By she I obviously mean me, but you knew that already because you are intelligent. Unless you aren't, which in that case, I can't help you because I am also not the brightest.
Anyways, so I finished Nanowrimo! I technically finished early, winning on the 28th. I then finished the story on the 29th and then decided to take a few days off from computering in my house. I mean, I obviously still have to write while I am at work given that, it's literally what they pay me to do (still weird btw) but i have been reading and sleeping on the couch and watching TV like my true sloth form.
It always feels good to be done. However I wish after all of these years I would really learn how to plan an exciting ending because as of right now, they are all pretty anticlimactic. Luckily no one has to read them (except me and only if I feel ike torturing myself).
I can edit, but who knows if I will. I mean, I know, and I probably won't. I will say I will, but chances are I won't. I should though. Maybe this year I will, who knows. I mean, it will depend on the quality of my internet connection over the coming months. That's a big factor.
Anyways, now that I am back you can look forward to more stupid content like you have come to excpect. Let's start it off right away shall we?
Classic Fancy Sweatpants game time!
PICK ONE FOR ADVICE AND INSIGHT:
Chocolate Sculpture Of Anne Hathaway
Buy yourself a blanket that is really fuzzy and keep it on the corner of your couch. Also, when a man with dark hair asks for directions, don't trust him, he once promised to buy someone a puppy and then didn't.
Cheese Diorama of Stars Hallow
Someone you know doesn't like chips even though they said they did. They are lying to you. Also you should buy rain boots. You deserve it.
Syrup Painting of the scene in lion king where scar is holding mufasa over the edge
Learn how to make a really good casserole, but never tell anyone the recipe. Also watch out for people who drive red smart cars. They secretly hate the environment and will totally blame it's downfall on you even though they secretly have been dumping hazardous waste into the lake near your house.
I thought I would update you all on my Nanowrimo progress so you don't think I died. Don't worry, I can't die. I am mostly inhuman as is it - like a solid 85% machine (i wish this were true).
Anyways, I passed the half way point of Nano last night, and will continue on that train any minute now once I get my shit together and stop watching YouTube videos that will 100% be there after I finish this book.
Halfway for those who don't know is 25,000 words in the month of November as the goal is 50,000 words. So far, my story has gone a weird way I wasn't expecting with a new character coming in and winning me over and then some other stuff happening. I don't really know how to get where I want to go, but I am working on it. Luckily, first drafts don't matter.
So what else has happened since I last was around? America did something stupid, letting the rest of us down, and also I did laundry. The two are very different in scale but somehow are the only things I can think of right now.
Oh! I also went to a Pet Expo. Let me tell you, if it wasn't clear that I was a crazy dog lady before that day, it is definitely clear to all of the city now. Big dogs, small dogs, squishy faces, pointy faces, fluffy, curly, wire hair, no hair, ugly, cute, old and young I literally love them all more than anything. Like, you can get rid of just about anything I own, and if I am holding a puppy I probably will not notice. I mean, unless it's any of my Harry Potter stuff then you better give it back or I will form a puppy army and get you. I think Crystal became aware of my true dog obsession as every single dog we passed I was required by law (Tanya law) to pet. Luckily she gets it, as she also loves dogs and also cats. We make for quite the pair of animal obsessed weirdos.
Anyways, I need to go write. Wish me luck!
24,907 remaining words to win.
When I need to do something that is for my own good, I tend to just... not.
We were hosting a Halloween gathering of sorts, and instead of figuring out a costume, I thought of EVERY costume I could do if I had enough time and instead ignored this years plans. Luckily for me, my last minute costume worked out. I found a captains hat and my ghetto homemade captain's cardigan allowed my to become the Undead Captain of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Yes, like the Gordon Lightfoot song.
Why? Because Dave insisted on being the Edmund Fitzgerald and I needed a costume. The options were, be a captain which is fine and can do fun things with that, or Dave's suggestion: Be a Shoal. AKA the rocks on the bottom of the ocean they suspect caused the Edmund Fitzgerald to sink. I went with captain.
Crystal helped me craft a boat, and watched me put on my new and improved eyebrows for like.. twenty minutes. I enjoyed having enormous eyebrows. I think I might just do it for fun now. Hello next family pictures look!
Now, as for my last few days where have I been? Attempting to write and then distracting myself with absolutely nothing. Like, I have found myself staring at dead bug smudges on the wall instead of writing. Oh Nanowrimo, every year I think I will go into and be super awesome at it, and yet every year it reminds me that my brain is a weird place.
I am only on chapter 2 and my plan is already completely off track. I have no idea what's going to happen now. I am a little afraid. It got weird. But I think it will be... fine. I mean that's why you never publish the first draft. I like one of my characters little quirks though. He likes to call the main character a different type of cheese every time he addresses her. I am running out of cheese types though.
I need to get back to writing, but I hope you all are well. Stick with me and hopefully I will get back on track updates wise!
When you reach the half way point,
In any endeavour you take,
You should look back at what you've done,
Be proud for goodness sake!
For a crazy, effort filled adventure awaits,
Even more than what has passed.
But you'll make it through and back again,
And reach all your goals at last.
Happy Half Way Point fellow Wrimos!
Good luck on the rest of the month!
I am getting surprisingly close to 20,000 words and I thought I would take a quick little break to update you on my progress. So far, my plot resembles about 2% of the original intention. And those 2% are the names I had picked. So really plot wise nothing stayed.
So far the story is a little slow I guess but I don't know how to write character development so give me a break. Also, you won't ever read this draft so it doesn't really matter now does it.
I love Nano. Such a weird time where you can hate it so much when you fall behind and love it so much when you get ahead.
You can love your story because you are thinking "hey, I am writing this without a plan because my brain decided to completely ignore every plot twist I had developed, and also hate your story because it ignores all the hard work planning you did and it probably sucks because you are simply writing as fast as possible.
You can change characters so they probably aren't recognizable to the plan or even the beginning of the novel, but that's what editing is for right? I mean I wouldn't know, I can never make it through the first reread before I give up but maybe one day.
I mean, if I don't edit my novel how will you ever understand the context of this:
“Hettie he is actually really cool, he can name every left handed celebrity!”
And we all know that will drive you crazy until you have the book in your hand.
Well I better get back to work. 500 more words to get to 20k. Also, Shield is on tonight and I am excited to stay up way too late to wait impatiently to watch it once it goes online. Otherwise I can't use social media until I watch it and we all know I can't ignore those, I have so much work to do which means I have even more need for procrastination than usual.
Trying to explain Nanowrimo to people is like trying to explain cell phones to someone from the 1800s.
I tried to explain Nanowrimo to someone today and it went poorly. I am only good with words when they come from fictional characters please don't force me to interact with humans and make conversations. I do not know how to do that and sound intelligent.
Anyway, I still have to finish my word count for today because I stalled when I got home. This heat pack on my neck is making my so sweaty and sleepy though it is very hard to focus. I need to get a masseuse to just hang around my house and give me massages before I go to sleep. I need to win the lottery. Then I can pay someone to explain things for me. That would be ideal. Maybe I can find a masseuse who will also explain things. A 2 for 1 deal.
I am wasting time and words on this right now. BACK TO WORK.
I think Nano has just gotten harder every year.
Or maybe its just the start that feels this hard every time I just don't remember. Maybe its like what people say about childbirth. It is so painful when its happening but then after the fact you are left with this thing you created and your hormones trick you into thinking it wasn't so bad so that you will do it again.
You want a sneak peak of something that I actually just wrote in my Nano Novel?
“I feel like I just walked into someone’s uterus.” Charlie shuddered.
“Those better be some damn good waffles.”
Tanya's Nano Novel 2015
That's the stuff the next international best seller is made of people.
If anyone is looking for a Nano Buddy feel free to tap me in. I am obviously a Pro. tanya.lynn26
How to make writer friends: Engage in writer things.
Step one, find interesting people on the internet and try to participate in the fun things they suggest.
I just found a nice WriMo who is trying to connect with other blogger type novellers so I thought I would try to participate!
She is doing a thing that is called #NaNoMeet to try to -you guessed it - meet people who are doing Nano.
So here is the things she wants to know:
Name (or pen name): My name is Tanya. I don't have a pen name but if I did it would be something neat like... Kyle. I think that would suit me fine but let's not start that now it will be confusing for everyone involved.
NaNo Book Title. I am not 100% set on my title right now, but its so far labelled as: 225 Hours 37 Minutes.
One Sentence Summary (or more if you're feeling over-zealous). When Hettie gets her dream job across the country, her best friend Charlie takes it upon herself to get her there on time. What Hettie doesn't know, is that Charlie has plans of her own to finally accomplish her goals and try to get a prestigious internship at a television network. Trying to keep the focus on Hettie and to spend as much time together as possible, Charlie tries to keep her interview secret but the consistent delays and unplanned stops create pressure when they get too close to the date.
NaNo Goals. I just want to write a simple story about character development. This is my fifth year doing Nano and usually my stories are plot driven. Something big happens and they work to fix that thing. This is going to be my Indie movie of novels. Small, quiet, character driven. Does that make sense? It might end up super boring but character development is an important thing I think so I may as well try it now!
Fun Facts About You. I can sing all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody at any moment. I also am mostly a robot. I make the most architecturally impossible ice cream cones that are polarizing opinion wise. you either find it disgusting, or impressive. There is no in between.
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Go see the original post made by Emily Layne if you are a fellow Nano participant and are looking to make some novelling buddies. We all need motivation right? It isn't just me procrastinating horribly?
NaNo is here,
Nothing to fear,
Writers can cheer.
Except for me,
Nervous is she,
Crazy set free.
I am having a bit of trouble thinking up a main plot for my nano book this year. Well I guess I kind of have it, its a road trip based on following your goals or dreams or whatever sappy thing I decided on because I can't handle any more stress in my life right now. But I need little mini plots to make the book actually move forward.
To help myself get some plotting ideas I have decided to use a Mad Libs generator.
This is part of what came out of that:
To take a drink of Whiskey from the ground, the Giraffe has to spread its Butts far apart in order to lean down and drink it up with its enormous Eye.
Clearly that isn't going to help.
Instead I will make a Mad Lib and you will give me the answers. That sounds like it will benefit me more that the original plan.
Here we go.
Charlie and Hettie had been #1 for #2 hours before taking a bathroom break. Charlie was near #3 when they finally found a store. The clerk at the store said that the washroom was for customers only. Grabbing for whatever was in reach, Charlie ended up picking up a #4 #5 and #6 it on the #7. Realizing how #8 that looked to the clerk, she tried to #9 but ended up looking more #10 than ever. Hottie started to #11 at her as Charlie #12 her money at the clerk before grabbing the #13 to the washroom and #14 #15 to the washroom.
Leave a comment with your answer to help me get some ideas for things to happen!