We started doing GIF animations today. Did one of a stick-figure scratching his head. Pretty nice. I think I’ve found my True Calling.
Nanovel’s first ‘episode’ has ended with chapter three — I’m quite happy with it, turned out different from what I thought it would. Savant says some semikewl things, it’s nice to see he can still do that. For a few months there I thought he’d gone soft and reverted to Goofy-Sav mode — nice to see that he too can surprise me.
Progress on the nanovel is going slower than I would want (okay, so what I’d like is 10K words a day…), but that might just have been the total uncertainty with the first part. Now that the main plot is beginning I might plunge in head-first and come up with a lot of words. Rambling about everything I’ve already covered in short stories — but in different ways — (M-Storage, the Sword, Mars bars, etc) is much more fun than I thought it would be, plus I can pad the novel quite easily if it suddenly screams, “Finish me now!” at 50,002 words.
I wouldn’t like to end it at 50K, more like 55K just to be safe. That’s why the first part served as both an introduction to the characters (the so-called James Bond opening) and as a Contingency Plot.
Contingency plots are great: you just introduce one and resolve it within 3 chapters, but keep one part open (side-villain gets away?) and then, when you need a Deus Ex Machina to pull your guys out of the fire you can have your contingency plot characters show up and save the day without your readers thinking it was a Deus Ex Machina. Okay, so if you write it bad anything can seem like Deus Ex Machina.
But things are looking up. I’ve written stuff I’m satisfied with, I’ve found my True Calling again.
Now if only I could get the girl.
Bender – 6739 words
The Tale of a Thousand Savants(NaNovel) – 6,214 words
The Intangibles – 51 posts (unedited), 7647 words (edited)