NaNoWriMo 2014: Days 25 & 26

Winner-2014-Web-BannerAt some point yesterday I realized that if I wrote about 4500 words two days in a row I would hit 50k and I decided to do it. So I did it. It’s kind of hard to type right now, my hands feel all swollen and my forearms hurt, but I wanted to pop on here and say it now because I hate whenever I come back weeks later and say, OH YEAH, I won NaNoWriMo but forgot to mention it!


Here’s my final spreadsheet. NaNoWriMo validation puts my count at 50089, though, you always get a few spare words out of nowhere in the original word document!

The official last words of the novel itself:

It was still utterly unbelievable, but afterward she said, “I think I have an idea for my next book.”




50089 / 50000 words. 100% done!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Days 17 – 24


I very briefly left the house a few days ago. It’s pretty outside, and bright!

Week three was harder for me than it usually is, I guess. I kept on top of my word count through almost all of it, though, just dipping 500 words behind on Sunday when I was assailed by menstrual cramps of doom. I don’t know that I have ever been so consistently on track before.

I have had some of those slogging writing sessions where I feel like I am just putting one word after another to connect scenes into some semblance of a story, ignoring my inner editor as much as possible (example: Carolyn hoped that it had been a ruse. Georgette was pale and smelled of burnt sage. Carolyn only hoped Brent didn’t notice.) and then I have these chapters that are pure delight. I ran off with some side characters and they’re a lot more fun. Here’s a bit where they visited a wonderful witch to try and break a spell that has been placed on my super-boring main character:

A little woman stood just inside. She was very old. Perhaps the oldest woman Georgette had ever seen. Her face was just a pile of folds and lines, her nose had large black hairs emerging from it, and her eyes were small and cloudy. She was wearing layers and layers of clothes, at least three shawls of varying colors and cleanliness and she shivered even though it wasn’t a particularly cold day.


I got behind posting here, and behind on a lot of other little projects, but my twitter has been full of gems.



41017 / 50000 words. 82% done!

Three Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes. 34/30

I made 15 new recipes this month!

Ma Po Tofu Untitled #100happydays day 84 Sweet and Sour Smoked Tofu
Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli Alphabet Soup Smoky Ketchup
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice Asian-Style Winter Stew Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew Not-My-Grandmother's Beefy Stew
What's-in-the-freezer? veggie soup Better-than-the-classic Shepherd's Pie

20. Ma Po Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
21. Potato-Asparagus Soup (Vegan with a Vengeance)
22. Baigan bharta (The Vegan Slow Cooker) pictured with
23. Butter Chick’n (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
24. Sweet and Sour Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
25. Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs (Isa Does It)
26. Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli (Isa Does It)
27. Alphabet Soup (Isa Does It)
28. Smoky Ketchup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
29. Acorn Squash stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
30!!!  Asian-Style Winter Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
31. Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
32. Not-My-Grandmother’s Beefy Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
33. What’s-in-the-freezer? Veggie Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker
34. Better-Than-The-Classic Shepherd’s Pie (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

I’m going to keep tracking this. I’m really curious to find out just how many new recipes I can make in one year!

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 3/12

I got a late start. I ran out of film and couldn’t find it in the first several stores I checked. I tracked some down a week into November and loaded into my Minolta Himatic-G. I have a little pile of film accumulating! Maybe I’ll be able to get it developed over a break next month.

3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.

Lots of updates about this in the NaNoWriMo tag!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga on MyYogaPro. 


What I really mean by “reach advanced” is: feel fairly confident in the Advanced level classes, I think.

I have done every Beginner and Intermediate level class. I had to make a few modifications to get through some of the Intermediate classes so I repeated them all a second time through with marked improvement. My practice is mostly pretty strong. This month has been harder because I do yoga in the morning and on the weekends we write in the morning and on Sunday mornings we also get groceries, so I have not done yoga every Sunday. I did get started on the advanced classes this month, though. They’re intense but I feel super strong and awesome after I get through one. So far the necessity for modification matches my first run through the Intermediate classes.

16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10

Not quite started yet! But my mom brought over one of her family’s church cookbooks. It’s full of distant relatives! The only close relative recipe was from my Great Grandmother, and it was already vegan, whoops! She brought another church cookbook over just yesterday and it looks more promising. She’s going to hunt down her recipe box for me, too!

18. Print another photo book.


This has been an excellent source of NaNoWriMo procrastination. I started back in my 2007 folders. That’s when I got my first dSLR. I got 300+ edits done before I realized I had only worked through a month and a half of my photos from that year. I am SO HAPPY with the new edits and how the book is coming together so far.

22.  Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5

You know when you don’t want a thing to end so you stop watching it for a long time? That was Twin Peaks. But we finished it at the end of October, and, unlike everyone else who had watched it all already, we only have to wait a couple of years for more!

On November 8th we finished watching Star Trek: Voyager. I didn’t have the feeeeelings that I had when we finished TNG but I enjoyed the show on the whole, especially past Season 3 or so.

On November 9th we watched the last episode of Angel. I had sporadically watched the show when it was actually on and had actually already seen the last episode. I just didn’t realize it was the last episode. The whole thing felt much more unresolved than Buffy. I could have done with a couple more seasons.

Anyway, there’s that done! For some reason I thought this would take months and months, but we really started watching as soon as I started this challenge. I’ll keep tracking our progress, let’s see if we can double it! :0

24. Scan my mom’s family photos.

Got through a handful of them while I was procrastinating about working my NaNoWriMo!


My mom chomps on Alpha-Bits with Aunt Dee & Uncle Larry. They’re pretty sure they were watching TV here.


Jack and Winn

My Grandparents, October 26 1952. Jack and Winn.



Uncle Bob, Winter of ’75. Photo taken by my dad.



27.  Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.

Done. It came kind of crumpled by the postal service but otherwise I am super happy with it!

Another #100happydays! Days 51-100

The first 50 days are here.


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I’m so happy with my second #100happydays set. The last 50 days have been full of Halloween and Christmas, because holidays cheer me up as the winter blues approach.  Lots of lights and good food and time with my favorite person. I’ll probably start another set in December. I want to capture more Christmas!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Days 12 – 16

320.Got a bit behind updating here, as I usually do during the glumpy week twos. I took a couple of days off last week, but only when I had the word count to spare. I’ve kept about a bit ahead of daily requirements and even with some intense desires to quit, for both Shaun and I myself, we stuck it out and I feel pretty good about what I have going on right now. Events have taken place. Things are happening. Marriage, kidnapping, intrigue!

My self portrait theme this week is yoga, just to make sure I do it in the midst of NaNoWriMo and I feel pretty great. It snowed yesterday! I took a bubble bath today. I smell like geraniums. I have no idea what I’m going to cook for dinner because we decided not to go to the grocery store yesterday while it was snowing. Shaun is going to get the stuff on my list on his way home from work, but all my planned dinners this week were for the slow cooker, so it doesn’t do a lot of good to get ingredients around 4pm. But I’ll rustle something together. We have lentils for days and days, after all.

It’s getting harder and harder to share bits of my novel. This happens every year too. But whatever! Here we find our heroine experiencing her own bout of the week twos:

Thinking about her novel sent her on another spiral. Her stupid, terrible novel. She should go downstairs right now and thrust it into the fire, but no, here’s Georgette standing in the open door and she can see what a waste of space you are.

Here’s a peek at my spreadsheet wordcounts so far this month: nano111614



27841 / 50000 words. 56% done!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Days 10 & 11


I only managed one session on Monday (Day 10) but it was a pretty good one! 1,062 in a half hour. We got a late start and then the timer on my dinner prep was about to go off so I had to sit out the next session. I told myself I would write a little bit on my own the next day.

My favorite line from Monday, in which our heroine responds to a shocking proposal:

“I don’t understand. You hardly know me. And really…” she shook her head. “This is my best. Crying on a settee is me at my best.”

I fell into a few NaNoWordSprints sessions, a 10, a 15 and a 30. I got 367, 440 and 1,189 words respectively! And respectably. 1,189 is my best 30 minute count this year. When Shaun got home I wrote another 30 minute session with him, so my total for the day was 2,969!

Favorite paragraph from Tuesday (Day 11), in which an engagement is looking pretty unlikely:

“In quiet moments when she turns to me and catches my peculiar glance and asks, so innocently, ‘what are you thinking about?’ and I say… a difficult sewing pattern, what to have for dinner, if I should turn in early tonight because I feel a bit tired. But instead I have been thinking about what it would feel like to shoot her in the throat. What if one day, I did it?” Emilia was shaking now. “You think you understand that I am… troubled. You don’t see that I am dangerous.”



20815 / 50000 words. 42% done!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Days 7 – 9

311.I spent a fair amount of time trying to work up the gumption to write on Friday (Day 7). Eventually Shaun and I decided we would try to write a little extra on Saturday instead and took the evening off.

Saturday (Day 8) was a pretty successful day. We really had to pep ourselves up for it, but I finally found some excitement within my novel and stopped for the day in the middle of a very revealing scene I thought would be easy to pick up from. Shaun and I sat down for a couple of 30 minute sessions and I finished the day with 1,910 words written. We went for a really nice walk afterward and I bought a few rolls of film.

Today (Day 9) I hopped out of bed and wrote my weekly menu and grocery list . We got a trip to the store taken care of pretty early. When we got home we had some delicious hot tea and wrote a couple of 30 minute sessions, getting me 2,112 words closer to the end. Fun stuff is happening in my novel. It’s not very week two-ish and I feel a little weird about it but I hope it keeps being this fun!

Currently, within my gothic novel, my heroine is writing a gothic novel, here’s the last thing she wrote:

As he closed the heavy, oak door with a thud, we had recoiled too quickly for innocence, and he had known. He had seen. He had known. His eyes were aflame with a quiet rage.


16784 / 50000 words. 34% done!