NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Seventh Update

OK, I feel as if I’m on a good place with the novel. Still not sure if I’ll make the 50K by the end of November, but I’m more focused on finishing it. To hit the mark, I need 2,400 words a day, and that’s within my comfort zone. Still, I’m not married to the 30th as a deadline. I will finish the novel even if it’s in early December. That said, I’m enjoying writing it and I’m happy with what I’ve written. Then again, when am I not?

This is where I am right now with my NNWM-2K15 effort. 


Seventh Update

As of this morning, I’m at 25,270 words. Again, I’m posting only one chapter (Chapter 11).

This is the chapter that gave me the most trouble. It’s likely I will rewrite it once I’m done with the novel, but I did not want to sit there spinning my mental gears. As it is, I spent more time on it than I should have.

For them sporting a curious streak, today I’m starting on Chapter 15.

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 two chapters to decide if you are interested.)

The post with Chapter 11 will go up immediately after this post goes live. 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. 

In keeping with all these posts, I’m adding a few photos resulting from me playing with the Topaz Plugins. Unlike my previous ones, I dipped back to yesteryear (pre-2010) for photos taken with the D100

First up, a photo from Crested Butte, a skiing resort on the other side of the mountains that we visited in July of 2007.

The photo is taken from the lift we took to the top of the then-green ski slopes.


That’s the original . . . and this is one time when I would not pass it through my normal process as I like it as it is. However, I wanted to use the Disperserified photo as the basis for the subsequent Topaz work, so here’s the same version with my base processing applied to a photo I would not typically tweak as much.


In case you, gentle and most esteemed reader, are wondering why the colors are so vivid . . . the original was shot with a graduated ND filter. The sky and mountains are already darker and more contrasty (my definition) than a regular shot.

Anyway, I took that shot and applied the Pencil Drawing filter from the Impressions plugin.


Not bad . . . I played with processed photo to blend a few filters. I was just screwing around, so I don’t exactly know which I used, but this is where I stopped.


Finally, I fired up the Restyle plugin to end up with this:


These are all small photos . . . if you want to see the larger ones, they will be in the SmugMug gallery linked below.

I then moved to shots of Deception Falls in WA. There was a whole post about my photo session at the falls (HERE), but suffice it to say the shots were grossly underexposed.

I won’t post the original, but here is one of the processed photos.


I used the Glow plugin to add . . . well, some glow.


Then, I added a Neon glow . . . 


I think it’s harsher than I wanted, but I was looking at the photo in the native resolution. Making it smaller enhanced the edges more than I thought.

Finally, Impressions to render a Pastel version.


And now . . . back to writing.

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. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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7 Responses to NaNoWriMo No. 3 – Seventh Update

  1. Hey, I will get round to it. Honest.


  2. That first photo is stunning! There are so many layers of color and textures! To me, that is one of those photos you enlarge to HUGE, frame it in an inpressive frame, and put it up over the fireplace!
    I find myself staring at it and getting lost in the beauty!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  3. colonialist says:

    Both originals are brilliant photos, and I like them best as they started. The processed ones look more ‘fairy-talish’, though.


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