“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


It's The End of the World As We Know It...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

...well, at least for a month anyway. For anyone participating in NaNoWriMo, today marks the last day of a normal life until December 1st.

As I recall, last year November was a pretty slow month around blog world with so many obsessed on filling their pages with 50,000 words in 30 days. I suppose this year will be similar, except that I am expecting you ladies who were at WWM in DFW to be posting about your time there, and photos, you know, since you promised.

As for me, just about every minute I can scrape up will be spent with fingers flying over my sparkly new Macintosh keyboard, filling as many pages as I can with (hopefully palatable) prose.

Just in case you're worried that I might be completely invisible (not that it would be unprecedented around here), be assured that I do have a plethora of drafts waiting to be posted. Some are memes and some are filler-type stuff. Some involve more actual writing, the kind with thinking involved. Don't expect to see those here, but the fillers and memes might just make their way to these pages over the next 30 days, along with occasional updates on my novel and whether it has yet driven me insane.

You can watch my progress on the sidebar too, just under my profile. I'll be updating that daily.

So for those who are writing like crazy people this month, good luck! I hope to see you at 50,000+ come November 30th! Come visit me at the NaNo site and make me a writing buddy!

To the rest of you, have a great month! I'll be stopping by occasionally when writer's block kicks in and I need a little break! You don't think I could miss out on an entire month of your blogs, now do you? 50,000 words or not, I'd go into withdrawal!

And for those who are on the fence, trying to decide whether to do it or not, give it a chance! Really, what have you got to lose? Even if you don't win, you will have given it your best shot and will hopefully have filled a few pages with your own words. That in itself is pretty darn cool!


A Subtle Change

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I love quotes. Albert Einstein rocks in this arena. So does Mark Twain, and Madeleine L'Engle has some very interesting things to say as well. I know I'm not alone in this infatuation. Many bloggers have a quote somewhere in their blog template whether prominently displayed at the top of the page, or discreetly tucked in along the sidebar. One blog I visited recently even had quote upon quote boldly emblazoned along the entire length of her sidebar. Brilliant, I thought, but my sidebar is already well-used, and I tend to be a subtle girl, so I have made a subtle change.

For well over a year now – actually since I started blogging back in June 2005 – a sort of description of my blog has been at the top of the page, stating that here you would find many "ments". Deducements, arguments, wonderments, entertainment, etc. could be found in the pages of my blog according to my blog description.

Lately, that has begun to bug me. It wasn't even true. Not really. Deducements? When have I ever deduced anything on this blog? Arguments? I'm really not much of an arguer. Debate is far from one of my strong points (which makes it very interesting living with a man who was once a champion debater in school). Okay, I kind of like wonderments, but only because it was a cool word.

So I made a change, albeit a subtle one. From now on, a favorite quote will decorate the subheader of my blog. I will change it at will when I tire of the current one, or when I find something new and exciting. I've been doing this with my email signature for years now. It gives me a chance to see and to share quotes that I find meaningful, funny, comforting or inspiring. I hope they inspire you too.


On Geekiness, Nerdiness, and a Preference for Solitude

Friday, October 27, 2006

Way back in July, I happened across this test of nerdiness when visiting Brenda over at Rocking Chairs and Rainbows. I was somewhat dismayed to find out that my score was a measly 34.
I am nerdier than 34% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
I made a comment to Brenda about needing to brush up on my periodical table or some such thing. How dare I call myself the Geekwif if I can't even get a decent nerd score!

Today, I revisited that test to see if anything had changed in the past few months. My score had improved enough to move me up from the dregs of Nerd Wannabes to the slightly improved ranks of the lightly nerdy.
I am nerdier than 45% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
I'm still below average, but that's okay. After all, I'm the Geekwif, not the Geek, and even my Geek is not a nerd. (Yes, there is a difference!)

My new job is in the "geek department" (tech dept.) of the same company where I have worked as a temp for the past year. I'm in a different building this time, but same company. It's interesting working in a large room packed with technologically prone people. One day I was walking among the cubicals and overheard a conversation about the pros and cons of binary code vs. hex. This led to a discussion of the participants' preferences between the two. (At my old job conversations tended to revolve around our latest shopping experience, or what we had for dinner the previous night.)

The department is divided up into 3 parts. The first level is agent support. They don't even get to be called techs, though they can offer some minimal technical support.

Then there are the second level techs. They help with things that tend to be just slightly over my head, but only because I've never taken the time to learn them. If I give any effort at all I can generally understand what they are talking about. This is where my job lies – well, sort of – but I don't sit with them. I am considered a tech, but I work exclusively with one piece of equipment, where the rest of them work on the second level with all equipment the company uses. By the way, these are the guys who were having the binary vs. hex conversation. That, I assure you, was definitely over my head.

Then, there are the third level techs. These are the elusive, exclusive, cream-of-the-crop, the creme de la creme. If you are an agent calling for help, you can't even get transferred to these guys. You never call them. They call you. These are the geekiest of the geeks, and the nerdiest of the nerds. And I sit pretty much right smack in the middle of them. It's a little intimidating, knowing that they can hear every word I say if they care to listen. Sometimes I worry that they might sit over there laughing at me. (Foolish mortal!)

I was lamenting this to my own personal Geek (who would probably fit right in with the exclusive third level techie club – he speaks their language) earlier this week when he assured me that I had nothing to worry about. He said that they probably only knew I existed in the sense that there was suddenly a female in their midst where there had been none before – nothing more. They don't care what I say any more than I care what an ant says to his compadres. (Actually, I'd kind of like to know what an ant might say to his compadres. Oh wait, I saw that movie. Never mind.) They could truly not care less what I might say to my agents, and are surely not listening to a word I say over that cube wall.

This is fine with me. I like my solitude. My resume, of course, says I work well with a team; and it's true in that I "play well with others", but the reality is that I prefer to work alone. Sitting in my own little cube, surrounded by people who really don't care what I'm saying – it works for me.


The Literary Meme

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Thanks to Blond Girl for this one.

1. One book that has changed your life:
I'll go with the obvious here, the Bible, because it has.

2. One book you've read more than once:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

3. One book that you would want on a desert island:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. One book that made you laugh:
Marley and Me by John Grogan

5. One book that made you cry:
Marley and Me by John Grogan

6. One book that you wish had been written:
Why Can't We All Just Get Along: How to Get Your Puppy to be Friends With Your Cats

7. One book you wish had never been written:
The only books that come to mind are ones I've never read, and I would never ban a book unless I had first done some research on it. I could totally get on a soapbox about this, but this is not the time for it.

8. One book that you are currently reading:
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

9. One book you have been meaning to read:
Phantastes by George MacDonald

10. One book that should be given to every child:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (Yeah, I know. That's 7 books. Every child should have all 7.)

11. One book that should be made into a movie:
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle

12. Five People I tag to do this meme:
If you enjoyed this meme and want to do it, then TAG, you're it!


I Have A New Toy!

Monday, October 23, 2006

We interrupt this program to bring you this important message...or something like that. I just have to say how disappointed and frustrated I am – not in my new toy though. I downloaded an extension to Firefox that looked so cool! It sits in your Firefox sidebar and you can post to your blog right there! How cool! Or so I thought. I tried it, and (this part is my own fault) didn't copy and paste to save it elsewhere. Then I saved it as a draft, and went to blogger to see it before posting it live, and guess what. It was nowhere to be found. Guess I'll be blogging the old-fashioned way from now on.

Now back to our regular scheduled programming – and let's see how much of that post I can remember...

So, maybe it's more of a tool, but it is certainly as fun as a toy! Looky! \/
MacBookIsn't it fun!?! Seriously girls, if you want a cute computer, nobody makes them cuter than Mac. And don't get me started on the other advantages of a Mac, or we'll be here until next Christmas!

We were going to wait to buy it until after we built the house, but now we're not going to be building until spring (hopefully there will be no more delays!), so we decided to go for it! And just in time for NaNoWriMo too!

My desktop Mac (only Macs for me, baby!) still works great, but I've wanted a laptop for a long time. Just think of the possibilities!
With NaNo just around the corner, I can take my laptop to work and add a few words to my count over my lunch break. There's even a nice little lounge area in the lunchroom at my new workplace, with big cozy chairs. How nice!

The Geek
is also doing NaNo again this year. We can take our laptops (he's had one for years) to Panera and sit there, sipping Chai (or mocha in his case), and writing our novels on Saturday mornings. Ahhhh. Doesn't that sound simply lovely? I don't know if I could think of a nicer way to spend a Saturday morning. They have free wifi there too, so if we need to we can do a little quick research or update our wordcounts on the NaNo website.

And just think of the blogging potential! Oh my! I can blog in the kitchen, in bed, at work, in the car (if the Geek is driving of course). I can blog anywhere! How about you lucky bloggers who already have laptops? Where do you blog? (If it's in the bathroom, don't tell. I don't want to know.)

I just ordered a new carrying case off of eBay too, so I'll really be able to carry it wherever I go. I can't wait!


Because Blond Girl and Jeana Asked

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Okay, so they asked about a month ago, but here it is. This is my new hair. Nothing fancy or exciting, but at least that layer of hair on my right side (your left) doesn't look so weird as it did when the rest of my hair was 2" longer. No pictures will be posted of that!

This will work for a while and then I'll have it trimmed up again. At this point I'm planning on growing it long again, but we'll see if that idea lasts. I've been waffling back and forth between long and short for most of my life.

So how about you? Do you change hairstyles like you change sweaters? Or do you have the same hair you've had since 1985? Myself, I can pretty much tell you what year it was by my hair, all the way back to 1971. But that one's easy. It's the only year I was bald.

Hmmmm. Bald. Now that would be a new look for me....


I've Been Tagged!

I always was the first one tagged back in grade school. I just couldn't run fast enough on my short little legs.

Blond Girl did this one today. (Or was it yesterday? Or the day before?) She tagged me, and thus I find myself being "it" today.

This is an incredibly easy one. Simply leave me a comment with the one word you think best describes me. You may explain your choice if you want to.

So, play along please. It's fun and easy! Oh, and as is my tradition, if you want to be tagged...

You're It!


My Knight In Shining Armour

Saturday, October 21, 2006

You've heard (well, read) me talk about him. I've written about his wonderful way with romance. I've shown you a picture of him. His pseudonym comes up often in my blog, which makes sense, I suppose, since he is the most important person in my life.

Well, now is your chance to meet the man himself. The Geek. My Geek. My favorite Geek. My knight in shining armour.

He calls himself Thurian Knight (TK for short) and he's joined the world of blogging. The man has some very interesting things to say so please go visit him, say hello, feel free to ask questions (he'd love to answer them), and tell him his wif sent you. I promise you'll be glad you did!


Do You NaNo?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

2006 NaNoWriMo participantIt's almost time, ladies and gentlemen. NaNoWriMo is on its way! "Whatthehey is on its way?" you might ask. "NaNoWriMo," I would answer. (See how I'm preparing myself for writing dialogue? Huh? Clever, am I not? Gotta get those grammar and punctuation chops workin' again. Um, I mean I have to get them working. Yeah, that's what I meant.)

So, I guess I really didn't answer your question properly yet, since I assume your question was meant to ask for a definition of NaNoWriMo. You know, assuming you actually asked the question I assume you asked.

The short version is: It's the month of November.

The slightly less short version is: It's an event spanning from 12:00 a.m. on November 1st through 11:59 p.m. on November 30th in which crazy people like me attempt to write a 50,000 word novel (really more of a novella).

For the longer (and much more entertaining) version, see the "What is NaNoWriMo" page on the NaNoWriMo website.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I'll be NaNoing this year...again. Yeah, I'm a novel writin' nut. Last year's attempt wasn't very impressive. Okay, it was crap. But I did win, which just means I got 50,000 words down on a page. I gotta say, I was actually pretty darn happy just to have done that. This year I'm going for something closer to mud than crap. You know, one step up on the gross-o-meter...or is that a step down?

So come on, all you blogging ladies (and gentlemen). Jump in! Come be a novel writing nut with me. You can sign up now and you'll still have an entire month to think about and plan your novel. Just don't forget to make me a writing buddy, okay?


Bloggy Tour of Testimonies

Sunday, October 01, 2006

I heard a story once about an old woman who stood up at a prison evangelism meeting to give her testimony. It went something like this:

"I am so grateful to God, my Savior. He saved me from a life of drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. He saved me from being a murderer, and a thief. Because of his great love, I have had the privilege to live my entire life free from all these things."

My testimony is very similar. God has been good to me and it is only because of his great love that I have been saved from all these things without ever having to live through any of them. Still, I am human and Romans 3:22-24 is true.
"This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

I believe I gave my heart to Jesus when I was a very young child, though I don't remember the specific moment. I really don't remember ever not knowing Him, or a time when my heart did not belong to Him.

My grandma was an amazing Christian woman who prayed fervently for her children and grandchildren, and my parents took me to Sunday School every week despite the fact that they were not yet saved themselves. I had plenty of opportunity to hear about Jesus' love for me

When I was in my pre-teen years, my parents (who had been saved when I was six) started attending a new church, full of people who were very vocal and very ambitious in their various ministries and callings. After listening to many of these messages, I began to fear that maybe I wasn't saved after all. Maybe I did it the wrong way. Maybe I wasn't in the right state of mind when I prayed before. Maybe I never really prayed at all. Maybe if I died tonight I wouldn't go to heaven.

So, I would lie in my bed night after night, begging God to save me, to take away my sins, naming as many sins as I could remember in hope that He would forgive me for them. I don't remember when I stopped doing this and finally realized that I was indeed saved and had no reason to worry, but I did.

I now know that it doesn't take magic words or just the right state of mind to be accepted by God. The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10:
"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

I do still believe that I was saved when I was a little child. I loved Jesus and believed that he died to save me, and I accepted that gift with gratefulness. However I think it was okay - even good - that I spent that time in my pre-teen years seeking God's forgiveness, though I am glad I eventually learned to seek him out of a passion for being in right-standing with the Lord I love, rather than out of fear.

I've often felt my testimony was inferior, that it didn't really show God's love and his saving grace because there wasn't any horrible past from which I needed Him to rescue me; but the fact is that he has rescued me. He rescued me from the sins I have commited, because the "size" of the sin doesn't matter. (...for all have sinned...) Just like the old woman, he rescued me from the pain and suffering that so many people have had to live through because of the life they led before they met Him. He rescued me before I even knew I needed rescuing.

If you would like to read more testimonies of God's love and grace, please visit the home of the "Bloggy Tour of Testimonies" at Lauren's blog, "Created for HIS Glory". At the end of her testimony, there is a list of participant links. Thanks for taking the time to read mine, and if you have any questions, please leave that question in a comment. Jesus loves you just like He loves me, no matter what your life has been like, and I would love to share that with you.