wordcount up to 26,000 words by the time i get to sleep tonight.
Look for updates on Twitter. Hmmm … don’t know what Amal will use the money for. Good or Evil?
[UPDATE]: Amal will use the money for good! She’ll use it to purchase poetry for her awesome journal Goblin Fruit! If i weren’t so poor, i’d be inclined to throw in for today. (note: as of 1:30pm, still have 1300 words to write.)
So, Em was chastising me because all of my motivations on this challenge are punitive. She says i need positive reinforcement too. Maybe that means she’ll buy me a pizza when i’m done. 😛
[UPDATE]: A pizza has been offered! (Hee hee hee, the power of hint-dropping.)
Anyway, this got me thinking …
… and i’ve come up with another negative reinforcement tool.
As i look at the novel ahead, i think it’s just going to get harder and harder as i venture into the disastrous and vague second and third acts. I think the people who picked the later dates are a lot more likely to receive their fabulous cash prizes.
So i needed to think of something that was so unacceptable, so intolerable to do to myself that i’d really want to get to “the end” to undo it. Something horrible.
I think i’ve found it.
I’m going to grow sideburns, and i’m not allowed to shave them off till i finish the novel and send it to at least one initial reader.
I’m calling them Novelburns.
Please help me.
This will backfire when the sideburn fetishists come out of the woodwork with an aim to drive you to distraction.
Oh dear. I really want to have a Gra novel out in the world, but a Gra with sideburns… Do you think you could do muttonchops too?
Ohhhhh …. i hadn't thought of *what kind* of sideburns to grow. Will have to ruminate on this further.
OMG! You are gunna get some chops, yo!
Mutton chops, yo!
Oh. My. God. You just broke my brain. I will be sending writing thoughts your way every second, because I cannot wrap my head around the novelburns.
Neither can i, Kat, neither can i…
Miss Mangan is Absolutely Right about you needing some positive reinforcement — and I, in the middle of some idle internet poking, see that Mister Jason Webley is going to be opening a concert in Eugene on Wednesday night (http://www.jasonwebley.com/events.html) … how would you feel about me buying tickets for you & Ms. Jai (or other companion of your choosing), to be used in the event of making ALL YER WORDCOUNTS by Weds evening?
*Reeling from the guilt of accepting such a nice gift.* Um, i love the idea of having a goal of NEVER falling behind … and and and … let's talk about it. 🙂
Psh, nuffin to be guilty about. Jes wanted to make sure you'd like it.
Agree with the positive goal thing. I prefer carrots to sticks myself.
For a while the OWN had a Beautiful Trophy Challenge going. At the start of the quarter, those who wanted to participate made a pledge to finish a novel by the end of the quarter (could already be started) and mail it out in order to qualify for a trophy. The trophies were these: http://pyromaniaglass.com/gallery1.htm