Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NaNoWriMo, Saved By The Bell, and a Giant Cat

My days as an absentee blogger are officially over.

For now, anyway.

Here’s the latest from my neck of the woods:

1) I won a flash fiction contest over at Rachel Harrie’s Writer’s Campaign. I placed twelfth out of 192 entries, which is, apparently, high enough to win a prize. Thanks to everyone who voted for my entry, by the way. It’s an honor.

2) I’m doing my first NaNoWriMo this year. My cousin managed to talk me into it a couple of months ago. My word count isn’t quite where I want it to be, but I’ve got an awesome idea that I can’t stop thinking about (sound familiar?) and I’m good at pumping out words in short amounts of time. I can’t wait to see what I have at the end of November.

3) A good friend of mine stopped by and photographed some drawings for my portfolio. I’m hoping to get them up on the Internet soon and score some new clients.

3) I went to a crafting retreat a few weekends ago outside of the city. A friend of mine, who happens to be an avid scrapbooker/crafter/graphic designer organized the retreat and invited her friends to come out. I’m not a crafter or a scrapbooker, but I figured it would be fun and, as it turns out, I had a great time.

While I was there I had every intention of writing at least 6,000 words for NaNoWriMo, but ended up knitting half a mitten, drawing a still life, and eating more food than I have in the last six months and partaking in more girl talk than a group middle school girls at a slumber party in 1991 arguing Zack vs. Slater.

4) Oh, and I turned 30 yesterday so I’m celebrating by posting a picture of my giant cat.


  1. Go you! I'm glad you're getting some traction on your new novel.

    Also, that cat is giant.

  2. Thanks! I was a little worried at first thanks to my weekend away and all the birthday celebrations, but things are really taking off.

  3. Sounds like your life is full of good things at the moment :-)

  4. It is! I've had a great fall this year.

  5. Happy late birthday and congrats again on the campaign challenge. Good luck with NaNo. I only got 259 words into mine before coming to terms with the fact that I didn't have time to participate this time around.

  6. Thank you, Jocelyn! I was sort of in the same boat as you. Actually, I'm probably still in the same boat. I'm considering doing the next one during the summer doldrums when nobody is doing anything.