Daily Writing Progress #30

Thursday, September 8th – Monday, September 19th

  • Missed these days.

Tuesday, September 20th

  • Project: NaNoWriMo Declaration
    • Word Count: 282
  • Thoughts: Big commitment. But I feel like, even if I don’t win the challenge this year, I’ll at least get more work done on Growing Magic. 

Wednesday, September 21st

  • Missed this day.

Thursday, September 22th

  • Missed this day.

Friday, September 23rd

  • Project: 4 journal pages
  • Thoughts: I was stuck on a plane for an hour and change. This was a good way to spend it.

Saturday, September 24th

  • Missed this day.

Sunday, September 25th

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Word Count: 505
  • Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to flesh out the backstory of my novel’s antagonist for a while. This feels like a really good start.

Monday, September 26th

  • Project: The Sorcerer’s Story, WIP
    • Total Word Count: 763
    • New Words: 258
  • Thoughts:  Still liking how this is moving along, and that’s pretty good for me.

Tuesday, September 27th – Thursday, September 28th

  • Missed these days.

Sunday Gratitudes #37

One day late, but only because I was without internet connection on a family visit.

“We are anxious. We worry. We think. We think some more. To stop the cycle, we often need a pattern interrupt. Believing that there is abundance in the world and that there is enough to give and to receive often helps us to get off of the hamster wheel and into the stream of life.” (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…


🦄 – Bagels with cream cheese. Great breakfast.

🦄 – More micro-line pens! Now I have a bunch of them that can live in my briefcase for whenever I need them away from home.

🦄 – The three containers of Oregon Chai mix that I got at Raleys for 79 cents each.

🦄 – The Amazon gift card I used to buy the pens, which was a gift from my old supervisor. I really miss my old coworkers and job sometimes.

🦄 – Having a chance to focus on some tasks at work that I’ve needed to get cracking on for a while.

🦄 – The fish pond that we’ve set up in a half wine barrel on the back patio for our new goldfish!

🦄 – Remembering to bring a thermos with me on my lunchtime caffeine run and getting 50 cents off.

🦄 – Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough.

🦄 – Having a fish pond!

🦄 – The camaraderie and support of my current coworkers.

🦄 – How, when you sit in a hot car for half an hour, it feels really nice just about everywhere else. (It was a bad day in general so I really, really appreciated this feeling.)

🦄 -Commenting on a restaurant’s Instagram post about beer and inadvertently prompting them to post about our cider next! That’s what I love about social media. What a super interaction.

🦄 – Hot showers. It’s starting to get chilly at night! We haven’t set the space heater up yet but in the meantime I always have this to fall back on. Continue reading “Sunday Gratitudes #37”

NaNoWriMo Declaration

In the past few days I have made some decisions.

First, I am using my bullet journal to keep track of my finances. Like a checkbook but tracking three accounts at once: individually, in total, and in total by month. I’ve done this before but now I’ve got a much more sophisticated set-up… and I’m putting it in a spreadsheet so I can use formulas to do the math for me, heh. F**k math.

Second, I am going to sign up for NaNoWriMo again.

Last year I won in the sense of word count but did not win in the sense of getting to the end of the novel. Not long after November I decided that draft needed so much work that it made more sense to switch to extensive rewrites rather than trying to finish it, and spent most of this year (by turns actively and passively) working more on my world building. I came up with some new sub-plots and some new characters that might plug up some of the gaping holes in the first draft. In short, instead of starting a new novel I am going to force myself to buckle down and write a second draft.

Over the next month or so I want to get a basic timeline down for this story. I want to figure out what happens when the main characters visit the Sea Queen, and then how/why they go north and encounter dragons. I want to really think about a sci-fi element lurking in the back of my mind, and whether or not I ought to incorporate it into this fantasy story.

Starting with this model of 9 Steps to Build a Strong Plot.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom #8 —Gravity


My reading habits generally alternate between sci-fi and fantasy, with some other things scattered in their occasionally. Right now I’m swinging back to fantasy as I re-listen to Sunshine by Robin McKinley for probably the billionth time. But last week I was on sci-fi, and I started listening to Enders Game with the vague sense that I’d heard the punchline that comes at the end. Turns out I had, and it probably has something to do with the movie version coming out in 2013 even though I haven’t seen it yet.

So I had a kind of weird “omnipotent newcomer” experience with the book that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before. Say what you will about spoilers, but it was a cool experience.

One of the things that struck me the most while listening to this story was the exploration of directional instructions and personal orientation. Some of the coolest scenes were set in the Battle Room, in null gravity.

“From now on, you forget about gravity before you go through the door. The old gravity is gone, erased. Understand me? Whatever your gravity is when you get to the door, remember — the enemy’s gate is down. Your feet are toward the enemy’s gate. Up is toward your own gate. North is that way, south is that way, east is that way, west is — what way? They pointed.”

~ Orson Scott Card

What I love about science fiction is that it bends your mind into a pretzel thinking about something you’ve never really thought about before in a totally new way. Earth is not the center of the universe. Gravity is a matter of perspective, otherwise people would keep falling off Australia into space. This novel calls for both the characters and the reader to reorient their understanding of directions based to their own context rather than on a planet’s gravitational pull.

Every genre has its own way of calling for this reorientation, this suspension of disbelief, though some are more dramatic than others. Sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism — these are a few of my favorite things.

Sunday Gratitudes #36

“In particular for some more introverted people, the practice of gratitude can improve self-worth in some. Often when we take on a label like introvert or shy, it can cause us to feel less about ourselves. But research shows gratitude reduces social comparisons that might cause us to feel like we are not enough.” (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…


🏆 – Dating the cutest patoot.

🏆 – New cat toys. Both of them have been playing with them, and Frankie almost never condescends to play with toys (while we’re around to watch). She was so pleased that she loafed next to me on the couch all night.

🏆 – Getting Frankie-loaf couch snuggles two nights in a row!

🏆 – Our friend Annie’s cat, Nitro, liking the toys she got him while she was up here visiting us.

🏆 – Sunshine Coffee Roasters.

🏆 – Stranger things. It’s so captivating! Although now that we’ve finished it, I am sad. I hope Netflix comes out with more soon.

🏆 – Caffeine. I felt like a zombie all morning at work until I made a thermos of tea. Didn’t even need to add honey.

🏆 – Raspberry lemonade. First my partner bought a bottle of it at the store, and since then I’ve just kept refilling it using my stash of Crystal Light packets of the same flavor. The latter is not as delicious, but it does help us resist the urge to buy more soda.

🏆 – Getting permission for a workday at the county fair! Woo, pouring cider!

🏆 – The press release I sent out actually getting posted somewhere! That’s a first for me. Also, bloggers are a lot easier to talk into doing that than more traditional media outlets.

🏆 – Delicious pasta sauce.

🏆 – Having Friday off (because I’m working at the fair on Saturday)!

🏆 – Whole grain naan sent from my old workplace. I miss those guys. I’m really glad I had the experience of working there for two years — it was good preparation for the small business start-up world, and the food and beverage industry.

🏆 – Being able to take pills. I needed the Advil to banish my headache.

🏆 – Getting so many things done on my day off!

🏆 – Clean litter boxes. Like, soap clean.

🏆 – Costco! Lol, we hadn’t been to Costco in a long time. And it was during the samples hours.

🏆 – Cotton candy!

🏆 – Going to the Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show. Pouring cider was fun, we ate a large curly fries that I swear was bigger than my head, and my partner won six goldfish. So… now we have six goldfish and two cats. Let the adventures begin.

🏆 – My partner volunteered to help pour at the California Cider Competition table and was not only super helpful, but really good at it! There is a future tasting room staff member/employee of the month if I ever saw one. (Now all we need is to get that tasting room built.)

🏆 – How happy my partner is about the fish. It’s pretty adorable.

🏆 – The way we won those fish. Technically we only earned won or two, because regardless of ability to aim that game was hard. Then the guy got so exasperated that we were still there and hadn’t won more fish yet that he just have us another four. (It had been a long, hot day. He’d spent all of it in a booth surrounded and occasionally being hit by pingpong balls. He was pretty done. It was great.)

🏆 – How many things I had to be grateful for this week!

Sunday Gratitudes #35

“Have you ever noticed how we are influenced by what we choose to focus on? The thoughts we think, beliefs we hold and lens we view life through, all shape our reality. Imagine what might change for us if we viewed our lives through the lens of gratitude on a regular basis.” (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

🍇 – The riot of greens, browns, yellows, and reds in the rolling hills of Northern California’s wine country.

🍇 – An invitation to a coworker’s Labor Day party.

🍇 – How good our kittens are about sharing. If they were dogs, baby Luci wouldn’t let her big sister eat until after she finished! But they both eat out of either bowl, occasionally interrupting each other to switch.

🍇 – A friend of ours visiting this weekend!

🍇 – Having the daybed all set up now, with sheets and pillows and everything.

🍇 – Having the daybed set up, because that means we can have overnight guests.

🍇 – California. It’s awesome.

🍇 – This new winery we’ve found! They have this amazing outdoor, farm-style tasting room, and we never would have found it if not for taking a new route to a different winery because we live in a new place now.

🍇 – Getting enough sleep regularly. My daily average is 8.5 hours and it’s actually spread out pretty evenly.

🍇 – Breakfast. Just in general. Sometimes I have a parfait, or a bagel with cream cheese, or pop tarts. Today I had a hot dish of eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and goat cheese.

🍇 – Our friend teaching us how to start our bullet journals! We got really nice pens to go with them, too.

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🍇 – Goat cheese.

🍇 – Being so on top of taking my pills and vitamins lately.

Daily Writing Progress #29

Thursday, September 1st

  • Missed this day

Friday, September 2nd

  • Missed this day

Saturday, September 3rd

  • Missed this day

Sunday, September 4th

  • Project: It’s Mine, fragment
    • Word Count: 359
  • Thoughts: I’m not sure where this fragment is going to fit in with the story. My starting inspiration was this week’s prompt on TheProse.com, which is to “write a piece of poetry or prose about addiction.” I chose to focus not on the main character’s additions, which are more extreme, but one of the supporting character’s smoking. Not that the main character doesn’t indulge in everything…

Monday, September 5th

  • Missed this day

Tuesday, September 6th

  • Missed this day

Wednesday, September 7th

  • Project: Susurrus
    • Word Count: 389
  • Thoughts: This prompt was, “You are renting a room in someone’s house as you transition to living in a new city. The owner tells you that the basement is completely off limits. You start hearing noises coming from the basement at night. After several days, curiosity overcomes you and you sneak downstairs to see what is going on.” I think I did pretty good for a 400 word count limit!

Sunday Gratitudes #34

“Think of 5 things you have gratitude for today. Inhale the thought, exhale to release. Any negative energy can be recycled back to the earth for purification.” (x)

What have you felt grateful for this week?

I’m grateful for…

📝 – Reminders that although things are so much better right now, nothing is perfect and I must still strive. No more treading-water living.

📝 – Thai iced tea. There’s a really good little place in front of the local market we go to, and it’s more affordable than Starbucks.

📝 – My partner writing more recently. It’s brought so much joy into our house.

📝 – New sheets.

📝 – Clean sheets!

📝 – A beautiful candlelit dinner.

📝 – Raspberries.

📝 – Leftover fruit salad.

📝 – Really good cider. I mean really good.

📝 – Our kitties.

📝 – The younger kitten only setting a whisker on fire and not, like, her entire face.

📝 – A three day weekend!

Daily Writing Progress #28

Tuesday, August 23rd

  • Project: Manifest
    • Word Count: 509
  • Thoughts: I found a new site, theprose.com. It’s full of prompts and writing challenges. I’m so excited!


Wednesday, August 24th

  • Project: Manifest
    • Total Word Count: 701
    • New Words: 192
  • Thoughts: I posted it! Not in enough time to carry much weight in the challenge, if at all. I’m going to post it here though too.


Thursday, August 25th

  • Missed this day.

Friday, August 26th

  • Missed this day.


Saturday, August 27th

  • Missed this day for a wonderful fabulous open house party, and general day of showing off our new place. I love living here so much.


Sunday, August 28th

  • Missed this day in favor of sleeping.


Monday, August 29th

  • Missed this day.


Tuesday, August 30th

  • Missed this day.


Wednesday, August 31st

  • Missed this day.