Sunday, May 29, 2011

I helped write a novel yesterday.

A NOVEL in a day. I couldn't tell you what it's about, unless you want to know the inter workings of chapter 9, I can tell you pretty much anything you need to know.

It was like mini nanowrimo, only each person was responsible for one chapter (2700 words). There were 24 people involved, 23 writers, and one illustrator all working on making something. It was amazing. I knew two of the people involved, my High School English Teacher, and one of the cast members of Stranger than Fiction. I did recognize twitter handles and faces from other things my High School English Teacher does, but that's not really important. The important part is that together in 24 hours we wrote a novel, together.

If you would like to read it, you can get the pdf file here:

I think you should. There were some really, really talented writers involved.

OH and also Ruth: You asked in my last blog if who I like Anna and the French Kiss and Before I Fall. I LOVED them. Legit everything I look for when reading a book, brilliant writing. I can't wait to read more by both authors.

Today is awesome because I still feel what I can only describe as a "I did something really awesome high."

Books read 6
currently reading: Elsewhere

EDIT in response to Ruth's comment question. Which I'm kind of guessing will be everyone's question:

They was it worked was once everyone had agreed to do the project, several of the writers created a rough outline and some characters and assigned each writer a chapter with a starting point and a suggestion for the middle, the ending of the chapter was pretty much up to the writer. At midnight on the 28th, John, the project leader, started to post the outline and the characters along with pieces of the setting that were in more than one  piece of the novel. No one really knew what they were going to write or what the book was about until the 28th, honestly I'm still kind of confused about the whole book, but I'm really excited to read it. We mostly communicated through twitter and some of us were in a local coffee shop where we could converse about aspects of the novel, like character traits, names of places, how old, Maggie, the main character was (weird inside joke). The best way I can describe it is an intense one day NaNoWriMo.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The notsome-ness that is my life.

Well, there will be some awesome toward the end, but lets start with the notsome.

I mentioned in my last blog that I have vertigo and the hiccups. After a series of doctor appointments including  an upper endoscopy yesterday we still have no idea what is wrong with me. The new doctor said that I don't have the hiccups, and doesn't know what he raptor-like hiccuping noise I make is. It's annoying, especially since I work with the public and people are not exactly nice about it. Fortuity, however, my manager is, so I haven't lost hours like I thought I would. Especially since I have to go home early sometimes because I literally can't stand up because I'm so dizzy. He's actually the only one who isn't incredibly annoyed by me at work or at home at the moment, which is strangely refreshing. I have more tests today, and next Tuesday and the Tuesday after that. I'm just really looking forward to not getting the weird looks and eye rolling whenever I'm anywhere.

Enough of that.  Now The Awesome

I've been invited to be a part of a collaborative writing project with a whole bunch of people including High School English Teacher. I'm uberly excited about it. I'll try to remember to post something about it on Saturday, but since that's the day that I'll be writing, it may not happen.

This is what the project is the way I understand it. I'm in charge of writing a single chapter of a novel that will come together over the course of Saturday. People can watch the novel actually come together live on the internet. If you're interested you just check here: on Saturday and you can watch.

There are a ton of people involved and I'm really excited to have the chance to actually has something to do with the four years I spent in college. I'm, like, so excited that I was thought of to be a part of this project I don't even think I can explain it in words. The only adjective I can think of to describe this feeling is "eiohakjghiewtheklhgihkekhiasjg."  

I miss writing, with everything going on in my life at the moment, between the Abby situation and the raptor noise, I haven't had the time or energy to sit down and write. You guys have probably noticed with my lack of blogging and how few books I read this year. Hopefully this will get me back on track, hopefully, and get me out of this weird funk thing that I've been in recently.

STF starts soon, like 3 weeks. *excitement*

Today is awesome because I'm closing with Q tonight! :)

Books Read: 6
Currently reading: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
(I've read Anna and the French Kiss and Before I Fall since my last blog)