Thursday, November 30, 2006

My NaNo Nosedive

Well, who wants to guess why I haven't posted in a while? Something came up to where I couldn't work on my NaNo project for a few days, so then it came to a standstill. Since I figured out that my missed week of NaNo effort meant that there was no way I could possibly finish it by the deadline, I went into avoidance mode. I didn't want to think or blog about it! I'm fine with it, I'll just finish it up in December, so for now, I'm happy to have reached the halfway mark.

I did get some knitting done. I finished Tyler's mittens, though they are snitchless, but they should keep his little hands warm. And I made myself a hat with Noro yarn (this yarn is soooo pretty, I just loved it!).

I picked up some more yarn for hats for the girls, real pretty stuff in soft alpaca. First I have to finish the gloves from hell I'm currently working on. Brittany wanted them instead of mittens. I like two fingers on the first one, so we'll see how that turns out. Mittens are a whole lot more fun to work on, let me tell ya!

Saturday, November 11, 2006


Tyler, my son the 11-year-old Etch-o-Sketch artist, has asked me to thank y'all for all the great compliments on his drawing! He really appreciated them, as was evident by the huge smile on his face when he read though your responses! He also explained to me that the scene he drew is from a video game, which explains the caterpillar!

I'm almost done with the mittens, except for the fun part of embellishing them. I just need to find five minutes to go dig through the yarn stash, then I should be able to put the finishing touches on 'em.

Check out my NaNo progress bar, all of you out there slaving away with me to crank out 5o THOUSAND words this month on your novel masterpieces. (Yes, you non-NaNoers. I said we are demented enough to put our selves through the torture of trying to meet the 50K goal . . . all during the month of November! mwaaa haaa haaa!) I have finally hit 30% at just over 15,000 words. I was pretty happy about it, too, until I figured out that I need another 10K before Wednesday night to reach the top of the halfway hump. So, I'm forcing myself to have a Scarlett O'Hara moment where I will only think about the wordcount tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Etch-0-Sketch Art

I had to post this amazing picture my 11-year-old, Tyler, drews on his Etch-O-Sketch! I could not believe he was able to put in so much detail, especially since I had always had a hard time just drawing a plain old square on the thing, no way I could figure out how to create anything curvy or round! With the little creature standing on the counter, the lettering, the scenery outside the kitchen window, and the catapiller lying next to the coffe mug adorned microwave, I think he must be a creative genius!

I should be able to finish Tyler's Snitch mittens in the next day or so. The knitting is going pretty slowly right now, since most of my already scarce spare time is being spent on my NaNo project, pounding out word after word on my keyboard way into the wee hours of the night.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Late NaNo update

I finished up tonight's work before midnight, but felt that I could not allow myself to go to bed without first updating both my blog and the NaNoWriMo word counter over on their site. So after an extra hour spent on the internet, everything is aaaaall updated. I'm sure everyone will sleep so much better after seing my word count progress bar slide that half a millimeter to the right!

Good night, y'all!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

NaNoWriMo 2006 has Begun!!

I got started on my NaNoWriMo project yesterday, and stayed upuntil 1 am this morning working on it. This morning, however, I'm unexplainably obsessed with making a countdown ticker and other such nonsense, like this . . .

I did get some really fun research started this morning. One of my characters has a taste for booze, so I looked up all the flavors her favorite liqueur comes in. Nope, I haven't started hitting the sauce this early in the day, but I'm getting some great ideas for some of the weird concoctions she comes up with. I figure I'll try some of them during the next couple of weeks, either as rewards for hitting my daily word count goals or as a nice tonic for the writer's block. . . either way is fine with me!