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Oct 31st 2006

The Office getting an hourlong for christmas, and news of JJ Abrams directing an episode in february is almost eclipsing the nervousness I have about turning in an essay late today...almost.

Oct 31st 2006

Also, that Newsday article has an exec at NBC saying that "The Office" is important to the studio as a whole, even if it's not a traditional brealaway hit.

Woot! I hope that helps all of us still shellshocked from cancellations of awesome shows to chill out for a while. :)

Oct 31st 2006

I just signed up for National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). Starting tomorrow, I'm in a month-long race to get down 50,000 words in any way I can fit them under the heading of "novel." Crappy writing hopefully streaked with swaths of brilliance, here I come!

I'm suddenly absurdly excited.

Oct 31st 2006

Pan, did you ever do that before? I wish I knew a couple days ago. I want to do it, but I feel like I need to get psyched up for it. That's only 1,666 words a day. That's doable, right? Please give me five reasons why it'd be lame for me not to do it.

I want to be absurdly excited too.

Oct 31st 2006

1,666 words a day is only about 3 double-spaced pages a day. That's roughly what you write here on some days, right? That's why it would be lame for you not to do it.

I'm throwing my hat in, too. If Brian and Pan do it, I'll do it, too. We can all be...crappy writing buddies.

Oct 31st 2006

Top 5 Reasons Brian Would Be Lame for Not Doing It:

  1. It doesn't have to be good! It just has to be words!
  2. You'll feel better after doing it than you will feel relieved by not doing it.
  3. Much like a runner's high, a writer's high will kick in.
  4. I wrote a screenplay in two weeks in college because illness had made me take an incomplete. I woke up every day giggling to myself because it was such an absurd mission. I still think that screenplay, while not in a condition to sell, is some of my best work. Definitely some of my funniest.
  5. What if something brilliant wants to come out? The less time you have to think, the less likely it is you'll stand in your own way.

I'm looking forward to finding out what my fingers type when I stop letting them....stop! And while I've always gotten on my own case before for plotting carefully and poignantly, I've also spent the last few years pursuing improv comedy and I've learned that when you step out onto the stage, everything you need to create laughter and poignancy is there, waiting within you.

So -- start writing now. "Psyched" will catch up with you.

Oct 31st 2006

I've said it before, in jest and in all sincerity, but I truly feel God in this Chili's/thread.

I just signed up. Thanks guys.

The word of the day, by the way, is synchronicity.

Oct 31st 2006

What if something brilliant wants to come out? The less time you have to think, the less likely it is you'll stand in your own way.

Exactly. Don't some people quit smoking this way, too?

I am already registered on the site. I am jak0203 on there. I'll be watching you...I don't know who you are on there, but I'll be watching you.

Oct 31st 2006

For some odd reason I just teared up. BIZARRE!

YAY! :)

Oct 31st 2006

I'm registered as Call me Jo.

(I always connected with Jo in "Little Women," who wrote frantically, so for the next month you can call me Jo!)

YAY! I'm so excited. :)

Oct 31st 2006

My hat off to you, Pan, LT, and Brian! If this weren't the most insanely busy month of my college career I would join you.

Oct 31st 2006

I'm in the same boat at C Z-J but I'm still seriously tempted to do NaNoWriMo. I've just recently decided that I really like writing. It'll be hard, but the end result will be so worth it. I have about a billion stories roaming around my head and to get just one on paper would be wonderful. You know what? I think I'm going to do it. Good luck to the rest of you!

Oct 31st 2006

I figure it's the second shortest month of the year so it should go by quick.

I'm brianjon on there, for what it's worth. And I'm now officially absurdly excited.

YIKES!!!

Oct 31st 2006

I think I already have a working title for my book. Of course, the final product will probably be totally different, but I think I know where I'm going. It will be nice to see "Working Title" when it's eventually listed on the IMDB site after someone options the movie rights (I'm trying to think positive - it's a confidence booster :-) Thanks for the link to the site, Pan. I'm exicted, too. I've already told my husband that I won't be doing any housework for the month of November because I'll be busy (less than I currently do, I mean, which was a little shocking, I think).

Oct 31st 2006

I don't expect to have a whole lot of free time in my life in about two months so I figure this is one way to make the most of what remains of my immature, misspent youth.

Working title...:-D I like that. When we're all famous published authors, let's all have lunch together at some posh Manhattan hot-spot and compare floor plans to our third and fourth homes.

Oct 31st 2006

Over $12 mixed drinks and fliet mignon.

(You call this "rare?" I demand to see the chef. Feh!)

(I'm kidding. I will always be kind to servers, no matter how desperately important I get.)

Oct 31st 2006

After reading the previous posts, I hopped on the ol' rickety bandwagon and signed up too. Therefore, by basic reasoning, I too am pysched! I hadn't even heard of this thing and I'm excited of such an exercise (if nothing more).

I too have not much in the "Time" department, but for previously stated reasons, why not give it the ol' college try. (Side note: I'm liking the use of "ol'." I think I shall do away with the letter "d" altogether.)

By the by, I'm liste(d) un(d)er the_soapboxer.

Also, I'm happy because my roommates just bought pizza. I (d)on't have to pay for (d)inner tonight! (And I'm not gonna.)

Oct 31st 2006

Ooh! I feel a creative movement attacking from the North!

We'll have quite the table at the posh Manhattan hot spot.

Nov 1st 2006

Wow...this is exciting. Best wishes to all in this grand literary endeavor. I won't even complain that there are only 2 or 3 of us haiku-ing and that all the funny has been sucked out of the forums.

Nov 1st 2006

I have to admit, I just signed myself up for a month of craziness also! (I will be Kristen4815) I thought it sounded interesting when I was reading what you guys were doing and then looked up the website, intending to be simply a curious bystander - as it will already be a busy month for me. Then I got completely sucked in - cleverness always does that to me. That's why I love "The Office" and why I'm on this website now.

I am more than a little excited about all of this right now! Thanks for sharing this great idea with everyone here!!

Nov 1st 2006

I won't even complain that there are only 2 or 3 of us haiku-ing and that all the funny has been sucked out of the forums.

GT I have faith that things will pick up after tomorrow's episode.

It is so cute to read how exited you all are about becoming novelists! You're like kids in a candy store...Best of luck!

Nov 1st 2006

Writing a novel is serious business, whatevs, and you should appreciate it as such ;-) As the website advised, we can tell all of our friends now tha we are "serious" writers...so consider yourself told.

Nov 1st 2006

This is awesome... I have never heard of NaNoWriMo but I'm going to check it out! And something tells me that I might just get sucked in, too...

On another happy note, I am taking a "half day" today. 39 more minutes until I'm off the clock!

Nov 1st 2006

49,000 words to go...

Nov 1st 2006 edited

Writing a novel is serious business, whatevs, and you should appreciate it as such ;-) As the website advised, we can tell all of our friends now tha we are "serious" writers...so consider yourself told.

Well.

I believe I've just been schooled by LT! ;-)

The notion of getting to tell your friends you're a "serious" writer because of a website is funny to me, because of a recent experience:

I work on a college campus, and we have guest celebrity-type-folk visit all the time. Well, recently John Roman, who is the producer for "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", came by for a day of lectures and discussions. In one discussion, he talked about how everyone in LA has a script or screenplay. Doesn't matter if they're the manager of a paper company (wink) or a busboy...everyone has a script. "Threat Level: Midnight", anyone?

But I'm definitely going to check y'alls stuff out, because, based on what I read in here, I'm guessing that most of you willing to try it are going to be pretty good...

Nov 1st 2006

I had a good laugh today. My clock radio went off this morning, playing "Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield, specifically the line "Today is when your book begins."

Indeed, Natasha! Indeed.

Nov 1st 2006

Good luck to all of you aspiring novelists. I hope you don't let all this serious writing take you away from The Watercooler. I will miss you if that happens.

Good thing to look forward to -- I am taking a day of vacation on Friday, November 10, and my husband, three sons, a future daughter-in-law and I will be taking an overnight jaunt to Atlantic City (from Richmond, VA) for a little fun at some games of chance. The youngest is finally 21 so everyone can now go into the casinos.

Wish me luck. If I win a lot of money (and I mean a LOT OF MONEY), I will buy all of your books and get them published.

Nov 1st 2006

I won't even complain that there are only 2 or 3 of us haiku-ing and that all the funny has been sucked out of the forums.

We need Shatatatata to come back and tell us about her Halloween. Or more KarenM bizarro tales.

GT I have faith that things will pick up after tomorrow's episode.

Me too. And I expect that this board will be booming after the 11/9 and 11/16 episodes, they will be HUGE in the scheme of things.

And let me add my good luck to everyone in the writer's challenge. Be sure to let us lazy people know how you are doing.

Nov 1st 2006

I have 2,173 words so far. I'm not bragging...well, OK, a little. You'll all get first signed copies.

Nov 1st 2006

I'm really excited to read everyone's novels!!! I am really really tempted to join because I hate feeling left out, but I'm going to be strong and focus on school. Best of luck to you!

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