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Friday, November 25, 2005
I hope that everyone has had or is having a pleasant holiday weekend. There was wonderful food and company at my house. (I was a Turkey Cassandra on the subject of overcooking. Were my warnings heeded? No, they were not. But, to look on the bright side, it allowed us to fully experience the Miracle of Gravy.) I am so grateful for my friends and family. They are all Good Eggs, despite their tin ear for my excellent advice. hee hee.

Today has been a very lazy day indeed. I intended to get an earlier start on catching up on nano (still have about 14K words to do, and only 5 days to do them in), but I tweaked a muscle in my neck and couldn't do anything but recline on the couch with a hot water bottle and watch Sense and Sensibility. (and fall asleep - I missed the whole part where Willoughby is exposed as a cad). It got me thinking about Jane Austen's cads. There are a lot of them - and you can always tell who they are because they are too charming to start with, and the other guy (you know, The One) doesn't like him. Willoughby, Wickham, Mr. Elliot, Frank Churchill (he's a modified cad, but even so...), all of them slick and charming and ultimately lacking in character. I still want to see the new Pride & Prejudice adaptation, but haven't managed it yet. It was a little surprising for me to realize that I think I have seen more rock shows this year than movies. That is one definite change from 2004! I guess since movies are almost as expensive as concerts I feel like I am getting more value for my money with the music. I mean, the movie will be the same (only smaller) on DVD at home, but a concert is a much more interactive experience.

I have decided with only 4/5 days left on nano that it is time to start pulling the crazy stuff out of my brain. I think I'm doing too much thinking, and not enough writing. The whole idea of this exercise is to Get It Down, and then mold it later. This is not about getting it right the first time, or even getting it mostly right. It's about pushing yourself beyond the inner editor who sits in the middle of your head tut tutting and making dramatic sighs, and getting on with the crazy ideas that are stuffed into the crooks and crannies of your gray matter. So, onward to crazy.
4 comments on "thankful"
  1. Dinner was great and the gravy was indeed miraculous. It had relaxing properties that just made me want to read and read! I had some of the leftovers you sent home on dark rye bread today with lunch, and the cranberry chutney was as good on them as we had anticipated. You should place the recipe on the food blog. That's what I would do, if I were you!

  2. ooh - I will do that. I had some sandwiches like that, but they were just on regular old multi-grain. I bet the rye was really good! I will put the chutney recipe on the food blog, but first, 2000 nano words or falling asleep over my laptop. Whichever comes first!

  3. Did you make it to 2,000? I think there were good Nano vibes in the air or something. I even wrote a bit, so I'm feeling pretty good today. Yesterday was just one of those good, productive days all around. I had a fun project at work that made me actually forget to go to lunch, I stuck to my diet, I went to the gym AND I wrote a bit. Yay me! And YAY YOU for sticking to the Nano thing so well. I really do think it's great the way you've plugged away at it!!! You have to finish, because it makes me think I can too. Seriously, no pressure or anything, but my whole future rides on you...Tee hee.

  4. I can't remember if I did or not, but I am now within 5K of reaching 50K, so I am going to finish (knock on wood)! Of course it never works out quite like I imagine it will, but it is good for me to have a deadline like this. I am currently typing with my arm on top of an ice bag because I have reached a state of anti-ergonomics. But almost done! My story isn't finished, of course. I figured with my last little bit of words I would try an action-y scene, and sketch out where I want it to go from there.

    Good for you and your good day! I love good productive days all around! I know you've said you probably won't finish in time for Nano, but have you set a new deadline for yourself? Or are you going to just work on it every day and it's done when it's done? Either way, I'm rooting for you! (not only because I want to read it...)


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