I saw Pacific Rim last Saturday as part of my low-key birthday entertainment. I’d had pretty high hopes for this movie, especially given the many good reviews I’d seen. Ultimately, although I thought it was entertaining and it might even be something I’d buy, it was a bit of a disappointment.
Spoilers below the cut.
So the results are in, and NaNoWriDay was a bit of a disappointment. I think in my case it was kind of like trying to run a marathon without any sort of preparation. I could probably have done it, but I should have built up to it.
I ended up with 10,048 words after 18 hours. A great wordcount for a single day, but I’ve done better in less time in the past. In 2009 for NaNoWriMo, my goal was 150,000 words for the month, which meant 5,000 words per day. The first few days were excruciating, but by halfway through the month, I was able to get the 5k done in 2.5 hours. That’s the pace I needed for this.
Anyway, here are the stats, hour by hour:
It’s day whatever of the heat wave, and I’m up to bathing in bathtubs full of ice cubes (okay, not FULL of ice cubes… just one tray’s worth) and drinking gallons of cold brew coffee. But I haven’t installed my air conditioner because wow I hate air conditioners. So I guess I don’t have much right to complain about it.
I’m currently in a stretch of unpaid vacation (my day job is only for ten months of the year). I had been looking forward to this vacation as an opportunity to get a shit-ton of writing done, but naturally that doesn’t happen in reality. Most of my vacation so far has been watching YouTube videos and playing Fable III (it was a free download last week!)
But that’s going to change. I needed a teensy bit of down time and sleeping in all the way to ten a.m., but starting very soon I’m going to get on track for writing. I still intend to do NaNoWriDay. I think I might do it next Tuesday. That means I have a bit of outlining in my future, because I can’t go into that without some sort of plan.
Time for another ice bath.
SL Huang has a timeline of the SFWA debacle that’s much more in depth than mine, and has a bunch of things I missed. It includes a link to an anonymous Tumblr, Speculative Friction, that has been posting screenshots of comments on private sff.net forums. The Tumblr itself probably won’t be around for long (the most recent post is about a DMCA takedown notice) so if you’re interested, check it out now. Most of the comments screenshotted seem to be mourning the good old days when a middle aged author could walk up to young female and say “Let’s fuck” and everyone would chuckle indulgently. Kids these days just don’t know how to take harassment with an uncomfortable smile on their face and back quickly out of the room, etc etc. There’s also some bizarre talk that “SFWA is being taken over by a cabal of sorts”, presumably led by Scalzi? Not sure about the story behind THAT one.
Mary Robinette Kowal, who has been putting up with far too much, has an eloquent response to members like those, if not those people specifically: Dear Twelve Rabid Weasels of SFWA, please shut the fuck up. Well said, Mary.
Edit: Why do I even bother hitting “publish” when I know there will always be more links to add? Here is THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION SWIMMING CLUB: More Thoughts on SFF, Sexism, Racism and General Badness by Maria Dahvana Headley. For more of this ilk, check out the #sffragette tag on Twitter.
My summer vacation has officially started, and that means wild and slightly delusional writing goals. I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo again this year. Now, I have done the plain vanilla Nanowrimo every year since 2003. I’ve won 11 years in a row. I even did Script Frenzy back when that was a thing, and won the two years I attempted it. (Turns out screenwriting isn’t really my passion). But Camp Nanowrimo defeats me every time. I think it’s the fact that I have so much free time to do it in, and therefore no discipline whatsoever.
This month I’m toying with the idea of a NaNoWriDay, which is exactly what it sounds like. I could write that fast if I knew exactly what I was going to write, but I’m not that great at planning. It works out to be slightly over 2,000 words an hour for 24 hours. So… we’ll see.
In other news, there has been some drama recently about sexual harassment at writing cons. I can’t really speak to this because I haven’t really done any cons, but many, many people have written about their own experiences. Elise Matthesen wrote How to Report Sexual Harassment, about what happened to her at WisCon. It stresses the importance of making a formal report (if you’re able). More specific information on who exactly to contact can be found here.
Unfortunately I was too busy at the time to bookmark links so many of the interesting links and testimonials that I saw in my tweetstream are long gone by now, but suffice it to say this is not a rare occurrence. The harassers take refuge in the fact that many victims decide not to make formal reports, or don’t want to link their name to their report for fear of professional reprisals. An understandable concern, but as Elise says, many publishers will not stand behind sexual harassment, no matter how big a name the harasser may have.
Now it’s time for me to be off and plan my Camp Nanowrimo. (Shhh I know it started yesterday).