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It is done November 30, 2006

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I have finally finished a draft, which weighs in at 54,200 or so words.  I think the title is going to be Inkwell at the Diploma Mill.  I’ll try to decide for sure tonight.  I’m working on a cover for it tonight as well.

You may find the final chapter here.  Tomorrow the whole thing is going to be collapsed into a pdf on this site, I think. 

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Chapter XIV is begun November 29, 2006

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Finished the 50,000 words, but the story continues.  Any luck and there will be only about 3,000 more words, which I hope to finish tomorrow evening. 

 Chapter XIV is here.

Now that I have “Won” NaNoWriMo November 28, 2006

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Well, I still have some loose ends to tie up–like the actual climax and an epilogue that ties up some remaining questions, nothing important–but I feel like the 50k barrier is a real accomplishment.  But I am looking forward to finishing this first draft and spending December picking at the task of editing it and making it a little more interesting and readable.  More than that, though, I am looking forward to revamping this blog and re-purposing parts of it.  Expect monumental changes, therefore, in

  1. the “books” section, which will be changed substantially to mesh better with the way the rest of the blogging world handles book reviews
  2. real-life postcards, which was put on hold during the month of November.  This was only partially due to NaNoWriMo, mostly I was having technical difficulties with either Blogger or Verizon.  Verizon blames Blogger, but I currently do not believe them.  At any rate, the technical difficulties seem to have ironed themselves out.  And I have recently stumbled upon some theories that would be interesting to test there. 
  3. the page on paper-folding is mainly going to stay the same but get some added material.  Oddly, this has been one of the most traveled parts of the site since day one, so I’ll give the readers what they seem to want.
  4. the section on triples tennis is also due for some additional materials, especially w/r/t strategies.  A friend of mine recently attempted to alter the court formation during a losing streak, inverting the triangle.  It didn’t alter the balance of power that day, but it got me thinking about some possibilities.

Still thinking about a couple of other things, but 1-4 are probably enough to keep me busy for now.

Chapter XIII is done November 27, 2006

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Went right past 50,000 words tonight, but I have not yet finished the story. 

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I still think I can do it before December 1. 

If anyone out there has any ideas for the cover, I’d really like to hear them.  Or any pictures or images that are appropriate.  Still have not though of a title I really like, either. 

Chapter XIII is here.

Chapter 13 begun November 26, 2006

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Getting perilously close to the 50,000-word limit on this thing and I just can’t see any way to actually finish the story in the 1,500 words I have left.  But I will try not to go too far beyond it. 

Pretty good total this morning, 1,861 words before deciding I need to think about the next steps in the plot a little more carefully.  Can’t let the thing spin out of control as it gets to the climax, after all. 

Hope everyone else is doing well, too.  I haven’t had much chance to look into the progress of anyone else lately. 

Finished Chapter XII November 25, 2006

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Just knocked out the remainder of Chapter XII, about 1200 words or so.  The Counter on my site (to the right, there, if you are reading this on the site and not as a feed, and it is the 25th of November as you read this) is now completely meshed with the official counters at NaNoWriMo.org.  There are five days left.  All I have to do is wrap this thing up and type in 675 words per day. 

Chapter 12 begins November 25, 2006

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I made a start on Chapter 12 of my novel for NaNoWriMo last night.  It isn’t much of a start, but I wanted desperately to reach the 45,000 word mark.   By the time I had finished I was too tired to post the thing.  Anyway, for those following along, Chapter 12 starts here.

Found some more missing words November 24, 2006

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I updated the text on this site consistently, and so surfing through here I found some more sections I was missing from the master document I just printed out.  Now my count matches the NaNoWriMo computers within fifty words.  So I’m going to call that close enough.  Except that I’m going to break 45,000 today if I have to write nonsense to do it.  Why do we so love round numbers?

Chapter XI finished November 24, 2006

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Taking advantage of the holiday to work on this NaNoWriMo novel a little bit.  The people at NaNoWriMo started up their official word counting robots and I see that somewhere I must have lost a chapter or part of one or something.  When I woke up this morning I thought I had 42500 words or so, but when I uploaded my file it counted at 39,000 or so.  So I took a quick look and noticed that I had not added the latest file.  That took it a little closer, but I’m still missing maybe 1,500 words from my own calculations. 

I’m thinking about going back and reading everything to see what might be missing.  And then I’m thinking that I should avoid that at all costs so that I don’t get too disgusted by what I have produced so far.  And even worse, what if I really am 1,500 words shorter than I thought and I am crippled by self-criticism. 

Ah, the life of the paperback writer. 

Books–Left Behind November 22, 2006

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Finally got around to reading this one, by LaHaye and Jenkins.  I really wanted to check it out for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that they have managed to sell eight million copies of this book since it came out in 1996.  Another reason is that I have been thinking a bit about the nature of belief.  (Chelsea Merz of Open Source has started a Feature on their website around the fact that the old Murrow series “This I Believe” has been resurrected on public radio.  See that discussion on www.radioopensource.org.)

As usual, I won’t go into the plot or anything in detail here.  There is tons of stuff about that on the web for those who are interested.  The burning question on everybody’s mind, the one that only I can address, is: “So, what does somebody who has such a tentative core belief system that he doesn’t even expect the sun to rise in the morning tomorrow think of this book, anyway, huh?”

And I can only answer that it is a pretty damned good read.  It is action-packed.  It has some pretty well-drawn violence and reasonably believable characters.  It keeps you guessing, more or less, about what’s going to happen next.  It is not so preachy as to become unreadable.  I give it two thumbs up, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

But did it make a believer out of me?  Well, come on.  That would be a lot to expect, wouldn’t it?  The problem with the book, and I’m not sure that it is a problem at all, is that it mainly hits upon those chords to which Christians are most likely to respond.  Since I’m not really a Christian (within the definition of the writers of the book) it pretty much left me unconverted.  The main characters of the novel are unbelievers at the beginning, and the whole work is premised on their belief that they can become Christians after the Rapture, during the seven years of tribulations.  So it gives a lot of Christians an easy pass, or at least one to which they are already accustomed.  And even if it didn’t, the characters in this book have some signs and wonders that should have tipped them off to the Rapture ahead of time, had they been paying attention.

It’s up to the second or third or, I think they are up to the thirteenth now, novel.  If in one of the ones I read next has these characters finding out that they were woefully wrong, and that when the Rapture comes it is too late, well, that’s another story. 

Where the novel does fail is in its odd and uncomplicated reading of world politics and economics.  Unfortunately, to somebody who is well-read, it will take a pretty sizeable suspension of disbelief before you are truly prepared to believe.  This is verisimilitude, I’m sorry to say, without the veri part.

Next Up: David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten