Lexifabricographer For when the right word just won’t do…

November 20, 2014

NatNaNo Day 20 – Just touching base

I’m a bit on the tired side tonight, so my writing stint was short. Perfunctory even. 400 words in about 20 minutes so I could just go to bed.

Tomorrow the pest control guy is coming, so I have a lot of last-minute packing and lugging to do, after which I had to keep a four year old amused out of the house. If the weather’s not as hot as it was today, that will mean a visit to a park or the zoo. If it is hot, the pool or the library – and she won’t be amused for very long at the library, though it will be an opportunity for me to order in a couple of books I’ve been meaning to read – Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon (alien first-contact story set in Lagos) and God’s War by Kameron Hurley (bloodthirsty science fantasy with bug-based magic).

Oh, and I probably have a job lined up soon, so I guess that’s good. I’ll miss moping around the house though. Better make the most of it while I can.

So without further ado:

Tally: 400 words

Total fiction words for the month: 10, 740

“You’re back from exile less than a week and already you’re bringing grief to that poor woman. It’s not enough you had to marry her? Do you have to make her life miserable as well?”

November 2, 2014

NotNaNo Day 2 – Birthday party

Filed under: news of the day,wombat,wordsmithery — Tags: , , , — lexifab @ 11:30 pm

No writing this morning because we needed to prepare for the Little Wombat’s fourth birthday party. Two hours of lollies and train rides at a lakeside park. Turned out to be more painless than I was expecting. I only needed to provide first aid once, and that was to some random kid howling about a skinned knee in the sand pit, not one of the party-goers.

This evening I had to watch Doctor Who before I got started on writing, because omigod you guys SO GOOD!

So I started late and I didn’t far past my 500 word target of new words. But only the other hand I outlined four new stories, so I should have plenty of stuff to get stuck into.

Tally: 544 words (about 40 minutes or so of writing time)

Total fiction wordcount for the month: 1410 words

In this section, Dario is contemplating a locked room mystery (and I am discovering how hard it is to keep a scene moving where characters are looking at things without speaking to each other):

The duty watch had been detained and questioned, so if they knew anything they would already have given it up on the inquisitor’s wrack. Say what you like about our torturers, but I’ve never known them to fail to extract a confession. Not always the confession you’re looking for, but they tend to be thorough with details.

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