11.04.2011

For 'Tis November and other stories

The frost came hard last night, almost certainly destroying the tomato plants beyond hope of recovery.

I hope it also destroyed the aphids. We got one lovely head of broccoli some weeks ago, which appeared to be aphid-free, but the stalks I cut this last week... suffice it to say that I put them in the freezer before throwing them in the compost. I hate aphids.

This weekend, I intend to clean out the vegetable garden. That's an enjoyable process in its own right. I can't wait to replant it in the spring.

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Four days into November and I'm still a little jealous of those doing NaNoWriMo, but not totally, because a group of writerly friends are attempting to achieve serious writing goals alongside me. (Want to be one of them? Email me or leave me a comment with your email address.)

Also, because as much as I loved NaNoWriMo in 2009, in Rome, with a bright-and-beautiful new idea—last year, it was death by monstrosity.

Thus far, as per my own challenge, I'm 869 words ahead! Of course, if I want a thousand words out of today, I've got 500 to go.

Oh, and I got the progress meter I'm using in my sidebar from honorless.net.

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Speaking of the sidebar, I have removed the Google Followers widget for these reasons. Natalie Whipple recently did likewise, which inspired me in the first place.

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Writers' link of the week: authors don't usually have control over the cover art on their published book, but I probably spent half an hour or better on The Cover Girl's blog. This was my favorite post. Controllable or not, a good cover is beyond price.

You can also read Tina Francis' post about Dreamers who Do, which is not about writing, but still highly appropriate for those of us trying to accomplish big goals right now.

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Music of the week: I'm short on ideas. But we can always use a little more Mozart.



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Funny of the week: the speaker on the green side is a snarker after my own, er, heart.

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Time to go see if I can salvage any of the half-ripe tomatoes, clean house, and write another 500 words. But first, don't forget: if you're in the US, daylight savings time ends this week!

Happy weekend!

5 comments:

  1. Perhaps you should spend every November in Rome if it helps your writing? Maybe you can write it off as a business expense. :)

    We had our first snow the other day. Only an inch but a harbinger of things to come probably.

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  2. Oh, and yes, more Mozart is always a good thing!

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  3. Those book covers are gorgeous! When I looked the books up, though, they didn't interest me. The supernatural seems so yesterday. ;-)

    --Arabella

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  4. I should add that by "supernatural," I mean the current obsession with hot/young/tormented/misunderstood vampires, wolfies, angels, and particularly, demons and other forces of darkness. Give it a rest, ok? It's been done already, ad infintum.

    --Arabella

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  5. Ooh, George. I love the idea of spending November in Rome and writing it off as a business expense. When my writing starts to actually make money, I'll consider that. :D

    Arabella, I know what you mean. Plain Kate looked interesting--I definitely would have pulled that one off the shelf, whether or not I would have bought it. But as for the paranormal stuff... yeah. It wasn't my cup of tea when the craze got popular, and it hasn't gotten more appealing with inundation. :)

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