Thursday, December 23, 2004

Christmas Greetings from Around the World!: "Frohliche Weihnachten"

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Sunday, December 05, 2004

[NaNoWriMo] Noveling into the sunset..

--- lastly from my email ---

Dear Writer,

Well, the closing bell has rung, and it's with a heavy heart and
coffee-stained fingers that I type this final missive of NaNoWriMo 2004.

It's been a crazy, exciting November; easily one of the best months of my
life. And the weird thing is that I *knew* it would be. Because if there's
one thing I've learned from six-years of frantic noveling, it's this: The
only time we ever catch a glimpse of our creative potential is when we try
something so clearly impossible that only a fool would dare attempt it.

Yep. There's a tremendous payoff in getting in over our heads. In spending
thirty days sleeping too little and writing too much, and watching,
delighted, as our imaginations haul their weird and wonderful treasures into
the bright light of day.

It's a heroic endeavor whether you ended up writing 10,000 or 100,000 words,
and I hope that everyone, regardless of final word-count, realizes what a
brave and inspiring thing they've accomplished this month.

Along with you courageous participants, I'd like to send a shout-out to the
NaNoWriMo Staff and Municipal Liaisons. All of whom put in a ridiculous
number of hours answering emails, fixing and improving the site, organizing
noveling events and parties, and generally raising the raucous roof over
this literary block party.

And then there are our donors, who make the whole adventure possible. Every
year, I take enormous pride in mystifying NaNoWriMo's accountant, who never
quite understands how an event of this scale can operate without advertisers
or entry fees, risking its future on the simple belief that participants who
get something out of what we do will voluntarily make a point of giving
something back.

From the contributions we've received so far, we've been able to pay our
2004 expenses, and set aside money for web-hosting costs and the
implementation of Russ' three-mile-long list of sexy site improvements for
next year.

Equally excitingly, we've managed to raise over $6500 for our Cambodian
Libraries program. Through this partnership with Room to Read, I had
originally hoped to gather enough money to establish one or two libraries
for kids in Cambodian villages.

We've now raised enough to fund three libraries, and we're halfway to a

Ka-pow! Take that, realistic accountants of the world! And we'll continue to
take donations and sell t-shirts and tote bags through December. If you
loved NaNoWriMo and would like to see it continue as a force for both
fictional and real-world good, please stop by our Donation Station & Store
and make a contribution today:

And that's about it. Thank you, everyone. This is has been an amazing month,
and I can't wait for the adventure to begin again in 2005.

Wondering what I'm supposed to do with these 464 words now,



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[NaNoWriMo] Week Four: Your boss, your teacher, and some impending ululations

-- more form my email because I do so like Chris's style ---

Dear Writer,

Well, it's Week Four. And our Employment Outreach Team has been working
overtime to finalize a series of important deals on your behalf. The
negotiations with your employer have been tough, but we stuck to our guns,
and managed to secure some exciting workplace rights to help you through
these crucial final days.

Here's the deal: In exchange for a cursory, non-derisive mention in your
book's acknowledgements section, your boss has agreed that

1) From now until December 1, you may devote all on-the-job hours not
otherwise occupied by lunch breaks, coffee runs, or social emailing to
working on your novel. Should your boss teasingly suggest that you put away
your writing and spend some time actually "working," just laugh and wink.
This is just his or her coded way of saying: "I acknowledge and respect your
decision to take control of your dreams and finally make creative work a
priority in your life".

2) Speaking with co-workers can dangerously retard the creative process. You
are henceforth allowed to skip any and all meetings or company functions
that are unlikely to provide comic fodder for your book.

3) Upon completion of your novel, you have been given the green light to
print out two copies of the book on the office laser printer after
everyone's gone home for the night. Your boss also encourages you to spend
several hours surfing the internet, selecting the perfect cover illustration
for your manuscript before printing it out.

For those of you who spend your days in scholastic environments, your
teachers and professors have approved a similar bill of noveling rights,
including reduced responsibilities in the "staying awake in class"
department, and total exemption from the .coming to school prepared. thing.

Also, all final exams have been canceled.

Lastly, in the course of our negotiations, we've spoken extensively with
your family, friends, and significant others. All of whom would like to pass
on the fact that they have come away from these past three weeks deeply
inspired by the can-do example you've been setting.

They would also like me to remind you that they will mock you mercilessly
should you fall short of your 50,000-word goal this week. Your mother is
especially looking forward to reminding you of your novel-writing
shortcoming for the rest of your life.

Ah, Week Four. Where the endgame begins, and things get exciting one last

Happily, we've spent the last three weeks developing the loquacious gifts
that will help us through this week's all-important sprint to the finish
line. Just think of all the lessons we've learned in the last twenty-one
days. In that tiny timeframe, we've witnessed the birth of our plots, the
transformation of our cast, and the emergence of something that -- if you
squint hard -- resembles an actual book. There've been revelations and
breakthroughs; stall-outs and restarts. And more than a few of those blessed
5,000-word days, when we woke up nearly defeated and went to bed feeling
totally indestructible.

All in all, it's been a hectic, heady month. And now that the month is
drawing to a close, we are faced with one final push.

As pushes go, though, this one is a gimme. Because once you cross the 35,000
word point, you'll experience a dramatic lightening of your load. At 35K,
all pain lifts, and the late-onset symptoms of caffeine poisoning and sleep
deprivation co-mingle to create a warm and pleasant glow in our brains.

Because 35K is the gateway to 40K. Which -- as all NaNo veterans can tell
you -- is just a weekend's jaunt away from the finish line.

For those of your contending with Thanksgiving travel and longwinded
relatives this week, remember: Your novel needs you more than your family
does. Hide a laptop in the bathroom, and cut down on food preparation time
by letting younger family members forage for food in the backyard or nearby
public parks. Uncovering treasure troves of edible acorns and cattail tubers
will make the children feel like a valued part of the family, and will offer
everyone assembled a welcome respite from tired Thanksgiving staples like
turkey and stuffing.

And in seven days, we'll upload our 50,000-word (or much longer) novels, and
dance with joy as NaNoWriMo's overworked team of elves carefully inscribe
our names on the Winner's Page. At which point our friends, loved ones, and,
more importantly, that cute barista from the coffeeshop down the street, can
gaze in awe and wonder at our hulking literary achievement.

"We climbed it because it was there," we will say, the wind blowing
majestically through our unwashed hair. And the paparazzi will close in
around us, their cameras flashing in stuttered bursts as we turn our
monitor-tanned profiles westward towards the Pacific. Where the sun will
slowly set on another NaNoWriMo.

It's almost over, writers. We'll all meet soon enough at the finish line.
Where the champagne will flow like a bubbly river, and our triumphant
ululations will echo across NaNoLand.

See you at 50k!



Official NaNoWriMo novel validation begins on November
25th, and runs through 4 am Pacific Time on December
1. We'll post detailed instructions on how to validate
your novel on the site on Wednesday,
November 24th.

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Well I dropped out of the National Novel Writing Month - National Novel Writing Month with only a twentieth done of the 50 000 words
but the exercise was well worth while - I learned about point of view and solved several problems

I had a plane ticket booked to visit my 16 year old daughter in Denmark - - and my time plans fell apart

Thursday, December 02, 2004