“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'm A Winner!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Woo hoo! I sprinted to victory today. It took me all day – literally all day. I sat at my laptop, typing from about 8:00 this morning until 5:15 tonight, with a short break for breakfast and one for lunch. But it was so worth it. I now have another 50,000+ word NaNo novel under my belt and another award to display on my blog.

Now it's time to get back to real life. I have a website to finish and an Etsy store to stock. But first, I think I'll have a little dinner and a victory evening off.

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It's Crunch Time, Big Time!

Friday, November 28, 2008

NaNoWriMo is over in about 2 days and I have 10,000 words to write by midnight on Sunday – technically 9,999, but who's counting. That plus I have to work today, drive into the city to see a cousin I haven't seen in years this evening, make Thanksgiving dinner for my family tomorrow, and finish a website I'm redesigning for a friend by December 1st.

Yikes. December's going to feel downright lackadaisical after this!

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Geekwif Crafts News

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Great news! I sold my first bookmark! It actually wasn't on Etsy. I had told a few people at work about my Etsy shop and one of them came to my desk yesterday, plopped some money down in front of me and asked me to make her a bookmark. Yay!

Then, when I got home today, I had an email waiting for me from a fellow Etsy seller who had featured one of my bookmarks on her blog. I checked, and while I haven't had any sales yet, I did have quite a lot of people viewing my items today.

What happened is this: I did an Etsy Treasury this weekend, which is essentially a gallery of 12 Etsy items that you like. Any Etsy member can make a Treasury (the limit is 333 treasuries at a time) and generally they are collections of items that are alike in some way. Mine was made up of items that were made of pewter or pewter in color.

One of the items in it was a pretty gray peyote cuff bracelet by SandFibers. In return, she posted a screen shot of my Treasury and my bookmark photo on her blog. You can find them both in this blog post. Just do a find on the word "pewter" or scroll down until you find the Treasury called "Pretty in Pewter".

Austen bookmark in pale green & ivoryBy the way, I added another Austen bookmark to the shop. This one is in a pretty pale green with ivory trim. I have more items to add – something other than Austen bookmarks this time! – just need to get the photos ready to list them.

But right now, I need to get back to NaNoWriMo. I'm a few thousand words behind on my word count, so it's time to go catch up!

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Lessons in Procrastination

Monday, November 10, 2008

You would think that at the core of NaNoWriMo would be hard work, dedication, and insanity, and you would be right. But there is another value at the core of NaNo that is dear to the hearts of it's followers:


There's even a category in the forums which is dedicated to those who are willing to share their most beloved (and often creative) forms of procrastination. (It currently has 18181 posts in it!) Heck, there's even a Procrastination Station on the front page of the website!

So, today, I would like to introduce you to my very own favorite form of procrastination. It's called Elouai, and it's just so darn cool. It's kind of like paper dolls for the new millennium. The site lets you choose a head shape, eyes, nose, mouth, clothes, hair, shoes, etc. So very cool.

I figured out a couple of years ago that it was a great way to visualize my characters, and I did it again this year. So, today I'm going to introduce you to the darlings of my (yet unnamed) novel. (If you remember me doing this 2 years ago, or followed that link, don't worry. The format is different this time so there will be no danger of these characters losing their heads or their clothes.)
Pru is a no-nonsense, single (widowed) quadragenarian (soon to be quintagenarian) who owns a cooking store in NYC – a thousand miles away from her closest friends. She has pewtery hair and striking blue eyes (though they are not nearly as big as that picture makes them look). And her glasses are not green. They're pewter, to match her hair, of course! Her favorite color is purple, which is reflected in her clothing and in her store where the walls are all painted in shades of purple.

Charity is a brilliant 23 year-old from Minneapolis who hates her name – Charity Love. She has been in Bible College for five years and is still no closer to her goal of an MRS degree (or any other degree for that matter) than when she started. In the meantime she works at an Italian restaurant where she hopes to find a dishy Italian guy who'll change her name for her since she can't seem to find anyone acceptable at school.

Evie (who you'll meet next) was her youth group leader when she was in high-school and Charity absolutely adores her. She loves her kids too, but don't tell Evie that; Charity needs her social time and when Evie asks her to babysit, she can never say no.
Evie tends to dress for ease and comfort since she has eight kids to chase after every day. Yeah, that's right – eight – and only one set of twins. They range from 14 years down to 6 months and all have pretty normal names, except for the last one, who for some reason (she can't really remember why now) ended up with the name Ocean. They call him Jack.

She once had a dream of being a fashion designer, but now that she's a mom, the only models to wear her creations are her kids. Despite her typical look of whatever clean clothes she can find to throw on, she cleans up pretty nicely when she has the occasion to do so – like this...Ahh. Much better. She told me that she would really rather that skirt was a nice robin's egg blue (her favorite color), but the store only had it in this bronzy color, which is okay, since it goes with just about anything and it's the only dressy skirt she owns.

So there you have it. Despite my valiant efforts at procrastination, I'm actually doing pretty well. I have written 15,816 words so far, and as long as I can write another 800 or so tonight, I'll still be on track for the 50,000-word goal. Guess I better get busy!

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Worst. Novel. Ever?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

In the first pep-talk email of the month, written by the guy who founded NaNoWriMo 10 years ago, he said this:

I still get an excited stomach-flutter at the start of November. I can't help but feel giddy as I ponder questions like: Will this be the best novel I've ever written? And, secretly: Will this be the best novel ever written in the history of humankind?

Because it really could be.

Then the writing starts, and by the second sentence, two new questions have occurred to me. Namely: What am I doing? And: Could this be the worst novel ever written in the history of humankind?

And you know what? It really could be.

I know exactly what he means. This could just be the worst novel ever written in the history of mankind. But you know what? I'm having fun! And I've written 4188 words so far! That means I'm up by more than 800 words. I can handle that, even if it is 4188 of the silliest words ever written.

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And They're Off!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

NaNoWriMo's servers must be seriously overloaded tonight, which is no big surprise considering it's the first day and everyone and their cousin is trying to get themselves signed up at the last minute for 2008.

So I managed to upload my word count, but I'm too impatient to try to get one of those fancy dancy little word counters for my sidebar. I did get off to a good start though with 1758 words – just over 1/30th of the way to 50,000!

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