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I am finally back on track with NaNo and feeling pretty good about it, finally.  I'm going to shoot for 5000 words a day from now on, which only takes me about two hours.  I finally feel kinda like I'm on a downward slope, especially when I look at my stats page and see how close I am to the top. WHEW! This is really kinda worth it!
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Yes, I have decided to keep doing NaNoWriMo, but I am so far behind now.  I wrote almost 5000 words tonight and came up with all kinds of trash, most of which isn't even narrative OR dialogue, but commentary.  The first part of it is downright hilarious.  I'll post starting where it gets really bad.  Let the non-funny parts serve as a warning to those of you who attempt NaNoWriMo--it is not for wimps.  Now I have to recharge for tomorrow, when I will write 5000 MORE words.

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I know everyone on my f-list is getting tired of my self-pitying little rants, but I've got to say, from now on, I'm doing my own grocery shopping.

See I DID ask Dad not to pick up a frozen dinner with sausage in it.  I told him lasagna would be fine as long as it didn't have sausage.  So he brings me a sausage lasagna.  To be fair, he was being nice and making sure I had something besides Ensure with which to nourish myself tonight during my shift at work.  But when I get to work and heat up the lasagna and start to eat, I realize it's sausage.

This isn't just about me hating sausage.  Seasoned meats give me migraines.  And sure enough, after just a few minutes, I feel like I'm balancing a cement block on my head.  The lasagna goes in the trash.  Now I have a migraine AND low blood sugar.  I'm not hypoglycemic, but I am slightly underweight, and I don't like feeling weak and lightheaded and shaky like I do now.

I don't have enough money to get anything from the vending machine (I just got paid, am getting cash when I get off work), so I try to make do with anything I can find in the cupboards that people have forgotten about.  I find two packets of crackers, a jar of peanut butter (Jif, ugh), and ramen noodles.  So while I'm trying to eat stuff, I still feel lightheaded and weak because this stuff doesn't have a lot of nutritional value.

And now is when I start getting worried.  If I pass out, which I kinda feel like doing, no one is going to know.  I'm working alone.  The only other person here right now is the head chef, all the way downstairs.  I guess if the tingly feeling in my chest gets worse, I'll call down there and ask her to bring something up.  I mean, I'm really not hypoglycemic or anything.  I just haven't been eating regularly, and I've been eating smaller and smaller portions.  My weigh-in at the doc's didn't seem too bad, considering my bone size, but I've been feeling like crap, so I know something's wrong.  Doc suggests regular meals.  Har-dee-har-har.  Easier said than done.  Stupid work schedule.

So I think I'm going grocery shopping once I deposit my check.  Get some decent frozen dinners.  Ones that aren't Lean Cuisines or Weight Watchers (Dad tends to gravitate toward those--he's used to buying for Mom, and I am certainly health-conscious).

The icon with Leo looking like he's sulking fits pretty well right now.

As far as NaNo goes, I don't know.  I really want to work on fan fiction again.  I don't want to leave this novel abandoned, though, and I don't know if I'd return to it if I dropped out of NaNo.  But I've been getting all these bunnies lately, some dark, some light, and I really do want to work on Halfway Point.

Ugh, I feel sick.
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You know, I'm actually kinda wishing I would let myself just...NOT finish NaNoWriMo.

I would regret it.  Maybe.  I would be guilted into doing it next year.  Maybe.  But you know, if I finish this year, I doubt I'll do it again.

Gosh, it's not that I'm not enjoying the novel itself, but I miss writing fan fiction.  I've also felt like crap the past few days and gotten behind, and trying to catch up is a beast.  At this moment, I'm a little over 24K, but GOSH!  That's not even halfway.  I have this feeling that 25K won't be the top of a mountain and the rest will be downhill, but that it will be where the mountain to 50K gets REALLY steep and doesn't go downhill at all.

I know what happens in the next chapter of The Halfway Point, but I haven't written anything on it this month.  I also know what happens in the chapter after that, and all this is where things start to turn around, and it's very cool, but instead of working on that, or on the Underdark fic I promised Nekostuki I would do (I WILL do it, WA, I promise!), or on further installments of Quality Time, or on any of these other bizillions of plot bunnies I have ping-ponging around in my head, I'm working on this original novel, and it's suddenly going SO SLOWLY and I'm not even halfway yet!  And the MONTH is almost HALF OVER.

Maybe I can do a huge binge on my NaNo novel the next few days and get it done in like, a week.  Then I'll die from exhaustion.  After that, I can work on fic.  Hmmmm....

You know, that was something like the original plan--get it done early, keep working on other projects.  I am so long overdue on Underdark that I feel horribly guilty.  Then there's the Uzi!Don bunny that I have to nag Kay into submission over, a bunny I've been aching to write for a long, long time (I have such an intense hatred for this girly version of Don people write).

So yeah, not many people would complain about their original fiction getting in the way of writing fan fiction, but you know, I'm a musician.  This isn't what I really do.  I just finished a big piece, and I'm resting from it, and writing like crazy.  So no guilt there.

But I do try to write my very best, and The Emperor's Wings might actually end up decreasing the quality of my writing.  Considering all this crap I'm putting out, I'm starting to get lenient with other rough drafts.  Before long, my beta readers will want nothing to do with me.

And man, I want to work on The Halfway Point.  Seriously, it's about to get to a turning point, and things will change, and I so want to write that.  But between the migraines and the backaches and NaNoWriMo, BLEH!  I don't think I can do it right.




So grar.  Miss Tori is frustrated and procrastinating and despairing and wondering if she can get this done after all, or more importantly, if it's worth it.  To quote Groth the Ogre: RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
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At the beginning of chapter 6

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Nov. 5th, 2007 11:46 pm
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I am having so much fun, it's unbelievable.  Not only did I get chapter 8 of The Halfway Point up, but I wrote a whole chapter of my novel in one sitting.  It was an action sequence.  So much fun, and it ended up with a twist I didn't know it would have.  Man, I hate one of my characters so much, in a good way.  And I am completely addicted to my main character, I think.  She's turning out all kinds of things.

Characters

Nov. 4th, 2007 05:26 pm
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When it comes to TMNT, I generally say my favorite characters are Raph and Mike. A conversation with Aubretia Lycania last night got me thinking WHY I say that. It made me realize something about the way I think of these characters that I found interesting enough to share.

I adore Raph. He was my favorite growing up. To this day, my one true love is OT Raph. In any medium, the comics, the movies, the shows, my favorite is Raph. The only possible exception is NT, but even there...I just love this character. He's my favorite one to watch, and maybe my favorite one to read about in fan fiction.

Why do I say Mike is just as much my favorite as Raph, if that's so? I think Mike is the one I love to WRITE the most. There's so much potential for serious Mike fiction, even if he dominates the humor genre, for several reasons.

1. In the comics, he was the last turtle to develop a distinct personality and the one they focused on the least.

2. In the movies, he serves no purpose but comic relief and therefore never gets any real character development.

3. In the toons, it's a similar case, although every once in a while he gets a shot at character development--and it's ALWAYS great! Grudge Match is a fantastic Mike episode!

In this RPG I'm involved in with a few other authors, I've been playing Mike. The exciting thing about it is really the fact that I'm in the early stages of showing his "coming of age" story. Not that I think Mike's a naive little kid--I rebel against that idea--but the idea of showing him really grow into his personality, of showing his dependence on his brothers lessen and his confidence strengthen, all that really appeals to me. It's a big thing that Time Elapsed is about. See, Mike has too much of a personality NOT to be an amazing grown-up, and I would get so excited to see him become a full-fledged independent person, still funny, still geeky, still collecting comic books, but with the perspective that comes with age and experience. He could be really inspirational and deep, maintaining who he is without the insecurity that makes him blare it all over the place.

So I really think, as many bunnies as I have running all over the place, that I'd love for my next big fic project to be a story like that. I don't know how many people would like something like that, as serious Mike fics tend not to go over as well as serious Leo fics or Don fics or Raph fics. I would avoid the angle of "Mike suffers until he forgets how to laugh" that makes fics like these so bad. Anyway, I think it would be a challenge, and really fascinating to work on.

I'm over a fifth of the way done with my NaNo novel, and it is SO MUCH FUN! Gah! I am SO glad I signed up for this!
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Yes, you will see the results, probably in December. When it's edited some. And it'll be f-locked. Or maybe put up on FictionPress. I dunno yet.
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I am thisclose to finishing the next chapter of The Halfway Point. It's a different one. Rather than being a conglomeration of emotional scenes, this brings about a twist to the plot. Things change after this one. It even has action!

I think my novel for NaNoWriMo will be in the sci-fi space opera type genre, although I'm tempted to go all Spazzy Ridiculous Humor with it instead. Is it okay to use a story idea you started to write years ago, but LOST years ago due to the crashing of the Evil Compaq Harddrive (for those who don't know, Compaqs last until the DAY after their warrantee expires, then BLOW UP. They have a BOMB by the little mouse thing).

I...did it!

Oct. 3rd, 2007 04:44 am
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I actually signed up for National Novel Writing Month.  After years of wanting and not having the time, I did it!

...I feel pretty good.

I'm very excited.  I'm planning on making outlines and character profiles ASAP.  It will be great.

On the upside, this means I'll probably be finishing The Halfway Point within the month.

On the downside, it also means I might be taking a month-long hiatus from fan fiction.

...Or not.  I can do both, right?  50,000 words isn't THAT much, right?  RIGHT?  *checks Halfway Point as it's written so far* 51 pages....17,007 WORDS?  You gotta be kidding me! ...I have to learn how to be long-winded!

...I'm gonna go plan a novel.

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