Yes, you read those numbers correctly.
I'm not an edit-as-you-go type, but apparently I am a leave-notes-about-everything-for-the-next-draft type. And rereading those notes has been a blast. Here are some of my favorites:
"Do pirates send thank you notes?"
"Edus spare us. You’re such a drama queen, Wycliff."
"GAH, YOU ARE SUCH A COWARD. YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO MEET YOUR SON! DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT’S GOING TO DO TO HIM?
No, of course you don’t, because you’re GOING TO FREAKING DIE OF A WEAK HEART.
That is such a perfect metaphor.I kind of hate you right now, Wycliff. This is why you’re an antagonist."
"Okay, A) not only did you steal my phrase “think on this,” B) YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE THIS DECISION AND IT’S GOING TO KILL MY READERS. WHICH IS A GOOD THING, BUT STILL."
"DUDES. I JUST FOUND AN EBOOK ONLINE PUBLISHED IN 1922 ABOUT CROP ROTATIONS.
This is so cool.
It doesn’t have a whole lot about woad, but it mentions a crop rotation in France circa 1750. (At least I think 1750 is a date, not something else.) This is what it says:Main crop woad: 1, wheat; 2, millet; 3, woad; 4, grass, allowed to grow for several years; sometimes two successive crops of woad were taken."
"Dude, at some point I need to mention how the cotton they got from Delly is bad. Maybe that can happen when Gwen is working in the felids. Felid is a word. That should have said field. What is a felid? *Does Google search.* It is a member of the family Felidae! Better known as felines! Cool."
"*In Russian accent.* TRANSITION!"
"I have no idea why the Latin for Sunflower was the first word to come to mind here."
"And by the start of the next book, he’s dead! Mwahahaha."
"Transition required on isle 183."
There is a note titled "GIANT NOTE OF DOOM."
"Okay, this may be sappy, but between the time (holy cow it’s 2AM. When did that happen?), the “OMG I’m at the end” feels and “Epilogue” from the Frozen score, I’m kinda teary."
"IT IS TWO ELEVEN AM ON MARCH THIRTY FIRST TWO THOUSAND AND FOURTEEN AND I HAVE FINISHED DRAFT TWO! 83165 WORDS.
I am crying. I am so happy. And tired. Really, really tired.
But we must go post on Facebook.
I am so obviously from the Internet generation.
Gah, I love the Frozen score.
Oh, yeah, and “Epilogue” from said score is THE PERFECT MUSIC FOR THIS MOMENT. I think I’m just going to play the last three songs on repeat until I go to bed. Which should really be soon if I want to do well on math tomorrow.Oh, and I have to figure out a plot for book two ‘cause Camp NaNo starts…TOMORROW WHAT THE HECK."
There you have it! Apparently I have a thing for caps lock. Rereading old brainstorming docs is fun too because sometimes there'll suddenly be "Why are my indents screwy?" or "Why did my music stop?" in the middle of a discussion of government structure or emotional reactions.
What are some funny notes you've found in/about your writing?