December 27, 2010

Season's Greetings

I don't usually cross-promote my bloggings, but it's the holidays and I'm sure everyone can appreciate a break from semi-serious literary matters for a short and humorous holiday-themed story I wrote for 2log (die hard literary nerds may also enjoy the references to James Joyce and Herman Melville). The story is part of a 12 part series my fellow 2log bloggers and I concocted, where each one of us wrote about one of the gifts named in the "12 days of Christmas" song; my contribution is for day 8:


Enjoy.

December 9, 2010

NaNoWriMo recap

Though a post summing up my NaNoWriMo experience is by now long overdue, I feel like I’ve already stated most of what I had to say on the matter in my last few posts, when it already seemed I was not going to successfully complete the task before me, and was already in an elegiac mood. I can offer the following image to sum up my successes and failures in the only field that actually counts:
As you can see, in spite of a significant gap between where I was and where I should have been, I had a pretty good pace there for a while, until I stopped completely (that little jump in the end came from bringing together all my various documents into a single MS Word file, and feeding that text into the NaNoWriMo site’s word counting feature (that feature, by the way, is notoriously severe, and shaved several hundred words off my MS Word counter's figure, which was almost 30,000).
So of course I’m glad I participated, and a little disappointed that I did not get to cross that finish line, but not too much. The main thing now is to find some way to keep writing with the same relish during the scattered days or hours that are available to me. Here’s hoping the (very) gradually cooling weather will find me at home and in front of the computer, writing furiously.