Not tons to report here. I did write 1,230 words of the novel last night and am now only 492 words away from 36,000 words or 40% of novel written (which sounds v. nice). Must get down to it tonight.
In other news I also spent last night working on TWO 100 word text stories for thelondonpaper text comp that I mentioned a few postings ago. When I read the conditions in the newspaper I assumed that 450 characters (including spaces) would be plenty for a 100 word story. WRONG. To write 100 words and not go over 450 characters you have to reduce most of your words to some kind of text-speak equivalent. Now I send a LOT of texts but mostly I use full sentences, correct spellings and punctuation. I know some of the text abbreviations: e.g. txt (for text) l8r (for later) btw (for 'by the way') and LOL (for laughs out loud) and u (for you) and nxt (for next) etc etc but, faced with words like 'abandonment' I felt a bit flummoxed. Should it be abndmnt or abandmnt or abdonmnt? You see my dilemma.
When you abbreviate words the sense is clear to you, because you wrote the story, but whether or not the judges get it is anyone's guess. I didn't spend too much time worrying about it tho' and just sent off my attempts.
Oh - one thing I should point out. If you got the website (www.thelondonpaper.com) and search for 'text competition' you'll find the rules. Unfortuanately they contradict themselves.
At the top of the page they say "no more than 480 characters (including spaces)" and add STORY and your name to your text.
Lower down the page they say "no more than 450 character (including spaces)" and add STORY to your text (no mention of name).
There was no mention of whether the 450/480 characters should include space taken up by STORY or NAME but I assume they didn't. In the end I decided to go with the lower character limit, to be safe and added STORY and my name to the front of the text. Each entry took 4 text pages to write which seemed like a lot so I hope I followed the rules properly.
Ah well - I can only wait and see.
I didn't get round to using the S/Cally Short Story Generator last night but I have the flat to myself tonight so hopefully I'll give it a go (after I've written my novel words).
How's everyone else getting on? What have you been writing recently?