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12,634 words, half of Chapter 3

12,634 words. We find out what the other kittens do on coming of age. All five now present and accounted for. This won't be one lone mage-cat saving the city. Magic saving the rest has consequences.
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mikellsgems
Nov. 1st, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
The first day? You are simply beyond amazing.
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not done for the day yet either. I'll at least get 15,000 for the first day, finish chapter 3.
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
I am trying to find you to buddy you on Nanowrimo site. Is your username mikellsgems there too or is it something else?
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I did not find an author user name mikellsgems. Please tell me your Nanowrimo user name and then I can buddy you. Or search on robertsloan2 there and choose to buddy me and you'll sorta show up on my list -- but tell me who you are so I say yes to it. OK?
mikellsgems
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Good Morning! Did you get any sleep? lol You are moving write - pun intended - along!! I'm just Mikell. I went to your profile on NaNoWriMo - it said if I did I could add you as a buddy, it didn't work and I couldn't find a place to add you. What's the secret?
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I slept, but I hurt all over. Yesterday's outing has its price. I did get some sleep, went to bed about three in the morning and got up about ten in the morning. So that's about... seven hours of sleep, not too bad. Typical for a morning that hurts this bad.

I got in another chapter though after I got up, then wound up procrastinating for some hours on the forums distracted by the aches and exhaustion. I wound up with a stress headache that I think may be partly caused by a character's internal conflicts, go fig, I'm getting nervous about the content. It's good stuff though.

I have no idea how the buddy thing works now. But I will go try to buddy Mikell and see if it works in THAT direction. Join SFFmuse.com though since that's a bit more easier to find each other.

Note the prose degeneration as pain level rises. Not Good. Just took another pill, this may help.
mikellsgems
Nov. 3rd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I hope by now you're feeling better?!? SFFMuse.com - boy, I am so not there! I visited the site but I am SO pathetically stuck in reality - I would LOVE to be able to think like that!!!!

robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
It's okay if your genre isn't fantasy, SF or horror. We have writers in other genres, those three are just the ones that it got founded on. We even support things like online articles and academic science papers. So jump on in! Besides, you're doing nanowrimo.

The novelist critique forums are Members Only so you can get crits and support without it being considered Published.
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
I just buddied you, the function did work for me! Yay purr. You should be able to buddy me in return the next time, maybe that was just a site glitch. I had to click "Add" after I clicked to buddy you, it was a two step process and if the server was running slow the second step could've glitched.
mikellsgems
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I buddied you too! I didn't use the author tab the first time and couldn't find it. Sigh. About the time this is over I'll get the hang of it! lol
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
Purrr thanks. Glad I got that sorted out, I really wanted you on my buddy list.
mikellsgems
Nov. 4th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
You're the best!!! This is turning into an autobiography - I started out using another person's name but as I journaled by hand I found myself shifting to first person and wrote with much more passion - went back and changed it. Now I'm wondering it that was a mistake?
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Don't edit till it's done. That's how to handle it. If it's more passionate in first person with your own name, write it that way. You can easily change it from First Person to Close Third Person with pronoun changes in a line edit process that all novels need anyway, if that works better for the reader.

As for the name change, you might or might not want to do that. It depends on how true to life you're writing it and whether anyone in it would sue you.
mikellsgems
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
You are SUCH a huge help. OK! As far as suing me, part of my problem is that I never say anything that isn't "nice" which is why this will probably be dull reading. lol Although my life has been fascinating with travels, meeting Swamis and gurus, diverse populations.
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
That's just trippy. I don't think I could pull that off describing my life. Unless I went into complete fiction. Sounds like you had some interesting experiences in your travels though.
notalwaysweak
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Go go Robert Writer!

Very proud of your amazing speed, as always. I'm puttering along this year, not feeling very well at the moment.
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you. Aw ow, that bites. I was sick throughout the entire month of October and it is No Fun At All, I feel for you. It's breaking up though. Whew.

A good deal of my amazing speed is the amazing lack of anything else to do in my life though. If I get on writing and don't do anything else and get maybe a thousand in an hour, then keep it up for hours and hours... then wow the numbers start to really rack up. Good hours I might go to about two thousand.
eternalism
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I always get jealous at just how quickly you can write. :p But I have to admit that even though I may not have your wordcount, I'm still ahead of the wordcount goal for today, and I think this is as much as I've ever written during the first day of NaNo, so I'm still pretty happy about that.
robertsloan2
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Yayyyy go you! As I just mentioned to Lauren, some of my amazing speed is my amazing day job as cripple, which means it's okay to do fifteen hour writing stints without stopping for anything but bathroom breaks and brief posting at chapter or scene ends. That adds up. Odds are you don't get the count because you not only write but actually have a life.

The other half is learning to take off the brakes -- really take off the brakes, just let it flow even when I don't know what's going to happen next. Babble and fish for what happens next and then it does inevitably come up.

I went to the Get-Together and caught myself having changed the sex of a kitten from male to female. "Three magical sisters" was too cool to resist, so Tar Baby was a girl from the point of "his three sisters." Which left two boys out of the litter of five. But all through chapter 1, Tar was a boy. I let another Wrimo read part of the first chapter and caught it while she was looking at it.

So writing that fast also sometimes leads to writing fast and sloppy, kind of like doing a painting with the big three inch Almighty Brush instead of the tiny size zero round.
mikellsgems
Nov. 4th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Trippy! lol! Love it. My life - in my estimation - has been fascinating - and even if I don't write this for anyone but myself, I need to interweave the stories, lessons, anecdotes . . .
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely. That sounds too cool.

My kittens are on their way to Audubon Zoo to try to trick an enormous, aged African lion into teaching them African leonine hunt magic, which they seem to feel is absolutely necessary to defeat the Blight.
mikellsgems
Nov. 5th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
YOU are absolutely amazing and cool!!! What goes on in that head - and how in the world do you ever sleep with that imagination!!!
robertsloan2
Nov. 5th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Erratically, at weird hours of the day or night. I'm feeling dozy now and somewhat slowing down. But I wrote good count today and may hit 50k tomorrow.
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