NaNoBabble Day 3

I am trying to keep my NaNoBabble to a minimum, partly because I know most of the people who read this couldn’t care less and partly because every word I write about NaNoWriMo is a word that could have been added to my word count for NaNoWriMo

After a fairly good start, having written about 1,800 words at midnight on Thursday and about the same after work, I didn’t write very much if anything on Friday because we had people round.

I’ve now managed to scrape enough words to make me almost on track for the end of today (Sunday) even though it’s only 1AM and I’m about to go to bed. I need to do this because I’m heading through to Edinburgh to go to the Zoo and then a Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert in the evening. The net result is going to me not having much time if any to write tomorrow.

So what am I writing about? I’ve got three characters in mind:

  • My main character is a guy who can’t be sent on to the next life because they can’t find his paperwork, so he gets sent back to earth and can’t die until his paperwork is located.
  • Another character is a demon who works for an organisation that collects resources which is distributes to find plots to destroy the world.
  • My third character is a fake Wikka girl, who accidentally summons the second character because she’s not really paying attention while her friends and her try to perform a ritual to make boys like them

The whole thing is tongue in cheek, and so far I’ve only written from the point of view of the first character.

I have just written a really dull conversation which I’m going to probably have to rewrite in it’s entirety to make it snappier, but for NaNoWriMo it’s the word count that matters….

Close of day 3 start of day 4 my word count is sitting at 6,457 which I think is more than I wrote for last year’s NaNo in it’s entirety.

Anyway it’s bedtime now, otherwise I’m not going to go to the Zoo tomorrow, and that would be tragic.

NaNoWriMo Kick Off Event: Pimp My Plot

So for the first time ever, despite having done NaNoWriMo 4 times before, I attended a NaNoWriMo local meeting. It was quite fun, in as much as 20 awkward, introverts meeting in a pub with a group of people they have never met can be fun.

One of the exercises that we did was called Pimp My Plot, the idea is you write a short synopsis of your plot on a bit of paper and then you hand it round the room each person adds a little to your plot. While some people will have gotten more use out of this than others it was none the less an interesting exercise.


I was caught off guard and had to scribble down my plot, here is what I wrote:

Due to a clerical error James finds himself unable to die. Meanwhile a demon working for a charity that raises money to fund plots to end the world is accidentally summoned by a group of teenage girls trying to perform a ritual to make boys like them.

I’m not even sure if that summarises my ideas well, like I said I was caught off guard. Knowing that 20 other people were going to comment on it I was pressed for space.

Here are the responses I got.

Babo is the Devil
James finds himself caught in a conspiracy to end the world through his mere existence, to use him as a source of infinite power to power a device that will rip a hole in reality.

I’m not sure that the first word is “Babo”, I can’t read the handwriting. I hope the word I’m missing isn’t intrinsic to the idea. While I reckon that the there will probably be some conspiracy, and James will be at the center of it I’m unsure how this will pan out. I think the way that imagine the clerical error happening means that it’s unlikely that he has been given any kind of power. I think it’s just that they can’t harvest his soul/move him on to the next plane of reality until his paperwork is in order, and since they have lost the paper work that is going to take some time.

James is the key to either life or the end of the world, but the girls decide he is the ultimate man…

I hadn’t actually figured how James and the girls were linked, I didn’t think that the girls would actually fall for him, the teenage girls were actually a McGuffin to get the demon into the world in a comical fashion. I was debating killing them off, although I might have just one survive and she will be his bane. Or something along those lines, whether she will “Fall for” James is another matter entirely.

…and must fight the demons, their alternate selves and a fallen god to have him.
The girls start to make boys into girls and the balance of the world is upset as girls start to find it difficult to find boy friends.

I don’t think this is going to feature much, I have a concept of how the theology is going to work in the universe of my story, and that is that every religion is right. I have a quite complex justification for this that probably doesn’t make sense and is probably going to sound better being explained by one of my characters through the narrative rather than here.

I’m going to drop the Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 – Unmanned esque plot idea as i don’t think it fits with my setting, but there will probably be many fallen gods. Just maybe not in the way that the commenter intended.

James suddenly finds himself in possession of powers – much like cupid – that will help the girls. This will be key (and hilarious) to defeating the demons

Thinking my way round the table I think that this might have been written by the person who has 4 erotic fiction novels published. While the concept isn’t in it’s self erotic, I’m not entirely sure I could pull this plot off.

The only power I’d intended to give James was that he couldn’t die, I think anything else doesn’t gel with the setting. Not having Cupidian powers kind of makes this plot point moot sadly.

James falls in love with one of the girls but decides to just have them all, with disastrous consequences.

I envision James as being a bit of a lost soul, quite literally, he’s not the Casanova type, sure he might develop feelings for one of the teenagers (I’ve not decided how old he or they are but 18 is still a teenager and they may well not be teenagers, they might be University students, naïvety was what I was going for not age) assuming any of them survive. I don’t think that he’s likely to have the social skills or the balls to try to seduce all of them though.

James develops a killer allergy and must find a cure because he can’t die but his life is boring because of ….

I don’t think that word toward the end is boring and I can’t read the last word. If the point of the story was to torture my character this might be a good way to go, you can’t die but you are going to spend the rest of your life in anaphalaxic shock, is pretty horrible. The allergy could be his Kryptonite I guess, “I would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those pesky cats!”

I’m unsure, initially I dismissed this outright, but I think that having such an Achilles heel might make the character more rounded. I’d have to ensure that it doesn’t crop up too often though.

It was all a dream…

Really, I’m not even sure this warrants and answer. James is going to have to get killed at some point to kick start the whole process,and the whole story could be his dream as he is lying on a hospital bed in a coma. I’ve always thought the it was all a dream plot was a little tired though, unless you are writing a story where dreams have some tangible effect on the real world like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series then it’s a bit of a cop out.

As neither the protagonist nor the demon can die their battle plays out over and over again with the whole of human history as a backdrop. Until… James finds another immortal.

This is a great idea for another story, James is not a fighter, he’s a guy with rubbish social skills and a crap job who gets killed and finds out he can’t move on to the next life because they’ve lost his paperwork.

The demon is also not a fighter, he’s an accountant (I know I never said this in the synopsis) at a charity that tries to raise money to fund schemes to destroy the world.

Also James’ death takes place in modern times, my current plan has him “Killed” by someone holding up a convenience store. He’s not been about for years, he is just getting used to being an immortal.

Also this story is a little too epic for me, I tried epic for last year’s NaNoWriMo and it didn’t gel with my writing style.

Does he want to die? Or was he happy with the situation? Does he let people around him know? Use it for the good of others? Can he still be hurt? IE bleed, break bones… That kind of thing

That is a list of useful questions:

Does he want to die?
No, at least not to begin with. He’s not made his peace with the world and he dies trying to save someone. I guess a darker version of this would start with him slitting his wrists and then finding out, much to his chagrin, that he can’t die.

Is he happy with the situation?
I think happy is a strong word, confused with what to do with himself is more likely. I see him as having lead a fairly mundane aimless life previous to his “incident”, when he gets sent back, he tries to find some sort of purpose for his life. After all if he can’t die then he probably should do some good. Unfortunately I see him as being a man with little or no practical talents, and he probably doesn’t have the strength of will to stick at anything for any period of time. It’s not like he could go off to the Himalayas and spend 20 years training to be BatMan or anything like that, that would be too much hassle.

Does he let people around him know?
I’ve been humming and hawing about this for a while, I don’t know the answer yet. I think the people who send him back have a process for successful reintegration of people who for whatever reason have to be sent back due to processing misshapes.

This process will have been set in place due to previous cases where a person who could not be processed was inappropriately reintegrated into society.

“We really screwed up with this one guy about two thousand years ago, guy died on a cross but we couldn’t find his paper work so we sent him back. Everyone thought he was some kind of messiah. Luckily Bob over there found his paperwork three days later, it had been filed under Y when it should have been filed under J”

Something like that.

Use it for the good of others?
I think he will try to, but he won’t know how to. I mean if your only super power was that you couldn’t die what would you do?

Can he still be hurt?
Yes, I think he will be imbued with a healing factor by the administrative body that sends him back, but it’s not like Wolverine’s healing factor, he heals over days, and gods does it hurt.

If he wants to die he must give the demon ten koala souls.

There was someone who was trying to work Koalas in everyone’s story… I’m not going to humour this. Although I might mention Koalas in passing during a trip to the zoo.

Is he able to choose life or death? Was he meant to die in the first place?

He isn’t able to choose, he can’t be processed until his papers are processed and since they can’t find his papers he can’t die.

I don’t think the concept of fate is going to play into my story, nothing is meant to be until it happens, if it happens then it has happened.

All boys like them – from toddlers to octogenarians

Again I’ve not put much thought into the girls, if I were scripting an episodic story then this might be possible, it sounds like the plot of an episode of Buffy that vampire slayer though, and I’m not sure I’d be able to write that. I might though, the whole point of it is that the ritual failed though.

He sells his soul to fix things

Souls and the selling thereof are governed by contract law. As James’ paperwork cannot be found it cannot be determined whether or not he has a soul to sell in the first place.

What happens if he loses a limb?

Like I’ve said earlier, he is given a healing factor, but it would take days to grow one back, and it would be excruciatingly painful to lose a limb. He’s not a comic book character who shrugs off pain like that.

James has been trying to commit suicide and continues to try again and again, but the demons start to chase him and he realises he does want to live.

This would work in a different book, with a different James, but not with the character that I envision.

I love this idea and I really want to read it. Anyway the demon’s older brother is much higher up in the hierarchy of hell, and their relationship is typical, overachiever vs unlucky slacker

It’s nice to get a compliment, I might add in other demons, I’m not sure at this point. Part of me wants to add in depressed version of the devil himself, he’s given up on running hell because he’s depressed. Lilith has left him for someone else because he doesn’t have the fire he used to.

Part of me likes the idea of the overachieving sibling for the demon character, I want him to appear to be just as down on his luck as James does.

James is doomed to eternal celestial filing.

I don’t think I want James to spend is time filing souls, he may well have been filed away, but he gets sent back to earth to continue/resume living. Perhaps as someone else.

Dead Pool references

I really wish I’d read more Dead Pool comics, I’ve seen the odd snippet here and there on the net and I like what I see, but I don’t know enough about the character to be able to make references. Also I don’t think James has Dead Pool’s sense of humour, or his multiple personality disorder for that matter.


So uh yeah, that’s that. NaNoWriMo starts in 2 days and I have some food for thought.

Made Up Horoscopes

I wrote these for a student magazine (Qmunicate which appears to have evolved into a blog I have affiliation with what so ever.) about 10 years ago. Just found them on a hard drive I’ve not used in almost that long… I don’t believe in horoscopes and I think anyone who follows the advice detailed herein is doubly mad, first for listening to my advice on horoscopes and secondly for actually believing in horoscopes.

They are I believe an amusing read though, so enjoy.

Horoscope 1:

Aries:

Destiny shines on you, stop to look at the flower in the road to avoid the bigger picture, avoid black, and denim.

Gemini:

The wall ahead of you is really a door, dry your pants before putting them on, 34 for luck.

Cancer:

Beware the beast within, a monkey in the cage is better than a rhino in the living room, blue ribbons for wealth and prosperity .

Libra:

Is that a penny in your pocket or a chocolate button, better check before it melts, 73 and red are your friends.

Taurus:

Waiting by the phone wont do, go there and break down the door, your totem is the badger this month.

Leo:

You face a hard decision, feel up both options before smoothly gliding through trouble free, believe what you see on TV it may save your life.

Virgo:

Beware of Romans bearing cherries, the may look sweet but you will choke on the pip, brown is not your color.

Sagittarius:

Under the apple tree is shady, but beware newton will have his revenge, when it hits you on the head remember the good thing is you can eat it.

Capricorn:

Be carful not to blow your own horn, Get somone else to blow it for you, the world is not as simple as you think, pay attention to the little things.

Aquarius:

Remember the fountain of youth does not overflow freely, enjoy it while you can, a watched pot never boils an ignored one boils over immediately.

Pisces:

Swim Against the flow, but remember unlike a salmon you wont die after getting laid, a tragedy does not the Armageddon make.

Scorpio:

Every rose has it’s thorn but sometimes a little pain can be good for the soul, who knows you might enjoy it, but avoid Rubber at all costs.

Horoscope 2:

Aeries:

The Sky may seem to be falling but before you cry wolf and make an arse of yourself, double check. Beware of false profecies, and men with beards. Anger is not the path, calm down and have a pint. 10 for luck, green for love, but you cant have both.

Cancer:
Urinating in a direction which is in direct opposition to that of the wind may proove to be a bad idea. Don’t fight the inevitable go with the flow and be happy. Why are you thinking about Avacados?

Scorpio:

No need to lie in wait, this game of cat and mouse is getting tiresome. Leap out and sieze the catch, but beware mice with shotguns. 2 is not your lucky number this month, and be nice to people with red tops.
Sagitarius:

Try not to trip on that step its a big one, you may need to rethink things from here on, laugh at a beached whale at your own peril it may be filled with dynamite. never eat 6 doughnuts in a row, it will be make you ill.

Gemini:

Stop trying to be in two places at once, being sceduled to be in a lecture while you are in the pub does not count as attending the lecture, go tot he pub before the lecture it will make it more interesting. 1 seems lucky for you but is it?

Taurus:

Nobody ever slips on a banana peel, leave your superstition behind, trust in what you trust, and defy all else. Remeber that trying to milk a bull is pointless, unless you want salty milk. trust not those who say 9.

Libra:

Feel chained down by reality? probably beause you are, escape to that place where your inner elephant dances the macerena and feel true freedom. 4 is the gateway to your dreams.

Leo:

Orion’s belt is unbuckling, thankfully Uranus is in the way, the path to obscenity lies South, the path to obscurity is elsewhere. the Number 5 will have some relevence to you in the near future.

Virgo:

Remember that time you did that thing, with that person? It’s going to come back and haunt you, but it might turn out all right if you don’t wear blue. Your luck with numbers goes in an inverse proportion to their distance from 58.

Capricorn:

A new kind of medicine is headed your way, whether you take it or not will affect the rest of your life, be it for better of worse. Not all cures kill but some can. 7 seems lucky but it’s not.

Aquarius:

Believe you can win and you might not, try as hard as you can, you might still fail. But to be quite frank fuck it, if you dont try you are garanteed to fail, trust the two B’s, and eat a walnut, it may save your life.

Pisces:

Do you feel like your shadow is stalking you? It might be, detach yourself from the bonds of truth, it is time to fake it. Lemons though sour can be good for you. 46 for luck.

Horoscope 3:

Aries:

A stitch in time saves time, but you’d rather be sowing your seeds than sewing your jeans wouldn’t you. Do what you will, you have time for needle work later. Your lucky number is a prime number with 54 digits you are going to have to figure it out to benifit from it though. Orange socks might help your technique if you know what I mean.

Gemini:

Have you missed your train or are you early for the next one? Life is a matter of perspective, but none of that half empty half full glass shit just drink your beer. 96 for luck but beware clothing that bears it. An over abundance of blue will cramp your style.

Cancer:

Ever seen a mongoose fly? No? Well thats because they can’t. Know your limitations and you will soar to unseen heights. A number in the range of 23 to 34 will bring a smile to your face. Avoid magenta like it were a plague of rabid dogs it will be the end of you, or maybe a new begining.

Libra:

Too many options ahead of you single one out and strike like a patriot missile, chances are you’ll miss but if you try enough times you’ll get there eventually. A relative of yours will enjoy the number 62. Black and white stripes weigh heavy on your future, whether this is good or bad I cannot say, but it will be important.

Taurus:

Embrace what little serenity you can find, the usurping chaos that surrounds you will pass and you will be stronger for it. When somone convinces you to snort pepper through a £10 note, exhale… 78 for luck, 79 for a lick your choice. I’m having touble describing your lucky color it is one you are not used to, but it will be a good thing.

Leo:

Like the string you must be flexible, able to roll yourself into a little ball or stretch yourself out to news lengths, but remember you limits you are not a bungie chord. Stray away from the number 1 and it’s multiples. Wear too much brown and you will feel out of place, but being out of place can sometimes put other people in their place, is that what you want to do?

Virgo:

This month your pristene existence is sullied by a new factor, but is it dirt or the grease you need to moove smoothly onwards? Somtimes it’s good to be a little dirty. 12 is one less than 13 but is it any better? Pink below the waist? Surely not! I can say little else but this, be free, or you’ll see.

Sagittarius:

Trying may be the first step on the road to failure but you can never succeed at something you dont try, it’s fucked up but thats life. I am sad to say that numerology will have no affect on you this month, go for letters. Green walls will make your life interesting, but green hills will make it better

Capricorn:

Sticking your head in the dirt like an ostridge is not gonna keep you safe, the market for ostridge steaks is too high. Run free but dont snort cheese. A man with 3 l’s in his name will bring you good fortune, but beware an over abundance of e’s. Taste the rainbow, then spit it out, that shits not for you.

Aquarius:

Dont believe everything the man in the yellow hat tells you, he may look suspicious, but he is. Veer to the left and strike while the iron is cold, I own no yellow hats honest. 5 is a round number isn’t it doesn’t it look pretty, especially in red.

Pisces:

A duck in the hand can lead to some very nasty bites, leave it in the bush with it’s friend because it’s not worth the hassle. Besides you might need both hands free for something else. 2 is your lucky number this month, although you want it to be 3. Grey Clouds are not a bad sign for once embrace the rain but bring a brolly.

Scorpio:

You really want to fight the power, but the power keeps the lights on, is it a paradox or do you need a new preoccupation? Dont swim against the flow swim perpendicular to it, reach the shore and leave the river entirely. An ominous warning about the number 40 clouds your month, sunshine comes from 29, in all it’s amber radiance.

Horoscopes 4:

Gemini (20th May – 20th June)
Beware a sudden insurgence of stuffed toys into your life, they may be plush and cute but keep those small parts away from young children – you know what I mean. 12 for luck and green for happiness.

Leo (22nd July – 22nd August)
Keep a stern face, even when someone flicks mayo in it with a spoon and your wishes may come true, just be sure it’s mayo, ‘cause anything else could make your life messy. White is bad but the obvious opposite, black, is not good either; try something that doesn’t involve grey.

Virgo (23rd August – 21st September)
A boot on the foot is better than one in the face, be careful what you say and around whom you say it. One wrong word could make all the difference, but the right one could also be a bad thing. Immerse yourself in pink, but only metaphorically; don’t wear any, it’ll cramp your style, try maroon, but only once.

Libra (22nd September – 22nd October)
Stay away from ornithologists, if you are an ornithologist spend some time contemplating the world around you, and stay away from other Libras. You don’t want to know what else is in store for you experience it as it comes. Find a number you like and stick to it, it will bring you luck.

Scorpio (23rd October – 21st November)
A storm is headed your way, be sure to carry an emotional umbrella at all times – you’ll need it, but make sure it doesn’t act as a lightning rod for bad vibes. Bad vibes can turn into an earthquake and where would you be then? Brown is the colour of the earth that quakes; steer away from it, a more active colour is required, don’t choose 9.

Sagittarius (22nd November – 21st December)
Get up and stand up for your rights; you’ve been a push over recently and it’s time to bounce back up and smack the pushers in the face. A bit of spine is good for the soul, and makes nice soup, so i hear. Splash out on some new clothes, your old ones are fading. 0870 50 50 007 for a good time I think…

Capricorn (22nd December – 19th January)
Make up your mind, time waits for no man or woman or whatever you think you are, if you don’t choose soon you’ll end up with nothing (like the rat that starved ‘cause it couldn’t decide which bit of cheese to eat first). Your usual lucky number is wrong this month try another one, it’ll do you better.

Aquarius (20th January – 17th February)
Feeling a bit airy-fairy? Life seems to be passing you by at a great speed and there’s nothing you can do about it? I wonder why? Get a grip, and snap back into reality cause if you don’t it’s gonna move on without you. Dark colours are not your friends this month; be vibrant, be bright, but don’t wear yellow. 0 is your hero this month.

Pisces (18th February – 19th March)
Better spear that problem you know is gonna pop up, before it develops into something that could destroy your world. But then again is your world worth saving? Trust in the even numbers which start with 8 and end in 1. I know what you are thinking, but believe me I’m right.

Aries (20th March – 19th April)
Next time you blow your nose do it facing east and good fortune will be yours. Numbers between 65 and 66 (non-inclusive) and the colour red for good luck.

Taurus (20th April – 19th May)

Spit in the eye of fate and charge head first into destiny, you may not like what you find there but at least you’ll be somewhere that isn’t where you are now. Don’t wear blue this month, it could make someone angry.

33 Ways to Stay Creative.

Apparently my theme doesn’t handle ordered lists so I’ve had to fudge the list the make it more readable….

I saw this and in the run up to NaNoWriMo I thought I’d run through the list.

1. I don’t really do lists, why does this count as something that makes you more creative? Lists of what!!!!

2. I used to carry a notebook everywhere, i kept on losing the note books. Now I have a notes application on my phone. It’s synchronized with the internet so my notes don’t go missing.

3. I assume free writing is just writing what comes to your mind, I do that here far too often… I guess I could do it more with a little more focus though…

4. Noooooooooooooooo…. Okay maybe this is a good idea, I think disconnecting from the internet is just as good an idea though…

5. What the hell does this mean? Host a seance? Try and have an out of body experience? I’m calling bull on this item…

6. No, I like it, I’m crap which is why I strive to be better.

7. My life is a break… I guess every now and then you have to walk away to get some perspective though.

8. Check, and everywhere else, as my workmates will attest…

9. I’m on my 5th cup of the day and it’s only half 10…

10. I think I know my roots, I guess I could know more. Is this supposed to mean you actual roots or your creative roots? Damn you vague list for being vague!

11. Last FM that is all I’m going to say. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to music any other way when I’m at work. I’ve never heard of any of the artist I listen to.

12. Does writing this this count as being open?

13. Creative people annoy this shit out of me? Or is that people who think they are creative? I’m not sure… True story I went to a party a while back where there were a bunch of “artists”, bunch of self important anti social so and sos kept on talking loudly about really obscure crap to do with their field and excluded everyone else at the party. I guess it’s okay when you have something in common with them…

14 You can read a lot of my writing on this blog… I even have a writing section… Gies feedback!

15.  I’ve tried to start a writing group but it fell apart because everyone is so busy, must try again…

16. I’m about to put myself through 30 days of mental anguish in the form of NaNoWriMo…

17. I try to make the time to practice but it’s hard, I must try harder to try harder…

18. Everything I do is a mistake… I accept this.

19. Glasgow, China, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Japan… Oh you mean more local? I guess I could try going to a different place to write. Recently I’ve tried writing in different coffee shops. I quite like Big Mouth Coffee Company.

20. I really enjoy foreign films, don’t watch enough, need to rectify this. Irritatingly I found a channel on Sky that did nothing but foreign films then sky replaced it the next week… I was sad… True story…

21. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9… Okay… Moving on…

22. When am i supposed to find time to rest… Sleep is for the weak!

23. Like diving in front of buses so you can sue the bus company for medical costs?

24. There are rules… (I was tempted to mimic the typographical breaking of the rules that this does on the original list, but that would be conformist of me)

25. Roger. Eat lots of burgers….

26. I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave… I’m going to have to force myself when it comes to NaNoWriMo, that’s the nature of the beast.

27. I used to do this all the time, I have a 1979 edition of the Oxford concise dictionary back home, I used to open it up and a random page and read it. Also the encyclopedia Britannica.Now I have the 1920 Oxford Concise Dictionary.

28. For writing? Not sure what to do here?

29. I’m not anyone’s perfect, not even my own, I know this.

30. See 2, My Catch Notes account is chock full of ideas. I also have an entire Category of my blog dedicated to story ideas… 

31. No No No No. Maybe. I need to tidy up my study.

32. I am.

33. I’ll try, I guess I just have.

Via Laura Kane.

The Sanctity of Paper

It’s weird I quite often carry around a note book but I don’t like to write in it. There is something sacred about an empty notebook, those first few pen strokes in a new notebook break a seal, but to me there is a certain amount of inertia to breaking that seal, I don’t know why, but it’s difficult. Once I’ve written something in a notebook it’s fine, but those first few words are difficult.

It’s like you have to write something that is worthy of the notebook to christen it or to steal it’s virginity. Why is it that a wad of paper holds so much power over me? I often come up with idea’s that I’d like to note down but I don’t because I don’t think that they are worthy of putting in a notebook. I don’t feel there is any issue like this with putting something down in digital form. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ll write any old crap here, I also note stuff down on my phone all time, but putting down the thoughts in a notebook just isn’t easy.

Why is this? Does anyone else experience this?

Writers Block

I’ve got really bad writers block of a sort, I have a story idea, I know how I am going to start it, heck I even know what the first couple of sentences are, I just can’t bring myself to start writing it.

The story is a thriller that starts when a one night stand goes horribly wrong, at least I think it’s a thriller, I’m not sure yet.
Regardless I should be able to start it, I know what happens in the first chapter, why can’t I at least write that?

I think it’s because the Idea is still in gestation, at least that’s my excuse. I’m going to let it gestate for a little bit longer, but I might take some notes so I don’t forget where it’s going.

Generation Z: Curses! Someone has gone and done it…

About two years ago I wrote about my Idea for a Zombie movie/comic called Generation-Z. The basic premise was that all the children in the world turned into Zombies.

Now someone else has had the same Idea and have by the sounds of it actually written a script. They are trying to secure funding for it apparently. And they’ve given it the same name!

I very much doubt that they got the Idea from me, after all the phrase “Generation X” is common enough and it’s not a huge leap to go from there to a Zombie movie called Generation Z. It’s just a bit irritating to see an idea that you had which has promise taken up by someone else.

Oh well, I may well yet write it, I was planning on doing so for Script Frenzy but never got round to starting. They are only trying to secure funding for it and aren’t doing amazingly well at the moment.

Best of luck to them, but if I write it I’m keeping the name…

Not that you care but…

I’ve added a few new static pages to this site. Notably I’ve added a “Writing” section to the navigation bar at the top, see up there, next to “About”?

This page has links to a couple of fragments of writing I’ve written. Essentially it’s got my first two NaNoWriMo attempts on it. If you mouse over that there are links to the individual pages for each strory, otherwise you can click on “Writing” and there is summary of each of the stories there.

I’ve had to change my theme so that static pages work, it turns out I hadn’t noticed how badly my old theme rendered them, for some reason despite them following the same css rules as blog posts, static pages ignored all html formatting tags, so everything looked rubbish.

Anyway that is all, if you do read either of those stories, please post a comment to say so and to give me your opinion on them. Neither of them really got to where I would describe the story as having “Gotten Started” but they were both a start…

NaNoWriMo: Heads Up

Just a heads up I’m going to posting what there is of last years NaNoWriMo here soon. I need to figure out how I’m going to do it though, as I’m not sure posting it in order makes sense. It’s not really broken into chapters if I recall, but it is 9,000 or so words long so It’s a bit too long for a single post.

I might make it into a static post and put last years one up like that too…

Any thoughts?

NaNoWriMo 09 Nov 07 Post Mortum

Today has been the first chance I’ve had to actually go at it, up until now I’ve either not felt up to it or have had some social engagement or other that has stopped me from getting any writing done. As it stands I’m at 2,328 Words at the moment, up from 640 which has been my word count for the past 2 or so days. The irritating thing is that puts my output today at 1688 words… Which is only 21 words more than you are supposed to average a day during NaNoWriMo. this is partly because I rehashed/replaced/merged 200 of my old words into the new 1688 so technically I’ve written 1888 which is slightly better, I guess.

As it stands I’ve not gotten very far into my plot I have a long an convoluted plot planned out and I’m still in the first scene which introduces the main character. I might end the scene and thusly the chapter where I am or I might not, I’m not sure. I think I need to think on it, the next scene has my Amnesiac character meeting his wife for the first time since he disapeared for 6 months, and it’s going to have to involve a fight and a flashback. I’ll hopefully get that done tomorrow. I’ve got a little bit of filler I need to put in where nothing happens to set the reader at ease, about what the character is doing I dunno there are bits that I might skim over and just say they happen the filler is in space so I get to jabber on about technology and I get to describe for the first time what it feels like to slowly become a human popsicle. I like describing things.

After that there is a brief trip home for that character, the character has another fight with his wife, and sees his kids slightly more grown up. Then the final bit that is set in the “present” which I think will be a year  or so later will involve the main character going popsicle for one last time and waking up god knows when, which will lead on to the main plot. One of the things that I want to try to convey is how despite bieng socially inept when dealing with his wife and kids and constantly bickering/fighting with his wife that he really does love them, beause this is going to just make the rest of his future life all the more difficult. I don’t want to go too cliche, so lets see how I manage it…

I want birthdays to play a role in what I write, I think they are wierd, how we celebrate dates that mark the coincidence of the earth being at the same point in it’s orbit about the sun as it was when we were born. I also think that one really hard thing about being away from your kids and having them grow up while you are away is missing their birthdays.

I think I might have a birthday party in the filler, how much detail I go into is not really that important but I think I want a birthday party in the filler.

Anyway, I have a list of things I need to do tomorrow as well as NaNoWriMo so I’m going to have to go to bed soon. Just want to spend some time chilling before I do crash out, otherwise I’ll never get to sleep.

It amuses me that I just wrote almost 600 words about my nano rather than in it…