2,600 words so far, with most of the day and all evening ahead of me. My goal for today is 3,000 words, so I’m taking it very easy, mostly because the story I’m starting with is going so well.
I love forums because they’re so revealing of character. NaNo forums are no exception. There are innumerable threads started by people asking questions that take covered very well in the FAQ and even in some of the forums dedicated to specific topics. The person who never reads the FAQ and expects everyone else to keep them in the loop is a well-known phenomenon. How it takes less effort to formulate the question, throw it out there and wait for answers, which they will then have to read, than just reading the damned FAQ beats me. But so be it.
And then there are the real oddities that just make me scratch my head. The weirdest yet is the person who plaintively wondered why her word count wasn’t showing up on the site, no matter how much she wrote. She apparently assumed that NaNo peeks into your computer, finds your file and sucks the word count right out. And then there are the questions that are so confused that no one can figure out how to answer them. All of which makes NaNo a real trip.
In other news, I’ve been more or less keeping track of the Ender’s Game movie, all the politics swirling around it because of Card’s homophobia and other obnoxious opinions, and the usual arguments about the book and whether a movie can respect its origins. The only movies I see anymore are on DVD, and I’m so deeply steeped in books that months can go by without my watching anything. But Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books, not withstanding that it’s supposed to be an artifact of adolescence. It came out when I was about forty and I probably read it some years later. I appreciated it for many of the same reasons that adolescents do, because some of those reasons never go away.
Reading the discussions and seeing the clips, I decided that this was one book adaptation that I was not going to pollute my mind with. The reviews are starting to come in now, and everything I assumed about the movie is turning out to be correct. All the themes that made the book more than just a coming of age/action story have been dropped. The movie rides on glitter and tech, none of which interest me unless they’re in support of a good story. In this case, they’re a substitute for the story. Nuff said. If what you really cared about was the philosophical, political and ethical strands of the story, you can skip the movie.