SRLC/240sx/NaNoWriMo

I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time, and I’m getting tired of seeing the post about Osama at the top of my blog, so here’s an update.

I went to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last Friday in New Orleans, and it was pretty much the same as last year, except the support for Mitt Romney wasn’t there. Of course, I only went to see and support Ron Paul, but I heard Hermain Cain and a senator or two speak as well. Here’s a video of Ron Paul’s introduction, which is mostly just screams and applause (and also a few boos from the haters):

As I mentioned on Facebook/Twitter a week or so ago, I bought an old car off of the Internet last week, sight unseen. It’s a 1993 Nissan 240sx. I was originally going to buy a Kawasaki Ninja 250R, but I decided that an old car would be more beneficial to me. Ever since I got Evey, I’ve been fascinated with cars, and I am always wanting to learn more about them, but there is no way I’m messing with Evey. She’s still under bumper-to-bumper warranty for another year and a half or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first (and then another couple years for the powertrain). All I do is change the oil and the filters, the latter of which I just did last weekend.

So, I don’t have the 240sx yet, but when I get it in a couple/few weeks (hopefully…), it’s going to become my daily driver and Evey will become a pleasure car. I’ve forgotten what it feels like to park in the front of a parking lot, so it should be interesting. I picked the 240sx because it’s easy to work on, looks decent for its age, is rear wheel drive, and has a pretty large following on the Internet (so advice should be easy to get), despite that most of them are driftards.

I still have a crapton of editing left to do on my novel (58 out of 136 pages completed). I had set a goal to be done by the end of June/beginning of July, but it looks like I’m not going to make it. At this pace, it looks like it’ll be more like mid-August. :

On that note, I said this on Facebook the other day, but I’ll say it here too. I dislike the idea of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It encourages people to write at least 50,000 words in a month. The focus is on quantity, not quality, which is why I don’t think it’s such a great idea. Straight from their website:

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

I don’t understand the point of this. Editing is, by far, the most difficult part of writing. By participating in NaNoWriMo, you’re either going to produce a piece of crap that you’re never going to be able to do anything with, or you’re going to spend twice as long editing the thing. Why anyone would ever want to do that, I just don’t know.

-Philip