aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
My encounter with Real Life™ as an obstacle to NaNo continues apace. I had the entire morning planned as a writing time - but NO!!! JJ has to decide, after he gets to work, that his ankle hurts too much for him to spend all day on it (okay - I can understand that a bit, but still...) so I lost over an hour in commute time driving the 25 miles down and 25 miles back to pick him up. No, he didn't feel like he could walk back to the bus stop (that's right in front of the job site) and take the bus home and have me pick him up at this end's bus stop. No, I had to drop everything and drive down there now, now, now.


There are times that Attention Deficiency Disorder can be a real PITA. We got the call back on the x-ray - no fractures and no broken bones. So this is either a sprain or something else. He *does* have a rather long-lived bruise on the ankle-bone, so something is going on. But I honestly think that he's milking it for as much attention as he can get - and right now, that doesn't sit very well. He goes back to work tomorrow - and no, I will not be driving down again to pick him up if he decides he hurts too much.

Anyhoo, so I did finally get to write some - although not as much as I was hoping. Hopefully I'll have better luck tomorrow.

3765 / 50000 words. 8% done!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Remember I said that Real Life™ was being an obstacle? Well, I have a much greater appreciation of just how much of an obstacle it's proving to be. Between the need to continue working getting music ready for rehearsals for our Christmas Program in Halcyon, taking JJ first to a doctor and then to get his foot x-rayed because he managed to hurt it somehow, and myriad other small errands that don't look all that big but each of which takes a chunk of time away, I was unable to sit down and really concentrate Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Finally, today, nothing was pending.

And at least I made some progress. I should be able to do much the same tomorrow, as I only have one obligation that will pull me away from the keyboard. Friday and Saturday I'm hoping I can have productive afternoons.

I'm also using a new program on a trial basis, and I'm really liking it. When this is over, one way or the other, I'll be buying Scrivener and start using it instead of Word for my writing projects. I'm just hoping the trial version I've installed will last until after NaNo is finished, because I'd really hate to have to hassle with that beforehand.

Anyhoo, folks, here's today's progress report:

2672 / 50000 words. 5% done!

Until next time...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Yeah, I'm off to a slow start. Seems that Life™ is fuller this year than last, with more that I need to do between which to sandwich my hours at the keyboard. Still, it is a start - and this time around, I've done research so I know (1) where my story is going; and (2) more or less how I want to get there. No, I haven't got an outline, but I'm doing the first "part" of my novel for this year's NaNo. The novel itself will have two parts, taking place roughly 1000 years apart.

It's fun tho, and the research has been quite a treat. I've looked into what makes a planet habitable, what is known currently about extra-solar planetary systems, done quite a lot of postulating on how my green-skied world would work and how it would differ from the world we all know. I've looked into various forms of housing, heating said domiciles, ethics of space colonization, the problems encountered by other colonial efforts in the past.

On another note entirely, IT RAINED IN CALIFORNIA LAST NIGHT!!!! Or, more precisely, it rained in my little parched corner of California last night. In fact, considering that we only got four inches total rainfall last year, we got fully one half of last year's precipitation last night. Lost power too - o joy and rapture! Better still, it took until mid-morning for the cable and internet to be fully restored. Now THAT'S what I call "winter" weather!!

Believe it or not, I'd be perfectly happy for it to happen again this winter. Often. Our local reservoir lake is down to 40% capacity, and several natural lakes in the area are completely dried up (and are being dredged because of it - taking advantage of the situation.) I've got all my fingers, toes, eyes, knees and other flexible body parts crossed that we do end up with an "El Niño" of sorts - plenty of rain for us means our water issues will ease dramatically.

Anyhoo. More on NaNo tomorrow - providing that all my music obligations won't get completely in the way of producing any word count. Like I said, Life™ itself is a real obstacle this year around.

526 / 50000 words. 1% done!

Ta, folks!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
I heard a mockingbird singing in our not-quite-leafed-out walnut tree the other day. Mockingbird song, in this part of the country, is one of the really dependable signs that "spring" has arrived. After all, we don't have snow to start melting (and yes, I do wish that for most of my East-of-here friends!) just plants that start to bloom their little hearts out.

Miscellaneous Nattering Under the Cut for those not interested )
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Well, after a ten-day hiatus to deal with all the associated fun that goes along with a family member trying to kill herself, my Muse has finally cooperated in giving me more word-count for my NaNo attempt.

I sat down with the calculator and figured out how much I'll have to produce everyday to win the 50k word challenge - not that I'm going to actually finish the story. It's do-able: min 3000 words per day, with Sundays off. That includes Thanksgiving Day too. Still, our family doesn't kill itself trying to produce a feast that will leave us groaning on the floor after standing up from the dinner table, so I should be able to write some that day while nursing what's on the stove.

More nattering under the cut )

And now, so you know I wasn't fooling, my new word-count for the day:

26553 / 50000 words. 53% done!

Have a good evening!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
No, I haven't done word count since Tuesday. My mind simply doesn't want to be pushed into working in my Phoenix world. Then again, yesterday was completely lost as a result of having far too little sleep the night before. Luckily enough, however, the news from OR was encouraging...

Update under the cut )

So, with any luck, I'll work on NaNo tomorrow morning. Tomorrow afternoon, I have to take JJ to Santa Maria to apply for a job with a construction firm down there. I also need to leave a message with VTC, the vocational place that's supposed to be working with him on employment issues.

At least I'm not scared to death that I'm gonna lose one of my kids anymore. What is it about my family these days that, at times, suicide seems to be the answer to the troubles? Dealing with my brother's troubles was bad enough. I simply don't have the emotional reserves to do it over and over again for first one and then the other.

Gonna relax tonight and watch the next Netflix Stargate SG-1 DVD.

Talk to you all tomorrow.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)

After a day where I began to think that I would NEVER get a chance to sit down and work on my NaNo for one reason or the other, I actually managed to pull my daily 2k words out of a hat. The plot is moving right along, and I'm happy with getting things at least pounded out in first draft form – realizing that I'm gonna be doing a LOT of rewrites/edits when the time comes.

The things that got in the way under the cut )

So... Today's word count:

21418 / 50000 words. 43% done!

Talk to you all tomorrow!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Yesterday was a no-production day NaNo-wise - and for a good reason. I played for the Theosophical temple service at 10:30 (complete with solo) and then turned around and came right back to the Lodge for the Players meeting/rehearsal at 2 that ran an hour and a half. Wasn't entirely surprised to discover that our Christmas play has been officially cancelled, mostly because one of our HS-aged members has school commitments that have to come first (band and "Robotics" program.) Not living in the community meant that I got word a bit second-handedly (my friend at Saturday coffee sharing the rumor) before I got official word - but I knew it really didn't make that much difference to me. I'm involved in prep work for a number of future musical programs, as well as being slowly dragged into the director's Indy film-making projects.

Then spent about an hour and a half talking to Vanna on the phone.

Family-related musing under the cut - feel free to skip, as it deals with the fun of being a parent of a transexual child. )


The time before my chiropractor's appointment today is so short - thanks to dear hubby of course needing to do the dishes the moment I got to the kitchen, as well as the need to actually eat breakfast before much else - that I won't be able to do my word count for NaNo Day 11 until after noon. On the docket for after that is (1) trying to fix JJ's computer, which suddenly refuses to recognize his user profile log-in; and (2) making supper for the whole family, including Súl and her food sensitivities. We're trying out a hamburger/tomato/veggie soup tonight. She's seeing whether she can have tomatoes from time to time again, and actually eating kidney beans for the first time in a couple of years (thanks to being on a mostly paleo diet regimine.) I'll cook up a small bit of millet for hers, along with the rice that normally goes with the chili soup I fix for the rest of us. These meals, when Súl eats in the main part of the house with us, are a weekly tradition that I dearly love.

So I'm just hoping that today isn't as much of a lost day NaNo-wise as yesterday was. If it is... Well...


At least I'm ahead of myself a little bit.

Until later.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Had a lovely time at coffee this morning. A group of my friends and I, my hubby and (when he's around) JJ get together at 8AM on Saturday mornings at a local coffee deli. Today only Ron and Nashoma were there, but it was great seeing them again. Evidently Nashoma had been ill last week. (For those who don't know, Nashoma was my cohort in the piano/organ duet team until nerve damage made her participation sketchy. I miss our practices greatly, lemme tell ya!)

Weekend whittering - and NaNo natttering - under the cut )

For those paying attention, today's word count:

19229 / 50000 words. 38% done!

Tomorrow's a designated no-progress day - so we'll see if I get anything written at all. Not ruling it out completely, but I've also got a Broadchurch fic (a new one, [ profile] sykira) that has decided to push on me. Wish my Muse would stay focused on Phoenix, and not find other "squirrels" to chase after!!

aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
It looks as if my dear hubby is proud of himself for convincing me to not start writing right away, but rather do dishes with him first. When I came out to the kitchen, it was the first thing he started to do. I give up. Okay... Dishes first, then word count.

Nattering under the cut )

Today's word count:

16884 / 50000 words. 34% done!

Talk to you all tomorrow.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Well, I finally got my word count done, plus a bit; but it took a lot longer than usual, and it was interrupted several times. Darn it.

Grumblings about NaNo-Interruptis under the cut )

All in all, a pretty good day. The clouds are coming in; the weatherman says we're not scheduled for rain, but the temps will begin to fall a bit. That's okay - I'm ready for Autumn to really land on us. The leaves on the grape arbor are turning and beginning to fall. I wish more folks would like to come help themselves - I'll go pick some for juicing, but I'm afraid the vine is loaded and will most likely ferment in place. The mockingbirds will LOVE that! Nothing funnier than a drunken mockingbird doing battle with his reflection in the garage window... :-p

Finally, for the record, my word count stands at:

14517 / 50000 words. 29% done!

Cya all later - probably tomorrow. Have a good one.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Gonna be a fairly busy day today, but I've got my word count done for the day.

NaNo and non-NaNo nattering under the cut )

My word count for the day was:

11963 / 50000 words. 24% done!

Until next time, dear f-list!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Today's words came fairly easily, which is really nice.

Mundane midrash-ing under the cut )

Ah yes.

Before I forget, my word count for the day:

9724 / 50000 words. 19% done!

Cya all tomorrow!
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Well, today didn't exactly go as planned, but I did make decent progress when I finally sat down to write. I had an appointment with the chiropractor earlier in the morning than I normally do, so I decided that I wouldn't actually sit down to do my NaNo writing until after I got home and had my lunch. Which is what I did - although I stopped along the way home to buy a new back-tank filter for the aquarium in the living room and then again to fill up the tank on my van for the month.

What made me feel good, though, was hearing my husband trying to keep my son (the learning disabled one, JJ) from bothering me when I was finally in the process of writing. It's so good to know that I have their support - I don't think I could try this if at least my dear hubby weren't behind me.

So, anyway, here's the latest word count:

7671 / 50000 words. 15% done!

Cya all tomorrow...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Today was a scheduled no-progress day, which was just as well. I had plenty to keep me occupied through the day - and I'm currently writing this as a way of procrastinating on doing a couple more read-thru's on the next chapter of my Pretender fic before posting it. I skipped last weekend (bad Aeärwen!! bad!!!) and really do owe them an update. Still, the chapters on that thing tend to run in at about 8k words each, so the read-thru's to remove my former obsession with using hypens everywhere and to tighten up POV aren't just a quick scan.

More not necessarily writing relating nattering under the cut )

I'm genuinely looking forward to sitting down first thing tomorrow and continuing with my story. My mind has been actively toying with what scene I'm going to have following the one I ended with yesterday, and whether I'm going to span a good deal of time between where I left off and where I pick up the story again, or whether it will continue on from basically the next day or so.

I'm tired, though. May hit the sack early. Until next time...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
I think my plan of writing 2k word/day 6 days/week is gonna work out really well for me. I'm pleased with the progress I made today, and combined with yesterday, puts me ahead of where I thought I'd be.

This is today's meter:

5327 / 50000 words. 11% done!

NaNo and other stuff, under the cut )
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Writing Muses are fickle - BIG time! )

Just when you think you have things all worked out, something like this happens to remind you that it's the Muse that runs the show. You're only along for the ride.

And all my nice plans for today are blown to Hell when I stepped on a piece of wood and drove a nice splinter deep into my heel. My DH tried to get it out - and failed. All he got were splinters off of the bit buried practically all the way under the callous on my heel. Soooooo… no shopping trip to SLO for needed supplies, no chiro appointment (because DH was digging at the spot with his knife and a pair of tweezers to no avail) and no new neon tetras for the big fish tank in the living room to keep the one sole survivor out there company.


Happy Monday, f-list, she growls…
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
I think I'm now rested up enough to go public with the announcement that I survived. )

I also have fish tank maintenance to do that's been put off a while, plants to water and repot, and several loads of laundry to get out of the way. Life doesn't quit while one puts everything on hold to get a performance together, and now I have time and energy to start playing "Catch Up" again.

But... I survived. YAYYYY!!!! The Big Weight of the Summer Program is gone, and I can start to genuinely enjoy the nice weather.

aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
No, really. This week, at least, Monday is a GOOD thing! )

I'm sure my chiropractor will be glad when I'm through with the week too. Evidently between the stress and the physical postures and positions I get in while playing, I throw my back out rather nicely. Funzies.

And that's it from the Grey Havens of the Central California Coast for this week. I'll let you all know how well I survive sometime next week.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
I was out for a while today, and the fog cleared long enough to remind me what a nice, warm "California Sunshine" type day could be like.

Sunny California? What's that? )

Anyhoo, if nobody hears from me for a while, either I'm writing my hands off, or practicing the piano yet again. Eh. It keeps me out of the bingo parlors, right?

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