Archive for November, 2005

Dough, The Stuff I Buy Beer With…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Aaah! Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a bit of exquisite fun! I’m almost tempted to say that it is the best of the franchise. I’m not going to give away details here because I don’t want to spoil things for anyone, but let me say it was the best 2.5+ hours I’ve spent in quite a while (that didn’t involve alcohol).

And one of the best things about the film was Mr. Pattinson…. (Yes, all right, I know–I’m a cradle-robber. But, as Popeye says, I yam what I yam…)

Right, then. I’m off to finish the last title in The Belgariad. I think I’m pulling out all my HP books next… It’s been ages since I’ve read them all–and I can barely remember things that happened in them.

Back later. Much later.

T-Minus Four Hours…

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

W00t! I’m off to watch Harry Potter tonight!

*does happy Snoopy dance*

It’s the 10:30 showing, simply because that works out best for my fellow movie-goers…so it’ll be a bit of a late night for me. Did you know the effing movie is two hours and thirty-seven minutes long?? Not likely a chance for a numb bum, though–not with Harry & company. :)

So nothing brilliant from me tonight, I’m afraid. I’m too excited about going to the show!


The Rivan King Has Returned

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

I’m in the last book of David Eddings’ Belgariad–I was struck with the urge to reread it a couple weeks ago–and I still get as much pleasure out of it as the first time I read the series. My only complaint of late, though, is that my editor hat slips on, and I find myself itching to edit bits of the story. There are changes I would have made, but that’s simply personal preference. It’s the subjectivity of books, and there’s nothing that can be done to change that.

The bottom line is, though, the books are like comfort food to me. The Belgariad and The Mallorean, the Anne of Green Gables books, C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books (TLTW&TW out soon!! Yay!), the Harry Potter books, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series… the list is endless. It doesn’t matter that I can probably recite the plot points of each book in turn–it’s the fact that I fall in love with these worlds and these people every single time I open the cover.

And that’s the magic right there, ladies and germs. That’s what we, as aspiring writers, want to accomplish. My life would be complete if I knew that there were people who wanted to read what I wrote not just once, but over and over again. People who believed in a world I’d created–and wanted to return to that world. I fantasized once upon a time about having something I’d written be taught in a University English course. Wouldn’t that just be the coolest thing?

Those writers–Eddings, Gabaldon, Rowling, et al–have that indefinable skill, that talent, of making those people come alive–of making those stories all-encompassing, those worlds complete. Not everyone has that talent. And for me, the need to attempt to create something as fantastic is what pushes me on. Those books have become the subconscious yardstick by which I measure myself. I have no clue whether I can succeed or not, but I need to try.

Because adequacy is far too easy to accomplish. And for me, to be adequate just isn’t good enough.

Well! Isn’t this the most convoluted post, ever? I think so. But with those deep thoughts, I’m off again to travel on horseback with Silk, Belgarath and Garion–en route to the final battle with Torak. Eddings fans, please feel free to comment–what draws *you* to those books?


Friday, November 25th, 2005

Okay. I cracked the 20K word level on my NaNo — officially, I’m at 20,801. (I know, I have to change my meter –but I hate the damned thing. I thought it would just update me automatically, but instead I have to copy and paste code, etc. Too much of a PITA, frankly. Unless I’m just doing it wrong, which wouldn’t be surprising, either.)

I am exhaustion on wheels, so I’m off to my comfy, cozy bed. Unfortunately, the offspring’s school has a Professional Development day, so the kids are all home. She was supposed to go tomorrow, but of course now she’s not. Damn.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid to pieces — I just get so much more done when she’s not here! LMAO!

I’ve got nothing to say, so now this post has degenerated into meaningless babble. Ugh. G’night, sleep tight. Don’t let anything bite. ;)


Thursday, November 24th, 2005

*insert sound of head banging on keyboard*

So we’re all in class tonight. We know it’s coming–we’re starting our final mondo projects, namely our websites.

“Okay, go!” says Mr. Hottie Instructor. (Well, okay, he didn’t, exactly, but I’m paraphrasing, here. It’s poetic license. Cut me a little slack, wouldya?)

Picture nervous-tinged glances around the room from we apt pupils.

“Seriously, go ahead,” Mr. H.I. adds, punctuating the statement with a well-placed boot to the ass, much as a bird might give the chick a definitive shove out of the nest.

So I’m flapping. And I’m flapping. The sound of a dozen wings in a panicked state echoes throughout the room. And shit on a stick, this ain’t working. I’m gonna crash — big time. My divs aren’t lining up, my text isn’t where I want it to be, I can’t get my background image to show up…

Suddenly, he’s not dictating exactly what to type and where–he’s just standing up there, looking all cute and everything, and we’re all thinking, WTF, man?

Well, okay. Truthfully, it’s not entirely that bad. I got a start on my home page, at least. The part that offends my sensibilities, though, is that it looks awful. *sigh* I have to figure out how to make it pretty — and I think I’ll be tinkering with it beyond the next four weeks. The biggest problem is, I want to do things to the site that weren’t taught in class.

And it seemed almost easy up until now…

I’m gonna go and write about sex and forget all about the effing website for tonight. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s ass-bitingly cold out there tonight, but one of the pluses of the frigid temperature is the clear, clear sky above. The stars are amazing–so bright they almost don’t look real. I almost wish I had some kind of Plexiglas bubble to sit in so I could look at the constellations and not freeze to death. *g*

Ah, well. So. What else is new?

I plunked down another 2300 words on the NaNo last night–am on a bit of a roll with this chapter. It’s a flashback chapter, and I can’t quite decide if it should be a Prologue, or if it’ll work as Chapter Two. Ah, well, that’s something to worry about later, I guess.

*time passes*

Oops. Sorry. I won a Real Genius DVD in an eBay auction, and I put it in my player just to make sure it works…and I was quickly distracted by Val Kilmer’s gorgeousness. (Ooo…especially the scene where he’s just woken up and he’s wandering around the dorm wearing only boxers and fuzzy penguin slippers… *drool*..) I think I’d better turn it off, or I won’t get any NaNo-ing done tonight. Heheheh.

My God, It’s a Plague! (Of Contracts!)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

A Plague of Sales!! Dee’s had the newest Belfrite sale to Samhain Publishing!

Congrats to our very own Dee-licious!!

Way to go, Dee! Go congratulate her on her blog.


Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Oh, yum.
Yum, yum, yum.

I’m at a loss, people, I truly am.

Innt he purty?

It was time for eye candy. I think I need to find more.

I’m depraved.
Or deprived.

Your choice.


Sunday, November 20th, 2005

I love Lyn Cash!

I just thought I’d get that off my chest before I did anything else. LOL! Lyn is the brilliant, brilliant person who helped me with a brainstorm for my NaNoWriMo. She gave me a suggestion that WORKED like gangbusters.

It took me a while to figure it out, but mulling the story over while making pancakes this morning was the key. I think this will work, and it makes me excited about my story again. Whee!

So, as a favor to me, please check out The Belfry Collective, where there’s information about where to find Lyn’s books — and go buy one!

I’m so sad that I’ve got freelance work that I have to do tonight, and I won’t be able to fit writing in there at all. But, once I ship my work off tomorrow, I can hopefully spend some time on the story. And there’s still ten days left this month. I don’t think I can make it to 50K, but I’ll add what I can. And then I can work on the editing part.

Ho, Ho, *HO*, Baby….

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

It never occurred to me that Santa Claus parades are not just for children.

Until tonight.

We took the kidlet to our local parade this evening, and holy hanna, it was enough just to keep from drooling.

I mean, how can you not when you’ve got firefighters, municipal police, provincial police AND Mounties parading down the street? (Only a handful of each, but still…!)

Glorious, glorious eye candy. And boy, did I overindulge.

Merry Christmas to ME.