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#nanowrimo

April 2017

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

Worked on the #MidnightMurderParty editor some more. I rigged up the front-end with the back-end finally. I’d started that last night but got stuck on mismatched types, cursed at the language for a little, and gave up. Today, I looked at it again, saw the issue immediately, and fixed it. Sometimes it helps to take a break… and sleep.

Wiring up the #AJAX requests revealed a lot of bugs in my #JSON encoding/decoding—the code I wrote at the beginning of the month when I was just starting with #PureScript. Here’s a photo of me from way back then:

After much head-scratching and cryptic errors, I got it all working and now have an ugly/barebones CMS. I can add (from Docs), delete, reorder, and edit chapters. Next is finishing the module that will let me sync an existing chapter with Docs, then mostly cleanup and UI.

Finished Camp #NaNoWriMo at ~14,000 words.

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

Mega #laterlog. [2/2]

I set a Camp #NaNoWriMo goal for this month of 10,000 words. At the time I started Camp, I was 3,000 words into a story I intended to finish at ~6,000 words. The idea was to finish up that story and then write another #shortstory for the rest of the month.

But I cannot for my life write a short story.

I met my Camp goal on the 23rd and hadn’t yet finished the first story. I’m now up to 12,500 words written this month on only that one story, and I suspect that word count is low (estimating 600 words/page on the typewriter). This may become my second novella.

I’ve been trying to form a habit of writing a page each morning before work. I’m currently on a 7 day streak. It works out nicely because there are no distractions in the morning. People are asleep or at work, the computer is off, the phone doesn’t ring. It’s just me, my typewriter, and a cup of coffee, and it frees up evenings for coding, gaming, reading, etc.

I’m on page 782 of The Stand and 9 hours into SOMA.

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

Finally got the #JSON encoding and decoding working for the #MidnightMurderParty editor. I’m finding that, while I really enjoy #PureScript as a language, the packages are lacking. I think #Elm has it beat so far in the useful docs and full-featured packages department, even if Elm is a much weaker language.

Tonight I finished adding audio to the MMP promo animation—at least as much as I’m going to be able to do before I have music to work with. Simulating movement through a room by automating the volume and panning of two clock-ticking clips with different amounts of reverb/EQ was fun. One for close to the clock, one for in another room, and a lot of tweaking.

I’m also a little ahead of my Camp #NaNoWriMo goal, which isn’t too impressive since I only committed to 10,000 words this month, but I have been writing nightly. My next goal is to shift my writing to the mornings again. I really like writing in the morning, but I don’t like waking up very much at all.

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

I’ve been primarily working on 3 things this week:

  • PureScript Editor. The old #MidnightMurderParty editor (my custom CMS) was written in #Elm 0.16 and is basically unmaintainable since 0.16 is so different from the newer versions. I’ve been looking for an excuse to learn #PureScript for a while, so I’ve been rewriting the entire editor in that. I’m still just trying to get JSON decoding working, though.
  • MMP Promo Animation. The promo animation for MMP is done, and now I need to soundscape this whole thing. I started editing with OpenShot, but that can be summed up in one word: Crash. I’m now using Blender as my video editor. So far, I really like it. While I pair up SFX with the video, @larouxn is working on the music. It’s coming along pretty nicely.
  • Camp NaNo. I set my Camp #NaNoWriMo goal for the month to 10k words. I’m trying to finish one #shortstory, write another, and maybe get some MMP writing in there as well!

December 2016

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

I keep forgetting to log here, but I’ve been pretty productive since #NaNoWriMo ended. Over the past five days, I:

  • Have continued nearly daily #writing (though not as much as during NaNo)
  • Edited and submitted a short story manuscript to a magazine (will hear back within ~2 weeks)
  • Began rewriting #midnightmurderparty Episode 1 with a hopefully better hook (if anyone wants to give me some feedback on this, let me know!)
  • Started researching for MMP Episode 4
  • Had an MMP dev meeting with @larouxn and threw together a Github Project board, which we will be reviewing tomorrow. The plan is to finish development by the end of January!
  • Started using #LifeRPG again (and programmed another tool to calculate Exp and RP in a consistent way)
  • Got OCR working for my typewritten text (new ink ribbon = darker text = good OCR)
  • Decorated my apartment for the holidays with my parents (and went to a diner; what’s more productive than diners?)

November 2016

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

I won #NaNoWriMo!

Final word count: 50,423 words. NaNo Winner

Side note: The backspace key on my electric typewriter randomly decided to start working again for the last stretch of 2667 words written tonight.

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

Over the weekend I acquired two typewriters–one electric (which works pretty well, other than the backspace key) and one manual (which needs some serious maintenance before it can be considered usable). I’ve written over 6,000 words of my #NaNoWriMo story on the electric since Friday, and I’m quickly finding that #writing on a typewriter is the way to go for that sloppy first draft. Nice tactile and auditory feedback + the lack of computer-based distractions/notifications make sitting down and writing a lot at a time not only easier, but a lot more fun. I’m excited to get the manual cleaned up so I can try that one out.

I’m still looking for a good OCR program so I don’t have to transcribe 2,000 words every time I write on the typewriter, though. Most programs I’ve tried have struggled to read typewritten text to the point of being nearly useless, unfortunately.

NaNoWriMo word count: 46,526 words.

JorfimusPrime
JorfimusPrime

I’m nowhere even close to par for #NaNoWriMo, but I’m still happy with where I am. I’m over 3000 words for NaNo, over 5000 total. It’s a fraction of the length it needs to be, but while I’m sure I won’t “win” NaNo, I’m still going to come out satisfied. I’m trying to write every day, which is kind of the point, and I’m actually getting somewhere, I think, with this story. I never even thought I’d ever be at a point to consider the idea of writing a novel, so the fact that I’m ACTUALLY writing a novel is kind of amazing to me. I did finally buy the full version of Scrivener, so that’s good. But also bad because money. But worth it because I love that program so much.

As far as #1331blog news, not too much going on there. I’ve asked the other writers to, you know, write, but that doesn’t seem to have had an effect. I need to figure out what I’m using for the #1331SotW coming up; thinking about finding another one about writing, keep a theme going for the month. More on that later, I suppose.

rhitakorrr
rhitakorrr

A quick update from me. I haven’t been posting since I’ve been in a pretty intense work-training class for the last couple weeks. It’s basically a coding boot camp.

As @JorfimusPrime mentioned, #NaNoWriMo has started! I’ve written a little more than I needed to for the first two days, but not quite enough to provide any padding or leeway. Still, I’m on track so far, so it’s a good start. #writing

JorfimusPrime
JorfimusPrime

#NaNoWriMo update: I’m estimating somewhere aroundown 700-800 words today, but since I’ve been writing away from home and my computer they’ll end up counting for the 3rd of November instead of the 2nd. But the 616 I wrote before counted for the 2nd, so if I write more during the day before logging my daily total I can get back on track with the word goal. Things are starting to open up, slowly. It helps that I’m writing multiple pieces of the novel at once, so when I get stuck I can bounce back over another section.

The Prologue is done and Chapter 1 is coming towards an ending, I think. I’m in the second scene of Chapter 2. I’m anticipating that either Chapter 3 or Chapter 4 will bring the two plot lines together, and hopefully open up the main plot. By which I mean I’ll hopefully get a main plot, because right now my prologue is completely unattached to anything happening in the chapters that follow.

JorfimusPrime
JorfimusPrime

Putting much of my #1331blog work on hold for the moment due to #NaNoWriMo. You can thank @rhitakorrr for that. I will still continue with the #1331SotW, of course, but otherwise I probably won’t be doing much until after November, when I’ll probably write an #editorial about participating in my first NaNo.

This also means that my logs will be devoted to NaNo for the rest of the month. First update is that I’m started from a story I was already working on and am now expanding. I’ve taken all of the original content and migrated it to a new Scrivener document so I can begin organization and such from scratch. This also means that while I already have 2100 words written, and they are part of my total word count when it comes down to it, they aren’t part of my NaNo word count. So I’m starting out behind. If I’d known before the first of the month that I was going to be doing this I would have started organization earlier.

November 2015

October 2015

JRolik
JRolik

Finally working on the #character info for the main antagonist of #PoD. Leland is gonna be entertaining since he's a maniac. Also he scares the daylights out of me. Also found out someone in my region can give me a ride possibly to the kick off party for the first day of #nanowrimo. It'd be totally awesome if it works out. :D

JRolik
JRolik

Finally gave Rikuo a #backstory and figured out his overall progression. Thanks to help from fellow writers, it wasn't hard and he's no longer boring! In fact, he may be one of the most fascinating people now with the gap in his actions and changes...Yay for insane #character development times!

JRolik
JRolik

Got some extra details and images posted on deviantART for Memories on Ice. Though I'm on a general hiatus from #comics during #NaNoWriMo, I'll still at least do some minor stuff for them in my breaks. So far, Tomoko seems to be popular since I posted the three. But personally, my favorite is still Ayumi!