NaNoWriMo Day 6: STUCK!

Word count as of 8:51 pm CST:  144



I’d have a drink to loosen things up a bit (hey,maybe all those alcoholic writer tropes are there for a reason!), but I have to skate in the morning.  So I’ll sit here and babble in Word for a bit and hope I can pull something useful out of it.

My sister texted me and we started texting emojis back and forth and I found a hamster one and it reminded me of this.

Oh dear God

Oh dear God.

Help me.  :)

NaNoWriMo Day 3: A Scene Completed

Word count:  971

And I’ve finished a scene that I left hanging when I stopped writing before.

Three cheers and a tiger for me; I've won!

Three cheers and a tiger for me; I’ve won!


It has a plant in it for a future event.  I’m thinking I may not have been as subtle as I liked, but given this character’s anxiety, perhaps a bit of foreshadowing will work here.  Why should he be the only one who worries?

It’s getting late; I had to work through lunch and didn’t get to sneak a few words in today, so I shall sign off with this video of elephants at the Oregon Zoo playing with their food.   Enjoy!

4 Ways I’m Relaxing after NaNoWriMo

I’ve been quiet since NaNoWriMo.  The only writing I’ve done is a blog post over on Clerical Chick, some chatting, a few tweets, and cover letters.   Yes, I’m still job hunting *GROAN*.

While I feel a bit lazy right now, after finishing a project that huge I definitely think some relaxation is in order.   You may be compelled to continue, but I am going to take this time before I actually get a job to enjoy my lack of responsibilities.

In no particular order, here are some ways I have relaxed after NaNoWriMo.

#1 – Watching TV series I never saw

I’m working my way through The X-Files on Netflix right now.  I’m up to Season 5, and just watched the one where Scully finds the little girl she thinks is her sister’s daughter.  This show is hilarious.  I don’t believe in alien abduction, so I have to really work to suspend disbelief, but the intentional humor is excellent.

Netflix is awesome too.  I love being able to watch back-to-back episodes of TV shows, except it backfires with How I Met Your Mother, since that show is still airing and I’m behind.  I’m watching faster than they’re posting.

Digital content is much more entertaining when you pause it than videotape ever was.  Check out this ridiculous Mulderface shot:



#2 – Reading

I’ve hauled out some old favorites, but in the next couple of weeks I’m going to tackle the two remaining novels in Robert J. Sawyer‘s Neanderthal Parallax series.  I read Hominid and loved it, but I haven’t gotten around to the other ones.  Sawyer is an excellent writer, and a nice guy too.  I emailed him once and got a very gracious reply.

Last year, when I had two jobs, I wrote way more than I read.  I would like to remedy that.  I’ve missed reading.  So an early New Year’s resolution:  to read more books in 2013, as well as write more.

#3 – Attempting to create handmade Christmas presents since I’m broke

The less said about this, the better.

#4 – Reorganizing the house

Good luck with this one, self.  No one wants the furniture I put on craigslist, and I have TOO MUCH STUFF.

Not quite, but getting there.

Not quite, but getting there.

Image:  Bill Longshaw /

I watch Hoarders to remind myself of what can happen when I’m too lazy to do this (yes, I know it’s a severe anxiety disorder, and I have anxiety issues, so yes, I watch it to scare myself also).  Plus, there’s the added what-if-I-can’t-find-a-job-and-have-to-move motivation.  I actually donated eight boxes of books to the library sale recently, so I’m doing pretty well.

None of these activities takes the place of the job hunt, or getting my ducks in a row for a possible return to school in the spring.   Things are changing little by little.  Let’s hope next year they’re for the best, because this year sucks.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate the end of NaNoWriMo, I hope you enjoy your holiday.  We’ll all gear up for a visit the Ghost of Editing Yet to Come.



NaNoWriMo Day 29 – One Day Left

Word count – 1,382.

Ugh, my WordPress screen is different.  I hate it.

I don’t know if I’m going to finish this book tomorrow.  It’s doubtful.  My total for the NaNoWriMo 2012 is only 23,522 words altogether.  But the book is almost finished, and so I consider it a success.  That’s what I wanted NaNo to do for me this year.

I’m not making excuses, but it’s very hard for me to write when I don’t have other stuff going on.  For most people, that would be heaven.  For me, it sucks.  Not having a job means that instead of thinking about writing, I’m thinking about not having a job, what’s going to happen if I can’t find one, where I should look next, etc. etc. ad infinitum forever and ever.  Makes it really hard to concentrate on anything else except all the things that are making me miserable.

I’m going to try and finish the book before the holiday gets here.  Then I’m going to sit on it for a while, maybe a couple of weeks, before I begin rewriting.  By NaNoEdMo in March, I hope to have at least a second or third draft done.

Here’s a guy who didn’t think his strategy through very well.  WARNING: Spider, but you can barely see it so it’s not very scary.



NaNoWriMo Day 28 – Slowing Down

Word count – 559.  So.  Tired.  Once again, I spent most of the day scouring online job postings and trying to check in with references.  Unemployment is getting very old.

There are two days of NaNoWriMo left, and I’m not finished.  But I got so much farther than I thought I would.  Seriously, I figured I would give up after a week.  Even if I don’t finish the book in the next two days, I am so close it won’t matter.

I still have some research to do.  As soon as the last scene is written, I’m going to bust that out while I can, so if I get a job I’ll have any daytime meetings out of the way.  There is actually something I need to do for a Rose’s Hostage sequel that I really need to do during the day, if I can manage to do it.

Here’s a silly little video I saw last year, but it’s worth another look.  Please enjoy these funny cats alternately loving and hating the wet stuff.   The cat at 2:16 chilling in the blue tub must really be enjoying some nice warm water.


NaNoWriMo Day 27 – Return of the Ouches

Word count – 1,317.

Ah ha ha ha, thanks to my fabulous vet, I have obtained some really good information for that pivotal scene I had to rewrite.  I can’t mention names here, but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I am very tired tonight, so I won’t talk much.  The minor procedure has been a major pain in the ass, and I’m still not 100%.  So I’ll leave you with this short but sweet video.  Enjoy.


NaNoWriMo Day 25 – Didn’t Do Crap

Here’s what I did today instead of writing:

The lights twinkle. I would have made them do that in the picture but I don’t know how yet.

I wasn’t going to do a tree, but after I cleaned the house, I caved.  I put lights on my kitchen window too.

All the ornaments have Snoopy either on or in them.  Most of them are Hallmark ones from the 1970s.  I’ve had them for years.  There’s a silver bow on top.  Usually I do a designer-style tree with gold beads and burgundy bows, but I’m kinda tired of that one.

I opened the ornament box and found that my colored lights from two Christmases ago were half burnt out.  So I had to schlep to Walmart in my Crocs and socks (shut up) to get more.  I should have purchased more tinsel, but they didn’t have any decent stuff.  I swear, it gets skimpier every year.  Probably to force you into buying more. Jerks

Before I did that, I went to skating practice.  We have a Christmas show on December 15th.  I actually skated a mostly clean program today.  Whee!  Now if only I can do that at showtime….

Hoping this doesn’t happen. Owch.

Image:  Gabriel Bouys / Getty Images- Los Angeles Times blog

Do yourself a favor:  be careful when you google.  I searched for “skater on butt” instead of “skater falling on butt.”  Don’t search it!

Time for some really cool animation.  Check out this cute Simon’s Cat video.

NaNoWriMo Day 24

No words today.  I got a flu shot yesterday and I feel kind of cruddy.

Someone posted on some website I saw in passing where they asked the following question:  If you died in your sleep tonight, how long would it take someone to notice?

For me–I predict a week.  Good luck to whoever found me.  I think, however, that this is an excellent writing prompt.  The odd things you find on the internet.  Sheesh.

Check this old school dancing out on this Soul Train clip.  There’s something interesting at about 0:40.  I think I saw that same move in Gangnam Style, or somewhere else recently.  Just goes to show you, everything old is new again!



NaNoWriMo Day 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!



Clockwise from top right: Frodo goblet full of milk, sweet potato patties, mashed potatoes and gravy, ham slice cooked in apricot jam sauce, carrots with butter and dill, crescent rolls.

I made a metric ton of mashed potatoes.  I like to do that and make potato patties later.  Besides, I had too many potatoes.  They don’t keep forever.  Probably won’t be doing this again ever.  It’s super depressing to cook for yourself on a holiday.

Some things I am thankful for today include:

  • My parents, for finding me a good car when I really needed it.
  • Whoever approved extended unemployment benefits.
  • Whoever is going to give me a good job very soon.  Ha!
  • A roof over my head.
  • Food in the fridge.
  • Chocolate cupcakes with pink icing.  Mmm.
  • People who are there when I am sad.
  • People who don’t judge me for being sad.
  • People who post really funny things on Facebook, like George Takei and my friends Heiko and Cheryl J.
  • My kitty, although she drives me nuts most of the time.
  • That even though my mower broke, it was a nice day so I could get the leaves raked up.
  • That I can actually write, since I like doing it so much.
  • Everyone who reads my blog and follows me on Twitter, even if I don’t actually know you in person.  Thank you so very much!!!


NaNoWriMo Day 21 – Blanket Day

Word count – nope.

Minor procedure caused major pain.  It’s now receded, but I’m hanging on to these Tylenol 3 pills for a while.  Just.  In.  Case.

A similar dosage of this substance was helpful.

Image:  piyato /          

Today was a rest day.  It was very nice out, so I opened the window.  Tomorrow will be our last nice day, so if I feel up to it, I’m going to mow my leaves in the front yard.   Hopefully I can find a gas station open.   My little can is empty.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.  If you’re traveling today or tomorrow, please be safe.  Enjoy this video of the ultimate epic Thanksgiving entrée.  Vegetarians and vegans may want to leave the theater.