The Great NaNo Rout of 2008

I’ve been trying to find the right word for what NaNoWriMo did to me this year. Defeat sprang to mind, as did disaster. Beaten and thrashed were definite contendors. But rout, with its combination of loss and resignation rolled into one, seemed the most appropriate. Yes, I know, there are still almost 3 hours left.Continue reading “The Great NaNo Rout of 2008”

Cory Doctorow Interview

Willing Science Fiction into Fact Activist-novelist Cory Doctorow explains to Damien G Walter how he hopes his writing will change tomorrow’s world. Cory Doctorow’s office lies behind a featureless, black security door in a north London side street, deep in a converted post-industrial warehouse, down echoing corridors and concrete stairways. It’s an appropriately “underground” headquartersContinue reading “Cory Doctorow Interview”

NaNo…its a bigger thing than the name suggests.

Almost one third into NaNoWriMo and I’m about 5500 words up on my novel. That is about 10,000 words off the NaNo pace, but I’m averaging 600 words a day, which given everything else I have been doing over these nine days is really not too bad. I’m also pretty happy with what those wordsContinue reading “NaNo…its a bigger thing than the name suggests.”

The Price of Victory…

…is eternal sleeplessness. It’s approaching 5am GMT and having watched Obama take one state after another and cross 270 in the electoral college, until now he is on 338 and very much the President Elect. The rumour is that Obama will be making his voctory speech soon, so sleep is not yet an option. ThereContinue reading “The Price of Victory…”

Word War Clarion

The gauntlet has officialy been thrown, and four hardy veterans of Clarion 2008 have taken up the challenge! Thats right it’s…Word War Clarion!! Over the next 30 days Daniel ‘Smoking Buddha’ Pinney, Gra Linnaea, Keffy Kerhli and myself, Damien G. Walter will be competeing to be the first to reach 50,000 words as part ofContinue reading “Word War Clarion”