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NaNoFeed: from the thickets of research to the sky of speculation

Warning: ramblies, lots of them. I have to keep repeating to myself: This project is a sketch at best. After three hours of research for every hour of writing (at a minimum), I have piles of stuff to read though. … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: a different kind of Trip (and an excerpt)

This year’s NaNo novel is a challenge, with a lot of reading left undone at the time I began. Increasingly, I’m realizing that this one is less a draft novel than a first sketch. Every novel is a Trip, in … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: out sick, or more blows struck against perfectionism

As if it weren’t enough of a blow to be proceeding at merely average pace, I spent yesterday out sick from the day job. I slept, because whatever this thing is, it sucks energy like a vampire. Today I got back … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: bite-sized pieces, or how to eat an elephant

I make a custom of date-stamping all of my draft writing with the start time and end time. In the wake of NaNo last year, I transferred those dates to a spreadsheet and to my Google calendar. What I learned … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: not an A-plus student

(Dateline: Sunday 4 November; posted now, to avoid colliding with Six Sentence Sunday.) So now, at a write-in, I’m banging out prose, after consulting sources. Every NaNo novel is different, and I’m realizing that this one is being written very … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: The ship is launched!

Woke up later than I’d originally planned, so now at least I’ve put off a bit the bug that’s going around. It’s mid-afternoon and I’ve scored 1941 words according to Scrivener’s word-count. I’ve posted an excerpt here and I’m already … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed (On the Eve, Part 2): Unprepared

On the edge of the cliff now, and it’s too late to do anything but wait for the clock to tick down to midnight. Two days off from the day job, and two more days of weekend, and I’ve set … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed (On the Eve, Part 1): Music to Wreck Trains By, or the Art of the NaNo Playlist

Motorcycle–check. Cliff–check. No helmet? Drunk? Go for it. That’s the mnemonic I gave a fellow National Novel Writing Month marathoner at the Twin Cities region’s kick-off last night at Nina’s in St. Paul. It gives my Inner Adult a nervous … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: Thoughts on Deep Time II – Of Time and the River(s)

In the past few weeks I’ve experienced the eerie synchronicity that visits the writer in research mode. I’ve been taking a virtual tour upriver on the Nile River in three different centuries at once, while learning about the sacred rivers … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: Thoughts on Deep Time I

It’s that time of year again, when I’m starting the work of preparing for National Novel Writing Month. This year’s project, Cleopatra’s Ironclads, started with a three-word challenge: “Afrocentric steampunk Cleopatra” and rapidly took wing from there. Ever since I was about … Continue reading

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