Actually I kinda like this year's plot. Course don't I say that every year and then end up cursing my writing muse for deserting me halfway through November?
The plot: A stay at home mom goes to an art museum trying to do something nice for herself (she was an art major in college but gave up painting when she had kids) and accidentally gets involved in an robbery. Wrong place, wrong time sort of thing. The fun part is that no one knows except the detective who is trying to pin her as an accomplice because she didn't tell her husband or friends about the museum trip in the first place (cue over paid clueless teenage babysitter). So I have these nice normal mom type scenes (so far have written about hockey practice, a trip to a craft store, and watching Blues Clues) and then the scenes where the detective is bugging her and she's trying to solve the mystery on her own so that the detective will stop bugging her. The gist is how every stay at home mom sort of wants to be pulled out of her mundane ordinary life but now that this character is, she's fighting to go back to "normal."
All that said I'm way behind in my word count. Weekends are usually bad for me writing-wise because the kids and Greg are all home and demand attention plus there's soccer and hockey games and freezing outside selling Girl Scout cookies (I so need to be pushier in this department). My best writing time is right after the kids get on the school bus until about noon when Kyle and Kelly want lunch. So of course the big kids are off school today and tomorrow (end of the quarter teacher in service and election day). November is such a crappy month to try to write a 50,000 word novel.
At 9:45am the count stands at 7002. By conservative estimates I should end the day with 12,000. By my "November sucks!" schedule I need to be at 15,000. Over doubling the size of my current novel in one day. Even through the cold medicine drugged haze, I think that's a wee bit crazy.
In other news, today is my parents' 30th wedding anniversary! Woohoo!
Oh did I mention that I also HAVE to go to the bank, Girl Scout store, and Boy Scout store today? Yee-haw...
Yeah I know you don't actually catch a cold virus by being out in cold weather but someone explain to me why else I would feel like crap this morning (headache, stuffed sinuses, sore throat) after spending 3 hours last night selling Girl Scout cookies in 30-some degree weather? We didn't do so well either (only sold 36 boxes, last cookie booth sale was 81) so I kinda wish we had skipped the whole thing.
To Dayquil (and be spacey) or not to Dayquil (and be stuffy), that is the question...
Seriously! This is why I scrapbook, sew, read, knit, quilt, write, blog, read blogs, sleep... (Well the last one is when my brain says "Enough!" of the project jumping and shuts down.) I can't stick to one project for more than a few days, a week if I'm lucky. NaNoWriMo is always a huge stretch for me because the rest of the year, I'll edit a few paragraphs in some other novel collecting dust on my hard drive and call it a day. For months. Look, something shiny!
I'm having trouble with the project jumping again at the moment. See Tuesday I decided to look up some of my ancestors online. (I like Ancestry.com so far.) Some of my relatives did a ton of work and research a long time ago and have traced my family tree way back. Like arriving in the colonies in the 1630's way back. As in I could join the Order of the First Families of Maryland (Doesn't that sound a bit stuffy? Also not sure if I want to fill out miles of paper work and provide a library of book references). But it's cool! Because hey I'm living in Maryland! And my ancestors helped found the state! This should totally get me a discount on my car insurance or something.
(Okay so this really isn't of any interest to anyone. Greg's already told me to be quiet about the subject, it's not that exciting.)
Now I want to travel to Charles County and St. Mary's County to dig through their historical libraries just because. I have this image in my head that driving there will be like going back to the 1600's and I'll find all sorts of fun stuff about my ancestors. (And money. Damnit they risked their lives to worship their religion, there should be something in it for their great-times 10-granddaughter. Give or take a great). And then I have to remind myself that those counties are going to look just like the rest of Maryland with subdivisions, office buildings, and strip malls every mile. Plus the fact that most of St. Mary's County's records were destroyed in an 1832 fire and there likely won't be anything to find. (Damn fires, this problem pops up a lot in genealogical research.)
But the project jumping... There's this little thing called NaNoWriMo going on this month. And being a Girl Scout Brownie leader. And knitting Christmas sweaters and stockings. Plus traveling to New York City and a friend's house warming party. A 30 before 30 list to work on. And I finally sold something on Etsy so now I should sew up more items to sell. Oh and I have children and a husband and a house to take care of (nice afterthought there huh?).
Is this really the time to chase after dead people from the 1600's whose bodies are probably buried under an interstate and a 7-11?
Sure! Until the next thing comes al... Look, something shiny!
Eventually I hope that I'll be able to post again at katiefleck.com. But from the Blogger message boards, a bunch of people have been having issues with ftp connections since Saturday. I post my entries via ftp to my server at Bluehost. I'm not exactly positive what that means but whatever, it's not working and it's not Bluehost's fault. There doesn't seem to be anything I can do from my end without completely saying "screw Blogger" and switching to Typepad or Wordpress or Movable Type (or stone and chisel). I'm really not ready to make such a big jump like that. I like Blogger, it works well for me. Well when it works...
It's been seriously killing me not to update so that's why you got redirected here. And so now I'm updating about not being able to update. Can someone please hit me in the head with a floppy disk a few times?
Halloween went well, we have way too much candy. Back in Ohio, we'd easily give out 600 pieces of candy. (I'm not joking, ask my in-laws.) We barely gave out 200 here and that was handing out two or three pieces per trick or treater. Therefore I overbought and we have an entire unopened bag of 100 pieces. Plus the candy the kids brought in. Anyone want some candy?
NaNoWriMo is also going well. My goal is 2000 to 2500 words a day as opposed to 1,667 (50,000 words divided by 30 days, give or take a word) because my November schedule isn't going to allow me to write every day. Currently I have 4,668 and it's the middle of Day 2. Things always go well in the beginning, it's that 30,000 word mark and about Day 25 that kill me.
Now I must curse praise the Blogger gods a bit more and fold some laundry. And buy a stone and chisel just in case. (Anyone know where to get a good deal on a set of those?)
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Me, 29 years old, stay at home mom Greg, my dear husband
Zach, 9 year old son, in 3rd grade Emily, 7 year old daughter, in 2nd grade
Ally, 7 year old daughter, in second grade (yes, twins!) Kyle, 5 year old son
Kelly, 3 year old daughter
writer, Libra, ISTJ, scrapbooker, knitter location: Maryland USA