Weren’t We Here Before?

So, NaNoWriMo 2012 is rapidly vanishing in our rear-view mirror as we race head-on to the end of the world like a scene out of Mad Max. I participated again this year,  of course, and last year’s effort was one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place.

My life has changed a lot since then, so I’ll use this post to reminisce and plot the path ahead.

NaNoWriMo 2012: Now with less free time!

I started NaNo this year in earnest, again with the fragments of a plot in my head and a heart full of blind courage. I fear to say that although I met the full 50,000 word quota a whole day ahead of schedule my creation was not of the same quality. That’s why I haven’t been posting it here like I did with Heaven Smiles.

That’s not to say it is a bad book, just not up to my usual level of quality and cohesion.

My book is actually two books, 25,000 words each with plots  interwoven at the end. The first centers around Lancelot Unicorn, an assassin working in 1850s London who is sent to Australia undercover for the crown. Murder, mayhem, vampires, and very surly catgirl maid ensue. The second is about a little girl in the distant and bright future, who collects the Old World junk that washes ashore tiny Turtle Island and remakes it into machines to sell on the mainland. But then a mysterious boy falls out of the sky and her life changes forever.

During the writing, I found it harder to find time to just sit down and create. Having an 8-to-5 desk job cut a gigantic amount of time out of my day where I was literally unable to write. My boss, despite being a lovely person and good team leader, doesn’t look too kindly on people doing not-work on taxpayer funding.

So I was left with what few hours were left between arriving home (often at 6pm) and going to bed. Even this second factor was limited, as staying up until midnight guaranteed I would be tired at work, another big negative. Let’s say that’s 5 hours of writing time, since writing before going to work just doesn’t work. Five hours when I’m winding down, and outside my peak creative time.

During last year, I had all day each day to write, and I could really warm up and explode with creativity around 2 to 3pm. This was demonstrated best by the awesome write-in events I attended this year at the SA Writer’s Centre and State Library, where the combination of good time and excellent people meant I was generating words at a rate only theoretically possible.

I must say I am still amazed I managed to reach 50,000 words a full day ahead of schedule, however this was achieved via heavy padding. Padding I’m so dissapointed in (especially that some of it was smut that fit into the story but didn’t advance it) that I deleted it as soon as I Validated my victory. This knocked me down to somewhere around 40,000 words, so I’ve got some serious catching up to do this December.

What’s Going On Next

In order to guarantee that I’ll actually post content to this blog, I’m initiating a couple of weekly updates.

Every Sunday will be the Save Point, where I talk about what games I’ve been playing this week and give a few thoughts. You’ll get experience my fabled Four Star Scale, which rates everything from * (FATAL) all the way to **** (Super Metroid). This is based on personal preference, so expect our opinions to differ. This week sees me playing through Mass Effect 3’s Leviathan and Omega DLCs, as well as trying out the free PS VITA games I received this month for being a member of Playstation Plus.

Every Friday will be Fateful Encounter, an attempt to adapt something into the FATE network of RPGs. It might be an Item, a new kind of Creature, or even new Powers to utilise. As always with my homebrew, compatibility with and balance to any existing FATE game is not guaranteed.

So look forward to those in the coming weeks, and I’ll see you all this Friday to talk about a powerful artefact from the Buffy comics. Can you guess which one?

Today’s Lesson: The second album is harder than the first. And more porn-filled.

Never fear!

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