November 21st, 2005


More NaNoWriMo Effusing

So we're at T-10 days and the writing continues to go well; I've passed the 30K mark. (Cripes, I sound like the PAO on a NASA launch countdown, now!)

The story is progressing, characters are actually somewhat characterized, and the plot is actually moving along. Just last night I finished the first major action sequence and a character scored first blood.

In other NaNo news, Kit and I went to our local group's mid-month party. On the NaNo forums, people sign up in broad regional zones, ours being CA Easy Bay. So we met up at a crowded (but tasty) little mexican restaurant in Berkeley to share our progress, commiserate on writer's block, and read (anonymously) samples of our worst sentences.

One kinda cool thing was that Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, showed up. This was a surprise to my until I remembered, "Hey, he actually lives in Oakland! This is his regional group, too."

I've heard him speak a couple times and I got to talk to him once. He seems like a really nice, informal, down-to-earth type of guy. He also has a trait that I personally put much store by, the ability to genuinely cheer the success of others; he loves to enable other people, to encourage them to write in NaNoWriMo or otherwise. Chris sometimes has a distracted scowl but it always goes away when he sees other writers talking about their word counts or hears about someone who has taken up writing fiction for the first time. A wonderful man.

Anyhow, back to my writing...