Posted by Jarsto in NaNoWriMo 2006, Writing
April 16th, 2007 | No Comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about writing. The reason for that is that I haven’t been doing a lot of it for a while now. I’ve been having what are termed “complaints of a depressed nature” since January, usually the month I’d expect to be productive again after a  post NaNo dip and other obligations in December. I haven’t blogged about those much either for the simple reason that I’m relatively certain it would only make me more depressed.

But I’ve been feeling a little better  lately, and I’ve been doing some writing. One thing I’m rather proud of is that I’ve written an entire short story, during a train journey. The fact that it was written on the train hardly matters as such, but it did mean writing a short story within a few hours. And, with novels as my natural writing length, writing a short story, or more to the point finishing one, in a reasonable amount of time is quite an accomplishment for me. It’s also one of my shortest short stories to date, not much over a thousand words long.

Other than that I’ve decided to get back to two projects at once, trying to finish the second part of my latest NaNoWriMo efforts and getting back to the rewrite on a previous work I hope to get into a publishable condition. I’m not making terribly great speed on either of those projects, but the fact that I’m touching them at all after months of inactivity is encouraging (I hope).


Posted by Jarsto in NaNoWriMo 2006, Writing
December 5th, 2006 | No Comments »

I’m almost fully into life after NaNoWriMo now. The last episode of the Dutch NaNo Podcast is due to go out around midnight tonight. After that I haven’t got anything specifically about NaNo left to do.

The good news is that for the time being at least the Holland & Belgium regional lounge seems to be staying somewhat active. So with some luck I’ll be able to stay in touch with all the people there throughout the coming year. There’s even talk of setting up some writing groups to meet in person once a month. One of them should be close enough to hear for me to make it. But of course the question is if we can get enough people from the right area. We’re pretty thin on the ground here in the northern part of the Netherlands.

I haven’t done a lot of post NaNo writing. Partly because I do need a short break after ploughing through 120k in 30 days, and partly because I haven’t been feeling well the last two days. My temperature seems to be somewhat above normal most of the time, which is not the way I like it (to say the least). In fact as a result of this I haven’t done much of anything for the last two days. Hopefully things will get a little better soon.


Posted by Jarsto in NaNoWriMo 2006
November 29th, 2006 | No Comments »

I’ve just completed and posted the penultimate episode of the Dutch NaNo Podcast, the last regular episode actually during NaNoWriMo. It’s been nice doing the podcast, but part of me is also glad to be done with it. Added to trying to do all the normal stuff, and writing as much as possible, I’ve certainly felt the time it took to do the podcast.

I’ve also learned a few valuable lessons for (possible) future podcasts. First and foremost: don’t do a show that depends on Skype for each episode without a better recording/mixing system. It’s been fun talking to people about each topic. And it has been worth the work. But that was knowing I’d only have to do it for 11 or 12 out of 14 episodes. It’s certainly possible to do this dependably and with a high (or at least good) audio quality, but it’s quite a bit of work.

And the one big relief about being done (at least until a special with recordings from the TGIO party) is that it won’t eat any more of my writing time during NaNoWriMo. I probably shouldn’t complain, since I’m at 114k words. But even so I want to have my hands free for the final sprint.


Posted by Jarsto in NaNoWriMo 2006, Writing
November 25th, 2006 | No Comments »

I’m currently procrastinating. I know this because I’m typing a blog post instead of writing. My main target for this weekend isn’t today, but tomorrow – I hope to get 8k so I’ll be at 50k for all the Sundays of the month alone. Still regardless of that I want a few thousand words today at least.

One problem is that the writing has been slow for me all week. I don’t really know why, and I suppose that with more than 100k words written I shouldn’t complain. Even so it’s clear I need to change something, probably sit down and plot out a few scenes (which I rarely do) just to get me going again. That’s certainly what I should be doing, but instead I’m writing this.

I guess I should stop doing this now, but it has given me some more time away from actually writing. I just hope that something in the back of my head has started plotting while I was here.


Posted by Jarsto in NaNoWriMo 2006, Writing
November 20th, 2006 | No Comments »

I reached another personal target last night. The 100% surplus, in other words 100k words done, rather than just the required 50k. My next goal, probably for tomorrow (I’ll have to check how to fit it in with the podcast) is going to be 105k, 500 words more than the personal best I set for myself last year. After that, who knows what can still happen this month.