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NaNo 2011 Update - November 3rd

I'm actually going to make an effort to update every day during NaNo.  Because NaNo (apparently) isn't nearly enough pressure.  :D
 
I've actually been making my word counts for the last two days (still at the workplace right now, so will write when I get home) - however, I'm going to scrap everything and focus on my 100k_supernova story (A Life Less Ordinary) instead of my angstbigbang.  First, because I can bang out 10,000 words much easier than 100K, and second - I like the main character(s) in A Life Less Ordinary while I want my main character in this NaNo to die a slow and preferably painful death.
 
I've been trying to write about a character  in a (natch) post-apocalyptic setting who’s sexually obsessed with and manipulated by a very bad woman, and betrays everyone and everything he holds sacred for her (she’s married to his best friend).  This is combined with his (metaphorical) destruction and eventual (real) redemption (and you know, romance with a “good” woman or at least a not-evil woman).
 
I just want to smack him upside the head for being such a complete and utter ass.
 
*sigh*
 
So I’m scrapping it for NaNo but will revisit it when I’m ready to really focus on the angstbigbang since there may be something salvageable in it.  But right now, all I can think is that I wouldn’t want to spend time with this moron let alone write about him.
 
A Life Less Ordinary it is!!  And I’ll give you a little excerpt I wrote on the bus this morning (unedited):
 
Note:  I finally gave Perfect Fantasy Man (PFM) a name.  Harvey.  ‘cause I have a strange, strange sense of humor.  :D
 
~~~~~
 
Harvey glanced down at his suddenly ruffled shirt opened to mid-chest and skin-tight breeches.  He glanced back at her with a ruefully amused smile.
 
“Watched the Ice Pirates again?”
 
“Oh shut up.”
 
“I’m just sayin’ – if I was real and regularly wore pants this tight – I’m not sure I’d be of any use to you.  If you know what I mean.”
 
Manny groaned and shook her head as Harvey blinked out of existence.  She wondered how she’d managed to lose control over a figment of her imagination.
 
One she’d eventually named after an imaginary six-foot tall rabbit.
 
~~~~~
 
And the writing quote for the day (which seems somehow apropos):
 
You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.  William Gibson
 
Good luck to everyone who’s working on NaNo!!

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"All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need...fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little --"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

-- Susan and Death in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

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"And no practical definition of freedom would be complete without the freedom to take the consequences. Indeed, it is the freedom upon which all the others are based."

-- Lord Vetinari in Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

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They thought the Library was a dangerous place because of all the magical books, which was true enough, but what made it really one of the most dangerous places there could ever be was the simple fact that it was a library.

-- Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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As a wizard, it was something that Ponder had only before encountered in acorns: a tiny soundless voice which said, yes, I am but a small, green, simple object - but I dream about forests.

-- Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett

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In the 24th century, there will be no hunger. There will be no greed. And every child will know how to read.

-- Gene Roddenberry, as repeated by Jonathan Frakes in the documentary How William Shatner Changed the World

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We've got two lives, one we're given and the other one we make
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way.

-- Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Hard Way from the album Come On, Come On

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Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want.

-- John Mayer, Waiting on the World to Change from the album Continuum

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Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher, as seen in Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tales to Inspire

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I never loved the soldier
Until there was a war.
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor.
I only talk to God
When somebody's about to die.
I never cherished freedom
Freedom never cries.

-- Five for Fighting, Freedom Never Cries from the album Two Lights

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It may sound absurd: but don't be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed: but won't you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream

-- Five for Fighting, Superman (It's Not Easy) from the album American Town

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Had a dream last night took a time travellin' ride
Back to my childhood where those monsters reside
They snack on innocence and dine on self-esteem
But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream
Vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost
These are the things that terrify me the most.
No alien, psychopath or MTV host
Scares me like vampires,mummies and the Holy Ghost.

-- Jimmy Buffett, Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost from the album Fruitcakes

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"I want to believe that... the dead are not lost to us. That they speak to us... as part of something greater than us - greater than any alien force. And if you and I are powerless now, I want to believe that if we listen, to what's speaking, it can give us the power to save ourselves."

-- Fox Mulder, The X-Files from the episode The Truth, pt. 2
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