Wednesday, November 30

Music lovers beware...this is addictive

Here's to Amy for the link to the neatest new music project ever. (Hoo-rah, Amy!) Enter the name of your favorite artist, song or album and the search engine will "design" a playlist of like music. Absolutely fabulous for those of us who like the sound of a particular artist, album or genre and want to know who else is making music like that.

In other news...
  • Dad is doing much better, thank you for all your kind thoughts. Yours truly will be going through the process of being tested as a donor -- after all, you really only need one.
  • I found myself a decent little apartment in Arcata. It's sunny and warm, has off street parking and and a little yard for Echo and a huge storage space for all the shit have that won't fit in an apartment. I have feeling that's going to be less than I think it is. Especially when it comes to furniture.
Things are getting a little brighter. One day at a time. So it goes.

Thursday, November 10

Oh more thing, before I forget

See, I've already moved on to the next amusing thing:

Bush in Freefall

This one is worth the click, BTW...

Thursday, November 3

Halloween Fun

Okay so I cheated a bit...I know I said I was gonna try for Zoe this Halloween but I have to say that after seeing Serenity I had a hard sell with convincing T to go as Wash. I believe his exact words were "Do I have to have the pole sticking out of my chest?"

So we decided to go as Storm and Wolverine (you should see the chops this guy grew!) SO I unpacked my wig only to find it getting a bit moldy and smelling way too funny to walk around all night in.

Tearing out my hair I finally came up with this perfect costume for the writer:
(Thanks Edo for the inspiration...)

Scheherazade (if you look sooper close you can see the book of "1,001 Nights ")

It was great...I did get a little weary of explaining myself at the bar later but overall this year's Halloween costume was a big thumb's up..

Wednesday, November 2

Nobody said they had to be GOOD words

Day 2 of NANOWRIMO: Word count 4,160 (Hey, I'm going for quantity, not quality here)
Actually the first bit has been in my head for a while, so it's been flowing pretty easily OUT of my head and onto the page. This year I'm trying a bit of a different strategy: planning.

Yes, that's right, you read it here first. The "inspiration and deadline" driven writer learns to plan. So with some basic math skills I have determined that 50,000 words puts me at about 10,000+ a week (I told you they were basic math skills) which is approximately one of my Clarion West stories. I was able to turn in one of those a week for six weeks (give or take) so I can certainly do this. After all, a full time job is NOT critting 3-4 stories a night, which is REAL WORK.

I've even broken my novel to be up into four major sections so that I can keep myself on a timeline for getting to the END of the novel, rather than just writing myself into a muddled middle. So I have a week (and a week's worth of words) to get through each section which will hopefully bring me to an END by the 30th.

I'm keeping this schedule regardless if I feel pulled sideways on a tangent in section two. I have promised to take detailed notes on said tangent and then plow forward. I'll go back and round up the strays at a later date.

And she's off!

And in the rarely serious department: Dearest Rachel, Wishing you peace and much love during this difficult time. My best to you! ((((hugs)))