NaNo

Nanoeconomics

So here’s how it’s going for me so far. I think my best bet would be creating this new discipline, which makes microeconomics a thousand times smaller and combines it with NaNoWriMo and change my thesis topic to that. Then I could add the words of my thesis to my word count and have a chance of finishing both projects on time (end of November for both, of course) at a good quality and with some sleep during the month.

Since it’s an idea come too late, I’ll leave nanoeconomics to be my next project – or someone else’s (feel free to use) – and resolve to type a host of words this month, increase the amount of coffee and decrease sleep… this one needs some consideration – and panic – still. Adding two word counters to the blog could be a good motivator or a disaster. You’ll notice when I decide for the former and instal the counters. Probably I will be making good progress then and let’s hope the next challenge does the trick…

The next challenge being this weekend’s NaNoWriMo 111.111 words’ one – not written all by myself (that would make quite a challenge), but in a team of 10-11 people. This makes the desired word count around double the usual daily amount – but since I’m right now 3 days behind, I will go for even more to catch up. If you have some very practical and (literally) novel time management tips – or rather, ways of surviving without sleep -, please share. By the way, did you know that without sleep and food you would die of sleep deprivation before starving to death?

*I’ve just checked and nanoeconomics has already been invented… not quite my way, though. (Anyone remembers the Doghouse Diaries comic, with a form you just fill in and get the commission for making up something new – whether it has already been invented or not? I so need that right now!)

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Happy All Hallow’s!

Have you kept All Hallow’s Read in mind? You know, the day when you give someone a scary book – it’s today and I have not forgotten. And I thought, why give one or few people a book when you can give many people a story? And why print in today’s environment-conscious world where you’ve got the Internet to upload?
So here’s a scary not-exactly-book-much-rather-a-short-story I wrote for all of you. This was created for a competition, originally in Hungarian, where the task was to capture an evil character’s thoughts and introduce one of his or her crimes through their mind – showing motives and reasons. The story won the round of the contest and I really hope the English translation lives up to the original. If you spot any mistakes – since English is not my mother tongue – I will be glad to hear and correct! Executioner has been available in Hungarian for a while, so as always, if you speak Hungarian or like challenges, don’t miss that one either!

And don’t forget that today is also your last chance to download Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman for free and with additional donation to Donorschoose.org or Booktrust at www.Audible.com/ScareUs!

You can also start typing furiously at midnight for NaNoWriMo. Better get some headstart now than rush later on, because this year’s 30 November is closer than ever before!

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NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo and why should you care? No worries about the scary title – I won’t be using (any more) weird abbreviations, promise. Despite its strange name NaNo deserves to be featured in my first post.

National Novel Writing Month. Ha, now I see the sparks of recognition in eyes behind distant screens… even though this is not exactly what NaNo is. It used to be, but now it’s an international novel writing month. But honestly, how much better would IntNoWriMo sound? Not convinced, because it’s so weird anyway? Try pronouncing Intno and using it daily instead of Nano. See?

So which month out of the twelve is NaNo then? November, of course! A current topic (all by sheer luck for me, of course). You could say the idea is too simple to be true, or maybe it’s revolutionary: first of November, participant sits down (this is optional) and begins to write with the aim of putting down the last, or at least 50,000th word of her brand new novel – 30 November the latest. There’s lots of giving up, starting all over and drinking coffee in the meantime, but once a winner, she can say ‘yes, I wrote a novel’. And that’s something. Winning is first and foremost for the participant, because it’s easy to cheat, but to what point and purpose, as Captain Sparrow would ask? The point of the whole effort is to make writing a community experience (not remotely easy), and to prove that together, with a specific, set goal, even this impossible looking challenge can be conquered.

The effect of the initiative is impressive. Last year over a quarter million people set out for the adventure, including me, and almost 37k crossed the magical fifty thousand word line, including me. Of course, there’s a lot of critiques because of the quality of the writings, or rather the lack thereof. True enough, what kind of novel takes thirty days to write? The participants are well aware of this, but then the mission is not flooding publishers with thousands of drafts in December – although I wonder what statistics have to say about this. The mission is proving yourself that you are capable of struggle for your set goal, that you can, that anyone can write the novel of their dreams, which may otherwise remain a dream forever, and to make November valuable with our new friendships. And with sufficient preparation not all NaNo writings must end up in the bottomless depth of folders on the hard drive, because even though not all winners get contracts, the occasional NaNo-born bestsellers are around us (The Night Circus, anyone?).

Knowing all this, I will be setting out for my second NaNo adventure on the first of November with no less of a goal than putting down at least 1700 words every single day of the month – and adding them to one of my in-progress novels. Which of them I will choose and how I will do (while also finishing my thesis), I will let you know right here on the blog. At the moment Sixth Heaven is more likely, but I may still change my mind and opt for the True Story. Which one do you think makes a better choice? Sixth Heaven, my last-year NaNo-winning first draft, which I have entirely changed since? Or the new story, which I have kinda-outlined (but still know better than Sixth Heaven at the beginning of last November)? Would I get bored or stuck while trying for perfection with the good old story, and would I run into irresolvable dead ends with the new one?

And finally, the most intrigueing question: who else is joining this year?

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