Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The End (episode 27)

The last day of nanowrimo and the last podcast episode. Maybe. Get the mp3.

Thanks for all you comments, e-mails and calls. This has been great! And if you're at all interesed in science, check out the Ig Nobel Prizes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Day Twenty-Nine (episode 26)

The penultimate episode!! Get the mp3!!!

As seen on my friend's bookcase: my last year's nanovel between William Gibson & Neal Stephenson. A dream come true.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Day Twenty-Eight (episode 25)

I get creepy and stuff. Hear the mp3 strangeness.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Day Twenty-Five (episode 24)

I had a celebration, got my purple bar and go FC Barcelona!! Hear the mp3 goodness.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Day Twenty-Four (episode 23)

There's not much to say today, but you can listen to the very short mp3 anyway.

My NaNoWriMo Progress

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Day Twenty-Three (episode 22)

Questions and answers and an mp3 file.

Way to go Sforzie, you crazy crazy woman!

From the forums: seven nano questions

1) How are you feeling right now about you novel?
  • pretty good
2) Are you satisfied with your word count?
  • yes and no
    • yes because I’ll hit 50,000 way befire I did last year
    • no because I slowed down a lot
3) Do you want to get your novel published?
  • yes
4) Which week was the worst for you?
  • the 7 day stretch between weeks 2 & 3
5) How much time do you spend writing your novel?
  • a couple of hours a day except when I don’t
6) What do you think of writing two 50 000-word novels at a time?
  • No! (unless you’re Sforzie)

7) True or False, do you think your novel is worth reading?

  • True

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Day Twenty-Two (episode 21)

It's podcasty-nano randomness! Now in mp3.

I got a nice mention on WrimoRadio. Yay WrimoRadio! Boo, it's gone.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Day Twenty-One (episode 20)

Back in the saddle after a brief break. Hear it in glorious mp3-ness.

Check out the "angry letters to my characters" on the nano forums, and here are some tips:
  • what’s been helpful this year:
    • writing every day no matter what
    • telling everyone I know (oh, the peer pressure)
    • having a plan
    • taking breaks – the 20+10 method
    • M&Ms
  • what helped last year:
    • taking dares
    • turning off the internal editor
    • just letting it happen
    • drinking

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Day Seventeen (episode 19)

A rambling episode of signs and nails. Listen to the mp3.

Check out these distractions tools.
Fingernail pictures:



Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Day Sixteen (episode 18)

What's the difference between writing a novel and making a movie? Listen to the mp3 and find out.

I realized my novel is suffering from a crippling dearth of zombies, and went out for lunch.

Other nano podcasts Collaborative novel writing

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Halfway! (episode 17)

We're halfway there – woo hoo! Hear the mp3 love.

  • rewards - have them!
  • check out your local group
    • under regional affiliation on forums
  • go to a meetup or say hi on the forums, they are great support
  • thanks to the local inspiration fairy - yay postcard!
  • the local group here is keeping me motivated & our weekly meeting has turned into one of my rewards
Bonus track: I read an excerpt of my novel!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Day Fourteen (episode 16)

I'm still sick, I took days off, hear the mp3! fear the mp3

Sforzie is kicking ass and taking names, I'm slow and unsteady, how 'bout y'all?

PS. There's a tiny bit of New York language in this episode (see if you can spot it). Keep kiddies and bosses away.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Day Eleven (episode 15)

Slow day for me. Hear me whinge on the mp3.

Baron sent me a link to the transcript of Cory Doctorow's workshop in Second Life.

Don't forget to post your word counts for the ten minute word war.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Day Ten (episode 14)

Good day, had some beers, feeling fine. Listen to the mp3!

There's a great video called Computer Problems. Take five minutes and watch it. Then, if you have a Mac, in December get DTV and watch all kinds of cool FREE videos.

If you run windows, you may want to check out Mozy as a backup system. They offer 2GB free storage, but you have to download a client. Buyer beware (I haven't tried this).

If you're a podcaster and want to play my promo, you can get it here. If you want me to play yours, e-mail it to me and I will.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Day Nine (episode 13)

Two novels, lots of words and popular tools. Check out the mp3.

Way to go Sforzie! Over 50,000 already. See my envy. See it burn.

Check out this progress meter available from You plunk this tag into your site's code:

<img src="" />

and you replace the 11111 with the numeric id from your profile on the nano website (check the url when you go to your profile for the id).

There's also a big one available at danguf's livejournal site.

Don't forget about the 10 minute word war, and let me know how you're rewarding yourself as you meet your goals.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Day Eight (episode 12)

I'm feeling better today (yay sleep!), and it turns out that yesterday's writing wasn't so bad, after all. Get the mp3 to hear all the gory details!

An example of city word wars can be found at the forums.

I'm starting a word war among all of us: within the 24 hours after you hear this episode, time yourself for ten minutes, then post your word count as a comment. Or e-mail me your count and a chunk of your ten minute output. Even more cool, call me and read it to us all! w00t! Go word wars.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Day Seven (episode 11)

A funny thing happened on the way to this podcast. As I was writing up the show notes and posting the file to ourmedia, my computer stopped recognizing keyboard input. Not totally odd, except I'm using a laptop, and the trackpad & function keys still worked. Wired. Obviously, I fixed it. On to our regularly scheduled stuff:

I think today's show is... not so good. I'm tired and cranky. If that's not a great selling job, I don't know what is, so grab the mp3.

There are lots of comments about Maria's podcast. I'm a little blah today and may be suffering from the second week blues. But check out audio excerpts from this past Sunday's local meet up!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Special Episode

Maria Langer, who does the Maria Speaks podcast, had so much to say about my podcast and NaNoWriMo in general that she devoted an entire episode of her 'cast to the subject. And she's being gracious enough to let me redistribute it to all y'all.

Here's the mp3.

Day Four (episode 10)

A sneaky day of much writing and goal achieving. Grab the latest mp3.

I've been using Merlin Mann's timed work/break hack to great success.

Sforzie and Baron left some comments on previous episodes about taking breaks and the writers' group in Second Life.

Maria did an entire podcast episode as feedback! Look for it tomorrow.

And check out my word count. No, really, check it out!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Day Three (episode 9)

I called this one in, and the sound is a lot better. Check out the mp3.

There was more talk about webpen, and some thoughts from Wrimo Radio about encouraging each other. For many of us, there's more to NaNoWriMo than just writing 50,000 words. It's about community and working together.

Way to go us! Let's keep up the good spirits.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Day Two (episode 8)

Day two. Not perfect audio, but not bad enough to get a warning. Check out the mp3.

Tools I should have mentioned before:
How I record:
  • outside - Palm Tungsten C with cell-phone style earbud
  • inside - GarageBand with microphone on iSight
Listener feedback:
  • Leslea reminded me to tell y'all where the website can be found (check out her website & podcast)
  • Maria wants me to stop doing outdoor podcasts - ain't gonna happen
Also check out the new cool profile page thingy on the nanowrimo website.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Day One (episode 7)

And we're off! Download or listen to episode 7.

Hi, everyone
  • Baron mentioned a writers' group in Second Life
  • Sforzie reminded us about donations to
  • Nidonocu mentioned the progress tracker spreadsheet [.xls]
  • JSW found out about nanowrimo from the podcast and is now assimilated
  • Elizabeth is another first timer; hey newbies, let me know how it's going
  • Allison asked what to do when iTunes is bad – come visit the site
  • and Anthony called (you can call, too!)
Other stuff
  • I went to a local meetup this past Sunday – look for one in your area in the regional lounges of the forums
  • there's another nanowrimo podcast called Greenspeak

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

One Week Countdown (episode 6)

An inside podcast for the calm before the storm. Listen or download the podcast.
  • Sforzie mentioned RoughDraft, too
  • I got a nice e-mail from Patrick
  • LS Russell left a comment letting me know about the nice mention he gave me & this podcast on his blog and podcast – They Shoot Werewolves, Don’t They. He’s going to be blogging his novel and doing a weekly podcast too. Check it out @
The Tip of the Day comes from Peter Herring, whose nano is writing a non-fiction book about fiction.

Tools & cool stuff:

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Preparation (episode 5)

The best outside sound quality so far! Maybe practice does pay off. Now go get the audio, then e-mail or call me!

  • hey Sforzie and Tenshisama - thank for the comments
  • rScott reminded me about RoughDraft
  • check out this face maker


  • create characters
  • make outlines
  • books, movies, music
    • read books like your novel
    • read books about writing, like Spider, Spin Me A Web
    • watching movies in the genre of your novel
    • get soundtracks organized
    • join the NaNo CD exchange

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tools (episode 4)

This podcast is rated "W", for crappy audio (due to wind on the walk home).

Download or listen to the podcast. Better yet, subscribe using one of the ever-so-cute buttons in the sidebar.
  • Portability/backup
    • Backpack
    • USB thumb drives
    • e-mail chapters to yourself using gmail or Yahoo mail (if you need a gmail invite, e-mail me; I have lots!)
    • backup to your iPod
    • blogging tools (you can password protect some of them, like WordPress, but you need your own host)
    • is you use livejournal/deadjournal, you can restrict who can read each entry

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Supporters (episode 3)

An inside podcast today (yay! no traffic noise!). Listen or download here.

  • seems to be up & running
    • you can register, check out the forums, make a donation or buy nano gear
  • feedback about the outdoor sound quality
    • “it’s okay, but could be better”
    • I'm working on it
  • speaking of feedback, I got mail!
    • hey, Helena and Refrayze – thanks for the comments
    • the message line is now open at 206-350-6266, which spells 206 350 NANO
For wrimo-supporters:
  • be supportive
    • help when asked
    • don’t help when not asked
    • take it seriously
  • realize that we won’t have much time for you
    • roommates/spouses will have to take up a lot of housework
    • make dinner
    • friends won't see a lot of us
    • it might be nice if you showed up with a casserole
E-mail me or call and I'll see you on the forums!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

For the Newbies (episode 2)

This week I take the podcast on the road and the horrid sound quality proves it! Listen or download it here. This one's all about the first-timers.

So this will be your first nanowrimo - what should you know?

  • you need an absolute minimum of an average of two hours a day to get 50,000 words
  • you can always make a goal that fits in with your lifestyle
  • it's not about winning, it's about trying
It's a drug!
  • warn your family and friends that your novel may consume you
Get ready
  • get nice pens and paper
  • familiarize yourself with the word processing software you're going to use
See me on the forum at, I'm spadequeen.

Leave a comment and or send me an e-mail. Really, I'm not kidding - do it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Countdown Begins (episode 1)

It's the first podcasted episode! Listen or download here or subscribe to the feed.

  • this show is by, for and about people participating in National Novel Writing Month 2005
What's NaNoWriMo?
  • an international novel writing exercise, where folks try to write a 50, 000 word novel in the 30 days of November
  • for more info, visit
What's the podcast going to be about?
  • me talking about doing nanowrimo
  • how to increase your word count
  • other wrimos sharing their experiences
  • get ready for November
Just a warning - don't expect such extensive show notes in November.

My Odeo Channel (odeo/3cab1cc74acf62f3)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

More for your money

It appears that I won't be alone in the Nanowrimo Podcast Club, and I'll have some illustrious companions. The organizers of Nanowrimo have announced that they, too, will be podcasting.

It looks like they'll be publishing weekly, so you'll be able to get a pretty close to daily dose of audio Nano-mania. Woo-hoo!

Less than two months to go...

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Coming Soon

Yes, I know it's early, but I thought I'd get a jump on the crowd. I'm planning on participating in National Novel Writing Month again this year, and I'm planning on podcasting my experience here on this blog.

Yes, that's all the writer's block, character meltdowns, plot meanderings and coffee overdoses you can handle and then some.

I can't wait for November.