NaNo Update the Second

First a HUGE thank you to aetherhouse for the wonderful shout out. It is much appreciated.

What a wild and fantastic weekend! I went to Minneapolis with the sweetest partner ever for a steampunk event, namely 13 Gears. I was amazed seeing a crowd of great people with the same interests in fictive alternative history as myself and scored a really cool steampunk hat.

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The headline band was The Langer’s Ball who never disappoints. If you ever get the chance to see this great group play, it’s well worth it.

After that was a called in order to a favorite restaurant and dinner by (bon)firelight.

So now on the update.

I’ve found a couple pages of notes that I misplaced/ lost earlier, but not all. Now during the upcoming week I will just have to create/ recreate my novel’s outline. I’m still very upbeat about the challenge that is NaNoWriMo and to be honest I am nervous/ excited about what it all entails.

I have a previous commitment to give a social media how-to for the professional organization that I volunteer for, during the first weekend in November but even with that accounted for I feel that I can write 3000-3500 words a day during the week’s vacation that I took off my factory job. The same goes for my normal days off and the long holiday weekend. If my math serves me correctly that leaves less than 1000 words a day during the work days.

Difficult yes, but I was also one of those strange people that went to college full time while working full time. In case you’re wondering that leaves part time sleep. Social life? Forgeddaboutit. Incidentally, I wouldn’t recommend this school schedule for anyone but I am personally glad I did it.

So here is the long and short: I have a goal for the warm-up week to NaNo and more importantly I think I have workable daily and weekly word count goals. There is also the intention to keep at least weekly updates here to keep you posted.

Hope all is going well for my fellow NaNo participants. Let’s do this thing!

NaNo Update the First

So just when I think I am getting things together to participate in NaNoWriMo, I seem to have misplaced many of my notes for character development, plot arcs, etc.

I have my early notes so all is not lost. The funny part is, I’m not really all that upset; disappointed maybe, but not upset.

I’ve been looking forward to NaNo starting November first thinking it might be best to have a solid outline and notes to work from but this could be better, yes? An exercise in stream of consciousness, maybe?

I would be lying to say this isn’t a setback, but what the hell. I will just have to see what develops from this point.

Wishing all of my fellow participants the best of luck starting November 1st. Let’s do this thing.

A Promise Kept for Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian

I asked the question on September 4, “Am I part of the problem of violence against women?” I then made a promise to myself and to women that I would no longer be silent. After, I started following some Twitter accounts, blogs and other social media accounts to keep myself informed and I came across #GamerGate.

This is one of the few times I was truly disturbed at what I read.

Women in the video gaming industry are being targeted for violence in an entertainment industry for speaking out for women’s role in tech and the perception on women in some but not all video games. Violence that includes having personal information such as bank accounts, personal phone numbers, addresses and the like hacked and posted online; threats of physical harm including rape, bombing of events at which they are appearing, and death threats.

But why?

To silence an opposing view. Nothing more.

The latest victim, Brianna Wu and her husband were driven from their home by death threats. let me repeat that. WERE DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOME!

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This because she audacity to speak out for the experience of women in the tech work force. She relates her personal experience and why and how it stems from sexism. She eloquently and energetically calls for diversity in the tech world after seeing first hand how toxic of an environment it can be. I can’t blame her if her words seem to be tinged with anger.

As Brianna Wu stated in her speech at AltConf “The absence of privilege is not oppression.” But why will these people, presumably men, go as far as criminal acts of violence to keep it? What have we come to when someone who wants to do no more than to provide quality entertainment has to live her life with threats of rape and death?

Anita Sarkeesian has also been made a target of violent threats for her video series “Feminist Frequency” that comments on the use, misuse and perception of women in video games, often as nothing more than objects.

 

Here is one of the facts I find stunning in cases like Brianna’s and Anita’s: All of the threats that I have seen, and I have been watching for them now, are anonymous. That’s right, dear readers, these people are cowards that while making threats of horrible violence do not have the courage of their convictions and post who they are.

Why? Simple.

They know they are breaking the law. Period. They know that making threats to one’s safety and life are felonies. They believe that anonymity will shield them from prosecution. But I have to wonder: If there is conspiracy among those making these threats does it cross the threshold of being investigated and tried under the RICO laws?

But here and now I publicly voice my support for and to Brianna and Anita and the other women who work in and report on the technology field that are having their lives thrown into chaos by fearful men who believe that male privilege shall never be challenged.

 

 We will not walk in fear, one of another; we will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. If we dig deep into our history and our doctrine, remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend the causes that, at the moment, were unpopular.

-Edward R. Murrow

 

 

Challenge Accepted

So today I took on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month starting November first. The challenge is writing a first draft of a of fifty-thousand word (minimum) novel starting from word one on November first with nothing but the back story, character sketches and back stories done before hand.

I might not have a lot of free social time in November but it will be worth it for me.

Cheers all!