Stop writing in 3, 2, 1

November 30, 2008 at 9:58 pm (Writing) ()

So, I didn’t achieve 50k words this month and have therefore not won nanowrimo.  I’m not too sad about it, because I really think that I can do something good with the writing that I did do and I’ve not become so sick of my story that I hide it in a drawer tomorrow and never look at it again.  Some of my incredibly dedicated friends have hit the magic number and good on them, for sure, but I think that I’ve decided that, for me, nano is more of an enabler than a competition.  I’ve enjoyed the challenge and the community, definitely, and it’s been thrilling to watch my word count creep up, yet it’s more about quality than quantity.  Well, hopefully.

Congratulations to all you nanoers out there!

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Happy, happy

November 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm (Writing)

Something very exciting is happening this week and the only clue that I’m giving away is that it warrants new shoes.

So, this nanowrimo malarky, eh?  It’s a bit of a beast.  I, for one, am way behind, but I’m fairly pleased with what I’ve got so far and I really think that, regardless of whether I make it to 50k (and I’m coming down firmly on the side of not, with 12,746 at the halfway point), I’ve got the makings of something.  I’ve got a few friends, however – one of whom I introduced to the whole concept of nano, who is now cursing my bones – who are taking it very, VERY seriously.  Although they are well ahead of the month-so-far target, I’ve heard tell of tears, hair-tearing, and a few incomprehensible, jibbering moments from the pair of them, which leads me to wonder – is nanowrimo good for your health?  I’m enjoying the impetus that nano gives me to sit down and write, but I’m not going to exhaust myself to reach 50k.  Does this mean that I lack a competitive edge?  Probably.  Oh well.

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Sorry, trees

November 5, 2008 at 11:44 am (Doing) (, , , )

I’m feeling pretty heinous about my paper consumption lately.  As a writer and a reader, I use a lot of paper – so many books, so many printed drafts.  I try to keep my printing to a minimum, editing on screen and printing double-sided, but I feel like a baddie every time I hit that print button.  Working in publishing and seeing the amount of paper that we get through is pretty scary, too, though my company is one of the best for implementing green policies and sourcing environmentally-friendly paper.  So, as I’m hardly going to stop reading or writing, I’ve been wondering what I can do.  The first step that I’ve come up with is not to send Christmas cards this year, but to buy something from Oxfam Unwrapped instead.  It’s not a big change, I grant you, but it’s a start.  I’m still doing well with my 2008 NY resolution not to use carrier bags, so I’ll definitely be adding some more green resolutions in 2009.  What do you suggest?  What gree nsteps have you been taking lately?

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