Archive for October, 2011

Boo Prep

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Gettin’ ready today. Finishing off the decorations, doing the last touches on the Offspring’s costume. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Have to be up extra early because step-Offspring has doctor’s appointment at 7am.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Anyway. This afternoon is all about Hallowe’en. Thank God there’s nothing else urgent on the agenda.

In other news, had some brain spasms of insight on two different books. Thanks to good buddy Rella for some brainstorming suggestions on one of them. On the other, my brain simply made a random connection last night before I fell asleep. Whee! I’m feeling a little more excited about the stories right now, which is a good thing. I’ll get something actually *finished* soon, I think. (I hope.)

Ciao for now, Sunday has begun.

Not Really Out Of The Box

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

It’s crazy and I can’t quite explain it, but I really, really want to write something using song titles as chapter headings.

I also realize it’s been done before (at least, I think it has…) so it’s nothing new. But the idea is digging at me like a damned tick.

In other news, it’s really chilly out and I’m cold and tired. Maybe I’m just getting old.


Who Do You Want To Be?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Our local radio station posed a question yesterday that got me thinking: If money was no object, who would you dress up as for Hallowe’en?

Well. Let’s just say that a few ideas instantly came to mind. What about something fun, like Alicia Silverstone’s Felicity Shagwell from the Austin Powers movies?

Isn’t that such a great costume? I love it. How much fun would that be?

And then my next thought was, what about something wicked like Susan Sarandon’s Queen Nerissa from Enchanted? (I tried to find a picture of her KICK-ASS boots, but didn’t have any luck during my fast image search.) Now *that’s* one totally bitchin’ costume!

But honestly, I have to admit that my very first choice of ultimate costume would have to be Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah from Labyrinth. I’ve always *loved* everything about this gown — her hair, jewelry, makeup, the whole works. LOVE. IT. To be able to do that exactly? A dream come true.

Of course I’ll probably think of many others as the day goes on, including Halle Berry’s Catwoman (whew!) and Liv Tyler’s Arwen from Lord of the Rings, and God only knows who else.

So. My question to you today is the same one: If money was no object and you could get whatever you wanted, who would YOU dress up as for Hallowe’en? Inquiring minds want to know!

It’s Raining. Again.

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Blech and double blech.

Well. The focus of last week was prepping for the Offspring’s “friend” birthday party (as opposed to the “family” party we’d already had) on Saturday. Now that that’s over (and thank goodness it is!) this week’s focus is Hallowe’en. Mercifully the Offspring wants to go as a Devil, which is wonderfully easy. I already have the headband with horns on it, the tail and the pitchfork. It’s just a matter of putting together the clothing part, which is probably going to mean a trip to the thrift store to see what can be found.

Since none of that will take *too* much of my time over the next few days, maybe I can actually get some writing done.

*sigh* I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

It’s Cold

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The wind is gusting up to 70K/h, we’re supposed to get upwards of 30mm of rain today, and the temperature isn’t going to get any higher than about 5C.

Sometimes autumn sucks.

I wish I could say we’re warmly ensconced at home today, but that’s not entirely true. We *are* warm and dry until 3:30 when it’s time to head out into that mess.



Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I am envious of people who know precisely what they want to do with their lives; what drives them. What moves them forward. I don’t recall ever truly knowing what path to take, or feeling any sort of strong pull in a certain direction. My old “School Years” book (any of you out there have similar things? A couple of pages per year where your mother could write down your teacher’s name, who your friends were, your extracurricular activities, etc., etc.? I still have mine. But I digress.) illustrates a dazzling array of fascinating career choices that varied from year to year. Actress. Doctor. Lawyer. Writer (it is a pleasant surprise to see that one on the list, more than once!) Nothing was very consistent. As I got older, I briefly considered Law again, as well as medicine (pediatrics) and pharmacy.

Off the top of my head, I can’t even remember right now why I chose to study English Language and Literature. I remember feeling like it was the “good enough” choice. I don’t remember being excited about the prospect of studying books. My English marks in high school were reasonably good, but they were eclipsed by my music and drama grades.

Why didn’t I go into the arts, then? Damned if I know. I want to say that it was perhaps because one needed a “stable career”, something to keep you getting paid while you possibly dabbled in the arts on the side. But I don’t truly recall receiving that message from the Mater and Pater, so it might have been my own misgivings on the idea.

I took one music class in University as an elective, but we weren’t permitted to take performance classes if you weren’t a music major. So I ended up in a theory class. I realize if I’d gone into music I would have had to do the theory anyway, but it was hard. Really, it would have been so much more satisfying to play, but that wasn’t an option.

I hope the various offspring are passionate and driven about their life goals. I want them to be happy and feel satisfied about what they accomplish and where they go. What’s life without that?

Meh. It would be nice to feel less adrift nowadays, but I also have the sneaking suspicion that the big 4-0 birthday that’s creeping up on me in 2012 is a large part of the cause. In some ways I wish I could skip this one and just go to 41. Maybe that would be easier.

Tell me: are you happy with where your life is right now?

Random Thought Eleventy-Seven

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Sometimes it’s better to stay up *way* too late and be exhausted than it is to lie in bed wide awake and think about all the stuff that’s plaguing your subconscious.

On that note, I think I have to go to bed now.

Hamster-Wheelin’ It

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Do you hear that noise? It’s been louder than usual, lately.

I’m not feeling any forward motion nowadays. Oh, sure, I’ve got plans (make that Plans), but of late they just seem to sit there like crows on a telephone wire, glaring at me with dark, glittering eyeballs. (In case you’re confused, these crows are different from The Crows of Doubt. Can’t tell you how, exactly, but they are.)

It must be me, right? It can’t be the environment around me. The sun rises and sets, the hours tick away. We are the anomalies, the wildcards.

I wish I could clone myself. Then the me that wants to party and dance can go to the clubs. The me who wants to sew and bake and do all things domestic could hie herself to the kitchen or craft room. The me who wants six-pack abs and a butt like granite can get the running shoes on and go out the door. The motherly and wifely me can spend every waking moment with the DH and various offspring, and the me who wants to write then Next Big Thing can plant herself at this very laptop and Just Do It.

Damn. What a fabulous idea. Too bad it’s just a fantasy. I guess it’s just drips and drabs of each, then, ever evolving and changing. Is it so wrong to want to be able to do it all?