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'Tis finished, 'tis done.

I'll be honest. I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this year. )

In some ways, I'm a lot more pleased with this year's effort than last year's. I think I did a much better job writing an actual story, and not just a glorified outline. The downside to this is that, while I did reach 50,000 words, I'm a great deal further away from actually finishing the story than I was last year. I found a stopping place and slapped on an epilogue, but there's a considerable chunk of the story missing. As in, pretty much the entire fifth act (if we were talking about a tv show), and a good chunk of the fourth. But what is there is, I think, a much better starting point.

And besides, I have two whole days now to try to finish it. :)
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Linkspam: The Firefox Edition

Most of you who are using Firefox seemed to be aware of the awesomeness that is the Greasemonkey script for unfolding LJ threads, but just in case:

The aforementioned Greasemonkey extension

Thread Unfolder script for Greasemonkey

Thread Unfolder script with the "Unfold All" addition (If you install this one you need to uninstall the original)

For [livejournal.com profile] vaklam and [livejournal.com profile] melissagay and anyone else who accesses multiple LJ accounts from the same computer, there's the LJLogin extension. It allows you to switch from one account to another via pop-up menu, without having to leave the page you're on. Very nifty.

In Other News

In other news, a follow-up of sorts to [livejournal.com profile] dement1a's post about the Save Wal-Mart campaign. Another group called off their protest after Wal-Mart issued a statement saying that they "will not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers." In other words:

Protesters: Wal-Mart supports icky gay marriage! And the radical gay agenda! Whatever that is!

Wal-Mart: Uh, no, actually. We're concerned with equality in the workplace, and we're going to continue to do exactly what it was that we were doing in the first place. Which, by the way, has nothing at all to do with gay marriage, you morons.

Protesters: We win!

NaNoWriMo Update

Yes, I fell behind this weekened. Like, way behind. I did get some writing done, about 5,000 words, but in order to finish I'll need to do about 3,000 a day (though that doesn't count today--anything I produce for the rest of today will bring that total down). This is perfectly doable, but my sister and my mother will be here on Tuesday, my sister is spending Tuesday night with me, and Wednesday is a day in which it's very, very difficult for me to get any writing done before evening. Still, there's always Monday and Thursday, and I'm still thinking that I can get this done without having to pull an all-nighter or anything.
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I have solved the Great Word Count Widget Mystery. Sort of.

According to what I can gather from posts in this topic on the NaNoWriMo Tech Help forum, the mini-widget

and the larger graph widget

each recalculate your daily word count minimum based on how much you've written so far. This is quite clever, and isn't necessarily a bad thing.

On the big graph, for instance, the gray bars, which represent the daily minimum, are shorter or longer depending on how much you've written. If you reach the green zone every day, you will end up with 50,000 words. Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, what remains a mystery (despite explanations in the above-linked thread) is how the mini-widget arrives at its goals, what the numbers mean, and how, exactly, they're supposed to be useful. Still, it makes me feel better to know that it doesn't, in fact, make any sense, and that no one else understands it either. Maybe next year someone will write a novel about it. :)

Caught Up

Nov. 18th, 2006 12:33 am
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Okay. I am officially caught up to the recommened daily NaNoWriMo minimum. Well, I'm technically 1 day behind now, word-count-wise, but I've got approximately 23.5 hours to do said day's minimum, so I'm not too worried. Plus, everyone knows it's not tommorrow yet until you've slept. :)

Good night, all.


Nov. 16th, 2006 09:08 pm
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The following is a cautionary tale about the dangers of relying on technology.

When I started doing NaNoWriMo, I knew that one of my challenges would be keeping up with what my goal was supposed to be. So, I got one of the links to the nifty little word-count widgets, which seemed to keep track of the daily goal and let you know how much over or under you were. Useful, yes? This is the graph:

Now, the cleverer among you will observe that the goal for today, November 16, *should* be 26,662 words, as is, in fact, shown on the graph when it's accessed without my id number:

Please note the rather large discrepancy between 14,536 and 26,662.

Luckily, I hadn't been relying on the widget to keep up my writing pace. Instead I was using one of the other graphs to track my daily output and make sure I hitting the minimum daily goal. Still, it was a nasty shock when I finally did the math earlier this week and realized how far off the widget was.

The good news, though, as you can see from the word count (currently 25,117, for those reading later), is that I'm actually less than a day behind the minimum. If I can put my nose to the grindstone, I feel confident that I can catch up and be back on track over the next few days. The fact that my allergies have now blossomed into a full-blown head cold with sniffling, coughing, and fever is a trivial consideration.

Onward and upward!
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Along with, apparently, most of my other writing buddies, I got a bit behind on NaNoWriMo this weekend. I'd started out trying for 2,000 words a day to give myself a cushion, but I haven't quite been able to make it. As you can see from the nifty graph, I've gotten to 9265 words today, which is now a bit above the minimum goal. Good enough. :)

Six days in, it seems to be working for me. Every time I've tried to impose a writing deadline during the last four years, I've never met it and felt bad about not meeting it. This feels more like a school paper deadline than anything else, which is weird because it's still mostly self-imposed. Seeing, however, that I'm good at school paper deadlines, I'm not going to question it.
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And lo, on my first NaNoWriMo day ever in the history of me, I spake unto my keyboard and spouted forth 2,054 words.

Go me.


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