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October 31, 2008

Gearing up for Nano

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Here we are, on the eve of NaNoWriMo.  I’m as prepared as I plan to be.  I have a one page outline.  I have character names and historically accurate nicknames.  Oh but I’m not writing a historical.  See my heroine and her brother and sisters were named after historical figures.  I went digging for a little background stuff, not really looking for anything in particular, just looking for a little inspiration.  I found nicknames for all the children, family names.  Not sure how I’ll use them but it was important to find them. 

I also have the writing soundtrack, all 2 1/2 hours of it.  That should give me plenty of writing time. 

What else?

In the other stuff?   The snow is mostly gone, for now.  It’s suppose to be 60 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.  If it pans out I’ll be taking a couple long walks those days.  I certainly need the exercise and fresh air is always good. 

I’m playing the waiting game on email.  I’m not very good at that.  One upside to nano is I doubt I’ll have much time to fuss about “other” stuff.  Oh!  I got my other fingerless mitten finished last night.  I’ll soak and block them tomorrow and they will be all ready to go.  It will give me something to do while I’m waiting for the service call from my internet provider.  Yeah, I’ve been having issues with the internet here at home.  My new household computer doesn’t seem to like the old modem.  So I got a new modem.  It still doesn’t like it.  I went through a technical service call a couple days ago and discovered it’s an issue with the third party wireless router.  Okay.  If they say so.  While on the call I found out (shouldn’t be surprised) that my internet company has modem/wireless routers.  So I bought one today ($100) and guess what?  It won’t connect.  So thrilled I didn’t take my old modem in with me this morning.   Tomorrow morning I get to deal with in person tech support.  By the way, if I manage to get through this without bouncing a modem off someone’s head I want a gold star.  Or maybe a sexy, dark haired musician?  Yeah, that’s more like it.

October 26, 2008

weekend update

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As the weekend comes to a close I find myself once again plugged into my iPod.  I was playing a video game, but I just don’t have the patience for it tonight.  I’m cold and completely incapable of unplugging.  My mind, when it’s not spinning around story is spinning around life stuff. 

Had an unexpected email drop into my inbox.  If I were anyone else, I wouldn’t be surprise, but since I am me I was surprised.  Of course now I’m constantly checking for replied.  Silly little girl I am.  I shouldn’t be so surprised because I did send the initial email, but 2 weeks later when there was no reply, I had chalked it up as a wash.  So now I have 2 of my high school friends who have emailed me in a week.  Now if I could just figure out the magic words to make my mentor re-emerge from the mists I’d be over the moon stupid happy.  Yeah, not holding my breath on that one. 

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo.  I’ll probably start this week, just a little a head of the deadline.  Probably.

October 23, 2008

musical thoughts

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I’ve had music on the brain the last 24 hours or so.  My wip involves a musician and I’m on day 2 of digging through my iTunes library looking for writing music.   Today I’m looking for the hero’s music, he’s the musician, the hard part is narrowing down the list as I could easily just dump an entire artist’s catalog into the playlist. 

The other musical thought in my head is this.  I wonder if music effects other people the way it does me.  Okay, I know it has to, I’m not that singularly special.  Music has never been just something to fill the quiet in a room.  I’ve never been a passive listener of music.  I use music as mood therapy.   I can tell by the aggitation whether I’ve listened to any music in a couple days.  With my previous mp3 player (the cute little silver brick) I would spend at least 30 minutes before bed cycling through music.  I’d be tucked warmly into bed, the lights out, the room lit only by the blue glow of the digital display cycling through whatever music I was in the mood for that night.  

There is some music I feel in my soul, some I feel in my bones, and other still I feel in my blood. 

Music is a mystery to me.  It’s about the one real creative art I am at a loss to create myself.  I’ve taken enough art classes, spent time with enough artists to understand the techniques.  But music, to make sound from silence, it’s alchemy to me.  

I think I was going someplace with this but I no longer remember.

October 22, 2008


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It’s snowing (insert grumpy face here)  (insert angry looks out window) and I’m really not happy about it.

I subscribe to the theory that snow is pretty, but only between the dates of December 22nd and January 3rd.  I don’t much like the cold either, but I deal (sort of).

October 21, 2008

getting there

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Made a little progress.  Actually I made a lot of progress, for me.  I have a bare bones outline to work from for Nanowrimo.  I’ve got secondary characters, well the heroine has tons of family so does she really need anything else.  I mean, we’ve got 4 siblings, and a grandmother who keeps sending single men her way, does the heroine need much else?  Oh!  And she had a male best friend.  The hero . . . well I’m working on that.  I’ve got 2 people in his world, but haven’t mapped them out much.  I’m thinking he needs a friend too and right now he doesn’t have that. 

Feels good to be moving forward on this.  Funny, even with the cold, grey day I’m feeling pretty good.  Yeah, getting real work done can do that for you.

Not much else, just wanted to update while WordPress let’s me.  I’ve been trying to get to the “new post” page for an hour.  Funny, I have 4 blogs and for some reason WordPress wants me to have another.  Nope.  Ain’t gonna happen.

Now if I could just log into Romance Divas I’d be a very happy little writer.

October 16, 2008

a little calm

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I hate being wound up.  I hate tension.  I hate drama. 

So I logged into my cell phone account today and found my new bill.  It was the exact price I was promised my monthly bill wouldn’t be.   I.  Hit.  The.  Roof.  Of course, because the website was in the process of updating I couldn’t actually see a print out of the bill for about 20 minutes.  Those were not pretty minutes let me tell you.  When I finally got to see the bill I understood.  See when I got the new shiny, it needed a new service.  Verizon, the little black hearts, pro-rated my bill.  So it’s about $30 more this month than it will be every month after.  (deep breath in, deep breath out) 

I feel better now.  I also know, thanks to the cool chick I spoke to at customer service, how to avoid the pro-rating i.e. buy everything on line.  So, later, when the stress headache goes away completely I’ll download my ring tone.  The one I lost when I changed phones.  I need my ring tone,  it’s sexy and  . . . well sexy.  I’m also thinking of downloading (purchasing, whatever) a second one for the email sounder.  I mean anything would be better than the “clunk” it does now.  I’ve never hated every ring tone that came pre-installed before, but I don’t like a damn one of them on my Blackberry.  Of course you could say I’m just picky.

Not much else right now in my little life.  Fall has come back after Summer came back around for one last hurrah (the little tease).

October 7, 2008

walking away

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For the first time in my memory, I’ve had to walk away from a book I’m reading.  I am one of those who will suffer a lousy book just to finish it.  Even books I’ve hated since page 2 I continue reading through page 300 because I still want to know what happened.  I’m the same way with movies, I’ve suffered some real dozies just to see it through until the end.  But this time?  I can’t keep reading.  There is such a fatal flaw in the book, it’s probably the major plot point too, but it’s such an obvious “no don’t do that” I can’t keep reading.  I mean, the hero is suppose to be a government agent with years of experience in the field and he doesn’t see the folly of what’s being forced upon the heroine?  Nope.  I’m not going to suffer this stupidity for the sake of a finish.  Not this time.  It’s a shame too, I’ve liked other work by this writer.  Oh but that’s not my only problem.  It’s taken me five days to get to page 265.  I think there might be 100 more pages but I just don’t care. 

It feels funny, to have to step away, to add it to the donate pile without seeing it through to the end but I just can’t.  I know, I shouldn’t beat myself up like this.  I mean I have probably 100 more books on my to be read pile just begging for attention and I’m fussing over one dud. 

What else? 

I’m nearing the end of another knitting project.  I wasn’t expecting to have to fast track this one but well, it’s turned cold here and I need something to drape over my shoulders while I work on the computer.  I wanted to have fingerless gloves finished before the weather turned too, but well, I was expecting at least 2 or 3 weeks of temperate weather before the first freeze.  Best laid plans and all.

No movement on the writing.  I’ve been thinking hard about story while doing other things.  Now I just have to get to it.

October 3, 2008

Deep thoughts on a cold evening

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Yeah, it’s dangerous when my melancholy mood intertwines with my reflective/introspective moods.  But since that’s where I find myself tonight I thought I’d toss a question to the masses.  Hey, don’t laugh, I have 4 blogs I could easily have a readership of double digits.

So, here goes, the deep thought in my head tonight.  This is your only warning.

Is it complete silliness to look back at a relationship that never was and wonder “what if?”  To look at him today and think “maybe?” 

I have learned one thing in my life to date and that is the thing that scares me the most is the thing I should chase the hardest.  And this thought terrifies me.  There are moments, snatches of days, where I can feel that going down this path might be the right one.  It wouldn’t be that hard to try.  Not really.  I can feel my toes hanging off the edge of the bridge, just waiting to jump.

So that’s the thought dancing around my brain tonight.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?  Tell me I’m crazy, you wouldn’t be the first.

October 2, 2008


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Well, that wasn’t expected.  So one of my older stories, the one way in the back trying to get my attention.  It’s the winner.  October’s project is chosen.  I’ll talk about it more later, yeah, I’m being a tease.  Actually I have to print pages for it first as I haven’t touched this one in years (4 or 5 at least).  I originally planned on telling the story in flashback but I’ve figured a way around it here this afternoon as I knitted on my shawl.  So I’m off to find the file and print some pages.

October 1, 2008

October? Really?

Filed under: Uncategorized — coffeegirl88 @ 2:48 pm

Yeah, having a hard time believing September has come and gone with little memory.  Well, that’s not completely true.  I guess it’s proof that if you keep busy the month will fly.  I did get stuff done last month, stuff I’m proud to have finished. 

So, it’s the first of the month and it’s a new challenge.  I failed September’s but I have a new plan for October so we’ll see how it goes.  What story am I working on?  Good question (yes I’m looking at you Pam).  Wish I had a concrete answer for it.  “The Devil You Know” has been in my head the last 24 hours, but so has the remnants of another untitled project from a couple years ago.  Same with a third old idea that’s standing waaayy in the back jumping up and down, waving it’s little arms saying “remember me?”.  Of course I remember it.  I remember most of my works.  But which will I choose?  Check back tomorrow.  I have yet to dig out the other story notebooks (they’ve gotten buried under other stuff) and in the process of digging them out I have to organize some other stuff along the way.  You can see why it’s taken me all day. 

Tomorrow, I promise, I’ll have a project picked out and pulled out and ready to be talked about.  I might even have decided which project will be this year’s Nanowrimo project.  But I have filed to physically go through and computer files to read through between now and tomorrow.

Hope everyone is having a good day, we’ve had sunshine (!!!!!) for a couple hours today.  Just wish it were a little bit warmer so I could have actually gone outside and got some fresh air.  I think my days of that are very numbered at this point.

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