Fear, bikes, and NaNoWriMo

Happy Monday! (Or Monday evening, depending on where you are…)

My NaNoWriMo is off to a promising start, as I’ve been logging just over 4,000 words per day, well over the 1667 minimum average requirement.   That is completely  unprecedented for me; usually I have a strong first couple of days, and two weeks in I’m struggling and just typing stream of consciousness garbage to make any wordcount headway at all.    I think the amount of time the particulars of this story have been rattling around in my head has helped grease the runners, so to speak, and I’m going to ride this lead as far as I can.  Having a five-point overview with a partial sketch of the narrative also helps.   Essentially I have an ensemble group of four factions (a fifth will be introduced at the climax) and am visiting each faction-figure once in turn,  a la Harry Turtledove.  I’m 1.5 “turns” in.

Last week I finished a couple of books that I won’t be dwelling on in a full review. I should at least mention them, however. The first, Fear, is a history of the first year of the Trump administration, or rather a review of some of the more alarming episodes of that period like the twitter war with the Kim cult, the creation of an economic policy cut from 18th century mercantilist playbooks, and the ongoing chaos of interior organization.   Like Fire and Fury this is less an expose than a recap, as we’ve all seen this unfold in public and even Trump supporters I know aren’t sure how to make sense of everything that comes out of DC these days.

The second book I finished in the week was Bikeonomics, a bit of bike advocacy which hails bicycles’ salulatory effect on health, the urban environment, and the bottom line . Unfortunately, I’ve encountered all that before through On Bikes,  so it was a bit of preaching to the choir for me.

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6 Responses to Fear, bikes, and NaNoWriMo

  1. mudpuddle says:

    4k words a day is amazing imo… it takes me a day to write a tenth of that… hooray for bicycles… i'd be an activist if i wasn't old and cynical…

  2. Stephen says:

    It helps to not pause for any edits or corrections. (Thank goodness I'm a touch typist…I can just close my eyes and let the story flow out. Impossible to do on anything but a computer!) I'll hit the halfway point wordwise today….probably would have done it last night but I was finishing the last two episodes of “The Sopranos”!

  3. mudpuddle says:

    i'll bet you could make a living doing that… i wonder if anyone has ever programmed a computer to write books, just altering the plots a bit between volumes… i bet it would work…

  4. Marian H says:

    Fantastic stats, great job!! I got sick a few days ago which threw me off, but still plugging away at it.

  5. Stephen says:

    I recently heard of an AI program writing a Harry Potter book. I don't think computers will ever replicate creativity, though…the subtle touches a human actor adds, allusions to other works, delicate manipulation of moods for tension..

  6. Stephen says:

    I'm sorry to hear about the sickness! Hope you've recovered. I'm a few hundred away from 30K at this point. It's looking like I”ll be writing past 50K because I'm not halfway through the “story” and yet I'm halfway out of challenge requirement words..

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