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Monthly Archives: November 2004

Not With A Bang But With A Whimper

All right. So I kind of cheated. When I woke up this morning I told myself I absolutely could not take

a shower until I had reached my 50k. But hovering right around 49,620 words, and 2pm, I couldn’t stand my own stink. So I had a long, hot shower. And had some ideas [...]

Hey Look, I’m Dancing Crazy

Today feels…weird. It’s the day before the end of NaNoWriMo for 2004. And I think I’m going to make it after all. This morning I put in a good stretch, 2 1/2 hours of solid writing at the neighborhood coffee shop, which garnered me another 2000 words…but I kept getting distracted. Halfway through I [...]

I Went Out To Find Some Light

Exhausted. Collapsed into bed just before 3:00am, with the little man rousing me at 7am. Whining to the husband does no good. The man has no sympathy. He made matters worse by telling the little man that mommy is having a pity party today. Naturally the lad pleaded, “I want to come too,” and asked [...]

First Snow Equals Saturday Slush

It finally happened. We woke up to a winter wonderland. The little man was so thrilled he rushed me outside before I’d had time to down my coffee. After a bit of frolicking he proceeded to make a snow angel on the neighbors’ deck, while waiting for them to suit up and join us. [...]

Divination By The Appearance Or Motion Of Liquids

After yesterday’s gorgefest, I was much less interested in food today. But we had a 9am breakfast date with the darling Delia, before she heads back to Chicago. I don’t think breakfast at a cooperatively owned restaurant would be included in the ban on Buy Nothing Day, right? Anyhow, a few other folks joined [...]

We Can’t Be Contained was smaller this year, as several regular participants have moved away, and the hosting house was moved a few blocks over. But fourteen of us still turned out, many of us bringing enough food to feed the rest, the dishes too numerous to describe. It was ridiculous and wonderful. And there were futon mattresses [...]

Counting Down The Hours

Our house smells like dessert. Last night I made two pumpkin pies, with the little man’s assistance (I let him push the Cuisinart’s ON button). This morning the husband made one chocolate almond midnight cake and two pecan pies. We have an abundance of sweet. I’m not complaining, but I could go for something [...]

It’s Better To Have Something To Remember Than Nothing To Regret

Yesterday was grueling, but I’m back on track now. Turned in last night when I was but twelve words ahead of my word count. Now I just need to stay ahead. With only six and a half more days to go, it should be doable. There’s an excellent Onion A.V. Club interview with the [...]

The Math Of My Imminent Triumph?

Today, er yesterday (it’s late) I forced myself to sit down and take pen to paper. I created an outline of my novel, in its current form, and color coded it in crayon. Classy. This did me a world of good, though. It was much easier to see which parts of the story were [...]

Where Threads Come Loose

I have finally hit my wall. Yesterday I just wasn’t feeling it, and couldn’t get more than a couple hundred words out. The day was spent in an unfocused haze, feeling overwhelmed because my storyline seems more convoluted than ever. Especially as I began with the most minimal of frameworks and have continued by [...]