“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


I Think I Can! I Think I Can?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

There is a chance I might actually finish it! 5979 words to go. It could be a late night tonight. I'll let you know tomorrow....


A Snapshot Of My Crazy Messed Up Brain

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The NaNoWriMo novel is not doing so well. I haven't written anything since last Friday – almost a week ago. The weekend was busy. Then Monday morning I woke up, looked around the house, and realized what a disaster it was. Or was that Tuesday? I can't keep track.

Anyway, the kitchen floor was filthy with Raspberry's paw prints. She's a puppy. She likes to dig. She's really good at digging and she brings half of what she digs up back in with her, stuck to her paws. Then she steps in the water she sloshes out of her dish when drinking and creates one big mud puddle out of my kitchen floor. A masterpiece to her, I'm sure...not so much to me.

The rest of the house is suffering too. Raz has not had any influence on those rooms, but my own neglect has. So I haven't written since then. And my house is still a disaster. How does that happen?

A word to the wise: looking around the house during NaNoWriMo month is a novel killer. Who cares about killing off characters. They'll never get anywhere anyway if their story never gets written in the first place.

Speaking of which, you should really see Stranger Than Fiction if you haven't already. This is the best movie I've seen in a long time. The characters are incredibly interesting. By the end of the movie I genuinely cared what happened to them. The story was very well written, and...well, you just really should go see it.

Back to NaNoWriMo...

I kind of gave up on the novel. I'm somewhere in the vicinity of 17,000 words behind at this point. That means I need to write 29,000 words in the next week. That's right. There is only one week left of November. One week left until December 1st. One week left before NaNoWriMo 2006 is gone forever.

On the other hand, I have a four-day weekend. Today is shot with cooking and visiting and stuff (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way!), but I might be able to do some catching up for the next three days. Not to mention that I can stay up as late as I want for the next 3 days since I can sleep late the next morning.

Guess we'll see what happens. I've been reluctant to start it up again, feeling like writing a novel that will never be published is a ridiculous waste of time. There's got to be a good reason that it isn't, and I want to write – not just NaNo but other things too – but at the moment, most of the things I do with my time seem like a big waste of time...except getting my house whipped into shape, and working, and laundry, and...and...and.... The sad thing is that my house is never in shape.

Maybe this is all just a ploy of my sub-conscious to get me out of writing. The only problem with that theory is that I was actually enjoying writing.

Pesky sub-conscious.


Visiting Chez Blond Girl

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A week ago today I was visiting Blond Girl along with my friend and her daughter (whom I will call Snow's Mom and Snow White to be consistent with Blond Girl). I had planned to come home and write all about our weekend at Blond Girl's new home, but when I got home I found myself exhausted and overwhelmed.

Every day at work I fought to keep my eyes open and my mind on my work. Every evening I came home too tired to cook and barely able to write. My NaNoWriMo word count is suffering horribly, but I think the end is finally in sight. Normality is returning. I think I was just affected by the long drive more than I thought at the time. I slept until 10:00 this morning, and I finally feel refreshed and ready to share with you some of the highlights of our visit.


I was sort of dreading the 10 hour drive it takes to get there, but I had not accounted for the power of good conversation with a good friend. (ME! Conversation! Yeah! Whooda thunk it?!) It actually took us about 11 hours due to some necessary stops along the way, but Snow's Mom and I had some interesting and enjoyable discussions which got us through many miles of many open fields.


When we finally arrived, Sweet Girl (Blond Girl's daughter) was sent to answer the door. She looked out the window first to see who it was and saw me since the Snow girls were already at the door. I heard her shout, "Geekwif and Geek!" (assuming the Geek would be with me since he usually is) and her face lit up. Then she opened the door and saw Snow White (her best friend and the original catalyst for the trip), and was so excited she went into shock. The two girls stood there silent, staring at each other for a minute before they joined hands and Snow White got the tour royale of Chez Blond Girl, starting of course with Sweet Girl's very pretty pink and purple bedroom.


We were introduced to Blond Girl's and Champs' favorite restaurants in town. I gotta say, one of them made me seriously jealous. It would almost be enough to make me want to move there...almost. That's right. One restaurant. It was that good.


Friday and Saturday nights, and to a lesser extent on Sunday night (since we had to be up at 3:30 am to get on the road going home) was pure girl time. The three of us – Blond Girl, Snow's Mom, and I – sat around chatting like we hadn't seen each other in months. I suppose that was because we hadn't. :)


Sweet Girl lost a tooth while we were there. It was very loose when we got there, and finally on Sunday morning, in Sunday School, she pulled it out. I wasn't there, but I guess the abundance of blood on her face freaked out the teacher a bit. It didn't seem to phase SG though. She was grinning from ear to ear.

(Disclaimer: A cookie was involved in the taking of this photo. Blond Girl's little girl is normally quite clean and free of facial chocolate. She's also not usually quite so blurry.)

I stocked up on Sweet Girl hugs and kisses while we were there. She is such an adorable child and I'm so glad I got to spend some time with her as well as her mom.


Sunday morning we had the opportunity to visit the family's new church home. It seems like a wonderful place. We were greeted warmly, the worship was beautiful, and the message was well-laced with scripture and Biblical truth. It was so good to see first hand the place they now call their church home.


Blond Girl and I went shopping on Sunday afternoon while Snow's Mom was napping. Then we went back, picked her up, and shopped some more. It was lovely and so nice to shop with friends again.


Of course, my status as a crazy cat lady will not let me get away without mentioning Gus. He's just as frisky and cute as when I last saw him, but he's twice as big. He put on a show for us one night when Champs pulled out the laser pointer. I really need to get one of those for my little fuzzballs.


My main purposes in taking this trip were to see Blond Girl, to see Sweet Girl, and to see the place (home and town) where they live. Other than the fact that the town is excessively orange (Keep an eye on Blond Girl's blog for more about this subject. She told me that she would be posting about this soon.), I think BG and her family have a very nice place to live, and I very much enjoyed my time in their new home.

I missed my Geek terribly by the last day, but I would not have changed a thing about this trip. I miss them already, but between their visits here and mine there, I'm sure we'll see them often enough to keep that friendship alive and well. I have evidence that the Geek might even take the trip with me next time. I'm sure Champs would appreciate a bit of male influence among the gaggle of girls in his home.


Road Trip!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Well, I missed out on the big "We Wanna Meet" event down south last week (Or was it two weeks ago?), but I'm going on a road trip of my own and I couldn't be more excited!

As you may know, if you read Blond Girl's blog, she and her family moved to another state a few months ago. You may also know that she and I were great friends long before either of us ever started blogging. That basically adds up to mean that I have not seen my best friend since she moved in August.

Her daughter, otherwise known as Sweet Girl, and who truly is the sweetest girl who ever graced the face of this earth, moved with her...of course. She is my goddaughter, and I miss her every bit as much as I miss her mom.

A couple weeks ago, a mutual friend called me up and told me she had a "hair-brained idea". She wanted to pack up her daughter (whose best friend is Sweet Girl and who happens to miss her friend desperately!) and go on a road trip – just the three of us girls – to see B.G. and S.G.

Hair-brained idea? NO WAY. Try BRILLIANT idea!

And that is exactly what we are going to do this weekend! Friday morning we will leave at an ungodly hour and we should arrive at our destination late in the afternoon. We'll spend a couple days there and then travel back home on Monday.

We're going on a road trip! And I get to see my girls! Woo hoo!


Wasting Time...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I decided that I wanted to see with my eyes what my characters looked like in my head, so I went over to the eLouai website today and made a couple dolls that looked like my 2 main characters, Ann and Breccae. Then I carefully pasted them into a post, published, and then went to my blog to see how it looked.

There was one teenie problem. All the stuff I added to them (faces, clothes, hair, etc.) didn't show up. All I had was two semi-naked, headless dolls on my page. Semi-naked, headless girls, even if they are cartoonish, are not family friendly, so I quickly deleted the post.

Then I remembered the dolls I have on my sidebar of the Geek and myself and went to check them. Yup, semi-naked. So now they're gone too. Must be something going on with the eLouai website or something.

So, for now, I have no pictures to show you of my characters. Yup, I've wasted your time as well as mine. Too bad, because they were awfully cute. If eLouai starts working again, I'll post them then.

P.S. I just read this post back to myself before sending it off to blog land. Oh dear, I can't wait to see the creepy google searches that this one attracts.



Saturday, November 04, 2006

Two days ago, I wrote that my main character woke up at 4:45 a.m.

The subsequent two days I have woken up at 4:45 a.m.

This is not good. If I meet a short, loquacious girl with a funny name in a coffee shop, I guarantee you I will run screaming.

Update (at 9:01 pm): Went to a coffee shop to write with the Geek this morning. How very cool is that.

There were no short, loquacious girls with funny names there that I noticed, but the group of old ladies sitting at the table next to us kept glancing suspiciously at us like we were some kind of beatniks or something. I pretended not to notice them looking and kept on busily tapping away on my keyboard.

Also, I really like the word loquacious. I could just say it over and over again.

Loquacious Loquacious Loquacious


Passing Along A "Newspaper" Clipping

Friday, November 03, 2006

Do you remember newspaper clippings? My Grandma used to have newspaper clippings neatly stashed in scrapbooks or between the pages of a book, or hung by magnets from her refrigerator. She would take a pair of scissors and carefully clip out an engagement announcement for a friend's child, or a poem she found inspiring, or an article she wanted to pass along.

I have never been much of a newspaper reader. The Sunday paper we used to get was only used for its coupons and comics, and now we don't even get it anymore. The vast majority of my non-book reading is done online.

Today, as my filler for day 3, I have a clipping for you, which I think is worth passing along. Some parts of it could be a bit controversial to some, but I found myself nodding along to much of it. I appreciate the viewpoint of a man who has been there – who has seen the world as it was, and as it is. I hope you also find some food for thought in this story about a man named Bill Snead.


5 Things And An Update

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It has begun. I was invited by a coworker from my previous job to a NaNoWriMo write-in at Dunn Bros. tonight. The Geek and I went and had a great time getting our first day's quota of words written. I hit 1690 words just minutes before they shut the place down for the night. (The daily goal is 1667 in order to meet 50,000 in 30 days.)

I'm right on target, but need to get ahead a little bit to make up for four days later this month when I'll be out of town. (More on this exciting development later.)

For now, here's the first of 30 days of filler material....

I picked this one up from Jennifer.

Five things I would do if I had 5 minutes to myself...
1. Read a book
2. Play with my puppy
3. Watch the sun set
4. Close my eyes and daydream
5. Sleep

Five Items I'd love to get rid of.....
1. About 60 pounds
2. Debt
3. Junk mail
4. Politician's ads
5. Guilt

Five Items I wouldn't part with...
1. My wedding ring
2. The diamond/emerald ring my Geek gave me on our 5th anniversary
3. The violin the Fish restored for me
4. All the lovely cobalt blue glass Blond Girl has given me
5. My new Mac laptop

Five words or phrases I would love to hear.......
1. You're house is finished!
2. You can move in!
3. Why yes, I'd love to pay you lots of money to do what you love to do!
4. The word realtor, but only if it's pronounced correctly.
5. Sold! (pertaining to our current house in the hood)