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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Some Writing & Other Stuff

Sarah Ross: Wow. This guy's insane.
Frank Moses: Well, he thought he was the subject of a secret government mind control project. As it turns out, he really was being given doses of LSD for 11 years.
Sarah Ross: Well in that case, he looks great. Yeah.
Frank Moses: Fantastic...
-from the movie "RED"

 Brownie points go to me for actually playing catch up on some writing.

Brownie points eaten by evil trolls who know that I'm still not completely caught up.

So I'm sitting at work on my lunch hour doin' like I usually do and write during this time. (It's how I roll, yo!) I thought about working on a story, but to make myself feel better, I decided to do a main blog post instead.

Without further ado (and to make myself feel better), here are my recent writing accomplishments (in no particular order)...

As far as September story blog updates go:
Then the non-story blog:
Moving on to October:
Now with all my Saturday Night Fever strutting out of the way, here's a list of stuff I still need to do before the end of the month.
  • September updates: Kai and Stoically Challenged.
  • October updates: Nedea, Della, Sanya, Kai, Stoically Challenged, and Everything at Least Once
I had printed out "Kai" and took it home to review just so I could take notes on some things I needed to clarify before moving forward. And then I need to find something to write about in "Everything", and I haven't even looked at "Stoically..."

Need to find a way to re-energize so I can do everything I want to during the day. Is there some healthy form of crack that I could imbibe that would actually take hold and assist me in my ventures?

Yeah, I didn't think so either.

Nothing too new or exciting happened to me recently. Thursday I went with friends to watch "Birdemic" courtesy of Rifftrax. (For those that remember MST3K, you'll be familiar with the guys of Rifftrax.) Oh the movie was terrible though the funny commentary made it bearable as did the company. (I was surprised to find that not only was Birdemic was a recently made movie, that there's also a sequel set to release next year.)

Pardon me one moment. I need to roll my eyes.

Saturday was a Halloween party that I went to after running some errands for a wedding I was a "+1" for. I got my eyebrows waxed, my earpiercing restretched (apparently piercing holes shrink if you don't wear jewelry in them for a while), got tights, found a nice Middle Eastern market, grabbed a snack which I enjoyed in my car with the windows rolled down while I read a book, debated on a nap, and decided to treat myself to a cigar before heading on my last errand to look for teasticks (Cost Plus didn't have them or knew what I was talking about though I found them online later) and then to the party.

Ahhh, cigars. I decided to try something new... a Drew Estate Java. It was lovely. First square rolled one that I tried. Usually I go round and flavored. My favorites are CAO's. I really like their Moonstance, Cherrybomb and Gold Honey. I've also had (and liked) some of their non-flavored stogies. Other cigars I've tried have been by ACID, Esteban Carreras, Tatiana, Gurhka, Al Capone, Arturo Fuente and some others that I can't remember at the moment. Some I've shared with my brother Lynn (who I normally stogie out with along with a good beer or cup of tea). For me it started out with flavored cigarillos, but once in a while, I'll light a up a fat one (aka standard cigar size), but I don't do it often. While enjoying my Java (Maduro I believe though I'm not sure at the moment since the cigar bands are in my car cup holder), I thought that I needed to broaden my cigar horizons... so if anyone has any suggestions for a girl on limited funds at the moment to on some cigars she should try... feel free to let me know.

The party was fun. I drank and chatted with friends and snacked on some deviled eggs, some chips and some pork that was made to look like a charred child's leg (well done Dawn S, well done, indeed).

Achievement Unlocked: Tasty Faux Limb of a Youngling.

Sunday was "be a girl" day. I was my friend Kim M's date to a friend's wedding. I met her at her place, got ready, helped the mother of the groom get ready, and then headed out to the venue. It was a pretty set-up though the television in the lounge playing the World Series was kind of preoccupying everyone's attention.

It was a lovely ceremony. Dinner was great. Open bar so I partook in a lot of beers and one glass of red wine (I believe it was a Cabernet).

When I got home, my feet wanted to detach from my legs and go on vacation. Today my feet were fine but my calves were a little grumpy. Overall, I was a girl for several hours so I think I've filled my quota for the year.

Made a pit stop visit tonight at the weekly Del Taco gathering.

Tomorrow is pumpkin carving with friends.

After work on Wednesday will most likely be cocktails and scary movies.

Other than that, it's been... meh (a good kind of meh, but still meh).

NaNoWriMo starts in a few days, and I'm a little bummed I won't be participating. I did it back in 2010, but ideally it's not a good month for me. it's my birthday month as well as Thanksgiving. And now with work, my energy levels are crap so... yeah. Also I have no real solid novel ideas to work on this year. Most of the ideas I have are only scenes or bits of dialogue. Plus I have two novels (one I started a few years ago and the one I did for NaNoWriMo 2010).

There's a guy that I work with (who I know through some mutual friends, Aaron C) who for the past couple weeks was working on reading a Gene Wolfe series: two tradepaperbacks, each trade comprised of two novels in the series. When I didn't see him with a book, I asked if he was done, and he said yes. That's when he told me he'd be taking a little reader vacation since he had been convinced to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. He'll be writing something in the Urban Fantasy genre. I wished him luck, but ever since then, I started thinking how I was a little jealous of him.

I'd like to participate though realistically it's just not feasible this year. Perhaps next year after I'm a little more grounded and I've unearthed some infinite fountain of energy that only I can tap into that will not kill me only assist me in my life's endeavours.

I'll just wait until next year. Maybe I'll have an idea by then. LOL!

Okay, this post is taking up to much time. I'm currently experiencing "powerloss" (which started the night of the wedding) which is making me hate my body even more than I already do. Ugh.

Later my lovelies.

Have Goodness!
Rae

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Playing Catch-Up...

But enough about me, let's talk about you... what do YOU think of me?
-CC Bloom from the movie "Beaches"

All right. I thought I'd update you on what I've done for September thus far.

So... in no particular order...
I'm still behind on...
Oh good gravy! That looks like a lot, doesn't it? At least, that's what a part of my brain is concentrating on... waxing the positive, focusing on the good and moving forward. Staying positive. Yup, yup. That's me.

Do you know how hard that is to do? Be positive? And stay that way? I'm good at doing that on behalf of my friends... and I mean it with them with my words of encouragement and jokes and smiles, etc. Why is it so hard on your own? Even if you have people telling you you're fabulous and awesome and talented, etc, you just can't believe it. You think they are completely full of it.

[looks above at bullet points] Maybe I'm just compensating? Trying to make you think I did a lot when I really didn't.

[looks at bullet points] Does that look like a lot to any of you?

In any case, right now I'm at work on lunch (which is almost over actually). I usually write during this time taking sweet advantage of a desk computer and appropriate back support as well as a big screen and full-size keyboard. I usually get one story blog update in during the hour, two if blessed by my muses.

Drank the last of the coffee in the work pot this morning. Sugar and powdered creamer (too lazy to check the fridge for creamy creamer) did not make the cup of jo' any better than what I thought it would be. Scrounged up some change to buy a can of Pepsi. The cool sweet carbonation is refreshing, but it causes my mind to stray to my childhood. 

I was an RC Cola kid... which evolved into a Dr. Pepper chic.

I'm talking about soda? Damn, I need some sleep.

Among various other things that have been keeping me from blissful rest (none of which are happy distractions), my cat has been a tremendous pain in the ass. She has been keeping me awake between the hours of when I try to go to sleep and when I'm supposed to wake up for work. I've been (for the time being) feeding her once in the morning and once at night until payday kicks around and I can get a bag of food to put in her feeder. I think I've spoiled her with the readily available food (which she usually just noshes on for a minute before heading back to her spot on the bed to nap or plot to take over the world). She doesn't eat much whenever she does, but now in the middle of the night it seems like she'll pass by the food dish, see it's empty, and whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine! 

The evil part of my brain imagines punting her across the room as if I'm making a winning field goal, but no... she's my fuzzy princess. Instead I try to breathe, count to ten... do whatever I need to do to chill the FRAK out. 

She yowls in the morning and at night constantly disrupting any sleep that I managed to snag from the ether. Her wailing keeps me up, and then I get worried that it'll wake or piss off my housemates. My landlady's room is next to mine, and she keeps her doggies in the room with her... the doggies that bark at EVERYTHING! So the last thing I want is for my cat to whine and have them hear it and respond in an irritating woofing chorus.

Can't wait to get her kibble this Friday and shut her the FRAK up! 

Maybe then I can actually get some sleep! 

...
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... says the insomniac.

But then there's this lingering cough from the cold I had a couple weeks ago.

*sigh*

*headdesk*

Later my lovelies.

Have Goodness!
Rae

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Writer Seeks More Energy & Time to Write

Billie Frechette: What do you want?
John Dillinger: Everything. Right now.
-from the movie "Public Enemies"

So yeah. It's been a month... ish.

But really - I can explain!

I know working is not an excuse, but given I've been sick as well as have constant insomnia issues... now adding a job into the mix is REALLY frakkin with my body and energy levels.

Plus side to the job though is that sometimes at work, I have free time at the office where I'm allowed to play around on the interwebs. SOOOO... I write! And it is a little more comfortable sitting at a desk and typing on a full "grown up" keyboard versus the minibook set-up and no desk I have at home. (Sitting on my bed for so long hurts the HELL outta my back!)

I also had power cord issues where the original power cord for the minibook decided to commit suicide and not work for me anymore. I really didn't have the funds to buy a new one, but it was really needed in order to write as well as just surf the net in general, so I bit the bullet and bought one... and a little fan to place beneath it to prevent from overheating.

(BREAK TIME: Grabbed a Red Bull.)

Okay, where was I? Ah yes!

So pretty much sickness + insomnia + no power for the minibook to write/post anything with = LATE STORY BLOG POSTS!!!

And that makes me sad... but I will survive. (cue Gloria Gaynor)

At present, I'm working on story blog updates... of which I have FIVE left (but that's just for September - I'll post those updates later). I just thought I'd take some time to write a main blog update here to let all my readers (I'm pretending people actually read my stuff) know that I haven't died or been abducted my aliens with probes who don't buy you a drink first.

Yeah, I'm babbling.

Can I make a confession? I am kinda proud of some of the stuff I wrote for the September updates... and that's saying A LOT since I am my own worst critic and most of the time think my stuff is (insert creative disgusting expletive here), but there are times - those very rare occasions - where I impress myself or make myself giggle or just mentally (or sometimes physically) high-five myself.

On a sad note, I am behind on some other things as well as have decided to postpone others.

I owe my friend Jillian S a story, but due to complications mentioned above as well as too much writing on my plate as is, I'm hella behind. But then again, I think she knows this since I've written her a story for her birthday before a few years ago, and it became a belated birthday story. (This unfortunately will be the same thing.)

As far as the daily blog story stuff based on the idea by the lovely Shazzbaa, I think I will postpone that project/idea until the beginning of the new year. I would still like to do it, but I want to get a groove going with work and home and my other writing projects. I was getting behind as it was and only had written perhaps two weeks worth when I stealthily started it back on September 1st, but yeah... I'm most likely going to delete those entries and start afresh. I haven't decided if, like Shazzbaa did, use real names. It's already based off of my life, but I renamed everyone in the previous version of it. But I have a couple months to decide, right?

There was also the 100 day blog post thing for another blog site I'm part of (though don't really go to much anymore sadly). It was to pick something you could blog about for 100 days (not necessarily consecutively, but you get the jist). I have picked a topic (need to find my list again and refine it). Maybe I'll start that during the new year, too.

(ahhhh Red Bull... the juice of the gods... and late-night closing employees)

All righty then. I'm presently at the office (can we say CLOSING SHIFT?), and my lunch is almost over so I think I'll sign off on this post right about now.

So much writing... so many ideas... so little time to do it all in...

Later my lovelies.

Have Goodness!
Rae