Parkour vol. 2: the adventure continues

So, I am continuing on my voyage to become a traceur. Today's workout was shorter than tommorow's: my body is letting me know this is too much stress. Tommorow will be Moshe'Z official "day off", with no running. I think I need to rest...but nonetheless it was fun, and I discovered many cool places around to Parkour in. I am still taking it easy with the obstacles, only clearing the occasional one for fun and profit. I learned how to run up a short steep slope, how to to a "equilibre" and stuff like that -- and of course practiced my rolls more. This is fun!

Buying ebooks

I live in Israel. Like the rest of Europe, it is beyond the Atlantic ocean from the United States. Therefore, shipping costs to Israel are astronomical -- buying a few books often means shelling 20% on shipment for *SLOW* shipment. With fast, it can easily reach daylight-robbery levels. This is annoying, because like all people, I like my goddamn satisfaction here and now. Bookstores are not open on Saturday (except one, which is far away and suckular), and close on 15:00-17:00 on Friday. This means buying books is an ordeal. Ordering online is too expensive and slow. Going to a bookstore is a project needing advance planning. Today, I was sitting at home (parents' place, actually, just before driving off to mine, but that's neither here nor there) when I was browsing on Holly Lisle's site, and saw some interesting books about writing. The physical version costs twice as much, then further exasberated by a shipping cost that is way too high and by having to wait for a few days (best case scenario). The electronic version? Well, let's just say I pulled out my wallet, and 30 minutes later (downloading them all plus the various freebies took time and I was doing stuff in the middle of it all) I had them all, backed up to the places I usually back up things. Holly Lisle, thank the lords, is not one of the DRM fascists, so I can actually read the books on an Ubuntu laptop which is not the laptop I bought it from.

And just like that, I get to read them everywhere.

Yes, yes, I know, I cannot curl up with them (although a laptop works just as well in bed -- so I can read it until a couple of minutes I fall asleep). I cannot throw them if they're stupid. And so on and so forth, irrelevancies as opposed to the fact that I can read them. Right. Now. As soon as I finish posting this...

The Feeling of Goodness About My Person

I feel good about myself. First year NaNo, not only I won (I knew I would win when I learned I can do 1800 words an hour), and not only did I win by a margin (after you win, it does not really matter -- you've written a novel, you know you can do it) but most importantly, I give useful advice to people: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/1067928 and yes, I did enjoy the "Moshez, you're my hero" posts, why are you asking?

This is why it's fun. You get wonderful advice, you give advice, and together, a bunch of people make it over the finish line, to where they are holding a novel in their hands, having pulled each other to success.

Novel ideas

They say that novel ideas are a dime a dozen. They are completely right. There are a gazillion. Through writing, I've thought of several -- Night of the Loving Dead (necrophiliac and zombie save the world from an evil necromancer), National Crime Writing Month (a NaNoveller is using the forums for ideas to commit unsolvable crimes) and It Takes Character (a teenager immersed in virtual worlds finds that his character has become real -- or has it?) This is after through the month I had ideas for three novels because I finished the previous one (Best Left Evil, Home Guard and Space Debris). I am not sure. Perhaps writing good novels is hard -- I still have to see if I can get mine to be good. But writing novels? It is easy. You get idea (of which there are zillions), you sit down for a month, spending just an hour each day to write 2K words, at the end -- voila -- 60K words of draft. This is assuming you have a full time job, and can only devote one hour to writing per day...You know, if people told me it was this easy, I might have tried it sooner.

What is the deal, people? Why are you not all writing novels? Next year, I am getting as many people as I can to NaNoWriMo with me...

NaNoWriMo experiences: an interim summary

I have finished my 3rd and "officially last" NaNo novel today. I am starting to work on a novel called Space Debris which is pseudo-NaNovel: I am going to include it in my word count (via the old familiar trick of "then he read a novel which went like this") and I'm going to attempt 2K a day but I mostly started it in November so I won't stop be a part of the experience, even if I now have to take it much less seriously.

Amazing. If nothing else, even if my novels are not worth crap after all the editing in the world, it doesn't matter. I now know that I *can* design a plot to fit 50K (or probably more), that I *can* force myself to write when I want to, that I *can* write through any writer block by just accepting that it will be a little crappy and fixed later. I found that when I want to go as fast as I can, I can whip out 1K words in 15 minutes (later needing cleanup, perhaps, but nonetheless...). I found that I can solve plot holes and plot problems for others -- and that I can ask for help with mine. I found that I can work from an outline, and go off of it when I feel like it. It was a pretty amazing experience, and I am much the richer for that.

Where does it leave me?
* I am working on Space Debris. I am experimenting with a new technique explained by Lizette Gifford in her book "NaNo for the New and the Insane": really detailed outline. I did a chapter level outline. Then I did scene-level outline. Now I am doing a "sub-scene" level outline, detailing each 100 words. I am half-way through doing it after two straight hours of working on it.
* I will edit my Novels come December
* I found I am interested in writing enough to take this further.
* Next year, my NaNo goal will be one novel of 150K words. I knew I can do the words -- can I do a 150K novel? I plan to outline it to 100-word level before November [as explicitly allowed in the rules] then just write through it.