Post-NaNoWriMo Euphoria

Hello, fellow NanoWriMo Blog-hoppers!  I’m excited to make your acquaintance and look forward to reading your blogs and your novels!

The first NaNoWriMo I participated in was a blind leap of faith, but since then I have always known right from the start on November 1 if I will win it or not.  There’s a clearness of purpose and focus that I either have or don’t have before November arrives.  I’m a hybrid writer, somewhere between the extremes of pantsing and obsessive pre-planning.  But, when I have done no planning, had no thoughts or dreams about my stories or characters or settings, I know the month won’t result in 50,000+ words of rough draft.

This year, my setting inspiration struck in early August.  Along with the setting, I had vague ideas for a plot and a handful of characters.  I opened a Scrivener file and created a Pinterest board a few days later, to start capturing information about the characters and the initial setting inspiration.

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REBLOG: A Cooling Mist Of NaNoWriMo-Flavored Novel Writing Advice « terribleminds: chuck wendig

So, you’re going to take part in National Novel Writing Month.

Good for you. Excellent. As John McClane said in Die Hard: “Welcome to the Party, pal.”

Here, then, is a list of quick advice nuggets. You may nibble on these and sample the many tastes. Some of this stuff I’ve said before, some of it is new-ish — whatever helps you, helps you. Whatever doesn’t, just wad it up and throw it into the nearest incinerator. Let’s begin.

Source: A Cooling Mist Of NaNoWriMo-Flavored Novel Writing Advice « terribleminds: chuck wendig


I’m reblogging this excellent article about how to write a novel in 30 days because I needed to read it. I’ve successfully completed NaNoWriMo a few times, always writing in the same universe/future about the same characters.

Not this year.

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Twitter and Facebook both tried to silence elexus jionde today.

This evening, I was reading a facebook post that consisted of several smartphone photos of a tweetstream.  I was partway through when the post disappeared with a message that the content was no longer available.

This is the second time today that I’ve been caught up in the midst of a thread purge on facebook.  The first was Jim Wright’s post about 9/11.  He reposted it with his commentary on his blog.

I didn’t even remember the name of the twitter account that had written the tweets, but with a couple of searches on key phrases from what I remembered, I was able to turn it up, and learned that the tweets are from Elexus Jionde.  And I found several tweets relating that Twitter had decontextualized the tweets, making the stream difficult to follow.  In my horror of censorship, I decided to capture the tweets in a blog post.  I’ll post this blog to Facebook.

I tweeted about this blog post to Elexus Jionde.

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Where Do My Stories Come From? Strange Places.

When a story idea springs into my mind and takes over my neural pathways for a time, the idea is almost always inspired by a setting – a place.  Before I know anything about the characters, the sights, sounds, and scents and texture of the place where they will act out their lives, meet their challenges, be defeated, be victorious, be in love, be embittered becomes real to me.  Why does it become real first?

Usually, it becomes real because I find myself walking through it.  Sometimes the setting becomes a place to me in a dream, or in a photo or painting.  Sometimes the setting becomes a place to me because while walking about in the place, the story takes hold of me and demands to be written.

Today, a tiny hamlet on the Carquinez Strait whispered to me, “tell this story”.

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Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? | Kristen Lamb’s Blog; Reblog with Commentary

There is a new trend that is piquing my interest and I think it is going to make a revolutionary change in social media that might even have the power to topple the mighty Facebook.

Source: Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? | Kristen Lamb’s Blog

This is a fascinating article on several levels. I was most intrigued by her comments about the Pokemon Go phenomenon, but her observations of the way Twitter has been choked to death by automation, and Facebook is twisted about by ever-shortening cycles of toxic reaction over the next trending outrage also resonate.

I think Pokemon Go is just the beginning of Augmented Reality gaming. Many game franchises can be adapted to the geocaching quest style of play. And businesses are finding ways to get in on the game. Buying lures to attract pokemon (and players) is a huge payback for a dollar or so an hour. Becoming a PokeStop or Gym, even more so.

There is a PokeStop at the pool across the street from my home. I’m pondering how to take advantage of this geographic opportunity!

Having friends who suffer from depression and anxiety, and who struggle to make themselves get out into the world, the mental health benefits of this game are already obvious and immense. I very much look forward to seeing where Augmented Reality games take us in the coming weeks and months. And beyond!