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Today’s Nano Inspiration

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

October 14- Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day IconUh Oh.. My month of NanoWrimo preparation is almost 1/2 completed and I have been 5 days since my last daily post.  Life and work intervened.   Thursday I went to a concert by Deborah Linden and Leslie Hudson aka Sinderella.   Friday we hooked up our trailer to go spend Thanksgiving at Bass Lake Provincial Park.  Unfortunately Bass Lake closed for the season on September 23.  We ended up at McRae Point Provincial Park southeast of Orillia and it was wonderful.   We had a fantastic camping weekend.

Nano preparations:  I spent a couple hours reworking some of my timelines and plots in Freemind.  I did alot of headwork on my story.  SJ and I spent alot of time walking through the woods at the campground and talking about the ins and outs of her story…  but I’ll leave her to write about that.

Things I need to do:

  1. CNE research on the CNE Archives site.
  2. Maybe some basic historical research for several of my characters including post vatican II changes to religious orders, summer of love, rock music of the 70s and some other significant events.
  3. Keep working with learning how to use Scrivener.  I think it will be a very useful tool.
  4. Oh, and these CNE videos hosted by Stephen Page will also help with my research.

Oct. 8 Update

  1. I tossed and turned my story over in my head.  I had some insights both when I was dreaming and awake.
  2. Added some links to the blog in the morning.
  3. While we were doing our family bonding exercise (aka watching Dr. Who) I googled outlining software and writing tools.   I bookmarked the ones I liked at
  4. I started a timeline for my story using SmartIdeas software, because I need to teach one of my classes how to use SmartIdeas.

More PreWrimo Reading: The Making of Karateka

Last week I bought the Humble Mobile Bundle 2, a collection of indie games for my android tablet. One of the bonus games was the android edition of Karateka, a 1984 Apple II game that I had never heard of.  It also included an ebook called The Making of Karateka.  This ebook is the journal of Jordan Mechner from 1982-84, from when he was a 17 year old Yale Freshman with an idea for a karate game on the apple II which was waay ahead of his time to 1984 when the completed game was published.  This book is much more than the story of how the game came to be.  It is a time capsule into the history of early gaming, and 1980s movies.  It also shows the transformation of the author from a brilliant, lazy, socially awkward computer nerd freshman, into manhood and into a confident game designer, budding filmmaker, and author.  Another great pre-wrimo read.  (Oops– over my self imposed 100 words for these daily updates).