Category: nanowrimo

So much for NaNoWriMo

A multitude of things happened that shot this bird before it got to steady flight.

  • Work. After all, that’s what they pay me for.
  • Katsucon. They don’t pay me, but I work for them anyway. There were two major cons, Nekocon and AnimeUSA. I worked at AnimeUSA, which unclogged a lot of stuff I was waiting on for my own staff (Main Events). This started a floodgate release of backlogged work, and I couldn’t exactly go, “Sorry, writing a novel for an entire month…” There have also been many Skype and hotel meetings as well.
  • I had to plan for two birthday parties at my house and a Thanksgiving, which involves a lot of housework, cooking, and cleaning.
  • I got sick (just a bad cold, fever that won’t go away) and lost a filling
  • Three episodes of major life suckage (so far) I won’t go into in public where essentially, I was forced to be “the bad guy.” I lost at least once.
  • Other writing priorities, like the Balticon Podcast.
  • I had to help out a good friend in a major crisis. Essentially, her whole life was falling apart, and I am helping her through it.
  • I am editing Trolley, which takes up everything else

I’m not dead.

… or editing.

I have done two more Balticon Podcasts, the one with Paulo Bacigalupi is up here. The one with Mark Van Name is coming up soon. As I listen to myself, I think I have to sound less like I am reading my own script, which is exactly what I am doing. This time around, Martha had a fever and wanted to get to sleep, so I was a little pressed for time. I found out this last time that I am better with Mountain Dew and relaxing more, and that I should do the podcast standing up. Paul Fischer said I can do a few interviews at Balticon 45 if I want, and I think I am going to give it a try for a couple of random guests (I don’t care who; all guests are equal in my eyes).

They used my Balticon (the con) bumper! Hooray!

I am going to invest in my own mic, and record from home. I have to get a mic for reading my own books, and do my own skits. Then I’ll post some of the links here, and hopefully be less stilted. I might do a few comedy podcasts, so who knows. I don’t have enough material for anything monthly, but I may do a few shows a year with skits, bullshitting, and since I’ll be traveling the cons I may do some recordings with special friends of mine who are naturally funny. My old comedy group, which barely lifted off the ground, “Strange Tea,” may be resurrected in another form, but I have been thinking on renaming it, “Drinking Tea with Weird Gods,” based on a similar line from Douglas Adams’ “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” where he described the works of “Great Circling poets of Arium:”

“The first part of each song would tell how there once went forth from the City of Vassillian a party of five sage princes with for horses. The princes, who are of course brave, noble, and wise, travel widely in distant lands, fight giant ogres, pursue exotic philosophies, take tea with weird gods and rescue beautiful monsters from ravening princesses before finally announcing that they have achieved enlightenment and that their wanderings are therefore accomplished. The second, and much longer, part of each song would then tell of all their bickerings about which one of them is going to have to walk back.”

But apart from that, my main draw away from creative projects has been Katsucon, where I am vice-chair and a member of the KEI board along with Christine. We both work under Paul, and have two directors positions as well. Christine is Head of Guest Relations, and I am in charge of Main Events (like Cosplay, Super Art Fight, the Dances, Anime Music Videos, the Japanese Band we’re getting, and so on). This involves a lot of mail, calling, hotel visits, and wrangling of dedicated department heads (and I love them all, they are very awesome and hard working folk). Not to mention security for said events. And work has been busy, too. Not a lot of free time to do stuff as it was in September/October which is GOOD for the company (and thus, me) but not so much for non-work related projects.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to be a paid author and eventually make a living from it. But for right now, I have to wisely invest money and time.

Lot of balls in the air to juggle. But I am still on target for December Beta readers of Trolley, even if I have to drop the NaNoWrioMo Ball. 😦

I got real busy, so as you can see my word count stalled at 4251 or something. I hope to leap ahead this coming weekend.

Tonight I will be at Dancing Cat Studios, recording two more episodes of the Balticon Podcast. On the docket for release are interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi and Mark Van Name. You might remember Mark and I were on the “Liars Panel” at the last Balticon, where he told the story of having his nose humped by a cat. He also tells of this during the interview, unless Paul cuts that part out (I have only heard the raw feed of the interview).

I am going to do Paraparanormal. Why? Well, apart from an outline, I haven’t really started writing it yet. I figure this book may only have 50,000 words in it and GOSH DARNIT, NANOWRIMO IS FUN! I love fellow authors, and this marathon is too good to miss. Yes, I’m busy editing “Trolley.” Yes I have Katsucon, three birthdays (including my own), work, podcasts, and other issues.


Also, truth be told, I had a dream last night that I should do this. Like, ghostly visions of the story and me finishing it. Sadly, none of these visions involved me sitting on sacks of money with $ signs on them, smoking a fat cigar, and going, “Yeaaaah ha ha!” But here’s my info:

Punk Walrus on NaNoWriMo

I am having serious issues with my NaNoWriMo account, however. Like, it won’t accept my password, but it lets me log in when it is reset, and then it won’t let me log in after I log out. Their help says to clear my cache, history, and cookies, but that’s not working. So I updated my account during one of these moments and I didn’t log out. Let’s see how long that takes before it fails.

BTW: The Balticon Podcasts are on hold because Paul got busy.