That time of year has come again; another November has rushed to a close, and with it, so does National Novel Writing Month
. How did it go you ask?
Well, I won.
Hooray and thank god it’s over! Now all that’s left is the TGIO parties and celebrations and reunions with long lost friends and family members ignored all month long. Actually, it’s rather exhilarating once you’ve finished, just like writing that 20 page thesis the night before it’s due, even though you should have been working on it all year. Now that I’ve finished, I have all this energy, and I just want to start something new.
The objective was 50,000 words by 11:59:59pm November 30th 2005. I finished a few hours early and with 10,500 words extra, but the novel is complete for all intents and purposes. It is a finished story, beginning, middle, and end or glorious end. The Dharma of Bob
wasn’t a novel I had planned on writing, but it is a finished work I am very proud of. When I was closing in on 48,000 words, I realized I had a long way to go in the story before I finished, but I made the decision to keep writing no matter how much over 50,000 I’d go, just so that the story would be complete by the time the month came to a close. I did it, and I didn’t compromise any on the story.
Interestingly enough, while reviewing my novel for the make of a car I had mentioned earlier in it, I realized I had several loose ends and inconsistencies. I usually plan more when I write, but The Dharma of Bob
was written off the cuff whenever I had the spare time. I suppose all the editing will have to wait for National Novel Editing Month
which thankfully doesn’t come until March.
To celebrate, I took my parents out for coffee at a book store. They were so cute, drinking their coffee and reading their magazines (animal ones for my dad, plant ones for my mom – completely complimenting opposites). To further celebrate, I will be purchasing them each a high end massage chair to lounge about in, because why not
Stop reading right now and hurl congratulations upon me. My ego is fragile and if I don’t get constant reassurances from pretty girls, I tend to mope and cry. Send me some love, damn it.
Did you send it? Because I’m serious. Do it. Ok, good, thank you. Now continue if you please.
So, now what? Well, the things I wanted to take from this year’s NaNoWriMo are:
1. A complete work to add to my collection. check
2. Some small stand-alone project that wouldn’t make my nose bleed trying to complete, because it will be done in one month and one month ONLY. check
3. Something to do to keep my mind off of troubles by forcing me to put all my efforts towards something more consuming. check
4. An excuse to be anti-social and angry all the time. check
5. Inspiration to start writing more often and to finish what I start. check, but I have to make sure that I don’t spend too much time celebrating to keep up my work-rate
6. Something to lord over my other “writer” friends who still never return my calls. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! I DEMAND BIRDMAN’S CREST! (ahem, sorry, back on topic)
Five out of Six aren’t bad, but I like to be a complete champion!
I am mister idea-man. I have a billion concepts for projects and books and movies and etc, and they keep on coming all the time (despite good taste demanding I take a step back). I also seem to enjoy the company of others (fool!) and like to include people in on my insane projects. However, years of lack-luster attempts and big dreams/small actions have made me slightly jaded. I’m not at all convinced many of my good friends want half the things I hear them pining away for. I’ve always longed for my own little Inklings
group, but it seemed destined not to be.
So, this year I had a plan. I was going to make a vocal and open attempt at NaNoWriMo, succeed, and then make a challenge to all my writer friends to join me next year (or better yet – immediately) in a creative endeavor where we actually do something, and not just scratch our asses talking about how we could
do something if we really wanted to. Even if we have to wait until next year to get started (although I don’t see why), we could, in theory, get together a writing team and beat the snot out of those Midwestern states next year on the word count total! Boo-ya!
Before this goes too far, let me state that I don’t think I’m better then you. I’m actually not that proud that I won, I am more proud that I tried. And to be frank, it was just fun. There wasn’t any prize money, and novels that were filled with inanity and run-on sentences won just the same and poetic masterpieces. I realize all too well the horror of busy work schedules and time restraints and feelings of inadequacy, and this is not meant to fan those flames, but rather, to extinguish them. We shall be creative because we want to and we can be, and we shouldn’t let the Heel-lots
get in the way.
So, the glove has been thrown down. I hereby challenge any so called “writer” that’s reading this to join me in a write off at dawn. Bring a sharpened number 2 and a steno pad, and you best work on that callus now!See you in hell…
Current Music: Glenn Miller - In the Mood
Listen, it has been rough writing my word quota every day, so I’ve delayed this longer then I should have:
Every Saturday after Thanksgiving, some friends of mine and I hold The Revenge of Thanksgiving, a hideously stupid event where we hang around at my place, eat our leftovers and cook some new things (hmmm… hot apple cider) and watch old corny movies like anything ever on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Hooray!
If you would like to come you need to RSVP because I don’t like people dropping by unannounced like I’m some kind of sexy version of Drew Carey. Also, I have more money then Drew Carey, and a rocket car. That’s cool.
[Obviously I’m kidding about dropping by unannounced, but it would help if you let me know if you are planning to visit our humble convention of fun.]
Um, yeah, so, just let me know so that I know whom and what to expect. I don’t know the movie schedule, game schedule, or food menu for the evening, but feel free to call me or IM me to get information as the night develops. Rides are available if I like you that much.
See you in hell…
Nov. 23rd, 2005 @ 07:47 pm
Current Music: XM Radio - The 40s
Bob and Emmy sat on a long hard bench outside a Dairy Queen, drinking deeply upon their strawberry shakes. Emmy had borrowed some money from one of the nurses she had befriended in the hospital, along with her mailing address and a promise to “stay in touch”, so she was treating.
“Ok Bob, spill it,” Emmy said between slurps.
“I was always a real hard case,” Bob began, “always getting into trouble that I didn’t start, always getting picked on, by kids, adults, and it seems fate itself. I used to think I was imagining all of it, but recently I was informed that it’s true, the cosmos did have it out for me.”
“And who informed you of this?” Emmy interrupted.
“Ganesh,” Bob said quickly adding, “You know, the god.”
“Yeah, I figured,” Emmy responded, taking another big gulp of her shake.
The Dharma of Bob
So, it has been awhile since I updated, or did anything for that matter. Let’s just say I’ve been sick. Yeah, that should cover it.
But in other news, I’m going strong in this year’s National Novel Writing Month
and have gotten a strong and interesting story, and many words under my belt. In fact, I started this entry with an excerpt from my novel, The Dharma of Bob
which I have been working hard on for two weeks or so. For those of you that know nothing about NaNoWriMo, it’s a friendly little competition/club/quest that insane people take once a year. The object is the write a 50,000 word novel of any subject or style in one month. My goal has been to use NaNoWriMo as a tool to encourage, nay, force myself to sit and write and finish a project. It’s not pretty, it’s not perfect, it’s not what most would call “fun”, but it’s… it’s… well, shut up, that’s why.
My novel is about a young man, named Bob, who had led a life of misfortune and bad luck until the day he got into a car accident and was forced to see the hospital’s staff psychologist, who turns out to be the Hindu god Ganesh. The Elephant-God nonchalantly informs him that due to a glitch, Bob’s karma was stolen when he was very young, and that Bob should go on a quest to get it back. It’s the classic tale of man versus cosmos versus inexplicable gods working in health care.
On advice from friends unrequitedthai
and from the excellent staff that put together NaNoWriMo every year, I have tried a new approach that fits perfectly with my demeanor. Instead of trying to start a novel based on a project I’ve been considering for a long while and that’s dear to me, or trying to finish another project that again I care deeply about, I started an entirely new project for this novel. Yes, I know… how “shocking” is it that I would ever start multiple projects
in a row. What, me, never?!
The spirit so far has been to write, write, and then when that gets old write some more. Just get the words out, even if they are bad, and look back when you are done. This is actually the opposite of my usual approach, for the most part, but has worked well so far.
Allowing some days for plot development and story design, this is my schedule for the rest of the month:
Day / Minimum Word Count:
But I’d like to get a day ahead of schedule soon, to avoid the last day rush. On October 31st, I remember rushing home to get there in time for the 12:00 midnight start point, even though all I got down in the newly created file was “it was a dark and stormy night” and the first few paragraphs before sitting down to actually think about what I was going to write. It was a great start, and I am enjoying myself thoroughly so far.
Well, since I just wasted nearly 700 words updating here instead of writing my novel, I need to get back to work. Plus I’m still sick, but let’s not get into that. Pray for mojo.See you in hell…
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Hooray for a month of doing nothing but pull my hair out!!!See you in hell... this time I mean it
Current Music: the gears grinding away in my mind
|» Weird NJ Halloween Party 2005!|
Things got away from me for a bit, as I concentrated upon
updating “Living Earth”, “Nonproductive”, and “Downtime Comics” projects in
lieu of the entire site as a whole, but new material is coming along nicely.
Here is an event update:
My pals Mark and Mark are at it again. Fresh off their successful “Weird US” run on
the Discovery Channel, they are back to do the traditional thang with us jersey folk this Halloween. That’s right; it’s time for another Weird NJ
What?: Weird New Jersey
When?: Saturday -- October 29, 2005
Where?: Stone Pony -- Asbury
Its tradition, and despite being horribly ill and mad and
busy and such and so-forth, I am seriously considering going again this
year. I wouldn’t want to disappoint the
fans, after all ;)
If you are interested, drop me a line via email or
comment. Maybe we can get something
going… but no promises, I am a popular guy with far too many important
commitments to plan far ahead (read: I may just stay home and watch “Cartoon
All-Stars to the Rescue”).
See you in hell…
PS> Should I go as the Jersey Devil? (a.k.a Doug
Forrester! Ha. Ha.
Edit: I was also planning on running something on Sunday evening. Maybe a Horror Movie Marathon with optional Costume Party Giveaway. OH! Maybe we can all come dressed as our favorite characters from Clue!, and then we can kill Mr. Body (the guy with the unfortunate name that lives down the street from me). If you're interested, drop a line.
|» The Quest for "Batman Fights Dracula"|
“Batman Fights Dracula” is a 1967 color Philippines film directed by Leody M. Diaz and written by Bert R. Mendoza. The cast includes Jing Abalos in the duel roles of Batman and Bruce Wayne, Ramon D'Salva as Dr. Zerba, Vivian Lorrain as Marita Banzon, Nort Nepomuceno as Turko, Rolan Robles as Ruben, and Dante Rivero as the Dark Prince himself, Dracula. It also features the uncredited Johannes Christof von Heinsburg as Mevik...|
For the complete article on this movie and how it drove me completely mad, please visit my website at: www.ParticularlyEvil.com
|» After the fall.|
Actually, I should entitle this "after the premiere". The site went public yesterday, well, semi-public anyway - and of course only in this first, almost biographical version. Things have not slowed down yet. I finished an illustration for another poem, and will scan a mass of them when there is enough backlog.|
I just found out that the Richard Harris that performed the mysterious and wonderful MacArthur Park was the Richard Harris - famous actor. The first movie I remember seeing of his was Orca the Killer Whale, but I've loved so many of his films it's hard to say which was my favorite. Many of you young ones will no doubt remember him as Dumbledore from the first two Harry Potter movies.
Wow. Richard Harris.
|» Email Updates|
I went through some unused email accounts today, and updated all my Secret World of OG tape-trading stuff. It takes a decent amount of time to do all that work, so I demand some appreciation. Go ahead, appreciate.|
|» Attack of the Awesome Robot Cartoons!|
I'm watching Boomerang - specifically Batman and Superman - and an amazing thing happened.|
The Batman episode was "His Silicon Soul", an episode that featured the underused H.A.R.D.A.C evil computer.
I hadn't seen an episode with this guy in a while, and was really jonesing for it to be frank. I hadn't thought about HARDAC in a while, and forgot just how much that character had in common with Brainiac from the Superman show.
And guess what? The Superman episode that immediately followed was the introduction of Brainiac. It's the little things people.
I wonder what it is about being a purely logical machine that makes them all want us dead. My guess is all the fads. It probably confuses them and pisses them off.
See you in hell