all the other beasts

inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts.
cheryl strayed

fifty-thousand words and eggs and spoons

re-did the website layout again. i am obsessed with tweaking it. should have yellowstone pics up soon.

i changed the template because i wanted a place to put my thoughts (aka a blog) if i should ever have any.

so here are some thoughts.

we are about halfway through nanowrimo. just like in 2010, i decided to participate roughly a week or so before it began. i have a novel i've been working on for a good long while now, but had very little of it actually written. in september/october i took a novel-writing class with the amazing amber benson (buffy, the calliope reaper-jones series). it was an awesome jumpstart and amazing and strange to have feedback and classmates and a deadline again. getting notes, talking things out with people, meeting other writers - great experience.

but after the class i was flailing a bit on writing again. i just couldn't make myself do it.

so in a moment of obvious brilliance, i decided nano would be the perfect ass-kicker.

and it has been.

it has also been difficult and annoying and stressful. but writing would be that anyway. so why not participate in something cool while you're at it?

:D

i am on track to finish the 50k, mostly. i fall behind for a day, catch up for a day, rinse, lather, repeat.

i have reached the stage where my outline sort of looks at me and laughs, so i'm shooting in the dark a bit. i've started wanting to rewrite - i won't, but - i want to - so much - but the good thing is i am beginning to make plans for what needs to be fixed as soon as the month is over. changing things. patching holes. fixing leaks. and the like.

i do hope to finish this thing.

other novel ideas come and poke at me and dance gleefully with their shiny new characters and brave new worlds and fun magic stuff.

but i fend them off.

what else?

i was excited to find out gregory maguire had a new book out. well, probably not new. i just didn't know about it. i was obsessedobsessedobsessed with wicked during high school, tried to read the sequels, and unfortunately they didn't hold up to the original amazingness.

i read the cinderella retelling too.

but this new one is an awesome YA fantasy with russian girls and baba yaga and it's called egg and spoon which is an awesome title with awesome cover art and i am so excited. 

 

 

oh yeah, one more thing - i wrote a new poem called pumpkin soup. you can read it here. i meant to post it for halloween and then just never did. but it works for thanksgiving, too.

i think that's all for now. we'll see how this goes in the future.