keaalu: (Memento Vivere 2)
Yes, I have actually got off my aft and posted two (yes, TWO) whole chapters of Memento Vivere.

On LiveJournal: Chapter 16 | Chapter 17
On Dreamwidth: Chapter 16 | Chapter 17

The Dreamwidth entries have much nicer formatting. I'm not sure why the font on the Livejournal community is so tiny? I'll need to go and find myself a better journal layout at some point.

The current state of play:
Some of Chapter 16 was written back in March, when I foolishly said "I'm getting close to having another chapter of MV finished" and proceeded to write almost NOTHING for six whole months.

Chapter 17 is all new.

Chapters 18 onwards aren't finished; 18 is close (so so very close), but everything after that is a big disjointed muddle of half-written scenes that I am nowhere near being done with.

Onwards!
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
Yes, I have actually got off my aft and posted two (yes, TWO) whole chapters of Memento Vivere.

On LiveJournal: Chapter 16 | Chapter 17
On Dreamwidth: Chapter 16 | Chapter 17

The Dreamwidth entries have much nicer formatting. I'm not sure why the font on the Livejournal community is so tiny? I'll need to go and find myself a better journal layout at some point.

The current state of play:
Some of Chapter 16 was written back in March, when I foolishly said "I'm getting close to having another chapter of MV finished" and proceeded to write almost NOTHING for six whole months.

Chapter 17 is all new.

Chapters 18 onwards aren't finished; 18 is close (so so very close), but everything after that is a big disjointed muddle of half-written scenes that I am nowhere near being done with.

Onwards!

Help

Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:03 am
keaalu: (Memento Vivere)
NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. I fell asleep instead of do ANYTHING last night. While part of me is well-rested and fairly alert for its-not-even-8:30-am-yet, the other part of me is flailing around going "aaaugh I still haven't QUITE got my plot down and there's still a planet without a name, not to mention the notdragons don't have a proper word for their species and I have NO IDEA how I'm going to name them since their language is unpronounceable and I can hardly call them Huffsqueak or Clickfart (although now I kind of want to)."

SO, ideas:
(I'm not going to post my plot, for obvious reasons.)

Cast:
Blink (obviously; fessine)
Skydash (femme. No relation to the rainbow variety, also notapony)
Rae and Aspazija (on Hesger only; they do talk a little by radio, maybe)
Viveka (kiravai, pen; "Beautiful voice") and the esu'imi
Captain Jadiga si'Danukat (medusi) and family (Truda (f), Saloma(f) and Miers (spur)) - captain of police frigate
Kainda si'Needsasurname ("Kay-IN-dah") and family (Lunete (f), Egils (s), Grieta (f) and 3rd (f))
Capt. Ivir (kiravai, cob; captain of warship patrolling the Imperial border)
Captured Gok (not sure if this will EVER have a name)
Various notdragons - a green one that is (reasonably) kind, dark red one is leader of colony.

Planets:
Neolithic notdragon colony; within Imperial territory so it needs a kiravai name, ia'Something
Planet with a Gok colony; I want to call it something silly and "romantic" like Mist or Fog or something. (I quite like "Fog", actually. Hmm. *ponders*)

...I'll probably add to this as I think of things.
keaalu: (Default)
At last, another chapter. I've been working on this one on-and-off for months - I mean, lookit: November 26th was my last upload. SIGH. I need to get back into writing in my Blue AU, at least people read it. :P

( Fake cut to chapter 19 on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal ) In which Mirii finally meets Sei again, and… well, is even more confused about what to think about this whole mess. Velia and Pau sneak about in the Lanali city, getting so close to the terrorists that their boss would really not be happy if he knew about it! and Brennan finds out exactly what his captors have in store for him.
Posted words: 78140 out of 100,000


My html'ing has gone very strange. O_o I seem to have some MASSIVE gaps between some of the paragraphs.
Edit: OK, the html'ing is fixed. :D
keaalu: (Nanowrimo Participant)
( Fake cut to chapter 18 on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal ) In which Mirii meets Yannis’ contact in the foreign lab (and gets even more confused), Brennan moves out to the hospital, Biohazard makes a surprising discovery of his own, and Asenka crosses swords with the sinister doctor Hueil.
Posted words: 72452 out of 100,000


My writing mood still hasn’t picked up. Doesn't help that I can never write very well after work, especially when I’m also on-call – normally, I’d have the end of November as annual leave, but we have the pre-regs in the department this year, so I can’t. My count might be ok but it’s turned into horribly disjointed notes of where the story is going, to flesh out later. Highly dissatisfying.
Written this year: 46492 out of 50,000
keaalu: I say I am writing, but actually I have a game of solitaire open (nano procrastinate)
( Fake cut to chapter 17 on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal ) In which the twins discuss their limited progress, Eri gets a message, and Asenka starts to have second thoughts about what they’re doing.
Posted words: 63,568 out of 100,000

…I don’t think my “spy thriller” is as back on track as I’d hoped. ¬_¬

I’ve not been in the greatest mood to write, the last few days. I’ve had some furniture delivered, and I was more excited about that than my writing, haha. (I, um, have also been playing a little of the game in my icon, too. But I am writing, honest!)
Written this year: 26161 out of 50,000
keaalu: (Nanowrimo Participant)
( Fake cut to chapter 16 on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal ) In which Mirii visits the market with Yannis (who as always has an ulterior motive) and Sei begins to find out what his abductor is up to.

Posted words:
57,361 out of 100,000

I was managing to keep ahead of my count once I got into the story, but I slowed up a little over the weekend – I keep having issues with my plot (as in, lack of it), and I don’t want to take the cheat’s way out of adding something completely random. I do mostly want this to maybe be, you know, worth reading, when I’m finished? I have bullied the plot a little bit and noted down some things I want to happen, and in what order, so I hope I’ll be able to pick up the pace a little.
Written this year: 18,939 out of 50,000

Unrelated: I really wish those bots would leave me alone. I don't WANT to have to ban people from commenting unless they're on my friends list (as I'd get no comments then, haha. ¬_¬). There's nothing more disappointing than seeing you actually have a comment on something! then realising it's just some Russian spambot trying to send you to a phishing site.
keaalu: If plot notes worked towards my nanowrimo word count, I'd be finished already (Nano Plot Notes)
At last, a WHOLE WEEK IN (already? Ugh), I have some new material to post!

( Fake cut to chapter 15 on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal ) In which a little deception* is revealed, more trickery is planned, and Mirii considers her options.
Posted words:
50,445 out of 100,000


My counts look a little botched from here - I mean, how can I only just be over 50k, when I just posted 6000 words?. Well, I'm starting writing from where I got up to in 2008 - I just managed to scrape past the count, but a lot of it (about 6000 words of it) was notes that I'm not really finding a place to use any more. Therefore, 100,000 is my "50,000" this year. I already know I'm not going to make it, haha.
Written this year: 12,719 out of 50,000


I just caught these lyrics from "A New England" and it made me giggle far more than it should have. I think that means it must be teatime:
I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them, but they were only satellites
It's wrong to wish on space hardware


* - totally didn't just write "a little Decepticon". Slipstream is highly insulted - calm down, bit. You're not even in this universe yet.

Edit: I was just checking where some of my traffic comes from on a couple of my blogs, and... however did someone get to my "Aude Sapere" blog from putting "buy viagra" into a search engine? :P And it's a little disappointing to see people are coming from "website stats and valuation" sites. ¬_¬

November

Thursday, 1 November 2012 08:21 am
keaalu: Three colourful speech balloons (Coloured balloons)
So, it's the 1st of November. 1st proper day of NaNoWriMo, and I have:
- No coherent plot for the story I'm supposed to be working on (and which I do actually WANT to work on, strangely enough.)
- More desire to write OTHER THINGS (mostly silly meme-related things) than the barely coherent plot I DO have.
- Whitesides, continually attention-seeking.

Maybe I should just join the Pharmacy Mo Bros and wear a fake moustache for a month. :P

Community

Wednesday, 8 August 2012 04:33 pm
keaalu: (L33t typist)
Last year, I noticed that the username "Aude Sapere" had been deleted and purged. (OK, it was on 29th June, so over a year ago. ¬_¬ It was in preparation for when I finished editing and self-pubbed "Thunder Daughter", which my busy life has thus far not allowed me to finish, bah.)

I stupidly picked it up as an individual journal, which meant I had to log out of my normal username, log into that, etc... So I sort of left it fallow for a while.

Today, I finally worked out how to turn it into a community. XD

So! I thus present [livejournal.com profile] aude_sapere. I'll try and get a "sticky" post up later for people.
keaalu: A word cloud generated from my novel "memento mori" (MM tagxedo)
So much for “determined to get the next chapter finished faster than the last” – I seem to have been even slower, this time. (It’s been about 40 days since I last posted! What.)

Again, “I am determined etc”, so I’m going to set myself a deadline, this time; next chapter by the 27th. That gives me a week to finally tame the creeping junkheap once and for all, and then a week to do the writing. If I can keep to the “50,000 in 30 days”, I’m sure I can write 6000 in a week.

Back to business. I actually posted the meat of the chapter before work, but ran out of time to link to it from my other journals, so here we go. Better late than never!

( Fake cut to chapter 28 (Livejournal Mirror) ) In which Tevak gives the Library an ultimatum – find Blink, or he’ll burn the place down – and certain little shocking revelations are made. Up in the danata colony, Blink struggles to work out where she’s meant to go from here – and scared that she’ll end up bringing the monster to their door.

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keaalu: (MM title)
Another chapter in less than 6 weeks! It's a miracle.

I had wanted to get this chapter finished and uploaded on the 1st, because it would have been the story’s “6-month birthday”. Happy Belated Birthday, MM?

Actually I’m not particularly happy because it means I still haven’t finished it, and I can’t edit what I haven’t finished. And I am determined to have something finished enough to self-publish by the end of 2012. Cue, end of the world?

( Fake cut to chapter 26 ) Dreamwidth Mirror In which Sarmis manages to blow his own cover, and Tevak discovers his prize is missing (and promptly also blows up).

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keaalu: A word cloud generated from my novel "memento mori" (MM tagxedo)
Another chapter in less than 6 weeks! It's a miracle.

I had wanted to get this chapter finished and uploaded on the 1st, because it would have been the story’s “6-month birthday”. Happy Belated Birthday, MM?

Actually I’m not particularly happy because it means I still haven’t finished it, and I can’t edit what I haven’t finished. And I am determined to have something finished enough to self-publish by the end of 2012. Cue, end of the world?

( Fake cut to chapter 26 (Livejournal Mirror) ) In which Sarmis manages to blow his own cover, and Tevak discovers his prize is missing (and promptly also blows up).

131523 200000

Someone can't count?

Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:04 pm
keaalu: (overworked)
Because a friend at work had been asking about my writing, I wanted to say how long my current work is compared to "Twilight" (because I know it's a book she's read). As in, "it's about as long as..." etc. I've just never read Twilight myself*, so I don't know how they'd compare, ha.

So I went off and Googled around a bit:
On 28 Aug 2010: "Stephanie Meyer said on a talk show how many words she has typed for these books, and these are the numbers for each. In Twilight- about 174,000 words."

On June 14, 2011, "according to Stepheniemeyer.com, the first Twilight book had 130,000 words."

(And these are just her figures, there's another hit that said it was only 115,362 words.)

So apparently, Twilight has shrunk by at least 4/5ths of a NaNoNovel. HMM.
(MM is currently hovering around 130,000 but only 125,000 is "published", the rest is scribble)

In other news, I have a bee-baby appeared in MM that reminds me of Flash. I'm not sure why. ¬_¬
"For his part, the baby acted like she wasn’t even there, not even when her comb tugged at the tangles, dedicatedly stuffing his tiny face with fruit and fish, wing-discs fluttering involuntarily in enjoyment."

(Tonight is my first of THREE on-calls this week. Today, Sunday and Weds. *going to be dead by Weds*)

* - I tried, but it made my brain hurt. I know I'm hardly one to talk, but it was like stumbling onto bad fanfiction on ff.net. :(
keaalu: (MM title)
It’s been twenty two days since my last update. *le sigh* I need to be less nitpicky, less distracted, and more write-y, because I can’t edit / publish this if it’s not finished. Ragh.

My current count includes only my posted words. I have another 1600 words or so lurking on the master file (that’s getting on for 1% of story!); 170 in a prologue I’m going to put in and the remainder in the next chapters that come after what I’ve posted. I’m trying to be good and not write all the “fun” chapters first; joining everything up afterwards ends up with me throwing a lot of words away, that way.

( Fake cut to chapter 25 ) Dreamwidth Mirror In which Blink finally makes good her escape – but where are the danata taking her? Has she maybe just climbed out of the frying pan, and got straight into the fire?

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keaalu: I say I am writing, but actually I have a game of solitaire open (nano procrastinate)
It’s been twenty two days since my last update. *le sigh* I need to be less nitpicky, less distracted, and more write-y, because I can’t edit / publish this if it’s not finished. Ragh.

My current count includes only my posted words. I have another 1600 words or so lurking on the master file (that’s getting on for 1% of story!); 170 in a prologue I’m going to put in and the remainder in the next chapters that come after what I’ve posted. I’m trying to be good and not write all the “fun” chapters first; joining everything up afterwards ends up with me throwing a lot of words away, that way.

( Fake cut to chapter 25 (Livejournal Mirror) ) In which Blink finally makes good her escape – but where are the danata taking her? Has she maybe just climbed out of the frying pan, and got straight into the fire?

125214 200000
keaalu: (MM Blink)
Look, I got another chapter finished!

APRIL FOOLS

Oh, wait. No, I DID actually get another chapter finished. I'm not sure why this one took so long, I started it when I was on annual leave back on the... 12th of March, or thereabouts? It just didn't seem to want to be written. :( Maybe Blink likes it in the basement or something.

( Fake cut to chapter 24 ) Dreamwidth Mirror In which Halli spots someone sneaking somewhere he shouldn't be (alliteration intentional), Tevak lays down an ultimatum - as does Odati - and three of the smallest sapient creatures in the known universe hold out a very BIG hand in a gesture of kindness.

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I was thinking, on my way home the other night - if/when Blink gets switched back to her normal self, what would happen if Halli got caught in the fallout and "changed" with her? At least I have the perfect alt-mode for her - she could be a Halli-copter. HAHA *fallsover*

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Avatar was on again, last night. They only premiere'd it last sunday, so that makes two showings in one week. It does lose something on the small screen (especially when the sound on your TV periodically cuts out), and the storyline isn't exactly the most taxing on the brain, but I still enjoyed it. :)

My inner biologist does go WHAT about a lot of it - why does every animal on Pandora have six limbs, four eyes, and breathe through spiracles on their chest... except the Na'vi? Did they evolve in absolute isolation, or something? (OK, I know why, we have no six-armed people to motion-capture from.)
keaalu: A word cloud generated from my novel "memento mori" (MM tagxedo)
Look, I got another chapter finished!

APRIL FOOLS

Oh, wait. No, I DID actually get another chapter finished. I'm not sure why this one took so long, I started it when I was on annual leave back on the... 12th of March, or thereabouts? It just didn't seem to want to be written. :( Maybe Blink likes it in the basement or something.

( Fake cut to chapter 24 (Livejournal Mirror) ) In which Halli spots someone sneaking somewhere he shouldn't be (alliteration intentional), Tevak lays down an ultimatum - as does Odati - and three of the smallest sapient creatures in the known universe hold out a very BIG hand in a gesture of kindness.

118695 200000


I was thinking, on my way home the other night - if/when Blink gets switched back to her normal self, what would happen if Halli got caught in the fallout and "changed" with her? At least I have the perfect alt-mode for her - she could be a Halli-copter. HAHA *fallsover*

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Avatar was on again, last night. They only premiere'd it last sunday, so that makes two showings in one week. It does lose something on the small screen (especially when the sound on your TV periodically cuts out), and the storyline isn't exactly the most taxing on the brain, but I still enjoyed it. :)

My inner biologist does go WHAT about a lot of it - why does every animal on Pandora have six limbs, four eyes, and breathe through spiracles on their chest... except the Na'vi? Did they evolve in absolute isolation, or something? (OK, I know why, we have no six-armed people to motion-capture from.)
keaalu: (MM title)
I did actually post the actual chapter earlier, but it was quite early in the morning and I decided to do the copy pasta to here and my Dreamwidth later.

( Fake cut to chapter 23 (Dreamwidth Mirror) ) In which Halli and Rae unwisely set out into enemy territory, but maybe make a new ally in the process, and Tevak... tries to show his softer side, but Blink isn't buying it. She's going to have to make a decision soon, though, because she's already hallucinating, and she can't stay in the basement forever...

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I have a week off work, and I wanted to push to get my first draft finished this week, but I also had plans to buy a wardrobe and clear out some of the junk in my study, so finishing this might take a back seat to everything else.

I really want to finish it, though, because I have so many unfinished stories hanging around. *shakefist* I still need to finish editing up "Thunder Daughter", so I can publish it - it took a bit of a back seat when I started Nano last November.

Hurr. So much to do, so little time to do it.

Lastly, I need to go and pick up my laptop sometime this week, as well (hopefully, *fingers crossed*) - yes, it is taking a long time to sort out, that's because the first time I went to pick it up, on the day they texted me (and reminded me!) that it would be ready on... it wasn't. In fact, they hadn't done ANYTHING because the guys that were supposed to be fixing it lost the questionnaire on which were the details of what they were supposed to be doing - but instead of phoning me, to tell me so, they waited until I came all the way in to the store (...but didn't tell the in-store guys either, who had to phone around to see where it was). That was the day I also missed the last bus home from the station (by about 2 minutes, and it was early anyway) and because no-one on Ravenswood ever needs to leave their home any time after 7pm, according to Ipswich Buses, had to walk all the way home (according to GoogleMaps, 3.69969 miles), in the rain, in the dark.
keaalu: Three colourful speech balloons (Coloured balloons)
I did actually post the actual chapter earlier, but it was quite early in the morning and I decided to do the copy pasta to here and my LJ later.

( Fake cut to chapter 23 (Livejournal Mirror) ) In which Halli and Rae unwisely set out into enemy territory, but maybe make a new ally in the process, and Tevak... tries to show his softer side, but Blink isn't buying it. She's going to have to make a decision soon, though, because she's already hallucinating, and she can't stay in the basement forever...

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I have this week off work, and I wanted to push to get my first draft finished this week, but I also had plans to buy a wardrobe and clear out some of the junk in my study, so finishing this might take a back seat to everything else.

I really want to finish it, though, because I have so many unfinished stories hanging around. *shakefist* I still need to finish editing up "Thunder Daughter", so I can publish it (it's only needed finishing since 2007 ¬_¬) - it took a bit of a back seat when I started Nano last November.

Hurr. So much to do, so little time to do it.

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