- A trivial lie.
- Silly talk or writing; humbug.
“You, Madam, are just full of tarradiddles and flattery, but please don’t think I want you to stop!”
Source: Wiktionary, World Wide Words
Starting our little series on words stolen from the website World Wide Words is tarradiddle! If you’ve never visited, the World Wide Words is not unlike these posts, but with far more information, and in my personal opinion, has a better collection of odd and strange words in some cases. Hence why we’re stealing some of their words! Tarradiddle is one of those highly amusing words to both read and say and I feel fits its meanings very well. I hope you enjoy it!
Word Count: 1,057
Funny how a thousand words seems small after getting off of NaNoWriMo. I did a normal writing session this evening. Skipped last Tuesday to do more blog work. I almost skipped this evening to work on a character for a roleplaying game. I’ve been writing a lot of background for that character so I figured it might have counted, but I decided I didn’t need much time off after this NaNo. Just a reduction in actual word count required.
Novel Word Count: 176,111 (+947)
Outline Word Count: 36,736 (+82)
Only one scene written today, but it inspired another scene due to modifications, which I partially added to the outline. Woo! It was the first scene with new-old character. That is a character that will be written into the past scenes at some point because, well, I was really bad about outlining Lee’s side of the story, despite him ostensibly being the main character.
- The conclusion or resolution of a plot.
This was not the denouement of her quest, if she had anything to say about it. Sure, the prince was rescued, the dragon saved, and the kingdom lay in ruins, but there was one thing yet unfinished; make the villains pay for what they did to her hair!
Anybody else read denouncement every time they look at denouement? Me too! But I’ve fallen in love with this word. A word meaning the end of a plot. I assumed such a word existed but now both of us know what it is! We just need to work it into normal conversation. There is a footnote that this word is often used metaphorically, which I find interesting as well. Calling something that isn’t a denouement a denouement to impart some sort of meaning that it finished off something seems difficult to manage. Probably only because this word has likely fallen out of common usage.
Word Count: 3,938
And done! … I’d drop the mic but my friend CinsAngel already did that on twitter, so I figured it’d be a little anti-climatic.
So my winning NaNoWriMo 2013 writing session was done at my usual spot, a restaurant/bakery. I did breakfast with my girlfriend who then lovingly left me alone so I could finishing writing. This session was neither hard nor a breeze. I did have to fight a little here and there to not be lazy and just read webcomics, but I did take an extended break at a thousand words and somewhere around three thousand words. Knowing that I was close to finishing was really motivating, unsurprisingly.
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,969
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 50,410
I have now won NaNoWriMo four years in a row! I don’t really feel like tooting my own horn, except that I kind of do. I didn’t have the usual motivators this year that I normally did. The idea of keeping this consecutive chain of NaNo wins going was definitely a motivator this year. Honestly I’m rather proud. I don’t know anyone who has done NaNo and won four years in a row. I’m 4 and 1.5 so far. I say 1.5 because I failed my first year, and I failed this past summer, in which I set a 25k goal. I failed this past summer due to lack of a motivating group, or so I thought at the time. (continue reading…)
Word Count: 2,402
Today’s session was solo at Fuddruckers. I find it an okay place to write, as long as it is not too crowded. There is loud music and general conversation which makes for good white noise, as long as you avoid looking at the televisions. I don’t get my highest word counts while here, and the food is terribly expensive, but it makes for a pleasant break from. A little over two hours got me two thousand four hundred words so I might use it again in the future.
I have to admit, however, almost give up early in this writing session. It took me thirty minutes to write three hundred words and that felt so paltry
Days Since Update: 1
Daily Average: +2,402
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 46,473
Okay. With three and a half thousand left over, I’m going to need to write, at least a little tomorrow. I haven’t been able to devote a day to writing to finish this off, so I’m just going to have to go a little bit at time route. My goal is to finish Friday, so that baring something horrible happening, I’ll have Saturday to catch up. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I’ll find a super burst of speed and just finish it off?
Novel Word Count: 172,188 (+2,391)
Outline Word Count: 36,654 (+2)
Lots of made up material today. My outline for my first scene with Lee was terribly vague and not very useful. I turned it into an introspective scene and expanded it. As it was it was barely going to break five hundred words. Now it is well over a thousand. Not sure if it’ll make an editing cut however. Then again most of this novel won’t make the editing cut. That’s fine though. I’m getting my thoughts down. Huzzah!
Word Count: 2,007 (2)
Normal Tuesday writing session except I forced myself a little long to write out two thousand words. Got most of it done before the writing group showed up, and the rest of it afterwards. Overall a good writing session.
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,003
Prime Delta: +738
Word Count: 44,071
So I was bad and didn’t write yesterday, letting my lead slip a little bit. Now I’m a little less than six thousand away from finishing NaNoWriMo, but Everlasting is probably still another ten thousand or more words away from finishing. That doesn’t matter because I’ll be finished NaNoWriMo either tomorrow evening, or likely on Friday/Saturday, depending on how crazy I get with holiday stuff.
Novel Word Count: 169,797 (+2,006)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+0)
Wow. Less than three under words away from one hundred and seventy thousand words. I can’t believe I’ve written so much. Today’s section was all one scene and a good chunk of it was description, which I’m not sure will stay, but I like what I came up with as I wrote it.
- Actuated by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.
He stared at the device in a manner that was either covetous or avaricious but was quiet decidedly not both, as explained by expert grammarians when advised of the situation.
Just to mix it up, I’ve provided a word which is actually related to the word you believe it would be, that is avarice. I’ve included it because I’m no sure I’ve every actually seen the word used and I like how it looks. It is effectively a synonym for covetous, except that when one looks up the definition of covetous we find that it means inordinately desirous instead of immoderately. I suspect that means that avaricious wins, but I’m sure plenty of people disagree.
Word Count: 1,815
Just a quick little writing session today to get my word count. I might write again later this afternoon. We’ll see. It went more or less smoothly but perhaps took a little too long for my tastes. I never really found the flow.
Days Since Update: 1
Daily Average: +1,815
Prime Delta: +2,064
Word Count: 42,064
I like being this far ahead and want to stay that way. However today I won’t be racing to the finish line, and I’m not sure I’ll find time to write tomorrow, so it looks like I’ll be doing the normal NaNoWriMo scheme of finishing on the last day.
Novel Word Count: 167,791 (+1,821)
Outline Word Count: 36,652 (+4)
Two scenes finished. One expanded greatly which I like, and the other didn’t come off nearly as well as I would have liked. That’s alright. I can fix it in post, I mean editing.
Word Count: 7,940 (4)
Okay! Today was a catch up day. I wrote a little bit on Wednesday, but I didn’t record it, and I didn’t write at all yesterday. So today’s writing session was a sit down and catch up, which I did and apparently then some. I had forgotten about my words on Wednesday so I over-wrote the word count by a little bit, but that is okay because, wow, I’m only nine thousand seven hundred and fifty-one words away from finishing NaNoWriMo this year!
Writing felt really slow today for some reason. It took me five hours to write six thousand words, which was very slow compared to last Sunday. But still I pushed my way through. I’m looking to see about writing tomorrow with the intent of finishing up NaNoWriMo at the very least. We’ll see if that happens.
Days Since Update: 4
Daily Average: +1,985
Prime Delta: +1,916
Word Count: 40,249
That is a very nice prime delta. I’m rather happy with that, even though I’m planning on writing tomorrow, it means I could skip tomorrow, but I’m not going to. Now that I’m within ten thousand words, it feels like I could knock this out really quickly as of tomorrow, which I really feel like doing because I’m kinda tired of NaNo taking up my time. Not offense, NaNo.
CinsAngel has taken the lead! You think 40,249 is nice? Try 42k+! Very impressive. chimera116, and Sithwitch13 are both still a few thousand words behind but I’m sure they’re just not updating their NaNo counts, rather like how I seem to be doing so every few days. I’m happy to report Mur Lafferty is still in the race, slowly adding words. As a professional author, blogger, and mother, I’ve no doubt every word written is a trophy in and of itself.
Novel Word Count: 165,970 (+7,940)
Outline Word Count: 36,648 (-14)
These last few scenes have been dull and even I know it. I had to fight the urge to re-write them but I did, because they’re obviously going to be scenes that get totally thrown out, but that meant I could have some fun in writing them. I explored Tigh’s character a little more, and expand Toppa as well. Carlos and Marla seemed to be the main movers and shakers of the plot at the moment which is fine, but I still feel a little unrealistic how Marla is pushing everything about, so I’ll ned to rethink that later. Overall I’m still happy with how quickly the writing is going with the outline, even if each scene is coming out sever so slightly different from the outline.
Word Count: 3,406 (2)
Today’s writing session, as yesterday’s writing session, was done at my usual spot. I’ve been very diligent not to fall behind this week, so I can use this coming weekend to really try to knock this novel off its feet, like I did last weekend. Writing session went quickly, although not as quickly as I might have liked. I ended yesterday by splitting a scene I hadn’t intended to split, which made writing today a little slow as I invented some content. To be fair my outline is a little loose in this section, so I was likely to slow down anyway. But I’m chugging away at it. At this rate I might actually be done with the novel before the end of the year!
Days Since Update: 2
Daily Average: +1,703
Prime Delta: +643
Word Count: 32,309
So NaNo is going awesomely thanks to outlining. Reaching one thousand six hundred and sixty-seven words per day seems to be a pretty easy task when I know what I’m planning to write about, even if I’m deviating from outline. Writing every day still requires some effort and sacrifice I’m not sure I’ll be able to maintain post NaNo, but we’ll see.
As usual, chimera116, CinsAngel, are leading the charge, with Sithwitch13 quickly following up. I find it strange that I’m actually in the lead but I happen to know for sure that at least the first two aren’t always updating, much like myself. Still keep it up!
Novel Word Count: 158,030 (+3,406)
Outline Word Count: 36,662 (+23)
Two scenes down, neither of them very spectacular but they move the plot along. Main characters who had never interacted before are now meeting for the first time. The two major drivers of the plot are starting to combine forces. It feels forced, and it is, but that is something I’ll fix in editing. For now, I find it thrilling how close I am to the end, if a little surprising how I’m still learning more about my characters, so many words in.