November 7th, 2009

puffin

I'm doing okay with the IndyWriMo!

I am doing pretty well and, if I spent less time reading LJ and other parts of the web (…but there are more pages of the web to read! I can't stop yet!) I would surely be able to write more than 1000 words per day, as long as I had some characters talking to me and/or some plot bunnies jumping up and down in my head. I am glad, however, to be starting "slowly" with IndyWriMo andthat I only "need" (self-imposed tyranny!) to write about 1k words per day.

Even when I have a rough day I seem to be able to manage two bursts of about 500 words. I can only imagine what might happen on the "perfect health" days, if they were to exist! Anyway, here are some fun images to do with my WriMo:

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Chart of my IndyWriMo Progress, 2009

crossposted to natf and natnowrimos
puffin

Would you read this?

I am perfectly happy with only writing this for myself - I am writing it and learning my writing process at the same time as using NaNo/IndyWriMo as the motivator(s) to write every day. That said, if people think they might be intrigued enough to read it, I might just spend the time, once this first draft is finished, to learn how to rewrite/edit a first draft - and all of the other steps involved - with a view to maybe getting it published.

Synopsis: Justified Means? (working title)

Susah is a scientist of an alternate near future that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age fourteen. Even now in 2048 there is no cure for this debilitating chronic illness and, by the time the story starts, she has become considerably more disabled. Earlier research into using stem cell therapy as a treatment and potential cure has continued and she becomes caught up in the seedy criminal world of stem cell piracy. She is also working on a study at the local university into eugenics and gene therapy and is wrestling with herself about the ethics involved in these complex issues.


I am also about to post an excerpt. Both this Synopsis and the Excerpt are also viewable at my NaNo page under the "Novel Info" tab.


/ 30,000 words for IndyWriMo
Chart of my IndyWriMo Progress, 2009

crossposted to natf and natnowrimos
puffin

Excerpt from my IndyWriMo

Excerpt: Justified Means? (working title)

I take a sip of water from the tube fitted at the head of my bed. Slowly but surely I am becoming able to move as I reach for the pain medication syringe and gas-inject it into my neck. Grabbing my book from the bedside cabinet I read for a few minutes while my body gets used to the idea that the pain has gone for now before I slowly sit myself up on the bed and transfer to the wheelchair. Luckily I sleep without clothes on in these days of environmentally controlled homes and so, once I manage to get into the chair, all I need to do is to gather some clean clothes together before I make my way to the bathroom and pull myself up out of the chair using the wet-room grab bars. Once I am vertical and stable, the jets of the insta-shower can lather, wash and rinse me as I just stand there gripping the grab-bar for all I am worth. I am sure that showering used to be much more exhausting for people with multiple sclerosis back in my grandparents’ day. My great uncle Rebus had the same chronic disease and, back in those days, there was not even as many treatments as there are today. As I stand there starting to dry off as the insta-shower switches to the warm air drying jets, I am feeling immensely grateful for invention, progress and current medical understanding.


What do people think?


/ 30,000 words for IndyWriMo
Chart of my IndyWriMo Progress, 2009

crossposted to natf and natnowrimos
ms

Another great description …

… of life with multiple sclerosis. One of the more depressing features / facets / symptoms that so many of us get. Makes me feel that I am about 120 years old and has done since before I was diagnosed at age 30. Yes, we all get this a little as we age, but at 30? Actually, I was starting to experience this at 'high school' (age 11 - 16). I am coming to terms with it now (12 years later) along with the other abilities that the MS has stolen from me.
Non-idiotic people who happen to have MS. - Stuck In Old Lodi Again
My reply:
*hugs*
I rarely go outdoors alone now and no longer drive (double vision and vertigo) but I can do this over and over again all day within the flat. Walking downstairs to the kitchen and then going back upstairs to get the cup that I came downstairs to fill up, for example. Exhausting but, at least it is keeping me fit!
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