November 1st, 2013


Animalversity and NaNoWriMo

So yesterday was spent pretty much doing only things that laurie_robey and I wanted to do, which is what counts as "awesome" once you reach a certain stage of your adult life. What we did do was to tool around a big ol' used bookstore for hours (no treasures recovered, alas), poke around a Michael's Arts & Crafts looking at perty paper and Halloween knick-knacks, and watch The Amazing Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec, a quirky adventure film by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), based on a series of French graphic novels about a globetrotting 1800s French adventuress (meaning woman who goes on adventures, not courtesan). Behold the trailer:

The trailer is a little bit misleading, but not much. Fun movie, and nicely different from the shooty-punchy-grunty stuff being put out by Hollywood these days, although it does have a few gruesome moments that made me cringe. It is also chock to the brim with magnificent mustaches, if that sort of thing appeals to you.

I rounded off the evening by staying up a bit past midnight and writing on my new Michael Macbeth novel so I could legitimately put a wordcount in for "November 1" on my NaNoWriMo profile (woot, woot!).

I have wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo since there has been a NaNoWriMo to participate in. I love everything about the whole idea, from the "Words on page, dude, words on page!" nature of the event, to the way that it's for everyone from pros to hobbyists to some person who's never written anything before and just wants to see what it's like. Unfortunately, when NNWM started I was busting my butt to get Suburban Jungle out on as close to a regular schedule as I could pull off; in the past few years, my Novembers have all been full of sturm and drang, usually involving friends or family going to hospitals and/or funeral homes.

But this year! This year, I am a professional writer, dammit, and at least in theory this book is supposed to be what I was going to be doing anyway. Of course I'm still dealing with family stuff, but I'm doing that when I'm "off duty," just like I would have for my coding job.

So finally, after all these years, I'm doin' that NaNoWriMo thing. Because I am incredibly predictable, my ID over there is "the_gneech" if you'd like to add me as a writing buddy.

I'm excited. :) You can tell, can't you? ¬.¬

-The Gneech

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