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Poll #1634746 Nanowrimo poll

I'd like to do Nanowrimo again this year, and I'm wondering which one of the following you most want me to finish:

Finish and rewrite Fireborn, adding Dragon's POV to the early part of the story
Finish Clockwork Dragon, your 2009 Nanowrimo story
Your shifter murder mystery set in the world of the Fireborn
Finish Mirri's Walkabout, the first story you started for Nanowrimo, in 2008
Turn your Feather-Blessed dragons stories into a novel
Something set in Torn World
Forget all that stuff and write something I'll explain in comments

If I let you vote for more than one, which ones would you vote for?

Clockwork Dragon
Mirri's Walkabout
Feather-Blessed Dragons
Torn World
Something Else (see comments)


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Oct. 23rd, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Not that I'm... uh... biased... >.>
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I expect any of these would be awesome, but I can't resist "Clockwork Dragon" as a title. And I would like to nominate your halfbreed kitsune as another interesting protagonist (and squeak to find out where that story is at present).
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
That story is currently at Tor, who is taking _forever_* to respond.s
Oct. 24th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
<hops up and down impatiently and shakes tiny fists at Tor>

Does being slow mean they're considering it, or are they always slow?
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed
Now, be nice to the nice editors.

But seriously, at the time I submitted it, their website said they'd hired a new editor so their response time wouldn't be as slow as it had been. So I can hope it's the former, but really, your guess is as good as mine.
Oct. 25th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: I'm keeping my fingers crossed
Fair enough. I know it's a hard job.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Sorry, I think I messed up. I tried to vote for turning your feather-blessed dragon stories into a novel. It's now coming up as red bars rather than a poll, but my vote hasn't registerted.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
You just answered only one of the two questions, that's all. Once you've voted, you can see all the votes.

But I'll keep in mind that you meant to vote for the Feather Dragons on both questions!

Thanks for voting.
Oct. 23rd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
My preference is the feather-blessed dragons, but I think it might be interesting to start something totally new for Nanowrimo. I don't know what, I don't even care what, just something you've never written before, in a world you've never visited before.
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
I find starting easier than finishing. So I think it's more useful to me to finish something, right now. Unless, of course, I get a new idea that really grabs my imagination in the next week!
Oct. 24th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Clockwork dragons sound neat! But, I kind of think the spirit of Nanowrimo is to start and finish a project in 30 days. Still, finishing projects is more important than starting one, if you don't think it's feasible to do a whole novelette in a month.
Oct. 24th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Whichever I choose, it would still be my goal to do 50,000 new words in the month, which is the core goal.
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Not arguing about that. :) It's sort of like, um, building a rowboat in one month versus building a sailboat in two months - different scales, is what I was meaning to say!

50k words is short for a novel these days, so it makes me think of a bonsai novel. };)
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
-and it's National Novel Writing Month, not "Novelette" writing. Which prejudices me to want to get a novel finished. That and the fact that selling a book, if I can manage to do so, would be good on many levels.

Also, novelettes and novellas are harder to sell than novels.

I think 50,000 is a novella, technically...
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Fair point! Good luck with the finishing of a novel then. };) *gets out the red pen to volunteer proofreading services*
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
Oooh, I may take you up on that!

But for now, I'd best get back to the Muse Fusion writing.
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
They also tell me that the spirit of Nanowrimo is to write as fast as you can and not care if it's crap, but I do care, and I'd rather have 49,000 good words (or even 25,000) good words than 50,001 words that I don't even want to rewrite. But hey, you know, there I go being picky again!
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
I think Nanowrimo is aimed at writers who have problems finishing a story because they get halfway through and stare at their draft and think "OMG it's so terrible! I must go back and fix it!" But as haikujaguar has pointed out, paintings do have an "ugly duckling" stage. It may be similar for novels, you may not really be able to appreciate your story until you have at least the rough draft done.

Yay, kitteh icon! *purrs*
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
It does seem to be aimed at beginners of one stripe or another. And the "write dreck and rewrite" method does work for some people.

"Write decent and rewrite" works much better for me.

However, having people to write wit and cheer me on also works for me. I'm VERY aware that the 50,000 word deadline is artificial, and doesn't match any market I'm writing for, but hey, if it helps me move forward, I'll use it.

Basically, I'm using it as my tool, to further my goals, and as such, I pick and choose how much of the "party line" to follow.

I do like my various kitteh icons!
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
*obligingly cheers you on* ^_^

I dunno about 'write dreck and rewrite'... Maybe some people just think they write dreck, but posting on LJ lets them see that other people like what they're doing. Or get immediate feedback on what other people find most interesting about their story - it may surprise them.
Oct. 30th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and welcome to my cheering section!

Oct. 30th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
BTW totally not trying to tell you how to write! I appreciate that different methods work for different people, and I'm more of a dabbler myself - a little art, a little writing, a little programming, etc.
Oct. 30th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
LOL--you can tell me what you want! And I'll do as I tell others to do when I give advice: think about it, keep the parts that are helpful, and ignore the rest (unless it becomes helpful later).

But I do appreciate the politeness of sharing your perceptions and perspectives, with an appreciation that different people really are different. :-D

I dabble too--a lot of writing, but also painting, drawing, fabric arts, music, gardening. Some of what I want to do would be easier if I did programming, but I'd really rather be doing the creative stuff.
Oct. 30th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Awwww. *pats musical kitteh*

I was a story editor for a fanzine way back when - small fries but the experience made me prone to getting out the red pencil. };) That plus being GM and raid leader for a World of Warcraft raiding guild may incline me to speak authoritatively at times.
Oct. 30th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
:-D As a rule, I get along well with other strong-willed people.

Oct. 30th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
S'cool then. ^_^

Some people can get a little unhappy in such circumstances, but experienced bloggers don't seem to have a problem with feedback, by and large. It goes with the territory, I suppose!
Oct. 29th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'd just like to quietly remind you about how you read bits from Clockwork Dragon at Cap last year, and that I've been eagerly waiting to read the whole thing ever since... :-)
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
I figured that would be your vote! :-D And you don't have to whisper timidly from the corner over there, you know. I went and asked people for comments!
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