08 November, 2010

NaNoWriMo Update And Other

*whew* Week 1 has passed! Now, just 3 more weeks (and then some) to go . . . but I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to write 50,000 words by the end of the month, seeing as I already have 21,536 words under my belt. That's the most I've ever written in a week! A new record!

This is me:

Yah. So, I'm doing pretty good.


You know that poll on the sidebar? "Is Pluto A Planet"? It closed a while ago; I set it up because I was curious to see what people think after having read The Pluto Files. (Funny, informative, and interesting book--written by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, probably one of my favorite scientists.)

Well, the results are in, and 38% of you say it is a planet, 22% say it isn't, 8% think it's a Kuiper Belt Object, 22% of you say it's a dwarf planet, and 8% of you say it's a planet and a KBO.

Where do I fall? I think it should be a KBO. It's a small ball of ice, smaller than other objects that aren't planets.

If you didn't get a chance to vote, tell me: what do you think?

-----The Golden Eagle


Clarissa Draper said...

What's Pluto?

Just joking. I think it's a planet but everyone in future generations will think we were crazy like we view those who thought the world was flat.


The Golden Eagle said...

Probably. Most things seem to turn out like that. :P

Holly Ruggiero said...

This reminds me of something that happened 14 0r 15 years ago. They decided there was a new zodiac sign. I think they squished it in November. That one didn’t stick. Hum, now I need to search and see if I can find information on that.

OH, and congrats on zooming along on your WIP.

Holly Ruggiero said...

I found it (that was quick). It’s Ophiuchus (serpent man). The sun has to pass through it which is doesn’t so they don’t count it – or something like that. Just a little tangent for you.

Joann Swanson said...

Congrats on finishing your first week. That word count is seriously impressive!!

Adina West said...

I'm a fellow Crusader coming to say hi!

Pluto: ball of ice. Apparently. But it's so far away that it's not going to make much difference if this generation of humans go on thinking of it as a planet. Makes us feel less alone in the universe maybe...

Well done on your NaNo count. Yes some people may have written even more but as a non-participant I think your word count is incredible!

Shelley said...

That is a lot of words! You are almost halfwy there! Congrats! And I like your picture. What is that thing sitting at the desk typing? :)

Lynda Young said...

Huge congrats on yuor NaNo progress. 21k words is impressive in just one week. I hope you are pleased with your story so far too :)

Elliot Grace said...

...that far from the sun, gotta be an ice ball. 50,000 words...wow! Good luck. Wish I had enough time to compete! Hammer down, you'll get there:)

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

Up until fairly recently I thought Pluto was a planet. Now I'm not so sure as I believe it's been degraded.

Congrats on your word count. That's a mighty feat for just one week!

Good luck :)

Old Kitty said...

yay!! Well done with Nano!!! Three more weeks and you're on target! Wooo-hooo!!

I think for purely nostalgic and romantic reasons I'd say Pluto is a planet!! But I guess in the light of cold hard scientific fact - it's not so. I think! Take care

Liz said...

Pluto: Dwarf planet, Kuiper Belt Object--I think it's both of those. There are so many interesting objects in our solar system to study. I think the labels are largely unimportant.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Congratulations on your word count! That’s fantastic. You’re almost halfway there and it’s only the 8th.

I thought Pluto was a Disney dog! Just kidding. I think it’s kind of sad to demote a planet. It also means I have to unlearn something I learned in school. That’s not easy at my age, so I'm all for keeping it a planet (obviously based on no scientific findings on my part).

Mary Vaughn said...

Way to go on NaNo! At this rate you're gonna wear Isabelle out. She's not as young as she used to be.
Keep up the good work!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations on being nearly halfway to 50k! YaY!

As for Pluto, I wrote a picture book about his demotion, which I didn't try very hard to sell. Anyway, I say "Dwarf Planet".

Misha1989 said...

Congrats on the word count!You are doing so well!

....Petty Witter said...

I've just realised that I now have a few followers who I have never had the pleasure of 'meeting' so I thought I'd stop by you all to say hello. A seriously impressive word count, I'm sure you'll make your target - good luck.

The Golden Eagle said...

Holly: I've never heard of Opiuchus before; probably because they don't count it! :P But thanks for telling me--I do find little tidbits fascinating.

Thank you!

Joann: Thanks, Joann!

Adina: Hi, Adina! :)

I suppose; although there are 7 other planets!

Thank you! And thanks for following my blog.

Shelley: Thank you!

It's a potato. :D

Lynda: I am, pretty much; I've conquered a few plot points that had been nagging at me.

Elliot: It's cold out in space. *shivers*

Thank you. I hope I will get there!

Wendy: It is confusing when they degrade something and then there's a big hullabaloo about it later . . .


Old Kitty: One week down already! :D I'm glad that's over.

Yes, there is something attractive about having that little, lonely planet as part of the solar system.

Liz: I would agree. We should pay attention to the matter, not the title, I would think.

Jane: Thank you!

LOL, Pluto the dog . . . but I can see why changing something would be harder for a lot of generations; kids who are learning the planets wouldn't have a problem with it, since they never knew otherwise.

Mary: If I continue at this rate, she'll have a big break coming during the last half of the month!

I'll try to!

Theresa: Thanks, Theresa!

Interesting idea for a picture book!

Misha1989: Thank you!

Petty Witter: Hello, Petty Witter! :)


jewelknits said...

WTG on your NaNo progress!

I don't care WHAT the scientists say .. that goofy dog will ALWAYS be a planet to me!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Paul C said...

Congratulations on progressing well with your writing marathon. It will be exciting to return to your first draft and realize there is so much potential there.

The Golden Eagle said...

Julie: Thank you!

Well, maybe it will "officially" be a planet again--we'll just have to see!

Paul: I'm looking forward to being able to do that. :)

Arlee Bird said...

It should officially be a planet, with a footnote attached.

Tossing It Out

Jen Chandler said...

Great progress on the NaNo! With that many words at the end of week one, I'm sure you're doing just fine in week two :) Keep it going!

I think Pluto is a planet. It was a planet when I was a kid and therefore it shall always be a planet to me (I'm stubborn like that...)