Today’s Nano Inspiration

Today’s Nanotoon drawn by the perpetual motion machine known as Errol Elumir.  Here are the latest.

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Time for the Fair Cover

Right after I recorded our November 1 vidcast saying I was in for Nanowrimo, I decided to pass on Nanowrimo this year in order to get my last year’s novel into the world as a podcast novel. Today I released Episode 1 of the Time for the Fair Podcast. I will be releaseing a half hour (ish) episode weekly for the next five months or so. I am also considering using bandcamp to sell full versions of the audiobook, as well as ebook versions. Stay tuned for more about that. You can subscribe to it at http://feeds.feedburner.com/TimeForTheFairPodcastFeed

SJ has been keeping on track with her Nanowrimo story. She has been posting regular unedited chapters on her Wattpad account as she has been writing them. Talk about flying without a net. Tomorrow night, she is the featured artist at the monthly HUB for Arts and Culture gathering at the Midland Cultural Centre from 5pm to 7pm.

Whither to Wrimo?

Writers Block by Shira GalOK, here’s the thing. It’s November 1. Nanowrimo starts today. I’ve got nothing. No story idea. Zilch, nada, bubkus, nothing at all. My daughter and I are planning on doing Nanowrimo again this year but I’ve got nothing to say.

I’m still slowly working my way through editing the text and audio for last year’s story, Time for the Fair. This summer I recorded the whole story, with the intention of having an audio podcast of the book in progress before this November, but the best laid plans…

Last week, my vice-principal started up team at our school for Movember, where men grow moustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. Now, I like the idea of being a part of a team doing something wacky like growing hair for charity, but you have to start Movember clean shaven. I’ve been bearded for my whole adult life, except for one season 15 years ago when I raffled my beard off to raise funds for the music program at my school. Until yesterday, my daughter had never even seen my chin.

Anyway, here I am. November first. Clean shaven. Feeling naked, both facially and creatively. I know that as the month progresses my hair will grow back. I’m thinking of growing a mustache and crazy sideburns. But it doesn’t take much creative effort to grow hair. The trick will be to grow a story, starting from scratch, with no particular shiny ideas that are calling to me.

At this moment, I’m in, but I’m not really invested either. I’m at a crossroads where I could write a new story, or I could invest November and completing last year’s story and getting the podcast and ebook up and running. Whatever happens, I will take some time every day in November to make something, and in Movember to grow something.

 

 

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It’s December- What Now?

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Make that Two Winners

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We have a winner

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November 23 Nanowrimo Wreport- We have a Winner

Last night, SJ finished the first draft of her Nanowrimo Novel, Perfect?, topping off at 28,284 words.  Hooray!  Considering that her original goal was 10000 words, this is fantastic.  In the vidcast, I say that I have 42000 or 43000 words.  I just checked and it’s  about 44400.

Back to the word mines for me.

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November 22 Nanowrimo Wreport

There may just be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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November 20- Words, Words, Words

On November 16, I got to perform at the Toronto Nanowrimo Halfway Party and Geeky Book Swap. About 70 people were there sharing nanowrimo stories, swapping geek books (Bring a book, Take a Book.  We brought about a dozen geeky books and came back at about par. SJ really likes her new Zombie Apocolypse Survival Guide).  There were about 7 different geeky musical acts performing including:

– Debs and Errol
– Kari Maaren
– Copy Red Leader
– Press Start 2 Play
– Rock, Paper, Cynic
 and even one ductapeguy.    The night before, I even wrote a Nanowrimo song to perform at the event.  Enjoy.

 

Words, Words, Words
November 15, 2013 Words and Lyrics © Sean McGaughey

On a chilly dark Halloween night
Turn in early and turn out the lights
It doesn`t much matter
If you`re a pantser or planner.
Tomorrow we all start to write.

Morning coffee and tea by the pot
As we wrestle with setting and plot.
Your hero’s in the middle of a confounding riddle,
Who’s answer you once knew but forgot.

Words, Words, Words,
We need fifty thousands words
We write all the time-o
Cause it’s Nano-Wrimo
Our efforts may seem quite absurd.
Buddy have you heard,
Everyone has a pile of words
Will mine be a New York Times
Best selling novel
or a steaming pile of… (Words, words, words)

The garbage is starting to reek
I haven’t showered in nearly a week,
We’re down to one nighty and a pair of tighty whiteys
And the dishes are piled in the seenk.

The story is coming together,
Haven’t noticed the change in the weather,
I’ve not read the news, or heard Rob Ford’s Blues
till I came to the halfway gettogether.

Words, Words, Words,
We need fifty thousands words
We write all the time-o
Cause it’s Nano-Wrimo
Our efforts may seem quite absurd.
Buddy have you heard,
Everyone has a pile of words
Will mine be a New York Times
Best selling novel
or a steaming pile of… (Words, words, words)

 

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November 19 Nanowrimo Report

In which we discuss our weekend with Sean’s Birthday Party, the Toronto Geeky Book Swap/ Nanowrimo halfway party, SJ’s Tornoto Nano teen write-in  at a Starbucks on Yonge Street, and our progress with our novels.

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Halfway there!

SJ and I had did a vidcast talking about our progress so far with our stories on the halfway day of nanowrimo. Oh, and I`ve been adding variety to our word wars by using some of the novelty  classroom timers  at online-stopwatch.com.