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Monday, October 23, 2006Back To Being Just A Bastard
So my day as a bitch over at IT2M has come to an end. I have to say it was a blast. Everyone seemed to like the banners, and I even got my own psycho hosebeast blogger who has gone so far as to ban my IP from her site. Boo. Hoo. So I guess I created some controversy. Ooops... not. So thanks to everyone who stopped by and thanks to them for having me
It was a good change of pace and an important exercise in deadlines. Some of you may have noticed, or not, that I have started blogging every day including Saturday and Sundays. It isn't due to sever boredom. I'm in training. Yes... in a little more than a week I will start my first NaNoWriMo. One months time needs to result in 50,000 words for me to be considered a winner or completionist or whatever it is they call it. So doing those reviews with a deadline was important even though it may not have seemed it.
One of the interesting things about NaNoWriMo is that it requires you to start from scratch. I'm not sure how well I can do with that part. One of the basic things I've been taught over the years is that you should write what you know. So if I do that... is it really truly starting from scratch?
Meanwhile, my so called "passion" project continues to linger. It really was a simple thing... 20 chapters, 5,000 words a chapter, about something I know intimately how to do with a few turns and twists in it. While ultimately it was fiction, there was some real life basis to it too. I originally wanted it out to the agents by this past August... but that hasn't quite worked out. I even figured out that had I done that by August, well I had until November to get it into IUniverse if I decided to self-publish. November is next week. I'm 75,000 words short. Not gonna happen.
So why do NaNoWriMo? I don't know to be honest. Change of pace maybe? It could be that hopefully by doing this I can finally break my block. Maybe I can get a publishable novel! In most likelihood I'll get 50,000 words of shit I can add to my "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda Done Better" pile.
On a slightly related note there is a Standford Study that says that 1 out of 8 Americans show problematic Internet Addiction. Not too surprisingly, Internet Addiction is no longer limited to porn or gaming websites. Blogs are now considered addictive as well. I'm really not that surprised... it's true that there are some sites I feel a NEED to read over others. I'm just wondering how addictive I am to other people... and no mom you don't count.