2010
12.01
National Novel Writing Month Winner

Nanowrimo2010 Winner

So…  I did it.  I really did it.  With a few days to spare I wrote the 50 000+ words for Nanowrimo and won.  It is a story about the end of the world, a lighthouse, assassination, madness, a dimension-traveller, snakes, an unfortunate mermaid, a mad female scientist…
And a lot of fishermen.  Changes and choices.  It begins with the end and ends with the end again, from a different point of view.

When I heard about Nanowrimo a few days before it was to begin, I thought it sounded a bit like 24 Hour Comic Day, but, well… a bit longer and for a book.  So I decided I should try, just as an experiment.  Just for the hell of it, just to see what would happen.  In the beginning, I had this vague idea that I would write about a group of people that had almost nothing to do with each other, to describe scenes from their lives from different points of view.  Sometimes their paths would cross.   I thought that idea to be a bit fun.

In retrospect, I would say that it was a success, more or less.  There are still loose ends in it, and when I go back to it to look it through, I may try to add to it and end some of them.  Like what happened to the Zombie Girl?   Did she ever find vampirehood?   What was up about the empty room in the lighthouse?  Who had lived there?
There are also a few more scenes and stories I had ideas of that I couldn’t find time enough to write.  One of them was about Pantherina and Marcus, the unwilling drugdealer, and the consequences her words had on him.  I really wanted to write more about Anai.  Why was Anai so insane?  What was up with all the maggots?   And I really wanted to write more about Wen.  Even though the Pantherina and Min-storyline was the easiest one for me to write, I really think the ones with Wen are my favourites.  They taught me the most, and they were fun.  They were hilarious to write, and I love them.
Something that stands out was the beginning of the lighthouse story.  I think it got more Pao as it progressed, but it wasn’t very Pao neither in beginning nor end.   I really wanted to write more about that as well, and perhaps someday I will.   I really, really hope I will, because I had a lot of ideas for that one as well.

All in all, I still made the wordcount.  I wrote more than 50 000 words in a month.   I really did it in the end and the result is a collection of scenes – short stories – about the lives of some people that have very little in common except for the fact that sometimes their paths cross.  Like when Anai and Min met.

It would have been interesting to arrange a scene with Min and Wen as well, just to see what would happen.  Perhaps one day that will happen as well.  There will be another year and I still have stories I would like to write.   And I still love writing.

Even if I have to be honest and say that my daily hundred words at 100Words have been somewhat of a safetyline.   I knew that I had at least hundred words to write each day that were completely my own, and this was a great comfort.

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I am tired and there is a lot of snow outside.
I am tired and feeling slightly ill.
I am going to bed for another hour now.

Here, have some more pictures…

Moon above the market

Moon above the market

Strange lights around the church.

Strange lights around the church.

Pretty black branches against the red sky.

Pretty black branches against the red sky.

Snow and pretty lights.

Snow and pretty lights.

/pao -1 dec 2010 – 15.39

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  1. You did it.

    I have wanted to do it, but I never had the leisure, or maybe the self-restraint to do so, and perhaps I should. But you have done it, and I am proud and happy for you. I would also like to read it, once I am done moving to Stockholm in a month or so from now.

    Enjoy the snow and the postcard-decorated city, and rest.

    Winter is the time when the world sleeps.