And the plot unfolds…

Well, last week I thought I had a pretty good idea of what my plot was going to be. I had a character, I had her trial to overcome and I even had an ending that would leave the story open just enough for a sequel…

But, it’s funny what happens when you just start writing. I started writing and it was almost like the characters decided to tell me their story and I had nothing to do with it except write. Just through the words on the page. My word count for right now is 8,180, though my goal for today is 10,000. I will have that done, no problem. I started this

morning with 6,600 words and it’s only just after noon, yet! So, clearly I’m having no trouble writing – the story just positively flows right from my brain to the keys. I don’t understand it! But, I like it!

Now my characters are set off in a different, though altogether better, jour

ney and new characters are introduced I didn’t even know existed. And I’m finding myself in love with them even though they are not real and I’m the one that’s responsible for their existence. But, like I said, I feel like the characters are simply relaying their story to me and I’m typing it. It’s a fascinating thing.

How’s your writing going? Are you meeting the goal of 1,700 words per day? I’m happy to be a bit ahead, I fear that with Thanksgiving being at the end of this month that I’m going

to be too busy to write much then.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello.

In completely unrelated news, Microsoft’s XBOX Kinect launched today! Yay! Did you get yours, yet? DH is bringing ours (and a

host of games) home with him today. And we’re getting our Windows Phone 7’s in just a short amount of time, too! Yay for new gadgets! Gosh, for as much as I idolize and love ancient cultures… they didn’t have smart phones back then and it makes me cry a little tear to think about being without one! What a brat I am!! :)

ETA: Word count as of 3pm today is now 10,214. I think I’ve written all I can write today, but the day is not over yet, so we’ll see.

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Still going strong…

Hello!

I’m still writing. Morning of day three and I haven’t started my writing for today, yet, but I’ve got 4,152 words written down so far.

John William Waterhouse - Ophelia

My story is not exactly following the (very lose) plot line I had rolling around in my head

(yeah, I didn’t even write out a plot line on paper or anything), but I like the direction it’s going anyway.

I’m writing fantasy fiction. A fictional place and I think I’ll be throwing some magic in there somewhere. Like fictional magic; fireballs and magical webs of holding. That kind of thing. But, who knows? Maybe I won’t. At this point there’s no magic at all, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be.

Character names are hard to come up with. Especially when it’s a fictional world. I like to create names (I usually create my own names for my RPG characters), but it’s hard to commit to something you know you’re going to have to type over and over for the next month. Or commit to a name of a character when you’re not quite sure if it fits or not. My main character’s name is Ny’allandria, or Ny’a for short. And the second main character is Gita. And the newest character I’ve introduced is Go’ando, who goes by Ando. I know, I’m weird.

So, tell me about what you’re writing! I curious to know. And how did you choose your character names?

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NaNoWriMo 2010 is on!

It’s time! It’s time to write! It’s NaNoWriMo time!

Are you writing? You only have to write 1,700 words or more per day to make it. I’m doing it, and if I’m doing it – so can you!!

I’m working on my 1,700 words for today right now… just taking a break to make sure you’re all writing, too. :)

-Tina

ETA: I got in 2,560 words! Yay!

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I feel lost without…Lost.

I finally got to watch the ending of Lost today.

DH and I watched the first three seasons a couple years ago and fell off the wagon of watching weekly episodes when season four ended. We really enjoyed the first few seasons, but season four felt so confusing that we kind of got burnt out on being so lost all the time… pardon the pun!

But, a few weeks ago I saw that season five was on NetFlix (I love you, NetFlix… never leave) Instant Play, so I watched it on our XBOX. I felt a bit lost at first (hehe!), but season five reveals a lot of information that previously left me with a question mark over my head. I enjoyed watching it and as the screen went black on the season five finale, I panicked because season six was not on Instant Play. I was tempted to ‘rent’ the seasons for $0.99 a piece, but with 17 episodes, that’s almost more than we pay per month for NetFlix. So, I stuck it out and sent back my (unwatched) movies from home back to their home in their little red envelopes and kicked Lost season six to the top of my queue. Each day I got a new disc with four or so episodes and each night I packaged up the little red envelope to go out in the next days mail. I’ve been a huge loser for the past week; spending about 3.5 hours in front of our (new!) tv.

But, it ended up being worth it. I really liked the ending of Lost and I think the writers are geniuses. They made it work, fit together and wrapped everything up. I was happy, it was perfect. And the extras on the final disc are really great, too. The bloopers, the behind the scenes, the deleted scenes – all very good.

And I will tell you, and I’m not ashamed to say it, but I cried like the whole way through the final episode!

Have you watched Lost?

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I’ve been away a long, long time…

I wish I could say I’ve been way too busy to post, but that would be a lie!

(Unless you call finally watching the last season of Lost on our new TV, playing World of Warcraft, reading, and watching random movies on NetFlix busy!)

(Picture note: Elvis and Priscilla in ‘Ivan’s chair’. A chair left by the previous owner of our house. It’s more than cozy. In fact, you fall asleep the second your butt hits the cushion!)

As you know, we recently moved and let me tell you… I love this house. It’s amazing. It’s no dream house (it’s only 1,000 finished feet, and another 1,000 unfinished downstairs – a split level) and needs updating – but it’s ours and everything works and nothing is broken. The man who lived in our house before us bought it new in 1977 and he never did a thing to it (other than the necessary replacements). I’m not even sure he lived here? The (brown shag) carpet is in near perfect condition, with mild wear down the hallway and up the stairs from the front door. The moulding and trim work is without dings. The walls are spotless, seems he never hung a single thing. He was very organized, too. When we moved in he left for us a folder full of every instruction manual for everything for the house, complete with receipt stapled to it if he bought it, as well as his hand-written notes detailing the date purchased, date installed, name of person who sold it to him, name of person who installed it, etc. A little OCD, perhaps, but I’m thankful for his notes. A new dishwasher was purchased in 2002, and a new fridge and stove in the nineties, and I’m happy to know all the information about them in case anything happens. A new roof was installed five years ago, thank goodness – roofs are expensive. A new water heater was installed in 1997, at the same time a new furnace was installed (right on the money at 20 years!) and dear old Ivan (that’s his name) whipped out his label maker and slapped a label on both of them stating the date of install and what company installed it. Bless him!

When the inspector did his inspection of the house, he said he’s never seen a house of this age in such good condition. He wondered if Ivan even lived here, too.

I think the only original appliance left in the house is the dryer. It’s harvest gold. It’s got to be from the seventies. It’s just gotta.

The house we were living in had a huge walk in closet and a bathroom the size of a standard bedroom, so downsizing in those departments has been interesting, but we’re making it work. And everything I said before we moved is true. We’ve lived here five weeks now and there’s about 15 boxes of ‘stuff’ we haven’t even opened yet. That sure tells me it’s not vital stuff…!!

(Picture note: the bald patch on Luna’s side is from an injury several weeks back, it’s fully healed and the hair is slowly growing back in)

The dogs are loving their yard. They bark a lot more here, though. I didn’t know my sweet little Luna had it in her, but she does. There’s an original chain link (and super sturdy, wow!) fence around half the yard in the back (and the back back yard backs up to a creek!), but I’d love to have it all wood before children come… I will be unwilling and unable to go running out every half hour to tell the dogs to quit barking. And they just HATE being inside now. Now that they know what it’s like out there in ‘their yard’, they just positively DIE being inside. Luna especially. Pip doesn’t like to be wet or dirty in any way (he prances across the yard to find a place to relieve himself and promptly prances back to the clean, dry patio…. unless there’s a squirrel, in which case he bolts without a care), so he’d rather be inside lately. But Luna LOVES to be muddy and wet (and she also loves to lay in the sun, despite her black spitz breed double coat!), so she couldn’t be bothered by October weather. In fact, she says, “Bring it on!”.

The cats are fully adjusted. Sometimes I wish we just had cats. I love our dogs, but I really think I am a cat person. I used to think I was a dog person because I grew up with dogs and was an only child… but they are just so much work! I spend a great deal of my day letting them out and letting them in and stopping them from barking and feeding them and walking them and brushing them…. gah! And most of the time I don’t even do it all. A cat needs a box cleaned out once or twice a week (we have a *really* big litter box because we hate cleaning it out every day!) and a check to make sure food/water is full. Done. That’s it. Priscilla even doesn’t requite any brushing. She doesn’t matt at all. He hair is so silky that it just doesn’t tangle. Now, clipping off the occasional dingle-berry is another thing…

DH told me he wants to start baby making in January now, that he’s too excited to wait. That’s sweet, but I’m not going to suffer through summer being 6-8 months pregnant, no thanks. I already have a hard time with the heat, I don’t know if I could add pregnancy to that! So, I told him if we’re going to start earlier than his previous date (of September, 2011) that it would have to be a bit later, say May or June. So, we agreed to start then. I have a feeling we’ll get pregnant very easy, we’re both very healthy. So that’s good news!

Other than all of that stuff, NaNoWriMo is starting in just a few days! I had a story line epiphany yesterday and boy am I thankful for that because I was getting nervous. I’ve got enough to get me through the first week, now, I think, and I’m pretty sure it will just develop from there. The goal is 1,700 words per day and by the end of my post I’ll have typed out 1,126 words.

That said, it may mean fewer posts. But, I’ve got some posts planned to do, soon. I want to do a house tour, maybe… if I can clean my house up enough for that. But, I also made some yummies recently and want to share recipes. And no, it’s not food! :)

Anyway, I need to actually go make some food for dinner. Chili tonight! Yum!

Love each other,

Tina

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Home Sweet Home

I am here a little later than I had expected… but better late than never, right??

We’re all moved in. Well… all of our stuff is at our house – but we’re still surrounded by boxes. I’ve got a good ‘Garage Sale’ stuff pile going as I work on simplifying our life.

The dogs are loving their yard! They love to run around and bark and play. We haven’t had time yet to take them for a walk around the neighborhood or anything, but hopefully we’ll have time one night this week to do that. There’s a pretty big park just across the street in a forest with trails. Pretty cool!

We love our new house. It already feels so much like home!

And, DH told me the other day he wants to start baby making in JANUARY! Wow! What a change. He said being in our own house made him feel more like we’s ready to start our family! Great news! So, I picked up a prenatal vitamin at Whole Foods yesterday. Just a standard one to get me started, and in December or so I’ll get a higher quality one. I guess I need to start eating more organ meats, too…!

Anyhow, this is really just a quick update and ‘Hello’, I’ve got some cleaning to do as we’re having a guest over for dinner.

I’ll make a proper post tomorrow and in the future I’ll have pictures up of our house! For now it’s a bit… unorganized.

Love each other,

Tina

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A ‘Hello’ In Passing!

We signed closing documents today! We get our keys TOMORROW!!

So, a last farewell until we’re settled in the new house. We just called and made an appointment with the cable company and our cable will be set up next Wednesday.

Only a few boxes left to pack and then Friday we’re renting a moving truck to move everything. We decided we’re going to camp out at our new house tomorrow and Thursday nights. :)

See you next week!

Love each other,

Tina

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