Usually, by the time December rolls around, I’m a bit brain dead creatively speaking and I take a month to recuperate from the crazy that was NaNoWriMo. And then there are some years where that doesn’t happen. I’m afraid this is one of those years.
It all started in a conversation where other people were thinking about how it is totally the done thing to kill the dragon at the end of the story because that’s what everyone expects in the story structure. And then I made the throw away comment: “What if the dragon gets killed on the very first page and the rest of the story is the fallout?”
And then that idea got stuck in my head. Because that very scenario invites all sorts of questions about the why and the how and the what next? If killing the dragon invites the fall of the world, why was the dragon killed? Did they know this would happen? And if so, were the heroes killing the dragon actually the villains and the villains actually the failed heroes? Am I going to make this a giant metaphor about destroying a whole ecosystem with the extinction of one species? Will the consequences just be the fading of magic from the world or will it be much, much worse? Is that “much much worse” really all that much worse than boring mundanity?
The sci-fi version of this story would probably be the fallout after the destruction of Godzilla. In the films, the monster is always defeated at the end. No one ever shows what happens after. Maybe nothing of interest, on a world-wide level, ever happens after, but I can’t believe that everyone lives happily ever after. Everyone’s got to deal with the psychological, as well as physical, destruction that the monster caused.
Maybe it will be more of a character study rather than a swashbuckling adventure. Who knows.
Anyways, all of this speculation means that I might even start (gasp!) plotting. And since I’m the sort of plotter who likes using timelines, I decided to download a trial of Aeon Timeline and play around with it the next couple of days to see how I like it.
I finished compiling the summary NaNoWriMo statistics for the San Diego region today. The statistics that I do not have are the yearly trends since I was only ML for the region since 2014 and San Diego’s ranking against all the regions in the world. I assume the stats for the regional rankings will come out some time in January after NaNo HQ has their holiday break.
If anyone’s curious as to which California regions beat San Diego in terms of total word count, they were 1) Los Angeles, 2) East Bay, 3) San Francisco, and 4) Sacramento. Sacramento beat San Diego by less than 200,000 words even though they have almost 50 more active writers. So I think San Diego did pretty well.
Yeah, I can’t win no matter what I do. Apparently I’ve disappointed some people for deciding to discontinue posting postcards on this site. However, there’s still a chance for people to view the rest of the postcards I’m getting in the mail. You can request permission to view my private postcard site.
I will be extremely stingy on who I grant permission to. If you’re a person I know in real life, a long time blog commenter (i.e. over a year, have had other private correspondence with and/or seen in person), or a friend I’ve met through NaNoWriMo and Twitter, there’s probably an 80% chance you’ll get an invite if you request one. I will only grant permission to Postcrossers I’ve met in person.
For those of you who request an invite but don’t get one within a day or two, don’t worry too much about it. It’s not personal. I just want to keep the pitchforks to a minimum since I don’t really have the emotional spoons to deal with people freaking out over postcards. In the meantime, you can always view the postcards on this blog that are still available.
This is an update post to say that I won’t be posting any more postcards on this blog.
Apparently some people are uncomfortable with me posting the backs of the cards, in particular, even though I’ve blacked out any identifying information. I suspect people are also unhappy with my commentary because I’m not the sort of person who gushes about stuff and I tend to be blunt and honest to a fault. Of course, this is my blog and theoretically and technically I should be able to post whatever I want. But people are people and they’re free to feel unhappy about what I’m doing even if all I’m doing are posting pictures of rainbows and unicorns.
I’m also a rather non-confrontational person so in an effort to forestall any further pitchforks aimed my way, I won’t be posting any more about postcards except when I talk about postcard swapping in general. The current postcard posts will remain up, although I am in the process of removing the offending images. (I can’t remove them all right at this minute because I’m at work, but if by next Monday, you find that I accidentally missed some, please let me know.)
Of course, I’m unhappy that other people are unhappy with me. I feel like I can’t really win. I was thinking that sending postcards would be my way of making other random people in the world happy outside of all the other crap going around. But apparently not.
If anyone has any suggestions for other hobbies that I might take up where there would be the minimum number of people getting angry at me, let me know in the comments below.
Well, here they are. The prompts I tweeted out on @NaNoWordSprints during November. I’ve also been slowly compiling stats for the sprints, and I’ve calculated that all of these sprints cover over 100 hours of sprinting. If you decide to use these for your own sprints, have fun!
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November 3, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
The Solar System and mythology
November 4, 2016, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
November 5, 2016, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
November 6, 2016, 6:30am-8:00am (UTC-8)
November 7, 2016, 6:00am-9:00am (UTC-8)
November 8, 2016, 6:00am-9:00am (UTC-8)
November 8, 2016, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Quadruplets Part 1
November 9, 2016, 6:00am-9:00am (UTC-8)
Quadruplets Part 2
November 9, 2016, 10:45am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Quadruplets Part 3
November 10, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
November 10, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
November 11, 2016, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
November 12, 2016, 8:15am-11:00am (UTC-8)
November 13, 2016, 11:00am-1:30pm (UTC-8)
Union Station Write-in
November 14, 2016, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
November 16, 2016, 7:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from November 2008
November 16, 2016, 10:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
November 17, 2016, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from November 2009
November 17, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Book titles from November 2010
November 18, 2016, 6:15am-8:30am (UTC-8)
The Great Train Escape
November 20, 2016, 7:30am-10:30am (UTC-8)
November 20, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
November 21, 2016, 8:30am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Signs on Market Street
November 21, 2016, 12:00pm-2:00pm (UTC-8)
November 21, 2016, 7:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Random TV tropes
November 22, 2016, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from October 2011
November 23, 2016, 8:45am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from July 2010
November 23, 2016, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Meow sprints, Part 2
November 24, 2016, 2:30pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from January 2012
November 24, 2016, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Pie/Cats/The Matrix Mashup
November 25, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from February 2011
November 25, 2016, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from October 2011
November 25, 2016, 6:16pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
The sprints account sprints (dating edition)
November 26, 2016, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from June 2013
November 27, 2016, 7:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Book titles from February 2014
November 27, 2016, 8:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from September 2013
November 28, 2016, 1:00pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
Nature – November 24, 2016 issue headlines
November 28, 2016, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Book titles from May 2014
November 29, 2016, 2:00pm-5:00pm (UTC-8)
Ship names from The Culture novels, Part 1
November 29, 2016, 9:00pm-11:00pm (UTC-8)
Ship names from The Culture novels, Part 2
December 1, 2016, 12:00am-4:00am (UTC-8)
The Final Idioms