First day of NaNoWriMo done, on track for 100,000 words by December

My goal last year was to just hit the 50k, and I succeeded. A couple of strong weekends, and not going home for Thanksgiving gave me the edge I need to finish at ~52k.

This year, the goal is 100k words, or at least, to complete the entire story (no sequels this time!) in more than the required 50k. I also hope to have most of this done before the holidays, and this year I will be flying home, and don’t want to have to worry about hitting my word counts. I want to be well over 50k before then.

To that end, I’ve mapped out a schedule for the next thirty days. So far I’m on track, I’ve already written 6,003 words today alone! If I hit 3k on weekdays, 6k on each weekend, then with only 2k on the 25th (giving me time to pack) and 1k per day after that, I’ll hit 100k exactly on November 30th.

Wish me luck!

/jon

November is National Novel Writing Month!

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’m getting pumped. I participated and won in 2008 with over 52,000 words. Even though I’ll be going home for the holidays, I’m planning on writing much more than the required 50,000 this time around.

I aim to re-imagine a story that I’ve tried multiple times to get out of my head in the past. Here’s the quick-and-dirty synopsis for this year’s tentatively titled “Granger”:

Danny Granger was proud, arrogant even, but a damn good firefighter. The other men said he was strong, tough like his father: who’d given his life to the noble work. They loved his mother too: everyone had read her books growing up. And Dan’s girlfriend never failed to catch peoples’ eye.

Everything seemed to be working out for the up-and-coming lieutenant. Then came the call.

Dragging himself along the floor of his childhood home, choking on the thick plumes of smoke, Danny failed to rescue his mother from the blaze.

So when he wakes up a week later in a hospital bed, spouting crazy stories about a quest to save the fantasy land of his mother’s books, everyone assumes that the loss and grief have gone straight to Dan’s head.

But his right hand wasn’t scarred before the fire. And his mother’s notes tell a story far more fantastic then what trickled down into her books.

His world is crashing around him, and he’s faced with a choice: does he choose to disregard his mother’s fantasies as such? Or does he risk everything and try to go back and save her world?

This week I need to get the outline finished. I’ll start writing the actual story this Saturday at midnight.

View my profile on the NaNoWriMo site.

Also, it looks like I won’t be finishing the port of PunishPad in time for this year’s novel. Not that I’m too concerned, as I’ve found that I haven’t really been needing it for my own writing. I do intend on finishing it, as I need the practice with wxPython.

Starting to port PunishPad from .NET to wxPython for some cross-platform writing via negative re-enforcement

With NaNoWriMo just around the corner,  I’ve decided to take up the work of porting my PunishPad software from .NET to wxPython. The first goal being to have the existing functionality available cross-platform. Fom there, the sky’s the limit.

I’ve started a new project on Launchpad, so go there to check out the new PunishPad site. So far there’s just some initial commits with the skeleton of the project and the GUI xml file. The original program isn’t that complicated, basically a text editor with a monitoring system that does mean things to you when you stop writing for too long, so I hope to get this port done fairly quickly.

But if you’re running Windows and can’t wait to get to writing, you can download the original version for .NET here: PunishPad 1.0.0.1 Setup [116k EXE].

/jon

Resuming development on Weight Tracker 2, now Weight Tracker ODS

Due to user interest (and to fix some rather glaring new bugs) I’ve resuming development on Weight Tracker 2, which I’ve now rechristened Weight Tracker ODS.

If you don’t know, WTODS is the weight tracking spreadsheet I created so that I can manage my weight following the Hacker’s Diet while using OpenOffice.org. You can find more information about it here.

Well now I’ve got the whole thing up as a project on Launchpad, go check out the new Weight Tracker ODS site. I’ve just finished the rather tedious process of manually importing the revision history for each successive version into launchpad’s version control system. Tedious because I wasn’t using version control before, just keeping snapshots ofeach release. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t “lose anything” by just starting with the most recent version.

But now that I’ve seeded the project, I can get to work on the next version. I hope to get the obvious bugs fixed, then clean out some of the the overcomplicated logic that slows it down. And of course, graphs. 🙂

/jon

Pawsgaard complete and uploaded

It’s been a couple weeks in the making, but I’ve finally finished and uploaded my latest piece of writing: Pawsgaard.

It’s a short story, a little over 16,000 words, inspired by the long-standing tradition of children’s stories where animals speak. I introduce the mice of Guineawick, and the new stranger in town, the warrior-rabbit Sven Pawsgaard.

Please read it. I appreciate any and all feedback!

Enjoy,

/jon