November? I Barely Touched Her!

Here’s two things I will not be doing this November.

The first is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, for people who don’t feel compelled to make cure abbreviations for long phrases. It’s a quasi-competition where you to write a 50,000-word “novel” entirely within the month of November, which works out to around 1,667 words per day on average.

I participated once a few years back — junior year as an undergrad, as I recall — on a whim, as I had only learned of it the day before it started. Not only did I manage to reach the goal, but I finished it on November 23, and never looked at it again.

I was tempted to try again this year. I do have a story idea kicking around in my head — four-and-a-half hour drive home and back gives you plenty of time for that — and though I’ve got a very rough outline of the plot, little of it fits together in an even remotely believable way. So considering the effort I’d need to make it something not awful, and how that effort could be put to better use towards things I need to do, I’ll be giving it a pass.

The second is the annual /dev/null NetHack Tournament, which also takes place during November. I do enjoy NetHack, though it’s been a while since I’ve played it to any great degree.

Given time constraints and rusty skills, there’s no chance I’d qualify for any of the bragging-rights trophies. Encountering other tournament players’ bones files isn’t much motivation anymore, now that Hearse supports Linux, and has for some time. So given that, the only real difference between playing on kryten and playing in the tournament is the network lag I’d encounter in the tournament. No thanks.

3 Responses

  1. What if we do a Rocky style training montage to get your NetHack skills back? Or your writing capabilities?

  2. Mmmmm, ASCII montage.

  3. I was stoked to attempt NaNoWriMo this year when I learned of it last year. Yeah. That’s *not* going to happen at ALL.

    …I would like an ASCII montage, though.

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