Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30th is St. Andrews Day, Scotland's official National Day. (St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, you see.) So, in honor of our Scottish heritage & our tendency to celebrate a great many holidays, we'll be donning our kilts at the Eden home tonight, enjoying a hearty helping of Cock-a-Leekie Soup and downing an entire pan of shortbread.

Scotland's Flag, "The St. Andrew's Cross"

For your listening pleasure, here's Flower of Scotland, the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, performed by The Pipes & Drums of Leanisch.

Flower Of Scotland by The Pipes & Drums Of Leanisch on Grooveshark

Friday, November 25, 2011

I particularly enjoyed this one because, quite frankly, I can't always remember which is which. Also, I know people who definitely do know the difference (ahem... Annette Lyon... ahem).

Enjoy, all you Amateur Grammar-tarians & Hoplessly Grammar-Illiterate.

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PS-My November writing goal has been very productive. I sense a blog post coming. Brace yourselves. Come December 1st, I'll probably tell you all about it. Lucky you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My dad has great taste in music. A teen in the mid- to late-60s, he had some great stuff to choose from. I grew up listening to the music he grew up listening to. CCW. Crosy, Stills, Nash and Young. The Doors. The Rolling Stones. Janice Joplin. Simon & Garfunkle. The list could go on and on and on.

My children have relatively undeveloped taste in music. They listen to what their friends listen to and, thankfully, dismiss most of it as annoying. We have had our share of Miley Cirus, Selena Gomez, The Beibs (though that didn't last very long).

Here we have a coming together of generations, a mash-up of epic proportions, a closing of the great generational divide.

Thank you, Jimmy Fallon. Thank you.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Because authors don't second-guess themselves enough as it is...

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I should hit 25,000 words today on my November writing project. Wahoo. I shall celebrate by doing something very celebrational, though I haven't decided what yet.

Happy November, everyone!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This made me laugh. Enjoy!

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PS--I'm over 12,000 words so far in National Novel Writing Month! Aren't you soooo proud of me?! :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

(Today's lack of a "Friday Funnies" post brought to you by the Northwest Writers Retreat and all the work/fun/relaxation I am currently accomplishing!)


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Did you know that November is "National Novel Writing Month?" It is. Every year during the month of November writers from around the world set aside gobs and gobs of time to write. The "official" goal? To write a novel in 30 days; 50,000 words of one anyway.

These aren't 50,000 words of sheer genius, mind you. This is more in the realm of a really rough first draft. The point isn't to start November with nothing and end it with a publication-ready work of art. The purpose of NaNoWriMo, as those of us in the cool club call it, is to get our writing brain back in gear, to jump start our creative juices, to get out of a writing slump if we're in one.

I haven't participated in NaNoWriMo the past two years. Life happened and it just wasn't possible. This year, however.... I'm all over it.

My personal goal is a little different from the official one. I have a manuscript I have been working on for the better part of four months and am rather anxious to finish up, polish up and send out into the often-cruel world of publishing. That's what NaNoWriMo is for me this year... dedication to finishing & polishing so I get on to the sending.

So, blog posts will be fewer and further between. Tweets will come in at a much slower rate than usual. I might forget how to spell Facebook. But it will be worth it. I'm even contemplating putting a little "word count/progress tracker" thingamajig on the side of the blog here so y'all can see that I'm not slacking.

Wish me luck. It's gonna be a fantastic month!



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