NaNoWriMo 2014 – WINNER! Project : Get It Done… almost complete!


52190 into 3 different zero drafts. These aren’t even first drafts, as I’m still world building as I’m writing.

Project : Spooky, which started 5 years ago. Project : Hero, the unfinished failed 2012 NaNo got its finish. And the newest idea Project : Witchy.

Spooky has a working title, to be revealed if you follow these feeds. And I’m going to rewrite and plan it out, to get it over 50k, for novella size. One Eyed Press is looking for horror submissions, and shorter length novellas. Would be very nice to get paid for the time on this, little quirky idea of ‘Hey, I don’t write horror, this would be a really good challenge’. And some readings, people got genuinely creeped out. So…. I guess it’s working somehow…?

Hero needs the big messy middle done up, as I skipped over Act 4, the big finish is done and I can work backwards now, as one of the three main plotlines is a murder mystery. I’ll be cleaning up all the King City stories on here, and rebuilding the website, in the new year.

And finally Witchy, which came from inspiration of Las Vegas, and all the statues of the gods at Caesars Palace. The story now needs more erotic supernatural scenes, more glitter, more gods, more demi-gods and forces of nature, and more smooching and romanticy angst… and of course, since it is unfinished, Witchy has to get finished. Finish the zero draft, which is over 30k in words that I started around Nov 12th or so. (I’d appreciate a poke from regular readers to see how the status of this is coming along.)

So much for the plan to do the reverse NaNo writing schedule. (http://crazedmom.com/reverse-nanowrimo/) Basically day 1 is the biggest writing day out of all the days, and on the last day you write two words. The End. As there are times, when I could not write every day, and had obligations, there are days that I needed to get away from the keyboard and not think at all about the writing. The rest from the creative. But that article and general philosophy did help, trying to push above that 1667 daily count every time I sat down to dedicate time to write. Every time it was “Write some more. Can’t write on that one draft, skip to another draft, do more on another story. Don’t stop until you can’t write anymore.”

This year seemed a lot easier overall, but getting past that 35k hurdle was the biggest jump. Even harder to get to that point, than the last 15k.

I didn’t think I was going to finish this year.

Even with 3 different distractive drafts to work on.

But.

Throw the characters into peril, and they shine. I found myself stuck once I started removing peril, and allowing them to easily find their way out of situations. If the characters are having picnics and happy shiny times, the reader, and myself as the conduit of these characters, get bored.

But.

Throw a looming deadline and once again, the words begin to flow smoother at the last minute.

It’s not great writing, it’s fluff, it’s crap. It’s junk food entertainment, not deep literature.

But.

It’s better than the writing I didn’t do last year.

#AmWriting

Pearce

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Day 3 – 2012


Combination of Downward Dog, sinus infection, and partially digested ramen noodle in chicken broth makes for an interesting burp.

Hi. I’m Pearce Kilgour. Geek, Slim Yogi, Dad, Writer, Participant in the last Great Quaffing, owner and proprietor of the General Office of Consciousness. This is my blog, and from the links above, you can find some of my other ramblings, stories, and soon to come, audio recordings thereof.

I’m easing into daily yoga. Just working with some of the poses as they come to me. Warrior, up cobra, downward dog, low plank, half moon, light stretches, an inverted pigeon pose which really seems to relax my hamstrings. Also just stretching out on the floor, and really giving my lower back a chance to relax seems to help. I do yoga today, so I can do yoga tomorrow. I’m looking forward to starting the 30 Classes in 30 Days challenge at Hot Yoga on 20th.

The sinus infection probably comes from the colder weather last week and foolishly I did not cover my forehead or wear my scarf to keep my nose warm. Now, it’s time again for another form of yoga – Neti Pot.  I’ve got my hands on some really good sea salt, no additives, no iodine, no caking agents. Just straight salt. From various sources on the net, it seems that the best combination, depending on the pH of the water, is 1 part Sea Salt to 1 part Baking Soda. I went with half part baking soda, and I can’t tell the difference between the Neti pot ‘buy our brand’ and the combination that I made. (Besides the monetary difference.) For those of you who ever had sinus problems and wanted to get a cranial plumber to just ‘get in there and drill the pressure out’, I do recommend getting over squeamish feelings and try it out. I hated it the first week I did it. But my previous sinus infections have been quite shorter and symptoms have been reduced without the help of over the counter drugs. More info on Nasal Irrigation here! And it is a form of yoga, Jali Neti. That’s right, from a country that has so many people and allergens in the air, it’s no wonder they came up with a method to clean the inside of your nose. What next? A method to clean the inside of your mouth, or teeth? CRAZY!

Also came to the realization that the purer the substance, the harder it is to get hands on it. With every step on the way that adds something to it, also pays that step along the way. The small exploitation of  labour at every transaction, cut the pureness out, and take some on the way. In the end, isn’t the cheapest thing the one with the most filler?

Also back onto the vitamin regimen after the usual New Years feasting has been completed. The usual Christmas Taco, Bacon wrapped Jalapeno’s, Prime Rib (twice), Yorkshire Pudding (once, unfortunately) and Tortierre was distributed across many days. Feeling a little ick across the chest, cholesterol is probably to blame on this again, so time to hit the leafy greens and vitamins. I’ve also been drinking ginger juice, made by a local, and increasing my water intake. As well as consuming green tea whenever I can. And it popped into my head today, Holy Basil. I can’t remember which podcast I was listening to, but I seemed to recall one of the guests was explaining when they take Holy Basil extracts, their synchronicity seems to occur hardcore. The main effect is less stress, so this is something I’m going to try out as well. If I can flow more with my surroundings, the less stress I will have overall. Trust me, I won’t be going completely all leafy greens, if I don’t get my meaty proteins in, I get grumpy.

Took some time to go over some business plans, adding more ideas and sources that I have to research out. Compiling this information will take some time, but once it is together, I will know it inside and out. Just a matter of getting it done.

Also took some time to go over my NaNoWriMo effort, still sitting at 22k, and I know it’s well past the November 30th deadline, but I will finish the stories off. It isn’t good enough for print material, maybe e-book, but it is still a first draft, and I know I can do better. Although, I don’t think the ending has ever been done in major comic book history. Must visit the library. Weekly.

This is not a new years resolution promise, this is me drawing a mark on the trail. Blazing that path. How else can I see where I came from?

That, and I got my 750 words for today done. How you like me now?!

I’m still here,
Pearce

It’s coming…


Writing this week. Around 800 words. This entire week.

This includes short story submission to Shotgun Honey. Makes me realize how many bad habits I’ve fallen into since last November…  Then I realize, NaNoWriMo is in 26 days.

I’m going to have to go back over the trainwrecks of 2009 and 2010, read them over. This year is the last of the fantasy trilogy. (Idea : Orphaned girl can control forged metal.) I have to reaquaint myself with the characters. I have to do a list of all the plot points I want to cover. Of previous years work, this year might be the most difficult. First year, I could make stuff up and world build the first book, make things up as I went. The second I could introduce more characters and sub-plots, fill those word counts up with fantastic side descriptions and their actions. Ripoff more angst and drama than all soap opera history. The third… this year? I have to wrap it up. I could make this book 3 of 5. But without a finish on the story, it doesn’t get edited. It doesn’t get completed. I can’t do a second draft if I don’t have that ending. I cannot go back and say, ‘Okay that was a big organic mess, let’s strip this down to the core elements, tighten up number of characters, justify the drama and intrigue and begin draft 2 now that I know the characters and world.’

I could do 30 short stories for November. One per day. Yikes! Tempting, but that is a realistic weekly writing goal. 1 story per week. 52 stories. Flash Fiction.  Musings. Rants. (Gods help me, poetry?) Double or triple up some weeks as I know there will be some weeks when I will not be able to do any writing at all. Then post these up.  As any person who wants their creative work exposed to the world for feedback needs;  put it out for the world to read. (Thanks Leo)

So what is NaNoWriMo? In a nutshell, you write 1667 words per day. Everyday in November. It doesn’t have to be good. It doesn’t have to be well thought out. It doesn’t have to be truly creative or new. It just has to be 50’000 words by November 30th midnight.

This is just an exercise to get rid of the crap writing. It is a challenge that anyone who wants to write for a living or pursuing the passion must try. To find the daily habit and keep going. To find elegance and style within the upcoming 10’000 hours or 1 million words, whatever it takes before you become Good at it.

Work the craft by working on the craft.

Get that daily journal and writing in over at 750words.com or 3 pages of handwritten daily journaling in first, then start on the 1667 per day.  Note to self:  Rewrite my NaNo oath, revise and update it.

In order to do this, I am going to drop all the indecisiveness and just write.

Don’t hesitate, just write.

Anything else is just good intentions. And that doesn’t get the story written.

I’m still here,
Pearce

(Word count for week including this sentence, 1300.)

The NaNoWriMo Oath


I will get at least 6 hours of sleep per night. (I will not join the raid/storming castle, or fire up the console. I won’t go to the midnight show. I will take sufficient rest so my brain is well tuned to write and create worlds. I will combat my own insomnia in my own way and not use it for an excuse to keep writing.)

I will enjoy the work. (Whether it takes an hour, two hours, three, per day to get my word count, I will enjoy it. I will embrace the stress, and LAUGH!)

I will only write down what is pertinent to my novel. (If I absolutely must get that brilliant idea down, I will put it in a small text file and not look at it until December. December. December, December, December. Not anytime sooner than December. See my point? I will not incorporate into current work. Go back to it in December. Unless it’s really cool and I can work it in. Plausibly work it in.)

I will eat food. (Also, I will take regular breaks away from the keyboard to stretch and tend to those who are in my life. Some of you may know that children and spouses who cannot fend for themselves are still important to have in your lives. It’s better to have them happy in your life, than cranky and starving. As well, getting blood clots in my legs causing massive brain hemmoraging strokes because I haven’t moved in 6 hours is a terribly embarrasing way to die. I’ve heard this ‘excercise’ thing is good for promoting blood circulation and clearing the fog from the brain.)

I won’t panic. (Well, only if there is blood or fire. And even then, if I do, it won’t help. It really doesn’t. If you are too busy panicing, you aren’t writing.)

I will get my daily word count. (Barring that, I will make plans on when I will get caught up and stick to those plans. If I must take weekends off, I will make my word count of 2500 per day. And it’s really easy to take one day off, it’s harder to write more when you are already tired with a larger word count to make up for.)

I will keep the suck in my writing and not edit it out. (I will also keep the good, the bad, the ugly, the mundane, the plotholes. This is not a publishable work, and if it is, you should be writing as full time employment. Even so, you’ll have time to do a decent first draft. I however, shall make this my ZERO draft, a very large story bible/universe to draw upon. Operation : Torture characters for drama underway. If they don’t make it, then I know my characters strengths and weaknesses.)

I will learn from my mistakes and not become discouraged. There is life before and after NaNoWriMo. (Even if I don’t make my 50k, I will gain perspective and keep writing, I will not let this challenge stop me from sharing my stories with others. Shorter stories probably.)

I will not blog/edit other stories/brainstorm new stories. (Um, okay, maybe just this once, but my word count is up to Saturday!)

I’m still here,
Pearce

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NaNoWriMo 2010 or Why You Won’t See Any New Blog Updates Till December


I’ve got several options for this years NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month… but it’s international. Don’t ask me, I’m not in charge of these things!) Onto the options!

Horror. A new genre for me to write for, and from previous posts, I do have a good one that I can use. It’s a real different step away from my usual writing. But according to my kid, the stuff I have written for it so far is really good and creepy. Haven’t been able to nail down a decent outline or even an organic flow for the idea. Like a really good chili, this one may take quite a while to do.

Something completely different. Tales of King City, as a series of ‘comic book’ issues. I could come up with 3 different stories and then the 4th tying all the previous 3. The plot outline and story base would be very cliffhanger, and suitable for the pace of NaNoWrimo writing style. (Resources needed, big whiteboard, and a backup truckload of sanity… maybe next year or year after.)

Daikaiju. Loosely translated, Giant Monster. This one I will have to visit later, have to talk to a couple of biologists and physicists first. But it’s too good of a concept for me to not write. Plus there is only a niche reading audience, as there hasn’t been any major mainstream publishers taking this sub-genre seriously. May turn into a writing project that would get trunked later.

Last year was book 1 of the fantasy trilogy, still first draft. I could rewrite it, and tighten in it up. Or go onto book 2 and 3. It’s steampunkish, fantasy, teen angst, zombie, political intrigue… yeah, just about every genre except porn. It’s a format, or lack thereof that allows me the greatest possibilities.

So, what do I go with?

I’ve cleaned up a few outlines on other story ideas and set them off to the side so they aren’t waiting on the back burner. (As well as plaguing my subconscious with guilty thoughts of not writing them…) I have to stick to one story and one story only. If I stray from this, I risk not making the 50k on the one story.

It’s going to suck. It’s going to be filled with adverbs. However, if I can get through a bad first draft, then strip it down to an outline, then do some serious rewrites and edits… it will be worth it. Even from what I’ve learned last year, the experience of writing 1666 words per day is worth it. I know already, that I will have to pad the daily word count up to around 2200 as there will be days when I won’t be able to write. Those days are inevitable, and if I want to succeed, I’ll have to plan ahead. (It’s also cost cutting for my budget, if I’m not spending money when I’m out socializing…)

So I think I will go with book 2 of the fantasy trilogy. I kind of have the feeling, if I don’t do book 2 for first draft soon, I never will write it. Then again, it’s worse for me not to write it, than to get that bad first draft out of the way for more serious writing. What new ways can I torture my characters this time around? Will they actually stick to the very loose outline that I came up with? Guess I’ll know when I finally get down to writing it.

There won’t be any new fiction posts until December. There won’t be any new reviews. And if there is, and I’m still on track with my daily word count, it will be a miracle. Unless I have a couple of record days like I did last year where I did 8k worth in one sitting. We can only hope.

I’m still here, going to rest before the fiction marathon starts,
Pearce

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