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October 30th, 2004
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Looking for peer pressure
Alright. I'm taking the plunge. I'm finding it hard to get much enthusiasm worked up in advance, but I had a lot on my mind last year, too, and things turned out alright.

This year, I'm going to participate in NaNoWriMo. The proper way. No "BaMoJoEnt"s or "BaMoTTuSto"s. (Although BaMoTTuSto was a great deal of fun in retrospect, I think I'm actually going to save effort writing a longer novel.)

So. 50,000 words, or at least a good ol' college try.

Who else is with me on this?

I don't necessarily mean just fellow participants. I'm looking for creative and positive peer pressure to help keep me on track. ;) For instance, kadyg and roaminrob have already proposed weekend "write-ins," getting together for mutual creative endeavours. But of course having fellow NaNoWriMoers to swap word counts and deus ex machinae and tales of sleep deprivation with will help greatly.

(I'm "baxil" on NaNoWriMo.com. I'll post word counts there. Depending on how happy I am with the story, I also may or may not post it as I write -- but chances are good I'll make it available at some point.)

n.b.: Before I forget, on a completely random note, I'm still half-looking for a Gmail invite code *bats eyes*. ... Taken care of! Thank you all.

Current Mood: awakeMore awake than expected
Current Music: Indigo Girls, "It's Alright"

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From:elynne
Date:October 30th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
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Hmmm... I'm even more tempted, now. Count me (tentatively) in! ;)
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From:baxil
Date:October 30th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
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Yay!

Truth be told, you're one of my NaNo inspirations. You know, one of the last three novels I've read was your NaNoWriMo piece. Which on the one hand is a pretty sad indictment of my reading habits; and on the other hand is uplifting because I liked reading your work, and it touched me, and it stuck with me, and it's given me some hope that maybe this can turn out something of value aside from just proving to myself it's possible.

And now ... I go home so I can get to bed! ;)
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From:copperwolf
Date:October 30th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)

Gmail invite

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Sent to baxil@tomorrowlands.
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From:copperwolf
Date:October 30th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)

Re: Gmail invite

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Err... which bounced. Where to, please?
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From:balinares
Date:October 30th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
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I'm in on NaNoWriMo as well. It is going to be harder than I had planned, due to (*hopefully*!) moving and starting a new job, but heck, it's not like it's ever going to be easy, is it?

I didn't really plan on hanging out on NaNoWriMo.com, however. Does it really make a difference, in terms of pressure/productivity?

Also, if you (or one of your readers :)) still need a GMail invite, please send your name and email address to balinares [at] gmail.com.
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From:baxil
Date:October 30th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Re hanging out on NaNoWriMo.com -- I imagine the forums are a nice place to hang with other equally crazy writers. Personally, the main use I'm going to get out of the site is that it'll provide a nice, centralized place to check in with daily word counts (and see how you're doing relative to everyone else). So in that sense, yes, it'll be useful.
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From:kaijugirl
Date:October 30th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
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Count me in, definately. ^_^ I'd love to be a peer pressure! It would be good for me, too, since you're the creator of TTU and I'm setting my story there this year.. I probably already have bunches of questions I haven't thought about yet. o_o!
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From:hafoc
Date:October 30th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
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I don't think I could write a novel in a month. And it's hard for me to urge you to do something I'm not willing to do myself.

However, I will probably FINISH a novel in November. Hilltown has two more chapters to write. I'll have to send you a copy of it (assuming you haven't been following it in LiveJournal entries.)

By the way, I'm planning to be at FC. Odds are I'll be available to help you on the newsletter if you can put up with me.
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From:baxil
Date:October 31st, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
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In order: A finished, polished novel, no, but this is a speed exercise and a morale builder (check the site FAQ); awesome, I'll look forward to reading it all in a piece (I haven't been tracking LJ very rigorously lately); excellent, and yes, I'd love to have your help, and I should be a little more organized this year, especially since both of us know a little bit better what we'll be doing.

Thanks!
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From:polyrhythm
Date:October 30th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)

Yes

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I'm foolhardy enough to try again. Possibly break my pathetic 8,000 word mark from last year. Slapping novel excerpts up on my journal would probably be a good way to at least be posting something, even if it is hideously lengthy, boring, unedited trash.

I had this vague notion for the longest time of really going gung-ho and totally completing all work I could possibly do before November to smooth the waters out a little, but that has yet to occur. And I had done that last year and still only got to 8k with probably 50% less of a workload than I do now, so I don't know what the hell is going on in my head to still be giving this idea any serious thought.

No characters/plot planned out, either. It's going to be fun.
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From:baxil
Date:October 31st, 2004 02:46 am (UTC)

Re: Yes

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That's the spirit!
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From:kistaro
Date:October 30th, 2004 08:53 am (UTC)

GMail

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I'd have a better shot at writing 50,000 words of C++ in a month.

Anyway, I've got six G-mail invites.

*click* Five. Check your e-mail!
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From:kistaro
Date:October 30th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)

Re: GMail

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*click*

*click*

*klikaklikaklikaklikaklikaklika*

...

Anyway, for some reason, GMail seems to be ignoring my clicking the "Invite N Friends To Gmail" (for N currently equals 6) link. I'm trying to get that thing off to you, but it's not working.
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From:necama
Date:October 30th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Invite for gmail is away.
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From:zastrick
Date:October 30th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning on participating, though I don't know how far I'll get. I'm a procrastinator so it'll be interesting to see if I can at least get near the word count they want.

I have a story that I've been wanting to write but haven't gotten around to doing it. Hopefully that will give me at least somewhat of an advantage.
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From:baxil
Date:October 31st, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
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From what I've seen of NaNoWriMo over the last few years, using the month to develop a story you had high hopes for is generally not a good idea. ;) But good to have you on board! Good luck!
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