soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Saturday, November 26th, 2011 08:30 pm
Oh, journal! What a long, strange couple of months it's been. I almost don't even know where to start.

Since it's November, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo as I do every year. I've written close to 60K words on an Epic Zombie Masterpiece that is currently lacking zombies. I nearly gave myself a week long heart attack when my computer caught a nasty virus about a week and a half ago and I had to reformat the hard drive. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue since I keep all the important stuff on my external hard drive. However, this virus snuck in and hid all my external hard drive files.

I went from being at 32K words on my NaNo story to...OMG!WHERE'D IT GO? over the course of one agonizing night. I persevered and kept writing, despite not knowing what was going to happen with the first half of my novel or even if I'd be able to retrieve it. Fortunately, I have an awesome cousin who popped over one night and found all the files and fixed them up for me right good.

This was just about the most fantastic thing ever and I'm so thrilled to say that everything has now been recovered and backed up in triplicate. Also, I have so kicked NaNo's ass this year.

I've been very neglectful of all my online sites lately as I attempted to get things up and running, blah, blah, blah. However, Twitter and I have become extremely close and I'm turning into an insane tweeter. INSANE.

I won't be such a stranger in the future. I promise. I think.
soulswallo: (Fringe-stock-butterfly)
Monday, July 4th, 2011 08:30 pm
I feel craptastic at the moment. In fact, I fear that this blinding headache that has me in its clutches has killed off a large-ish portion of my brain cells. Fortunately for you all, they're the cells that handle the day to day werewolf thoughts. Which means that my epic werewolf masterpiece #1 will forever languish only half edited. I'm just kidding about that. I'm totally going to finish editing that one day. Totally.

Is it too early to start thinking about what I want to write about for NaNoWriMo? Little bit? Okay, I'll hold off.

Head still hurting.

I had an actual topic I was planning on babbling about today. It involves me, an author and coffee. But now it seems like too much work to sort through my thoughts. Plus, half the thoughts were eaten in the Great Headache of 2011. Fuck you, pain. I hate you. You ruined today's journal entry.

I don't even have any bookish things to report on. Because of my head.

I'd go to bed but it's only 8:30 and there's that whole fireworks thing going on later. Then again, sleep sounds so deliciously decadent at the moment.

I should have taken a longer nap earlier. I knew it. I knew I woke up too early. *pouts in a most unbecoming manner*

I'm going away now.
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 10:01 pm
OMG! Guys, Cole had a friend spend the night last night and the amount of food this kid eats freaking boggles me. Let me draw you a picture: I made muffins for breakfast. Cole had two. Hailey had one. My mom had one. Cole's friend had FIVE. FIVE! As in the number after FOUR! Now, these weren't huge, bakery sized muffins or anything but FIVE? And when I took them for lunch he asked for a double burger with fries. O_o I just... Cole doesn't eat like that. I wasn't expecting to come downstairs in the afternoon and find that the dozen muffins I'd baked this morning had been whittled down to 3. Cole and Hailey are more in the grazers camp. They eat a little here and a little there. For all I know, they eat the same amount as his friend but it isn't all in one gluttonous swoop. I'm still going like this --> O_o

So, yeah. I had a little talk about portions with Cole after his friend left and even Cole was kinda weirded out by the sheer amount of food he consumed. I'm just glad I don't have to feed him on a regular basis. I'd be prostituting myself for grocery money.

Anyway. Books stuff:
Book #288 - My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1) by Rachel Vincent - A really cool take on the Celtic banshee myth.
Short story review - Reaper (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent - A quick peek into the life of one of the characters in My Soul To Take and the events that drove him to become a Reaper.
Short story review - My Soul To Lose (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent - Diving into the events that led Kaylee into being hospitalized before My Soul To Take and her short stay in the mental ward.

I prepared a huge post on my favorite books for 2010 that I'll probably post later tonight. I got to take a look at the new books in established series I loved and new-to-me authors I discovered when I went crazy with my Kindle.

I also have this driving yearning to do a book-centric wrap-up post so I can smile vapidly at how many books I read this year. If I manage to get my shit together, I'll write that one up tonight as well. Or maybe I'll write it up tomorrow and read tonight. I don't know.

FYI, I did end up doing a bit of writing on my NaNo story last night. Yeah, all 235 words worth. Fear me.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 08:34 pm
It's been raining just enough that the ground can't dry out. I take the dogs for a walk and squelch across the grass. Which would be cool if I remembered to take off my slippers before leaving the house. As it is, I just end up with damp feet.

I got sick of Hailey and Cole fighting today and I stomped into my room (well, I didn't "stomp" exactly but I did walk with purpose) and cleaned. I straightened up my entire bookcase (the big one) dusted, filed and pulled out my NaNo story for a re-read so I could remind myself where I left off. God, I love that story. Every time I go back to reacquaint myself with it I get amazed all over again that it came out of my head. That may sound conceited but it has flow and sparkle (without the vampires) and I adore my two main characters. Hell, I adore my secondary and thirdary characters. Haha. But really, I read it and I don't remember writing half of it and I'm starting to wonder if the good parts of the writing were done by someone else. Someone much smarter and more organized than I.

Did I ever mention that I used the phrase "animalistic fucking" in it? True story. Probably one of the reasons I love it so much. Of course, as much as I do love it I'm still terrified to let anyone read it. Because, you know, what if it's only good in my head and everyone else cringes and tries to skulk away whenever I force it on them? That would not be enjoyable. For me. Probably for the person I was trying to make read it too, come to think of it.

Just let it be known that the biggest step in writing is not opening Word. Nope. That might be the first step, but it turns out you still have to do some writing to, you know, write. Weird. I'm still considering jotting down a paragraph or two tonight on that story just so I can tell myself that I wrote today.

Okay. Book stuff:
Book #287 - The Making of a Duchess (The Sons of the Revolution #1) by Shana Galen - Comical spying by a governess who has no clue what she's doing. It's a historical, guys, and I really liked it.

Okay. That is all.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Look to the side to see it!)
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 09:31 pm
Guys, it's Friday. Yeah, that pretty much means absolutely nothing to me except that my sister wants to go shopping tomorrow and the kids are underfoot for the next two days.

Have I mentioned that I need to finish my NaNo novel? Because I do. I hit that 50K plateau and immediately slacked off. This is despite vowing that I would finish the entire novel by the end of November. I suck. But I still have great plans for it and my read through a week or so ago convinced me that it's actually very good. Or at least I think so. But I wrote it, so I'm a little biased.

Hey! Do you guys remember when I was reviewing the Vampire Academy books for that re-read challenge at the end of November? Well, I won the grand prize for that which is ABSOLUTELY FUCKING AWESOME! I won a copy of Last Sacrifice (the last VA book), the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, some other books, bookmarks, and VA inspired jewelry. I'm sure I'll take pictures once I get it.

I also won another book through another contest earlier in the week that I forgot to mention. Is this is best book week ever or what?!?!

Tomorrow, I'm dragging the lovely and talented [ profile] malkovich03 out to the tree lighting ceremony for my little town. Apparently it's big deal. There's a parade and everything. We're going to either go to dinner, lunch or drinking at some point. All I know is that I want a Snakebite at some point. Mmm. Snakebite.

Okay. Book stuff.
Book #247 - Sons of Lyra: Slave Princess by Felicity Heaton - A nice, sexy sci-fi romance. I've been digging Felicity Heaton's books lately. Part of it is the extremely attractive price ($1-$3) and part of it is just the sexy. Yum.
Book #248 - The Vampire Queen's Servant (Vampire Queen #1) by Joey W. Hill - Oddly, it isn't the type of book I would have normally picked up, but I'm very glad I did.

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - My answer to both parts of the post cracked me up. And they're all true. That's the funny part.

Okay. I'm out. I have to watch those Winchester boys heat up my screen.
soulswallo: (Fringe-stock-butterfly)
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 08:56 pm
OMG! I did so much today!

Wait. I'm wrong. I didn't do much of anything. Except write up a metric ton of book reviews. Are you ready for this, yo?

Book stuff that will blow your mind!
The Vampire Academy re-read is moving along quite nicely. Today's review: Blood Promise
I wanted something dirty/sexy last night (oh, that sounds so wrong when I type it out) so I re-read (and reviewed) Tyger, Tyger Burning Bryght by Cathryn Cade. I liked it just as much this time around as I did the first.
Book #237 - Demon's Captive by Stephanie Snow - Did I mention that part about dirty/sexy books? True story, this one fits the bill.
Book #238 - My Christmas Wish by Ember Case - Not great, but enjoyable. I don't know why I keep gravitating toward the contemporary romances. I'm always disappointed.

Teaser Tuesday - Vampires, Steampunk and Hot Santas. 'Tis the season, bitches!
30 days of books... Day 72 - This was a book that percolated back onto the pending pile after I tried and failed to give it a go.

I also read the first 90 pages of my NaNo story. I love it. I want to have its babies. Which is, you know, awkward. Because it all came out of my head and now I feel like the Greek Gods or something. Having sex with siblings and intermarrying and stuff. Yuck.

I don't know what I'm talking about either.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-All boxed up with nowhere to go)
Friday, November 19th, 2010 08:06 pm
When my mom took the dogs to the vet not too long ago, the doc said that they had...umm, gained a little weight** and I needed to cut back on the amount of food my little darlings are getting every day. Okay. I can do that. So I cut them down and now I ask my family every day if Ruby's looking slimmer (she's the fatter of the two). I always get the same look, the one that says "Dude, it's been a week. I can't tell a difference." Whatever, family. I put my dogs on a diet, I want to see some results!

**Random aside: I would just like to mention that my minor obsession with peanut butter led to me buying a bag of after-Halloween discount Reese's. BAD IDEA! I'd like to take this moment to extend a big, fat Fuck You! to Reese's and their candy. And now I'm going to promptly take it back because WHAT IF THEY HEAR ME AND STOP MAKING PEANUT BUTTER CUPS?!?!?! WOE!!! The point in this is that my dogs aren't the only ones in the house who need to watch what they're eating.

NaNo stats:
I'm embarrassed to admit that I slacked like a champion slacker today. I wrote a grand total of 250 words. Boo. This is suck-a-licious because I've hit a really awesome part of the story with a revelation that I didn't see coming (but which makes perfect sense, thankyouverymuch) and I want to write it. I'm just momentarily unmotivated. I do, however, plan on getting this story done, in its entirety, by the end of the month.

No more slacking for me.

Book stuff:
Books #235 & #236 - Holiday Bound by Beth Kery & Snowy Night Seduction by Arianna Hart - Earlier this week, Samhain Publishing released a bunch of books as free downloads for the Kindle and Nook. I snapped up most of them. Now I've reviewed the first two of the lot.

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - Why, yes. I did just admit that I keep trying to sell my son to the gypsies. Yeah, I don't know either.
30 days of books... Day 68 - High fantasy! Now with blood and guts. No, wait. That's usually present anyway.

There you have it.
I'm hungry, it's getting late. I should really eat.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 08:27 pm
GUYS! Stop the motherfucking presses! I hit 50K on my NaNo story!

YES, YOU DID READ THAT CORRECTLY! It's November 18th and I've written 50,000 words. I'm going to go collapse and die now. No, not really. I'm thrilled with what I've managed to get done but the story itself isn't finished yet. I'm hoping to wrap it up within 75K words. In theory, I can get it done by the end of the month. In theory.

So, here are my stats!

*falls down and curls up in a whimpering ball*
I'm taking the rest of the night off, but I'll be back to it tomorrow.

Book stuff:
I finished book 2 of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead late last night and posted my review this morning - Frostbite. It's long and wordy and I get to talk about the different characters and how they've evolved and matured since book 1. I threw in a few quotes that caught my fancy at the end. The last quote, for those of you who have read up through the current book, took me by surprise. I had to go back and re-read it and I had this total WHOA moment. It was cool.

30 days of books... Day 67 - Contemporary romance. *shakes head* I'm not sure what I was thinking.

I want to get the 3rd VA book read tonight. I don't know if it's going to happen, but I'm going to give it a try.
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Get ready to WRITE!)
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 08:59 pm
I almost had a heart attack this morning when my wireless connection kept refusing to connect. Seriously, it was horrible. I was doing everything it told me to do and it just kept maliciously laughing at me. Bastard machine. I fixed it, though, when I restarted the damn thing and forced it go through its startup routine a second time. And, lo, it worked. Which is a good thing or I would have been... without the internet all day? Terrible! Terrible! See, there's something to be said for using brute force and coercion on inanimate objects.

Okay. Nano stats:

Check that out! I have less than 3000 words to write for the month and still be considered a winner at NaNo and it's only the 17th. I can totally do that, guys! Totally!

Randomly, today is Donation Day for NaNoWriMo. Since the guys who run this are a non-profit, they rely on these donations to continue rolling out this program every year. Less than 4% of the people who participate have donated thus far. When I think of how awesome it is that people around the world have been brought together for this novel writing experience and only 4% think it's worthwhile enough for them to donate even a few dollars, it makes me sad.

Yes, I did donate. If I could have done more than I did, I would have. This particular NaNo has been one of the funnest I've ever participated in. Mostly because I'm doing well at it, but let's not get into that now, shall we?

Okay, my Public Service Announcement is over. You all can uncover your eyes.

Bookish stuff. Things of a bookish variety.
I'm rereading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead as part of a re-read challenge and to get back in full-on VA mode since the final book is coming out in a few weeks.
I posted a review for Vampire Academy last night. I already read the entire series earlier this year, so it doesn't count toward my yearly goal (Kelly's rules for book reading in the new millennium, Article 6), but I'm absolutely loving being able to go back and write these in-depth reviews and roll around with the characters all over again.

Waiting on Wednesday - Last Sacrifice - And here's the 6th (and final) book in the VA series. It comes out on December 7th. I have plenty of time to finish up the series before then.
30 days of books... Day 66 - Best line out of this synopsis: Those well versed in fantasy novels and role playing games a plus. That is AWESOME!

Okay. I have to go get Cole up and moving toward bed.
soulswallo: (SPN-Boys going gravedigging)
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 09:48 pm
You want to know something fantastic, guys? Yesterday was my little Ruby's one year birthday with us. No, she's not one year old, we got her one year ago yesterday. Awwwww. My fat, little chiweenie. How the hell do you spell that? Chi-Weenie? Chiweenie? She's a Chihuahua-Wiener dog mix. She's dumb as as post but I love her anyway. Speaking of which, she really needs to stop eating tanbark whenever we go outside. She's going to get a splinter one day. Oh, and the other day I had to pry a piece of chewed gum out of her mouth. Awesome. In a completely gross, 'dude, this gum has been chewed by someone already' sort of way.

Yes, I washed my hands afterward.

NaNo stats:

I meant to write more today. I got distracted. Oops. I'm in the middle of an interesting scene between the kidnap victim from book 1 and my hero. Lots of revelations. Lots of angst. Lots of tears. It's kinda fun to write.

Book stuff:
Book #234 - Water Bound (Sisters of the Heart #1) by Christine Feehan - I freely admit that I like Christine Feehan's overwrought heroes and the explosive sex that tends to occur when they get around their women.

30 days of books... Day 65 - There's this whole line in the synopsis about how the slaver who bought the heroine doesn't want her virginity but wants her to surrender her Yin. How awesome is that?
Teaser Tuesday - Vampires, Steampunk and Incarceron. Dude, I've been reading Incarceron for way too many weeks now. I think I'm on page 15 or something ridiculous like that. Is it time to throw in the towel and let it percolate back on the To-Read pile?

There you have it. I just finished the first Vampire Academy book (and that's what distracted me from writing, in case you were wondering) and I have great plans to read the rest of the series before the end of the week. We'll see how that works out.

I am done.
soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Monday, November 15th, 2010 09:45 pm
The kids had an inservice day today so the teachers could, I don't know, get ready for conferences, I guess. You'd think they'd already by ready, but I'm not a teacher. What do I know?

Despite the fact that they were home all day, I managed to get my giveaway up and running at my book blog. It has a banner and everything! Look!

Celebrating 200 posts with a Giveaway! - A signed copy of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires: Volume 1 and a signed copy of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker. Two vastly different books, both of which I adore. Vampires and Zombies: all the things a girl wants as a gift!

Since I'm already talking about book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 64 - Umm, I just posted this and my brain is fried to the point that I don't remember what it is. Oops.

NaNo stats:

The story is still flying along. I'm definitely seeing it moving towards a resolution, which is a good thing. I've written down all the loose ends I need to tie up and I'm maneuvering myself to make pretty little bows.

FYI, today is the halfway mark of NaNo. We should be at a minimum of 25K words. I am thrilled beyond belief to be where I am. It's really helped me having a defined daily goal and having someone that I'm feeling competitive with.

Since it's freakishly hot right now (seriously, November, enough of this already!) and I'm sweating into my chair, I'm going to sign off now.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Look to the side to see it!)
Sunday, November 14th, 2010 09:33 pm
Cole had his flag football game today and it was both windy and hot. That's a weird combination, guys. Just, weird. Actually, when I say "flag football game" I really mean games since he plays 2 back-to-back. They're only 45 minutes each so it's not like he's out there for hours and hours or anything. Still, by the end of the second, I was ready to go home. The wind was making my eyes water and the sun was making me sweat. I didn't enjoy it.

In other news, my dogs are ridiculously cute. As always.

NaNo stats:

I'm in the middle of writing one of the wrenching scenes that I've been working toward since the end of book 1. My kidnapped girl is going back to see her family for the first time in 15 years. She has doubts as to how they can love her. She can't imagine that they can accept her as she is, scarred and broken. They can't believe that their daughter has been returned to them. It's hard to write. Not hard, like the muse is being uncooperative. Hard, like emotionally difficult. After a book and a half, my main character feels real to me. Part of me doesn't want to put her through something this emotionally wrenching. And the other part of me is telling me to dive in and go for it.

I'm balancing between the two by diving in and then taking breaks to chat with people on twitter. Hey, it works for me.

I'm trying to hit 40K tonight. Earlier I would have said there was no way in hell. Now? I think I can.

Things of the bookish variety:
In My Mailbox - Kindle books. Books for my Kindle. None of which I spent any money on. Free stuff is good.
30 days of books... Day 63 - The 2nd book in a series I picked up free a few months ago. Nice.

Okay. A few hundred more words then I get to treat myself to The Walking Dead. Then I have to plan the book giveaway I was chattering about yesterday. Then I'll sleep. Maybe. I had a lot of coffee. Sleep might not be an option.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Saturday, November 13th, 2010 09:48 pm
Oh, NaNo. How you are slaying me right now. It burns. I think I can say, with confidence at this point, that I will reach the 50K mark by the end of this month. Will the story be completed at 50K? That's what I'm not so sure about. However, I do have the plot moving progressively forward toward the final goal. I'll admit that there may have been some overindulgent sex scenes written over the first 25K words. Some of those may be cut during editing. Maybe. It all depends on how the story pans out. Does the sex lend anything to the plot? Is there a reason behind it? At this point I'm not sure.

And that's why we edit. To make things fall into place a little more neatly from beginning to end. And to cut those unnecessary sex scenes.

Okay. Stats:

At one point today I was helping out one of my fellow NaNos with a sticky plot problem she had run into. We were hashing things out back and forth and I pointed out that her book was about deep stuff (an abusive relationship and possible pregnancy) while mine was about werewolves having sex. Sure, I'm simplifying my plot, but it struck me as funny.

Book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 62 - Magic, assassination attempts, hot kisses and a prince. Well, okay.
On My Wishlist (week 10) - I'm asking for Zombies and Vampires under my Christmas tree. And why wouldn't I?

Randomly, I have a book review to write, but I'm feeling very mushy in the brain and have been putting it off all day. That review will be my 199th post at Reading the Paranormal. I have a couple of signed books that I was planning on giving away on my blog. The 200th post seems like a perfect time to do just that. Yes? No? I picked up the books in question specifically for a giveaway, so it's not like I'm dipping into my private stash or anything.

Arrgh. Now I have to plan that. Although it technically doesn't have to be THE 200th post, just around it. You know, celebrating the 200th.

Okay, enough blathering.
soulswallo: (TVD-Cast-Long misty walk)
Friday, November 12th, 2010 08:46 pm
My dogs are currently snoring on my bed. Funniest.Thing.Ever. Ha! I could listen to this all night. But I won't because that would be weird.

I watched all my Thursday night shows last night. O_o What? I never do that. BRB. I'm going to go check to see if hell is about to freeze over.

NaNo update:

1843 words today. Not great by any means, but it's over my daily goal AND I'm currently almost 15K words above where I need to be to hit 50K by the end of the month.

You know, it's a lot easier to write a novel when you have a plan of attack. Last year, I tried to write by the seat of my pants and managed 2K words. This year, I planned and outlined (albeit loosely) and I'm flying along on this thing. I also think that having written novel #1 earlier in the year helped. It put the thought in my head that I could do it. Hell, what's 50K after writing 100K?

Book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 61 - Do you all remember when Outlander by Diana Gabaldon came out? Yeah, me too. That's a lot of book. An awful lot of book. Which is why I'm not planning on reading it any time in the near future.
Book Blogger Hop - Series books. Can you start a series in the middle or are you one of those that has to start with book 1?

Hmm. I can hear the TV from downstairs up in my room. I must go regulate.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Thursday, November 11th, 2010 09:19 pm
Short post today, I have things to do that require a TV and a couple of sexy vampires.

NaNo update:

I have 17,000 more words to go on this and I'm thinking I'm not going to be able to tie up the story in that amount. AGAIN! This is what happened to me last time and that turned into a 100K word brick. Which I'm still in the process of editing, thankyouverymuch.

Book update:
Book #233 - Bluebeard's Machine (Silk, Steel & Steam) by Mari Fee - Part of my foray into Steampunk sexiness. I loved it. It tried to love me back. Steampunk is cool like that.

30 days of books... Day 60 - I'm not quite sure what this book is about but I like it! Plus, I've done 60 consecutive days of this meme. I'm putting in my application for the super-awesome Kelly can do really long memes and is a demi-god position over the weekend. Don't ask. I don't know what I'm talking about either.
Books Through Thursday - War Stories - I have no clue what I was thinking as I write up this post. Obviously it was written before I'd finished my first cup of coffee. *face palm*

I am done now.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 08:25 pm
Oh, look! Yesterday was my 2200th post. Big number. How is it that I feel like I say so little with a number like that?

Speaking of big numbers ... Holy smokes! I exceeded my NaNo goal by a country mile today. I was hoping to edge up on 28,000 or so. Realistically, I would have been happy to hit my 1700 and go merrily on my way. Honestly, as much as I love the days where I go hog wild, I just want to prove to myself that I can set a goal and keep it. For an extended period of time. Even though I'm ahead on my writing, I want to continue hitting 1700 per day. It sounds simple enough. Right? Well, for the most part it is. Except that I notice that once I hit my 1700 I start to slack off. And that's something I don't want.

However, today I can say that I took my daily word goal and threw down the gauntlet.

What? That means I wrote almost 4400 words since yesterday. *blink, blink, blink*
There was a very naughty sex scene that practically wrote itself and an aftermath scene that wrote itself and a "girlfriends commiserating" scene that has almost completely written itself. Actually, it's not so much girlfriends commiserating as one human girl trying to understand her place in the Pack and my heroine coming to the realization that everyone has problems, not just her.

I was really trying to push to break that 30K barrier and I did it! *celebrates with peanut butter* *seriously, peanut butter. Reese's Pieces to be exact* *Oh! and a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Yum!*

NaNo Update: Word wars and scaling those unimaginable heights - A rambling look at how I managed to reach the high point of today.

On top of oodles of writing, I also got some book stuff done. As I always do.
Book #232 - Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest - Not your typical werewolf book.

30 days of books... Day 59 - Celtic gods and the women who love them.
Waiting on Wednesday - Ruthless Game - Just because an author writes overwrought books doesn't mean I don't look forward to them. Especially when they're steamy.

My peanut butter stash is inexplicably getting smaller. This s clearly a sign that I should go.
soulswallo: (FF-Inara-Kaylee-Lean)
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 09:51 pm
I've been battling the headaches to end all headaches all day today. I fell asleep with the beginnings of it last night (and of course I figured that since I was only going to sleep I didn't need to take anything for it. bad idea.) and woke up with it boring at full-speed through my skull, laughing maniacally at everything I took to try and tame it.

It was not enjoyable. I slept for about 3 hours this morning (from 9:30 to almost 1) with my head under the covers in an attempt to tame it. Then I took another 1 1/2-2 hour nap this evening. I feel slightly better but at the same time I can feel it lurking in the back of my skull, waiting for me to lower my defenses so it can pounce.

Despite all that sleeping I managed to get in my NaNo wordcount.

It was a struggle today. However, I'm very pleased with the writing itself and some of the side roads the characters are taking on me. It's really amazing how they come to life and start leading you and showing you what they should be doing.

Book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 58 - Dystopian and creepy. I like it already.
Teaser Tuesday - 3 of the 4 books I teased last week, which should just go to show you how much writing and how little reading I've been doing. However, I finished one of them earlier this evening and will be reviewing it tomorrow. Because my brain is mushy right now.

Yesterday, I mentioned that I won Bluebeard's Machine by Mari Fee. Today, I emailed an author who had left a comment on one of my posts offering me a digital copy of her book and she sent it over. It's like Christmas in November over here! A Steampunk Christmas! Boo-yah!

My head is starting to hurt again.
soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Monday, November 8th, 2010 09:22 pm
The Egypt project was successfully delivered to school and Cole breathed a big sigh of relief. I'm just glad it made it there in one piece. Dealing with a hysterical child over a destroyed project is nothing to laugh about. Fortunately it wasn't an issue.

Call of Duty: Black Ops comes out tomorrow. Or tonight at midnight if you're a die-hard. Cole wanted to go to the midnight release at Game Stop but I told him no. For the record, the sweet boy was asleep before 9. I have no idea how he thought he was going to stay awake until midnight. I mean, please.

Before I post my NaNo stats, here's an excerpt from an email I sent to the talented and hilarious [ profile] oddmonster:
LOOK AT THE WAY WE HAMMER OUT THE DETAILS ON THIS! Fear us, internet and people of the publishing world, for we shall rattle your puny cages and make you QUAKE!

Why do I find that so damn funny? Why?

Okay, NaNo stats:

I didn't hit the 25K I was aiming for (I kinda thought I was aiming high, but I figured better high than low. Or something like that.) but I'll totally get it tomorrow. Totally.

I also posted a recap of the first week of NaNo, which was really more like the last two days of NaNo. Whatever. I've written a lot today. My brain is starting to do weird things.
NaNo Update: Looking back on week 1

And book stuff:
First off, I won the book Bluebeard's Machine by Mari Fee from Moira Rogers through her website. It's a steampunk novel that I thought looked amazing when it popped up on my radar a few months back and I'm so, so excited to have the chance to read it. I've been in the hugest naughty steampunk mood lately. Since I didn't even know there was such a thing as naughty steampunk until recently, this is a very fortuitous win.

And second, 30 days of books... Day 57 - I thought this book was going to be totally post-apocalyptic until I read the synopsis. Now I think it's pre-apocalypse. I think I'm a little saddened.

Okay. I'm getting tired. I have to get my sleep so that I can write my fingers to the bone tomorrow.
soulswallo: (ST-Kirk/McCoy-Kirk likes the big chair)
Sunday, November 7th, 2010 09:08 pm
I've spent the day fingernails deep in clay, helping Cole with his ginormous Egypt project that's due tomorrow. It's one of those group projects where no one in the group is really helping out. Cole's a mess with this and has been freaking out since Friday when he found out that no one was willing to help him with the 3-D bird's eye view map portion. It's done now. I got to use my mad sculpting skills to make pyramids.

My weekend is complete.

Yeah. Anyway. Yesterday's NaNo word count could have turned out very badly but I somehow had a miraculous hour and a half of writing (from 10-11:30 last night!) and got my 1,667 words in for the day. Yay!

Today was even better because I started writing early and stuck with it on and off all day (the off portion being while I was freezing my ass off and getting rained on at Cole's football game).
Total wordcount to-date:

2300 today and roughly 1700 yesterday.

My next NaNo goal is to kick past 25K words. That'll be sweeeeet!

Book stuff:
30 days of books... Day 56 - I love the phrase "The fickle finger of fate". Absolutely love it!
In My Mailbox - I didn't spend a dime this week on books. And yet I still got some new ones. I love free Kindle downloads!

My wee beast is snoozing on my bed. I've got to get him settled in his won room.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-All boxed up with nowhere to go)
Saturday, November 6th, 2010 10:06 pm
Uggh. It's 10. I haven't opened Word yet today. I have 2 hours to get in my 1667 words for NaNo to keep my streak alive. 2 hours. I can and will do it.

Since i haven't yet written anything I have no wordcount update today. Don't worry, I'll make tomorrow epic. I hope. Oh, and I would just like to mention that the reason I'm running behind on my writing today is that I've been helping Cole with a huge Egypt project he has due. I'm splattered with paper mache paste and clay. I feel gross. But I'm still going to get those 1667 words in.

Real quick, book stuff:
On My Wishlist (week 9) - I went all Steampunk this week. Lots and lots of steampunkery.
30 days of books... Day 55 - Weddings and murder. Totally something I'd read about.

I'm off to write.