NaNoWriMo Day 30: The Finish Line

The FINISH line.

*uproarious laughter*


As I decided to edit an existing manuscript, I wasn’t starting from scratch. Here it is, Day 30, and I only JUST printed the second half out for edits. It’s a 113k book that needs to be cut down to 60-75k.











I had that naive faith that I could get that to happen in thirty days.


Just like last year, when I thought I could be done, COMPLETELY, in thirty days. From scratch to the edits.

Flippin’ hilarious.

Anyway, I set my ultimate goal as 60-75k, but if I made the 50k mark I would be happy.

54,019 words are in the computer and there are another thousand words waiting to be transcribed.  But on the bright side, I’ve already cut huge chunks from the beginning of the second half, and I’m getting excited about rewrites. So I’ll continue to inform you about my progress.

How did you guys do? Did you make your goals? Did you have any revelations, any “A-ha!” moments?


NaNoWriMo Day 20: Thanksgiving Week!

Yeeeeeah. Haven’t gotten a lot done. I think I’m at 36k, so I’m not TOO far behind where I should be… but it’s time for retail hell (aka The Holidays) and I’m EXHAUSTED already. I’ll see if I can’t get some stuff done tomorrow after work and after I have dinner with my David **** Pinata on Thursday.

There’s a lot going on in my world. Well, not exactly, not in the BIG picture. Work is exhausting. But I have horriflific insomnia and don’t sleep until nearly dawn, and then when I do wake up (in the early afternoon) I immediately try to do some meditating (b/c I’m part of this meditation challenge thing), but when I start to go into that deep trance, SOMETHING happens. Like, my phone rings (and no one ever calls me), or I forget to turn my alarm off and it plays One Direction loudly, or…oh, I don’t know, an EARTHQUAKE happens and there’s a sonic boom that moves my bed a couple of inches and scares the LIFE out of me.


That earthquake thing happened today, btw. That wasn’t me being overly dramatic. That was an earthquake.

It’s always something….


Since I know this week is a busy, draining week for normal people and empaths alike, I’m not being super strict with myself on my story. I’m breathing, relaxing when I can….and I’m watching a livestream of kittens.


Yes. Livestream of kittens.

Four of them. And their mom. The Spice Kittens are mom Rosemary, Pepper, Basil, Mace, and Sage are the CUTEST kittens on earth and  can be found by clicking the pic.Warning: all productivity will cease, but you will be instantly more content. Unless the cute little bastards are off camera.

But there’s this guy John, who fosters cats and their litters until they are ready to be adopted. I think he fosters for Purrfect Pals, and has done this for MANY fur balls. There’s more info on the stream’s page. The stream runs 24/7, and if there’s no kitty action at the moment, there’s a dvr feature that allows you to rewind.

Seriously, though, if you’re stressed or sad or just need a break, check out the stream. It really is worth it.

NaNoWriMo Day 13: CAUGHT UP

WOO HOO!!! That’s right, buddy! I am CAUGHT UP.

That whole visit to the ER REALLY set me back. That, and that whole day job thing. Add to that the Meditation challenge I’m also involved in(a story for another day), and all of my time is scheduled. Sleeping, eating, working, meditating, writing, THAT IS ALL I CAN DO RIGHT NOW.

Now, I KIND of cheated on the catching up thing. Since I’m editing a manuscript that already exists, I just did a little cutting and pasting and changing so that I could get 2ooo words down quickly. Only problem with that is, the documents are being jerks, and there’s this ONE blank line I can’t get rid of, and other small formatting issues. (Dude, that blank line is DRIVING ME NUTS.) But I had to do it. There wasn’t much that I’d changed, so there was really no need to type it ALL out. Unless I wanted to avoid formatting issues. But it’s now 2 am on Day 14. I want to go to sleep. I’m sure I’ll regret it later.

To celebrate my 26550 words I have down, I thought I would share a glass of wine with you.

No, wait. I can’t do that.

But since I did just finish with a scene where wine is involved, how about I show you some wines that are delicious and not a billion dollars?

One of my favorite winemakers is Charles Smith from Washington State. Most of the bottles are around $20 or under. This is what I call the fancy stuff. (Hey, I’ve had that $200 Opus One. I’d rather have Charles Smith’s $20 cab.) I don’t drink a lot(even though I do work in a liquor store), but if I bring you a bottle of Charles Smith, that must mean I like you or really want to impress you.

I’ll go from high to low here.

Boom Boom Syrah

It’s a dark, jammy, rich wine with just the right amount of spice.

It pairs well with rich, hearty meaIy dishes–or nothing at all. 


Chateau Smith is one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignons. Usually I like my cabs a little more relaxed, but this one is on the drier side, but it has a lot going on. Full-bodied, dark cherry and tobacco flavors. Super tasty.



My favorite red by CS is The Velvet Devil. It’s probably THE tastiest Merlot I’ve ever had. The very first time I tried it, it invoked thoughts and flavors of peppery hamburger steak. It’s crazy good.



I don’t usually like Chardonnay, but I really liked Eve. It’s fruity, but not overly so. It’s got a little buttery creaminess to tame the crisp fruit.



Kung Fu Girl is a fun Riesling. It’s a little on the drier side than I usually prefer, but it’s got some really nice fruit to it. It’s great with spicy food, for sure!




They’ve also got a great new Pinot Grigio called Vino, but it’s not up on their website at the moment.

I can’t rave ENOUGH about this wine.

Oh, but I guess I should say that I don’t work for their company, and that I’m giving them PR on my own–not that they need it. I just work at a bottle shop and when I do drink, I drink the good stuff.

Just click on each picture to read more about the wines. And let me know what you think if you try some.


I’m going to bed. I’ve got stuff to do tomorrow.

NaNoWriMo Day 4: Happy Hour

Ok, it’s not Happy Hour. Not for me, anyway. I’m still feeling like crap. Which is why I didn’t get a whole hell of a lot of anything done.

But my main character Julie was definitely in need of a drink. So cheers to her and her friend Alex for having a little margarita party in the midst of a stressful situation.




Oh, for the record, the perfect margarita recipe is super easy…not as easy as throwing some bad tequila at a premade mixer, but it tastes way better. (I would suggest against using Cuervo. That stuff is mostly Everclear. You want the stuff that’s 100% agave, like Camarena or Lunazul.)

1.5 oz decent tequila,

3 oz fresh lime juice ( or grab a can of frozen limeade!)

1 oz triple sec or Cointreau or Grand Marnier

Use Agave Nectar to sweeten it up.

Shake with ice and strain into a glass with a salted rim.


Oh, btw. I got in 1361 words today, for a total of 5044. I’m still about 3ooo short, but I’m working on it.

Enjoy Happy Hour!

The NaNoWriMo Adventure: Day 4–What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been (so far)

So we’re here at the fourth day of this challenge and I haven’t updated since the first day. I haven’t really gotten anything done since that first day.


But I have a really good excuse.





In addition to stupid work taking up my time, I spent a couple of hours in the ER

on Friday night freaking out about possibly having a heart condition.

Long story short, I’d been having these incredibly strange chest pains all week, and my mind was going to the worst possible place(b/c of family history & my lifestyle).

So I was flipping out. My mind couldn’t calm down and it got worse and weirder until I finally snapped and flipped out on a couple of people who decided to freak me out and then mock and laugh at me when I allowed my fears to spill out.

Note to everyone in the world: When confronted with someone who is freaking out over their health, the correct thing to do is NOT mock and laugh at their fears. The only time when a health condition is even MAYBE funny is when someone accidentally has an erection that won’t go away, and even then, it’s borderline.


That’s when I decided to go into the ER after work on Friday night. I was there for nearly 3 hours, with my own little medical team fussing over me and asking for my wine and liquor expertise. It was incredibly nice having someone else do the worrying for me, even for just a little while. After they took my blood and injected some medicine, which helped immensely and immediately, I just got to sit in a quiet room on a comfy bed and relax. It was a couple of hours where I felt absolutely free, and a lot lighter. (That may have been the meds, though.)

So I didn’t get much done. I had my notebook with me at the ER, so I got a few lines rewritten while I was there. I transcribed everything that I got last night. I got about 823 words in for Day 2. Day 3 was pretty much a total wash, as even though I wasn’t feeling well, I had a full day of work. So I’m a little behind. I’d better get started.




NaNoWriMo: The 2012 Edition–Day One

It’s been nearly 24 hours since I began this year’s NaNo adventure, and I’ve got 2011 words down!





Pleased to have met my goal for day 1, with a cushion of 11 words.

I’m celebrating by re-watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries from the beginning. (Today is Darcy Day, y’all!) The Lydia image is perf and totes adorbs.


Ok, I almost gagged typing that, lol, but I do love me some Lydia.


Anyhoo, not sure if I’ve mentioned it anywhere, but my NaNo project is to edit my second first novel (which is actually my third first novel, if you’ve been reading that one bit of mess I wrote in high school–don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten it. You’ll get the rest of what’s there.) My project is called Maybe This Time and is set in the world of community theater. Or theatre. (I use the latter constantly to be perverse so I have no idea which one I really should be using.)

The theatre actually happens to fall under the heading of My Personal Expertise. Or at least Things I Actually Know About Because I Lived In The World. I spent plenty of time there. I had been on my way to be a Spanish or English teacher when I was derailed and my hobo ass hopped on the train to Crazy Town.

Don’t let me fool you, Crazy Town was awesome. (Until it wasn’t.) That world gave me a lot of experience–work AND life experience. I’m finding my theatre years super helpful in the Land of the Verbose.

Ooops! Look at that. It’s now officially Day 2 of NaNo. I’d better get on those edits!