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November 8th, 2003


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02:43 am - A good sign
So I've been too busy at work to do any NaNoWriMo the last couple of days. What I take as a good sign, however, is that Fred, the part of my brain responsible for coming up with story ideas and ways of tying things together, has kicked out some cool dreams that seem very "literary," in a way. That is, they are a bit more than a jumble of random associations.

Last night, for example, Fred took some a job that I was working on involving a merger of a couple of companies and another job about a large financial institution and glommed these together with with some other bits to come up with a new company being formed out of the merger of two financial giants, their headquarters building being a 4,000 story structure built next to Coffman Union on the U of MN campus. I was walking by the place with my dad or a friend (I don't recall clearly and they may have switched part-way through) as they were dedicating the place.

The dream took a turn to the cinematic as it very nearly followed the dictum of Raymond Chandler, as told to me by jtidball, "When in doubt, have two guys with guns burst through the door." Well, there weren't two guys with guns, but it did morph into a chase scene. Fun stuff.
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From:curlicue
Date:November 8th, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
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I looked up a quote on Google once and you'd quoted the same thing in your LJ, so I added you. Hope you don't mind.

But I always see your reference to NaNo and I keep thinking I'll figure it out from context, but it's still unclear.

Just nosy,
v

PS. You're wonderfully articulate and fun to read. Thanks.
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From:jbru
Date:November 8th, 2003 09:08 am (UTC)
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I don't mind in the least. What was the quote?

NaNoWriMo is short for "National Novel Writing Month," an idea started by a would-be novelist in California who thought, basically, that he could get a novel written in a month if he had a group of people doing it with him.

So he started this thing five years ago and it's grown since then. The goal is to get 50,000 words on paper in a month. That being the "novel" that one writes. My goal is to do that as the start of a novel and revise and re-write from there. Or as my friend daedala says, get a 50,000 word outline written.

And thanks for the complement. I started keeping an LJ so that I'd keep in the habit of writing, so it's good to know it's working well.
From:dsgood
Date:November 8th, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC)

"Fred"

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I presume you got the name "Fred" from Damon Knight's Creating Short Fiction, and you're using it for what's more widely called the unconscious or the subconscious.

In my case, it's Fred who thinks in straight lines; and it's my conscious/waking mind that thinks in webs of associations.
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From:jbru
Date:November 8th, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)

Re: "Fred"

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Yes, stolen shamelessly from Damon Knight. I'm not sure if Fred does his thing by webs of associations. I don't really care so much how he does it, as long as he keeps feeding me ideas..
From:dsgood
Date:November 9th, 2003 08:54 pm (UTC)

Re: "Fred"

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But in my case, depending on "Fred" for that is about as useful as milking a chicken.

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