A Train to San Antonio, June 2011

The second week of June, Shaun and I hopped on a train in Oklahoma City and went down to San Antonio, TX. The train trip was fairly relaxing, if a bit long. My Uncle Jim, Aunt Eloisa & Cousin Andrea hosted us for the week and showed us around gorgeous San Antonio.

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The trip culminated with the second vow renewal in as many weeks. I’ll post about that in a bit.


Allen & Sharon renew their vows. June 4, 2011

My summer was hugely populated with good times and a dearth of blogging.

The first Saturday of June started off a busy month for Shaun and I, when his parents, Allen & Sharon, renewed their vows to one another. It was gorgeous and I’m so glad we could be a part of it.

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NaNoWriMo: Day five

I got a late start today. I sat around refreshing forums and blogs and twitter for a while. This is the silly thing, happens every year, I leave off mid-dialogue, thinking, “this will be a breeze to pick up tomorrow. I already know what the next line is!” The next day I hem and haw. I thought about that next line so much I hate it. It’s like my inner editor crawled back into my brain in the middle of the night and picked that sucker apart while I was unconscious.
I got half of the Halloween decor dismantled, a quarter tucked away into the garage. At 2:30pm I sat down and refreshed the aforementioned forums, blogs and twitters once again. I had just missed the start of some @NaNoWordSprints. I realized I hadn’t made myself a green tea yet. It may very well be a placebo effect, but every day I’ve had a mug of green tea has been an unnaturally good day for writing. I’m basing this off of three very good days of writing. I have clearly done my research. I spied an upcoming word sprint and made my self a cuppa. 20 minutes and 820 words later I heard the key in the lock. Shaun was home from work. I made myself some hot chocolate and we both wrote two more 30 minute sessions and towards the end of the second one, I actually started to like where my story was going. From a slow start to a 3,025 word day? I’ll take it.

14405 / 50000 words. 29% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day Three

Huge writing day. I got a lot more done than I thought I was going to when noon hit and I hadn’t written a word. The last few years I have done my best writing in the mornings, between 9 & 11am. When Shaun came home from work and started working on his writing, I would sort things around the house, work on getting dinner together, edit photos, rarely would I join him in a word war.

This year I have written in the early afternoon and then joined Shaun for two half hour write-ins in the afternoon as well. As a result, I got 3,614 words today. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep this pace once we enter week two doldrums, but I’m going to write as often as I can make myself. I’m also starting to like my story a little bit, which is good. I gave up on keeping supernatural aspects out and things got so much easier. I need to revist my Magna Carta I list I made this year (as advised in No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty) I’m just meant to include ghoulies, that’s all there is to it. I haven’t even decided what the supernatural element is, but it’s building spookily and it lopes about the countryside with coattails flapping. I’ve never written a werewolf before, but I suppose it could be that. Who knows? Not I the author, that’s for sure.

& it’s polaroid week! In past years I have felt really inspired during this week. I think I feel a little low because it’s my last pack of film. Yeah. There’s impossible project film, and it looks pretty awesome, but the Polaroid 600 that expired in October 2009, I have 3 shots left. Sigh.

9392 / 50000 words. 19% done!

Halloween Week 2010 & NaNoWriMo: Day One

What a week! What a day! I have absolute writer’s ache all over. I wrote 4 sessions and got a grand total of 3,639 words, a photo adventure with my pal Megan, took some polaroids for Polaroid Week & did a little tidying after the festivities of yesterday. I’m so exhausted and sleepy and ill feeling, actually. I hope tomorrow is less overwhelming and I get to play video games, at some point.

I finished up my week of Halloween Self Portraits!

Day Five – Flapper

get your vile soul dry-cleaned
Day Six – Devil in a tutu

Day Seven – Halloween Witch

We had a great Halloween. We got 165 trick or treaters, beating our previous high from last year, 149. We carved pumpkins and I put together quite a spread of vegetables and eggless eggrolls to snack on.


3639 / 50000 words. 7% done!

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.

NaNoWriMo: Day 6

I should not have complained yesterday. I should not complain today, it will only make tomorrow worse. I mean, I was hardly complaining at all, really. I just said it was a little uncomfortable. Today is my lowest word count this year, but you know what? It’s still 200 words more than I need to write every day, and furthermore, I’m still 2,799 words ahead of schedule, I’m still about 1,500 words ahead of where I was last year, and last year? Last year I finished 5 days early with about 1,000 extra words. So… no complaints over here.  I’m feeling just ducky.


My protagonist, on the other hand, has done nothing but sob for 3,000 words or so.

12799 / 50000 words. 26% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 5

Today wasn’t easy, exactly. I mean, I sat down for two 30 minute writing sessions and got over 1,000 words (my daily total was 2,173) for each and was finished with my writing before 1PM, which some people might think sounds like an easy writing day, but it wasn’t. I promise. I felt kind of a sick ache in my stomach about it and once, just once, I interjected a first person grumble about my dialogue into the novel.  What I actually said was, “I swear!”

My back kind of hurts from sitting here, stooped over the keyboard, and even though I’m drinking my water with a straw, my teeth hurt from the cold. I don’t see how that has anything to do with NaNoWriMo, but that’s what NaNoWriMo is for, taking the rap in the month of November. NaNoWriMo and not at all the fact that I haven’t been to the dentist in about 13 months. NaNoWriMo.

In spite of how cheerless this entry is turning out, I’m actually doing great. My jeans are fresh from the dryer, I diffused my external flash with some kleenex, I’m in love with a November novelist, I have 4 Nancy Drew mystery games I haven’t even opened sitting here on my desk and I don’t have to cook dinner for two nights in a row… though I love to cook dinner sometimes… we are currently low on groceries, so this is serendipitous.

10973 / 50000 words. 22% done!

NaNoWriMo: Day 3

2,034 words today. I like to get my writing done before noon, but today I finished up at 1PM. It was a struggle to make myself start but once I was in there it went fine. I still think I’m rushing the story along, but this is probably because I’m not even sure what the story is. How can I rush a plot that isn’t there? I just trudge along every day, exceed the required daily word count and then do some laundry and cook dinner. I can’t decide if I want it to be more of a challenge than it is, but I think not. It would be a challenge, perhaps, if I were not writing a somewhat stereotypical slightly parodied romance novel.

6449 / 50000 words. 13% done!

3rd Annual Halloween Week of Self Portraits

i heard a rumor

Siouxsie Sioux (conceived this costume for a halloween party that I didn’t go to last year.)

Angelique Bouchard Collins from Dark Shadows