30 Nov 2008 @ 6:50 PM 

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We’ve come to the end of both NaNoWriMo and NaPodPoMo.  I completed NaNoWriMo successfully but I fell one day short on NaPodPoMo.  This stems from the fact that yesterday, the novel was done, so I forgot to podcast about it.

At any rate, in a blatant attempt to appease the podcast gods, I am producing a second, long podcast today with some background and another excerpt from the book.

If you want the excerpt in a pdf format instead, here it is.

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Last Edit: 12 Dec 2008 @ 01:43 AM

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 08 Nov 2008 @ 8:13 PM 

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This isn’t the standard Novel News From The Field.  Today I decided to break from the Utterli quick posts and do a proper podcast.  I wanted to share a little more than normal on this one.  First, I take you through some of the main characters These include:

  • Skeet Seaton
  • Chapin Hannigan
  • Brian Shaw
  • Pat Torpey (Yes, the drummer from Mr. Big)
  • Shawn Thorpe (Yup, Shawno Gordo from Hypernonsense and Shawnogram)
  • Other assorted people from the music industry that show up

I also read a scene from the book to give everyone a little taste of what’s happening.  In the scene, we meet Shawno for the first time.

If you’d prefer to read it in the PDF format, here ya go.

Enjoy

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Shawno from Hypernonsense and Shawnogram – OMG! Greatest podcast recorded EVER!!

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Last Edit: 12 Dec 2008 @ 02:10 AM

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 07 Nov 2008 @ 11:18 PM 

I’d just like to announce that I have finally passed into the realm of a 5 digit word count.  As of the time of this post, my word count is 10,333!  Woohoo!

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Last Edit: 07 Nov 2008 @ 11:18 PM

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 04 Nov 2008 @ 4:08 AM 

If anyone out there knows how word processors count words, I would love to understand it a little better.  I have been writing the novel in MS Word 2007.  Tonight I thought I could hit 7,000 words and, according to the word count in MS Word, I did.  7019, to be exact…or as exact as the word count is.

Each day I copy the whole document into Google Docs basically as a backup, but also if I happen to be somewhere with an internet connection and I have a chance to bang a few paragraphs out, it’s right there for me.  At any rate, I looked at the word count in the Google Doc version, which I remind you I JUST copied and pasted from MS Word and it says there are 7115 words.

Now I understand where there could probably be slight differences in word count depending on exactly how it calculates, but 96 words?  That just seems kinda high. I can’t imagine what the difference in calculation is that would cause this.

Any insight, folks?

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Last Edit: 04 Nov 2008 @ 04:08 AM

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 01 Nov 2008 @ 3:41 AM 

We are just a couple of hours from the kick off of NaNoWriMo and NaPodPoMo! I can hardly wait!

The novel is taking on a pretty good shape in my mind.  The working title is “The Final Note” but, what’s it about?  Well let me try to lay out a bit of it for you.

Skeet Seaton is one of the most admired bass players on the scene today.  He’s played with a virtual who’s who of rock, jazz, pop and country.  He enjoyed great personal success in his early career but these days he is considered one of the best side men in the business.

When Skeet records his latest solo record and turns it over to the record company, he is expecting the usual luke warm reaction, but this time, the response is overwhelmingly positive.  They love it, especially the playing of the guitar player.  Skeet is thrilled, but when he soon discovers that the guitar on the record company’s copy of the CD is not the guitar that he layed down.  Is it divine intervention or just a cruel joke?

There’s only one man who could have played these world class guitar licks and that’s Skeet’s ex best friend, Stan Balch but why would he tamper with Skeet’s album and how could he when he’s…dead.

It’s obviously still in the early stages, and I reserve the right to change anything about it, or scrap it completely as I go along.  But at least it’s a starting point.

I’m so excited the little calendar on the right will actually do something tomorrow!

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Last Edit: 01 Nov 2008 @ 03:41 AM

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