NaNo Update, Slippers, Weight & Nail Grinding

You may have already guessed, but last week was not the week I got everything together and caught up on NaNo. I did write nearly 5000 words on Friday when I was off, but that was about it, other than the odd hundred words or so during the week. I’m honestly pretty sure I’m not going to make the 50k by Nov. 30th, but that’s okay. I’ve been wanting to write this particular story for ages, so whatever word count I get done on it is good progress.

One of the other things I’ve been working on is a pair of slippers. I thought I’d make my husband a pair first, and then if they went well, I’d make a couple pairs for gifts. The first slipper I made exactly to the pattern, but it’s really not…tall/wide enough for his foot. So I need to tweak the pattern a bit, and use the same length, but the width for the next size up, and see if that makes them a bit more cozy. It’s a fun stitch (Tunisian Knit Stitch), and works up quickly, so I’ll start the new one tonight.

I’ve been working on them in the evenings while we’re watching TV, which is generally better than staring at the computer screen all night. Better for my hands/wrists/fingers too. they’ve been getting kind of wimpy lately, and I need to build those muscles back up. Strong hands/wrists are really handy!

I’ve also been trying desperately to figure out when I might be able to hop on the treadmill for 20 minutes, and still can’t seem to find the time. It’s frustrating, but my weight is creeping up again (badly), and I really need to get a handle on it. Like…yesterday. So that’s a major goal for this week.

And, I really should find some time to fix my nails before the week gets too far. I was late getting started with my manicure Saturday night (due to dying my hair, of course), and by the time I had them cleaned, filed, buffed and ready to paint, I was *so tired* I couldn’t even really pay attention and did a pretty bad polish job. But the worst of it is, I went to bed too quickly, and smudged several fingers, and then when I was grinding down the dogs’ nails, I managed to grind holes in two of the poorly done, smudged polish on my own. *sigh*

Talented, I am. But the dogs’ nails are in much better shape. So there’s that.

This week is a normal, mundane 5-day work week. Let’s hope that means I can get my writing schedule back on track, if nothing else…and maybe a treadmill schedule as well?

Halloween Craziness & NaNoWriMo

Yes, I’m running late with blog posts this week. Our Halloween yard haunt takes up a lot of my time, and since the hubby is out of town this year, I’m finishing things up myself. But I have a couple hours to wait while I get the windshield and back window replaced in our truck (finally – they’ve been cracked/broken, respectively for over a year now), which seemed like a good time to catch up on a little posting.

Our theme for the haunt this year is a 13th anniversary celebration, which seemed fitting since our own 13th anniversary was back in September, and we’ve put up at least some sort of graveyard every year since. I’m kind of scatterbrained though, and planning for both the masquerade party we went to and the haunt got my mental wires a bit crossed. Which is to say, I forgot about the “bad luck” part of the theme I was going to include with the yard haunt, and after the truck is done, I need to go pick up some horseshoes to hang upside down (so the luck runs out). I’m not sure where to find three-leaf shamrocks this time of year, or small hand mirrors to break…*sigh* But I should be able to bring a ladder out for someone to walk under. Hubby asked me if I wanted one last Saturday, and I couldn’t think of why – that’s how discombobulated I was (we were getting ready for the party that day).

In any case, lots of work yet to do on the yard, which is why I have today (Monday) and tomorrow off work. So much to do, so little time…

Then on Wednesday, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts. I’m not even close to being ready…I mean, I have the novel I want to write and the basic plot, but getting 1667 words per day (which is what you have to write to “win” with 50k words at the end of the month)? Yeah. I’ve been lucky to get 500 words down a few days a week lately. I don’t think there’s any possible way I can win this year, but I really do want to write this particular story, so I’m still going to give it a good try. The Matter of Misty Mardeaux has been rolling around in my head for over a year now – just shortly after I started my tattoo sleeve, and it’s time to at least start getting it down “on paper”. So, we’ll see.

The party was great fun, as always, though several other couples chose the same costumes we did (Red Riding Hood & the Wolf), so that was a bit of a bummer. Next year we’ll have to pick something more original. Or try, anyways. Still, always fun to go see everyone else’s costumes!

I think next year’s yard haunt will be more fun too, with hubby here so we can work on it together, and we’re finally going to do the creepy carnival theme we’ve been thinking about for years. Plenty of ideas swirling around for that already! We should be a bit more on top of things next year.

Now, break time is about over, and time to get back to work…

Happy Halloween, and for anyone else doing NaNo this year, many words to you!

On Prep: Halloween, Vacation, & NaNoWriMo


Yes, I have some lovely navel-gazing posts lined up for this space, but they’ll have to wait a few more weeks. Right now, why life pretty much revolves around prep work: getting the yard decor up for Halloween, working on finishing up some work projects and getting the rest to good stopping points before I take a week off for a vacation the last week of October, getting a couple books ready to publish, finishing a couple more drafts, and plotting out this year’s novel for National Novel Writing Month.

Fall is usually the busiest time of year for me. This is actually pretty normal, busy as it sounds.

The Halloween decor is a slow process this year. Neither hubby nor I have been terribly motivated, and I’m not quite sure why. We finally got started this weekend, and I didn’t come up with this year’s theme until about five minutes before we headed outside to start working on it. I was subconsciously inspired by last week’s post, I think, since I finally settled on a haunted campout. So far, it’s looking pretty good, I think. I’ll have more photos & such on Alex’s blog tomorrow.

As for work, I normally take the last week of October off from the day job in order to finish up the Halloween decorating and make sure we’re all ready to scare children in time. This year, I wasn’t sure I was going to take more than just a couple days off at the end of the week, but it all worked out. First a co-worker (my back-up) thought he might leave town, but decided not to. Then I was going to have to be there in the middle of the week for a blood draw anyway (long/boring/ranty story), but ended up not having to do that after all, and finally decided to just go ahead and take it off as usual. Not the most convenient week to be out of the office, but I do need a break, and this year I won’t be spending as much time on Halloween (and no deep cleaning like my “vacation” this past summer either!).

No, most of my vacation week will be spent right where I’m sitting now, in my little red writing booth, finishing up the remaining drafts I have going and plotting this year’s NaNo novel. It’s actually going to be a pretty tight week in terms of getting everything done, but I’m looking forward to it, and it’ll be a nice change of pace. If I manage to get my writing stuff done early, that’ll just leave more time for reading and crocheting – excellent incentives, if I do say so myself.

I’ve only plotted out one NaNo novel before, and it…didn’t turn out well. I have issues with plotting (most of them mental), but this year I’m writing in such a different genre and style that I feel like I don’t really have any other choice. But I’ll talk more about that next week.

Now…sleep, so I can hit the ground running when I wake up. Or at least not crawling. Standing would be good.

Have a good Monday, peeps. Or at least a passably decent one. 😉

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