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NanoWriMo : No Computer No Problem – Fighting Computer Addiction & Winning

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OK. This post almost didn’t make it because I used “quickpress” for a quick post and one missed slight of hand and voila!! my completed posting was nowhere to be found and NOT saved.  I was a little peeved.   You know you can never write as great of a post the second time around.  It’s like Blog LAW or something. OK back to our regular scheduled programming:

This post is about computer addiction, being behind the ball, NO NanoWriMo word count and NO wordpress post for 7 days!!!

As you may have already noticed…there is a large gap between Day #10 and Day #17 of my postings!  Why? Well…here’s the SHORT story:

I HAD to attend a conference is Las Vegas! Yes…it was a necessity to go to Las Vegas (for the first time I might add).

The longer story: I had three bags!! I didn’t want to pay the extra 20 bucks to check my carryon!! (that’s another soap box).   Somewhere in between trimming my suitcase fat and stripping for TSA….I lost my Mac Book power cord.  The kicker?  It’s only the first day of travel! NOTE: I ALWAYS lose at least 1 important thing during travel! This is another law that ONLY pertains to me (this is a curse).

Losing my Mac Book cord on DAY #1 was a bummer and a blessing in disguise. Without even knowing it…I like so many other people have become a computer addict!!!

I reached for my computer the moment I got to my hotel room.  I wanted to make sure that my computer was all in one piece and set up waiting on my every need with its soothing light to light my path on to the super highway we call the internet.

I more roughly then I should have encouraged my Diesel book bag to let go of its grip on my Mac Book Pro.  It was a tight squeeze.   I cringed as it grazed the side of my camera.  Why hadn’t I taken the camera out first?  so that wouldn’t happen.  My Mac Book Pro has no protective casing.  I have always been a cheapskate and this was no different.   Everytime I get ready to purchase a casing, I’ve gotten side tracked and it just never happens.  Now three scratches, 3 insignificant drops, and almost 2 years later…I don’t see the point.  My only reason at this point would be the sexy look of a green or red clear case that illuminated with the glowing apple on the outside of my Mac!  I have resisted the urge.   Now that I think about it, I found a case for 30 dollars including shipping. It just may be worth it.

As I set my  Mac book in the perfect place in the room next to a power outlet.  I went back to my bag and reached for the computer cord.   The space where it was was empty.  Hmmm….  I calmly searched for the cord in the hidden multi-pocketed Diesel hiking bag.  Anxiety began to build as I reached in pocket after pocket.   It wasn’t there.   I took a big gulp of air.  The anxiety  was increasing.  Could it be that I  left my cord in the TSA line?  what about the plane?  How does one lose a cord?

I remembered the LAST time I saw it.  I took it out of its resting place because I saw the young man in front of me do the same.  I figured it was required.  I couldn’t remember doing it before.  But, I wanted to get through the security line as quickly and seamless as possible.  I was already bogged down with my boots,  my jacket, my blanket, and my books in my hand.  I remember putting it in one of the grey bins that you get on one end and putting it in a bin all its own so that I wouldn’t forget it.  It never made it back to the room and that sinking feeling turned into downright disgust!

I was an entire 7 days without:

E-mail, Facebook, wordpress, linked-in, nanowrimo, scrivener, ning, Tigerrooundup, chat, SheWrites,, animecrazy, and all the other communities I have managed to belong.

Needless to say this was an unplanned challenge.  I’m happy to say that I met the challenge and I WON!!!   For the first few days I didn’t know what to do with myself in my downtime.  I was baffled of what to do with spare time (it exists and I’ve seen this enigma…it’s so exhilarating and freeing). had to offer.  Now I’m back and totally under the gun.

I have e-mails to answer and other NEW challenges.   But, I’m ready and rejuvenated enough to meet the next challenge!! I dare ANYone else to do it.

I will admit that Twitter was more accessible than the others so I was able to send a few Tweets in between cab rides and lecture breaks!   But, overall.  I didn’t have any withdrawl symptoms for computer addiction.


My Daily WordCount Update:

Well… I have written around $17,500 words.  But, I can’t prove it because its stuck on the mac.  Hopefully, my comuter woes will be well taken care of by the end of the month with my 50K words.  For now…I’ll get to writing.  In the meantime…I’ll be writing my novel from my PC located in my brother’s room! That takes care of daytime work…what about at night?  (ahh…gotta love it)

See everyone at the finish line!


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November 18, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Day #6 – Tools of the Writing Trade

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Today’s tools for writing are far more advanced than a simple pen or pencil that was once used to crank out thousands of words per day.  Truth be told… there are some folks who still prefer the OLD way.  But there are those of us who gladly bypass the stone age and embrace technology as the gift that it is!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you…technology gods!  *she gets off her knees* The computer is the best thing since…TV!  …and the internet is a function thereof.

Now that we’ve established that one of today’s essential tools of the trade is a computer.  What is a computer without software?  It’s software that makes your computer shine!  That’s right!  Software can either make or break you.  You can use a program like Word pad or you can use a more powerful program like NeoOffice.  One allows you to type words which is great yet, the other allows you to manipulate those words on the page in ways novelists of the past could only dream about. So…What’s on your desktop?

With this in mind I searched for some software to help make this month a lot easier? Well…there are quite a few nd here are a few suggestions from the forums at nanowrimo.

the following is a little compilation I’ve put together to help make life easier for you:

Here Novel 386 gives a list of the perks including software!

Scrivener Review – for Mac users like me (from literatureandlatte)

Storyist – if you’re in the market for a Kindle.  You may want to participate.

Storymillforum, and another review from macupdate.

FastPencil – I think this one is for PC.  You can use software for free… It’s got a $400 or more pricetag attached to it when it’s time to publish.  If you’re a serious writer it may be worth it.  Another review.

I’m a Mac user so these may be Mac slanted.  I hope you will find these useful.

Publishing/Proof Copies:

CreatesSpace – more on create space, and a little more.

Lulu – vs chart vs createspace.


FREE Indie Author Guide by April Hamilton.  Visit her blog too.  It’s got good stuff.

Here’s a grab bag of sites that discuss tools you can use for helping with your success during nanowrimo!

top 5 tools for Success, Handy Tools, Tools and Tips Hodge Podge of Stuff, and finally an article from deviant art !

Oh yeah and CALENDARS!!!

I think that’s enough for now.  Let me know what tools you choose or have chosen!

My NanoWriMo Update

Yesterday’s success was a surprise.  I’m still not happy with the way the story is going but I’m happy that I’m cranking out the words.   I’m not doing 10K words a day…that just hasn’t happened but its been heard of.  I’ll save my comment on those over achievers for another post.

OK…Here’s the update.

Day 1 = FAIL 0 words

Day 2 = Succes = 4,257

Day 3 = Success = 2,269

Day 4 = FAIL = 976!

Day 5 = SUCCESS = 2376

Day 6 = I will always predict success!!! 😉 it keeps me smiling.  Stay tuned…

Today’s Motivation Tip: You can get a FREE copy of your novel’s first draft if you suceed!!! That means all the not so perfectly written plots and not so well thought out characters can be yours…in print…for free! (I hope that was more motivation for YOU than it was for ME).

Today’s Procrastination Tip: If you have to take some time away from your writing and mellow out.  Research some of the tools of the trade.  Share them if you like…we’ll be right here.

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November 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Day #4 – No Plot No Problem? Making the Commitment to your plot during NanoWriMo

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Day #4 of National Novel Writing Month

The confession: I have never done anything for 30 days straight (other than school, even then you skip days).  So, this will indeed be an interesting experience and a test of my sheer will power and diligence.  I tried photography blipping for 30 days….there was always something that came up.  So of course the question is.  Will my plot hold out even if I can?

Here’s the other challenge. What about if you don’t like where your story or plot is going.  Well according to the Procrastination station at, you are not suppose to scrap it, you are not even really suppose to care.  Write whatever comes to mind get it down on paper and the rest…you save that for December.  In the meantime…get all 50, 000 words down on paper so it can be counted for and you can say “I won!” at the end of the month with a starting novel all your own and the satisfaction that you’ve made an accomplishment.  Here here!

Yesterday, I hated where I took my story but I plowed through anyway.  I guess every day will be a journey one that you may or may not like.  You may even look back at that day and say today was a waste of time…but it won’t be because it was another day that helped you reach your goal and tomorrow you can’t just write that fugly part into oblivion with a simple twist or turn to your story.  I know that’s what I will be doing.

Word count UPDATE: Coming sometime between now and midnight.  If yesterday was any indication…it will be midnight.  But, I’m hoping…NOT!

Day 1 = FAIL 0 words

Day 2 = Succes = 4,257

Day 3 = Success = 2,269

Day 4 = FAIL = 976!

Fail? Maybe. But, I am closer to my goal than I was yesterday.  Again, packing too much into a day.  I didn’t get done what I wanted but tomorrow is another day for …SUCCESS.

Motivation: You can DO This.  Just Hunker down.  DO NOT Edit!

Procrastination: Stay Away!  But, if you find your mind wandering. Try a little literary humor to take your mind off of things and then get back to it!  I just ran across and I love her art and her humor.

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November 4, 2009 at 6:03 am

Day 2: National Novel Writing Month – Budding Writer

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Budding Writer - Photograph by Dyi

Budding Writer - Photograph by Motivated Procrastinator

Day 1 = Fail!!! I did not write ONE word!  Not one iota.  Why you ask?  Because I couldn’t decide on a topic.  I started THIS blog. I perused forums.  I looked for a mentor and…nothing.  I didn’t find a mentor.  I DID finally, in the 11th hour find some help on choosing a topic.  I’ll have to thanks to catnmus.  Catnmus told me which idea I had sounded best and I went with it.  That’s what I needed…sound direction!

Shout outs to: susabelle, R. Dan Henry, Nadiab, and BethTH.  All these guys had some good advice and helped me on my way. Thanks guys!

My story: I’m contemplating putting excerpts or daily updates from my book.  If anyone’s interested in reading an on-going novel…let me know and I’ll definitely make it happen.

So I’ll keep a running journal of my National Novel Writing Month Daily Total Words!  (does that make sense?)

Day 1: FAIL!! = 0 Word Count

Day 2: SUCCESS!! = 4275 Word Count +

UPDATE: Thanks to Write or Die for the Word Count Widget!!! (check side bar)