NaNoWriMo 2017 Report: The Continuing Mission

Friday, December 01, 2017 0 comments
Final word count: 10,232
Average words per day: 341

Well, that wraps it up for this year's NaNoWriMo.

My word count was not the 25,000 words that I had originally planned, but I'll definitely take the 10,232 words that I did manage to produce this year. That's roughly twice what I achieved last year, so that's definitely a good thing. (Any word count greater than zero... right?)

The story itself went off into an unexpected that: 1) makes sense, but, 2) is going to be interesting to resolve. I believe that I have managed to recapture much of the original "tone" of the original story, but this one is turning out to be a slightly different book. Funny how that seems to happen in sequels and followup stories, huh?

With effort and luck, the final version of this story might see print by August. We shall see . . .

NaNoWriMo 2017 Report: Week Four

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 0 comments
Current word count: 8.911
Words this week: 1,843
Average words per day: 263

It was not exactly a stellar week in terms of word count. I really had expected to hit 10,000 words by this point, but it looks like I will probably have to settle for 10,000 words as my end goal for this year.

The story has stayed chiefly focused on the playing out a specific scene and sequence, which is interesting because it's a scene and place I probably would never have imagined the story would go when I first started writing it. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Only two more days to go, so write on!
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Firing Off My Canon

Thursday, November 23, 2017 0 comments
While I have many, many thoughts about the new Star Trek: Discovery, I'm only going to hit a few of the points right now (it still being NaNoWriMo and all).

(I figure by now that those of you who are going to see it, have. If not, I'll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum.)
  • When the Starfleet delta symbol became visible in the sand near the beginning of "The Vulcan Hello", I was grinning like a fool just as I did during the last few minutes of Star Trek (2009).
  • I adore(d) Captain Philippa Georgiou. I hope they find a way to bring her back. If not, they'd better keep the books coming.
  • The moment I came to love Lorca:
    (from "Context is for Kings")

    LORCA (to SARU): Number One, you served with Burnham aboard the Shenzhou. What is your assessment of her abilities?
    SARU: Her mutiny aside, she is the smartest Starfleet officer I have ever known.
    LORCA: Huh. (to STAMETS) And he knows you.

  • I'm not wild about the uniforms, but I do think they are an interesting evolution from the ones used on Star Trek: Enterprise. But it does seem odd that they are not closer to the ones used in Star Trek (The Original Series). It will be interesting to see whether that's a piece of canon they try to resolve during the series run.
  • I find it absolutely fascinating that there seemed to be more uproar about the use of profanity (the f-bomb) in "Choose Your Pain" than, for example, from the graphic depiction of the bodies in "Context is for Kings". Star Trek: Discovery does have a TV-MA rating, after all. (That is a topic for discussion at a later date.) That said, I completely understand and appreciate the "but ... but Star Trek never used profanity before" argument. Personally, I found the moment perfect and it added a brief injection of badly-needed humor at just the right time. I actually felt it was much appropriate and necessary that Data's exclamation regarding excrement in Star Trek: Generations.