marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

I’ve been spending a lot of time yesterday and today re-reading my nanowrimo novel from last year. I mean, it definitely reads like it’s a nano novel, but it’s also basically 50,000 words of me giving myself a post-election pep talk. Which I really needed this week.

“We’re ready enough, because we’re here, and there’s things to be done, and we’ll take it one second at a time until we can take it a minute at a time, and we’ll work our way back up. What else is there?”
-Mitchell, in Downtime Curve

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

Pretty much as soon as I finished nanowrimo last year, I wanted to write the missing scene with the matching t-shirts. So I did.

Title: Matching
Author: marcicat

Fandom: Independence Day, Independence Day Resurgence
Rating: G

Characters: Jake Morrison, Charlie Miller, Rain Lao, Alicia Cade, Dylan Dubrow-Hiller
Wordcount: 1000

Summary: The matching t-shirts missing scene from ‘Downtime Curve.’

Dreamwidth

AO3

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marcicat: (duckling)

An easy one! I only wrote two fics this year: the Star Wars story that wouldn’t end, and my nanowrimo story.

1. This Family Just Keeps On Getting Bigger, by marcicat

Summary: Han shows up as a ghost, and starts to realize he missed a lot more than he thought in those fifteen years he was rattling around the galaxy.

“Han Solo!” she exclaimed, just like the old days. “And guest,” she added, frowning at Ben. “And guest of guest,” she said finally, switching her gaze to Phasma. “You, I think, have better things to do. You can go.”

2. Downtime Curve, by marcicat

Summary: After the world is saved, what happens next?

“We’re ready enough, because we’re here, and there’s things to be done, and we’ll take it one second at a time until we can take it a minute at a time, and we’ll work our way back up. What else is there?”

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marcicat: xkcd grownups (xkcd grownups)

Three (not really very) important things about this story!

1. I keep not checking what the dog’s name is, but it’s entirely possible I remembered it wrong.

2. AO3 bumped my word count down almost 800 words, which I’m ignoring.

3. This fic has 100% fewer explosions than the movies.

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Title: Downtime Curve
Author: marcicat

Fandom: Independence Day, Independence Day Resurgence
Rating: T

Summary: After the world is saved, what happens next?

on Dreamwidth

on AO3

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

Technique #2 for talking about fanfic at work:

Yesterday someone asked me “what’s your novel about?” (More fool me for bringing up NaNoWriMo, but I was in that adrenaline rush of success!)

Not particularly wanting to say, “It’s Independence Day Resurgence fanfic, because Connie was robbed of her place in the story and Jasmine didn’t need to die,” I came up with this:

“It’s a ‘what happened next’ story for the second Independence Day movie.”

(Alternately: “It’s a ‘behind the scenes’ story.”)

I would rate this technique: successful!

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marcicat: stress out and throw vase (stress out and throw vase)

To celebrate this final day of nanowrimo 2016, here is a picture chosen at random from the Great Florida Trip. This bird wants you to reach 50,000!

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Two days, two thousand words to go. I’ve reached that point of nano where every word seems to take immense effort.

Last sentence written: “You’re joking.”

(No, no I’m not. There really are two thousand words left to write.)

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marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

That’s right, the time has come. After having zero plot and virtually no coherent storyline for 46,000 words, it’s finally time to admit that nothing is going to change in the last 4,000.

No lightning bolt of inspiration is going to pull everything together into a thrilling plot twist. No last-minute problem is going to occur that requires a dashing eleventh-hour rescue.

No, they’re going to eat breakfast. It will be a beautifully sunny July day, and nothing much will happen. Based on the preceding content, characters will spend that 4,000 words shrugging, nodding, and shaking their heads, all while leaning against things and talking about their feelings.

And so, with that acknowledgement out of the way, let’s get it done!

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marcicat: (winter deer)

Very pleased to announce that I *did* name one of the characters that I thought I hadn’t named — it was in a completely different section than I thought, and it turned out not to matter at all, but I did find it.

I mean, maybe it will still matter before the end of the novel? Weirder things have happened.

Big novel news: after more than 7300 words, the barbecue is over. Not to worry, though, now it’s time for breakfast the next day!

Current word count: 44,501

Last sentence written: “It was quite the group, though.”

(I have absolutely reached the point in nanowrimo where every sentence includes at least one extra and completely unnecessary word.)

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marcicat: (christmas tree 2010)

I spent yesterday alternating between writing new stuff and reading what I’d already written. I’m trying to make sure that if there was stuff I mentioned earlier that I meant to get back to, I actually do it before the end of the story.

(Note: The alternating technique is not efficient, but it does keep me from dozing off while reading, which is what usually happens when I re-read one of my nano novels.)

Starting word count: 42,519

Goal for the day: at least 1000 words?

Last sentence written: “I read that somewhere.”

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#optnano

Nov. 25th, 2016 07:31 am
marcicat: (dreamsheep uhura)

I’m a big fan of the #optoutside program for Black Friday, but let’s face it — it’s 35F degrees and raining out right now; I’m not going to be doing any kind of outdoor adventure today. Instead, I propose a day to #optnano and WRITE SOME WORDS!

Current word count: 40,060

On-track goal for today: 41,667

Dream goal: 50,000

More realistic dream goal: 42,500

Last sentence written: “This is basically the most suspicious thing we could be doing.”

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marcicat: (heart dino)

Goal # 1:
Drag this barbecue out as long as humanly possible. 13,000 more words of barbecue? Sure!

Goal # 2:
Once I hit 40,000 words, go back and do a re-read. I’m pretty sure there are some things I meant to bring up again that I’ve forgotten.

Goal # 3:
The ‘Now I Can See the Moon’ strategy — every random character that’s ever been mentioned in this story is coming back!

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

As I was looking back in my nanowrimo novel yesterday, trying to figure out if I’d ever named a couple of characters (I don’t *think* so?), I realized I had inadvertently made two completely separate and unrelated mentions of needing to clean a refrigerator.

This is non uncommon during nano month for me — I will have the same “clever idea” multiple times and write it every time, typically without remembering any of the others. But now that I’ve noticed this one I have OPTIONS:

1. ignore it

2. change one of the mentions to something else

3. add more mentions; make refrigerator cleaning a running joke

4. turn the current two mentions into foreshadowing by having some important plot thing* hinge on a refrigerator

[*Note: it’s possible my story doesn’t have any of these, so it would really be more of a minor plot thing]

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marcicat: (pacman stealth)

TEN DAYS TO GO!

Current word count: 33,347

Goal word count for today: 35,000

(Finally caught up to “on track” status; only took 20 days!)

Overwhelming emotion: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Best advice from this year’s novel: Creating a situation in which communicating information is difficult (like a POWER OUTAGE, my FAVORITE!) is a 100% legit excuse for all of your characters to think something different is happening. Which is great when you’re trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days and can’t remember who knows what, and you accidentally keep changing the plan every day because you forgot you already decided something different.

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marcicat: (cats at sunrise)

Places I have checked:

1. bed

(I had a lovely nap, but did not find my motivation.)

2. kitchen cupboards

(I enjoyed a contemplative silence while I debated whether I should make pasta for dinner, or possibly the other pasta instead, but did not find my motivation.)

3. tumblr

(This one seems like it should have been so obvious, and yet I checked anyway. Motivation: not found.)

4. ???

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marcicat: (badger book)

Current word count: 30,102

I am past yesterday’s goal! I am working on today! I no longer have any idea what is happening in my story!

Yep, it’s officially the 30,000s.

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marcicat: dreamsheep nano2010 (nano dreamsheep)

Time for a little Christmas cheer — it’s fair day! (Fair is perhaps overselling it a little. But it’s Christmas-themed!)

Traditionally, this is the point in my nanowrimo novels when my characters also attend some sort of event. (In at least one case, an actual identical Christmas fair.

This year: a barbecue. (It’s summer.)

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marcicat: (heart dino)

No time for long fics! It’s nanowrimo time! (Says the person who started reading a 200,000+ word Merlin epic yesterday… Not done yet, so I don’t want to rec it until I make sure I won’t cry at the end.)

Anyway, here’s a short fic to rec for today!

A Short List of Relevant Skills and Abilities, by ignipes

That whole saving-the-galaxy-from-certain-destruction thing has convinced them they kind of want to be good guys, but they pretty much only know how to be bad guys.

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marcicat: (snowy cat)

Current word count: 25,354

Current mood: EVENTUALLY MY CHARACTERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THE MAIN POINT OF CONFLICT I’VE CREATED MAKES NO SENSE AND IS COMPLETELY INEXPLICABLE, IT’S POSSIBLE I’LL HAVE TO MAKE EVERYTHING SOME KIND OF BIZARRE MISUNDERSTANDING (JUST LIKE ALWAYS)

Actual word count goal for day 10: 28,334

Personal word count goal for day 10: 27,300

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