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NaNoWriMo Plan - The Last Four Days

All right. It's the end of Monday, and my wordcounts spreadsheet says I've written 40562 words this month, and I've got 9438 to go. In four days.

This is a lot.

Thankfully, I have Wednesday as a day off work. (Well... tentatively confirmed by my manager. I'm hoping that when I get in tomorrow I'll have a voicemail properly confirming it.) So my plan is:
Tuesday: 500-1000 words, 41k
Wednesday: 5000 words, 46k
Thursday: 1500-2000 words, 47.5k
Friday: 2000-2500 words, 50k

Tuesday I'll have very little time to write: whatever I can snatch between work and GamesEvening which is usually vanishingly small, plus whatever I write after the end of GamesEvening when everyone's left. Wednesday I have the whole day up to WednesdayAnime. Thursday there may or may not be a meeting of our church small group, and I may or may not be going. Friday the way is clear for the final sprint, except of course that it has to be finished by midnight (local time).

It'll be tough, but I can do it. I wrote 2500 words today, mostly between 9pm and 12:30am. I'll get there.

On the lighter side, I've been meaning for ages to reinstate the Wikipedia Research Diary. I love the somewhat mangled picture of my novel's content that can be gleaned from looking at the Wikipedia pages I read in the course of researching it. Note that (1) these were all Wikipedia pages I visited specifically to check something or other for my novel, rather than just for the fun of it; (2), I did research on other webpages too, but I won't list them here; and (3) I haven't included every such Wikipedia page here, because I wouldn't want to give away everything about my novel ;)
Some particularly cool/choice/misleading entries are bolded.

26th: Naval artillery in the Age of Sail; Flash powder; Orbit of the Moon; Category:Buildings and structures in Paris.
25th: Kestrel; Ballast; Metropolitan Police Service; Moon; Axial tilt; The Jewel of the Nile
22nd: Brig; Public house; Trawler
21st: Companionway; Hull; Grimsby
Otherws, whose ability to sort by date I have sadly lost:
American Civil War; Ariane; Automatic rifle; Cafe; Celcius; Dollywaggon Pike; Domestic water system; Drug cartel; Filing cabinet; Flint; Gatling gun; George S. Patton; Gondola (disambiguation); Guinea (British coin); History of radio; Impact event; List of mountains and hills of the British Isles by height; Manchester Town Hall; Name days in Sweden; Nacelle; Plumbing fixture; Royal Observatory, Greenwich; Saint Swithun; Scotland Yard; Shell (projectile); Steam engine (duh); Steam power during the Industrial Revolution; Stethoscope; Suitcase; Swedish krona; The Amazing Screw-On Head; Tonne; Wetsuit; Yakhchal; Zeppelin (of course!)

And yet, for all this research, I'm very confident my novel is stuffed with inaccuracies, anachronisms and things for pedants to criticise. toothycat pointed out a near miss to me today, relating to keeping warm in Siberia, where I very nearly ended up with an embarrassingly inaccurate depiction in my story. It's part of the drawbacks to setting something on Earth, and an Earth with a history similar to our own (up to a point, naturally).

I don't think there's much I can do about this, except take notes of what inaccuracies people point out to me when they find them, and consider fixing them in December, either before or after I send the novel to people who want to see it.

On a completely different note, because it's entertaining, this meme turned up and made me giggle:
In 2007, alextfish resolves to...
Go to matlab every Sunday.
Stop supercomputing with taiyakifan.
Become a better wiki.
Find a better escher.
Overcome my secret fear of cats.
Cut down to ten games a day.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

"Find a better escher" is doubtful - Gonsalves or Warren are good, but they're not the classic.
"Go to matlab every Sunday" is very unlikely - it's a great program and all, but I'm very happy leaving it at work, thank you!
"Overcome my secret fear of cats" makes a certain amount of sense, in a way... I want to move to a house, and then we've promised ourselves we can get some cats of our own!
But the best line is definitely the last: "Cut down to ten games a day". .



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Nov. 27th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
You're definitely up too late.
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
Sleep can wait until December!
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
LOL. I used to say "Sleep is for mortals!"
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
There's always Bon Jovi's approach: "I'm gonna live while I'm alive - I'll sleep when I'm dead."
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Google proves it's speed: I just Googled for "wikipedia Yahkchal" to see what that one was about and received four results... Three for "Aaron Gershfield" and one, the top one, for your LJ entry. :)
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
That's... impressive. AFAIK, there are no links to this journal anywhere except from my friends' friends pages. Ph34r teh cr4wling one.

And yes, sorry, I typoed in that bizarre Arabic word. It's not "yahkchal", but "yakhchal".
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
Whew. Email from my manager indeed confirms that I can have Wednesday to write.
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