Tag: Anomalous Writing

Writing Time: WZS #3, NaNoWriMo 2011 #3

by on Nov.03, 2011, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,733 [0]
Total Word Count: 5,274 (Delta: +274)

I seem to be faring pretty well. It’s taking me about an hour and a half to two hours to meet my word count. Again I couldn’t write a bit longer or give myself some time to fill some of my outline but the story isn’t too bad so far, I think. I’m definitely taking notes of how to improve it as I go. Right now I’m trying to figure out how to seed the ending I really want.

Writing Buddies

My writing buddies are doing awesomely. jagmunoz and sithwitch13 are both ahead of the word count. sigmad isn’t too far behind and is likely going to catch up this weekend, if I know how he works. sleary hasn’t reported a word count but I know she’ll ping several thousand words here soon.

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She realized she had been so focused on her father that she had lost track of the zombies she was distracting with her presence. She whipped her head around to see the fresher of the pare crouching slightly. She brought her crossbow around to point at it, fired, and struck it right in the chest, which did nothing to stop it from tackling her.

 

The smell had been unbearable when they were feet away. Now with one atop her, it was unbearable. She vomited, spitting directly into the zombie’s face. At the same time she began struggling for her life. She let go of her cross bow and grabbed for her knife, putting it between the zombie’s face and her. The most dangerous part of a zombie was its mouth. A single bite was a death sentence so she did her best to make sure that wasn’t going to happen. Her chest was heaving involtunarily and her eyes were watering both from the vomiting and the stench but she had to make sure it also didn’t get a grip on her by pushing and moving.

 

She was screaming and she thought her father was yelling. She didn’t have the space to stab the zombie. It was now squirming atop her, trying to push itself up so it could get a proper bite. She kept the blade in its face, pushing its face away while kicking and pushing its arms out from under him. Then it gabbed the blade of the knife and wrenched it from her hands. The blade cut across her forhead as he pulled it away and her vision went red. She was gagging now. She could feel the zombie managing to sit up. It moaned, it’s horse dry voice promising to devour her. She punched and kicked feebily under its weight and cried for it to stop.

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Writing Time: WZS #2, NaNoWriMo 2011 #2

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,667 [0]
Total Word Count: 3,541 (Delta: +207)

So writing was a little easier today. I was just continuing the scene from yesterday. I didn’t find time to work on more outline, which is troubling, but I did have an idea of what to do next. So I’m not fumbling too much. Writing group isn’t as large as it was last year, with only two of us showing up physically, but we’re keeping each other going. Internet members are always hard to goad on, sadly.

Writing Buddies

A quick shout out to jagmunoz, laura_williams, and sithwitch13 for keeping up their word count on the NaNoWriMo webpage. I also have it on good authority that sigmad is only a few hundred words behind. A special not to sithwitch13 who has a whopping 5,441 words. Way to go and stop making the rest of us look like slackers! ;)

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[spoiler show="Click for Excerpt"]Zombies were not really all that dangerous individually even when they were fresh and they only got worse the more they ripened. The group that was covering on them was small compared to the hordes that used to throw themselves at the walls and most of them looked like they had been dead a long time. A zombie’s main advantage was that it took a large amount of effort to kill a single zombie. They seemed immune to pain and were unfatiguable. So while one person took the time to kill a single zombie, several more could easily just shamble up next to them and lunge. The second advantage a zombie had was that they were strong. One a zombie had a grip on someone it was often easier to cut off the zombie’s hand than to pry yourself away. The best tactics when taking on a zombie horde was to skirmish. Move in and attack and then move away. Keep moving so they have to follow you, attack when they weren’t prepared to lunge. This worked best in teams so each person didn’t have to worry about being ambushed.[/spoiler]
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Writing Time: Everlasting #33, Science Future #3

by on Aug.02, 2011, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Writing has been going well enough. Last week I took off writing of Everlasting and Science future to do some writing for Ruminant Productions. Got some actual writing done on Everlasting today and the week prior. Next Thursday I will likely work on Science Future.

Writing came easily today, which was nice. My word count is well over a thousand as opposed to the last time I wrote, which I only met around four hundred words. I haven’t exactly been looking forward to writing sessions lately but I have been proud of myself for keeping them.

Everlasting Update

Draft Word Count: 92,187 (Delta: +3,119[19])

Everlasting is progressing. I’m still not happy with it overall but I’ll fix that in editing. I really shouldn’t judge it before it is finished but it has been awhile since I have written a really awesome scene that I felt really fit what I want to make that I’m kinda feeling weary of the book. I think I’ll be happy to move on to a new project. Or perhaps completely refurbish the plot and characters. I’m not sure. I try not to fantasize about it too much!

Everlasting Stats

[spoiler show="Click to show current Everlasting Stats"]

Glossary: 1,565 Words (Delta +0)
World Setting: 9,963 Words (Delta +17)
Character Information: 5,915 Words (Delta +11)
Current Outline: 12,196 Words (Delta +1,045)
Draft:  92,187 Words (Delta: +3,119)
Grand Total: 121,826 Words (Delta +4,192)

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Science Future

I’ve published one article since last time that I mentioned in description. Science Future: Harking Hugos. Feel free to go look at it. I haven’t started a new article yet not have the articles been receiving a lot of comments but hopefully with time. I may experiment a bit more with the style.

Anomalous Writing

Anomalous Writing is plugging away. We lost another member to moving away so the official physical member count is down to three. All three were in attendance today, however, which was heartening. I need to start recruiting again!

So that’s about all for writing time. Slither creative!

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Identify Yourself

by on Jul.27, 2011, under Announcements, Gaming, Identify Yourself, Roleplaying Games, Website Update, Writing

Hi. My name is Nojh and welcome to The Singularity.

By day I am software developer, writer, aspiring author, and game designer. By night, I usually sleep. I have many interests and hobbies such as comics, video games, board games, books, movies, science, technology, philosophy, and many other things most people would consider geeky.

The Singularity

As I’ve stated on the about page, this blog is dedicated to collecting various things I find interesting on the web for your viewing pleasure. Hence the name, The Singularity, a place where things collect into one.

It is also a place for me to voice my opinions, reviews, and write articles about various topics from time to time. Comments are open to all and I want to encourage discussion. So please, tell me what you think. I know I haven’t been doing this nearly as much lately but stay tuned, I’ll get to it.

Other Stuff

Besides this blog I have a few other projects. I am attempting to write a novel, tentatively titled Everlasting. It is a zombie steampunk sci-fi fantasy adventure and I am chronicling its initial draft here.  I also organize a private writing group called Anomalous Writing that meets physically twice a week. You can follow the posts via the Everlasting tag or my thoughts or links about writing in general via the writing category.

Speaking of writing, I also write a regular article series called Science Future for Escape Pod. EscapePod is a podcast that buys and narrates short story science fiction for everybody’s listening pleasure. Science Future is written for their blog and is dedicated to discussing the scientific breakthroughs and their impact upon science fiction as well as the impact science fiction has had upon science. For more information about Science Future you can find the introduction article here. If you would like to follow Science Future you can do so by EscapePod’s Science Future tag, or The Singularity’s Science Future tag.

I am also one of the designers of the roleplaying game Vanished Lands produced by Ruminant Productions. Vanished Lands is a post-apocalyptic fantasy western RPG and is available purchase via Lulu.com. The supplement book, Vanished Lands: Storyteller Archive Vol. 1, is available at Amazon and other online retailers. Right now I am working with the other designers to release a rules system for future Vanished Lands releases.

Thank You

I want to thank you all for reading and giving me a reason to keep this blog running. Readership is actually something I am interested in keeping. I’ve been running this blog actively for nearly half a year now and the numbers, near as I can tell, are growing. So thank you for spending some of your time reading this blog and I hope you enjoy it. The only thing I ask of you is, from time to time, let me know what about the blog you do and do not like via commentary either here, or one of the sites that this blog repeats on.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #31, Science Future #0

by on May.10, 2011, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Writing Time

So things are changing. Likely. I’m changing up the format for Everlasting to incorporate a new writing project I’ll be pursuing called Science Future. More on that below. So this article is now called Writing Time and will cover Everlasting, Science Future, and anything I do with the Anomalous Writing group, plus any other writing projects I start, including stuff from Ruminant Productions.

Everlasting Update

Draft Word Count: 81,806 (Delta: +947[7])

Very close to meeting my word count last week. I actually seem to remember hitting it. Or maybe I just hit the end of the scene I was writing because I did do a bit of Anomalous Writing upkeep.  Today won’t see an improvement in word count as I am doing a management day as I need to leave an hour early. Instead I’ll be focused on one of my new writing projects, Science Future. I’ll explain that in a second.

I need to get into the habit of writing outside of writing sessions as I think my writing time is about to get sucked up by Science Future and Ruminant Productions. We’ll see. I need to finish this draft however. With my outline better fleshed out it is definitely easier to write these last few sections, even if I don’t like what I am writing. The urge to edit lately has been huge. And procrastinate. Ugh. Even writing this post is a form of procrastination. I am, right now, looking forward to just ending this novel and starting something new, be it a new idea or just a short story in the world.

Everlasting Stats

[spoiler show="Click to show current Everlasting Stats"]The following stats are a little off because I started writing before I finished this post so they represent a few extra words than last time.

Glossary: 1,473 Words (Delta +0)
World Setting: 9,894 Words (Delta +0)
Character Information: 5,821 Words (Delta +5)
Current Outline: 10,451 Words (Delta +0)
Draft:  81,806 Words (Delta: +947)
Grand Total: 109,445 Words (Delta +952)

Rightly creative![/spoiler]

Anomalous Writing Update

I got feedback on my achievements idea! Yay! I did a bit of working on this over the weekend, cleaning up some of the ideas a bit more. Still having problems with the idea of incentives. Incentives should be positive, and something the group can’t do regularly. This leaves out food ideas, since we tend to meet at a food place. I don’t want to do incentives that allow members to do things they can already do but shouldn’t (such as editing, or moving on to other works). Maybe I can come up with stuff like that and make it a voluntary ‘hardcore’ mode of some kind, for those who need outside structure to keep themselves from editing or keep motivated just to write and want to do it that way.

Still looking forward to writing more achievements. Here is a current set of what I am thinking of:

[spoiler show="Show the achievements"]Finished your first draft of your first novel.
Finished your first draft of your first short story
Finished the first draft of your first flash fiction.
Finished the final draft of your first novel.
Finished the final draft of your first short story.
Finished the final draft of your first flash fiction.
Finished a draft of a story. Must have finished at least one story.
Finished a story ready for submission. Must have finished at least one story.
I Killed My Darling!
Removed a particularly good piece of writing that just didn’t work in your novel.
Sir Author, In the Study, With the Writing Pen
Finished writing a mystery story.
We completed… The Quest!
Finished writing an adventure story.[/spoiler]

Science Future Update

So I don’t think I mentioned but awhile back I saw a notice that a podcast I listen to regularly, EscapePod, was looking for people to blog for them. Since I blog here somewhat regularly, even with content that isn’t just my own personal thoughts or repeats of YouTube links (sometimes, anyway) I decided to email and try for it. After some back and forth I wrote up two articles working on the premise that I could link current on-going science with science fiction, since EscapePod is a podcast of short science-fiction. The editor likes it with some minor changes, so I’ll be trying to do this regularly. I’m going to be aiming for a twice monthly article on the site, which, assuming they give me permission, I will link to here so you know when it goes live.

So yeah. Wish me luck! I’ll likely be devoting some Anomalous time to these articles so expect Everlasting to slow down.

Flying creative!

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Video: Extra Credits: Gamification & Gamifying Education

by on May.09, 2011, under Articles, Entertainment, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media, Writing, Writing Group

So I thought I posted the below video weeks ago but I can’t find it in the archive, for which I very much apologize to all of you. So you get a double-header of Extra Credits today!

Today’s topic talks about what lessons we can take away from gaming as a whole and apply to other tasks in our lives to make them more productive. Particularly in work and education. The first video touches upon ideas in general. The second focuses on education in specific but still has great ideas for group-based activities.

Gamification

Gamifiying Education

The second video gave me a great idea for something to do with the achievements system I am creating for Anomalous Writing, my writing group.

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Everlasting #30

by on May.03, 2011, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Draft Word Count: 80,859 (Delta: +1,038[7])

Word count achieved today! Actually writing today was really easy. I got it done rather early and decided to work on the writing achievement system for Anomalous Writing, which I made good progress on so overall, today’s session went very well!

Everlasting Update

Today’s writing went very smooth. We got into the head of Sylvia again today. Her fear of dead bodies is not something constant in her character but I think it is an interesting idea for both a trauma doctor and someone surviving a zombie apocalypse. On the other hand I’m worried perhaps people will think I’m simply picking on the female gender, since she is freezing up a lot. I might need to be more explicit from the beginning she fears dead bodies or finds them weird but that is something to worry about in editing!

Anomalous Writing Update

Achievements have been started! I did some light Google searching and really couldnt’ find anyone who had done this before. I have stolen the idea from I Should Be Writing podcast but I figured it can’t be that new of an idea right? Giving people little goals to achieve for as they do a task? I dunno. The list is going alright. It is kind of hard to categorize them. I had a separate writing and editing section but I’ve now condensed that into one section. I haven’t started coming up with interesting names yet. I’m hoping that won’t be too hard! Here are some examples:

  • Finished your first draft of a novel.
  • Finished your second draft of a novel.
  • Finished a final draft of your novel.
  • Finished your second novel.
  • Finished your fifth novel.
    • Finished a novel. Repeatable.
  • Finished your second short story.
  • Finished your fifth short story.
  • Finished your tenth short story.
    • Finished a short story. Repeatable.

So yeah. I just need to give them names, and then hopefully come up with badge/graphic ideas for them!

Everlasting Stats

The following stats are a little off because I started writing before I finished this post so they represent a few extra words than last time.

Glossary: 1,473 Words (Delta +0)
World Setting: 9,894 Words (Delta +0)
Character Information: 5,816 Words (Delta +12)
Current Outline: 10,451 Words (Delta +0)
Draft:  80,859 Words (Delta: +1,038)
Grand Total: 108,493 Words (Delta +1,050)

Rightly creative!

 

 

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Identify Yourself

by on May.01, 2011, under Announcements, Gaming, Identify Yourself, Roleplaying Games, Website Update, Writing

Hi. My name is Nojh and welcome to The Singularity.

By day I am Software Developer, Writer, Aspiring Author, and Game Designer. By night, I usually sleep. I have many interests and hobbies such as comics, video games, board games, books, movies, science, technology, philosophy, and many other things most people would consider geeky.

The Singularity

As I’ve stated on the about page, this blog is dedicated to collecting various things I find interesting on the web for your viewing pleasure. Hence the name, The Singularity, a place where things collect into one.

It is also a place for me to voice my opinions, reviews, and write articles about various topics from time to time. Comments are open to all and I want to encourage discussion. So please, tell me what you think. I know I haven’t been doing this nearly as much lately but stay tuned, I’ll get to it.

I have made a concerted effort these days to improve the content and presentation of this blog and I think I have gotten it to a point that I am satisfied with. My plans for opening up The Library have stalled at the moment however due to lack of time and commitment. I do still plan on adding the missing contact page  so people can more regularly contact me directly, rather than leaving commentary on a blog. I am still somewhat dissatisfied with the layout and theme of this blog and will be making attempts to improve the readability of it. I’d welcome both advice and offers to help.

Other Stuff

Besides this blog I have a few other projects. I am attempting to write a novel, tentatively titled Everlasting. It is a zombie steampunk sci-fi fantasy adventure and I am chronicling its initial draft here.  I also organize a private writing group called Anomalous Writing that meets physically twice a week. You can follow the posts via the Everlasting tag or my thoughts about writing in general via the writing category.

I am also one of the designers of the roleplaying game Vanished Lands produced by Ruminant Productions. Vanished Lands is a post-apocalyptic fantasy western RPG and is available purchase via Lulu.com. The supplement book, Vanished Lands: Storyteller Archive Vol. 1, is available at Amazon and other online retailers. Right now I am working with the other designers to release a rules system for future Vanished Lands releases.

Thank You

I want to thank you all for reading and giving me a reason to keep this blog running. Readership, now that I have attained some, is actually something I am interested in keeping. I’ve been running this blog actively for fourth months now and the numbers, near as I can tell, are growing. So thank you for spending some of your time reading this blog and I hope you enjoy it. The only thing I ask of you is, from time to time, let me know what about the blog you do and do not like via commentary either here, or one of the sites that this blog repeats on.

 

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Everlasting #28

by on Apr.21, 2011, under Articles, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Draft Word Count: 76,963 (Delta: +955[2])

A good word count today! I might have done better but I let myself get distracted several times but that is alright. Progress has been made!

Everlasting Update

One entire scene written from scratch. We got some speculation on Lee’s part. Some interaction between him and Tyla. It’ll need revising but I think it is a good foundation. Nothing exactly perfect but it all sucks to begin with right?

Anomalous Writing Update

Full meeting today! Four people! Jeana and Marie as per normal. Steph decided to join us today and work a bit on her book as well. She mentioned the other day she’d be contributing windows, which are a writing techniques for figuring out your characters. I’m looking forward to them.

Everlasting Stats

The following stats are a little off because I started writing before I finished this post so they represent a few extra words than last time.

Glossary: 1,473 Words (Delta +0)
World Setting: 9,833 Words (Delta +0)
Character Information: 5,803 Words (Delta +14)
Current Outline: 10,451 Words (Delta +1)
Draft: 76,963 Words (Delta: +955)
Grand Total: 105,477 Words (Delta +970)

Quitting creative! (Not really)

 

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Everlasting #27

by on Apr.19, 2011, under Announcements, Articles, Exerpts, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Draft Word Count: 76,963 (Delta: +0[5])

No actual writing done today on the draft, lots of writing in the outline (or so I think, we’ll see after the final count). I’m to a point where I want to start writing again, now that I know where the immediate scenes are going. Not knowing where they were headed was bothering me significantly.

Everlasting Update

Like I said I’m ready to get started writing again. The outline nicely outlined some interesting action scenes and some more dynamics between the airship characters. I hope to explore that fully. Might be shooting myself with another character with a planned future scene where an air skiff crashes near Marla but it is fun and interesting. Either way I’m excited about writing the novel again.

Anomalous Writing

Jeana and Marie showed up today, albeit at different times. I think the group is going well as per usual.  Otherwise not a lot has been going on with the group specifically.

(continue reading…)

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