jacquelineb: (lonely Lawrence)

Today was better for writing. Much better. I was reminded by someone on Facebook that it focusing on the word count is probably not the way to go, but to focus on keeping writing. It was a useful tip. With me also, I kind of need a scene to do, and I really need to have a structure to follow for that scene. I’m only capable of a limited amount of ‘pantsing’ in terms of the plot; I cannot really write a scene with confidence, even for just bulking up words, without a direction. So today, I picked a scene, and before writing it in Scrivener, used the card function to write dot points on what I wanted the scene to be. I didn’t finish the scene, for as I wrote, I got other ideas for the novel and breaked from it to write those bits of scene down too. All of it goes to the word count, though, and now, I have a fuller scene to finish off, and more ideas for the plot. Which I figure must be a good thing.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Favourite film is the meme request for the day. Well, this is a slightly hard one. I’ve had myself a little list of favourite films since high school, which has become a little meaningless as the number of films I love has grown, and also my tastes have shifted.

Lawrence of Arabia Theatrical Poster

But to pick one for the purposes of this meme, I’m going with Lawrence of Arabia. (If you know the film, you’ll probably be cringing at my contorted post title…)

This year is the 50th anniversary of Lawrence’s release. I remember when I first saw it thinking that 1962 seemed like a long time ago, but not quite so long. 50 though puts things into perspective. I was telling a friend last night that I watched it at a rather young age; 12, or 13 (but that might have been conservative. I suspect it was actually 11). And on the face of it, it is something you could show a kid that age relatively safely. This was the 60s, when films trod the line of subtly through suggestion, knowing glances, and fade to black. Undoubtedly these days the infamous whipping Lawrence experiences in Deraa would have been shown in fullness, complete with the rape he described in his book Seven Pillars of Wisdom (which I have yet to read, and one day, really ought.)

Lawrence of Arabia Poster for DVD

The film is anything if safe, though. It depicts war, battle, harrowing decisions made on a personal level, and the calculating politicking of the powers that held sway in the Middle East during WWI. It has very human passion, even if Lawrence doesn’t come out of it at the end as especially likeable, and watching for the first time, he was one of the more unusual characters I’d thus far encountered, I somehow felt akin to him. Which probably doesn’t speak so well of me, but there you go. It wasn’t just O’Toole’s performance either that was striking – Omar Sheriff brings what I think is the real heart to the film. Perhaps these days we wouldn’t have very English actors like Alec Guinness with some enhancing make-up playing Arabs, or the Mexican Anthony Quinn’s for that matter, but there are far worse examples of cross-racial casting out there.

Of course, I could just be saying all of this to disguise my adolescent crush on Peter O’Toole in this film… I mean seriously, those blue, blue eyes… and those cheekbones…

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jacquelineb: (jar lanterns)

It’s an ‘on track’ word count. And I am ok with that. I had hoped for more today, but found I hit a couple of blocks. There is a book I really want to read for background of one of my two protagonists, and I really am at that stage where it will be relevant to the scenes. I was able to go on with writing from the other protags POV, but I know that cup will run dry soon when they have to meet again and I find myself without the scenes of the first. So this weekend will be book reading. I don’t think it will take me too long, and hopefully by Sunday I’ll be in a position to add a few more words to the cup so I can not fret so much on my work days about getting them done. I did discover yesterday the need for a new element to the plot, and ergo, a new character, and I think it helps, and I’m discovering more about a secondary character too, which is quite lovely.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

For NaBloPoMo, I’m adapting this meme here. I tried it once before on my Dreamwidth blog, but only got to the first entry. So repeating that… you get a favourite song, Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin. I could try tell you what it is about this song that I love and have loved since first hearing it, but I think I’ll just leave you with haunting, thoughtful pyromania. :)

Lyrics here.

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jacquelineb: (stark raving sane!)

November is upon us. Two months left to go of 2012, and I’m feeling ambitious.

Or insane.

Or both.

It’s been a while since I seriously considered Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). A friend/former colleague commented on Facebook when I posted something about it, and I realised that we’d been working together when I did it in 2008. That was an interesting month. I remember at some point giggling hysterically (and not in a good way) while my boyfriend at the time hugged me and patted me gently. Ok, that makes it sound like I was having a breakdown, and really, that wasn’t it. But it was that moment that the dawning realisation hit me that I wasn’t, writing like that, going to churn out a perfectly formed novel by the end of the month. That’s perfectionists for you, though.

I did, however, make it, and I still look on the writing of it that year as my first ‘proper’ Nanowrimo success. I did it back in 2006 with the very first beginnings of the Dragon Novel (which looks so naive now compared to my plans for it these days), but I didn’t finish the story in those 50,000 words. I did with ‘Touch’ in 2008. It has become a trunk novel since, waiting for my attention to its plot and words (and the line I love to tell people as an example of the dreck Nano results in – ‘He picked up a handful of pens in his hand.’) I think one day I’ll return to it, and the world it is part of.

Funny though, the hook of the plot for ‘Touch’ is strikingly similar to ‘Stitched’, my WIP for Nanowrimo 2012. And I have to confess I’m slightly cheating a bit. I already have 35,000 words for it. That’s the first act and then some. So the plan for November is to get the novel done and to a draft of 85,000 words.

So far, I am on track (see my handy widget):

See also my participant page on the official site.

But Jacqui, that’s not *that* insane, you might say. You’ve done it before, and working full-time rather than part-time too. Shouldn’t this be a walk in the park?

Well, except for the fact that Nanowrimo never is, and also… I’m taking on two other things…

NaBloPoMo November 2012

The first is is NaBloPoMo. This runs every month of the year, the idea being to post on your blog at least once a day (so is National Blog Posting Month). Being a rather inconsistent blogger, this seems like a great idea – and coupling it with Nanowrimo I think works. I can always post my word count if I can’t think of anything else that day.

The second is an initiative of Shanna Germain, NaNoLoMo (National Novel Loving Month). The idea is to write a short review of a book you love each day of the month, to share you love and appreciation of the written word. Despite the ‘novel’ in the title, it is not purely restricted to novels, which is a relief for me, and also gave me the idea for what I’ll do this month. I’m going to be reviewing some of the books that have had an impact on me, starting from early picture books until novels I read this year. I have complied a list of twenty books so far, and there will be more. The trick is, really, not be embarrassed by my loves. That desire to seem sophisticated, or at least of possessing good taste, is strong, but I think for this month I need to keep those voices at bay and remember that our loves are what they are, and embracing them will no doubt make me and others a helluva lot happier.

So… that’s my month ahead. Thus far, Wrimo words done, and this blog posts counts for the blogging. Now off to do a review…

I did tell you I’m insane, right?

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