Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Confessions (that surprisingly have nothing to do with it being the end of the year)


I confess...that I'm a miserable person to be around when I'm sick. Perhaps the problem is that I rarely actually *get* sick. Even worse is the fact that usually I'm not sick for more than a day or two, yet at the moment I've been severely ill since Thursday. Sigh.

I confess...that I'm pretty darn disappointed that I'll likely be staying home tonight and doing nothing for New Year's Eve *because* I'm still sick :-/

I confess...that I *finally* saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yesterday. I definitely noticed a lot of differences between this movie and the parts of the book that it was supposed to cover, but honestly I think they were changes that had to be made in order to make the movie watchable.

Also, now I'm jonesing to cook a Hobbit feast like what the dwarves ate at Bilbo's house. And to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. And to make a Galadriel costume.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: One last NaNo excerpt!


Well here we are...the last bit I'm going to post from The Way of Reckoning (working title, mind you). At the moment I'm trying to figure out whether I'm going to continue Six Sentence Sundays, or whether I'll find another way - possibly a better way - to share excerpts of my work(s) in progress. It is about to be a new year, after all...so we'll see :)

The only good thing about Mac and John’s conditions was that neither of them insisted on constant conversation that day. It was sometime in the early evening before John said anything at all, and even then it was just a polite insistence that they stop for the night.

“My old bones can’t take this much ridin’ anymore,” he sighed.

“I think your ‘old bones’ woulda done just fine if you’d gotten some sleep last night,” William growled – but he needed John Green’s help, and so he agreed to stop.

Once they’d taken care of the horses and built a small fire, John leaned forward, his elbows on his knees and his chin resting on one closed fist as he stared into the flames. “I think it’s about time that I tell you boys somethin’.”
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Series Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Susanne Collins

I swore that I would never read these books. Why? Well, the Twilight series, which I hate (with an undying, unbridled passion), is apparently "young adult literature". And knowing that the Hunger Games trilogy was also "young adult literature"...well, that didn't exactly make me think, "I have to read this." And to be honest, the first thing I knew about Hunger Games was the whole Katniss & Peeta vs. Katniss & Gale argument. Which also left a bad taste in my mouth, because it sounded waaaaay too similar to that infamous (and in my mind, despised) argument of Bella & Edward vs. Bella & Jacob.

Aaand then my husband kind of insisted on watching the Hunger Games movie. I refused for a while, but eventually, between him and my many friends who are Hunger Games fans, I gave in. Yet while I was watching it, I couldn't figure out if I hated it, or if I thought it was okay. And I felt as if there was a lot of information/story missing.

Which meant, of course, that I needed to read the books.

(From here on, please assume that this series review contains at LEAST minor spoilers for all three books)

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My first thought upon reading the first book in the series - that being, of course, The Hunger Games - was that book!Katniss is definitely far superior to, and more realistic than, movie!Katniss. Part of this is certainly thanks to being able to see into Katniss's head in the novel...because it shows that she isn't such a ridiculous goody-two-shoes as the movie makes her out to be. (Side note: I did like how The Hunger Games *movie* gave us insight into people like Seneca Crane and Caesar Flickerman, something that the books couldn't give us because they were written in first person, from Katniss's point of view. Unfortunately, as I've already said, this meant that a lot of Katniss's nuances, who she was and what she struggled with, was lost in the movie adaptation, turning her into a character who appears far too good for her own, well, good.)

Of course, at the same time I find book!Katniss a bit hard to belive when it comes to her feelings (or lack of them) for Gale and her feelings (or lack of them) for Peeta. I suppose we readers are supposed to put this down to the whole dystopian society/basically going through life simply trying not to starve thing, but there's still a small part of me that can't wrap my head around the fact that a 16-year-old girl who has two supposedly kind, smart, and attractive boys throwing themselves at her would really not know *at all* (in any way, shape, or form) how she feels about either of them, whether she has more-than-friendship feelings for either of them, etc.

Which brings me to Peeta, because Peeta...well, he's just too good to be true. The only way his character ever could have worked for me in The Hunger Games is if both he and Katniss were both faking - or at least sort of faking - their "romance". The entire time.

Though maybe that's just because I'm jaded. Who knows.

And then...the grammar/style in THG. Ugh, ugh, UGH. Misplaced modifiers and comma splices (and I think even a few Oxford comma errors) all. over. the darn. place. Not as bad as the Twilight series (and thank God for that, because I wouldn't have been able to stand it at all if it had been)...but still simply. not. good. End of story.

Moving on to Catching Fire...while The Hunger Games would have been pretty predictable even if I hadn't been hearing about it from friends left and right before ever seeing the movie/reading it...Catching Fire took predictable to a whole new level. I mean, if the Hunger Games happened again in one of these books, I think it's pretty obvious that Katniss and Peeta would have to be involved as more than just mentors. Thankfully, the grammar/style of writing in Catching Fire seemed a bit better than it was in The Hunger Games, EXCUSE ME BUT *NO ONE* CAN USE THE "I LOVE YOU"/"I KNOW" THING BUT STAR WARS/HAN & LEIA. ::end mini rant::


So, last but not least I picked up Mockingjay (I'd say "finally", but to be completely honest I read all three of these books in about five days). This was the installment that I'd heard the most complaints about; it seemed as if most people favored THG or Catching Fire and thought that Mockingjay was either the weakest of the bunch - or outright *bad*. Maybe it's because of this that I went into it not expecting all that much...and was therefore pretty surprised when it turned out to be my favorite book in the series.

Yes, I just said that Mockingjay was, in my opinion, the best book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Yes, it did have its slow moments, but let's be honest - so did THG and Catching Fire. I also felt as if it was far less predictable than either of those books. In fact, as predictability and poor story telling goes, I feel that Catching Fire was in fact the weakest link in the trilogy. And I have to give Suzanne Collins credit - she did what even J.K. Rowling didn't do in the Harry Potter series.

Collins killed off *enough* important characters.

Now, I still believe that Katniss should have ended up alone, but at this point in time I'm beginning to resign myself to the fact that all YA novels apparently need to have a love story...and not just any love story, but one that ends happily. ::this is me, rolling my eyes::


In the end, my verdict? The Hunger Games trilogy is definitely not of the best quality, writing-wise.

I still find it difficult nearly impossible to believe that Suzanne Collins knew nothing about Battle Royale before writing the Hunger Games trilogy, and I therefore wish she'd just admitted, from the very beginning, to having used that as the basis for the Hunger Games.

But...I generally enjoyed it. It was a quick, interesting read, and to be completely honest I'll probably eventually read the trilogy again. Due to the generally if-fy writing and the similarities to Battle Royale, though, I can only give the series as a whole 3.5/5 stars.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Writer's Block Wednesday: A Christmas Recap

Let's get one thing straight - I hate traveling for the holidays.

Unfortunately...it is, in a way, the easiest time to travel back to Connecticut. Because honestly, much as I love my friends and family up there, I don't much love the idea of using vacation days to return to the place where I grew up. It may sound bad, but I'd rather use my vacation days to visit new places. (And, let's face it, more interesting ones.)

Hanging out in Broad Brook, CT, with my BFF. Just saw her last week in Vegas, so again...very few reasons to make trips back to CT outside of our once-a-year major holiday trip.

We actually needed this little vacation. Of course we got to see Steve's parents (my in-laws), both sets of my grandparents, and a few of our friends...but we also got to laze around and do NOTHING. No dogs to walk. No kitty litter boxes to clean. No floors to vacuum, no dinners to cook, nothing nothing nothing. And thank God for that. All of it. We slept an average of 9.5-10 hours a night (which we pretty much never do)...and I even took a NAP on Monday! I can't remember the last time I took a nap, but chances are it was the last time I was sick, and I don't even remember when THAT would have been.

Too bad Christmas day actually did a bit of damage to all that rest we got ;) You see, first we went to the 11 PM Christmas Eve candlelight service at Ellington Congregational Church. Steve grew up in that church, and his dad is still...err...a deacon, there? Maybe? Something like that. Honestly I can't recall the last time I went to church, and it really was a nice service. It lasted until a little after midnight, and when we walked outside...it was SNOWING!

Had to take one with the flash so you could see the snowflakes falling :)

Better one of the beautiful old church in the center of our home town (Ellington CT)
I can't remember the last time I experienced a true "white Christmas"...and to be honest, living in South Carolina and not seeing snow all that often means that I get very, VERY excited when it DOES snow. No matter where I am. (You probably would do if you'd only seen proper snow maybe four times max in a period of 3+ years. Especially if you'd grown up in New England and were used to experiencing it on a regular basis.)

I kind of love how this picture is super blurry...EXCEPT for the gazebo in the town green. haha

Anyway, the excitement of the snow seemed to wake us up a bit, so even though we went back to Steve's parents' house and got ready for bed, we weren't sleepy until after we'd watched two episodes of Arrested Development. Which meant a 2 AM bedtime. And we woke up at 9:30 for presents with his parents, then to shower and head to Providence for Christmas dinner with the rest of the Grosses. I caught a quick nap in the car on the way to Rhode Island, but after about three hours of more food and presents and wine we had to rush to the airport for our 7 PM flight back to Charlotte. More wine. More Arrested Development. We landed in North Carolina just before 9 PM, made our way back to our car, and then had to drive an hour and twenty minutes back home to South Carolina, not making it until nearly 11 PM.

So. Thirteen and a half hours. Four states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina). Twenty degree temperature difference. Waking up to snow, going to bed with rain. Needless to say, I'm really, really happy to be home :) Pin It

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday


Well, I think I've decided to continue Six Sentence Sundays through the end of the year, and then revisit the idea of posting excerpts from a different work...mainly because it may take me another month to *really and truly* finish The Way of Reckoning, and I don't want to give *too*  much away ;) So here is the second-to-last six sentence blurb that I'm going to share...of this W.i.P., anyway ;)

They didn’t ride in silence for anywhere near as long as William would have liked – Mac soon insisted on trying to make small talk, apparently to lighten the mood. “The women here in Mexico are amazin’, William. Big brown eyes, so soft they could melt the snow off the mountains in January. And the liquor’ll take the bite out of a frosty mornin’…we’ll sure have some fun if we set out to.”

“I’m here for Art Stiles, nothin’ else. I don’t need no distractions.”
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

So...generally I'm on the fence about whether or not I "like" Young Adult fiction. Generally, I'd have to say "not really", but sometimes I come across a YA book or series that makes me feel just a little bit better about this category of writing.

While Going Bovine certainly isn't the most amazing book I 've ever read - or even the best YA novel I've ever read - it definitely made me think. And it made me laugh. And for that I have to say that it boosted my opinion of YA fiction at least a little bit ;)

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I have to admit that I don't quite understand why the names of some entities were changed - for instance, "YA! television" was clearly MTV - yet others (Disney World) were left as is. It seems to me that if the author was going to go the route of changing the names of some companies/entities, she should have renamed them all.

Although I think this novel was somewhat anticlimactic - and I'm also still at a loss as to why every YA novel seems to have to include a love story - as I mentioned above, Going Bovine certainly amused me - and even moved me. 3/5 stars.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Writer's Block Wednesday: Men's Gift Guides

So I read an article a few days ago. It was funny, and I enjoyed it. But after reading it...I couldn't stop thinking about it. Because this article described the man that men's gift guides cater to, clearly insinuating that such a man cannot exist...and I realized pretty quickly that he, in fact, does.

And that I am married to him.

Now don't get me wrong - there are surely a few things on these men's gift guides, here and there, that Steve wouldn't want. But generally? He is pretty close to the man that they write those gift guides for.

If he had time to shave with a straight razor, he would. Though any sort of scented skin tonic would be out, because - no lie - he produces some sort of pheromone that makes him never smell bad. I know, I know, that doesn't make sense. But it's true. Trust me.

We own a cast iron skillet, and though it was a gift to me, he's the one who uses it most often. If he could eat bacon for breakfast every day, he would. (Honestly, come on...who wouldn't? Other than vegetarians, of course.) So while I'm not sure I'd purchase him or any other man a cast iron skillet, why not buy him a bunch of fancy bacon or bacon-related items as gifts?


Though we are staunchly against those coffee machines that make one cup at a time (we call them Katie Keurigs, though you may not want to ask why), we do have a fancy coffee machine. In which we put whole-bean coffee that is ground with a burr grinder. It's amazing. In the summer, Steve even makes [frozen] coffee cubes out of the leftover coffee. Moral of the story: don't ever knock a fancy coffee machine, or giving such a thing to a man. If that man is anything like Steve, I mean. Though we purchased ours together when our last coffee machine gave out, I did in fact purchase Steve a nice Breville espresso machine for our first Christmas together, and he loved it as a gift and he loves it now as a kitchen accessory.

Though PJs - even plaid ones - are out, a nice bathrobe or fancy slippers are always, always in. Video games? Are we really knocking video games/video gaming items as gifts for a man? That was my Christmas gift to Steve for our third Christmas together, after all...a gaming system and some games. And if he could lounge around in a comfy bathrobe and slippers and play on his PS3 all day, you bet he would. Shoot, sometimes he DOES...on weekends, anyway.

Desk items are never a bad thing. Every man should have a fancy nameplate for his desk at work, and recently, after Steve admitted to me that people at his job kept acting shocked when they found out that he was married (he is an engineer and works on the floor and therefore can't wear a wedding ring; knowing that he didn't have children, people were assuming that he wasn't married, either), I decided to make him a desk calendar on Shutterfly. More useful than a picture in a frame, and at least now people will know that he has a significant significant other. (Yes, I intended to use that word twice.)


Now, before reading this article I had no idea what a tiffin was. I actually had to Google the word, and then look at images because the definition still didn't seem to fit. But once I found them, I fell in love. And yes, Steve would love these things as well, if I could get him to pack his own lunch. Sadly (for him), I am not the type of wife who feels it necessary to pack a lunch for her husband. I'll cook a dinner no problem, but lunch is his responsibility. Therefore...he doesn't pack one. But if he did, it would absolutely need to be in one of these:



So I ask you, why make fun of something so awesome? ;)

Of course, the one major difference between Steve and the Fictional Man who wants the items on these lists is that Steve has a job. One that requires him to be at work, actually working, for an average of 50 hours a week. If he didn't have that job? Well, then craft beer brewing, building a woodworking shop, reading books about World War Two and/or jazz, rerouting the electricity in our home, playing with his million gadgets, and whittling bar stools would definitely be up there as favorite past times of his. (Additional to the video games, of course.)

And do we really have to talk about why someone wouldn't like fancy chocolate...be it from Switzerland, Belgium, Madagascar...wherever? I'd also like to meet a man who hasn't dreamed about deep frying a turkey, because pretty much every guy I know has mentioned it at least once...if he's ever been asked about cooking a turkey, that is.

I suppose my point is that while not every single gift on those men's gift guides will fit every single man...there are certainly men out there who want to eat fancy bacon and chocolate from their awesome tiffins, build things that they don't really need, learn about things they don't need to know about, put together ridiculously expensive layered outfits from Banana Republic, and top it all off with a hat.


...but here's a hint: It only works if you're a really great guy and awesome enough to pull it all off ;)
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Confessions



I confess...that the last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed and come to work today. ::Sigh:: coming back from Vegas is always beyond exhausting.

I confess...that I hope to God that I never have to fly United Airlines again. They literally screwed up EVERY. SINGLE. FACET. of *both* legs of our trip to Vegas. I'm honestly speechless in regards to how inept they are.

I confess...that even though I don't know anyone who was killed or even directly effected by Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT, my heart is broken for those involved and for my home state in general. Newtown is very, very much like my hometown of Ellington, CT, and maybe that's part of the reason why I can't wrap my head around how something like this could have happened in a place like Newtown. Or anywhere, in fact.

Don't worry. I'm not going to go on some diatribe about what happened. I think there's been quite enough of that on the internet in the past few days. I just thought I would quote another blogger: EVERY LIFE IS VALUABLE.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday


As promised, yet another six-sentence excerpt from what was my NaNo novel and - now that NaNoWriMo is very much over - has become a full-on Work in Progress :)

William was up before dawn – though his sleep had been restless and he was still exhausted, he found that he didn’t want to close his eyes again. Not once he’d woken from his nightmare about the day Lillian had left him.

He roused Sam and Mac as early as he dared, and sure enough they rode into the outskirts of Eagle Pass by nine in the morning. “Daisy’s got a prime spot with her house…right on the main drag. She’s smart enough to not have a bar there, though.”

“No bar?” Mac whined.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What's that? An Ice & Fire Con *commercial*, you say? ;)

So. This past Saturday my friend Matt and I had planned to film a commercial for Ice & Fire Con. Unfortunately...the weather didn't really cooperate.

Despite owning a pretty nice video camera, and despite trying to use Final Cut to fix the low light levels etc...we weren't able to salvage a lot of what we flimed.

That's okay, because we're going to film a second commercial after the holidays. But for now, enjoy what we WERE able to salvage, and I apologize for the parts that are clearly low video/sound quality ;)

(Oh, and this is SUPPOSED to be humorous/not taken seriously. :) )

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Confessions: A bit late. Oops.



I confess...that I probably should have had a bit more practice driving manual before buying a manual car. Oops?

I confess...that I have no idea how I'm going to do everything that I need to do tonight and tomorrow night. Oops?

I confess...that for so long I've said I wasn't worried about turning 30, but now that it's just a few days away, I'm freaking out juuuuust a bit ;) Oops?

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Still working on my NaNo Novel!


Well, I think I've decided that until I finish my NaNo novel, I'll continue posting little six sentence excerpts...because, well, why not? Of course, it could be another two months before I actually finish the thing, so...this decision may change ;) But for now...here's another blurb!

She piled a plate with bacon, eggs, and warm bread – then, sure enough, handed him a cup of coffee. Before he could thank her, though, she continued, “You know, even though this area was still mostly wild when I arrived, enough of it had been settled that the Indians were gone. Most of the outlaws too, in fact…until Arthur Stiles showed up. But I suppose I should still be grateful that the worse thing I’ve had to fight is illness. It was cholera that took Mr. Baker from me, you see.”

“I…I’m sorry to hear that.”
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Review: Greenville's Heritage by Judith T. Bainbridge




Greenville's Main Street circa 1910 - source -


The only place I've ever seen this book for sale is at the Mast General Store on Main Street in downtown Greenville. When I first stumbled across it I made note to look for it elsewhere, but numerous searches online - spread over a period of several months - revealed nothing. So I went back to Mast General and purchased a copy that was actually signed by the author. That part is pretty cool ;) Though to be honest I was disappointed that the few copies that Mast General had available were all in terrible condition.

Anyway, from what I can tell Greenville's Heritage was apparently printed through a local publisher. I'm not sure if it there were high costs in getting it printed or if it was printed to be a textbook, but regardless the price tag for this book is outrageous. Whether I'd purchased a signed copy or an unsigned copy, it would have cost me $30. I lusted after this book for *quite* some time and in the end it was basically purchased for me as a gift, or else I likely never would have owned a copy. I won't even pay $30 out of my own pocket for a brand-new, mint-condition hardcover book, let alone a new but inexplicably dog-eared signed copy of a paperback book.

But there I go, digressing again.

I'll admit that Greenville's Heritage wasn't *quite* what I expected, but in the end I did like that it wasn't a straight history book as I'm used to, but rather comprised of a bunch of short - and easy to read - essays/articles that the author has been writing for a column in the Greenville News since 1999. These articles are very informative, though some are far more interesting than others. I'm not sure that the organization of the articles into the book was the best; knowing that Bainbridge has been writing them for so long I have to imagine that some of the ones that were included could have been swapped out for ones that would fit better - mainly because some of the articles included were seriously outdated in terms of information pertaining to Greenville today, but also because some of them were simply about very specific things when more general historical articles would have served the book better. 3/5 stars. Pin It

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Order your Ice & Fire Con t-shirts soon! + a quick ticket update ;)


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Oh, and while I have you here...a quick ticket update ;)

~ Stag tickets are now $65; there are just *15* of these left!
~ Iron tickets are now $50.

Aaand.......


We are now offering day tickets for SATURDAY ONLY! These are also limited in number and are $30. They include admission to *all* Saturday events/panels that are taking place between 10 AM and 10 PM. These are the only available tickets that do not require you to book a room or cottage at Ravenwood, but please note that between 7 PM and 8:30 PM there are no scheduled activities due to the fact that all organizers and volunteers will be attending the feast in the Great Hall. Also please note that if you purchase a Copper Star Saturday ticket, you are on your own for dinner.

Some of the Saturday events included in the Copper Star ticket are:
- Small & Large group photoshoots (especially for those in costume, though if you won't be dressing up and just want to take/be in pictures with anyone who IS costumed, that's fine too - please note that any prints or files ordered from the photographer(s) are not included in the ticket price)
- Several panels/discussions
- Mock tournament (viewing only)
- Costume contest (viewing only)
- Game night (Song of Ice & Fire board game and RPG will be available for playing)
 
(All that said, we do still suggest that, if possible, you come out for the entire weekend :) - even Iron tickets, besides having access to Friday afternoon/evening/night and Sunday morning events, will have advantage over the Copper Star Saturday tickets in that they will include a gift bag *and* provide access to our exciting Saturday night conclusion, Westerosi Karaoke!)

Random personal addition...YAY I got my Convention of Ice & Fire iPhone case!


If you want your own Convention of Ice & Fire iPhone case, please let me know. iPhone 4, 4s, & 5 cases start at $50 + shipping; iPhone 3/3gs cases start at $40 + shipping. All proceeds go to Ice & Fire Con. These are made to order and therefore take up to 3 weeks for delivery. The cases are shatterproof, 2-piece slide-ons with a bevel edge to protect your screen - VERY high quality!
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Confessions



I confess...now that NaNoWriMo is over, I have SO much other stuff that I *need* to focus on...but I can't, because I *really* want to finish this novel. I think I've just taken on too much :-/  (as usual)

I confess...that I colored my hair on Saturday - and NOT platinum, for the first time in five years! I love this new slightly darker color, but weirdly enough as much as *I* can see the difference, in pictures it still looks super light? I don't know. I also got bangs. Still not sure how I feel about those.  

I confess...that there is a small part of me - a part of me I'm trying my best to bury - that is scared to turn 30 next week. Sigh.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: NaNoWriMo Edition #4


Now that NaNoWriMo is over I'm trying to decide whether I'll continue "Six Sentence Sundays" with excerpts from my NaNo novel, or whether I'll start posting bits and pieces of my other big Work in Progress...but for now, here's at least six more sentences from my NaNo novel!

The deputy had the intelligence to look cowed. “This man says he’s here to see you, Marshal, but I don’t like the looks of ‘im.”

“And how do you think I feel about you?” William mocked.

“Leave us,” Marshal Miller ordered the deputy. The man curled his lip in distaste but obeyed without question, and once William and the Marshal were alone, Eli Miller turned and faced William. “You must be the man that those Bureau of Investigation agents contacted me about."
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monthly 101 UpdateS: October & November

So in September I missed my 101 post because I was busy posting about Dragon*Con...and in November I missed posting my October update because I was out of town...and then I came back and let myself get sucked in to NaNoWriMo ;) But hey, whatever, it makes for a slightly longer update post this month!

Now, I could lie a bit and say that I actually completed this first task...but somehow I think driving around the neighborhood a few times and driving home from downtown once (the back way, on top of that) does not count for me actually being proficient at driving a manual car. So...[Re-] learn how to drive stick is my current big Work In Progress for my 101 list. And honestly the fact that I got behind the wheel of a manual car and even tried to drive it is a *huge* step for me. Beyond huge. I won't get into why because honestly it's a bit of a sob story that doesn't need to be aired on a public blog.

Anyway, over the course of the past two months I completed a whole three goals! Wow, right?

(Yeah, I know it's actually a bit pathetic, but what can you do? I figure I'm somewhere between 55% and 65% done with my 1001 days, and I've completed 54 of my 101 goals (about 53%) so at least I'm not failing miserably...right? heh)

Go to 5 concerts (6/5) (Kenny Chesney, BB King & Buddy Guy, Miranda Lambert, Zoso, Galactic, The Who - technically completed on 10/31/12 but I saw The Who about a week later so I'm including them as well)

*Technically* my 5th of the 5 concerts I was supposed to attend...Galactic at Tipitina's in NOLA!
 
Put together another recipe book/binder - I honestly had enough new recipes that I'd actually made to put together one of these...shoot, months ago. At least. But it's time consuming to type them all up nice and neat (with my notated edits on the original pages that I printed out), which is why it wasn't finished until just a couple of weeks ago :) But now I have it in my kitchen with over 120 recipes inside...and that's in addition to the one that I put together a couple years ago that has over 100 recipes in it :)

Participate in NaNoWriMo - I suppose I could/should have made this goal a lot more difficult and had it be to participate in and win NaNoWriMo...


...but as I did BOTH those things I guess it doesn't much matter anymore!

I haven't actually finished the novel that I started for NaNo yet (which is actually another goal - to finish something that I've been working on, writing-wise)...but I'm close. At least 2/3 done, maybe more. So hopefully that goal will be completed soon too, and it will be very much thanks to NaNo if it is :)

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