Les Beehive Photo Challenge: Days 11-22

Everything has been so busy lately, but I have kept up with shooting, if not sharing, my photos for this challenge.

December 11: Someone else
December 11: Someone Else Shaun, grading papers.

December 12: Weather
December 12: Weather The snow was melting, the sun was shining.

December 13: Spooky Christmas
December 13: Spooky Christmas

December 14: Movement
December 14: Movement

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Les Beehive Photo Challenge: Days 7 – 10

The challenge is here.

December 7: Tradition
December 7: Tradition Whenever we get some measurable snowfall, no matter how cold it is, Shaun and I go for a magical wintery walk.

December 8: Something shiny
December 8: Something Shiny

December 9: Sleep wear
December 9: Sleep wear

December 10: Decor
December 10: Decor The last few school days have been snow days and it has been so comforting to have Shaun home. Really don’t want to let him go back, but hey, it’s almost Christmas break!

NaNoWriMo: Day 2

emergency christmas cheer.Yesterday began with the best  of writerly intentions. Shaun and I had planned to write double what we needed for the day and we got a pretty early start.  We did some sprints, two 15 minutes and a 30, and I had written 1878 words.  So far so good! In a brief break around 11am,  I decided to search for a specific photo I took in 2011. I don’t even remember what brought me to it, but as a little window popped up and told me the drive was unformatted I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I quickly googled this term and discovered it was an error that sometimes happens with USB connected devices and is essentially a loss of data. I checked the rest of the folders on the 1TB external hard drive and they seemed to be fine.  I have a lot of things backed up in more than one place, but this specific drive, I don’t. It’s such a big drive and my photo files are huge. I have been sporadically culling them over the years, but this folder probably contained 10k photos and videos. Everything I shot in 2011. I can cheer myself with the reminder that I have a little more than 1,600 of those edited and shared on flickr, and I always upload them at the largest size possible. I haven’t had the heart to check my video folder, to see if I had actually rendered a file of my 2011 videos or not. That would be the hardest loss, probably.  I’m not calling it a loss quite yet, though. I’m running a data recovery program, and while it’s taking forever (so far it’s found 233 files that I know I had deleted myself, boring!) I’m not letting myself grieve just yet. Optimism!

Needless to say, we didn’t write again yesterday. I freaked out, I cried, I reassessed my priorities, I took down all the Halloween decor and put up Christmas because I needed the holiday cheer, I needed to replace some potentially lost memories with some new ones really quick. I drank four glasses of wine and watched hours of clips on hulu. It was still a good writing day. It was still a good day.

3827 / 50000 words. 8% done!

NaNoWriMo, Disney World, Christmas

I finished the short story goal I had set myself and then disappeared, I know, I know. For some reason getting me to write immediately after I win NaNoWriMo is like pulling teeth. It’s weird. I’m really enjoying keeping the blog up and then I wander off. So, I’m a little sad that that happens, but I just have to accept that that’s the way it is and move on.

December was a huge month for me. The first week and a half was spent recovering from NaNoWriMo, cleaning house and packing my bags, because on the 10th we hopped in the car to drive to Disney World. It was an absolutely amazing trip.

When we got home it was time to start the Christmas festivities. I got Veganomicon for Christmas and have already made 5 recipes from it. It’s an awesome cookbook. I feel inspired and alive and overwhelmed! Life has been hectic and delightful and as a result I haven’t done laundry in over three weeks. So, what I should doing right now instead of updating this little blog of mine is laundry. I guess I’ll go get on that…

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoys the new year before them! <3

You can view a selection of photos from my vacation and Christmas revelries below the jump!

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NaNoWriMo: Day Eleven

I woke up in a fantastic mood. It was raining, which always cheers me up, and I got some light housework sorted. At some point a 20 minute sprint popped up and I grabbed at it for 785 words. No rush. I’m several days ahead, and I’m going to take advantage of that lead.
I will admit I’m fighting off my Negative Nancy tendencies right now. I could very easily slip down the slippery slope of “my novel is terrible”s but I’m resisting because I know it gets better. Maybe not today, but probably tomorrow.
Shaun provided me with the cheer of Indian food, because Channa Masala for my belly is Channa Masala for my soul, and when we got home we decorated the Christmas tree.

25038 / 50000 words. 50% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 12

Today was the most sluggish yet. I hope things really do get easier in week 3. I seem to remember that they do. I’m hoping to recapture some of the humor and parody aspects of my romance novel. I think I always lose the thread in week 2. I have just been plugging along in seriousland and it isn’t much fun. I have no idea how to get the parody back, though. It’s probably just an actual romance novel now, and that’s depressing. Oh well. Maybe something will come to me next week! In spite of all sluggishness, I had my best word count since day four, 2,260 words in two half hour sessions.

As I was doing yoga today, Trudy, the chihuahua I introduced you to a couple of days ago, licked me all over the face just as I was in a rather impossible to avoid her pose. Humorously enough, it was the Downward Dog portion of a Simple Sun Salutation. Seriously. I’m afraid this might come off as some kind of embarrassing yoga humor, but I’m just being honest. Every time I made a gap in the mat, she filled it. I managed not to fall on top of her and now I am beat. I think I’m going to need a yoga break tomorrow. I’ve been doing increasingly difficult sessions every day. I’ll try to stretch a bit after I finish writing, though.


21273 / 50000 words. 43% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 11

I got a good word count for the day, 2,159. I did yoga when I was finished in hopes of alleviating some of my writerly pains. It helps immediately but I wake up the next morning feeling pretty uncomfortable. I think the mattress is partially to blame.

I worked on Sims 2 projects a good deal, cooked dinner, watched Star Trek: TNG and read some of The Myth of Bloody Mary: A Biography of Queen Mary I of England by Linda Porter before bed.

It was mostly a positive day, though I’m really feeling that deep pit of week 2 anguish in my stomach.  I’m looking forward to its passing. Come on Week 3!


19013 / 50000 words. 38% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 9

t h r e eI got a late start today and had a couple of writing sessions with super thick, sludgy slow progress. I’m still a smidge shy of the 15,000 words today desired, but I’m not worried.

I found myself thinking about The Sims 2 all day, so after I wrote and did my yoga I fired it up and played for a long time. It’s a nice reward. I hope to implement it as such.


14718 / 50000 words. 29% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 8

I didn’t write today. I renamed a character and changed the way that he is addressed and that, oh yes, that gave me 25 words, but I didn’t actually write. I let Shaun read what I have so far, and I read his 15,175 words of texty goodness. We found this mutually enjoyable. We finished up the Christmas tree, got groceries, Shaun played some Kingdom Hearts, I played some Sims 2, we watched Fifth Element and I cooked a somewhat processed but nonetheless yummy dinner. It was a good day.

NaNoWriMo: Day 7

I didn’t write a single word for my novel today. I’m ahead, it’s okay. I never get much written on the weekends. Day 1 falling on a Sunday was an exception this year. Shaun, however, wrote like a fiend while I was taking down most of the Halloween decorations, doing laundry, swiffering, putting up the Christmas tree (don’t judge!) and cooking a delicious meal from scratch. I’m more than a little exhausted.

I hope I can get a session (or maybe two!) in tomorrow or I’ll actually be behind. Not there’s anything wrong with that.

I’ll give you Shaun’s word count! 3,554 words today for a total of 14,313. He is an awesome.