The Hump

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We are just over half way on Nanowrimo…by time… not my words. Yes at time of writing (Saturday) I am at 25,164 words in – which is about 1500 words short.

And now it is Sunday and I have made a bit of progress. I am still behind. In my defence I was ill for a couple of days and so didn’t write as effectively on those days.

Just 13 days to go before the end and I am struggling. Once you reach the hump in a project like this it almost inevitable. The goal is just to get the words on the page and worry about the rest later.

I have a secret strategy – I have jumped ahead in the story to the part I know avoiding the parts that are a struggle. I can go back and fill in the gaps at a later time – in theory.

If you’ll excuse me I have 1547 words left to get me back on track. After tomorrow though I will be off track as I may not get time to write tomorrow. Life does get in the way sometimes.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Confusion

By the time you read this I will be ten days into nanowrimo. In theory I will have written 16,670 words. I am hoping that that is more than a theory – I did entertain the rather silly notion of getting 10,000 words a day done in this week as I have been off work for most of it. At least I can get ahead of where I need to be. That should be doable right?

As I write it is 2333 on the 4th and I am 45 words ahead. I have been playing catch up. Due to other commitments I was unable to write much on the first two days. In fact on the 2nd I got no words in at all! Now all I have to do is stay ahead so I can reach that target!

Love this theme tune.

So how is this thing going? Well the title is confusion so I’ll let you judge. Actually in truth it is not going so badly but one of the problems with not planning is that ideas come at you as you write. Therefore certain elements in the plot may be repetitious, irrelevant, or in need of change. I don’t see that as a big issue necessarily – that is why we have editors.

I thought about updating this across the week however that is something I am likely to forget – I do not organise this kind of stuff too well. As I write I am (It is the 7th now) 320 words ahead. I am off tomorrow (8th) too and then back to work so I will be doing more writing today – I should probably try to get outside too. I don’t think that will happen.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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And so it begins… (2019)

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I am not sure if there will be a knight in my Nanowrimo story but I do know one thing there will be a battle. Hopefully a battle in the story and not a battle of me staring at a blank screen and not knowing what to write.

I have often heard how important planning is for a novel. I find that impossible. I don’t feel I can visualise where things are until they are there. Does that make sense? No. The answer is no.

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To it is like going for a walk but having to imagine the walk first. Then you write down a sequence and try to follow just that sequence. So rather than having a map you just have a piece of paper that says: left, right, left, left, right, and so on and so on.

So instead of a plan I am going to just start. I am on 2904 words (total) at the moment and have 2096 words to go to get me on track. I want to smash through that and finish this week, which I am off work for, far above the 11,667 target for the fist week. At least that is the plan. Now, if you’ll excuse, I need to get back to it. Toodles.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Need to Know

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As a writer it is very easy to get drawn into a rabbit warren of interesting but ultimately useless information.

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The most basic way this happens is when I set out to find one simple piece of information. I had a character, I wanted her to be from France, and so I googled for a map of France. I picked a city name. I lingered on the Wiki page for that city – which was pointless all I needed was the name.

Incidentally the city I decided on was Draguignan – which I changed to Bordeaux when reading it out as I wasn’t sure of pronunciation.

Then there is background information. What do I need to know?

How indeed?

Many years ago I began planning the background information for a science fiction novel I was working on. The ship had many aliens on board and I wanted to know everything about the crew. There were 900 aboard and I wanted to know all their names, races, ranks, and ages.

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Why? Because of Star Trek. I grew up watching Star Trek. For other children it was Disney but for me it was Star Trek and TNG and DS9 are still two of my favourite shows. A common feature of those shows, and all the Trek shows, was the crewman who would be unaffected by wherever was threatening the crew this week.

So when I was crafting my own universe I felt I needed to know exactly how many of each race there was. Therefore I would know which crewmen I could use for any given story.

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Also to understand command structures I have done a lot of research into the Royal Navy, United States Navy, and many other navies around the world. I have looked at ships, ranks, positions, and have come to one conclusions. I will never understand. The question I am struggling with is how much do I need to understand? A question I need to answer by the start of November.

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I would love for someone who knows of the navy to be able to read a novel of mine and find it to be accurate. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to literally find a reader with that expertise. There is only so much google can find.

I don’t know exactly what form my nano novel will take. I have tried to plan but I just want to start writing. Five days from when you read this it will all begin.

My solution to the gaps in my knowledge is to skirt the issue. The nature of the story is that I can just invent my own world. If it isn’t the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but instead the Royal Navy of …. well I don’t quite have a name yet. Then there can be no mistakes.

If that fails I have to accept that I don’t kneed to know everything. Do I need to know every Seaman, Leading Hand, Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, Warrant officer, Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander? Probably not.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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NANOWRMO – 2019

It is that time of year again when, possibly mad, writers embark on a 50,000 word start to a novel. I will be partaking once again. I don’t have a title for my project but I do have a basic premise.

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The story concerts two planets. One of magic and one of technology. There are some areas where magic has the advantage and some areas where technology has the advantage. The primary focus of the story is that Fauns steal a warship – its powerful weapons can do far more than the limited magic of the fauns.

I am trying to do some planning for the novel but, in truth, I find it hard to plan and would rather just make a start – in ten days I will.

The other question in my mind is do I just use our world as the technological world or invent my own? I will probably decided that as I go along too. The advantage is that if I build it from the ground up then no one can say I am wrong. The disadvantage is I have to invent everything and there are still things I would like to know that are not easily googled.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Consistency

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I remember once in school a difference of opinion between teachers. It was a simple thing in how to approach the start of an exercise book. One teacher said that we should leave a line between title and paragraph as that was neater. Another said that that was wasting space and there should be no skipped line.

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I was bullied in school. They used to jump on my backpack which pulled on the straps and hurt my neck. They called me names. However I remember one day, during Games, those same people were encouraging and there tacit understanding that I was trying even if I wasn’t getting results. I remember thinking, even all those years ago, that I wanted consistency.

From Season 4 Episode 21: Marge in Chains

The reality is that there are always going to be people who we don’t get along with. (We can’t have the world in the clip above) Bullying is an extreme form of this, and always unacceptable, but if some one is mean I can at least put them in a box marked mean.

This is here literally for one line!

The point is I want to know where I stand. It is the inconsistencies that I find to be a cause of irritation. Whatever the rule is I can then follow it. Inconsistency makes that impossible. It is a form of change and I struggle with change. I think on some level I always will.

I have been looking for a long time for a new job. That will be a big change when it happens and I hope that I will settle into that well. I am sure some changes are good – I’ll let you know if I find any. I still haven’t gotten over Opal Fruits and the Principality Stadium is still the Millennium Stadium as far as I am concerned.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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House

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Today (2019-10-05) I didn’t leave the flat. I am trying to decide if this is a good thing, a bad thing, or a neutral thing. It is bad from an exercise point of view that is for sure. I have taken less than 1000 steps so that is not so good – but I have got some stuff down – it is not like I have been binge watching TV.

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I resisted the temptation to have a takeaway. Instead I had some soup and garlic bread for tea. So I am still not doing well on the caloric intake. Overall though I have been productive and that is something for the win column – even if, once again, I am realising I am trying to do more stuff than I have time for.

Cannot run out of time. You are finite. Zathras is finite.

Zathras (Babylon 5: War Without End Part 2)

I know I am going round in circles having talked about this before. Which I suppose means that I am not making much headway. One thing I have done is book a holiday. It is not till next year but I am going to Amsterdam.

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I have a bucket list book which I am writing in every so often. Most of what I want to do is to travel – so it is long past time that I started to do that. I have never been abroad by myself before. The Netherlands seems like a good place to start. I can fly from Cardiff for one thing – and maybe I will go to Belgium too as it is not too far from Amsterdam.

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That is the plan for next year – and I hope to go abroad every other year at least – in theory I can afford that – money is the only barrier now.

For my day-to-day life I have no idea how to work things out. I have no idea how to balance all that I need to do with all that I want to do. All I can do is to keep trying to figure things out and battle the terrible feelings when they arise.

I hope you are well and happy and I will be back next week.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

I have a Patreon page. I hope you will consider supporting this blog: https://www.patreon.com/unstableorbit

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