Monday, November 30, 2009

I have no shame

So it became clear to me sometime before 8 pm tonight that there was no way I was going to be able to clear 10,000 words by midnight. And it turned out I was right.

But ksaldria, you say, doesn't that bar on the left side of your blog say that you have succeeded in reaching 50,000 words? Why, yes it does. But in order to get that bar to 50k I had to resort to some down and dirty tricks to up my word count. Yes, boys and girls, I...."cheated".

But ksaldria, you may ask, why is the word "cheated" in quotation marks?

Well, you see, it's like this. Every year at the end of NaNoWriMo it is a time honored tradition for everyone to scramble their way to 50,000 words at the very last minute. In celebration of this yearly tradition, NaNoWriMo provides it's participants with many suggestions as to how to pad their word count. Like having your main character sing very long songs in the shower, or describing in great detail some crazy dream they randomly had, or making reeeeally long lists of items that your character suddenly has to go shop for. Well....I wound up doing something kind of like that. I took all my class notes that I took on the computer this November, along with all my homework assignments and papers that I worked on this month and randomly worked them into my novel, which amounted to about 7,ooo extra words that I badly needed.

I assure you that I am not a proud woman. But in my defense, every extra, unnecessary word that I included was my own writing. Everything that I put into my novel was my own work and to top it all off, it was all written in the month of November.

On the one hand, I feel like I've passed some kind of NaNoWriMo milestone by needlessly padding my word count to reach 50k. I've taken part in a great and noble tradition among November novelists and for that I feel just the teensiest bit awesome.

So congrats to Quizmo, my noble opponent, for bravery and courage in the heat of literary battle. I salute you and all your substantial literary might. Here's to next year :D


I am a very bad student...

Currently neglecting my school work to finish NaNoWriMo.

Because I'm freaking insane.

Sprint to the finish! On your marks...get set...go!!!


P.S. I had better get this silly trilogy published in order to justify all this craziness.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Aaaaah! o.o

Well that was a nice Thanksgiving. Had some great food, got to spend time with my cousins, spent a whole day doing nothing but eating leftovers...

*looks at calendar* Holy crap! Only three more days left of NaNoWriMo?!? AAAAAHHHHH! Hurry up, Quizmo! We gotta finish this thing!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Research Halp!

Does anyone know how to say "I'm sorry" or, alternately, "I fucked up" in floriography?

It's research for this year's NaNo novel...don't ask.

I need to get my hands on a copy of The Language of Flowers. Wikipedia has about a hundred different ways of expressing love via floriography but nothing that says "I screwed up, please don't dump me," or even a simple "I'm sorry."

*looks at the list again* I guess I could go with marigolds, those are for pain and grief apparently. If anyone comes up with a better answer please halp!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I think I found coffee heaven...

Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I have a new favorite place!

The MLs (that's Municipal Liaisons) have been traveling all across Los Angeles this month in an effort to unite our sprawling region and bring NaNos together through a series of traveling Write-Ins. Their most recent one was held Saturday afternoon in Redondo Beach at a place called the Catalina Coffee Company.

Go ahead. Click on the link, check out the photo gallery, have a look at the menu. It's ok, I'll wait here.

Doo de doo...

Did you click the link? Did you look at the photos? Isn't it just so incredibly awesome? I ordered a double café mocha and it was, I kid you not, the best coffee I have ever had in my life. It was, dare I say it, better than Sacred Grounds. It's ok, you can tar and feather me now if you need to. I understand.

But seriously, you guys. This place is made of so much win I struggle to find the words to describe it. Not only do they have coffee, but they have delicious soups and sandwiches and a variety of sweets and pastries. And if that wasn't enough, they are also a used bookstore. Yeah, that's right, this coffee shop is actually the store that my mother has dreamed about opening for 15+ years now. Well, minus the massage and tarot reading in the back. Don't ask, it's a long story.

I'm gonna be out there again sometime soon. This place is so worth driving a measly fifteen minutes. I may even start writing there on a weekly basis. The atmosphere is totally conducive to writing. I may even take my knitting there. It's such a nice place to just sit and relax. I have this strong urge to crochet all my christmas presents there. Oh, and the next time Skeeve and Jerome are able to come down here and visit I am totally kidnapping them and taking them there for coffee/lunch/reading time.

But enough about awesome coffee. I'm sure you guys want to hear something about the write-in.

I was the only one there. Yep, just me and the MLs with their very sweet two month old baby girl (so cute!). I recognized them by their NaNoWriMo shirts and the fact that they had a baby with them.

The write-in started at one and I didn't get there until around three because Helga got all wet and rolled in the mud and God and I had to hose her off -_- But when I did finally get there, I was welcomed by the MLs with an enthusiastic, "Somebody came! :D" Then they gave me a sticker!

I got about four hours of writing time in and managed to catch up to Quizmo. Hopefully I've got enough of a lead now that when she does overtake me it wont be by too much. I've crossed the halfway point finally--woohoo! Now it's only a matter of reaching at least 40k by Thanksgiving o.o

I'm gonna die.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Great news, everyone!

Los Angeles has moved up from from number five to number three on the Word Count Scoreboard. This means we've finally beaten out the entire countries of Germany and Austria! Woot!

Now if we could only shove Seattle out of the number one spot we would rule the world. What's up with those guys in Seattle? I think they've been number one every damn year so far. Maybe all that coffee has something to do with it.

Link to the Word Count Scoreboard if you're interested: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/wordcount_stats

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh yeah, I've been watching waaaaay too much MST3K

You know how I can tell? We were watching Luther, a film about--who else?--Martin Luther, in history class today. I actually recommend this film to everyone out there. It's got Joseph Fiennes in it, who is a very intense actor, and the writing is excellent. The dialogue is just great and the actor who plays the little old German prince? OMG, cutest little old man ever. It's like if someone's beloved old grandfather was running part of Saxony, that's how adorable this guy is. But I digress.

We got to the part in the film where one of the cardinals has basically implied that it wouldn't be utterly unfortunate if something were to "happen" to Luther on his way back to Wittenburg. So Luther and one of his monk friends are on their way back home when suddenly the imperial guards that are escorting them decide to up and leave. There's Luther and Expendable Monk #2 sitting in the wagon all by themselves with only one horse, it's night time, everything is dark and eerie, and they find themselves suddenly abandoned by the people who are supposed to be protecting them.

In a very nervous voice, Expendable Monk #2 says: Why have they left us?

And I came this close. *holds up two fingers* This close to crying out in my best Admiral Ackbar voice, "IT'S A TRAAAAAAP!"

I have the self control of a freaking saint, I tell you.

Side note: A link for any old people who may not know/remember who Admiral Ackbar is.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mine is an evil laugh

Hey all. So Quizmo and I have kind of been having this private, personal Word War since last year's NaNoWriMo. Neither of us has actually declared a Word War so it's been more like a secret feud. A Word Vendetta if you will. Well, seeing as there are only twelve days left of NaNoWriMo I am officially bringing this thing out in the open.


One, two, three, four, I declare a Word War!
Booya!


I'm probably going to stick this in the side bar after this post. If this doesn't keep me and Quizmo motivated nothing will. Incidentally, Quizmo, you'll have this entire weekend to leave me in the dust. I have two papers due on Monday. Start typing!

[Edited 21:17] Edited because I fail at idioms.

Hmm...

Am I the only one who thinks my NaNoWriMo graph looks like the backside of Nessie?

Photobucket

I am? Oh...nevermind.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Boo. Yay!

Bad news: I'm behind on NaNoWriMo

Good news: I made a podcast!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hey guys

Just FYI,

If you are planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine, which I recommend you do if you fall into one of the high risk groups, make sure you eat something first. I learned the hard way. -_-

Three and a half hours later I'm finally started to feel normal again.

Blarg

I finally managed to finish my overdue history essay. For whatever reason I had a really hard time just motivating myself to get the damn thing done. Even though I had an outline and notes and underlined quotations all ready to go. Thankfully it's done now and I can stop beating myself over the head about it. Whatever grade I get, hopefully my upcoming Frankenstein essay will be a lot better. I've read the book enough times by now :P

I have one more overdue paper to finish and then I'm caught up. It's a paper I really don't want to write for a professor I'm starting to hate but I'm going to sit down and finish the thing if it kills me. This means chaining myself to a table at Sacred Grounds or someplace else with equally strong coffee. I tend to get more work done when I'm not at home, but studying somewhere else usually costs money. Unless it's a library. But for some reason libraries are too quiet for me and I don't work as well in them as I do in coffee shops or bookstores. I guess I need just the right amount of background noise without anything too distracting in order to be productive. Or something. I don't even know if said professor will accept the paper considering how late it is, so I'm planning on asking for an extra credit assignment anyway. Still waiting to hear how I did on that stupid midterm.

Speaking of midterms, tomorrow I have to go to one professor's office to make one up that I missed. It's two long essay answers and I have a list of the possible questions she could ask, so it's just making an outline for each one so I remember what to write and I should be good. Of course, I also have a test tomorrow on late 19th century manners from a book I still haven't finished reading.

Did I mention that I got three hours of sleep last night?

Friday, November 13, 2009

So this is what insanity feels like



10,000 words down, 40,000 to go. I think I'm gonna die.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cookie Monster and The Origin of Om nom nom nom

In which Cookie Monster asks a valid question.



Why indeed he no get royalties? Why indeed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bleh

Well I'm officially sick.

The sore throat was still there when I woke up this morning and I took my temperature and found that I had a mild fever. So I just stayed home today and tried to take it easy. Still no swollen tonsils, aches, chills, or any other symptoms other than mild bleckiness. I'm just gonna stay inside this weekend so I don't catch anything else with my compromised immune system.

Currently at 1,028 words. I'll post a widget when I can get them working.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Update

All right. It's on.

As of right now I am joining NaNoWriMo and totally going to that write in. Why? Because Dad said I should. Also, because I am crazy. Did I mention that?

I wont guarantee I'll win this year. In fact I rather doubt it. But I'm going for it anyway. Let the word wars begin!

Skeeve, Quizmo, I'm lookin' at you.

To write or not to write...

That is the question.

NaNoWriMo season is upon us again and I'm still debating whether or not I can actually do it this year.

I still haven't finished my novel from last year. I blame school and family drama along with good ol' procrastination. I planned the novel out as a trilogy so I could conceivably start the second book, but doing that before the first book is finished seems like a bad idea. If there's one thing NaNoWriMo taught me last year it's not to get ahead of myself.

Then again, since I more or less know how the first book is going to end and how I want the second book to begin I could start the second one while finishing the first simultaneously.

Or I could do NaNoWriMo informally by not signing up and just working on adding 50,000 more words to my first novel, the one I'm still currently working on. But we all know that's no fun.

Then to make things even more complicated, I just found out that there's going to be a write-in at the Barnes and Noble in Torrance tomorrow, which is really close to where I live. A write-in is basically where a bunch of NaNoWriMo participants gather together in one place to work on their respective novels. I never got around to going to one last year because most of them were a little out of the way. I'd never been to any of the locations before and the closest ones were always in Long Beach, which wasn't too bad. But that would have required me to go over the bridge and I never managed to get up the motivation to do so. The difference here is that I've been to this particular Barnes and Noble many times, so there's no trying to figure out how to get there or if I'm in the right place. Mostly I just want to hang out with some literary minded people and maybe wind up making some new friends.

Of course I spontaneously came down with a sore throat late this afternoon so whether or not I go tomorrow will depend on how this progresses. I don't have a fever or any other symptoms. My tonsils aren't swollen, my throat is just sore. I'm not sure if I have post nasal drip or not (I know, gross) but if I do it's a very slow, viscous kind of drip (I know, I know. Sorry). When you've been sick as often as I have in the past you get kinda used to talking about bodily fluids. I'm wondering if it's Strep, since I seem to get that almost every year around this time. But, like I said, my tonsils aren't swollen. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's All Saint's Day, or the beginning of Dia de los Muertos if you prefer, and I'll give you three guesses where I'm going today.


Close..







Getting warmer...







There you go.


I need to go hunting for a new jacket. I lost the Pirates of the Caribbean hoodie that I've had for about five years now at school. Stupid school. It was slowly on its was out and beginning to get a couple holes around the cuffs, but it still makes me sad :( Hopefully I will find a new awesome jacket while I am there. Everybody send me new jacket karma!

Halloween was ok. We started with about 8 lbs of candy around 6:30 and ran out by 8:20. In the past I would give extra pieces to kids with really cool or homemade costumes (ex: Jack Skellington, Mario & Luigi, any historical figure, etc.) but given the overwhelming number of kids we've had for the past couple years I stuck very strictly to a one piece per person policy (say that three times fast). One little bastard, probably ten or older, had the gall to ask me for two. Another just looked at me expectantly until it became clear that he wasn't getting any more. And don't get me started on the sheer number of parents bringing their babies up in strollers. At 8:30 God put up a sign on the front gate that said: "We have given out over 1,000 pieces of candy and there is no more. --The Candy Goblin." We turned off the porch light and closed the gate and after that no one else came up to the door.

I did carve a pretty cool looking greenman into one of the pumpkins, but I'll upload that picture later. Disneyland awaits!