How’s my Nano? Well…

I’m at 17000-something right now, and that means that I have to write about 7000 words today to get caught up, and wow is that not happening.

I’m not working on only one story this time, and my original plan was to do a Sherlock (BBC) story, but the story that I had in mind is coming out as slow as molasses, and I’m currently hating it despite how amazing I know it would be (it’s been knocking about my head for a while now), so I’m working on something else right now.

I’ve moved on to Torchwood fanfiction. If you’re interested in the show, you’ll know that the end of season three is wrong in so many ways, and if you haven’t gotten there, then you’ll know that the end of season 2 is also horrible (and awesome, don’t forget awesome), and if you aren’t there yet, then you’ll know that the end of season 1 is horrible, but, like the end of season 2, awesome, especially if you watch Dr. Who, because then you’re also saying “OH MY GOD I SAW THAT EPISODE!”

Fun fact for you: When moving the copies of Doctor Who, to keep them from being stolen, they labeled them “Torchwood”, an anagram of Doctor Who.

Now I wait a moment as you spell out Torchwood out of Doctor Who, and Doctor Who out of Torchwood.

Go ahead, I did the same.

But, anyway, I’m doing a ‘Fix-It’ starting after season 3, and I have nearly 10,000 words of it written. When I post it, feel free to check it out (I’ll add two links at the end of this post)

How have I got 17-something k words if I only have about 10k of this story written. That’s me working on my HP fanfic, and my two other Sherlock stories, and adding in the 500-something words of my planned BBC Sherlock story, the one that’s hating on my brain.

Good Luck Fellow NaNo-ers, and for those following Lexy’s blog, know she’s working on extensions of the stories she’s posted on things like Red Writing Hood and Trifecta. HERE for a link to her story archives, maybe she’ll post her story somewhere (maybe on her blog?), I’ll bug her about it if you do 🙂

My Torchwood Fix-It story: And I Wake Up (Lexy, don’t read it before you see season 3.)

Insanity and Sanity; The Two faces of the Same Turtle.

Oops, of course I mean the two erasers for the same coin.

But every Interesting Conversation Happens from Bad Listening

Loin?

What? Sorry, I wasn’t paying affection.

You have butt affliction? And Paid force it?

Neverwind.

Right.

I mishear many things when having conversations, and more often than not it isn’t because I’m getting old and losing my hearing, even though I’m not even 20 yet.

Wind, Hats with flaps over the ears, cars, traffic, trees, distracting things, music, people, and mumbling are all old frenemies of mine. Friendly enemies.

Because of that group I have had many conversations that has lead to much laughter, and a bit of going off topic, but it has also made me seem insane on more than one occasion.

“Hey, did you want to go to the park later?”     A friendly question.

“What?”     Startlement. Shock. Experience that says that they should be repeating what they said before I call the cops.

“Um, Did You Want To Go To The Park Later?”   Unsure, and curious.

“Oh, sure! I thought you said something totally different! I thought you’d said ‘did you want to bury the body later?’ hah!”    Relief. Confusion that my friend is backing away slowly.

I eventually developed a way to distinguish what people are actually saying from the insanity that my mind replaces their words with, but I feel it also caused me to develop something often seen in cartoons.

You know, the little cartoon Angle and Demon that poofs onto the characters shoulders? One suggesting you do the Right Thing, and the other saying To Hell With It! HAVE FUN! BWAHAHAHA!

But I don’t get the hallucinations, don’t worry.

Instead I have a small division in my mind with my Insane Side and my Sane Side.

Insanity translates what she hears to something she finds more interesting, shouting out to my consciousness what is being said.

Sanity Listens, writes down what is said, and then says what was actually said.

My Insane side is hunched over and grinning madly, giggling occasionally as the rest of the world goes by and fiddling with its thumbs. Occasionally Thumb Fights break out. Insanity only occasionally pays attention to the world outside of my head since it finds it so boring, but makes an effort to make it a little less boring by giving translations to what other people are saying to me. Of course she does it out of the goodness of her heart. After all, her heart was drawn onto her shirt really well, and even Sanity mentioned that it was pretty good.

My Sane side sits off to the side reading a book and listening to the outside world, a notebook off to the side. She occasionally looks up at Insanity to check what she’s up to, and often times writes down what she’s muttering to herself and her thumbs, and sometimes what she’s doing. Sanity makes sure that when Insanity pays attention to the outside world, she doesn’t try to affect it. When she does, Sanity writes it down and tries to fix whatever she’s done.

Sanity likes Insanity because Insanity is interesting, and writes down what Insanity does to laugh over later, and oftentimes what is in that notebook ends up in dreams and in my imagination. Sanity, as funny as it sounds, is my inner-novel-writer, even if she is a bit obsessive compulsive.

Insanity only likes Sanity when Sanity is being interesting, or when she’s managed to yell out translations loud enough to confuse Sanity and make her say “Yep, that’s what I heard as well… CONFIRM BEFORE CALLING COPS!” Insanity guides my hand when I’m drawing, and gets distracted easily, so my picture of a cow quickly turns into something abstract and awesome in a way that a normal bovine creature cannot be unless it is a CREATURE. Because of this distraction though, she also regularly finds new and more interesting things to think about, and is the voice in my mind saying “Lets do something else now… We can finish this later, kay? Bwahahaha…”

I will likely draw these figures before long, and will post them here once I figure out how to use the scanner on my printer…

Until then, I kind of picture them like Waldo and Odlaw (Odlaw, for those of you who don’t know, is Waldo’s brother.)

See? Two sides of the same Turtle.

See?

Oftentimes, even after I’ve finished getting over the fact that the person I’m talking to has not, in fact, invited me over for a Nazi party (:O), or jokingly called my a nipple (:S), or even asked me if I wanted to bury the body later, my insane side will still be muttering about how I should be worried, because They only corrected themselves because my reaction said that I don’t like Nazis and I would be a joykill rather than a jewkill at the party, and they called me a nipple because they have a malformed nipple that looks like a person–perhaps even like me personally–and They figure they can tell me about the body later, after they’ve buried it in my back yard.

This sometimes leads to more miscommunication, as my actual consciousness is busy laughing over the ridiculousness of what Insanity is muttering, and Sanity is too busy writing down what is being said to pay attention. Sanity likes to analyze these things later.

All in all, it leads to some interesting conversations, and an interesting mental picture of what Sanity and CRAZY would look like, as well as a kind of inside joke with my sister and a few friends who I’ve mentioned my sane and insane sides to.

NaNoWriMo to the Extreme-Oh

This is a shout out to all NaNoWriMo participants! Regardless of where you are, this is a GO YOU! Kind of thing!

This is also to see how many People who Blog also NaNo!

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. This is a month-long event, whereupon you are challenged to site a novel in one month–more specifically, a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. In the states, I believe that the minimum number of pages that will be accepted as a novel, is about 25o pages in the book (picture a book right now. Do not picture 250 pages of word document pages, or whatever program you usually write on), which amounts to about 50,000 words.

Yeah, you who do not NaNo (yet!) look at that number and say “Um, NO.”

What you do not realize though, is that 50,000 words/30 days means about 1667 words/day…

That is a little more than 1 page of writing per day.

One girl last year finished in 5 days, since she challenged herself to write 10,000 words/day, but I wouldn’t hold up your writing style to her. At the TGIO (Thank God it’s Over) end of the month party, she read a part of what she wrote, and it was kind of crap. It was full of “And then she flew, and flew some more, and then she soared for a bit, and then dove down, down until the last moment, and then she pulled up and flew a bit more…”

Yeah, I wasn’t terribly impressed. In general, you DO want to write as much as you can, and then edit after November, but THIS particular writing style is the style of How-Can-I-Squish-In-More-Words?

Yeah, it’s impressive that she wrote a little more than 300,000 words in the month, but why would you want a free printing of something that you didn’t even bother going to a thesaurus for?

What? I didn’t mention that part yet?

Well yes, the goal for NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write that book that they’ve always thought about writing, but never had the time/encouragement to actually start, but the bonus for actually reaching the 50k mark is a free, book bound print of your book.

Free.

FREE.

Now that I’m a University student, I can appreciate that part of it a LOT more.

So even if you don’t think you’ll be able to write 50 Thousand words this coming November, sign up, it’s free, has events where you can meet people who also enjoy writing (People of Toronto, You will meet Earl, and will be able to write out How he will Die in your novel. He’s awesome and funny, and writing how he dies in your novel is one of the main jokes of Toronto’s Nano crowd.).

The all night write in, Write on a Subway, The numerous Cafe write ins, the Midway party, the TGIO party, yes, all of this you could go to.

More information can be found at their website, nanowrimo.org. Sign up, and join your home region to get info on where/wen all the events are.

What do you get when you shove 50+ writers into a cafe?

A number of people making jokes about how they should all go to a bar instead.

 

I wrote this because I realized that I had to add Ottawa as one of my regions… What a change up…

Also, if you Nano in Ottawa, add me as a friend! Doodled93 people! I’ve had to move from Toronto, and I know NO Nanoers here!