NaNoWriMo: on methodology

I have a rough outline, already posted. I always keep the non-written part of the current chapter's outline in the file I'm editing. Every editing session begins with a new file, with the naming convention of day-of-month.file-in-day.txt, both numbers padded out to two digits so that they will sort correctly. When I close out an editing session, I put the parts of the outline that are yet to be written in the next file, so I always start form a non-blank file, which is important for morale, but I never have to see what I've written, so I have no temptation to edit. Of course, I use nvi as my editor.

So far I only word-warred once (I came out second out of three with 650 words/15 minutes) and I did it using cat > newfile.txt,
with the intention of moving it to a correctly numbered file. That worked wonderfully for writing speed, which increased by
20-30% with this method, allowing me only one line of edits and then it gets commited. The word-war bit was about a religion
mac vs. ubuntu war, that will probably get cleaned up and moved to somewhere else in the novel in the future, but so far it
gained me 650 words towards my goal.

Each time, before I update my word count on nanowrimo, I zip all my files and mail them to myself on Yahoo!. This qualifies
as my backup for the day. Yahoo!'s no limit on mail means I don't care if I fill it up with mostly-duplicate zips. I add
writing buddies who have close, but hopefully above, my word count, so I will get inspired to outdo them. I added one particular
gem: this person always writes two thousands words above me when I sleep, so this ensures my 2K words for the day effortlessly.
I have one buddy with almost twice my count -- this is so I will have actual stars to strive for.

NaNoWriMo is up

It's 1:16am localtime here, and I'm 2330 words into nanowrimo.
Not as good as I hoped, as I wanted to have 5000 done before morning, but better than strictly necessary.

NaNoWriMo writing exercise

I wanted to know how fast I could get words out -- this stuff matters for NaNoWriMo. So I took a silly idea I found in the threads about the whole story being told with interruptions and retellings, and tried to make a story out of nothing but that. Note, as per nanowrimo advice, I did not edit worth for shit. The drivel that follows may be unreadable. But it's ~850 words, and it's been done in roughly 25 minutes. That's a good pace, it means I might have a chance to do 2K w/h.

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So I've had this tagline in my head: "Magic is entering the world -- and the world doesn't like it one bit!" I've thought about what to do with it, with the prime contenders was "write a novel" and "do an RPG world". However, as some of you know, November is upon us and with it NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). So, that settles it, I guess -- I'm going to do a novel. Don't go under the lj cut if you think you might be reading it and don't want spoilers!

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Genres in TV

Y and I were watching "Dead Like Me", and then we started discussing how most TV shows belong to the same genres:

* Superpowers -- I think there are two distinct subgenres, one person with superpowers vs. world (Smallville, Buffy, Sabrina, etc.) and "Lots of people with superpowers" (Heroes, Lost)
* Detective -- From "The Rockford Files" to "NCIS" going through some classics like "NYPD" and "Miami Vice"
* Lawyers -- LA Law, Ally McBeal, The Practice
* Doctors -- ER, House, Chicago Hope, etc.
* Space opera -- Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, etc.

Every drama TV show (as in classic 45ish minute format and not a reality show) we could think of was in one of these genres ("Early Edition", e.g., is in the superpowers genre, as is Gilmore Girls [superstudent]).

Notes from inside the OLPC

I finally managed to follow the instructions about how to emulate the OLPC well enough to run it. (Download image,
convert it to vmdk, create a VMware machine, add to it a sound adapter, replace the hard drive with the OLPC converted
image, run thingy).

I wrote some notes from within it. In the end, I could not figure out how to paste them from inside the OLPC -- I mailed the
ODT to myself, opened it from OOo and pasted it here.

ETA: Both bugs I stumbled on are documented in the OLPC trac system: #3945 (no paste in Browse)
and #3957 (cannot switch between windows with the keyboard). I love it when bugs are well documented!

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The Six Million Dollar Man -- The real story

Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we cannot rebuild him. We lack the technology. We have, however, a demo of the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will seem like that man.To all appearances, better than he was before. As far as anyone will know, better, stronger, faster.