The Past Week via Twitter: 2011-11-27

  • @LANoWriMo #LaCanada Flintridge Books #NaNoWriMo write-in right now! I have to write 3000 words to stay on top of things today… #
  • @LANoWriMo I got almost 2100 words today at the #LaCanada Flintridge Books write-in! Just need 760 more to reach today's #NaNoWriMo par. #
  • @LANoWriMo we're almost an hour in here at the #LaCanada Flintridge Books #NaNoWriMo write-in. two hours to go! come write in with us. ^_^ #
  • actually NOT racing the clock tonight because–for once–I already wrote enough to meet today's #NaNoWriMo goal (35000 words). #writing #
  • @anjalibahl good band name. #
  • Gah! I'm suddenly behind 3 days! Stupid real life getting in the way of #writing Word count is currently 36000 & I need 40000. #NaNoWriMo #
  • that's more like it: #NaNoWriMo word count is up to a healthy 43014. less than 7000 words to the finish line. gotta keep #writing #
  • @Zekor I ended yesterday with 36274, today with 43000+ (we'll see, since the day's not over). #NaNoWriMo #
  • @Zekor 7000 words in a day is par for the course when I don't have to do other things that I don't want to do anyway. #NaNoWriMo #
  • woooooork. #ugh #
  • @wldwmn64 hi! #
  • Breaking Dawn; yes, I am. #Twilight is so #ridiculous .. >_> but Taylor Lautner is pretty to look at, so I can probably tolerate it. #

NaNoWriMo 2011

Yes, I am participating in National Novel Writing Month this year! In fact, I’ve had to rush around and do a lot of stuff in preparation so that I can focus on writing a novel in November. (It’s… about as crazy as it sounds, actually.) Find me on the NaNo website under the handle ladyamedeus.

AND, I’m hosting not one, not two, but seven write-ins this year! Here’s the info if you want to chill write with me on Sunday afternoons or Mondays at midday.

[La Canada] Flintridge Books
Location: Flintridge Books & Cafe @ 1010 Foothill Blvd. La Canada, CA 91011
Date(s): 3 Sundays (11/6, 11/20, 11/27; NOT on 11/13)
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm (venue closes at 7:00 pm)

ALSO:

[La Canada] Flintridge Books
Location: Flintridge Books & Cafe @ 1010 Foothill Blvd. La Canada, CA 91011
Date(s): Monday, 11/7
Time: 12:30 – 3:00 PM

ALSO:

[La Canada] Flintridge Books
Location: Flintridge Books & Cafe @ 1010 Foothill Blvd. La Canada, CA 91011
Date(s): 3 Mondays (11/14, 11/21, 11/28; see above for 11/7)
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Details/Info about my write-ins: A bookstore and coffeehouse in La Canada at the crossroads of Foothill Blvd. and Angeles Crest Highway. Free internet, a few power outlets (I will bring a strip, but you should, too, if you can), and some great mocha lattes, hot tea, and blended smoothie-type drinks. (Please buy something and support an independent bookstore!) Street parking on Chevy Chase Dr. (side street) and there’s a small lot behind the shop as well. Please do NOT park in the Hill Street Cafe parking lot. I will have a table tent and a Mac laptop with a NaNoWriMo sticker on it. More info about the venue: http://www.flintridgebooks.com/

I’ll also be attending several other write-ins hosted by several other WriMos, so check out the “Los Angeles Novel Writing Month” general calendar.

Good hunting, everyone!

NaNo ideas 2010, part 1

These are actually pen-and-paper RPG campaign ideas from EN World, but I think I could swing one of ’em if I wanted to.

1) A dark elf wizard or sorcerer hires one of the neutral aligned PCs to spy on the elves in the rest of the group for a substancial reward.

2) The clerics of a new church/cult that worships no gods develops strange powers that aren’t clerical (Psionic?) One of the PCs relatives or friends gets inducted and brainwashed into this group.

3) A child sees dark phantoms shimmering over those who use a certain scrying or fortune telling device (like a crystal ball or Ouija Board)…

4) A village known for its “pureblooded” people leave infants who are stillborn or have deformaties (sp?) to die at a sacred monolith within an old druid grove. Recently, some of these babies have had demonic attributes…

5) A temple to an ancient and forgotten diety is found in the mountains. In the inner sanctum. A long dead priest of such deity is found kneeling at the altar with a holy symbol clutched in his death grip…demons infest the rest of the temple.

and someone else said:

6) Females, be they humanoid or animal, have been disappearing across the countryside.

7) Half of everyone the character’s meet apparently love them on site, and the other half hate them.

8 ) A necromancer curses the region, and all who eat meat find it drains them of vitality instead of providing proper nutrition.

9) You are in the center of a dundgeon, and start to here skeletal scraping from all the side tunnels around you. You see the white-boned and white-fleshed visages of the recently beaten denizens round the corner…

10) A temple to a forgotten deity is in the mountains. A priest kneels in the inner sanctum, living but unmoving, and the place is haunted by ghosts. It constantly rains over this temple.

NaNoWriMo 2010

Holy shit, am I planning on participating in NaNoWriMo this year again?

Why yes, yes I am.

I’ve got a little under a month to come up with something worth writing about; I may write some short stories and poems and put them all together in there, too. I know it’s supposed to be “a novel” but honestly, I just want to have a good reason some motivation to write that many words (at least 50,000). Having people around who are also writing like crazy people helps, believe it or not.

The kick off is midnight on November 1st; let’s see what I can come up with before then, yes?

As I wrote last year:

Yes, it is indeedy that time of year again; a time when we all come together and…

WRITE OUR ASSES OFF FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH

…in an effort to get down on paper an entire novel (50,000 words or more).

It’s NaNoWriMo: November 1st-30th “thirty days and nights of literary abandon!”

Irregular Roundup #11

Yes, there’s more.

Glove passion, to help with my touching weirdness. I think satin, or I won’t be able to use the track pad on the computer.

Scottish stuff: King of Scots, Clan Duncan Genealogy Data, Duncan Genealogy Research Files, and the Duncan Surname Association.

Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of the Republic of Texas (I’m working on this currently). Where to write for vital records (Texas).

Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

(Direct link via YouTube.)

Mousapelli’s NaNoWriMo 2009 novel, Purely By Luck:
Part 1 ch. 1 | ch. 2 | interlude 1 | ch. 3 | interlude 2
Part 2: ch. 4 | ch. 5 | interlude 3 | ch. 6 | ch. 7 | interlude 4 | ch. 8 | interlude 5
Part 3: ch. 9 | interlude 6 | ch. 10
(behind a friends lock; ask to read)

The Acts of Gord: stories about a man who owned a video game store and what transpired there.

The Morphing Grid: the (unofficial?) Power Rangers wiki. Also, the history of the Power Rangers, by season. Yes, really. You’re welcome.

Points with Purpose: “A portrait is being created from 100,000 hand-drawn dots. Each dot represents a real person who has been raped or sexually abused.” Not sure how I feel about this, honestly.

Kinda want to see this: The New World. Somebody remind me to download it when I have space on my hard drive again, will you?

Also, this:

(If the video doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.)

After reading a review about the film subCITY: Out of Sight. Out of Mind, I want to watch it, but it keeps not being the top priority. (The film is about mental illness and homelessness, the former of which I have dealt with… the latter of which thankfully not.)

How to Write a Kick-ass Protagonist. Also, Finding the Time to Write and 11 Characteristics of Highly Influential Blog(ger)s.

Delicate Soles: roll-up-able slippers for when your feet have had enough of the torturous high heels. I kind of want a pair, though I know I’d just wear them and forgo the heels in the first place, since heels and me generally do not mix.

An addictive Solitare game called Tripeaks.

Now back to this paper about Ai.

Irregular Roundup #10

Masque of the Red Death: a comic.

In case you want to read about a manga before you actually buy it, check out MangaViews.com.

So, I listened to a couple of Tokio Hotel‘s songs and I LOVE. Please, there are twin brothers in the band, and that means… LOVE. ^__________^ They’re very pretty men >_> in German, no less.

And for once, I actually know the inside scoop about what really happened in this Greek fiasco because I was there. I lived it. The part at my school, anyway. Sigh. Crappy sorority drama. I miss Esther like nobody’s business. She always made everything better.

Here’s a pep talk in honor of NaNoWriMo from Neil Gaiman. Yes, the Neil Gaiman.

Possibly not-safe-for-work reimaginings of classic fairytales. (Let’s just say the ladies are wearing… very little in most of the drawings.) I like most of them, but I have to say, sometimes more clothing can be sexier than less. Just puttin’ that out there.

I officially call Munroe’s Law into place. Seriously. (Ten geek laws that don’t exist but should.)

Ever wondered what those “H rate” stamps in your drawer are worth? It’s no longer a mystery: a guide to non-denominated U.S. postage. (“H rate” stamps are worth one cent.)

The really big guide to secret menus, like In-N-Out and Starbucks.

This iconmaker, El Jay (L-J… get it? hahaha; it’s so funny to me) makes some good userpics/avatars/icons with one note of caution, though: you can only undo your very last action. After that, if you want to “undo” you have to start completely over. My userpic for this post was made with El Jay.

The most inarticulate generation ever.

Two links about learning German. Now if I’d only commit the time and make it a habit.

nirai kanai: on earth as it is in heaven; life, the universe, and everything… but it ends up being mostly anime and manga. who knew, right? ^_^ Google says the newly hosted site (referenced with a link in his latest post) is an attack/phishing site, but it isn’t. Perhaps I should email him and let him know he’s being shunned by the internets?

Finished Nano!

Well, well, well. Fancy meeting you here, doll.

*cough cough hack cough*

I mean, I finished NaNoWriMo—and with a few words to spare!

Final word count: 51,019
Times participating: 3 (2005, 2008, 2009)
Times won: 1 (2009)—third time’s the charm, apparently
This year’s title: A Great Actress or a Great King
The easiest scene to write: the Valentine’s Day rape talk between Bennett and me (don’t ask)
The most difficult scene to write: the stuff immediately after the thing that happened with Nathan
What I did while procrastinating: talked to friends online; anime; RL; sleep
Will I try again next year?: ask me again next year
Was it worth it?: the way I did it, yes

Excerpt:

I visited Bennett in late March for his birthday. His birthday was actually in early March, but I hadn’t been able to get away from school before the third week for a weekend in New York with him. I visited on the pretense of seeing my little brother, John, who was in New York City for a choir tour with the high school Concert Choir. I only did get to see Johnny once that weekend because of what I discovered in Bennett’s room. But, before that, I wanted Ben to know that I hadn’t forgotten his birthday.

“Happy birthday,” I said, handing him a small present shaped like a book.

“Thanks, doll,” he replied, ripping open the wrapping to reveal a science fiction novel set in the Star Wars universe. He was always reading them, so I figured I should get him the next one in the series. “Just what I always wanted.” He grinned and tossed the book on the bed beside me. Taking my face in his hands, he pulled me close and kissed me hungrily, making me aware of his immediate desires. He took one of my hands in his and pressed them both into his lap so I could feel his erection. I blushed under the kiss, but I wasn’t so shy as to pull away.

It wasn’t going to happen, unfortunately. Just at that moment, his younger brother, James, bounded into the room without knocking and said, “Bennett! There’s something on the computer I want you to see.”

He’d gotten me started, but I managed not to growl as he broke the kiss and bounced up after his brother, saying, “What? Is it about…” before the words were lost in the next room, and I was alone. I knew he’d be back and would make it up to me, but it was frustrating to be turned on like that and not have a… resolution, if you will.

Not that it happened often. He was usually more attentive.

I didn’t suspect anything until I found a photograph of him and another woman. Actually, it was a photograph of their hands intertwined with a poem she’d written in a frame stuffed under his desk, hidden from view. I read the poem—I don’t remember now what it said—and I knew.