NaNoWriMo and Halloween

I have much to do today. I have a Halloween costume to make for tomorrow, which I hope will be pretty cool. I may even post a picture here at some point. Also, I have been working on a Halloween themed short story that I would like to finish tonight and post here either tonight or tomorrow. I am pretty happy with it so far, so look for it here soon.
I have officially decided I am going to attempt National Novel Writing Month again this year. I even have a very rough outline started, meaning I know a few of the scenes from the story. It is a start, I guess. I have also decided I am going to write the entire thing by hand, in a Moleskine notebook. Last year, I would write by hand and then transfer that to my computer, which was like doing double the work with half the output. Someday I will buy a laptop computer and be able to write before bed electronically. It’s not going to happen this year, though.

I’m not sure what I expect to get out of NaNoWriMo. I suppose I am participating with the hope it will jump start me to complete a first draft of a novel. Honestly, I don’t expect to hit 50,000 words by the end of November. If I hit that number, that will be great. However, just getting any near that number will be worth it. Anyone else participating? What do you want to get out of NaNoWriMo?

Writing Links

Thanks to those who left their “very short stories” in the comments of the previous post. That Wired article has really made its rounds on the Internet this week and it was cool to see so many talented authors give their take on the idea.

In case there are those out there who have never heard of it, there is a cool web site called del.icio.us, which is a collection of Internet bookmarks. Once you create an account there, you can add your own bookmarks to the site. This is very useful for me as I can bookmark something at work and view that bookmark at home, without having to export my FireFox bookmarks. As an added bonus, you can also view other people’s bookmarks and even view the bookmarks by tag. For example, I often keep an eye on the Writing tag (del.icio.us/tag/writing), as there is often some great writing resources there. For example, this is where I found the Wired article.

I have also added my writing links to the bottom of the navigation area under the “Top Posts” widget. I have titled this section “Writing Links” and this simply points to my del.icio.us Writing tag. This are sites that are either about writing, or have a subject matter that I may want to write about some day. I hope you find them useful.

Very Short Stories – Wired.com

I saw an interesting article on Wired today dealing with very short stories. The premise was that Hemmingway wrote a story in just six words and said it was his best work. So, they asked several writers to come up with their own very short stories. I particularly like this one by Joss Whedon, though I would like to read the rest of the story:

Gown Removed Carelessly. Head, less so.
Joss Whedon

This one was pretty good too:

TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! … nobody there …
– Harry Harrison

Anyone brave enough can post their “very short story” in the comments of this post.

****Update ****
Ok, here is my “very short story”:

The cold river flowed. I sank.

Not a Wise Choice

Last night, I played in an adult hockey league game. Even though I am just recovering from my sinus infection, for the most part I felt pretty good during the game. However, near the end of the game I made a stupid decision and am paying for it today.

Let me paint the picture for you. I was playing right wing and the puck went toward the blue line. One of our defensemen wound up and took a slapshot. The puck was hurtling toward me but I had time to get out of the way, except I didn’t. Time seemed to slow down and I noticed the puck was not headed toward the net. At this point my 20 years of soccer playing took over and I thought it would be a good idea to try to redirect the puck. Not with my stick, though, like a normal person. Instead, I lifted my foot and placed it into the path of the puck. My hand eye coordination is still spot on, and I took the puck to the unpadded portion of my skate, right in the ankle.

At this point, time sped up and my foot now told my brain, “Ouch, you hurt me you big dummy!”. I fell to the ice and only with the help of some of my teammates skated to the bench. I wound up finishing the game, as my adrenaline pretty much took care of the pain. Today is another matter. Hopefully, it is only badly bruised. If not, it is my own dumb fault that I took a puck to my ankle. It is not an experience I would recommend anyone reading this should try.

Contest Deadlines and an Update

I don’t have a lot of energy to write a big post today as I have come down with a case of a sinus infection. Basically, all three of us in my house are sick, and none of us has the energy to fully take care of the other. The main advice of doctors is to get rest when sick, but that doesn’t happen with a five month old in the midst.

Anyhow, there is less than two weeks remaining to get your entry in for Paperback Writer’s E-book Challenge. I was planning on submitting something for this, but I now realize it ain’t gonna happen. Oh well. The Halloween Contest at Faster than the World has a deadline of today. Again, I was going to submit something for this one, and I actually had a pretty good idea for a story. Instead, I will post that one here once I finish. I think you will enjoy it.

Characters and Self

I have noticed in my writing (when I actually get a chance to write) that I often have a major part of myself in the main protagonist of my stories. Sure, the character may be braver than me, or stronger, or look differently than myself. However, when writing my protagonist I often envision myself in the situations my character is in, and wonder what I would do myself.

Am I the only one who does this? Or, am I just so egotistical that I have to be the hero all of the time? Who else projects themselves into their characters? I suppose a piece of ourselves is in everything we write, but to what extent?