About A. Elizabeth West

Writer, publisher, nerd of many persuasions

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 29: Nearly There

I don’t know why my screenshots have gotten so fuzzy all of a sudden. Probably because I desperately need a new computer. This little nugget has been with me for a while, but now he’s so slow that I can’t do several things at once like I used to. I need to replace him so he can be the backup while he’s still working well enough to be a backup. Because his backup is practically dead. And while he can still play a few games I need to finish. 

Maybe I should crowdsource it, since I can’t seem to find a job in this hellhole to save my fricking life.

I asked my wallet about it and this is what it said.

NaNoWriMo is almost over. I’m nearly 5,000 words ahead. I have a hair appointment tomorrow (have to stay spiffy for interviews and such), and it’s probably going to take a while. I may have a bit less writing time. I need it, though. 

I would not have gone blonde if I’d known I was going to lose my job, since it’s not cheap to keep it up. But I love my stylist; she’s very nice and cool. I always feel like a million bucks when I walk out of there, so it’s worth it. Plus I can keep a good blowout going for at least four days. 

Werrrrrrrth it.

A little pampering will do me good. It’s like a treat for making the word count. I’m going to enjoy it. 

The Writing Music playlist I posted yesterday.

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 28: Two More Days

You might notice the graphic no longer displays a daily word count. I don’t need one anymore since I broke the NaNo count. It feels like I’m almost done, but when I look at that total, the end of the book (likely 80-90K) seems miles away. 

So close, and yet so far.

Image: Mount Everest from Kalapatthar by Pavel Novak / Wikimedia Commons

I feel much better than I did yesterday, although I’m still tired. I slept forever yesterday and this morning, and I should be wide awake, but nope. The only thing I did today besides write was return a movie. Now I’m yawning. 

Here’s a playlist I made and listened to while writing today: Writing Music.
It’s missing some tracks, since Spotify doesn’t have all the same albums I have. 

It’s a little dark, but things are murky in the book right now. A lot’s happened to my characters in the space of their timeline. Will they make it through? I don’t even know yet. I still have another book to work that out. Mwahaha.

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 27: Please Send Soup

Blergh. I’m feverish. I only managed about 314 words. I didn’t watch Beetlejuice last night, either; I was too sleepy. 

Fever, if not high enough to cook your brain, is one of the body’s best defenses against infection. I didn’t take anything for mine. I’m gonna let it BURN THESE MOTHERS DOWN. 

I love how easy it is to embed media in this WordPress Gutenberg editor; it’s not so great for text, however. 

Today, I got a cool LED twinkly skirt I ordered from ThinkGeek. It took me an hour to wire it up and I’m exhausted. But it looks SO DAMN COOL. I don’t care if I’m old—I’m wearing it to my fan group Christmas party anyway. 

Image: ThinkGeek.com  

Hell no, I didn’t pay that much. It was on sale for $10. What, you think I’m crazy?

Now, off to rest. 

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 26: The Traveler Has Come

This is a coronavirus. It is well known for causing a mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, such as a cold.

 Image: 1975 CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy / Wikipedia

I’m lying on the sofa feeling feverish, and I do believe this unwelcome little fart has made my acquaintance. 

Last night I coughed about a thousand times while going to sleep. I thought it was just reflux, but maybe not. My nose has been drippy all day. There’s a scritch in my throat.
I had a doctor appointment today for unrelated reasons, and I started feeling gross and sneezy afterward. So I went to the grocery store and then came home and made some Lipton noodle soup (that shit has magical properties. Don’t argue with me; it’s true). 

I get a cold every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it seems. If my Wolverine-like healing powers are still intact, the bug will only last a day or so. If not, I’ll be sick but with definite advantages over last year:

  1. I’ve already passed the NaNoWriMo word count. 
  2. More energy in the morning means I can wake up, write until I feel like shit again, and then go back to sleep with a clear conscience. 
  3. I know exactly what to write next and can just get right to it.

 Earlier this week, I acquired a gently used Blu-ray of Ant-Man and the Wasp and tonight, I watched that after my soup. Now my MCU collection is completely caught up until Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 come out on disc.

Tee hee!

I read that Lee’s cameo for Avengers 4 (when are we going to get a title?) is already in the can. I hope that’s true for Captain Marvel also. It’ll be a little sad to see, but at least Phase 3 won’t close out without him. 

I purchased Beetlejuice also. I like to buy used discs because they’re cheaper. Now I’m going to watch that one and then probably go to bed early. I’ve got soup, tea, blankets, and time. I’ll be fine. 

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 25: ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!

1,720 tonight!
50,967 total!

A little late tonight; I had to clean the house today so I could put up Christmas decorations. The tree’s up now, and my back is out. 

Of course every crooked ornament is completely obvious now that I posted it on the internet for all to see. 

There’s a widget on the home page where I’d put my word count long ago. As soon as NaNoWriMo is finished, I will update the widget with the ending word count and add to it until the book is done. I’m hoping this first draft will be complete before Christmas. 

I have to say, I’ve gained new respect for J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King (especially The Dark Tower) and other fantasy authors. Building a complete world — food, clothing, customs, architecture, weapons (this one, ugh), LANGUAGE — is harrrrrrrd. 

Victory dance and then soon it’s bedtime for this writer. Catch you tomorrow! 

Angels and Demons: Hans Zimmer and Joshua Bell – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (I listened to this a lot while writing Tunerville)

We Don’t Live Here Anymore: Michael Convertino – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 24: 753 Words Left!

CHECK IT OUT. 3,299 words this afternoon and evening. 

I’m so close it’s not even funny. And there are six days left. The book is two-thirds finished, by my reckoning. I should have it done sometime before Christmas, if I bust my ass between now and then. 

I bought Ant-Man and the Wasp and Beetlejuice for my movie collection, and I’ve rented Rememory with Peter Dinklage. Since I finished for the day well before midnight (!), I shall watch one of them. 

Speaking of movies, you need to see Loving Vincent, if you haven’t already. 
I saw it at the cinema and loved it. It’s a sort of mystery set around the events of Vincent van Gogh’s death. The movie stars Douglas Booth, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, Eleanor Tomlinson, and features Polish actor Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent.

Artists animated the film by hand with hundreds of paintings, and visually, it will blow you away. It’s available for rent on YouTube for $1.99. Here’s a link. I think you’ll like it. 

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 23: I hope you had a nice holiday

I did write about 244 words yesterday, according to Atomic Scribbler, and 61 today. Mostly tweaking. I went back and read a couple of scenes and found one particular conversation I just hated. Fixed it.

To be honest, my hands are killing me. I have a little bit of dyspraxia (yes, like Ryan on Doctor Who) and it hurts me to write for a long time. I have to push to control my hands after a while. They get stiff and don’t want to do what I say. 

I don’t have speech problems, but I do bump into things, drop things (a lot), and my handwriting is atrocious. It takes me foreeeeeever to learn choreography. When I skated, I always tried to get my programs done as far in advance of a rink ice show as possible. Learning to knit has been a challenge (but I’m determined to do it), and the other morning, while making my coffee, I flipped sugar every damn where. Just flipped it. With the spoon. 

Speaking of flipping, apropos of nothing, please enjoy this magnificent Attack on Titan gif I just found. 

Hidden disabilities can be a pain in the arse. I’m lucky, though. I can walk, talk, think, exercise, and do lots of other things that some people can’t.  

And I can write. So let me rest my hands tonight and I’ll be back on it tomorrow. 

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 21: 4,356 to Go!

Assuming Atomic Scribbler’s word count is accurate, I think I can afford to take Thanksgiving off, but you know what? I don’t think I want to. 

The book is hitting its stride now. I’m still on track with the outline, but it’s taking on a life of its own. In just a couple of days, I’ll hit the NaNoWriMo word count, though I probably have another 25–30K left to go before I officially finish. 

I was saving a bottle of prosecco for when I got a job, but since that does not look likely before the end of the month at least, I might just see if anyone wants to join me and crack it open when I finish. 

Since I’ve finished for the day before midnight and I have an early start tomorrow, I shall do a little online visiting and then go to bed.

Sleep well and if you’re traveling tomorrow, please be careful. 

Happy Thanksgiving!



NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 20: We’re in the End Game Now

Total: 3,023.
Chapter: 2,843.

Word count for November 21, since I ran over midnight: 411.

Every count in this program is off. I really think it’s screwed up somehow. 


I TRIED TO START EARLIER I REALLY DID

The date on this post is going to be wrong, dammit.

I had to go back and tweak a little; I forgot to include something important in another scene. Then everyone and their dog needed to message me.

Then I had to pause and make chicken potstickers and furikake rice for dinner and the entire house smells like sesame oil now.

Then I had to look up a thing online. And ask questions on Facebook. Because my character is doing the thing but I have never done the thing.

Yes, this is what writing is like sometimes.

Now it’s time to wind down before bed with an ASMR video. Nightly night, lovelies. Sleep well.

The Endless River: Pink Floyd (world’s greatest band!)
Blade Runner 2049 again (I love this Hans Zimmer score)
Latana original score: Paul Kelly (I have never seen this Australian drama)
Various playlists I really need to transfer to my phone somehow because my computer is getting old
Michael Convertino’s poignant score for the film We Don’t Live Here Anymore

NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 19: Another Day, Another Word Count

LOOKY LOOKY LOOKY AT MY REVISED DAILY TARGET
It’s dropped to less than a thousand words!

Today, Atomic Scribbler’s word counter says my total is 4,191. I pulled some of that from a document called Bits, which contained snippets of scenes I wrote but wasn’t ready to use yet. I also did a little tweaking. 

If you’re having trouble getting started, spend your first few minutes reading over what you wrote last time. A little editing is okay, but resist the urge to rework the scene in depth. 

It’s 10:30 and I’m starving; worked through dinner again. I really need to get up earlier and hit the laptop after breakfast instead of waiting until the end of the damn day. 

In honor of the late, great Stan Lee, I’ll leave you with my all-time favorite of his MCU cameos, from Captain America: Civil War.

Breaking and Entering: Gabriel Yared and Underworld and
Brendan et Le Secret de Kells: Bruno Coulais