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I went to London and saw the Queen. | 2005-12-21 13:49:26

21122005133921521The Queen.jpgI went to London this month on business for Reuters.  On my first day at the Canary Warf office on the East End of London, the Queen paid a visit and filed a news article.  I spent most of my time at the office, but managed to see a little of the city from the car ride from and to Heathrow.  The Hilton hotel was across the Thames from Canary Warf but there was a ?Hilton clipper? that connected the hotel to the Thames Clipper dock at Canary Warf.

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I am a NaNoWriMo Winner! | 2005-12-01 13:00:58

Necropolis - The City of the Dead - is the title of my 2005 NaNoWriMo novel.  In the month of November, at odd hours of the day and night, I worked hard to tell the stories of a Karmia, a female halfling druid midwife, Aelfwine, a female human ranger from the forest, Alain, a male human bard from the city of Metropolis, Sir Alfred, a paladin and younger brother to the Overlord of Metropolis, and others as they traveled to the city of the dead to talk to the shades of their departed loved ones.  There is love, family, food and even romance in this somewhat erotic (at times) fantasy.  There's even a wedding and a feast!  And nothing ends a day like a good Halfling Cigar and some Elf Brandy!

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It's NaNoWriMo Time | 2005-10-31 15:53:31

Time to think about writing.  The minis that are waiting patiently to be primed must have to wait a month.  The new fancy head gear that works as a magnifier and a light source has to sit patiently before it's first use.  The minis that are being shipped as I type will have to patiently wait for a while, even that 52 mm nude lady holding a newly hatched dragon egg.   (She's definitely going to have to wait, I have to work on several minis to improve my flesh technique.  It really needs a lot of work.)

Basically I have 30 days to write 50,000 words.  That comes to 1,667 words a day.  Last year I managed to get 11,901 words in before the deadline.  Will I make it to the end?  I don't know.  Will my speed writing be just as sloppy as my speed painting?  I don't care!

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It's almost time for NaNoWriMo | 2005-10-05 16:02:43

November is only one month away.  Time to stop painting and start writing.  November is National Novel Writers Month!    So get ready to put down the brush and take up the pen.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and -- when the thing is done -- the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2004, we had over 42,000 participants. Nearly 6000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

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Peace & Good!