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I came back to NaNo last year after a couple of years off (the words caught me earlier in the year, so November ended up being in the wrong place...).

I made it to the double-NaNo last year (100K+ words), and had hoped to finish it up soon after.  Lack of opportunity and the realisation that it was going to be longer than originally planned means I'm using NaNo this year to finish it off.  I suspect it has about another 60K words to go, so 50K+ in November will do me just fine.  I need to get it done soon because the next two books are crying out for a rewrite.

I have an iPad this year, which I'm hoping to use part of the time.  Between it and my netbook (with yWriter, of course!), in conjunction with Dropbox, I should be in good shape.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/jsr

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From what I can see the only new model available to non-US residents will be the 79-dollar one, priced at $109.

Can't say I'm happy about it.

I agree with you.

I wondered what all the fuss was about here on KindleBoards when all the Amazon UK website showed was a Kindle that's half the capacity, half the battery life, won't do audiobooks (I guess that also means no readaloud and no MP3), and with keyboard lopped off for a few quid cheaper than the K3. 

Couldn't have been more disappointed if they hadn't announced new Kindles at all.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any aspiring/unpublished writers here?
« on: June 18, 2011, 07:23:57 am »
I'm in this boat, too.

I currently have seven books, all of which are WIPs to some extent due to the first ones undergoing heavy rewrite recently.  They're all part of a series, and it took half a million words just for me to understand where I was going with it.  The first book is probably as near to finished as it's ever likely to be, because it's had the most extensive rewriting over recent months.

Until now, all I've done is to have draft copies printed by Lulu.com.  I keep looking at Amazon's KDP, but it seems so US-centric (all that complicated tax stuff).  I'd rather write more than wade through the complexities, but I daresay that'll change sooner rather than later...

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Hairline crack near screen edge
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:45:35 am »
Mine's a Graphite K3, too.

The K3 cracks began simultaneously in both lower corners and gradually "grew" over time, extending all the way to the edges.

Does anyone know what happens when the crack reaches the edge of the case?  If I could be sure the Kindle isn't just going to fall apart on me, I wouldn't worry about it so much. 

Functionally, my K3 still works fine and hasn't exhibited any other issues. 

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Hairline crack near screen edge
« on: June 07, 2011, 03:57:24 pm »
Mine has the same thing and I looked today and I'm sure the crack is getting longer.

I don't use my Kindle every day, in fact it spent the last three months sitting on my shelf while I've been playing with my iPad, but I've started using it again and noticed the crack as soon as I looked at it.

I wasn't going to worry about it (I suspect I'll get the K4 when it comes out and this will be pass on to a friend), but if it's a common thing I think I'll contact customer support tomorrow and see what happens.

I have had the lighted cover since Christmas.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: K4?
« on: June 07, 2011, 09:49:30 am »
I'd like to see a better keyboard - whether that's a touchscreen or just easier-to-press buttons, it doesn't matter - together with editing functionality.

I guess I'm in the minority but I use my Kindle a lot for reading up my own work, and the Kindle would be a real killer for me if I could properly edit/insert/delete words, sentences, or whatever to edit up my books.

I know I can edit on my iPad, but the size, weight, and slimness of the Kindle (not to mention the eInk) would just makes for a better experience.  I already use the "annotate" feature for this, but that requires going back through all the editing at a later stage (which is not a pleasant experience when you're going through hundreds of annotations).

It's probably all a bit too "Star Trekkie", though, for those who just want to read.

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I have several "works in progress" and it would just be impractical to carry printed drafts around with me.  My K3 is a great way to have all the works available at all times.

I do sometimes wish that the Kindle had editing functionality (being able to navigate to a word, correct it, or add/delete/edit words/phrases) but that's like asking it do something it was never intended to do.  I do have an iPad for on-the-go editing, but the K3 beats it on size, weight, mobility, and long-term reading (and, of course, battery life).

The K3 can drop in my pocket, and it would be ideal if there was a way to edit my own files.  But the markup function is certainly better than nothing.

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Introductions & Welcomes / Re: kindle cover with light
« on: December 13, 2010, 04:23:51 pm »
Welcome to the forum, stranger...  ;)

There are a couple of discussions about the Amazon cover over on the accessories forum.

Try this: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,44283.0.html or this: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,37150.0.html (there are probably others).

If you decide to get one, you'll then have to face the biggest decision of your life ---- which colour do you go for?  ;D ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 28, 2010, 10:44:35 am »
I've just crawled over the 100K line to complete a "double-NaNo".  I hadn't been able to write anything all week, so I thought I wouldn't hit my target.

But I'm there.  Exhausted, but there.

Almost 18K in two days?  I think I could sleep for a week now.    ;D

Well done to everyone else who won, and to all those who took part - even if you didn't quite make it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:52:00 pm »
I surprised myself today and managed 10,222 words - leaving me just 7,500 to reach my goal of 100K.  I hope to get those all done tomorrow.

The funny thing is that I outlined 16 scenes to write over the weekend so that I could achieve all of the words I needed, but the 10K I did today only covered two and two half scenes.  This project might end up longer than I thought.  :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 26, 2010, 09:55:50 am »
Same here.  I've not been able to find time to write a single word all week.  I need to write about 9K each day of Saturday and Sunday if I want to hit my own target of 100K.

It'll be a struggle.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:14:46 pm »
It's great to see that purple bar and get the winner's certificate!  Loved the little video clip, too.

I'm still aiming for 100,000 by the end of the month but this week hasn't given me any free time with which to do it.

Congrats to everyone else who participated, whether you make it to 50K or not.  Just trying makes you a winner!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 14, 2010, 10:21:13 am »
Congrats that's awesome!

Thanks!  I managed to get to almost 56K today.  I won't be doing any writing tomorrow or Tuesday, though, I think.

I've been doing what I can to meet the 1,676 minimum word crunch each day, but I've had some off days (my LO is still in her unpredictable stage). Still, I agree that it's a lot easier to write more when things start to come together. Initially, I started out just winging it because I didn't want to get too self conscious about whatever outline I might come up with. That worked for about six days. I took one writing session to "outline" things and banged out 2,000 words. It's been much easier since then.

Well done for keeping up with the word count.  Some people say "write something every day" but I've tried to work to a set number of words per day and I just can't do it.  I prefer to write in "splurges" (if that's even a word!).  If I don't have enough time for a "splurge" (2-3 hours), then I tend not to write on that day.  I know I should because even one hour is enough time for a good few words, but that's not the way I work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 12, 2010, 10:31:14 am »
Today was my best day so far for this month - almost 7,500 words over three writing sessions.  That brings me up to 46K and well back on course to hit the 50K before mid-month if I don't work too much over the weekend.

It's surprising how much quicker you write when it all starts coming together.  It's been a bit slow up until today, but it's all speeding up quite nicely now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 11, 2010, 03:01:34 am »
You are right; it's green.  ;D

Well done for getting there so soon!  I hope to join you and the other greenies by Sunday.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 11, 2010, 02:37:00 am »
I'm of the same mind as Craig.  I'm more of a solitary writer and I don't get wrapped up in the social activities beyond using the widgets, browsing the forums, and posting if there's something I'm interested in.  I don't do meet-ups and I don't engage in activities to increase my word count.  I use NaNoWriMo to see if I can work to a deadline (I can't) and to a schedule (I can't).  In short, I use it as an addition to my writing.  I would have written the words whether it was NaNo or not.

I've read a few posts on the NaNo forum from people saying that NaNoWriMo's "not for them" or "fundamentally flawed" and they've scrapped what they've written.  NaNo's not for everyone, I get that - each to their own and all that, but I don't understand why the words need scrapping.  That's like me saying that I'd written a thousand words but I'm scrapping them because I don't like November.  The only reason I would scrap words is if I was dissatisfied with what I'd written, but that would be my fault and would have nothing to do with NaNo.

In short, I get out of NaNo exactly what I thought I'd get out of it.  A vague sense of community, a sense of doing something that millions of other people around the world are doing at the exact same time.  NaNoWriMo gives me an "excuse to write" when I should be using my time for other things.

On the fund-raising side, I don't find that they push that at all.  I've bookmarked my profile page to keep track of word count and only spend time on the forum.  I did donate $10 because I felt that, despite finances being tight, I could afford that.  It's not like they don't invest in good causes.  They have people donating $2,500 so I don't think my $10 is going to rock anyone's world but I see it as a token of my appreciation for what they do.  I'd only have spent that $10 on junk food anyway (so at least my belt approves!)... :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 10, 2010, 03:38:24 pm »
I took two days off from writing, but I managed about 5K today to get me over 35K words. 

On the up side, I'm cruising past 47K at the moment, and my bar should be purple by the end of the day. W00t! Halfway done!

I don't think the bar goes purple until the end of the month.  If you hit 50K earlier, it goes green.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 08, 2010, 03:52:42 pm »
I ticked over 30K before the end of the first week (30,418), and I'm pretty chuffed with that.  When I did NaNo for the first (and only) time back in 2007, I struggled to finish before the end of the month (I made it to 55K at the last minute).

This time I seem to be doing better - I think it's because I've become comfortable with my writing method in the last three years.  I've taken two days off with no-writing so far (one last week and one today).  Not including those days, I'm averaging 5K a day, which is low enough to give me some thinking time.

I'm aiming for 50K by the end of the weekend, but I won't panic if I don't hit it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:51:14 am »
I've had a good third day and slowly improved on yesterday.  Odd how the best words come when you want to finish for the day so you just can't stop.  Total now up to 16,675. 

Looks like I'm going to hit my personal 20K target before the weekend (before Sunday, actually).  Think I might be too busy for more than a token writing session tomorrow, though.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anti-NaNoWriMo tirade
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:44:59 am »
It sounds to me like the writer of the article is trying to say:

"If you do NaNoWriMo, you must write crap
I don't do NaNoWriMo, therefore I don't write crap."

No one says you absolutely must write crap when doing NaNoWriMo, in just the same way that you can write crap outside of NaNoWriMo.

The proof of the pudding is in the result, not in whether you participate in a fun event.

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I hope they offer "gifting Kindle books" real soon.  I know more than one person who'll be getting a Kindle for Christmas and it'd be great if we could all gift Kindle books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo and you
« on: November 02, 2010, 12:02:14 pm »
I didn't get any additional words done yesterday unfortunately but I managed to squeeze some out today.  It's funny how NaNoWriMo makes you push for imaginary targets.  I wasn't going to break off today until I'd crawled over 10,000 in total.  Normally wordcount has nothing to do with my writing.

So now I'm at 10,380 and looking good.  The characters are beginning to come to life (although some are a little slower than others right now).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Portable Writing...I'm here to enable you
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:52:36 pm »
The netbook is a 10" Asus, you can see the iPad screen is a little bigger...


As I understand it, a typical netbook has a 10.1" screen and the iPad has a 9.7" screen.  The netbook screen is widescreen (1024x600 pixels) while the iPad is 4:3 (1024x768).  So the netbook should be wider when compared to the iPad in landscape mode, while the iPad should be taller in the same orientation.

My netbook only has a 9" screen but I can't stand those huge great hulking beasts with their 10" screens.  Wayyyy too big...   ;D ;D ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Portable Writing...I'm here to enable you
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:46:41 pm »
Nice!

I used to use a PDA and fold-able keyboard (wrote most of my 2nd book on one) but eventually the print was too small.

I have a Dell Axim with a butterfly keyboard.  Works well except that it needs to have the PDA standing portrait.  I have an extended battery for it that still works, and it'll run my Softmaker Office (which is also on my MID, my H/PC, and my netbooks).  It doesn't get used much, but it'll be there in the event of power failure and everything else running out of juice...  ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Portable Writing...I'm here to enable you
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:51:38 am »
This is my "Portable Writer" for when my 9" netbook is absolutely just too big to carry -



The keyboard folds up so it's no bigger than the MID - everything pocket-sized.   ;D


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