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The Cool Kids are Hanging Out

It’s Friday, and that means it’s post time! What better way to go into the weekend? None, I say.

On the writing front, I’m trying really hard to get a revision of my hopeful cyberpunk story done before I need to dive into my novel, and I’m not having the best of luck. I had a good run of a couple of days where my writing was just buzzing along, but I think I’ve lost steam. Nothing dramatic about it, I just need to pull myself back on track.

Actually, there is a bit of a reason. I’ve been a lot sleepier in the mornings because my wife and I have been getting up early to work out. I enjoy the workouts themselves (great chance to catch up on my reading) but the 5:30 AM wake-up calls are playing hell with my schedule. When I get back, if I don’t get right on the ball and make myself some coffee, I’ll just lay my head down for a little rest, and then wake up two and a half hours later unable to remember what day it is. So, good for the body, less so for the mind.

Are you on Google+ yet? You should be, and not just because it’s far less annoying than Facebook. The circles feature is nice and everything, but what I’m really, really getting into are the hangouts. I’m not sure who came up with the idea, but several writers that I follow have started doing hangout write-ins, and it’s probably the best idea anyone’s ever had.

Write-ins provide an awesome burst of productivity for me because, being around other writers, my professional pride tends to outweigh my laziness. At home, where there’s nobody but the dog around, that’s not quite the case, but it is more comfortable. So, being able to have a write-in and stay at home is the bee’s knees for reasons I shouldn’t have to explain. As long as you have a webcam, a microphone, and someone in your circles who’s interested, you can get the best of both worlds.

It’s even better when there’s some well-known writer in the mix. This week I’ve had write-ins with both Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary) and Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey). Wonderfully productive both times, and I’d recommend it to anybody.

Finally, today’s the ostensible deadline for my Fugitives beta readers. I’m going to be pretty busy this weekend, so in reality they have a few extra days, but I’m hoping to get some good feedback by Monday. So far two individuals including my wife have gotten some to me, and I know at least one other will get the book done. Check back here on Monday for a round-up of the critiques and a game plan from yours truly.

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Status Update Time

I just broke the 20K word barrier, and I’m rocketing onward toward the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. As far as the greater drafting project is concerned, this puts me at way less than 25%. I’m definitely in this for the long haul, and it’s starting to hit me exactly how long a haul it’s going to be.

Not that I’m getting discouraged. I’ve been having days of writing 3000 to 4000 words, and I definitely won’t need to keep this up until the end; even 2000 a day will have me finishing in less than ten weeks. And of course there’s a chance that I’ll just end up finishing the story without having met my word count target, which is fine. Great, even. I’d rather not over-write and have to cut a bunch of stuff later.

It’s actually occurring to me that I’m doing exactly that. I have long paragraphs of description because they’re so easy to write and I have no time for sentences that do more with less. That’s incredibly counter-productive as a NaNo-er and, furthermore, as a discovery writer. But this year more than any other, I have to keep consciously reminding myself, “Fix it in the rewrite.”

I’ve also been having a great time at the social events this year. Last night’s write-in at McMenamins was great fun, if noisy and crowded – something like 12 people showed up at one point or another. That’s about 10 more than I expected, and I was really pleased to see a few people that I hadn’t communicated with since the kickoff party. Definitely looking forward to the next write-in. It was going to be tomorrow, but I’m not going to make it for reasons that I’ll cover in the next post.

If you’re a Wrimo, now’s the time to write 100 more words! I know I’m going to. If you’re not, then rest easy knowing that the novels of the future are on their way.