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03 November 2010 @ 12:23 am
coming by it honestly  
Next time I write a novel under time constraint, I should just do it about my dad. And not even about any of the dramatic things which have happened in his life, of which there are many, but more just a trippy fantasy rendering of what it must be like to be in his head for a 24 hour period.

He was inspired by all this nanocrazymo talk. His massive November project, he told me, will be to write about 60 minutes' worth of individual twelve-second-long music compositions. He's going to call up an academe friend to connect him with a biologist, because he wants the short pieces to be a structural representation of cells in the human body. "How do you even make a whole piece fit in twelve seconds?" I ask. "The one I did so far is a duet for flute and a meowing cat. It really holds together!"

The Awesome Papa Red also redubbed NaNo as "Crappy Novel Month" when I started worrying about whether or not I'm doing my characters justice. I LOVE THAT. Crappy Novel Month! I will use that all the time. (All of you who are writing great works of literature need not follow my example.)

So, my progress on Crappy Novel Month: (get your html bar here)

2755 / 50000


I think it's possible this first section is hard to write because Malcolm The Boy Wonder's family isn't dysfunctional at all. I mean, can you have a character without Daddy Angst? I may have done this character a disservice by making his home life so supportive in terms of him being interesting, but at least I feel good about it?

Snippet, best effort at lyricism under time constraint:

Upstairs, he lays out half a ream of paper on the floor of his room, wall to wall. He uses circles and squares when he runs out of letters to assign, draws equations and numbers and H.G. Wells’ alien spacecraft blasting off from Mars, turns his light off before his mother can check on him for bedtime and by flashlight writes out massive particles spiraling away from each other on a twisted axis, relativity licking against their skin.
 
 
 
Rafiki, the crazy baboon: Angel - Wesleyirony_rocks on November 3rd, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
You're doing better than me! I totally had no motivation to write today, mainly because I can't settle on the direction of my beginning.

That little snippet is lovely, though. I can just picture Little Malcolm in his PJs solving the world's hardest mathematical equation!!
Little Red: peanuts - what to write?mylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
I feel similarly about my beginning? Starting slow is always stressful for me. I like to start after things are already happening! But, eh, this is the way I chose to do it, so I'm slogging away. :) I should probably find some conflict at some point before the novel ends, though.

I found this picture on the internet and went AWWWWW! Go write science on your bedroom floor now!
(no subject) - irony_rocks on November 3rd, 2010 07:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
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elliejaneelliejane on November 3rd, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
I loooove that snippit! I really think it's beautiful; feel free to carry on in much the same way! *\o/*

On the subject of supportive-ness, I spent quite a bit of the film Juno, waiting for Juno's family to be unsupportive and mean, in the way of 'You are pregnant, begone!"

But they kept being nice, and backing her up and wow, was it a relief! So nice to have a family without the aforementioned daddy-issues! Not that daddy-issues don't have their place (much of Supernatural is one BIG daddy-issue!) but it was lovely to have a family that would go to bat for you :)

Also, your Dad sounds amazing and not at all issue-y. His project sounds all kinds of astonishing and wow!

Also, "The one I did so far is a duet for flute and a meowing cat," is a classic line, and I am glad it is recorded here for posterity and the benefit of humankind. ::nods::
Little Red: trek - family b&a - jen717mylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Aww, your cheery pom-poms are adorable! *\o/*

Juno's family is so awesome! <3 My favorite thing about that movie for sure.

My dad is fabulous. He never ceases to entertain.
Natalie Von Doom: 30 Rock; Jack - stressed!natushka on November 3rd, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
Crappy novel month. i love it. I'm going to repeat it everywhere.

Your snippet. AMAZING. just do that for like another 47,000-ish words and it'll be ace ;) srsly. Is it wrong that I love the stress nano produces?
Little Red: ares - marsmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Crappy Novel Month ftw!! :)

And aww, thanks! <3 I have no idea what the other 47,000 words will sound like. I'm going to be writing from lots of different POVs, so it should be interesting to try and differentiate them all from each other. Even though, like, everyone is a genius. IDK, maybe it will be boring because I populated my space mission with super qualified people? Who cares! Crappy Novel Month! Wheee!
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Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Writingjoyfulfeather on November 3rd, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ee, I love the snippet. <3

Crappy novel month is so true! I love it. (It doesn't mean crappy novels won't become gold after editing, but for right now, crappy novels are totally the point of the exercise.)
Little Red: peanuts - rejection slips - alivicwilmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, editing will be important! I can't stop doing it as I go. I deleted sentences last night! Violating the rules of my NaNo contract!
Fallon Ash: w13 hg/mykafallon_ash on November 3rd, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yay NaNo!! My self-designed drabble-a-day project failed on Day 2, but I'm back on track today on Day 3, and made up for it by writing today's drabble twice, from different perspectives - same POV, just different angles for me personally, which was kind of interesting.

See how much sense that made? Really, at first when I read this post I was all 'OMGZ YOU MENTIONED HG WELLS *FLAIL*!!!' because on my new show (Warehouse 13) HG Wells is an extraordinarily sexay lady... (People keep looking at me strangely when I correct their pronouns.) Pretty snippet is pretty!
Little Red: peanuts - dark and stormy nightmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I meant the traditional HG Wells, of course! :-D And what a cool exercise! I've always wanted to do a bunch of gratuitously fun writing exercises like that. I thought it would be neat to write the same story multiple times at different lengths to see how it would look: 10 words, 100, 1000, 5000 or something like that.
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Bitch-extraordinaire!: From the desk ofsakuracorr on November 3rd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Crappy Novel Month! That's totally what I'm doing!

And I couldn't stop myself from starting over so I have less words today than I did at the end of the first. :\
Little Red: peanuts - rejection slips - alivicwilmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Your novel wasn't crappy enough for Crappy Novel Month??

I can't stop editing. MUST STOP! NOOOO!
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peanutbutterer: Readingpeanutbutterer on November 3rd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
I love your snippet. POST MORE, OMG!
Little Red: glee - football/pompom otpmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
YAYYY!!! :-D It makes me v. happy to have a cheer squad!
georgie: Iz not cool.georgierae on November 3rd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
This post?

Worth it for this alone!

"How do you even make a whole piece fit in twelve seconds?" I ask. "The one I did so far is a duet for flute and a meowing cat. It really holds together!"



Also? I think I could learn to love the Boy Wonder!
Little Red: trek - sisko benny - speshulduckmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
I know! My dad rocks.

Awww, so far Boy Wonder is a sweet kid who hates middle school English homework, and can you blame him? I know I can't. *pets* Though for most of the plot he'll be a grown-up version of the Boy Wonder. :) Which will be nice. It's kind of hard to remember what it was like to be 12!
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fyca: NaNoWriMofyca on November 4th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Repeat after me: Quantity NOT Quality.

This is the true motto of NaNo.

That being said, I'm actually impressed with the quality of my writing compared to some of my previous nanos. We'll see how it is in a week or so though.