Sunday, November 30, 2008

30 Days: The Singularity Matrix

30 Days: The Singularity Matrix

This adventure started at 12:00 AM on Saturday, November 1, and has now ended at around 3:30 PM, Sunday, November 30, and 70,644 words later. I'm exhausted, spent, and pretty sad that it's over. I've put my life on hold while I spent every minute I can working on this sequel to the original 30 Days. It's a little too soon for a post-mortem on it, I'll give it a week and then think about how I did. My first impression is that I did pretty well. I created a couple of characters I really like and care about, and I hope to write more about in the future. It's like any good book you're read: you're dying to know what happens after the book ends. I've thrown in a few teasers for ideas I have, but nothing's set in stone at this point. I don't know if I want to wait for November 2009 to pick this story up again.
At some point I also hope to edit it, maybe not into something marketable, but at least reduce the number of plot holes and inconsistencies, fix up the time line, and add some more descriptive scenery so people get a better picture of the action. I'm at least going to put some notes on each chapter so I have something to remember if I ever come back to it.
Now it's back to my normal, boring, unexciting life of paying bills and going to work. See you next November!
Here is the final list of chapters in order. PINK is Agent Ellie, BLACK is Alex Ross:
And here's an "alternate" or "extended" ending by Agent Ellie:

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Won! Update 6

I Won! Update 6

Well I finally hit 50K over the weekend, not surprisingly. Everything is downhill from here. ;)
Now comes the time of reckoning: who lives, who dies, who becomes a hero, who escapes to fight another day, what's going to happen with the deadly Singularity Matrix.
I think this will be my last update until Sunday night when everything is said and done. I hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Blogvel Update 5

Blogvel Update 5

Things are really heating up. With little over a week to go, everything is beginning to unravel. The kewl thing is that I finally introduced a kid into the story. I literally have this as the third line of my planning notes for this year's NaNo: "What about a kid?  Where can we throw a kid into the mix?"
Her name is Julia and she's a Filipino orphan brought to the pirate ship through human trafficking. I think she definitely brings a new dimension to the story. There is a ton of things I can do with her, being a hormonal teenager and all, but for now she's going to me more of a foil for the other characters.

Coming soon: be prepared for "Nuclear Thanksgiving."  It will blow you away.

Here is the up-to-date list of chapters in order. PINK is Agent Ellie, BLACK is Alex Ross:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Singularity Matrix

The Singularity Matrix
NaNoWriMo seems a little more difficult this year. And by that I don't mean the story. I'm actually on the same pace as last year.
It's trying to fit it into my life. It's taken a bit of a toll around here. It's hard to try to handle the End of the World, keep a job and a marriage together.
You may have noticed I renamed some things around here. 30 Days is now 30 Days: The Infinity Effect, and the current project is now 30 Days: The Singularity Matrix.
Those titles sound esoteric enough to mean anything. 
Here's the full chapter update IN ORDER. Black is Alex Ross, Pink is Agent Ellie:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Blogvel Update 3

Blogvel Update 3 - Here they go Again

I'm a little bit disturbed at what Alex and Ellie are up to, not to mention You Know Who(booo).

The world seems to be in great danger right now. I don't know how they're going to stop what's happening. I don't know if people should be near big cities right now. The next couple weeks are going to be extremely hairy. Stay tuned, and I'll try to keep you updated on the latest. Don't forget you can ping Alex and Ellie at and or just comment on their blogs. They'd love to hear from you.

Here are all the posts so far newest first:

Friday, November 7, 2008

Blogvel Update 2

Blogvel Update 2

They've been at it some more! Alex is trying to survive in the Chinese labor camp while Ellie tries to go-it-alone as an assassin-for hire.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Blogvel Update 1

Blogvel Update 1

Well Alex Ross and Agent Ellie have been busy blogging away.
So far they've made 4 posts (in order):
I'm hoping they move to present activites soon, but I guess so much happened since Alex's last post on November 30, 2007 that he's allowed a little catch-up.

Also notice that the NaNoWriMo progress chart ain't working. I added my own progress bar so you can see where I am.

BTW I just Googled "Blogvel" and I'm the #1 result!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Introducing My Interactive NaNoWriMo Blogvel:

"Another 30 Days"!

So here's the deal for NaNoWriMo 2008:

I've got these guys wanting to blog about their adventures but they would love to hear from you! So I've set up some groundrules:

You can comment or email the characters. They may or may not respond online (although they will respond in private if it doesn't add to the story). Comments will be moderated.
Every word of every post counts towards my NaNo word count. Any public responses to readers may/may not count depending on whether it adds to the story or whether it's just a clarification. Comments readers make do not count towards the overall word count.
I'm going to keep the comment word count separate. The characters may comment on each other's blogs but those fully count towards the overall word count and should be considered part of the story. :) Anything I or they post on this blog doesn't count towards the word count.
Only words written between 12:00am Nov. 1, 2008 and 12:00am Dec. 1 2008 count.

I'm going to try to not require any knowledge of last year's NaNo writings for people to enjoy this year's work. I'm hoping it will stand on its own.

So to start reading the Blogvel, look at the posts over to the right under the NaNoWriMo stats.