Nanowrimo post mortem

Happy December, everyone!

I finished Nanowrimo a couple days early. I was on track to finish on the 30th, but around the 25th I decided to do a push and finish the last 10k in two days to get it done before Thanksgiving. This was mostly so my eternal rival Rob wouldn’t finish ahead of me. (How do you like THEM apples, Rob??)

The novel itself isn’t finished, but it’s hovering around 84k. It’s nearing its conclusion, which means I keep adding and subtracting scenes while I try to figure out what that conclusion actually is. I think the last five thousand words I’ve written need to go in a different direction, but hopefully that will improve it. I’m counting down the days to when I can print this manuscript out on paper and attack it with a red pen. Ink will flow.

The end of Nanowrimo hopefully means I’ll have more time to finish reading Kameron Hurley’s Infidel. I’m still swooning over God’s War. I want to be Kameron Hurley when I grow up. Honestly, Kameron Hurley, Paolo Bacigalupi and China Miéville are my writing heroes.

In other news, I went for a two mile jog today, the first time I’ve gone jogging since September. The Zombies, Run! app is literally the only thing that keeps me running. I would have given up on it ages ago if I didn’t want to know what happens next in the story. Back in February I managed to jog every day for a month. I wonder if I can get back into that? Clearly the tenets of Nanowrimo bleed over into just about every aspect of my life.

A list of unrelated things

In no particular order:

It’s been a slow, lazy summer for me. I went on vacation a couple weeks ago and read John Scalzi’s Redshirts and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. Both very good books in very different ways. The Windup Girl has breathtaking worldbuilding and is the book I would write if I were smarter. He has joined China Miéville as my favorite go-to author for mouth-watering worldbuilding.

Related to my previous blog post: A few days ago I saw this great article on Pacific Rim and the “Mako Mori Test”. It had a lot of the same problems with the film that I did, but was a lot more eloquent about it. One of the links in that is this article on why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test. Both articles bring up really good points, and I strongly recommend them.

Chuck Wendig posted about how he’s started jogging, partly inspired by this Oatmeal comic. I’ve been jogging on and off for the past two years (mostly off at the moment because I have done very little of ANYTHING this summer). It’s something I never thought I’d enjoy when I was younger, since I have asthma and considered the mile run in high school to be the worst torture imaginable. Ironically I could run a much faster mile then than I could ever manage now, but for some reason when I run now I actually find it enjoyable. I’m slow, yes, and still pretty out of shape, but running makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something, even if I’m not.

I noticed the other day that my bookshelves are packed with books I’ve never read. I think I might make it my goal this fall to start plowing through them. Maybe a couple books a month? Maybe I’ll review them here? We’ll see how that goes.

Thus ends the unrelated list of things.