NaNo 2018 Day 15-16

Ah, more full shifts this weekend, a little less time to write…. and more to the point, an increased chance that I simply forget to update the website to track what I have written. (Whoops.)

So let’s see… on the content front I’m still making changes to what looks like it actually might be the final chapter of Necropolis (no more divisions for unexpected length?). Story-wise it actually is completed, right now I’m just at the point where I’m trying to decide which scene makes for a good ending. But in any case, the final chapter would be the return to official canon as the team makes their plans to infiltrate the group of terrorists in Legends of Tomorrow episode 2.
And I’m also continuing to jump around in Catalyst, a few scenes here and there that would technically occur mid-Infantano Street, and a lot of content that appears well after Len and Barry parted ways. (Anything else in that area still requires extra time to rewatch episodes.) And I really ought to get working on the scene that follows up on Left Behind… and my assorted other works-in-progress.

And one of these days I’m going to remember to write the “Handcuffs” short (short!) fic (which is an alternate version of a scene in the episode White Knight) that was technically the first “what if” I’d come up with long before any of my other headcanon even existed…. though naturally I plan to make a few (minor?) edits to account for that headcanon.

And on the word count front….
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2113
Total goal: (for day 16): 26667
Total count: 27993
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 29.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 13-14

It happened again. I didn’t get home from work until nearly midnight on Day 13 and rather than update my count then and there I just kept writing until I was ready to go to bed. And on day 14 I continued writing until I completely forgot where I’d previously left off.

The result…? Yet another update that combines days. Yeah, I didn’t expect to get the “update every day” badge, anyway; that ship sailed very early on.

On the plus side, chapter 5 of Necropolis is finally uploaded. Whether I have only chapter 6 to go or more depends on how much I divide up the rest of the content once it’s done.
On the minus side, soon I’ll have to decide which fic to continue next! I’m leaning towards Catalyst, but here we have yet another fic that requires rewatching key scenes to make sure I have dialogue etc down accurately. I can skip ahead again to the events that happen outside of the context of the episodes (I have notes for events following both Left Behind of Legends of Tomorrow and Infantano Street of Flash), but that makes it a little harder to properly track the word count when I’m trying to upload as I go.

And on the word count front….
Day’s goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 5084
Total goal: 23333
Total count: 25880
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 28. (One of these days I’m going to get in enough of a buffer to actually edit out those pre-existing notes and make the count and report more accurate. Or is it one of these years…?)

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 12

Amid a doctor’s appointment, lunch while we were out, and I honestly don’t know what else kept me from the computer most of the day, I managed to reclaim my buffer and add to it just a bit. Yay!

Content-wise, I was finally able to rewatch key scenes in Legends of Tomorrow episode 2 (and might have been distracted by the temptation to simply continue rewatching the whole episode), so I can finally try to finish the Necropolis storyline. Chapter 5 is done and ready to upload, chapter 6 has finished the point where I needed the in-canon details and is just waiting for me to decide how I want to finish the whole thing off.

Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 3803
Total goal: 20000
Total count: 20796
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 29.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 9-11

Another three days of (nearly) full shifts at work combined with the migraine-inducing Cough That Won’t Quit resulted in me losing my entire buffer and falling a little behind on the word count.

I don’t remember when I actually added to my word count, so I’m just going to assume that all of it happened on the one day I actually had a short shift–Saturday, when I worked from noon to six, and I applied it to the report card and the website accordingly.

As far as content goes, I still hadn’t gotten to the rewatching key episodes to check dialogue etc–that will have to wait for a day that I’m not working–so I started skipping ahead to a different scene that didn’t require precise “research” into in-canon details. Namely, I skipped to a later chapter of Catalyst that takes place concurrently with the Flash episode Infantano Street, where I have Len wandering off and, courtesy of his temporal illness and my Flash Sideways headcanon, discovering changes to STAR Labs that don’t quite fit the one-year gap.

Now, pretending for the moment that this post is for Saturday, which was day 10….
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 2875
Total goal: 16667
Total count: 16993
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 30.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 8

Day 8 was all set to be a good day to get some writing done… until my car decided to pick up a couple of nails on the way to work. Well, decided to pick up nails somewhere and one tire decided to be low enough for a random passerby to notice and tell me on the way to work.

Fast-forward to my dad texting me (while I was on the clock and therefore couldn’t reply anyway) with a few minor details about the order information from when we’d gotten road hazard insurance on those tires and offering to send me a copy of the receipt, waiting until I called him back on my lunch break to actually follow through on that offer, spending most of aforementioned lunch break at the automotive department and getting absolutely nowhere (because I have no idea what anyone’s talking about)… and the migraine-inducing Cough That Won’t Quit pretty much preventing me from getting any writing done during my shorter breaks. Oh, and being unable to get the tires fixed that day, getting a ride home from my mother (who didn’t get off work until an hour after I did), not getting to bed until nearly 1 am and needing to start getting ready for my next shift at about 8 am, and did I mention the migraine?

All of this on the first day it was cold enough for my winter coat and NaNo “win”ter cap.

Filler image, might be replaced when I take a photo with the NaNo cap on.

So no progress, or none worth reporting.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 5-7

Day 5 involved a lot of running errands and some writing, day 6 was election day combined with a full shift at work, and day 7 was more running errands and virtually no writing. Instead I managed to record two more unboxing videos, making a very small dent in the pile that’s been waiting for me to have a day to myself (I hate recording when anyone else is home); after my folks got home I spent most of the evening getting my ESO characters out of the beginning dungeon and off to the nearest bank.

Well, most of my ESO characters. My primary “player” character is still stuck in that first prison, waiting, like the rest of those unboxing videos, for me to have the house to myself so I can record without interruptions. (Check out my Twitch or YouTube channels if you’d like to find out if and when that happens.)
Meanwhile I do have that backlog of videos in need of editing and uploading; no reason I can’t do that when other people are home….

The result…. I managed to add quite a bit to my buffer on day 5, more than enough to carry over the next couple of days, but not much further than that. Unfortunately, most of that buffer was from rebelling; I added pre-existing notes to “remind” myself of where I’m going with one of the stories, notes which I will, as usual, be editing out as I go.

And as to the content…. *sigh* not much progress on that end, either, I’m afraid. Chapter 5 of Necropolis still needs editing before I can upload, chapter 6 (and future chapters, if any) still needs me to rewatch Legends of Tomorrow episode 2 to make sure I have dialogue etc down correctly.
And those notes? Those came from Catalyst, which similarly requires me to rewatch an episode (specifically, Left Behind) before I can rewrite them into a real story as early as chapter 2.

But back to the word count and my “progress” thereof. Since this post covers three days’ worth of writing, I simply added the count to day 7:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Daily count: 5127 (or 1709 when divided by all three days)
Total goal: 11667
Total count: 14118
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 25.

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NaNo 2018 Day 4

And now I reach the content that is still being edited and second-guessed and isn’t quite ready to upload. Soon, I hope.

With day 4 of NaNo comes chapter 5 of Necropolis, in which Carter and Len have that so-called “heart to heart” conversation, Len refers to the events of Enemy of My Enemy as the source of his recently-developed fear of heights, and a random imaginary muse Carter drops a few distractions hints for other stories I might pursue in the form of exploring the demigod’s past lives and any personal history this whole time travel mess allows him with the thief.

Chapter 6 will represent a (temporary) return to the events of official canon as the Waverider finally touches down in Norway, and as such will require me to rewatch certain relevant scenes to make sure I have the dialogue et cetera down correctly.
Whether this particular ficlet will be done at that point or not depends, like chapters 4-5, on whether I need to divide anything further due to length, but in terms of the events themselves I should be ready to return to one of my other plot bunnies.

To the report card….
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1718
Total goal: 6667
Total count: 8991
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 23.

Lost a bit of my buffer there. And since the day to vote in my neck of the woods coincides with a full shift at work I suspect I’ll lose a bit more of that buffer in the very near future.
All the more reason to build it up when I can!

Fellow Nanoers, how goes the word count?

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NaNo 2018 Day 3

And on this year’s double-up day…. I managed to just barely double my word count. Not bad for a day with a full work shift.

As I suspected, the previously reported “chapter 4” will actually need to be divided into two chapters to account for length. I normally prefer to divide according to what’s going on, which leads to some fairly inconsistent chapter length most of the time, but I think keeping the scenes together in this case would be pushing that inconsistency more than I’m comfortable with.

So…. chapter 4 of Necropolis has the team discovering the extent of Len’s injuries to the extent he’s willing to admit to, while chapter 5 will have that “heart to heart” discussion between Carter and Len. I blame the head injury for Len’s chattiness in these two segments. (Yes, Gideon, I know you healed it along with everything else. Shut up.)
Chapter 5 is also the one where one of my imaginary muses kept trying to distract me from ever completing anything suggest ideas for other stories I might look into by hinting at events from Carter’s previous lives… and by offering one such hint that I fully intent to explore whenever I reach the appropriate point in the Majummed storyverse.

And on to the report card….
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 3642
Total goal: 5000
Total count: 7273
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov. 21.
If only…. but that’s a nice buffer all the same.

Fellow NaNoers, how goes the NaNoing?

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NaNo 2018 Day 2

As of day 2, I managed a tiny bit of a word count buffer before I had to go to work, as well as finishing chapter 3 and starting my way through chapter 4.

To recap, the Legends of Tomorrow fanfic Necropolis is:

A “what if” based on a remark Kendra makes in a chapter of Catalyst. The Legends visit a necropolis to find an artifact that might help in the fight against Savage, but a rocket launcher destroys Leonard’s escape route, leaving him stranded on a pillar with no way down. Carter tries to rescue him, but Len’s recently-developed fear of heights interferes. Takes place between the first two episodes of Legends of Tomorrow season 1.

The “what if” fics are essentially a “what if my headcanon was real canon” approach to rewriting some of the episodes. Not fix fics by a long shot, they were just born of curiosity about how the events in my fanfics would have changed official canon if I had any say in the matter.

Catalyst, on the other hand, is my approach to combining official (tv) canon with the New 52 comics canon–specifically the part of the comics where Len has meta powers–but putting my own fanfic spin on the whole ordeal. As you might guess from the title, Catalyst is about random events both in-canon and not that provide a catalyst for his eventual change.

Anywho, Necropolis is the one I’m attempting to complete at this point in time. Chapter 3 saw Carter hauling an unconscious and badly bleeding Len to the Waverider to see what Gideon can do for his injuries, before conking out himself due to exhaustion, shock, and… erm, other reasons.
Chapter 4 will have Carter learning along with the rest of the team just what the extent of Len’s injuries are (at least so far as Len is willing to admit to), and then the demigod and the thief attempt a “heart to heart” discussion that helps Carter understand Len’s fear of heights. (Actually, due to page count that description might apply to chapters 4 and 5. We shall see.)

NaNo Report Card
Daily goal: 1667 words (of course)
Day’s word count: 1949
Total goal: 3333
Total count: 3631
Report Card Reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 28.

So let’s see if I can keep that buffer going! And see how many days of NaNo it takes to finish this particular plot bunny…. before deciding which other fanfic to continue.

Oh, for the record: though editing is not strictly required during NaNo, I am fixing things as I go; since these are fanfics, I want to post my chapters as I complete them, not wait until December to start editing them into something I can post.

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NaNo 2018 Day 1

And we’re off!

I began this year’s NaNo with the “what if my headcanon was real canon”-esque variety of fanfics, namely, by continuing the Necropolis ficlet that takes place between episodes 1 and 2 of Legends of Tomorrow in a moment that official canon would never allow the time to exist.

Chapter 1, already posted, sees the team making plans to visit a necropolis in the hopes of locating an artifact they can use in the fight against Vandal Savage. Or rather, half the team, as the place they must go is surrounded by some type of stone that emits a natural dampening effect… purely mechanical weapons like era-appropriate guns will work but nothing higher tech, and three members of the team (Raymond Palmer, Martin Stein, and Jefferson Jackson) are forced to remain behind to guard the Waverider while Mick Rory and Leonard Snart must leave their own special weapons behind in favor of ordinary firearms. (Kendra Saunders agrees to remain behind on the off-chance that guarding the Waverider requires getting close to the canyon’s dampening field.) But first they must convince Carter Hall to stop trying to provoke the two criminals and actually work with them as part of the team.

Chapter 2, also already posted, sees the team reaching the heart of the necropolis, having met no resistance… until the local warlord makes his appearance. The team is in a fight for their lives, and Len, who had been sniping for the team from a high pillar, finds himself stranded after a rocket launcher destroys his escape route. Carter is the only one who can save him now, but thanks to an attack by the Reverse Flash in the ficlet Enemy of my Enemy, Len is severely afraid of heights, a secret he now wishes he’d revealed before agreeing to this role.

NaNo Day 1 sees me picking up the story in chapter 3 where the posted chapters leave off. Sara, Rip, and Mick are still fighting the local militia, until the warlord makes his appearance courtesy of Carter having thrown him off the pillar in chapter 2. With the warlord’s death, the militia disperses, leaving the three wondering what happened to Len?

NaNo Report Card:
Daily goal: 1667 words
Day’s count: 1682
Report card reports: At this rate, you will finish on Nov 30.

Not bad for the first day, but thanks to working full time I’ll want to try to get a buffer in there on my days off.

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