NaNoWriMo 2014: Day 6

Foggy brained morning writing attempts.

My writing yesterday feels a bit like a dream. I really want to get a tidy lead before the tooth-pulling that is week two. I spent the morning in my normal daily pursuits, slow cooking, yoga, housework. I started writing around 2pm with @NaNoWordSprints with a 15 and then a 30 minute sprint and finished up just before Shaun got home from work. I got 545 for the 15 and I finally had another 1,000+ session, just barely, with 1,002 words in the 30. Shaun and I wrote another 30 minute session together almost immediately and I did even better with 1,010 words!  My hands felt all numb and burny after that and I really wanted to stop for the day, but Shaun really wanted to stop too and he’d only written one session. I gave Shaun a rousing pep talk that pepped me as well, (If we write one more 30 minute session toegther I’ll make us cornbread muffins to go with the slow cooked chili!) and so we did, cornbread muffins happened, as well as a pretty full evening of cozy TV watching and non-noveling relaxation that tasted all the sweeter for having such hefty word counts under our belts.

All told I wrote 3,524 words for the day. Instead of sharing the last lines I wrote, which were contextually uninteresting, I’ll share my favorite line, instead. It’s from a ridiculously gothic dream sequence and is probably contextually uninteresting as well. I wrote a lot of words I needed to write but they weren’t the prettiest. That’s okay, though, there are always great swathes of terrible words (which in retrospect I don’t think are that bad) with some real gems tucked here and there in NaNoWriMo, and… it’s worth it.

His dying words filled her with an unexpected and crushing disappointment, “How could you do this? Who… are… you?”

12762 / 50000 words. 26% done!

#100happydays day 87
Recipe from Isa Does It, can be found online here.

Two months into 30 before 30.

30 before 30Just another update on my progress!

1. Cook 30 new recipes. 19/30
I made  10 new recipes this month!

Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Untitled Ethiopian seitan and peppers chocolate thumbprint cookies
babushka borscht Plum's Smoky Mac Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping Chana Saag
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Thai Red Curry with Butternut Squash and Chickpeas (From Here)
French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme (Veganomicon)
Ethiopian Seitan and Peppers (Vegan with a Vengeance)
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies (Vegan with a Vengeance)
Babushka Borscht (Isa Does It)
Plum’s Smoky Mac (Plum)
Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping (Veganomicon)
Chana Saag (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
Omaha Yakisoba (Isa Does It)
Cheater Chili (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 2/12
My roll this month was 35mm in the Kodak Cameo. Love this little camera, I had one when I was a teenager and I was lucky enough to find another at Goodwill a few years back. Film development hasn’t been as easy as I had hoped because of my anxiety. I have been writing down the camera/film/month combo so I think it will be easy for me to keep them sorted when I DO get them developed. I might wait until I have a few rolls since we have to go into the city for it.

3.  Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.

I went back and added synopses, excerpts, and covers for all my past NaNoWriMo novels while waiting for the site to relaunch.




After the site launch I “created” my novel: Pleasing the Stranger. I used a random title generator. I’m going to randomly generate a lot of stuff for it, use lots of @nanowordsprints prompts and random suggestions and prompts from my friends. I still need the skeleton of a plot, I guess, but I’m not worried. Yet. Anyway! Let’s be buddies?cover3

6. Finish afghan.
I just have to weave in the ends!!

dinner twenty-thirteen

For the past year I have been photographing most of the dinners I cook. I’ve definitely missed some meals when it was something I had already gotten a picture of. I’m still really happy with the way the project has turned out. It’s almost like a menu, on uninspired days I can skim through it and remember a meal that was quick, easy, and tasty. It’s been really exciting, as well, to use it as a little extra push to make new things.

Here are a couple shots from each month of the year. There are more here. Recipes cited where applicable!

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Thanksgiving 2013







My mom.


My mom and my brother joined us for Thanksgiving dinner with Shaun’s parents yesterday.  Puzzles, board games and lots of vegan fare were enjoyed.

Halloween Preparation, 2013

Vegan donuts, recipe from Vegan Yum Yum.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, from the cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I also made the classic chocolate cupcakes from the same cookbook. I don’t ice or frost cupcakes generally, they’re so amazing without it. Sometimes I sprinkle half the batch with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Onto the pumpkin carving!





NaNoWriMo: Day 19

The day was really unkind for writing. I hemmed and hawed for a while before squeezing out one session, 1,003 words worth, and actually, that was pretty good considering the fact that my document crashed in the middle of it, leaving a couple of paragraphs unsaved and requiring a rewrite. Screen-capturing saved me from having to think about what I had lost. Just as the “this program will now terminate” popped up on my screen, I hit my capture shortcut key. Phew. Crisis averted. I still had to wait for it to load back up and re-type it, but it wasn’t lost. I imagine it would have been a really super session if I hadn’t lost several minutes in the ether. Oh well.

By that time I had two choices. Write another session right away, or do 24 minutes of yoga before Shaun gets home.

I chose yoga because my back was begging for it.

I invented a pretty tasty dinner last night. Golden Curried Meatlessloaf. The not-quite-a-recipe will follow under the jump.

33388 / 50000 words. 67% done!

Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Day 19

I’ve been cooking so much lately, trying new things, inventing and experimenting.  It has been pretty freaking awesome. Aside from invented recipes that live in my head as difficult to share conflagrations of pinches of this and about the right amount of that, I have been enjoying these sites and recipes:

The Vegan Yum Yum app for the iPhone + iPod Touch (from whence I am personally enjoying it) is a delight just to stare at when you’re sitting in a traffic jam (if you aren’t the driver, which I am not).

Have Cake Will Travel always gives me ideas.

I made Crazy Jay’s Easy Potato Soup last weekend, with a number of subsitutions & alterations.  I’m pretty terrible at following recipes, actually.

On Sunday I got a completely wild hair and made these cookies from Vegan Cookies. They were crazy delicious even though I was out of vanilla, chocolate chips and applesauce (I used flax seed instead.)