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November 17th, 2004
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Catching up, and a NaNoWriMo note
I'm over halfway done! So I would just like to take this opportunity to come up for air from this novel writing business and say it's been good getting back in touch with johnstanton again. Reading some of the stuff johnstanton is posting is getting me all nostalgic about Seattle. It's especially meaningful because, except for johnstanton, I've lost track of all my friends from back there in college.

Maybe johnstanton will have more luck getting in touch with them than I've had. I don't have the time for it. Did I mention the giant time suck that is the novel that I've been secretly posting up somewhere to the Web? ;)

In other news, I think the smartest decision I've made this month has been to entrust the story to an unreliable, unpolished, and not particularly introspective narrator. This way, I can point to the parts where I've deliberately written like crap for effect, and imply that all of the *other* crappy-looking writing surrounding it is entirely intentional, and it will be a very plausible suggestion because everyone who's likely to read my novel already knows how well I can write when I'm trying for it. Sneaky is I!

As an illustration of this, consider: As of my current stopping point, the story starts with a narrator unused to writing who is fumbling around for words; it ends with a narrator who's only barely on the legible side of incoherent. But at least it makes sense given the background and the narrative. (And it gets better in the middle, I promise!) It may not be the sort of stuff one would expect to see collected into manuscript form, but it's been a pretty interesting experiment so far.

Current Mood: devioussneaky

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 17th, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
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That second paragraph is about as subtle as a Pan Galatic Gargle Blaster.
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From:baxil
Date:November 17th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
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Was it the smiley?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 18th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
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The italics mostly. And, in conjunction with the first paragraph, the density of links to johnstanton. I didn't even notice the smiley until you mentioned it.

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I met a man who wasn't there."
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From:kaijugirl
Date:November 17th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
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That was the novel link? I thought that was the novel link. I have to like, go read that thing someday soon! o_o! I read it when you first posted the link and then I got busy and slacked off..

Myself I am kicking around 34,000 words and am going to write more today so.. yes there is much stuff to be done. I must get myself out of this rut of overwhelmedness due to other things going on.. my choir director is a meaniehead..

NaNoWriMo is a good place for crappy writing :D It's expected, cuz you can always go back and fix it later. I wish every month was November.. I have sooooo much fun and it's pure madness.
From:halyn
Date:November 17th, 2004 04:10 pm (UTC)
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*laughs and salutes Captain Subtle*
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