Nov. 13th, 2008 10:35 pm
dakegra: (Default)
Niven, the library cat, has just turned up. See?

Cassie's attention was distracted by the arrival of Niven, the library cat. She had expressed surprise when she'd first learned that the library had a cat, and yet more surprise at the fact that it had several.

Niven had turned up a couple of years earlier. The early morning porter had been about to empty the book drop box when he had heard a mewling sound from within. When he opened the box to retrieve the books dropped in by students whilst the library had been closed, out had jumped a small black kitten.

The porter, being a huge science fiction fan, had promptly named the cat Niven, after one of his favourite authors. He had spoken to Sir Randall about it, and the two of them had agreed that the porter could take Niven home.

Except Niven decided, as cats do, that his home was right *here*, thankyouverymuch. And so the library had acquired a cat. Or, more likely, the cat had acquired a library.

Niven passed his days stalking amongst the shelves, terrifying the first-year students and finding unlikely places in which to be discovered. It was always fun at the start of term when a queue of freshers made their way over to the General Enquiry Desk to ask, very politely, if the librarian on duty knew that there was a cat in the library?


heh. Wondered when that would happen. Wordcount: 6,842. Never surrender. :-)


Oct. 20th, 2008 09:24 pm
dakegra: (Default)
Someone asked a while back if I plan out my characters for NaNoWriMo.

I've tried NaNo a few times now, and never got beyond day 3 or so, so am almost certainly the wrong person to ask. Typically I get a great idea in October, get all bouncy and excited about it then get to November 1st and dry up almost immediately.

So, this year I've got my idea (ganked from 2005's non-starter), and have a couple of ideas of what might happen in the overall story. I've also got a handful of events or people I can throw into the pot if I dry up.

I'm tiptoeing around this one - I don't want to get carried away too early, and really want to get a good crack at it.

One thing I do *not* need is people going 'oh, *again?* Haven't you tried before?' and dismissing it. Or saying 'meh, everyone does NaNo'

So, come November, I shall quietly get on with it. I might post snippets if they amuse me. I might not.

If you find me grumbling in the first week of NaNo, do me a favour. Throw me a plot bone. A funny/interesting scenario or character I can use.

In fact, leave them here too - I think I'll stick them on index cards to rifle through at opportune moments.

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