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Gimme a Na! Gimme a No! Gimme a WriMo!

Yep, it's that time of year again.

National Novel Writing Month. ( http://www.nanowrimo.org/ )

Doing it again. Me.

This will be my 4th year writing an entire novel in November, and (knock on wood) my third completed novel.

I've learned a lot in the last 4 years. Hell, i might be *just* starting to learn how to write.

Well, maybe.

You may notice i said, “4th year participating, 3rd finished novel.”

I totally failed the 2nd year. Totally. Like big time. Got about 6000 words in and *pffft!*

I mean, sure, i was really really busy and really really stressed that November and i didn't really plan for it properly. But now, as i go into my fourth try, i've finally figured out what gets me through NaNoWriMo a winner.

Bragging.

Lot's and lot's of bragging.

Without fail, the thing that gets me to drag my loser ass to the keyboard and pound out the words…

Complete and desperate fear of humiliation.

No, seriously. I'm vain.

So, to that end… *ahem*
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Look at me! Look at me! I'm an award winning writer! I've been to Clarion! I'm doing NaNoWriMo!

Actually, ya know, NaNoWriMo is *so* banal at this point. I mean, been there, done that. Right? It's time to amp things up!

The normal way to win NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Feh, too easy… [cracks knuckles] I, being the amazing guy i am, am going to write (drum roll please)….

An 80,000 word novel in 20 days.

That's right. That's right.

Why?

Well, cause i'm stupid. And, y'know, an industry standard adult novel is at least 80,000 words. And that divides nicely by 20 days to 4000 words a day. Piece of cake. Uh, right?

I mean sure it is! Who says i can't do it? Put your money where your mouth is! Put 'em up! Bring it!

Seriously, i'm taking bets. I'm taking challenges. Day to day or for the whole 20 days. I'll pledge to do tasks and favors if i fail. I'll wash your car. I'll clean your toilet. Whatever you want! Put it in the comments.

You can track me on the NaNoWriMo site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/211862

I'll post my usual whiny weekly updates about how hard it is to be a writer and why you should pity me. I'm also committing to posting my word count *every day* till i get to THE END. If i miss a day, i have to write an EXTRA 1000 words. What do you think of that?

Look at me! I'm crazy!… and stupid!
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*ahem*

So, uh, yeah… see you in 4 days… um, wish me luck.

Post Clarion

Post clarion Blues?
Check.

Wonderful, complex, bittersweet memories?
Sure.

Incredible learnings… …that have completely messed up my writing… …and given me writer’s block?
You betcha.

That was Clarion: Powerful, Hilarious, Confusing.

Honestly, i’m pretty messed up. Reintegrating into my old life has been hard. I haven’t written a word of prose.

I miss everyone.

Apparently i’m back to blogging… hopefully. I may blog things i learned at Clarion, to work it through for myself as much as anything.

Be warned: I may try to sneak in some backdated stories as if i was writing during Clarion. You know, just so i remember stuff… and to fill in some of the huge gaps in the blog.

Speaking of filling this darn thing out: I’m challenging myself to post something artistic at least every week, maybe eventually i’ll post something artistic every day. Oooohh.

Look for carvings, story fragments, music, poems, etc…

Like this stamp! I just cut it now!

Flying snake!

Clarion is killing my writing career

I'm kidding. Kidding! Love me, Clarion!

It's just that i haven't really written a word since i got accepted into Clarion. I've lost my ability to rewrite or even mail out stories. Sheesh!

Part of it is this sort of false expectation (i'm putting on myself) that now i have to “step up to the plate” and “produce quality.”

I have images of Kelly Link (who is, by the way, my favorite author ever, seriously, ever) reading one of my stories and being like, “how did this guy get in here?”

Then everyone will pat me on the head and say, “that's ok, you always have your music… oh, that's right, we've heard that too… awkward.”

Ok, it's not as bad as all that. I'm just trying to take every opportunity to obsess, so i can get my full value from the program.

Maybe i should just go back to stressing about how i'm going to pay for this thing.

I mean, part of the big news is…

… i all like got excepted into Clarion and stuff.

This sounds calm. But i'm not. I'm jumping around and screaming and tripping over things and generally freaking out.

If you don't know, or haven't heard me talk about it incessantly for the last week, Clarion is a very esteemed six week writing workshop called Clarion ( http://theclarionfoundation.org/ .)

It was established in 1968 by some of the top speculative fiction writers of the time, and some of the most famous spec-fic writers since have gone through Clarion.

This year, the workshop has some really amazing people teaching, including: Kelly Link (probably tied for my favorite author, ever – http://www.kellylink.net/ ), Nalo Hopkinson ( http://nalohopkinson.com/ ), and Neil Gaiman (did you see “Star Dust”? Sandman? American Gods or
Good Omens? All him. http://www.neilgaiman.com/ )

So this year twice as many people applied… and Clarion still only accepted seventeen students.

I'm one of them.

I don't think a blog can convey how much i'm freaking out, jumping around or just walking around in a daze, occasionally mumbling, “i'm going to Clarion.” Clichés be damned. It's one of those “once in a lifetime” opportunities.

Whew.

I also applied for a scholarship. I'll find out around the 15th if i get it.

Wish me luck.

So, looks like i'm going to disappear for six weeks in the end of June. Maybe i'll try to figure out how the hell to make that work with Heart of Now and the rest of my life.

Did i mention whew?

My body is allergic to sleep…

The 30 songs in 30 days challenge is shaping up. I have a handful of people who want to play with me and i've created a web page for the event. http://systemcrasher.com/30s30d.htm

I was talking to the other day and she asked, “are you going to plan for these songs at all?”

Um…. no.

I think i have this attitude that i'm cheating if i do any planning at all… this is because i'm stupid.

Anyway, in other news i can't sleep at night. I've gotten about 3 hours a night every night for the last 4 days. I'm starting to get all zombieish during the day.

What's up with that?

Anyway, anyway, i'm trying to get into the Clarion workshop, and as part of the application i have to write a 800 word biography for myself… i guess that's an autobiography… anyway, as much as i like to whine in this blog, i'm pretty stuck in writing about myself for 800 words. Bleh.

So… off to go write about how really utterly cool i am… and stuff.