The blog for The Solitaire Rose Experience. Yes, the blog revolution is utterly and completely over. However, I haven't figured that out yet, so I'll be listing articles, ideas, links, and other internet debris. Now, you can join in! And be mocked mercilessly!

Monday, October 31, 2005

NaNoWriMo Begins

In a few hours, I will start Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) for the fourth time. I'm going in to it a bit differently than I have in the past.

Normally, I have a solid idea of my plot, am working on an action type story to keep things moving along, and have a pretty detailed outline when I begin. I have succeeded every year for the past three, even though last year was the hardest of them all. This time, I'm REALLY challenging myself. I'm doing a realistic fictional novel with no horror or action elements, I only have the first chapter in mind, and don't know if I will even get something readable.

I'm going to use my blog to keep people updated about my progress, not just with word count, but what I'm doing to keep myself moving forward so I don't become one of the people who falls by the wayside. I read where less than 30% of people finish, which means that even if I just judge myself against my past, I'm probably due for a year in which I fail.

Sound down on myself? Probably. I have a lot going on right now, and the fact that I'm doing this in the face of all of it is the triumph of, be prepared as I chronicle the highs and lows of the whole experience.

I decided to stay up and be one of the people who starts writing at midnight, partly because I want to get going on it, and partly because I have a LOT to do tomorrow, and I don't know if I'll get a lot of writing time. I know I have Wednesday off, but it's important for me to get out of the gate fast and keep momentum during the first week.

I was profiled on MPR's "All Things Considered" today, so I feel the need to update my website as well as work on the novel, since some people may start looking about for me to see if I am really doing this. There's also a picture of me, and link to the whole story, so you can hear what I sound like. They say they will be checking in over the next few weeks, so I hope I can be entertaining for them.

And you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

This is why I don't think the right wing plays fair.

In this article by James Mullaney on The Destroyer on National Review Online, not once does he mention that the "For a five-year period starting in early 1998, The Destroyer returned to those glory-days roots." were the years that he wrote. This isn't a right winger bemoaning the liberals taking over things, this is a former ghost-writer pissed off that the publisher rejected his bid for a raise on a poorly selling action series.

Of course, journalistic ethics have pretty much become a thing of the past since Judith Miller has been rewarded for whoring herself out to the White House with a multi-million dollar book deal and her own show at FAUX News.