Posts Tagged ‘failure’

NaNoWriMo Fail – Commiserate Here

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November DETERMINED to win at last. You win, by the way, by writing 50K words in a month. Hard work but doable and a great exercise for seeing what happens when you put your butt in the chair and write every day to a word count. It’s not for everyone, but hey! Awesome. It runs from November 1 to November 30.

I failed miserably. I think my total word count was just shy of 6,000 words. Why? Oh, I have excuses! Lots of them!

On November 1 I was still finishing up revisions for My Dangerous Please. In fact, on November 2, I wrote 1900 words of revision!

I sent in the revisions on the 3rd I think and started back on The Next Historical which is the project I was going to NanNo. On the 3rd I got a revision letter for the super secret short project and that required my attention, so I did that and added another 2,000 or so words to that and sent those back.

On Nov 5 my son and I went to New York for a week but I did some writing on the Next Historical but more on the My Immortals short because, that absolutely had to be done before My Immortal Assassin comes out. I got that done. I did get some words in on the NaNo project.

Then I came back from NY and I tucked into the NaNo project only my editor sent me some revisions for the short (they didn’t take long, at all, actually, but still….)

I had this vague hope that over the next week plus Thanksgiving I could get close . . . if I really rocked it only I ended up deleting 5,000 words of the Nano project — it HAD TO BE DONE — and rewriting them.

Then came Thanksgiving and there was still this kind of puny hope, but I got sick. Fever sick where you’re in bed shaking because you’re freezing even though the dog and two cats love how hot you are and are snuggled up close.

So yeah. NaNo Fail for me.

Tell me your NaNoWriMo fail story. Heap on the tales of fail. Don’t hold back.

I will send a commenter something cool which I don’t know what it is yet. Maybe a plush Bucky the Deer toy if I can find one.

Comment by midnight Pacific, December, uh, 6th. Void where prohibited. International is fine. Unless there’s some law that it’s not.

Next year, I swear.


Failure Capcha’ed — In which Carolyn Complains

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

I believe I’ve mentioned before I have a tendency to reverse letters and mix up letters such as d p q g b. I am also directionally impaired. Right? Left? Wait which way?? Driving with me is no fun. Even with the GPS. My son handles it well, though. The little trouper.

Yesterday I was playing tic tac toe with him when we were waiting at the doctor’s office (Hep C vaccination booster for him) and I suddenly realized I was using my left hand to write. I happen to be quite facile with my left hand even though I’m mostly right handed. So, this is not terribly unusual. See above, though on the dyslexia-like symptoms. All of which gets me to Capchas.

You know. Those stupid wigged out letters and numbers you’re supposed to enter in the box to prove you’re not a vile spam bot. You-all know capcha has been hacked, right? The evil spammers came up with the brilliant idea of airquotespayingairquotes people to solve capchas until they could figure out the hack. The payment was access to free porn. Solve these for free pr0n!! I would have failed miserably. And after all that torture they probably would have shown me boobs when I really wanted to see umm not boobs (just trying to keep the space clean here!) So it’s been all over that the Google capcha is now hackable in under 3 minutes. MySpace too. That’s the power of pr0n, people.

There’s really no point to this post except that those stupid capcha’s are all over the freaking place and I have the worst time with them. Do you effing know how similar A and 4 look when they’re on acid like that? Now pretend you’re trying to work out if you’re seeing A-then-4 or 4-then-A. And, I’ve noticed, regardless of hackability — or maybe because of it?? — on MySpace in particular the first capcha practically never works. EVER! I’ve gotten to the point where I automatically refresh for a new one when one turns up. So what’s going on under the hood on the submit when a correct answer isn’t accepted as correct? Therein lies an interesting little problem for some hacker to work out.

What’s that?


Absolutely not.

Hey, I finished Stephanie Meyer’s The Host. It was pretty good. And–

I am NOT procrastinating.