Friday, December 25, 2009

A Kitty Christmas

This is Mia. The kitten we got this past summer (in June). This is her first Christmas and she's been quite fond of the tree and all of the ornaments. I've had to replace several glass ornaments with shatterproof ones. It doesn't keep her out of the tree but it does save on the ornaments. It's a good thing she's so darn cute.

Dee - does she look amused?

White Christmas

I didn't blog much this year. Earlier in January, I was working on projects around the house -- painting and decorating -- and was well on my way into another project when everything seemed to turn upside down. Just a bunch of personal stuff that I didn't have the energy or want to to blog about. Even my other writing took a nose dive. Proudly enough, the one thing I was able to complete was my NaNoWriMo novel last month. I hope to be more productive from now on.

In the midst of all the craziness that was the first few months of this year, some good things happened. I've learned a lot from some very important people in my life. Things that I've embraced whole heartedly because these people just mean that much to me. I've studied Reiki, listened to some new music that I might not have found otherwise and have even learned to enjoy cooking (at least one of these people knows that I'm a disaster in the kitchen) and on more than one occasion recently I found myself looking at kitchen stuff and getting excited about the purchase of new cutting boards. Simple pleasures and all that.

I look forward to all that the new year has to bring.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NaNoWriMo wordcloud

Wordle: Heat

The image is small, but I did a word cloud of the top 100 most used words in my NaNoWriMo novel through

So, it's been a little over a week since NaNoWriMo ended. My fourth year to participate and my first win! I was very proud of this win. I started slow - 300 word days tired me out, but the more I worked the more I picked up the pace, discipline kicked in - either that or fear of losing again - and I was having 2 and 3k word days, and later in the month close to 5k word days. It shouldn't have been so hard, but when you're out of practice it takes some time to find your rhythm.

Trying to work while away during the Thanksgiving holiday was tough but it got done, and I only had a little to finish when I got back home.

My biggest motivator was having the support and encouragement of a good friend who was also participating. I can only hope I motivated him half as much as he did me. I owe this year's win to him. To determination, to newfound discipline, and even to fear.

Some days the words came easier than others, some days I wanted to give up. There was all the usual suspects of course - self doubt, the inner critic - but I learned to just keep plugging along. That's how you cross that finish line, by not letting those things get in the way.

I enjoyed my crazy characters and had a lot of fun, which is what it's really about. I haven't looked back through the document close enough to see if there's anything salvageable, but I will. I think mostly it's a mess, but that's okay. I re-learned some valuable lessons.