Last night I passed the magical 50,000 word mark for Nanowrimo, qualifying me as a "winner." As I've mentioned earlier, I started early this year, so not all of those 50k words were written in November, which then disqualifies me as a true Nanowrimo winner. But, since my novel is not actually finished yet, and I'm already at 51660 words, with two days left, all I need to do is keep up my standard word count and I will total 50k for the month and 55,000 total, requalifying me as a true winner.
Statistics so far: There are 20 illustrations in my novel, though I had planned to have more (I will probably draw some more over the next few days). It is so far 228 pages (my 2003 wrimo was only about 175, due to a lot less dialogue and a lot fewer illustrations). It contains two rock operas.
And so, coming soon to a vanity press near you: His Sophomoric Effort!
We made it to lovely Connecticut. It took a bit longer than expected because Adam's car broke down (overheating) about 25 miles from our house. This came right as we had finally succeeded in burning CANYON.MID and E1M1.MID to CD in order to listen at full blast while driving.
Recently I've done a lot of charity illustration for projects I'm not really involved in. First I made a logo and then DARPAified diagram for a new project that advisor Karl and officemate William are doing. (Disclaimer: It is universally agreed that the content of the second diagram (not my idea) is totally lame.) Today I made three drawings of robots for the CORAL group at CMU, which I have even less to do with. But drawing robots is pretty fun! (I really like the way the aibodog came out, of all these drawings.)
More importantly, I have just surpassed 40,000 words in my novel. I still have 600 words to go for my quota today, but 40k is an important psychological barrier. Unfortunately, I am a bit behind on illustrations; I had planned to have a lot more than I do (only 12 so far). But it looks like I will be done in time to create a bunch before nanowrimo ends on Dec 1.
I am now half-way done with my nanowrimo. In general I like the way this is shaping up, although this one is a bit more plot-oriented than the last one. (But, that's not saying much.) I still hope to spend a lot of time filling it up with illustrations.
Man, I am totally consumed by election-watching mania, and there aren't even any polls closed yet. I must say that my current favorite source of data at this early time is off-shore futures markets (shades of Adm. Poindexter) where people essentially bet on the outcome of the race. Right now the "smart money" is on Kerry by a large margin. Check out world sports exchange (lower numbers here mean favored) or tradesports for live odds.