Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 Is Here

My, it has been a long time.  And I think now is as good as ever to change that.
Today's post is only about one thing: NaNoWriMo 2013

Oh man.
It's nearly here!

I am super excited for this year's NaNovel.  It has been brewing in my head for some time, ever since I was rambling away with my sister-in-law over a year ago and came up with the base idea in the spur of the moment.  I kept putting it aside, working on other pieces, letting it boil, wondering if I should even do it.  And then I finally decided:  It is NaNo.  It is time to throw caution to the wind and try this story on for size.

So first, a few quick updates with minimal detail on my other To-Do Lists:

  • I still have a photo backlog.  And am working my bum off on getting it done.  I was aiming to get it all done before November hit, but obviously that didn't happen.  So sadly, the beginning of NaNo craziness will still involve photo editing as well.  But I am aiming for that to not last long.
  • Lady Justice.  Oh, Lady Justice.  This needs a post all of its own.  Which is coming.  Soon.

Those two things aside (along with mommyhood as always), I am ready for NaNo!  This is seriously the highlight of my year.  The frenzy.  The headaches.  The creation and discovery and adventure.  Oh my.

Want to know a bit more about this years NaNovel?

1.  It has a tentative title: FATHOM
3. It is a dark, different take on... The Little Mermaid.  That's right.  Mermaids.

That is about all I am going to tell you for now.  Secrets are awesome, aren't they?
I may post snippets.  Or hints.  Or thoughts.  I know I will post weekly over the month to update on how this challenge is going.  

So are you excited?  Do you want to know more?  Bigger than that:  Are YOU doing NaNoWriMo?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wordstock Weekend: Day 2

Hello all!
Day Two of my Wordstock adventure is over.  Literally.  It is nearly midnight here.  Why I am still up. I do not know.  Yet here I am.  Blogging away.

This won't be a long post, mostly do to the fact that I am indeed tired and VERY full of good food.  (If you have never been to Marrakesh, go.  Now.  I mean it.  What can be better that five courses of yummy food, sitting on pillows, eating with your fingers, and a belly dancer?  Exactly.)  Forgive me now of any future typos.

Today was the official start of the Wordstock Book Festival.  Oh, I love this place.  It mostly consists of a huge huge room filled with booths, all sporting info about editors, smaller printing presses, local writing groups, book sales, etc.  Then, on three huge stages in the room, and another collection of smaller rooms with smaller stages, you find authors.  Tons of authors.  Authors doing panels and readings and Q&As and handfuls of other awesome things.  It is a dream.

Maybe one of the funniest panels I have seen.  Ever.

Keary had her panel and reading today.  It was pretty awesome seeing her be all authorly and pro looking.  Go Keary!  I took lots of pics of her on my camera and will no doubt show them off at some point in the future.  If you didn't get the chance to see her today, sadness.  We will still be wandering tomorrow and you should definitely run into us.

The rest of the day consisted of listening to other panels, eating food, and wandering.  We found a booth selling books for $.75 each.  I of course snagged a stack.  Luckily, we had thought ahead and brought along a rolling suitcase for our finds and the books we had planned to have signed.  By the end of the day, the suitcase was quite packed.  It was a beautiful site.  

One of my favorite things today?  Listening to Gayle Forman as she sang some of "Jenny From the Block" to me.  Epic.  Okay, that and watching Dan Krokos draw a picture of Keary and himself in her copy of his book.  (He wrote a WoW reference in mine.)

Our amazing suitcase of books

After watching the last panel of the night, we zoned out in our hotel room for a bit.  Man, the book world can be exhausting!  Then I insisted we just had to go to Marrakesh.  Keary and her sister-in-law had never been, and I just had to show them what they were missing out on.  As I previously stated: It is amazing.

And I am full. Very, very full.

A very attractive photo of yours truly

Last but most definitely not least:
Keary and I have given each other a fun challenge.  We have dared each other to hide our bookmarks in random places for the rest of the weekend.  Her sister-in-law is documenting each stash, and boy, it is fun.  If you want to keep track of our ninja adventures, follow the Twitter hashtag #authoerninjas, check out my Tumblr, or look below now for my personal stashes of the evening.  Got a suggestion?  Let me know!  Oh...we do have fun.

That is it for now!  More tomorrow... hopefully before midnight strikes.  Bed is calling.  Now.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Wordstock Weekend: Day 1

Hello all!

I am currently writing to you from the lovely comfort of my hotel room in good old Portland.  This can only mean one thing.  And boy, do I love it.

It's Wordstock time!

I have decided that I will do quick little update blog posts this weekend as I enjoy everything bookish.  I am taking photos on my camera, but for the ease of this weekend I will only be adding my few Instagram pics to these posts and call it good.


Last night I headed out on the ferry to meet up with the awesome Keary Taylor.  After enjoying some food in the car, we caught another ferry and hit the road to Oregon.  I brought my paper edit along and was supposed to work on that during the ride.  But truth be told, I didn't.  We talked.  The entire time.  Oh yes.

A little after one in the morning we rolled into our hotel room for the night.  After checking in, giggling at the squeakiness of Keary's bed, and of course brushing our teeth from the fine layer of soda pop we had downed, we passed out.

This morning we woke up mostly ready for the day.  I am not a morning person.  At all.  
After lugging our bags down the stairs (this hotel had no elevator, and I have a big bag of junk.  I always overpack for any trip.  I will not mention how many shirts I have packed...) we headed off to the first event of the day.

Powells.  Such a beautiful place.  Keary had never been, so I of course had to show her the wonders there.  We saw a book in the Rare Books Room worth $12,500.  Yes.  That much.  I can't remember its publishing date, but it was made roughly 80 years before Shakespeare was born, years before America was discovered, and sometime during the Spanish Inquisition.

Books do last forever.

Just two book obsessed ladies, loving Powells

Now then, I don't know if you have ever been to Powells in Portland.  But if you have, you know of their parking garage.  It is... scary.  Very long story short: Our car nearly got stuck as we tried to leave.  We almost died.  No kidding.  Okay, maybe a little kidding.  But still, it was epic and scary and I like to assume the universe's sign that we were never meant to leave Powells.

Onto the next event of the day.
Keary is one of the authors at Wordstock this year (Go Keary!) and she had the chance to talk at Ulysses Grant High School with six other awesome authors.  It was a hilarious visit, filled with random questions and even more random answers.  (Laser beams coming from the belly button, fluffy unicorns, killer unicorns, the parking lot at Powells, video gaming and crazy high school mascots...)  It was awesome.

After that, we headed to our hotel.  Now then.  This hotel.  Keary's sister-in-law and I have nicely nicknamed it Le Sketch.  The hallways are low.  I felt like a giant.  The door to our room.. it is hidden in the corner literally right next to another door.  We thought the hallway had ended, only to find our door literally hiding there.  We can hear the people next to us, the door doesn't fully meet the ground, the sliding glass door is fused shut, there was a half empty hotel shampoo bottle.  Half.  Empy.  Let's just say for the price we have paid, they have made bank.  Still, it is a room.  It is an adventure.  And yes, it is Le Sketch. 

The doors were hiding...

And that is where I am right now, sitting on the bed writing this post with Red Vines and my paper edit waiting its turn for my attention.  I will update more tomorrow night.  Make sure to check out my Twitter or Tumblr feed, where pics of my day will also be appearing.  

And if you are Wordstock, find me and say hi!  I have bookmarks. You want bookmarks.  We are a match made in heaven.

Now then, paper edit, here I come.


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