Monthly Archives: November 2012

NaNoFeed: crossing the finish line

I just finished this afternoon with the shortest NaNo novel I’ve ever written, and unlike its predecessors in the 50K range, it has a complete story arc. And it’s been the slowest of all. No other words left, unless a … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: procrastination at the precipice, and the chaos of battle

There remain about 3500 words to write in the NaNo-draft of Cleopatra’s Ironclads, and last night I did not write them, nor have I written them this morning. Some of them belong to the battle, and some to the epilogue … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: Entering the endgame

Yesterday at the Minneapolis Central Library write-in, I spent four of the five hours taking notes on the political timeline for the historical Cleopatra in the decade before the Battle of Actium, and figuring out how to turn it into … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 25 November 2012 (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

There were other things to attend, as well: what prospects might open up were Antony amenable to accepting her as an ally. There was the troublesome matter of Arsinoe, who yet remained a force, and frustratingly beyond her reach, as … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: getting by with a little help from my friends (thoughts on distraction)

It took about a day and a half for me to settle down to actually believing that I had time off. I’ve been crazy-busy with a huge list of projects both here and at the day job, and as usual … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: another day with no words but a fair bit of gratitude

I didn’t write yesterday because the day job ran too late, and today it’s the day before Thanksgiving, so it won’t be until evening that I will have time to write.  (I’m writing this on lunch break at the day … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: Absolutely no inspiration (except for the Muse of Research)

This NaNo novel has felt like a term paper; I’ve been keeping my eye on the clock, reviewing my research materials, and hacking the work out in chunks. Such success as I have had has depended upon keeping pace at … Continue reading

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