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IWSG – NaNo Failure

Published December 2, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

For the first time, I’ve failed NaNo.

In the future, anyone who chances upon my profile will see four wins followed by a loss.  They might think something like “Oh, what a shame she messed up after so many successes!”

Of course, if they click further and look at the stats for the failed novel, then they’ll probably ask themselves “Why in the name of sanity didn’t she validate her novel if she had 87,474 words?!”

Well, the obvious answer is that to me, the goal of NaNo isn’t to write 50,000 words.  To me, the goal is to write a complete novel.

And I didn’t do that.

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NaNo’s over…

Published December 1, 2015 by Iphis of Scyros

…but I’ll be talking about it tomorrow for ISWG, so look forward to that (or not).

I still have massive amounts of work to do for class (there’s a 3000 word paper due the 10th that I haven’t started yet!) so Thursday myths will not resume until the semester is over.  (Final paper is due the 15th…I think.)  And I’m not totally sure how much time I’ll have to be online between now and the 10th.  (Ack!  What about next week’s Missing Letter Monday?  Ugh…)

Anyway, Eclectic Alli is holding a December NaNo-like event called DeDoWriMo, and I’m going to be participating in that, so you may still be hearing about my novel if I feel like sharing more.  (Though probably no more massive excerpts.  I was able to do those because I was transferring the text at school, where I can use Word on the same computer I go online with.  Can’t do that at home, ’cause I don’t write and Internet on the same device.)

I’m not sure when it’ll go up — Thursday or Friday — but I have a post planned about Roman names, as it’s been bugging me for a while now and I want to talk about it.  Er, type about it.  Whichever.  Beyond that, I’ve got some Plutarch scheduled for next week’s Words Crush Wednesday, and other than that…no clue what’ll be coming here in the future.  (Back to normal, eh?)

Anyway, one last thing before I go.  Last night, my brother called me to have me use my Amazon Prime account (got a free six month period as a student) to order the complete series of Automan for my father for Christmas, because otherwise it was unlikely to arrive in time, as it says “ships in 1-3 weeks” so without free 2-day shipping, it was either risk missing the day or pay a large amount of money for “2-day” shipping that still takes 1-3 weeks.  (For those who don’t know, Automan was a quirky TV show from the 80s.  I know the whole family watched it, but I don’t actually have any memories of my own of it; I just remember my parents continuing (for decades) to talk about the title character being able to drive with perfect square corners, and whenever the bad guys chasing him would try to imitate that, they’d crash.)  Anyway, I scrolled down to the “people who viewed this item also viewed” section of the page, like you do, and I saw another old ’80s TV show listed, called Voyagers.  This one I actually had memories of watching:  it was a time travel show with a man and a boy, an adventure show that was definitely child-friendly, but I know my parents watched it, too, so it must not have been exclusively a kid’s show.  It was quite affordable for the whole series, so I was wondering if I should pick it up for nostalgia’s sake, but then I made the mistake of scrolling down and saw one of the reviews mentioning that the lead actor’s death was “an accident, not suicide” and then going into detail.

Suddenly, I didn’t want to see it anymore.

That doesn’t seem like the kind of thing you should mention in a review of a cheerful, family adventure show.

Talk about squashing my happy childhood memories!

(Um, I apologize if my rant just squashed anyone else’s happy childhood memories.  But at least I didn’t go into the further detail provided in that review!)

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