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Nano 2017 Update

Word Count 2017
My official word count for 2017:
21,727 out of 50,000
It's that time of year again. No, not Christmas (don't get me started on Christmas songs, especially in Japan). Although it is December, it means that NaNoWriMo is over.

Nano-what now?


For anyone that doesn't know, NaNoWriMo stands for "National Novel Writing Month". AKA: Write 50,000 words in November. If you write that amount, you can win some cool prizes at the end of the month.

Hopefully, most of my followers will know that NaNo has been a great source of motivation for me over the past four years. In fact, my first book, "Night Blade: Dawn of Discovery" was a NaNo book (and there's actually a funny story behind that).

Whatever. What's the result?


Over the past four years, I have participated in NaNo every year, and won most of the time ("Winning" means to accomplish 50,000 words within a month - not "have a fully published novel in a month", as I found out. Additionally, as long as you write 50,000 words, you "win" and you can work on publishing your novel using the prizes - there's no placement of winners). This year is one that I did not win.

My latest novel is actually the 3rd draft of "Omega Noir", which I've retitled as "Light My Fire". There were many reasons for the name change, and while I did have Omega Noir as my work in progress for the past two years (2015 was book 1, 2016 was book 2), it became obvious during editing that the story just wasn't going the way I wanted it to go. Aside from being a bit long-winded, the villains weren't villain-y enough, and the story just didn't develop in a way that made it interesting. Now, I'm writing the 3rd draft (after 300+ pages of the other drafts), which should be much better in the story development, and not as boring. Additionally, I'm hoping that with the way that the villains have been planned, it will come as a surprise to see what they do.

Final Word Count...


As the clock struck midnight (East Coast) on November 30th, 2017, my word count totaled to.....21,727. Yes, that's only 43.5% of the total goal, but I have a lot of reasons why this year didn't really work out. (As of December 1st, my word count is 24,242 for the new material; grand total is 38,562.)

(Big breath....)

My list of Excuses Reasons


  1. JLPT Test - On December 3rd (yesterday), I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5 level (N5 is the easiest, N1 is the hardest) to assess my Japanese language skills. Although the JPLT is offered twice a year, and I wasn't confident enough to take it in the spring, Keat and I decided to try for the winter. Our study habits fell a bit, but we did study multiple sources for the JLPT. However, our study efforts weren't enough, as we probably still didn't pass (Our results should come around February).
  2. Work - As many of you may or may not know, work has been a bit stressful around here. With 40+ hours working at the local schools (not counting commuting) along with 5-10 hours working for AB Tech, time has not been as available as it has been with previous novels. Additionally, as I can only take in my laptop to 1 out of 4 schools, I am writing by hand most of the time, then having to transcribe later, which does not make for a good habit.
  3. Online Education - Different from the online courses I am teaching, I am also taking online courses - specifically for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which is requiring a bit of work.
  4. New Venture - Keat and I were really excited to start planning a new project called Base Camp Pods, which is like an upscale hostel. We're still hammering out the details (like financials, logos, locations, etc), but just the idea of a new venture is exciting.
  5. Tacos-giving - The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Keat and I hosted our own Thanksgiving, called "Tacosgiving", because we had tacos with friends. It was the first Thanksgiving that we had hosted, and the first one with just friends, and it was great! Although it took quite a bit of work to put together, it was still worth it.


Does this mean that I'll be participating in NaNo next year? Most likely, depending on how far I get with this new-ish novel, and/or start a new one next year.


Tags:#nanowrimo, #no #win, #jlpt, #base #camp, #seo

NaNoWriMo 2013 Results (and Day of the Doctor mini-review)

After constantly refreshing my Smashwords, Leanpub, and USPS Tracking tabs over the past 5 days, I visit my NaNoWriMo page early this morning, just to clear out any old messages. And I see something that I knew was there, but didn't really pay attention to.
NaNo awards

You see the thing with the trophy on it? Yeah, that was grayed out. So I hovered over it to see what it said. It said "Get this award by validating your word count at 50,000 words" (I'm paraphrasing). Seemed a little weird, since I had already passed the 50,000 word count on November 20 (see previous posting).

I head on over to the "Edit Novel" page and instead of a link saying "Validate my word count" (as seen in previous weeks), this link says "I am ready to validate my novel". I'm thinking Okay, this is a bit odd.

I open up my Smashwords manuscript (the least formatting), copy the book's text, and paste it into the popup box presented to me. Once I clicked "Validate", something happened that I didn't expect.

All of my "Word Counts" turned from green (saying that I met or exceeded the minimum) to purple.
My NaNo stats

So, yeah, they all changed from green to purple and now say "Winner". I guess "officially validating my word count" and surpassing the 50,000 goal turned me into a 2013 NaNoWriMo Winner!

And I got this cool header graphic:
NaNo Winner


My linked user image changed as well:
Me: a NaNo Winner


I also got a snazzy certificate:
My Certificate


I've also been told that I qualify to get a sweet t-shirt (for $16.67), and get a bunch of offers from the sponsors. I'll have to check back in at a later date to get those.

So, yeah, that just happened. What has been waiting for me for so many days has finally been "validated" and I am a NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner. Although, honestly, I thought that would automatically apply once I met the 50,000 word goal and was picked among the thousands of entries. I guess as long as you write 50,000+ words, you are winner. It takes some of the pizzazz out of the winnings, but I'll focus on the positives.

I've also contacted ConCarolinas to see if I can be a Author Guest during May 2014, hopefully promoting the series (and possibly the next series) and presenting at some panels. I'll have to wait about 2-3 weeks before I hear back and know if I can even do that or not.

ALSO, I had a great conversation with a person that left some comments on my previous post about issues with the Smashwords uploads. However, though some friendly conversation, he and I saw eye-to-eye and I actually learned a lot from him. The Smashwords uploads did get fixed, he did purchase a copy, and he says he is enjoying it. That made me happy. He also had this tidbit of helpful information:
Advice from Gerry

"Words to the wise." Thank you Gerry.

On a non-related note, I did watch the Day of the Doctor yesterday. Although I do believe that the Zygon storyline was left unfinished, the episode was one that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time to figure out what Smith, Tennant, and Hurt were going to do, and to see the ending with all of the Doctor's incarnations really threw me for a loop. I won't spoil anymore until after Monday when it airs in theaters here in the US. I do hope the Zygon storyline finishes up with Smith on Christmas.

Also, if you haven't seen The Five(ish) Doctors, you need to drop whatever your doing and go watch it. Trust me: it will be the best 30 minutes of your life if you are a Doctor Who fan. Just seeing Davidson, Baker, McCoy, Smith, Tennant, McGann, Barrowman, Davies, Moffat, and others (including Georgia Moffett) was a real treat. I'm glad Peter Davidson got to do his thing with this little mini-sode.


Tags:#nanowrimo #doctorwho #smashwords #leanpub #usps

I wrote my first book!

What are Sales?

It's official. I have officially finished writing my first book. The first book of the Night Blade series has been finished as of 7:40pm today.

Over 60,000 words, 220 pages, and 9 chapters later, I have converted (and revised) Volumes 1-5 of "Neko Sentou" into "Night Blade". I must say, I'm proud of myself for doing such a large feat.

I must give a lot of credit to NaNoWriMo for giving me the "kick in the butt" I needed to start something like this. On November 2, when I first learned about it, I thought that the "50,000 goal" was way out of the way. I would have to incorporate all of my scripts into one novel, and then add some more to make the goal. Instead, using the first 5 volumes as a basis, and a 1,666 word/day quota, I not only met the 50,000 word goal, I surpassed it by 21.06%!

Yes, my official word count is 60,530. And that's just the first 5 volumes. I'm expecting to make Volumes 6-10 into Book 2: Day of Reckoning. Let me first get through the publishing process before I begin that book.

It was definitely a challenge to take visual aspects and put them into descriptive terms. However, through many late nights between Nov 2 and now, I can say the novel has been completed!

My stats for this novel:
Words per day track Words vs Goal

...and here's my sleep pattern for the past month, just to show how late I was up during some intense-writing mornings:
Sleep Duration



Tags:#nekosentou #nightblade #novel #writing #book #nanowrimo #charts #sleepbot #pearlsbeforeswine