NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Fourth Update

Boy oh boy, am I behind on my NaNoWriMo effort.

On the other hand, I did submit a couple of flash fiction pieces to Apex’s Magazine Christmas Flash Fiction contest. They won’t pick them, of course, as the magazine tends toward dark speculative science fiction. I’m not one to write dark fiction of any kind. I’ll know by December 1st if they get picked up or not. If they don’t, they will appear on this here blog.

I’ll be writing a bit after I post this, but I’ll probably succumb to a rare early-to-bed moment. We had a blizzard, and I spent two hours clearing the drive of wet, packed snow. I used the snowblower, but it required a lot manhandling as the thigh-high wall of snow would often stop it, the blower’s wheels spinning. 

. . . and then we snowshoed for an hour and a tad. Let me tell you, this old body may be in pretty good shape, but I can feel the burn.

Anyway, this is where I am right now with my NNWM-2K13 effort. 


As of tonight, I have 15,453 words written. That means I am tracking at a negative 12,886 words. Considering I missed nine (9) days of writing, I’m happy with my pace. However, I need to start applying myself. That will happen. 

Which brings me to posting what I have written. As in prior years, all of it will go up on the blog. But, as in prior years, all but the first two chapters are offered up in password-protected posts. 

E-mail me a request if you are interested in reading further (read the first to chapters to decide if you are interested.)

The post with Chapters 7 and 8 will go up immediately after this one. As I said, it’s password protected. 

Please, don’t just ask for a password just to make me feel good. Unless you intend to read it, don’t ask. I will not feel hurt, I will not cry myself to sleep, I will not hate anyone who chooses not to read my effort. I will, however, get a little miffed if I get asked for passwords by a bunch of people and then only my usual four or five readers actually read the stuff. 

Of course, I need a couple of photos here for all them people who don’t particularly like reading and for people who like reading and like photos.

So, I wuz on Martha’s Vineyard discovering if I be good writer material or not. I did have my camera with me, but did not use it much during the workshop. I did, however, pick it up on the last day there.

Here are a few Fall-themed photos.




These were all from a walk Melisa and I took on one of the only two cloudy days during our stay on the island. The sunny days were the ones where I was at the workshop all day.

Still, intense colors do well in cloudy days. The diffused light keeps the colors from being blown out.



I took this next photo because it amused me . . . the arrangements of pinecones amused me, catching my eyeas I walked past it. Well, I obviously stopped . . . 


The Inn itself had nice grounds, and this old tree especially caught my attention.


That’s the office back there.


I don’t know how old the tree is, but it’s quite impressive in person.


I like the above shot . . . 

The full-size photos are in the SmugMug gallery HERE. That gallery will eventually contain all of the photos I use for my NNWM-2K15 update posts. 

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14 Responses to NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Fourth Update

  1. renxkyoko says:

    I still have my old password. I don’t have the time to read these days. Old passwords will still work, right ? I have actually archived your work.


  2. desleyjane says:

    Love the shot of the red leaves cascading down the tree trunk.


  3. oneowner says:

    I agree cloudy days seem to give more intense colors. We live in near perpetual overcast and I’m (mostly) thankful for it. I like these photos. I’m looking out at completely bare trees as I write this, too. Good luck with Apex.


    • disperser says:

      Yeah, not sure I could move back to permanent overcast (Michigan had whole months of overcast skies). One does get used to the sunshine.

      And thanks; like I said, a long shot, but one has zero chance if one does not even try.


  4. Your Fall photos are SPECTACULAR, Emilio! Wow! A lot of people are blogging Fall Photos…but, yours are the best I’ve seen!
    That last photo is so cool! And those pine cones (in their arrangement) look like other things!
    BTW: Could you mail me some snow? Ours melted. :-(
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Streets around here are still not plowed, and some of the drifts are covering mailboxes. In some places, there’s only room for one car ar a time to pass.

      . . . so, grab a bucket, a shovel, and come get as much snow as you like. Just be aware that the sun has been beating on it pretty good, and most of it has formed an armor around itself in addition to packing denser. It’s pretty tough to budge.

      As for the photos, thank you. That is very nice of you to say.

      I have a few more from out there, and I’m happy with those as well and will be sharing them soon.

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  5. badfish says:

    Did I tell you I did NANO three times and finished/won all three? But I admit…most of what I wrote was crap. But…most first drafts are crap anyway. And for me, the real fun, and good stuff, come with revision. Sadly, I’ve not revised any of that crap. And, I missed a bunch of days, too. So you can do!!! Get up early a couple days a week…catch up on sleep next month. Very nice photos!


    • disperser says:

      No, did not know . . . this is my third (obvious from the post) – the second one, last year, was the submission that got me accepted to Viable Paradise 19 (in October). I do plan to shop that novel around.

      I tend to not revise much (grammar and spelling, mostly) What I post here is as written.

      As for the encouragement, thanks. I don’t get hung up on the date a whole lot. If I end up finishing this in December, my world will not end. I’ll try to hit the 50K mark by the end of the month, but will likely shoot for 70K-80K for the finished product.

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