NaNo, bandwidth, and assorted weirdness

My webhosting provider sent me an email telling me I’m running out of bandwidth. I looked into it and wow, my spreadsheets have been seeing a lot of downloads. You people are crazy. And I’m crazy for uploading the damn things to my website instead of using a free filesharing service.

So I’ve changed the links. They’re still the same spreadsheets, they’re just hosted on Dropbox now because I’ve already upgraded for more bandwidth once now and it still went over the limit. They want more money from me now. Eep.

I got an offer for a sponsored blog post the other day, but I turned it down. The company, which shall remain nameless, wanted me to tell my readers that I’m using its service. I’m not using its service, though. And I’m not about to start lying to people for money.

I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo at the moment, in between working on art stuff. Some of it is commissions, some of it new personal work and prints for Eirtakon. Have an example!

Closeups from my WIP featuring, well, you know who.

Sammy, Cas and Dean from that one show I can’t stop watching.

I don’t know if I mentioned Eirtakon before, but I will be there, in the Artist Alley, showing off and selling my stuff! I’ll have new pendants, curse boxes, bookmarks, and of course prints. So if you happen to be around Dublin at the end of November, come see me and all the other lovely talented folks who will be there!

And speaking of art, here’s my recent stuff!

Is she fleeing from something, or confronting it? Is she venturing somewhere new? Who is she, anyway? The story is up to you. Digital work | 2013.  A young Hermione Granger reading "Matilda", a book about a smart little girl who loves books and can move things with her mind, and deciding to try moving the nearest object at hand. Digital work | 2013.  Pencil portrait of Chris Hemsworth, aka Thor, aka The Huntsman, and so on. Graphite and coloured pencils | A3 | 2013

Aaaand even more stuff because I have a behind the scenes photo from when I worked on the Chris Portrait.

Here's where and how I work! Monitor with the reference, paper pad with the work in progress, and lots of pencils.

Hell yeah behind-the-scenes stuff. And hell yeah I work on the floor like a little kid, because that’s the most comfortable place, and unlike sitting at my desk it doesn’t hurt my arm. And this way I can spread my pencils and other materials out as far as I want without having to worry about anything falling off my tiny desk, too. (It’s not that tiny. But as far as I’m concerned, every desk is too small.)

I think maybe NaNo has me a bit frazzled already. I don’t have an outline yet, although at least I know how it starts and ends and how most of it works out. Which is more than I’ve had for some years in the past, and less than I’ve had for others. I’m just going to call it a happy compromise and go with that, I think.

So yeah, I have more art now. And no bandwidth left, but tomorrow’s a new month and we can start over. Anyone for more spreadsheets?


NaNoWriMo 2013 word tracker spreadsheets

It’s that time of year again, where we all gear up for National Novel Writing Month. And like every year, I’m making spreadsheets instead of actually working on silly things like, oh, a plot maybe. Who needs a plot, anyway. Have some work tracking spreadsheets instead!

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They’ll help you keep track of your word count for November, and there are additional sheets for plotting, character development, and keeping track of your progress, chapters, characters, and as much of everything else as I could fit in. I’ve updated most of last year’s to work for this year, so here are last year’s designs. Click to preview! (Don’t worry about the date in the preview, I fixed that in the actual spreadsheet, I’m just too lazy to make new previews.)

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And because I’m lovely, I also made a ton of new designs for this year:

     

So many options! So many choices! Luckily you don’t actually have to choose, you can download and use as many as you want. The instructions are included in the sheets, and I think it’s all pretty straightforward. As always, you’re welcome to edit and share them, but please don’t use the images for anything else. They’re all made with my own artwork, so please respect copyright and all that.

I’ve compiled them in some handy rar packages:

And here are the links for individual sheets:

Original art

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Supernatural

    

Misc Fandom

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There’s also one spreadsheet that lets you fill in your total wordcount and calculates your daily amount etc from that, but I only made that in one design because I got lazy. If you want it in a different design, you can always adapt one of the others.

That’s all I’ve got! I left out some of my older designs, but if you want those, feel free to request them. Likewise if you’d like a custom design or you want me to make you a total-wordcount version of one of the designs up there, I do take requests. But every hour I spend on these is an hour I should really be spending on my freelance work, so like last year, I’ll give preference to folks who donate any amount. Either way, though, request away!

Most likely, I’ll end up making more spreadsheets and resources before November starts, so be sure to check back or just subscribe to updates! I’ll also be making a new year-round tracker for 2014, which will be up sometime in December. In the meantime, enjoy this lot!


New NaNoWriMo 2012 spreadsheet designs!

I just finished two brand-new designs for my NaNoWriMo tracking spreadsheets. One of them is inspired by Snow White and the Huntsman, and features my Huntsman painting:

Digital work, 2012.

The other one’s a steampunk-inspired one. It’s the one I’ll be using for my own tracking this year because it fits my story pretty well. They both have all the same features as the rest of the NaNo spreadsheets I’ve made. You can see the full previews by clicking on each image, and download the files via the links below.

   

Again, they’re licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License, so you can change and share all you like as long as you give credit. I don’t know if I’ll make more, but if I do, I’ll upload them here as usual! I’m not sure I’ll have time, though. Four days to go and I still don’t really have my plot(s) worked out. I haven’t even really decided on a story yet. I’m taking the “ah sure it’ll be grand” approach this year, so far. Which is never a good idea, but that never seems to stop me.

Ah well. Anyone else decided what you’re going to write yet?


NaNoWriMo 2012 word trackers

This spreadsheet features a wordcount tracker, progress chart, pages for filling in novel info, characters, and chapters, as well as character and plot development sheets. It’s designed for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2012, but with a little tweaking you can use it any time.

It’s an Excel spreadsheet; if you’re using a Mac, you might need to adapt/convert it. This is the basic design which is available in two versions, one which works by daily wordcount, and another which works by total wordcount.

The regular (daily count) tracker also comes in other colours and designs. These are last year’s, updated for 2012. Click on the thumbnails to see the full preview, and use the links below to download each.

            

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. You’re free to change, edit, and share these, but please remember to give credit. All images used are my own, and they are copyrighted, not to be used for anything outside of these spreadsheets.


More writing spreadsheets for 2012

Yes, alas, time for more spreadsheets… I updated last year’s tracker so you can use to track your writing throughout 2012. I made it in three different designs, which you might recognise from my NaNo sheets:


You can download it here if you want to use it. Instructions are included as usual. If you liked one of the other NaNo designs better and want to request that, just leave a comment!

I also made an editing spreadsheet. It’s very basic, only one sheet, and it doesn’t have as much fancy stuff as my other spreadsheets. But it works for me, and I figured I’d share. Read more »


National Novel Finishing Month?

Well, NaNoWriMo came and went this year without a single update from me – because I was too busy writing to blog. That, and my characters were clamouring to be painted, so I started on that, too. If you’re interested in seeing some progress shots, I’ve started sharing those on my Facebook page.

But anyway, now we’re into December, and my novel isn’t finished. I got to 56,000 words, but I’m nowhere near done. And I’m not alone! A lot of people seem to be using December as National Novel Finishing Month, and I love that idea. I miss being able to update my word count on the site, but I changed my NaNoWriMo trackers so that they can be used for December – you can fill in your word count so far and your target for the end of this month, and it’ll calculate your daily targets, averages and so on.


It looks a little different than the preview since I change the headings and added a field to fill in your word count to date. You can download it here, and there’s a single-file version too. I didn’t update the instructions, but they’re pretty much the same, except that you can now fill in your word count to date in the box marked “Written”. You can delete any pages that you don’t need or copy them into your NaNoWriMo sheet, whatever works for you. So, if you’re going to be writing through December as well, I hope this comes in handy!

And with that, it’s back to writing for me. I hope NaNo went well for everyone – anyone with me for December?


NaNo 2011 wallpapers

I’ve updated some of the calendars I made last year, so that they show the right date. I’ve also added two new sizes, for bigger screens. Here’s the first batch (clicking on each image will take you to the download pages):


Hope you like them! I can change the colours, by the way, so if you want a different colour or size, feel free to ask and I’ll see what I can do.

Making stuff for NaNo is almost more fun than actually participating. I’ve been neglecting my preparation pretty badly. I’m not really ready at all. I have the rough plot worked out, but I have a feeling that there’ll be plenty of road blocks and surprises along the way. It’s been hard enough to even decide on an idea to begin with…


Book covers!

I’ve discovered the joy of making book covers and, typically, got quite carried away with it. I have a request thread going over on the NaNo forums and it’s had a pretty good response. I also made some blank covers, “adoptables” if you will, some of which are still up for grabs. They’re all in this gallery folder (don’t mind the title and the name, I had to write something in them after all). Some examples:


If by some chance you’d like to adopt one, tell me the title and author name to put on it and it shall be done. I’ve also done a good few requests, and I really like how they turned out so I want to share some of them here:


I’ll probably end up making quite a few more before November starts. I still don’t have my plot worked out – in fact, I haven’t even decided on a story yet. Last week I ordered twelve books on Amazon and they arrived today, so I foresee a bit of difficulty with regards to getting things done. (And I’ve run out of shelf space, too…)

But I do have lots of ideas. If anyone out there is having problems with inspiration, I have some advice for you. One, spend time on the NaNoWriMo forums, especially Plot Doctoring, Adoption Society, and the Genre Lounges. And two – buy new books. Actually, you don’t even have to buy them. Just read the synopses on Amazon and your mind will probably start churning out ideas.

The downside to both of those things is that while they’ll probably give you ideas, they’ll also steal away the time you need to actually use those ideas. And this, in short, is why we need 36-hour days.


Word count trackers for NaNoWriMo 2011

Update notice for 2012: If you’re here for NaNo 2012 spreadsheets, see here for updated versions of all of these trackers. Some of the links in this post may not work anymore now, but the new versions are all available and working fine!

I finally finished updating last year’s word count tracker for NaNoWriMo! I made several different designs and several different formats, because I tend to get a bit carried away with Microsoft Excel. So, here’s the full pack, containing nine different designs:


Click here to go to the download page or download directly (.zip file, 2.6 MB).

Each file contains several sheets – instructions, word tracker, a progress chart, sheets for filling in your novel info, chapter lists, and character lists, as well as sections for developing plot and characters. If you don’t need all that, just delete them!

If you don’t want all the extra designs, I also uploaded the single, updated version of last year’s NaNo word tracker – here’s the download page, or you can download directly (.zip file, 281 KB).

The colours and so on don’t show up so well in earlier versions of Excel, and OpenOffice mangles them as well. I’ll try to make versions which will work better with those programs, and I’ll post them up here if and when I do.

These are all files which work by filling in your daily wordcount. I did have one for total word count last year; if you prefer that, you’re welcome to download last year’s version here and update it yourself.

Someone also converted the tracker to a Mac-compatible format last year, which you’re also welcome to take and update – you’ll find it here. I think some of the bells and whistles are missing from that one, but it should work just fine.

These are all licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License, so go ahead and share or alter them all you like. The only thing you shouldn’t do is alter the images within the files. You can replace them all you like, but my art is my art and I don’t want people changing it without permission.

That’s all really. I’ll post updates on here if any bugs emerge or something. If you run into problems or find a bug, let me know and I’ll do what I can to help!