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Nov. 16th, 2016 @ 10:10 pm Nanowrimo update
1382 words today in a section titled Iuchairean (Keys) but I'm not entirely pleased with it. Something has my subconscious going "no. this isn't quite right. something is wrong." Unfortunately, while my subconscious has the power to stop my from writing, it doesn't have the ability to tell me why, so I am flailing.

To be fair, I think the problem lies in the output that I did not keyboard into a word document. I plan to go to bed now and hope that dreams will reveal the problem.

to recap
1382 words today for a total of 31473 words overall.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 16th, 2016 @ 12:25 pm Thoughts on the holiday approaching
{posted to Facebook}

Thanksgiving is next week. Advent starts the Sunday after that and I expect to see whining posts about putting "Christ" in Christmas shortly there after.

Putting Christ in Christmas doesn't have anything to do with how a person is greeted, throwing a fit because someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" is the exact opposite of the Christmas ideal, in fact.

No, putting Christ in Christmas means behaving like Christ. Being loving and forgiving and forebearing. Accepting what is offered in the spirit it is offered and offering of yourself freely and without bias or hatred.

If you are serious about putting Christ into Christmas, then stay home on Black Friday and contemplate on the true blessings with which you have been graced. Cut back on the great displays of lights and ornaments, the ones you put up to make your neighbours and friends jealous. Give one gift that has personal meaning instead of the most expensive thing you can think of.

Give without thinking about about getting.

If you really want to put Christ back into Christmas, celebrate Advent properly, with prayer and contemplation and a sense of quiet wonder ahd hope.

God knows, as do we all, that this year we need hope more than ever.
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Credendo Vides
Nov. 15th, 2016 @ 08:44 pm Nanowrimo 2016 - an announcement
I do not plan to post any more of the story An Dannsa Sìth, but I will post word count updates, to reassure those who want to read the story that it is still continuing.

Today's chapter is titled "Gaisteag".

I wanted a word that means trap, because the Senator's wife is scheming to mess up Jace's life. To my delight, I found this word, which means "trap, snare, cunning/ sneaky woman".

I made 2488 words today bringing my total word count up to 30091. There are fifteen days left to the Nanowrimo challenge.
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Nov. 14th, 2016 @ 04:34 pm Nanowrimo 2016, Interlude, part 1
An Dannsa Sìth (a dha-dheug)
Eadar-sgeòil : roinn a h-aon: Abhagasan (Hearsay and gossip)


Midsummer Day, 4 years later
Sports Arena
Town of Bowbridge

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Nov. 13th, 2016 @ 01:20 pm Nanowrimo 2016 - prologue, part 11 (the end of part 1)
An Dannsa Sìth
Ro-ràdh : roinn a h-aon deug : Dìomhaireas (Top-Secret) no An Duais is an Dealg (the carrot and the stick)

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Nov. 12th, 2016 @ 02:37 pm Nanowrimo 2016, prologue, part 10
An Dannsa Sìth
Ro-ràdh : roinn a deich : Leth-iuchair (Half a key)


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Nov. 12th, 2016 @ 11:08 am On the subject of progress and expectations
ARRRrrrrrggggghhhhhh........

Yesterday I confidently predicted that I would finish with the first part of An Dannsa Sìth today, that tomorrow I could move ahead 4 years and then another two - the time period in which the next action of great significance occurs. I was sure that I could easily hand-wave my way from the reaction to the story to the incident four years in the future.

They won't let me.

I need to explain in a bit more detail why Jace is so important to ... more than Claire College or Senator Buckminster, to explain why there's an FBI consultant on staff at Claire College and the meaning of the large military presence there.

I shoulda coulda woulda handwaved it ...

Mde Dobransky may look like a nice old lady, but she's MEAN!
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Nov. 11th, 2016 @ 01:41 pm Nanowrimo 2016, Prologue, part 8
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Nov. 10th, 2016 @ 10:58 pm Nanwrimo 2016 word count check
Today is November 10th. As you might guess, I did not get much writing done on the 9th, I was in a state of shock and mourning what was lost. What I wrote on the 7th I had to discard because .. the set-up was wrong. I was trying to place the scene in the wrong location and had to think things through.

These are my stats for the past ten-day.
1 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - An Tubaist - 2590 words, 6 pages

2 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Na Sìthichean - 1915 words, 4 pages
2 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Aisling - 1217 words, 3 pages

4 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Dùsgadh - 3456 words, 8 pages

5 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Teaghlach - 2964 words, 7 pages

6 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Cuideachd - 1981 words, 4 pages

10 Nov. 2016 - Prologue - Tàbharnadh - 4919 words, 11 pages


There are 19042 words in the story to date, that averages out to 1904 words a day, which is well on track for the end of the month. I have not yet finished what I am calling "the Prologue" but which I may well end up identifying as "Part One", I hope to bring that to a conclusion tomorrow, God willing and the cricks don't rise. My test readers ... aren't. I am trying to not take this to heart, they are busy people and suffer from depression, overwork and ill-health beside. So far, my inner critic is satisfied. I just hope I can keep it in a good mood to the end.

Much of what has eluded me in the later novels - Reachers Swamp and Balach Dubh - is becoming clear as I write the scenes of An Dannsa Sìth, giving me hope that I will be able to complete them as well.
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Nov. 10th, 2016 @ 10:46 pm Nanowrimo 2016, Prologue, part 7
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