Archive for March 13th, 2012

So my dear WordPress & Twitter friend from across the pond and fellow nerdalicious novelist, Ali (of 12 Books in !2 Months- http://12books12months.com/) passed along this amazing writing tool that can be yours for 10 peasly bucks. That’s right, it’s called Write or Die and it was programmed by Dr. Wicked. (Why do I feel like this is an infommercial written by Tim Burton? It must be the subject matter, not the actual write-up…)

Dreamed up to help all those NaNoWriMo participants as the deadline quickly zoomed up to demolish their attempts at noveling success, this program is devious in all the right ways.

Why would I subject myself to this you ask? It’s pure genius. I like to think of it as Lucifer’s Typewriter. You can’t use the computer for anything other than writing and bad things happen if you stop working. With this kind of propulsion from an external source that really doesn’t care if you succeed or not, there’s very little stopping it from annihilating your work if you choose to give it that power.

Of course I had to jump on this bandwagon- I’ll try anything to meet my 50,000-word goals from here on out. It took a few days to get it but so worth the wait! A few pointers if you happen to succumb to your masochistic side:

  1. Turn off your messenger programs. There’s nothing worse than hearing pings as people send you messages and you can’t even close the program! Trust me, it’s hard to think when the messages are getting angrier (you can usually tell by the frequency of their arrival)
  2. Start off with 1/2 the time you actually want to try. I’m pretty sure I’ve fried a few brain cells from the stress of starting my writing session and keeping it up. It’s best to let your brain get used to the amount of focus this will require.
  3. Don’t pick the kamikaze option right off the bat. Just like the length of time you pick, start off slow. There’s plenty of time to play russian roulette with your work. That’s right. Stop writing and it gets erased. Oh try it for 2 minutes if you want. Go ahead, I dare you but don’t cry when you hear me say “I told you so!”

At some point I’ll get up the nerve to really push myself with this program and see what my little brain can come up with when it’s subjected to this torturous pressure cooker. Until then, my settings are staying on normal with an easier grace period before the evil violins start playing.

At this point with the count down in full effect, drastic times call for drastic measures.


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A ginormous thank you goes out to maedez of “A Small Press Life” for nominating !2Novelsin12Months for a Versatile Blogger Award.

This comes as a huge shock because when it comes to working in my blog I thought it was pretty uniform. This just goes to show you that you never know how others perceive you and that there can be unexpected depth, uncontrollable deviations from your plan and little nuggets of life that will weave their way into a post.

A huge thank you to each and every one of you who take the time to stop by and check out my newest post. It’s been more sporadic than when I first started so thank you for hanging in there with me as I move further on into this adventure. I couldn’t have done half of what I’ve accomplished without your help and encouragement!

The rules of the award:

  1. make a post and name 15 nominees
  2. inform the nominees that they’ve been nominated
  3. share 7 previously unknown facts about yourself
  4. thank the blogger who nominated you

As the rules go for this award, here are some bloggers I’d like to nominate:

Now onto 7 previously secret tidbits about me:

  1. I had to repeat grade 1 because I couldn’t read or write English.
  2. I got my license at 18 and never owned a car until I was 29 because to this day I still would rather take the bus.
  3. 9 times out of 10 I look forward to the traveling part of a trip rather than the destination.
  4. I taught myself how to tie my own shoelaces and ride my bicycle.
  5. I fractured my elbow skiing recklessly to impress a ski instructor. I was 13.
  6. Speaking of skiing, I learned to ski in the Swiss Alps.
  7. At 12 and 13 I swam on the high school swim team and consistently ranked high in the 250m front crawl.

I’d like to thank maedez once again for the honour of being a recipient of the Versatile Blogger award. I’m humbled that my little contribution to WordPressland  has been noticed and appreciated in this way. Thank you!

If you haven’t checked out “A Small Press Life (http://onetrackmuse.com/) or any of the blog I’ve nominated, please do! They’re all super awesome.

Happy Tuesday!

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