Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy New Year! As I look out my window, unwinding from the whirlwind of family and friends and laughter and wine that was the holidays, I am feeling enormously grateful for the lovely people in my life. Since moving up here, it has been hard to not see them every day--I'm close with my family, and my friends are extremely dear to me--but going several months apart and then spending the time together as though nothing had changed was both comforting and affirmative that distance does not have the grip on our relationships that it once did. Through texts and phone calls and the ever-present Facebook, we have stayed connected and, while I miss them greatly, the distance doesn't feel quite as far as it did before :).

Welcome to 2013! My favorite thing about this part of the year is that, as dreary as it may be (I'm looking at spotty brown grass, a steely overcast sky and temperatures in the 30s), we have passed the longest night of the year and so everything is just an upward tick to spring and then, summer. In the meantime, I plan to continue to use my fireplace as much as possible, and the many wonderful, cozy candles and wineglasses and warm things I was given this year as gifts. 

So in 2012, I wrote a novel. Yes, it actually happened! I was pretty horrible about posting my word count on here daily, because by the time I was done writing for the day I was, truly, done writing for the day. But it happened, all 50,000 words and change, and I am simultaneously thrilled to begin editing and terrified. They say take a month away from your own writing so that you can look on it with fresh eyes, and, hopefully, that is what I will be able to do. If I'll still like it at the end is a totally different story. But fingers crossed that I will be able to find what I need in there, and then beginning looking at the next, completely overwhelming step of attempting to get it published.

I have a tendency to want to rush headlong into everything and, instantly, become extremely good at it. This is both good and bad, because, while it does drive me, it also makes me extremely frustrated when I am not immediately perfect at the task I've set out to do. I'm vowing not to be like that in this process--which, from what I can tell, is often disappointing and fruitless and cruel- but I am sure it will be a struggle, which I will be posting about as frequently as I can here.

Anyway, I have to go do a million other things but I wanted to get the first post of the year accomplished, the beginning of my fourth year on Tidepool :).

Here's to a productive year, to a year full of warmth and unexpected magic, to happiness and successes, to travel and family and love.



Friday, November 9, 2012

AAAAAND 15,011 words, y'all!


And let me just say, lesson learned. No more procrastination for me, no sir. I will be writing my quota daily.

The good news too, though, is that I did power through some scenes AND those tricky plot holes have neatly sewn themselves up in my brain.

Also, I made this awesome gif of Xavier Rhodes dominating a v-tech player last night. It's the first gif I've ever made ever and I have no idea how to embed it, but here is the link.

I know, it's insanely small, and I have no idea why. But look at how he knocks him down with his ARM and then looks down at him. Like the BA he is. LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Okay, I'm done. But seriously. So awesome.

In all honesty, I'm pretty much out of words for today. I will be checking in tomorrow, but right now I have completely abandoned everything but writing so I'm going to go take care of some of that.

See you tomorrow!


Calling it in at 1 a.m. 1,000 words shy. BUT I will be catching up tomorrow morning fully, totally and completely. Clocking out at 12,375 words. See you in the a.m., bright and early :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Okay, I fully deserve to be called a slacker.

I stopped Tuesday at 9,010 words to watch the election--and, because, honestly, I am in a strange place with my plot. Primarily, I need to start explaining it a little more and have my characters start taking actions to further that plot. And I'm not sure what that looks like yet, which means that, yesterday, I hid from my story instead of actually writing it. And that was not productive at all.

So today, I need to make it to 13,333 words. Which I will be doing, I don't care how long it takes. The whole point of the entire month is to write write write everyday, and I need to catch up for my own sanity. So I will be checking in tonight with an additional 4,323 words. Which isn't going to be easy, but it is going to happen. Wish me luck friends, see you tonight. :)



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

AS promised, updated word count! 8, 784. Finally was able to get my head around some actual writing and stop distracting myself. Will check in tonight with the final word count goal of the NaNoWriMo today: 10,000 words!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Today, I was all caught up in formatting and working on the project that is paying the bills, and I was bad, and I wrote very little. And by very little, I mean nufin. But I will be posting an updated word count tomorrow afternoon and then again tomorrow evening, so I will be all caught up. Pinky promise.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Today, I made frittata and crepes, and felt super European and healthy. K was extremely suspicious--"Isn't that a quiche?"--but I assured him that no, it was not disgusting and, lo and behold, it was delicious. I used egg whites, and it turned out perfectly. The crepes were a minor disaster, as we had no butter. But we ate them still, because we do not waste food--even experimental food--in this house! And we had them with apple butter, which automatically makes everything 1000x better.

Here is the frittata recipe:

8 eggs (or 10 egg whites)

4 cups of whatever you want to be in the frittata. (I did mozzarella, spinach, turkey sausage and green peppers).

Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes. It's done when a knife comes out clean.

I'm not going to include the crepes recipe. But you should go buy some apple butter, like, now.

Today's NaNoWriMo count: 6,689! YAY! I'm up by 20 words! It took a while, but feels really good. Going to go celebrate now with vino and some apple butter.