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Archive for November, 2011

NaNo (still)

ALMOST DONE!!  Not with the 50k words, mind you, I’m still waaaay off from that.  But I’ve had some pretty good reasons for being too busy to write much.  (As you can note by my complete lack of recent writing on this blog.)

Will be back in a few days to catch you up.  In the meanwhile I hope any new readers will bear with me whilst I get my head put back on straight.  Talk atcha soon!

I’M IN!!

I’m in I’m in I’m in I’m in I’m in!!!

I just got approved for an Individual Development Account for the biz!

Basically, the IDA is a matched savings program.  It’s funded by Paul Allen, and for every dollar I save (up to $2k) they will match me TWO dollars (up to $4k) for a total of SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS!!

I have to save for at least 6 months and there’s restrictions on what I can buy with it.  But it’s FREE MONEY!!

Yep.  Totally stoked.

NaNo (again)

Completely tired of my story and my overly wordy characters.  Think I’m going to do something drastic…  Soon…

In other news, I’ve committed to listing 50 new items on Etsy before the 28th.  Which (in all reality) means before the 24th and my Thanksgiving Weekend sale.  Better get crack-a-lacking.


Well, I’ve already fallen behind.  I started so well!  Had almost twice my word goal for the first couple days, but then life got in the way.

Why do I feel like I’m going to be using that phrase a lot in the next couple weeks?

Random happenings

I just figured out what why my tuner was 3/4 steps off!  I had it set to ‘chromatic’ instead of ‘guitar.’

So yeah, that’s the highlight of my day so far.

Oh, I watched Arsenic and Old Lace thinking it would be a serious movie.  Turned out to be goofy as hell and campy as you could ever imagine.  I was dismayed by the disrespectful way Cary Gran’t character was treating his new bride, and even more so by the way she took it from him!  But you can’t change the way women used to be treated and viewed, you know.  All you can do is break the kneecaps of anybody who tries it on you.  *jk*

Speaking of people trying things, I met the most obnoxious guy Friday night.  I was at Our Place, and I was sitting at the bar eating a baked potato before the guys and I performed.  This dude was a couple spots over from me, trying really hard to get my attention.  My friend Andrea was talking to him about college football, a subject of which I know little and care even less.  Suddenly he asks me if I know the gal sitting at the end of the bar, and when I turn to look he reaches over and grabs a handful of my potato.  Yes, you read that right, this asshole puts his grubby little hand onto the plate of a total stranger and takes my food.  ‘Cause he was trying to get my attention.  *sigh*  Well, at that point I got the bouncer’s attention, and that was the end of that.  But really…

I survived my first paid solo acoustic gig, and I think I only butchered three chords.  Unfortunately, I butchered them all every single time I played them, but…  Who’s counting?

And I might (perhaps) have reconnected with somebody I met several years ago.  I’ve decided that if that turns out to be the case, two things will happen.  I will call him Abe, since he’s doing the bad penny keep-turning-up thing, and also I will give him a second chance.  But I ain’t making the first move.  Professional courtesy only goes so far, you know.

Think I’m getting sick.  ‘Tis the season, so it’s not surprising.  The way the weather keeps changing, I’m surprised I can still talk, let alone sing!  I’m hoping for a bright day tomorrow so I can take photos of rosaries, Christmas jewelry, and supplies to put online.  Need to sell more so I have good financials to show the bank!

The novel is coming along well.  I had a very busy weekend so I didn’t get much written.  But I’m planning to catch up in the next couple days.  My characters are writing themselves, and they’re not coming out AT ALL like I planned them.  Oh, and they want to have more action in the story, and less dialogue.  This is a problem for me, because my action scenes tend to be very straightforward, and I’m quite concerned that they will make my already wordy dialogue seem even more bloated by comparison.  I guess that’s what editing is for thought, right?

Well, speaking of the novel, I’d better get back to it.  My NaNoPal in Dennmark told me she expects to see my little blue bar past the 10,000 mark right away, and you know I can’t disappoint a near-total stranger and her arbitrary expectations.