T minus seven

I’m looking at November with a tinge of panic. My 2008 NaNoWriMo plot isn’t as fleshed out as I like, I have only vague idea of how my good guy is going to defeat the bad guy. There are some cool ideas but I need research on the floor plan of CERN, 8th century France, metal-smithing and/or glass blowing, England at the time of Jack the Ripper, and the Latin language.

NaNoWriMo 2008.

Hubby has whipped up a fresh batch of NaNoWriMo word count widgets for your web pages to keep track of progress. The participant widget will show your wordcount and username, and a different picture every five minutes (coffee mug, pens, computer, manuscript). My favourites are the My Month and Progress report widgets.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, please donate to help keep the place up and running. You get a cool halo on your profile, a warm glow, and a nice thank-you email from Chris Baty. It’s the tenth year of NaNoWriMo, and it would be nice to get through November fully funded before the end of the month.

Flicked through my almost-finished 2007 NaNoWriMo novel this week, and surprisingly it doesn’t suck. Sure there are typos and glitches, but it’s not bad for a first draft done at lightening speed. It’s missing the final wrap-up chapter, which is probably going to be another thousand words. NaNoWriMo has managed to get a deal with CreateSpace to get 2007 winners a free hard copy of their novel, and I’m going to polish it a bit before I get the book copy. Did that for my 2006 novel, and it felt fantastic to have a book in my hands that I had written. We have six months to take advantage of the deal, so that will be my December writing project. Hopefully there will be a similar deal for the 2008 winners.

Can’t stop, got a novel to plan out. T minus seven and counting…

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