Apparently I know several literate people who write stuff, and NaNoWriMo has only exascerbated things. Why, I actually had to add a whole new category in my feed reader just to stay on top of it all!

For example, Ryan has started up a secondary blog for his novel, tentatively titled The (Next) Most Dangerous Game. Does the tentatively titular (Next) suggests a game that, if you sorted all game in increasing order of danger, would be positioned penultimately; or that the game will become the most dangerous one, supplanting the current title holder? All will be revealed as the story progresses! Presumably.

Also, memo to Ryan: game time?

Not to be outdone, Andrew, when he’s not busy maintaining the official Ship of Fools website, has not one, not two, but three writing blogs. He started with Words of the Drewcifer for posting short stories and other writing fragments, but recently branched out into More Words of the Drewcifer, where he’s mainly been posting successive chapters of Aldain. Now he’s also started a third blog for his NaNoWriMo entry Solomon.

Clearly, Andrew is the single largest threat to our nation’s strategic word reserve, and he will not rest until his writing blog has more spinoffs than Mega Man and Law & Order combined.

Finally, Renee has broken free of her blog for posting writing fragments amongst miscellaneous and/or sundry other posts and started a second blog for her on-going NonNaNoWriMo story Knowing Andrew. Um, a more different Andrew.

Unless Andrew’s been living some kind of crazy double life, I guess. You know, the kind where you hang with people who fight lions.

As for me… not so much. Yeah, I did the NaNoWriMo thing back in 2002, wisely commiting to it (as much as one can commit to such a thing) on Nov 1, without having the slightest idea what to write about. Yet I still finished before Thanksgiving break, mainly motivated by wanting to finish before Thanksgiving break right around when I hit word 45,000 or so. I planned to do it in 2003 too, but quickly abandoned that upon seeing the utter garbage I was forcing out.

Fun fact: One of the main motivations for starting this blog as a proper blog instead of posting diary entries on K5 was to document that 2003 NaNoWriMo attempt. So much for that.

5 Responses

  1. Andrew is a severe threat to our strategic word reserve, both written and spoken. We all know of course that you cannot have Peace and quiet.

  2. Jenny’s also started a NaNoWriMo blog: http://jennowrimo07.blogspot.com/

    And I got the memo. Too bad I lose every time I even think about my story, so grace period. I admit that making others lose was part of my tentative title decision.

  3. *sigh*

    I just now got the title joke.

  4. 1) Until now Ryan’s story hadn’t made me lose any games. That’s right, I didn’t make the connection.
    2) Thanks for the plug Paul! I always get wave of increased hits after you link me. (Though Knowing Andrew is technically not actually for NaNoWriMo, and is really just kinda something I thought I’d try, but I’m not complaining!)
    3) Do you still have that 2002 novel that you finished in less than a month?
    4) I still haven’t gotten the title joke…

  5. 2) Like I said, NonNaNoWriMo. Glad I could send some of the dozens of hits I get per month your way.

    3) Somewhere, I think. Probably either on the ol’ backup drive or on holly.

    4) FemToWriMo is much easier than NaNoWriMo; you only have to write five-hundredths of a word in a month. But who really cares about metrics anyway?

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