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2010 Three Day Novel Done - 41,874 Words

I didn't actually post a start to this year's novel, didn't spend as much time posting updates as usual - just on Facebook really. I had a very bad cold and was pretty sure I might only get to 25,000 words or so. I just wanted to actually get something written at least about 100 pages. It's unofficial, I wound up broke too close to the event to register. But I went for it anyway.

To my surprise, it came out as a mainstream drama that could actually be cast with Bruce Willis or any other actor with the short hair cut and tough guy look and a nice looking black actress. Of course, they weren't 100% normal, since they wind up in an interracial relationship. Title is "Exonerated" and the fantastic element is so low-key that it only consists of an old lady's premonitions coming true and her cat's being unusually sociable - though it could tie in easily to my Magical Cats series, just a magical cat story told from the human point of view. It was fun. It was weird. It wasn't my usual style but it's a fun short novel.

It may edit to be a lot fatter though, since I can see lots of ways to both complicate the middle and show much more of New Orleans in it with a longer rewrite adaptation to push it up to normal thriller length. It is a thriller with a serial killer in it who's mostly offstage, but not told like one because the detective's not the main character and the main character isn't doing as much detecting as they usually do in thrillers. I suppose if I followed it from the cop's side and wove that in and out, his would read like a normal thriller. It's pretty cool though. Had a happy ending too. Especially for the cat, of course.

Day 1 went great, over 21,000 words. Yesterday stank, only about 5,000 words and most of the day groggy with the cold or passed out from that and fibro fog, I slept like my cat. Today I felt a lot better for sleeping that much and finished it up! This has me completely amazed, since I honestly thought I'd blow it this year with how rotten I felt going into it.
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bunny_wabbitt
Sep. 7th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Congrats on getting the novel done despite your difficulties. Bravo!
robertsloan2
Sep. 7th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! Purr!
nerwengreen
Sep. 7th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Congrats! What was the final wordcount?

I posted about the trials and tribulations of my weekend also, though not on LJ. Maybe I'll put a summary here too.
robertsloan2
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
41,874 total! It came out great. I couldn't believe I did something with no special effects whatsoever...
notalwaysweak
Sep. 7th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
HI ROBERT HI!

Well done on getting it done, sorry to hear about you being unwell.
robertsloan2
Sep. 7th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's frustrating that Sascha has to go to school. Sometimes I think they should just zip them into little isolation suits or something, because they'll bring home so many things and half the time she's just a carrier - she's so healthy she never catches it!
notalwaysweak
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I guess at least it's lucky she's healthy, but it still sucks that it makes you unwell.
robertsloan2
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
That's true. What I need is a good immune system - I've got no idea what that'd be like.
notalwaysweak
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Oh, Rob. I wish I could give you mine. Granted, you'd still get the occasional cold, and every once in a while a sinus infection, but for someone who doesn't look after herself as well as she ought to I'm generally pretty healthy.
robertsloan2
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Too bad "health" isn't contagious. Wouldn't that be a trip?

I'm heading into my bad season anyway, that's half of it in itself. It takes a lot of energy to fight the pressure changes. Fall and Spring just switched here. I think it's a little better overall than Kansas, but it's not as strikingly different as I thought it would be from moving down in May.
notalwaysweak
Sep. 8th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
It would be awesome... hey, I didn't have a NaNo idea yet, but that may have planted a seed. I vaguely had this idea about doing a pandemic story, and what if one of the counters to the pandemic was that people could LITERALLY catch health from other people? Like, not just a vaccine engineered from immune people, but that the immune people could pass health on... I'll have to have a think about the logistics, but it's worth a thought...

I hope you get through it all right. I am enjoying my lovely warm one day freezing the next Melbourne spring, and making plans for Beltane (I know, I have nearly two months, but still).
robertsloan2
Sep. 9th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh, now that's a fun concept! Especially if it has some behavioral side effects that start affecting the economy - people being healthy, not spending as much money on junk food and sedentary consumerism, going out more, doing more activity and exercise. If you're not tired, just sitting in a stupor in front of the television has much less appeal, doesn't it?

Boost metabolism, give cravings for healthy fruits and vegetables and so on, urges to get out and do things physically... just sort of undercut a lot of the mindless "Comfort Food/Spending" stuff out there if people feel too good to want it. That could get people worried about it as its own pandemic!
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robertsloan2
Sep. 12th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, he was, especially in the movies.
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