elaby: (Spock - holy shit)


50,465 words, according to the Nano site's word count. The end of the novel is in sight, but as I have no idea exactly how it's going to come about, that's going to be a project for Draft Two. Oh, Draft Two, you cannot but suck little in comparison to Draft One.

HELL YES.

I'm going to make Holmes icons now.

BWAGH.

Nov. 29th, 2008 01:56 pm
elaby: (Van Helsing - brain)
I'm at 48,810 words, and my novel is wretched. In an attempt to actually get to the end of the story within November, I've skipped tons of stuff, which means that I really have no idea specifically what led up to what's going on right now. I had a scene in my head since before the beginning of the month, and I wrote it yesterday, and seldom has anything so greatly anticipated sucked more mightily. But I have high hopes for this story if I can just get a draft finished, as skeletal and hole-ridden and downright awful that draft may be.

In unrelated news, why do all the filmmakers who have done Hound of the Baskervilles insist on leaving out the bit, from canon, in which Holmes dances around in glee at finding out that Dead Dude is not who he first thought it was? I need to see more versions of this. So far, only the BBC radio play has included it. To Granada's credit, though, they sort of made up for it with this scene at Holmes's camp on the moors:

Holmes: *full of boyish hope, rubbing hands together* Try my stew, Watson!
Watson: *stares at it* ... this is disgusting, Holmes.
Holmes: *face falls* I know. It's better when it's hot.
elaby: (Anthy - I am gone sir)
I've taken to writing random bits of my novel that I want to write instead of writing in sequence (yes, like everyone's been telling me to do for ages. I can't help forcing myself to write in sequence.) I've written about 750 words today, and I have about 1000 to go before I hit 40K. For the past couple of days, there have just been so many things I want to do instead of write my novel. I'm going to wait until December to do them all, but I thought it might make me feel better to write a list. This will most likely be Holmes-heavy; I'll just warn you beforehand.

Things I Want to Do Once Nano is Over:

- Watch The Hound of the Baskervilles*
- Watch The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes**
- Re-watch The Illustrious Client so I can 1) send it back to Netflix, and 2) once again see Watson threatening to "thrash the skin off" the villain, who had Holmes beaten up, and 3) so I can let [livejournal.com profile] caitirin see Holmes be uncharacteristically tender to lower-class Ruined Woman and convince her of his not-always-a-jerk-ness
- Make icons out of screencaps from Basil of Baker Street and Sidney Paget drawings
- Watch those Horatio Hornblower DVDs that [livejournal.com profile] _melisande_ lent me sometime before November
- Put the rest of my BBC radio adaptations onto my computer so they can go onto my iPod (this can be done while noveling, but it is somewhat distracting as I need to rename them to match my naming conventions).
- Finish my Holmes drawing meme, in which I hope there will be hugging


*Granada version. Birthday present from wonderful wifey.
**Granada version, last six episodes of the series. Birthday present from wonderful parents of wifey.

*splode*

Nov. 21st, 2008 10:22 pm
elaby: (Mr. Bennet)
My BRAIN, she is MUSH.

I'm a teensy bit behind on my Nano (bwagh!) but my Excel tracker thing still says I'll be done on the 30th, so. Oh well. I'm at a place which I had meant to be interesting but is blah in the extreme right now. I just need to skip it to get to more murder and death. *bloodthirsty*

I'm reading The Woman in White right now, another Wilkie Collins book, and OMFG I LOVE IT. I want to go read it right now, actually, instead of working on my Nano. I'm greatly enjoying helping [livejournal.com profile] caitirin with her GO Exchange fic, though, which is largely why I haven't gotten much written otherwise tonight. Muaha. Also, there is the braindeath. I blame Friday.

Tomorrow there will be bagels with [livejournal.com profile] coastal_spirit and then there will be much listening to Clive Merrison and Michael Williams in the BBC Sherlock Holmes, which by the way I got the entire series of for my birthday *SPLODES WITH JOY* and maybe even some watching of new Granada Holmes what I got, and then Quantum of Solace! And Sunday there will probably be Without a Clue! YAY! I'm so lucky!

Thank you to everyone for birthday wishes and presents and everything :) So much love for you guys. *squishes you all with love*
elaby: (Nano - Mourning my sanity)
Arg! Must not try to fix ten billion plot holes (such as why Cody would not have noticed X the first time he was at the crime scene).

All right, catacombs! Get to collapsin'! I could really use some supporting character death right about now!

Tonight

Nov. 13th, 2008 11:37 am
elaby: (Writing hand)
We're not planning on going to Panera tonight for a write-in, as [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and I have to pack for going down to RI for her comps tomorrow. Write-ins will resume next week, I imagine :)

To everyone who does go, have fun!

I didn't write at all on my Nano yesterday, but I broke 20,000 the day before, so I think it's okay. I'll just need to catch up today. However, while I didn't write anything, I did draw Sherlock Holmes*, so I feel the night was a success anyway.


*I'm working on a Holmes drawing meme - you know, one of those really super long vertical comic strip-style ones that have a question and then a space to draw in. Because I am gimpy as hell with a tablet, I've been drawing them in pencil and scanning them. It's taking me forbloodyever, but I'm pleased with the results so far :)
elaby: (Gackt - alone)
I just breached 17,000 words, and the first case is FINALLY closed. Murderer found, suspicions as to goings-on-behind-the-scenes raised, attentions diverted by other more pressing matters. Only six more to go @_@ I may have to reconsider how many murders I'm going to be writing. Or else not worry about getting to everything in November.

So far, Aldridge has:

- Fanboyed Marlowe
- Made himself useful
- Skipped class
- Hit a murder suspect over the head with a plank
- Told Cody to take off his clothes (they were wet and he was liable to catch cold - I'll come to that later)

So far, Cody has:

- Had an accidental encounter with his stepfather (strained relations ahoy!)
- Played somebody else's piano without their permission
- Been elbowed in the face
- Fallen into the Thames (hence the wet clothes)
- Apprehended a murderer
- Been denied permission to investigate said murderer further now that he's already behind bars

Now I just have to get to the murders where they actually find out what's going on! *falls over* Dammit, I left Dracula in the car again. I'm never going to finish that thing!
elaby: (Holmes - Leap the couch)
Friday night of low-key restification! Very nice. I have crackers and cheese, and Beatrix is making a concerted effort to tip them off my tray and have them all for her very own. [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and I are curled up on the couch working on our Nanos, and I'm snuggled under Caitirin's magnificent afghan.

My novel is coming along pretty well. I'm still on track and I haven't hit any walls yet, and although the writing is pretty stilted, I like my characters and my plot. I think I've planned way too much stuff to happen in 50,000 words judging by how long it's taken me to get this far, though.

On the work front:

Not-so-good news: I got a postcard from a job I applied for telling me that the position has already been filled, and I hadn't even gotten my reference letters together yet. *sigh*

Freaking awesome news: Apparently, my temp agency offers Paid Time Off and I never knew it (or used any of mine) so I just learned that I have 40 hours of paid vacation. I had scheduled a vacation for next week, and by god, I'm getting paid for not going to work.

Tomorrow, while Caitirin is in class, there will be much cleaning and watching of first-season Granada Holmes.

Nanoyay!

Nov. 2nd, 2008 09:53 pm
elaby: (Juri - peach swirls)
I broke 5,000 today! Which is hilarious because [livejournal.com profile] caitirin just posted to say she broke 8,000 XD She's a writing (crocheting, cooking, icon making, awesome-thing-doing) machine.

And those 5,000 words were essentially one scene. Oy. One thing this novel is going to need help with come Editing Time is pacing. And it feels really weird for me, because most of those 5,000 words are dialogue. I know, you say, who is this girl and what has she done with our regularly scheduled Elaby?

There's going to be lots more dialogue, too, because Cody just made the time-consuming mistake of asking Aldridge to tell him everything he knows about Christopher Marlowe. I hope you're free for the next sixteen hours, Cody.

We had a really lovely write-in tonight at a Starbucks, and I got a lot done. I need to plaaaaan, though, because I love my characters but they're very focused on what's going on, which leaves little time for learning much about each other. Oh well! Write, write, write, edit the crap out of it later! This is not the time, I have told myself, to worry about everything being in the right voice for Victorian detective fiction. This is the time for getting the plot down so I can feel out how it's going to run.

And I'm sleeeeeepy. *falls asleep on [livejournal.com profile] caitirin*

Nano, whee!

Nov. 1st, 2008 08:42 pm
elaby: (Nano - Mourning my sanity)
2,005 words, and miracle of miracles, my protagonists have already met. I think it was something like four days before that happened in my first novel. However, I've written just over two thousand words and so far a crime scene has been found and somewhat examined. I think I've planned too many murders O_o

Amusing bits from our writing experience tonight:

[livejournal.com profile] caitirin: *writey writes, plays loud music, looks at [livejournal.com profile] elaby in what appears to be a significant way in response to the particular song*
[livejournal.com profile] elaby: *pokes [livejournal.com profile] caitirin in the ribs*
[livejournal.com profile] caitirin: *SQUEALS and jumps a foot*
[livejournal.com profile] elaby: *collapses laughing* What was that?! Didn't you just look at me?
[livejournal.com profile] caitirin: Did I?

We also just had the "lay, laid, laid, laying" vs. "lie, lay, lain, lying" discussion. [livejournal.com profile] caitirin requested I explain it to her without talking about direct objects*. My braaaaaaain.


*We talked about direct objects. We just used different words for them (such as "things that are acted upon" or "things which the action happens to").

OMG, Nano!

Oct. 31st, 2008 08:15 pm
elaby: (Anthy - swirly)
Nano in T minus four hours! Not like I'll start writing at midnight or anything. I did that the first year and that was enough for me. I probably won't be starting until tomorrow afternoon, either. Surprisingly, I'm not panicking. And that kind of makes me nervous! *laughs* I have a chain of events planned out for my story, and I just hope I can make myself write without worrying about whether it's good or not. I've been writing mostly fanfic lately and I don't give myself "permission to suck" with fanfic, so I'll have to get back into that mindset if I'm going to make my word count every day.

This morning I took the bus into work, and lord almighty, it was cold. Which is weird, because it was warm enough to go without a jacket this evening around dinnertime. But it was awesome even though it was cold, and very Samhain, because everything was rimmed in frost. Each individual blade of grass and leaf and flower and fluffy seed pod had spikes of ice edging it like fur. It all sparkled in the sun, and I walked listening to Feste sing while the yellow leaves fell on the sidewalk. Under each little tree there was an oval of bright newly fallen leaves, and the brown leaves on the edge of the sidewalk had their veins traced with frost.

In celebration of Halloween (only I totally didn't plan it that way XD) I've been re-reading Dracula. I hearts me some Jack Seward, but occasionally the things he says freak me out. He's the narrator so often that I wonder what's part of his character and what's meant to be there because it's what Stoker wanted readers to think. But anyway, I still think Arthur's one of the most unfortunate fictional characters ever, and Van Helsing somehow gets more interesting every time I read the book. I also found conflicting information about Lucy's hair color! Bwah!

Time for a bath :3 Happy Samhain and Halloween!
elaby: (Writing hand)
Aaah, this is an awesome video. I'm registered to vote! I love the end, too. I totally would have been like "Yes sir, Mr. Hoffman sir, your awesomeness. *fangirl wibble*"



I bought my yearly Nano notebook today :) It's smaller than I usually have, but it's gorgeous. Lemme see if I can find a picture. Aha! It's the second one on this page, the Embossed Slim: paperblanks It is, in reality, much browner than that picture, which is rather too yellow. I <3 it very much. The black strap is a magnet!

I have some small ideas for my Nano this year (our sixth year!). It shall involve murder and Victorians. I'm sure you're all just shocked.

And just a small note to all of those various places I've sent my resume lately - plz to be calling me for an interview, kthnx.

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