NaNoWriMo! Success!

You know, going into this thing I expected that my first day would be hard. I would probably struggle to spill a few clumsy words onto the paper, and that would be that. I'd most likely get behind my word count goal and have to work Extra hard the next day to make it up.

But that's not the case. AT ALL.

This is going AWESOME. So, here is what happened. I was just writing my first paragraph, and I wanted somewhere that had a specific kind of weather at a certain time of the year. That is to say cold weather in November. And so I was talking to husband, and husband suggested Maine. So I start looking into Maine and low and behold there is PERFECT LITTLE CITY THERE for basing my book off of. It has about three thousand people and is a little bitty blip on the coast of Maine. About a mile and a half outside of the city there is a HUGE lab. They're the leaders in mouse research, and genetically breeding and modifying mice and stuff.

Brownie points if you can find my little city and my beautiful lab on the coast of rocky Maine. (I want to go to this town to see it in person.)

Anyways, the place also has bears and Sandsharks, which get up to 13 feet long and would certainly be capable of chumming a human corpse, I believe. Which is excellent! Also, about half a mile from the facility, maybe a little less, there is a big lake. I am sure bodies could also inconspicuously be dumped here.

So, for the story it takes place several years in the future. But not too much has changed. I am giving the town some fake history and culture, for the sake of the novel. Right now I am using real names and stuff of places, but I imagine later I will go through and edit those, making them more fictional and stuffs. :)

Anyways, I am writing in that the town is kind of a Haunt attraction. That the places unnaturally high death rate is linked to a curse. The old lab was shut down years ago against new laws regulating the control of experimenting on lab mice, and now is basically forgotten about because of its remoteness.

Anyways, this whole setting is perfect, and really made everything fall into place. I am ahead of word count goal right now! (Sitting just at the tip of 2500 one day in.) I hope to reach 3333 before I sleep tonight, that way when I wake up fresh tomorrow I can say I am One Whole Day ahead of my goal!

Here is a little sample of the Novel so far, should you dare to read it!

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Something is lacking

And that something would be my motivation. I have a million things to do today, and yet I just kind of want to lay in bed and waste my time. I am not any further along with my NaNoWriMo ideas than I was a few days ago. I have to tidy up my house. I have to study for the HUGE and IMPORTANT test that I have tomorrow in my Core class (European History) That I am TOTALLY unprepared for. (I meant to start studying like two weeks ago, and didn't.)

And with all of these things to do all I have managed to do is a tiny bit of the tidying I need to do. I Guh. This is not a good, productive day. I've gotta get with it. Hopefully this post will serve the purpose I want it to, and be self-motivating.

So, here is my plan, bear with me, I work better when I schedule. I'm a list maker.

10:50 - 11:30: Clean
11:30 -12:30: Get ready to go tutor at elementary school.
12:30 - 3:00: Travel and tutoring at said school.
3:00 - 4:00: Take a break
4:00 - 5:00: Finish any cleaning I didn't get done.
5:00 - 7:00: Study
7:00 - 8:00: Break
8:00 - 10:00: Study

Also, I need to remember to download creepy music for the party this Saturday. Furthermore, I would like to at least consider NaNoWriMo in the time I scheduled for free time. Also, anything that I can't get done can be done in this time. Or after ten, which I left open. Most likely for more studying.

So, there is the rest of my day in a nutshell. Hopefully I am determined to do all things today, even if I don't want to. I just have to.

NaNoWriMo!

I am going to use NaNoWriMo as more than an opportunity to write a novel, although I doubt I'll reach fifty thousand words, I am going to use it as a chance to get into the habit of posting shit in this herr blog.

The way I figure, I should always have something to blog on if I am writing everyday. (Although time constraints might be tricky.) And it will help me keep my creative mojo going, and give my readers (all four of you) a little insight into the thing I am pouring every ounce of my free time and creative energy into for the whole month of November.

Which sort of segues into my next little topic. ANXIETY. A lot of it isn't about NaNo, but as most Wrimos can tell you, there's a certain amount of pressure that goes along with the massive undertaking. So, what I decided was that instead of trying to reach fifty thousand words I was just going to write. I'm not going to bee obsessed with my word count. (This in and of itself will be a challenge for me.) I'm going to write whenever I have freetime to write, and if I do make it to fifty thousand words, then AWESOME. And if I don't make it, well, that's still that many more words I have written that I wouldn't have otherwise typed. And it's a good start.

I do have a minimum goal of at least 25k though. If I can't make it that far then I'll probably be pretty disappointed about that.

In similar news, I am feeling way under prepared right now. I've got a week to make all these big decisions I have been weighing in my mind for like a month. Setting? Sub-plots? PoV? My leading male character's name? (I hate to call him the protagonist, although that's what he is. It's kind of being a shared role with the antagonist though. Erm, I'm not making sense right now.)

So, this is all very stressful. I do not feel ready. I know lots of people just wing NaNoWriMo, and even say that's what it's all about. And I guess I am not looking for something that is going to be the great American novel, so I shouldn't worry about it so much. But I can't help it. I want for everything to be really good. And that's not what NaNo is about.

I've got to learn to not care so much about making a mistake and fucking it up. But hey, that's what this whole thing is about, right?

An update!

Hello, LJ. Sorry about the lack of the posting. ( I know, shocking that I would say I was going to write something and then not write anything at all. ) I've been quite busy lately! Especially since school started last week, it's only a week and a half in and I am already exhausted. Hopefully my body will adjust to the new rhythm of getting up stupidly early and working all day.

To give you a quick overview: I am taking 15 credit hours and working 20+ hours a week.

Needless to say this keeps me on my toes, however, I am loving it. Work is pretty great. Everyone is nice, and it's not exactly hard. Soon we should be slowing down, which everyone says is a bad thing, but I think it's a great thing. I am perfectly fine with being paid 7.50 an hour to essentially stand around and hang clothing. Dealing with the customers all day is usually exhausting for me, since it really saps my energy to be so friendly all the time.

On the school end things are just going to get more crazy. My classes are settling into their normal rhythms, so I'm getting a good look right now on exactly how much I can be expecting to do every week for those, particularly with my new, more dedicated me. ( I am so determined to quit procrastinating. ) However, so far I at least like most of my classes. Core, which is a class on Western Civilzation from the beginning until about 1700, and  Intro to Anthropology are both lecture classes, but I am interested in them so that helps keep boredom at bay. I'm loving my Child psychology and Composition classes, no surprises there. The only class I am not so crazy about is my Education Diversity class. Once more, no surprise.

Aside from work and school most of my free time is spent driving the two hour round trip from school to my Mom's house, studying, and sleeping. I try to give myself some free time here and there so I don't lose my mind. :

Then again, that's been gone for a while. : )

Dear LJ, Where are your Horror fans?

 So, I was looking at communities today, and I realized there wasn't a single community listed as dedicated to Horror writing/fiction.

What the fuck?

This is baffling to me for more than one reason.

One: Why have a category for it if it doesn't exist?
Two: Why aren't there people interested in horror?

Is this what authors like Stephanie Meyers have done to a once noble genre? I'm just kind of in disbelief. Am I doing something wrong here? Is there some secret filter? Some secret society?

Or are there really so few horror writers out there?

Well, I guess I'll be hoping to change that one day.

Rawr.
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