I am Shame #NaNoWriMo

Good News! I wrote 800 words yesterday! Bad News. It was guidelines and procedures for work :/

Looks like I’m not going to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. I am shame. I am writing though. So I guess that was the point. So. YaY! I’ve had lots of ideas and started writing things… but my mind is jumping from topic to topic and I can’t concentrate. I’d like to say I could blame Desert Bus, but we all know that is not true. I did write a song. It’s more of a shanty so that was fun. Never written a song before. It was a thing I submitted for a contest. I did a design for a contest before, never submitted it though. I did send it to them in an email but that doesn’t really count. I had an idea for a Minecraft diary type thing which is not even close to an original idea.

Sorry. I gotta cut this thing short…. There’s a DANCE PARTY going on over at desertbus.org!


Desert Bus For Hope

Sorry I’ve been away for so long. I’ve spent almost all of my free time the past few days watching Desert Bus for Hope. This is a video game based charity where a comedy troupe known as Loading Ready Run play Penn & Teller’s Desert Bus, which is an unreleased Sega CD game where the player drives a bus from Tuscan Arizona across the desert to Las Vegas in real time at 45 miles per hour. Upon completion the driver scores a single point before turning around and returning to Tuscan. There is no purpose to the game.

What Desert Bus For Hope does is play this terrible game for as long as the donations role in. It can get very boring considering you are watching a person who is sitting in a chair staring at a seemingly endless uncurving (My browser is telling me that uncurving is not a word. But I disagree) road with absolutely no scenery with the exception of the occasional tumble weed so people or “The Crew” sing songs do dances and accept challenges to help pass the time and keep every one awake. Oh yeah… and auctions. They have auctions too because after all this is a charity event to raise money. All the money they raise goes to Child’s Play, a charity who “seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry and the power of play.” According to their website as of the writing of this post they have raised over Twenty Five million dollars a since they began in 2003.

So if you need me I’ll be on the other side of the internet watching these Canadian act silly for the children.

Writing is Hard.

I’ve spent some time trying to piece together some of the details of my story and it isn’t going so well. Everything feels forced and I don’t think it should be that way. I know writing isn’t easy but this is starting to feel like I’m trying to tell a story that just isn’t there. I think I may just stop with that story line and just start writing to see where that takes me. I’ve never really had much luck with the free write method in the past… but maybe I should give it more time and maybe something will start to make sense.

I’ve done the math and it doesn’t look good. If I want to reach my 50,000 word goal by the end of November then I’m going to have to type approximately 2,200 words a day, assuming I write every day. And looking at my calendar I already know that I won’t be able to do that, not for any substantial amount of time anyway. Writing is hard. OK, writing isn’t hard, writing WELL is hard. But I still haven’t given up completely. If I can knock out 5,000 words tomorrow during my freewriting session then there is still hope.

If my freewriting leads me down another dead end then I may just give up for this November.

Currently listening to Dark Side of the Moon.

You Say You Want A Revolution…

So November is “Write a novel month” or http://nanowrimo.org/. I’d stumbled across a blog post about it that simply said it doesn’t need to be good it just needs to be complete, work on making it good later. I spent the first three days trying to figure out what to write because I wanted to try to do this and I knew that I needed to get started if it had any hope of being successful. Last night I had a dream that made just enough sense to be a starting point for a story. I don’t know any of the details yet but I’ve got a start. I’ve written 300 words so far… Out of the 50,000 it needs to be a full length novel so I’ve got a ways to go. I’m hoping that once I figure out the story the words will flow more smoothly and I can make up some ground. We’ll see.