For the next couple of weeks, until the Raid for the Cure is completed, I will be making regular updates concerning donations made by folks for prizes in the raffle, and also of course to remind folks that the Raid for the Cure is coming.

I also still intend to continue to write WoW and Feral Druid related posts, but they might be a bit scarce.

See, there is one other, teensy weensy little thing I’m going to try and do too, and I wanted to give you a little warning in advance.

This month is supposed to be this whole, big “write a 50,000 word novel in one month” thing going on. It has some weird acronym or catchphrase or something, I dunno. Rajoeblomedowno or something.

Now, I’ve never done it before, because in my heart I feel it kinda sets a call for quantity, not quality. Some of the most intense stories I’ve ever read would come in well under the 50k word count, and I dislike feeling like I’m following a quantity bandwagon.

But I know that’s not what it’s about. I know that it’s supposed to be a challenge you set for yourself, to spur you on to write for what should be a small, easily managed period, just one month. You can write each day, telling yourself, “It’s just for a month, I can do it.” And at the end of the month, if you hang in there, you will have (against your will, kicking and screaming) developed some of the habits that will help you, as a writer, keep on writing consistently onwards into the future. 

Sadly, I don’t think anyone would be all that surprised if I churned out a bearwall of story day after day after day. Kinda hard to impress people when you’ve already got a reputation for being, umm… long winded.

Hopefully, I can surprise people with the quality of the story, instead.

That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take this opportunity as an excuse to seize my Converging Forces PBeM story that is up to date and posted on the sidebar, and I’m going to tear into it. Manny and James are onboard with guiding me on their character actions, and know that if I don’t hear from them, I’m going forward regardless. The story WILL advance. And we’ll just see, on the last day of November, if I hit 50,000 words when the dust settles.

The story is already in progress, and I am sure it won’t be over when the end of November nears, so it doesn’t count as “a novel”. But it’s a creative writing project that I’ve enjoyed for years now, and I think Manny and James will be happy to see some new life breathed into it.

So, yeah. This is your advance warning. There will be massive Converging Forces updates flooding the blog. If you have meant to read what is already live and haven’t done so, you might want to get caught up now. 

If you tried reading it, and hated it, or you just don’t want to bother reading it, never forget that my website theme allows you to minimize posts using the little plus and minus buttons in the upper right hand corner of the post box. Honestly, I don’t want to alienate anyone. I’m sure most folks are going to pass on reading them, and that’s fine with me. Non-WoW bearwalls of fantasy writing are NOT going to be for everyone.

For those of you that have already read what was there, and despaired of ever getting a new chapter… hold on to your hats, ’cause this is going to be a wild ride.

6 Responses to “Raid for the Cure updates and Writers’ Month thingie”
  1. CC says:

    Bear, it’s National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo, for short. I’m in the middle of it, and loving it! My problem is having great ideas and never getting ‘em down, so Nano works great for me. If someone doesn’t have a problem with quantity, then maybe something else is better designed. Still, I’m having a blast and if you get into this, I really hope you do too!
    .-= CC´s last blog ..Raid For The Cure, or: I Love Male Tauren in Pink =-.

  2. Good luck on the Raid for the Cure, and Converging Forces.

    I was reading Elle’s blog, Altadin, and she posted an interesting survey for healers. It was one part personal playstyle, and one part class analysis. I found it to be quite interesting, and at the end, she asked if anyone was willing to make such a survey for tanks. I put one together, and was thinking about who’s thoughts I’d like to have on it. As the only consistant feral druid I read, I thought you’d be a natural choice.

    http://childrenofwrath.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-do-you-tank.html
    .-= The Renaissance Man´s last blog ..How Do You Tank? =-.

  3. twww says:

    woot!
    Not that I don’t enjoy all your other writing, but I wanna know what happens next!

  4. bigbearbutt says:

    Oh, FYI, I just did a word count and Converging Forces currently weighs in at 80,800 words. Normal SF or Fantasy first novels come in at 110,000 words.

    So if I had 30,000 more words, AND it successfully tied everything together, then it would actually constitute a rough first draft novel. Holy crap.

  5. Gigglesplode says:

    Going on the same idea though, bear, technically every time you unleash a bearwall you are already working on this idea, lol. So if you were to just let your brain splode every day, you’d still hit that same number.

  6. Tesh says:

    I keep meaning to write a novel (I’ve ideas for several), but there’s too much on my plate. As usual, I’ll probably do the nanowriwhatzis on my own terms… say, in March or something. Good luck with your bearbook, BBB!
    .-= Tesh´s last blog ..Trick and Treat =-.

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