Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NaNoWriMo Eve

As my novel is currently being edited by professionals (professional winos), I'm considering starting a new one in November.

Which is tomorrow.

It'd be part of the madness that is National Novel Writing Month. It's 30 days of frantic writing, during which you are supposed to start and finish an entire novel. Which is reeeeeaaaally hilarious, considering the snail's pace at which I normally operate. Although there's one girl who self-publishes what I believe is considered paranormal romance? And she can write a novel in 48 hours? And she's a millionaire. I dunno guys. I just don't know anymore.

Anyway, I figure why not. Sure, write a novel in 30 days! It'll be a best-seller, fo sho.

Now I just need to figure out what in tarnation the book will be about. I considered a sequel to the novel I've already finished, but for reasons pertaining to the need for me to retain my last shred of sanity, that's out. I've thought about science fiction, seeing as how I've been reading and loving tons of that lately. We'll see. What I ought to write is the dirty version of The Hunger Games, like EL James did with Twilight. She's a gajillionaire now. Katniss as a dominatrix? Done and done.

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? What would you write a novel about?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

why i am going to stop eating halloween candy right now

1. If I keep eating it, we will need to buy more. Again.

2. I have successfully tried all of the Halloween candy. It will always taste the same as it did the first time, and definitely never better than it did the first time.

3. Cardio-kickboxing will all be for naught. Unacceptable.

4. Next week's weigh-in. Ugh.

5. Think of the children!

6. Thighs and double-chin -- my two most hated body parts. Candy's best friend.

7. Sugar is poison and it's gonna give me the 'betis. Read this vaguely-related article. Fascinating!

8. There aren't enough Weight Watchers points for all the chocolate my mouth thinks it wants.

9. I am angry with myself in the after-math of a candy binge.

10. So I will fit into clothing I ordered online recently.

11. Halloween is just the harbinger of the holidays. There will be many more food battles to be fought; best not to lose the war early on.

12. Various parties/gatherings I'd rather not wear my fat pants to.

13. Candy isn't even that good. Save calories for something really delicious and homemade.

How's your battle with Halloween candy going? How do you keep yourself from gorging on it?

Monday, October 29, 2012

everyone's doing it

Without exception, members of my family enjoy embarking on "projects." I don't know ... I think we are frustrated artists. We're not math-minded in the least. We're always dreaming up new schemes, new careers, new activities. I'd list some of our failed attempts, but that would be embarrassing for all of us.

In any case, here's the latest family member and her project -- my sister, Sarah, has started a blog about learning to sew on our grandma's 60-year-old sewing machine. The scheme is to eventually sell stuff on Etsy. It could totally work. Example: Last year I was looking for a super-cute apron with birds on it, and all of the aprons on Etsy sucked. Sarah could TOTALLY make cute aprons and be a millionaire! Or at least a hundred-aire.

So, check her out if you'd like to see her very first sewing projects. No, pressure, Sarah! Also, Sarah: More Ava pics! Heh ...

Thursday, October 25, 2012


A few decent reads ...

The Leftovers is a non-religious look at what sort of havoc a Rapture-type event would wreak on society. I found it interesting, if a little unsatisfying. And one thing that bugged me throughout the novel -- the author never says whether, when people disappeared, if the clothes they were wearing did, too. Not a huge thing, but it bugged me. Maybe I missed it? If you've read it, let me know.

Wool is a very short read that I downloaded for free. It's still free on Amazon if you're interested. It's a post-apocalyptic story (I'm a real sucker for those, aren't I?) about a society living underground after presumably destroying the Earth. I found myself really wanting more from it when I was finished, and it seems his other readers did to; he ended up writing four more books. They're available as a package deal for $6 from Amazon or $14 in paperback.

Ready Player One is my favorite of these three reads. I initially hesitated to read it because virtually the entire thing takes place in an alternate online universe, and there's a lot of talk about video games, which I'm not into. But it turned out to be really entertaining. There's a lot of humor and suspense and it's written very conversationally. What really struck me about the novel, though, was that it was set in the future (I think about 50 or 75 years from now?) and some of Cline's visions of what could be are downright eerie. He talks about stuff that could definitely happen.

Right now I'm reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened and This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End #2). Stuff I tried to start reading but couldn't get going: Shine Shine Shine (someone tell me why I should keep reading this. It's getting rave reviews); Amor Towles' Rules of Civility; Where'd You Go, Bernadette; The Next Best Thing; and Come and Find Me: A Novel. Am I crazy? Should I have read some of those? 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


That is a photo I took of a black widow spider in my yard. I apologize if you feel like there are bugs crawling all over you for the rest of the day.

The red hourglass on the abdomen gives it away. Their bodies are black and shiny. They're basically enormously horrifying. A long time ago I read a Nancy Drew book that had black widows in it and have been terrified of them ever since. Perhaps rightly so. A bite probably won't kill you, but could result in temporary paralysis if you're not treated right away. It can kill pets, kids, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.

Unfortunately, this is just one of several black widows we have found and killed. None have come in the house, thankfully. We used to have the exterior sprayed for bugs but I had that stopped about a year ago when I became paranoid about the chemicals. Problem is all our neighbors spray for bugs, and I have a feeling the bugs are flocking to our yard. Blergh.

I posted this photo on Facebook about a week ago and the general consensus was OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE AND NUKES AND SPRAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I tend to agree, although I still haven't re-hired our old pest control company. I plan to ask the orange oil company if their spray will keep these beasties away. Other plans are to tidy up the garage and perhaps leave the porch light off at night -- spider meals like to fly around the light, so it makes sense that spiders would camp out in wait.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

grown ass woman

I turned 34 last week, and I don't have anything profound to say about it.


I'm a woman well into adulthood who has yet to figure out how to keep a tidy house; what hairstyle looks best on her head; which jeans flatter her figure; how to pretend to be normal; what she wants to be when she grows up; and what both the immediate and distant futures hold for her.

Speaking in the third person -- it's not for novices!

It's normal for me to take an inventory of my failures and unmet goals around my birthdays. This year wasn't as self-flagellating and miserable as certain previous years, although there was that visit to the doctor who asked pointedly: Is there a history of anxiety in your family? (Most things like that are family secrets; information that never trickles down to me. No, doctor! Actually, my family invented rainbows and kittens.)

Truly, this year was OK. I feel I am moving, albeit exceedingly slowly, in the right direction on many fronts.

Slowness is something I am still trying to accept about myself. Most things don't come naturally to me; most tasks are more difficult than I'd expected; I'm not the multi-tasking wizard I once claimed to be on my resume. My most redeeming trait has always been my quiet and generally easy-going nature, which is often mistaken for shyness or calm. It's what's gotten me jobs and friends; there's no danger of my personality overshadowing yours.

No, it was just fine, my birthday. I only thought a little bit about my most pressing problem, that one unmet goal that's always buzzing annoyingly around my head. Most of my friends have stopped asking because it's too painful after two miscarriages.

Everything isn't crap, it's just my human nature to focus on it. I've had 34 adventurous years I wouldn't live differently, even though I did many, many things wrong. I have love, kittens, family, friends, a home, a book, wine ... I've finally managed to start doing a few things right for a change, and good things are going to happen.

Monday, October 22, 2012

oh, hello

It's not that there's been nothing to write about, but I've had a serious case of the why bothers.

I believe I'm almost cured.

Anyway, I just returned from vacation in the Northeast and have decided I hate San Jose and want to live back east where stuff has history and character and it feels like America. Where I live feels like some second-world never-ending strip mall, and the weather's all wrong. (This is temporary insanity, I suspect. Normally I enjoy these temperate climes, particularly when it's snowing in other states. I hate snow.)

Here's a funny thing: Much of the east is so nice, and yet Florida is a hell-hole. Yo no comprendo.

There are many things to talk about, since I've been such a neglectful blogger. I won't attempt to catch up today, but will try to blog a bit every day for the rest of the year.

I'll leave you with a few vacation pictures.

 Fall color on the drive to Brattleboro, VT

 Church door, Brattleboro

 Such a cute idea. Jackson, NH

 On the walk to Sabbaday Falls, Kancamagus Trail, NH

Granary Burying Ground, Boston. Puts me in the mood for Halloween.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

new shows

What's worth watching: 
Ben & Kate
Last Resort 

What's not:
666 Park Avenue
The New Normal

What's still on the cusp:
Go On
The Mindy Project

What I know nothing about:
Guys With Kids

What'd I miss?

Monday, October 01, 2012


I'm not good at focusing on many things at once. I'm good at being in the zone on one thing. You know?

Which is how I'm explaining why I suck as a blogger for the last several weeks.

I just have things on my mind. Nothing particularly interesting. I swear.

If something interesting happened, I would tell you. As is my wont.

I think it's partially blogger's block. Because I can still write, I just can't blog.


It's a problem.

I promise to work on it.