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NaNoFiMo Redux

Well, squids and squidlets, it’s nearly November, and that means another Nanowrimo is upon us.

As y’all may recall from past years, I am a fan of Nanowrimo. There are plenty of people who will tell you that what it produces is a bunch of terrible dreadful awful manuscripts hacked together by non-writers who think that because they can type with two fingers, they can produce the Great American Novel, to which I say “Yeah, and how is that different from the OTHER eleven months of the year?”

Bad writing is with us always, we will not escape it in our lifetimes, we must learn not to fear it. Yes, much of Nanowrimo output is crap, but so is much of everything else, and some very good books are writ that might otherwise languish in somebody’s brain forever. So that’s a good thing.

I, however, am too damn busy to start another novel come November, particularly when I have some lovely manuscripts languishing on back burners (The thing with the moths…the evil Little House of the Prairie thing…the thing with the goblins…that Snow White thing…) and when I have books that people have already bought and paid for that they would probably like delivered by deadlines. So once again, this year I am doing NaNoFiMo…National Novel Finishing Month.

My two projects to finish are the Bread Wizard (which is close! So close! I can smell how close it is!) and the script for Dragonbreath 8, working title Dreambreath. If I can get those done, I’ll try to knock down some words on one of the other projects, but those are my two goals for the month. Since art for Fairybreath should be done next week, I will hopefully have at least a month clear for some serious writing. (And who knows, maybe even a little art…)

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


I have so many novels in my head, but I never write them down.
I really have to participate in NaNoWriMo next year.

Can't participate this year. Moving. I just won't have the time.

Still voting for Evil Little House!! <3

Good luck on NaNoFiMo!!! :D

-- A ^__^

Casting my vote for this, too! EEEEE!!

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More writing from Ursula!
Any time of the year!

That's a good goal - I think I'll be stealing it for myself!

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They just came back for eight, nine and ten, so...ten! (After that, I gotta do something else, and it would require very large dump trucks full of money, because the well is seriously gonna run dry...)

Casting a vote for Regency Ninja!


Dragonbreath eight? I thought it was a seven-book contract. If I was wrong, then ignore me. If I was not, then congratulations on the extension!

It was, and we went to ten, because...errr...nice round number, dump truck of money, pick your reason.

I celebrate things like NaNoWriMo.

I don't think that most of the 'novels' so written will be worth publishing -- far from it. But anything that gets people creating and realizing that they have imagination is a VERY good thing.

Best wishes in NaNoFinMo.

You're writing an Evil Little House on the Prairie? Really? Is this going to be like the Peter Pan deconstruction you just wrote?

Want. Now.

Read through her entire LJ and you find all sorts of wonderful frustrating snippets of fiction...

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I preferred Anakin Solo, despite the temptation of the dark side he didn't fall, had a hero's death and wasn't as whiny a bitch as his grandfather was at his age.

*breaks out her old cheerleader uniform*

Dragon-breath! Dragon-breath! Dragon-breath! I love WENDELL!!!

*shakes pompoms*

Ursula dear, do you _notice_ when you decide that your special treat for having worked hard and met your deadlines is to _work harder_?

There are only so many iterations of this gleeful process the flesh may be asked to sustain.


Today's hard work is next year's potential advance? Let's go with that. Otherwise I just sound crazy.