Tuesday, December 07, 2010

December is here!

Quick catch up:

November was a frantic month as I'd decided to try my hand at National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo.

What I learned? I am not a fast writer. Soaring word counts, as delightful and motivating as it was, is not my gauge for progress. Because now I have 50,000 crap words to fix. My routine is more think/write/research/plot/write/research/plot/write, etc... And because I don't write in a linear fashion (I like to get down those critical scenes fairly early), the speed really messed with my head.

Will I do it again? Probably. But only because I liked the collective energy! It's great to write with a group of friends, to push each other ahead, to bounce ideas around when you're stuck...

I also took a quick trip up the Thunder Bay to visit my family -- a whirlwind shopping/visiting/eating extravaganza that left me with a sore throat and a suitcase full of Christmas pressies. All good :)

Hunger Games follow up: Both me and oldest son LOVED them. We gobbled up those last two books in Thunder Bay -- in fact, we were fighting over the third, which meant I couldn't read it until he was asleep.
And oh, the discussions we had -- all very good, and I've decided it should be required reading for all teens/tweens... As long as parents or teachers steer the commentary and show kids how the issues are very much relevant in the here and now.

Walking Dead was my t.v. obsession and though it was only a disappointing six episodes long, we have something to look forward to next fall when they return with thirteen eps. That should be long enough for me to get on a good, reliable heart medication, yes? LOL

December, December, I can't believe it's here. With my head in NaNoVille, I didn't think of anything else but writing, so December suprised me with it's arrival and it's myriad activities.
Perhaps the best part was my birthday -- I got a Kobo e-reader! I'm going through the pre-loaded books at the moment and trying to decide which book shall have the honor of being my first bought book. That's going to take some thought...

Back to the kitchen for me. I'm baking so I have something to put out when the inlaws arrive later this week: shortbreads, bishcottes, gingerbread cookies, peppermint bark, Nainimo bars (or New York special, as it's called south of the border), and maybe some toffee squares.