Counting Seconds and other stories

As per the timer on the front page at NaNoWriMo.org:

I plan on putting up a massive NaNoWriMo survival post on Monday, so today's post will be short. Especially since I still have one and a half chapters to revise... in a little over two and a half days.

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The story of this week: Revise novel, work on laundry, try to keep Maia distracted with socks while I fold the rest of the clothes, revise novel, think about blogging, forget something I was supposed to do, revise novel, get distracted by YouTube and Twitter, revise novel, chase Maia off the kitchen counter, revise novel, catch Maia and take away the teabag that she got from the kitchen sink, revise novel, play in the NaNo forums, revise novel... Not necessarily interesting. I'll spare you further details.

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Music of the week:  This might be the single most beautiful piece of music ever written. It's one of the things I miss most about the schola I sang with last year. (And I recommend watching the video on full screen, just because the pictures—while not super high-quality—are beautiful.)

We sang it at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria last May, along with some Gregorian chant and several other polyphony pieces. Being part of that music, in a place like that... I'll never forget that night.

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Writer's link of the week, because it's true: It's okay to write slow, says Natalie Whipple. That might be the wrong message to give myself going into NaNoWriMo. But if I know one thing about NaNoWriMo, it's that the fast and glorious first draft is something I don't even dare show my family. It just gives me something to put hours and days and months and possibly years into revising. And I do... oh, I do. I write so slow it's painful. I just like it to be right.

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Funny of the week: xkcd's Map of Online Communities. Brilliant.

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I've got a NaNoWriMo survival post to write up, 1 2/3 chapters to revise, and I'd really like to take Sunday off and just read something (so I can start Currently Readings again) before trying to write 1667 words per day for a month. 'Bye. Happy weekend!

NaNoWriMo countdown: 2:14:35:10


  1. Remember to have Maia close by when you start NaNoWriMo. There's nothing more productive than having a cat draped over your arms as you type or sprawled on your keyboard or in the other room distracting you by knocking things around. Wait, did I mean there's nothing more unproductive than having a cat nearby? :)

    Good luck on the writing. Any hints as to what kind of story or genre you're doing this year?

  2. Haha. Yes, I'm acquainted with the feline-related decrease in productivity. I'm sure Maia will do everything she can to keep me distracted.

    I'm writing in young adult fantasy again. :)

  3. a close "2nd" to O bone Jesu ----- "O Jesu Christe" by berchem https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zVKPBBf5BzQ


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