General Updatery

After spending most of last week feeling generally weak and run-down, as though I was fighting something off, I finally, officially, Came Down With Something TM late in the day Saturday. Felt like crap all day yesterday, and still don’t feel 100% today. Bleah.

Summat for the Geeks: A photocopy of a page from a 1988 issue of “The Grammarian”, the school paper of Paisley Grammar School, the alma mater of David Tennant (born David MacDonald). Alongside a picture of the young Mr. MacDonald, the profile speaks of his dream role — playing the Doctor. Check it out.

I read the first book in a new YA science-fantasy series last week. Philip Reeve (author of the non-YA Hungry City Chronicles, which I now must track down) has written a steampunk tale called Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space, and it’s brilliant. Aetherships travelling the solar system, visits to Mars and the Jovian systems, Space Pirates, Giant Spiders, Automatons, and more. Reeve knows he’s writing for adults as well as kids — there are in-jokes aplenty (for example, the recounting of the colonization of Mars is a word-for-word rip of the opening of “War of the Worlds”, but with us invading them….and there’s a Martian serving girl named….wait for it…..ULLAH.) The second book in the series (Starcross: A Stirring Adventure of Spies, Time Travel and Curious Hats) has just been released in hardcover — I’ll be waiting for the paperback, but I’ll definitely pick it up.

Anybody thinking of doing NaNoWriMo this November? With the disintegration of my writing group (and the resultant lack of deadlines), I’ve been considering using it as an artificial deadline generator to get me off my ass and back on track. I read Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! over the weekend, and it had some interesting things to suggest about the NaNoWriMo experiment, notably that the “go-go-go” rush to complete 50K in 30 days has the benefit of turning off one’s Internal Editor — which is absolutely one of my worst problems. So, I’m thinking of giving it a shot. Not that I’ll be doing a 50K word “novel” — but that I’ll plan on producing 50K towards a longer work. I’ll most likely post word count progress during the month of November, but no details — maybe at the end of the month, I’ll share what I’ve got down with anybody else who participated as well. Any takers?

8 Replies to “General Updatery”

  1. Sorry you’re not feeling well, amigo.

    The Hungry City Chronicles are excellent. We publish them, and I can look for copies if you like–we usually have a few floating around somewhere.

    I am half-considering NaNoWriMo. It depends upon whether other projects solidify in time to require my attention that month.

  2. I’ve been doing NaNo every year for the past three years, and this year I’ll finish it! I’m not sure the go-go-go rush has the benefit of turning off your Editor. I thrive under tight deadlines, but have yet to finish a novel. I think what it does, it gives a good excuse to turn off your editor, and it seems like a good exercise to learn to do that better. Every year, so far, my editor has popped up at some point and told me to stop. This year, better character planning and a story that I don’t care about will hopefully do it (not to mention tools I’ve learned to recognize and remove internal censors).

    But then, I haven’t read his book, and he might have better tips and tricks for shutting the editor down.

    They have word count tools on their website. Last year, I used one of their tools to make a little box that tracked my progress on my website, so I’ll probably reactivate that this year.

  3. Get well soon.

    I might well join you for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m going to see if I can finish my existing novel off first; if so, a 50K start on a new one would be grand.

  4. I’m down for a NaNoWriMo gig, though I don’t actually know you (we know people in common).

    I had to bail after day 10 of last year, despite getting a robust 28K words done, when real life intervened. This year, I’m either going to jump back onto that novel (which will actually be around 100,000K when complete), or I’ll write an actual novella towards the target length.

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