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Mon, Nov. 14th, 2005, 01:54 pm
The Weekend

Half my friendslist seems to have a tradition of writing about their weekend; mine was particularly nice this week, so I figured I'd hop on board.

Friday night we had Gus and her new(ish) boyfriend over for Shabbat dinner. The new guy seemed very nice but kind of quiet; on the other hand, Gus had a zillion ideas as usual and talked for both of them. Despite the boy getting home late from work and us having to make dinner in a big rush, the food was fantastic, so overall I'd say it was a success. It's the first time we've done a Shabbat dinner in about five weeks due to massive stress on both our parts, so I'm just happy we invited folks and did one.

Saturday, the boy and I were both kind of sick, so it worked out well that Nobilis got cancelled due to unexpected people-not-showing-up. It's too bad, as I had neat stuff planned, but I guess I can drop it on them next week! On the bright side, we got to hang out with rscott for a couple of hours, which was really nice. Beyond that, the boy and I drank a lot of tea, went to the bookstore after it got dark, and watched Gilmore Girls. Not a very exciting day, but somehow just what I needed.

Sunday, we did a five-mile walk (across the park, up half a mile, then down a mile and a half to one of our favorite restaurants, then walked back after lunch), bought some new videogames, and dropped by the animal rescue we foster for on our way home. The boy played an impressive amount of World of Warcraft while I whined in jealousy about how my computer was broken, but then I decided I would rather read in any case, so I devoured a couple of books and some tasty dinner that he made me while I wasn't looking. Nice boy.

Unfortunately, I also figured out what I want to do for NaNoWriMo. The difficulty? I so cannot afford to do NaNoWriMo right now. I have interviews to do and conferences to prepare for. I don't have time to write a novel this month, even if I am sufficiently enamored with the idea to have written nearly three pages of notes today. Oy.

Mon, Nov. 14th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
boffo9: A funny thought about NaNoWriMo...

...but I think out of the umpteen people I know who have done it, not a single one has actually published or done something real with their effort after the mad craziness of the month.

I'm sure I'll get lynched for writing that, but there it is.

Mon, Nov. 14th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
kleenestar: Re: A funny thought about NaNoWriMo...

Well, I wasn't entirely pleased with my last NaNo, since it was set in a not-to-be-named canonical role-playing universe. Not that there's anything wrong with writing what's essentially fanfic, but it's not exactly publishable as is, and rewriting the story to make it not fanfic-ish would have meant essentially starting over from scratch. It was incredibly useful for me to do, since the purpose of the exercise was to help me reconcieve how I write and to show me that I could do it - but that particular story wasn't one I necessarily wanted to do something publishable with in the first place. I just wanted to do it for the sake of doing it. As I'd hoped, it entirely changed how I write and how I think of writing, and all for the better, but I doubt that "Children of Fortune" will ever see the light of day. At least not if I have anything to say about it.

This story is, I think, possibly publishable, though, and I might go ahead and work on it outside the NaNoWriMo context. The problem is that if I don't have a framework for working on it, my academic writing is always going to come first and I don't know how I will manage to progress on it. If I NaNoed to get started, that might get me over the "Wow, you should really be working on other things" hump. :)

Tue, Nov. 15th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)

Sounds like a great weekend... What video games did you get and what is your book idea if I may ask??


Tue, Nov. 15th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)

The most exciting thing I got was Shadow of the Colossus, the "spiritual sequel" to ICO. As for the book idea, I'm not ready to share yet. Sorry, but I need to give myself some incentive to write this thing!! :)

Mon, Jan. 2nd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)

Happy Birthday, wherever you are...