Looking For Quacks In The Pavement


As of last night there are more than twenty five thousand words in my serial story writing project thing that I’m currently using NaNoWriMo as a motivational system for convincing myself to get the damned thing written.

25,000 words. And I’m not even sick of this story yet. Hell, when I “won” NaNo back in 2002 I was questioning my choice of story ideas within just a few days. This one? I’m still excited about it!

I mean, sure, it’s going to be terrible. It’s mostly dialog, punctuated by the occasional action scene and/or bit of carnage. I can’t help it, I’m writing what’s fun. Also, I couldn’t do it without the wonderful yWriter software which lets me write whatever scene I want, wherever in the story I want it. (Its other features include goal tracking, detailed character information, imports and exports, automatic backups… really, if you want to write and haven’t chosen a tool yet and want something more than Just A Word Processor, yWriter is a hell of a way to go.)

Now, you’ll note that it’s more than halfway through November and 50,000 is a long way away. That’s fine. I never intended to “win” NaNo, just leverage its word-count-tracking and social-dynamic intensity to stimulate wordcount on the project. When the project’s done, I stop. Seeing as how only nine of the twenty-six planned installments are lacking any words at all (more than half of the “chapters” are essentially done in fact) I think I’m making good time.

Projected start of posting? Early December ideally, but no later than Solstice if I can at all help it.

And if there’s enough interest, I’ll throw a sample onto the journal here at some point.


  1. Wonderduck

    Consider interest shown… both in the new one and the one that won 2002.

    • GreyDuck

      Ah, sorry about the delay replying to this. At any rate: I’ll see about selecting a mostly-polished (or polished-looking) preview snippet.

      The 2002 effort? If any copies still exist, I’d like to leave them buried. I was 30 years old when I bashed that thing out, I wrote the worst drivel possible in order to “win” NaNo, and when it was done I never wanted to see it again.

      Unlike, so far, this project. Which I’m still moderately happy with and excited about, which is UNHEARD OF…

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