Six-and-a-half years after my first—and, so far, only—foray into NaNoWriMo country, I’ve finally dared to read back the manuscript I wrote in November of 2007, and it wasn’t half as painful as I feared. In fact, I’m rather pleased with it, first draft though it is. It gave me some shivers, chills and actual emotional…

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Today I discovered that John Saul is a time-travelling, mind-reading plagiarist. Commuting to my new job by public transport would take me twice the time driving does. Unfortunately, I don’t have the company car anymore my previous employer gave me; my new employer offered me a car, but I was stupid enough to do the…

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lj-mood: proud Done! A little before 4pm this afternoon, I typed the last few words to bring my word count to 50,000. Another 20 minutes and I had the word count up to a number the NaNoWriMo web site interpreted as 50,070. (There’s a strange discrepancy between my own word count and that of the…

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lj-mood: thrilled Over the last couple of days, working on my NaNoWriMo project felt like work. So much like work, in fact, that I’m thousands of words behind on the easiest possible production schedule. So tonight, instead of pounding out more words that feel like work, I dug into my store of old, abandoned and…

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Is it morbid to call getting fired serendipitous? Last Friday, in the last of a series of discussions with my employer about my future with the company, we concluded that there is no such thing as my future with the company. Having worked for him as a product manager (for a failed product), a project…

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It is confusing how participating in NaNoWriMo can be so deceptively easy and so gut wrenchingly hard at the same time. I’ve worked out a schedule based on the actual hours I have available this month, and getting to 50,000 words by the end of November means I’ll have to pound out 600 words each…

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This November I’ll be trying to write an entire novel* in a month. Along with about 100,000 other writers and would-be writers, I’m participating in the NaNoWriMo this year. The National Novel Writing Month is a world-wide event created to stimulate writers by giving them a reason to do something very unreasonable: focus on word…

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