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NaNoWriMo 2012: Update 1

I can hardly believe we’re 12 days into November already.

So far I’ve managed a total of 30,154 words, comprising of over 13 chapters and 43 A4 pages of text. In the first week of Nano novelling I managed to write 21,742 words, about 2k more than I wrote in the first week last year. According to the stat calculator on the main Nano website I’m due to finish around November 19-20th at my current average per day.

The story is going well too. I actually feel like I’ve got some really good stuff written and some brilliant dialogue.

Writing a sequel has also been interesting. Until now I’d only ever written stand alone novels so to write something with characters I already know and respect has been great. I’ve found it’s made it really easy to just dive in and let them take the book where it needs to go.

I’m hoping to finish my second week of writing on about 37.5k or maybe a little more. My third week will probably be a little lower as I’ve got several interruptions but with any luck I’ll still get very close to finishing the 50k target sometime around the end of the third week and then keep chomping away at the rest of the books word count. With any luck I might even get so far in that I can finish this book this year.

Cars 2: A Review

Pixar films are normally some of my favourite films. They’re original, funny and out of the box. Lately, however, they’ve been doing a lot more sequels than they used to. Almost playing safe a little.

Obviously Cars 2 is the sequel to Cars. Cars was amazing. One of the better pixar in my opinion. Cars 2, not so much. It really is a sequel just for the sake of it. It will amuse the children regardless but I really didn’t think it was worth the bother.

Mater is the bigger focus in this film. His cute dumbness was still cute but too much with him as the main character. Lightning McQueen was more of a bit part than an actual character and it was even worse for the other residents of Radiator Springs. Michael Cain was the only relief. His normal british voice soothed the annoyance of the rest.

The plot was ok, but nothing special. A lot more predictable than pixar usually is. It just couldn’t hold my attention for very long.

I can’t stress how much I’d really like pixar to go back to more original out of the box ideas. Stop with the playing safe! I want more gambles like Wall-e and Up. More revolutionary technology and ideas like Toy Story was when it first came out and less of the same old characters doing the same old things like Toy story 3 being just like Toy story 2.