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UPDATE: Where is El Santo?

Well, I’m almost back. I spent most of October off because I thought I’d be traveling… and that didn’t really happen. (I was really hard at work, though, honest.)

And then November came around and I thought I’d try my hand at NaNoWriMo again. If you want to check it out, 40K words of Lord of the Undersea is online and unfinished. Believe it or not, I was on pace to get at least 50K words of my terrible, terrible novel done by November 20.

Unfortunately, I got word a couple of weeks ago that my mom collapsed from a heart condition, and I booked a last minute flight to visit her so I could be on hand during her surgery. And things were going well, until she started vomiting the day before Thanksgiving and we had to admit her to the emergency room. She’s still in the hospital, and I’m still 2300 miles away from home taking care of her.

Thus, I never really finished my NaNoWriMo novel, being that my brain was clogged up with much more important things. I have been reading up on webomics, though, and I should be back to reviewing sometime next week.

Thanks to everyone for visiting this site even though there was very little new going on!

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Posted on November 28, 2011, in metapost. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Do what you got to do. We’ll be here.

  2. Hope your mom is feeling better!
    We are waiting patiently until your life settles down 🙂

  3. One of my parents went through unexpected surgery this past fall so I sympathize. Did Nano last year only made about 30k because life got in the way (November is a terrible month to hold it IMHO) but kept my story going afterwards as I enjoyed writing it.

    Anyways, wanted to say that we’re still here and will be when you get back. Keep your chin up and hug your mom lots. Life is always more important than blogs 🙂

  4. I think I speak for everybody when I say our best wishes for your mother. Don’t worry about us, take whatever time you need. I don’t know about the others, but I still got plenty of your old posts I need to read, so no rush!

  5. I hope everything goes well for you and your family. It sounds like a real rough patch.

  6. We miss you! I hope your mom feels better ❤

  7. Sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she gets well.

    As for NaNoWriMo, unless some Congressman who wanted his name in the papers passed a law to that effect, nobody is forcing you to write only in November. I know the movement has been criticized before, but I think this, more than the commodification of literature that it entails, is the silliest part of NaNoWriMo. November is the month of writing novels, and now you’re encouraged to grow a mustache doing it. (Vetty, as a proud permanent wearer not only of a mustache but also of connecting sideburns, considers himself dispensed from this latter obligation.)

    • Ha ha ha. I had never heard of the mustache thing until this year. Two people at work were into it (an older gentleman in his 50’s and a young guy in his early 20’s). Then when I went home to Michigan, I found out my brother was doing it too. I’d probably dive into it, but my wife doesn’t like me grown facial hair as the scratchiness gives he a little rash when we kiss. Smooching before silly November challenges, I say!

      I mainly wanted to do the NaNoWriMo thing because I intentionally wanted to write a “bad” novel before writing a “good” one, which I still intend to do. The “bad” novel thing is a tip I came across about how finishing a not so good book helps build up momentum and teaches time management before you start tackling one that requires more thinking. I’ve got to say, though: NaNoWriMo was a learning experience in more ways than one. I dabbled around in some Northwest Native American mythology, and I got into some interesting online discussions with experts on the matter. (Heck, I had no idea that the Salish and the Kwakwaka’wakw — the tribe I was writing about — were rival clans until it plowed into it. I thought they were part of the same group at first.) I did NaNo to learn more about things that I never really bothered to look into before, and on that front, mission accomplished.

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