It is also nice that there is a fire going in my fireplace right now. I cheated and used a fire log. I justify it because I wanted ambiance rather than heat, and a fire with actual logs generates quite a bit. Plus, a fire log is made of recycled materials. I'll pretend that material usage and general impact of the manufacturing, packaging and shipping don't more than negate that.
I got 1100 words written at my parents this afternoon and then typed in what I'd handwritten last night. I didn't write a whole ton besides that, but word-count-wise it still worked out. I do think i have a bit of a better handle on my story and characters now, though.
I love learning things about the plot and the characters as I write. I think it's the best thing about writing. The surprises. It would sound ridiculous to someone who doesn't write, I think, that you discover what the story is as you write it. I didn't know that my FMC worked at a social services agency or that she had a best friend named Alana and I didn't know that she generally considered herself practical and realistic rather than imaginative or artistic.
I also learned that my MMC isn't going to make an appearance for a bit longer because his sister is currently representing him in his contact with my FMC. My MMC is a lot more vulnerable than I realized and my FMC therefore needs to be a lot stronger, which she can be, she just doesn't know it yet.
Anyway, I could go on forever about my discoveries and what I've learned about my characters. I love it. And as I've said before, I'm far more into my characters than my plot. The plot, to me, always ends up being a vehicle for the reader to get to know the characters and for the characters to get to know each other and themselves. Now, when I say reader, it's purely hypothetical, as there is no reader besides myself. So perhaps I should say writer instead.
I also learned that another one of my real-life friends is doing nanowrimo, so now there are four people I actually know who I also know are doing nanowrimo. For all I am aware of there could be many more. Two of them are actually in my area, which is cool. And one is a state away and one is on another continent!
I am hoping work goes quickly tomorrow and somehow I'm done early so I can write. I want to go out somewhere and write because it's generally more pleasant to me. At the very least I have a library book to return in [childhood hometown], so maybe I'll write somewhere in the vicinity. If there's anywhere with outlets. It's not exactly the sort of town where people go out with their laptops to do work or 'surf the web' or have business meetings. It's more of a meet up with the 'good old boys' or play some quick-draw sort of place.
And I'm getting sick of the available establishments in CP(current town where I life). Starbucks doesn't have much atmosphere, Panera has poor outlet placement, Borders is always full or the only seats available are in the middle of the room, which I dislike, [local coffee shop] is good, but i spent most of nano '09 there, and [other local coffee shop] is too fancy and staying-for-a-meal oriented for lengthy loitering of the writing type. Oh, and the library has a strange ringing noise that no one else seems to notice but i find terribly distracting and headache-precipitating.
So i'm still looking for a place. I'll keep you updated.