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Holy crap! Chris gets social [Oct. 18th, 2005|11:45 am]
Darth Paradox
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This weekend was interesting, and a little strange.

Friday after work, I bussed up to Redmond to meet up with other people doing NaNoWriMo. (the Seattle group is named the Hydrophobic Ducks. There's a story behind it, but I'm not going to get into that right now.) They were a pretty nifty group of people. One of them - one of the group leaders, I suppose - is assembling a stack of "plot ninja" cards, each one with a suggestion (from someone else in the group) that she has to incorporate into her story. I added some interesting ideas. *cackles*

After a brief stop at the costume shop across the street - investigating the possibility of just buying a Jesus robe - I went home, catching a ride with another guy from the group. People are nice.

Saturday, I got a call from Shoshana asking if I was interested in seeing Mirrormask. She picked me up, and we met her friend/coworker Ryan at the theatre. Mirrormask was an absolutely gorgeous movie - the comparison that keeps coming up in my mind is to Labyrinth, and the way that movie would have looked if it were made today, plus Dave McKean's own stylistic twist. Maybe it has something to do with Jim Henson's studio.

Afterwards, Ryan, Shoshana and I went to a cafe, and we were about to head our separate ways when Ryan mentioned a gaming party he was going to, and offered to take me along. I agreed - yay, sudden gaming! - and away we went, to a huge house somewhere on the Eastside. There were probably around 20 people there, and a huge collection of games. I played several new games, with several people... my favorite, though, was probably Zendo. It's a game played with Icehouse pieces. The "Master" comes up with a rule that each "koan" (an arrangement of pyramids) must obey. The Master provides two exemplars - a koan that satisfies the rule, and therefore has the Buddha nature, marked with a white stone, and a koan that does not have the Buddha nature, marked with a black stone. The "students" then take turns constructing koans and either asking the Master to grade them (with white or black stones), or opening it up for guessing, where all students try to determine whether the koan has the Buddha nature, and those who are correct get a "guessing stone", which may be turned in for guesses as to what the rule is. The first person to correctly guess the Master's rule becomes the new Master, and play continues...

Anyway, that went well into the night. I got home late, but I managed to get Scatterplot done the next afternoon. (Still struggling to get ahead, I am.) At 6, I headed off to a sandwich shop a few blocks north of my place, to meet up with some of the Capitol Hill NaNoWriMo writers. Waited around for a while, had a pretty cool french-dip-style sandwich, and chatted online. (Yay wifi!) The original suggester of the location slept through it, apparently, and someone else was sick, but someone named Carolyn showed up around 8. She couldn't stay long, but we hit it off instantly, and we've been IMing each other on and off since then. We're going out to my favorite pub on Wednesday to see about having write-ins there - should be cool.

So, new friends, writing, and games. It was a good weekend. Work's going to be tense for the next few weeks, though - I'll need that new niftiness in my life to balance me out here.
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[User Picture]From: greenstorm
2005-10-18 08:00 pm (UTC)
I've known such a surprisingly large number of people who've done NaNoWriMo. Probably half the people on my lj friends list, or maybe more like a third.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-18 08:22 pm (UTC)
This will be my first serious attempt at it. I'm quite excited about it.
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[User Picture]From: greenstorm
2005-10-18 08:24 pm (UTC)
It is kind of exciting. I only know one person who's succeeded, mind.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-18 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. We'll see how I feel about it once I've started writing. Though I think I've got a decent plot going, even if it is a little cliched.
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[User Picture]From: greenstorm
2005-10-18 08:28 pm (UTC)
You've got a fair amount of experience with regular output, so I'm rooting for ya. :)
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-18 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Given the trouble I've had making the ten hours a week for Scatterplot, though, I dunno how well my time management will work here. But hey, I'll give it a try!

Scatterplot's been a bit of a chore sometimes, too, which means I put it off, or get distracted more easily... Hopefully this will be new and exciting.
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[User Picture]From: greenstorm
2005-10-18 09:11 pm (UTC)
IT'll be new for a month, and that's what matters, no?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-18 09:16 pm (UTC)
That and making my wordcount. :D

If I can set aside four or five hours every weekend to work on this, I bet I can get close. But it'll be fun in any case.
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[User Picture]From: suziannabean
2005-10-24 05:10 am (UTC)
so I was commenting on a post in
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so I was commenting on a post in <lj-user="kinkyprude">'s journal (yay for me having made one friend in Chicago!), and I saw you had commented above me. I got to thinking, "Is that the friend of <lj-user="psyche_rainvae"> and <lj-user="johnoghue"> that I met that one time? So I clicked over to your user info and checked and no you are not, but you are doing NanoWrimo, you have Read or Die icons (not one person on my whole friends list understood when I told them I had named my kitten Nenene after Nenene Sumirigawa the famous writer) as well as Get Fuzzy icons and a Firefly icon and a brilliant drunk librarian that it is taking me all my willpower not to steal.

So I just wanted to say hi ... and you're cool.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-24 06:07 am (UTC)
Hi!

Naturally, I returned the favor. I have to say, I highly approve of your tastes in books, television, games, and so forth. And of course, any friend of Rachel's has at least a high probability of being someone incredibly nifty, and you seem to have borne this out so far.

The Firefly icon, by the way, is something I made for a Firefly RP by the name of serenitys_fire. We decided that if there isn't going to be any more Firefly, then we'll just have to do it ourselves. :D

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I just got back from another meeting, and I'm getting pretty excited about it...
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[User Picture]From: suziannabean
2005-10-24 03:58 pm (UTC)
heck yeah! I discovered Nano two years ago on about November 12th. Very disheartening! I resolved to do it the next year. Then last year I had completely forgotten about it until November 3rd or so when someone on my f-list mentioned it. This year, I was going to do it, but had again completely forgotten until Rachel and I were complaining about how horrible the class we have together is and she said, "truthfully, I wasn't even taking notes. I was outlining my characters for NanoWrimo. I jumped on it (very thankful to her for reminding me), and now have an official Susan's NaNoWriMo notebook!
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[User Picture]From: suziannabean
2005-10-24 03:59 pm (UTC)
ps - I just friended you on a whim. I hope you don't mind!
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2005-10-24 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is the first year I've planned ahead for it. Usually it'll be November 1st and one of my friends will mention it in IRC or LJ and I'll go "Hey, NaNoWriMo! Okay." and get two thousand words into a story before realizing I have 15 days to do the other 48,000 words and giving up.

This year will be different!

I didn't know Rachel was doing it too. Nifty. Having a group for support and motivation seems to be really helpful...

Anyway, I'll be making an attempt to document my process daily on this journal. Will you be doing the same? I've friended you regardless.
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[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2005-10-25 03:33 am (UTC)
We'll be the groovy geeky NaNoWriMo cross country support group!
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