I was wandering through the internet – looking up octopi for a book that I am writing and I stumbled across these little cuties. The Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis). They are named because of their Dumbo-like ears.
Go to the BBC Nature website for additional information about the Dumbo Octopus.
Nature is amazing.
Yesterday was a marginally-busy day at work, so I did some writing and put it on my thumb-drive. Go figure – 6676 words. Huh. Wow.
This puts me at 32885 words. As of yesterday, I needed 30006. I was a bit over 2800 ahead! Not bad for a woman who started November 9.
So, I CAN multitask. I’m 6676 words closer to the WINNERS circle.
I’m always looking for something to jumpstart my creativity. So, I am going to offer what I find to each of you for your opinion.
Today’s offering is Story Cubes by Rory’s. When I went shopping, I saw 3 other sets with different themes. I chose this one because I like orange. Random, I know.
I used these today when I was writing for NaNoWriMo. I rolled the 9 dice and chose to write a story based on the 9 images that rolled out.
On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this a solid 7. I envision using it for brainstorming and workshopping, but not for serious story creation and maintenance.
I am hauling bootie now! 8838 words today. I’m a little over 26,000 words so far. That’s fantastic! I learned that I just need a few things:
* to be awake early in the AM (apparently I am more creative now that I am later in the day)
* a cup of coffee
* Law and Order on the TV
* be sicker than a dog
* a busy spousal unit in the other room
* occupied puppies in the kitchen
* no job (!)
Day five for me. Day 16 for most everyone else. So, I’m averaging 1/3 of the writing days that everyone else is. Giggle.
The spousal unit helped me devise an Excel spreadsheet that told me what words I need to average every day in order to keep on track. At this point (if I write every day), then I need to average 2343 words per day. If I don’t write again until next weekend (oh boy), then I need to average 4080 words per day to stay on track. Quite handy this little Excel spreadsheet. It offers me reality in one simple little document.
If only I could count my blogging toward my daily word count. This little one is 118 words long.
I got up late – have a headache (a sinus thing, really) – and I wrote 4441 words. What the heck? How did that happen? Slowly. Very slowly – but I plodded along. During work. After my shower. In a break I found here and there.
But that still puts me 8469 words behind where I should be. Doggone it! But, I am 14869 words INTO it! That’s awesome.
I am determined to “win”! I will WIN! I just need a few hours here and there every day to do my daily count – and catch up. No problem.
Nope. No problem.
Holy smokes!!! Apparently, I need to write in the middle of the night more often! 5885 words! Dynamite!
Today’s weirdness: blood soaked clothing, guns – and a girl name Petty (who I’m revisiting from a few years back). That’s what I get for watching The Walking Dead the night before.
Wow! It seems as thought I fuzz out around 2270 for my word counts (so far).
Wrote a bunch of random, weird stuff. Ghosts, old men living below the subway, slime. What am I thinking?
Okay – so you’ve noticed that it is November 9 and I’m saying that today is Day One of my NaNoWriMo adventures. Yup, that is true. I am officially 8 days behind.
So, what does that mean for our heroine? 2381 words per day. That’s a lot of words every day!
Today’s update: 2267. And my fingers hurt. But I cranked it out in less than an hour. I am framing my story – figuring out who the characters are – and where I want them to go. It’s going to be a busy 21 days.
Wish me luck.