November’s Experiment

It’s crunch time on the novel, and from yesterday until it’s done (please God soon), I’ve decided to pretty much avoid all news from the outside world whenever possible. Two reasons: One, it’s distracting  in a basic “oh look something I can read to avoid working” sense, and two, everyone is still screaming at everyone else at high volume and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop at any point in the next month, so screw all y’all, I don’t need that when I’ve got a deadline to hit.

This doesn’t mean I’m going into a hermetically sealed glass box and will resent anyone who dares to inform me of what goes on beyond the frontier of my front yard. Some of it will undoubtedly leak in.  I’m just not making any plans to seek out the news for myself. Hopefully it will work like I want. If it doesn’t, I do have a glass box. And I am not afraid to hermetically seal it.

31 Comments on “November’s Experiment”

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  2. Sounds like a good plan, as long as it doesn’t trigger withdrawal. Point number two makes it sound like you won’t miss it much, at least for a while.

  3. Who is screaming? Who DARES to scream when there is important novel-writing to be done? How many corks would you need, virtual or otherwise, to make them stop?

  4. PUNY HUMAN I DO NOT NEED YOUR OXYGlkjafjhalkhflkjhaljhfkjhfdkhhfkjhlgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    Newsflash: John Scalzi has been discharged from hospital following his apparent attempted suicide. According to doctors, he is out of danger but oxygen starvation has resulted in severe brain damage.

    He has since signed a contract with Baen.

  5. And you’re starting on Election Day? You’ve got big ones.

  6. Scalzi – Please tell me that you got a shot of tonight’s sunset. I didn’t have my camera with me, but the colors and clouds were astoundingly beautiful.

    -Miami Valley Homeboy

  7. For the other readers who keep better track of our host’s announced contractual obligations (since our host has better things to do, like write), which book is he working on?

  8. Haar, he seldom tells us which book. Guessing it might be the next installment in the series of The Human Division,* but not sure. Sometimes he tells us what universe it’s in (or what one it’s NOT in), but I don’t remember if he did that this time.

    *Yeah, I know, is it really a novel, but hey. If he says it’s a novel, then it could be what he’s working on when he says “I’m working on my novel.” Doesn’t matter if you think it’s a novel or not.

  9. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Leonard

    I wish I had your self-discipline. As of Day 4 of NaNoWriMo, I only have ONE day’s worth of word count. I blame my three children. Not really their fault, but I blame them anyway.

  10. rabbiadar – San Leandro, CA – Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.

    Hmm. I wonder what would happen if we all took a break just for a bit? If the screamers had no audience? An interesting experiment.

  11. Xopher, why else wouldn’t it be a novel? The only novel thing about the novel was the manner of publication. And having written that sentence I’ll just stop.

  12. Most of the plot arcs are very short (which contributes to the feel of being a collection of stories). The main plot arc is unresolved at the end. So it might be the first half (or third) of a novel published in two (or three) parts. But IANA a literary critic or definition maven; it just didn’t feel like a novel to me.

    Btw, I read it whole when it came out as a book. And enjoyed the hell out of it. My dubiousness about its novelty (heh) should not be construed as meaning it’s not a damn good read.

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