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30th-Nov-2015 12:30 pm - NaNo2015: Word of the Day 25-30
Nov. 25  wordcount: 44,002
Merriam Webster word of the day: dyed-in-the-wool

adjective: thoroughgoing, uncompromisingCollapse )

Nov. 26  wordcount: 44,759
Merriam Webster word of the day: Xandau

noun: an idyllic, exotic, or luxurious placeCollapse )

Nov. 27  wordcount: 46,027
Merriam Webster word of the day: minatory

adjective: having a menacing qualityCollapse )

Nov. 28  wordcount: 47,505
Merriam Webster word of the day: colligate

verb: 2: to subsume (isolated facts) under a general conceptCollapse )

Nov. 29  wordcount: 50,008
Merriam Webster word of the day: emeritus

adjective: 2: retired from an office or positionCollapse )

Nov. 30  wordcount: 51,748
Merriam Webster word of the day: paragon

noun: a model of excellence or perfectionCollapse )
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24th-Nov-2015 04:28 pm - NaNo2015: Word of the Day 19-24
Nov. 19  wordcount: 33,047
Merriam Webster word of the day: ruly

adjective: obedient, orderlyCollapse )

Nov. 20  wordcount: 35,024
Merriam Webster word of the day: vicinity

noun: 2: a surrounding area or district : neighborhoodCollapse )

Nov. 21  wordcount: 36,132
Merriam Webster word of the day: fulsome

adjective: 1 a : characterized by abundance : copiousCollapse )

Nov. 22  wordcount: 39,097
Merriam Webster word of the day: nebula

noun: 1: any of numerous clouds of gas or dust in interstellar spaceCollapse )

Nov. 23  wordcount: 41,518
Merriam Webster word of the day: foreshorten

verb: 2: to make more compact : abridge, shortenCollapse )

Nov. 24  wordcount: 43,002
Merriam Webster word of the day: henotheism

noun: the worship of one god without denying the existence of other godsCollapse )
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24th-Nov-2015 12:46 pm - Secret Santa Constellation Scarf


Turning a circular design into a rectangle was not the smartest thing I've ever tried; nor was I able to treat it like a doughnut and leave out the center. So about halfway through it became, "eh, I guess I'll just put this piece on here, and that one over there..."

But it was interesting looking at the star chart and picking out the constellations I knew; and I was rather more familiar with more when I was done drawing them twice.

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6th-Nov-2015 03:57 pm - NaNo2015: Word of the Day 1-6
Nov. 1  wordcount: 1,290
Merriam Webster word of the day: microburst

noun: : a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extreme wind shears at low altitudes and is usually associated with thunderstormsCollapse )

Nov. 2  wordcount: 2,531
Merriam Webster word of the day: ruddy

adjective: 2: red, reddishCollapse )


Nov. 3  wordcount: 5,088
Merriam Webster word of the day: confidant

noun: one to whom secrets are entrusted; especially : an intimate friendCollapse )

Nov. 4  wordcount: 5,158
Merriam Webster word of the day: trepid

adjective: timorous, fearfulCollapse )

Nov. 5  wordcount: 7,508
Merriam Webster word of the day: williwaw

noun: 2: a violent commotionCollapse )

Nov. 6  wordcount: 7,702
Merriam Webster word of the day: lucullan

adjective: lavish, luxuriousCollapse )
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5th-Nov-2015 12:29 pm - Notepad # 16: Bookmaking edition
I've been bitten by the... well, not exactly bookmaking bug because an actual bug implies I have a project in mind, but the desire to dig out the diagrams and whatnot and finally learn about imposition (that's when you take your 1,2,3,4 etc. pages and rearrange them to print in signatures--and can you imagine setting up anything larger than about 8 pages manually?).

And that's my handy reference guide, tailored between what I already know and what I need to know next time I try making a book or two.

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26th-Oct-2015 08:19 pm - NaNo2015: An Anticipation
Lutherburg
by Meltintalle
NaNoWriMo 2015

How can you be certain of what you hope for when you can't see it?

Her encounters with a young preacher and his former rival shake the certainties which have been accumulating in our heroine's life while danger approaches from the outside.


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26th-Aug-2015 05:12 pm - WriMoNoMo: Mystery Edition
About the middle of August I picked up a Victorian novel from a list I'd saved on Google Books. It might have been in a 'If you liked this book (probably The Moonstone) try this' originally. I started reading, due to a page glitch, in the second chapter which gave it a very modern in media res hook. (Then went back to the first and caught up with the taxi race across London to sign the lease on the castle. Not bad, but less intriguing.) It had some intriguing plot set-ups but everyone except the main character came across as cads and bounders and you wondered what he was doing with these people except that he's far to polite to bow out of the acquaintance. Certain points were harped on to the exclusion of other questions which might have been more interesting and made more sense to include as well...

I was a third of the way in when I had the questionably brilliant idea of rewriting the set-up with more sympathetic characters. I'd also found Quoll Writer and wanted to try its features out.

August 17
I was just going to race through the general impression of what happened and who did what to whom, but instead got sucked into 'I really liked the opening with the "Hey, I just rented a castle," statement so lets recreate that sequence and its pacing' and ended up with almost 3,000 words in one go. Also the character list has a lot of characters already. o_O

August 20
This is looking like I Can Write A Novel in Two Weeks AND I'm happy with it. #too good to be true???

Also, since I started writing before finishing the book... my top pic for the villain just dropped dead in the original. That means it's probably an outside job that hasn't been properly foreshadowed. XD

August 23
The tiny changes at the beginning are snowballing and I've fallen off the roadmap. Not that I mind (because my story should be better!), but, the pace has dropped off.

August 24
Okay, didn't quite hit 25,000 at the one week mark.

August 25
In fact, let's just remove about 10,000 words and rework what we had there... #still above par for 50,000 in a month

August 29
Finished the original. Okay, so the answers weren't totally left-field, but introducing the detective in the last sixth of the book is uncool, even if she was pretty decent. ish. maybe. (having her already on the case for the other side made it less of a "how did she figure it all out before we ran out of pages" and explained her presence but...) It would have worked a lot better if most of the who-did-what wasn't dumped all at once. We could have been told mysterious beach man is actually awful divorced husband of the accused love interest (shouldn't he be in Australia for numerous crimes unspecified??? wonder why he's heeeeeeeeere) and that might have smoothed things a lot? I wasn't all that far from the mark on the housekeeper's role in things, so that was either properly foreshadowed or yay! for guessing. Now I want to read Red House Mystery and Death in Zanzibar and maybe that one mystery by Georgette Heyer...

Also I finished an outline of my version to keep me on track for an ending. ^_^ #feeling the flaws though; it just like...jumps to the just desserts after all the setup

August 31
28,084 words in two weeks #still above par for 50,000 in a month

Red House Mystery was just as good as I remember. Funnier, even.

September 7
It was too hot to write this week so I've still got two half-done chapters and an outline over the halfway point. #lazy

September 14
I totally shelved the project. Probably because I actually wrote the outline so I know what'll happen when I get back to it? #lazy
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original post: March 27, 2013 | updated August 4, 2015

Mostly a list at this point... relying on my reading list to fill in the gaps in my memory isn't working as well as I'd hoped. I feel like I've read more, particularly in the Beauty and the Beast section, than I've listed. The majority of these are novel-length.

Once Upon a Time...Collapse )

Suggestions for additions to the collection are welcome!

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