Monthly Archives: January 2012

One-liner: Pedaling

Explaining sophisticated technology to Laurel was like pedaling a road bike up a sand dune – not impossible, just an unreasonable expenditure of effort.

Another one that fits into the world of my story.

My NoWriMo Progress Report

At the halfway mark, it’s looking… not so good, really.  I should be at 15,000 words.  Instead, I’m only at 2,974 words of actual draft since the start of the month.  I’ve also written about 2,000 words of notes since January 1st, not to mention even more development of my plot planner:

It only starts to look respectable if you add in the 5,216 words I had written in 2010-2011, and that still leaves me 6,810 words short of actual draft work.  So, I am definitely not on track to make my goal :-(  Plus, I’m starting to worry about all the other stuff I’m supposed to do before the end of the month.

I’ll give a report by the end of the month, and I’m hoping I can at least make it to 50% of my original goal, but I’m not expecting much more than that.

Meanwhile, I’ll get caught up on those one-liners… I promise.

One-liner: Road Apples

She can’t tell a road apple from a rutebega.

I’m hoping that what it lacks in originality it makes up in alliteration.

Sky Dragon

The cloud overhead was a dragon rising from the bay, shimmering in gold, magenta and silver, flicking  bright droplets of Jupiter and Venus from its tail.

Not so much a humor oriented one-liner, but… it was a very pretty sunset.  This seemed as good a place as any to put it.

One-liner: Politics

As the poll numbers shifted, she once again demonstrated the skills that won her the gold for the 500m backpedal.

Back down to one of these per week, until the winter solstice marks the end of the world, or at least the Mayan calendar Bak’tun cycle

My Plot Planner

For New Year’s Day, I started my Plot Planner for the (probably) Young-Adult book.  I am working my way through The Plot Whisperer by local writing consultant Martha Alderson.

My Plot Planner, 1 January 2012

Other than being six feet long and taking over the wall at the top of the stairs, there’s not much to it yet, but I’ll publish more photos as it gets developed.

The other big change coming out of reading this book is that I’ve rethought one of my major characters.  I’m deciding to focus on Yasmina, who is actually NOT from Sequoia; I’ve realized I need a protagonist who comes from the Enclave, to provide that newcomer’s perspective and curiosity about Sequoian society, along with insights into the Enclave culture.  Also, coming from the Enclave explains Yasmina’s personality and motivations better.  I think it will be a major improvement (even if it does mean some serious reworking of the first few chapters that I had written – oh well).

Even though NaNoWriMo was in November, I’m going to attempt a mini-NoWriMo of my own for January – my goal is only 30,000 words, since I’ve got loads of other stuff I’ve got to do this month… still, I guess I’d better get to it!


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