Monday, November 30
Alright, so I'm going to keep this very short because I am freakishly sore and tired and I need to do some homework before I flop into my bed never to move again. Okay, well hopefully I'll move again, but not for 17 hours AT LEAST. Anyway, I arrived home safely, just a little delayed.
I'm back at school and running like the hounds of hell are hot on my heels towards freedom. You see, I only have 6 days of school left (plus 4 days of finals). I still have an essay to write (a very technical, complicated one) but that's really about it. I'm exhausted and I'm ready for it all to end. Needless to say, I'm a little short on patience right now. Oh well, I suppose.
Okay, that's about all I can manage right now. I need to go lay down before I collapse.
Wednesday, November 25
My flights were pretty good. The wait over in the airport, however, was not okay. There were some changes made at the Calgary airport, so there was a lot of waiting around. But it was okay, I entertained myself with magazines and a yummy Tim Horton's sandwich. However, when I got to Chicago, I ended up waiting for 5 hours! The plane we were supposed to take was delayed in Omaha, and then the stormy weather in Chicago prevented the plane from landing in a timely manner. It really sucked. So I got to Roanoke at about 12:20am. Didn't get home until 1am -ish and then I needed to make dinner (aka, a sandwich).
Anyway, on to a quick WIP Wednesday post.
Since the last post (which was a few weeks ago), I tidied up the Ballroom scene and am now happy with it. I wish I could have done more, but I have been too busy with school essays. On the side of the screen it tells you how much I've done recently. I can't see it right now, but I believe it's 10 000 something.
So how are your work-in-progresses coming along? If you're doing NaNo, how's that going for you??
Tuesday, November 24
Continuing on... Natalie's dad found this amusing cartoon and I thought I'd share it with you fabulous people. Enjoy.
Monday, November 23
Saturday, November 21
My family is doing pretty well, considering. Honestly, it was just a bit of a shock. However, hopefully we can take this bad situation and run with it. We're a tough little family and I know we'll make it in the end.
Okay, but that's enough "blah" for the week, don't you think? Possibly even for the month. So in lieu of that, I will tell you about some positives that came out of this week-- because, in my opinion, looking at the positive aspects of life will always get you through the darker sides.
1. I wrote my 2nd Anthropology Midterm and got 98.33% (59/60)!! I believe that exam was worth 25% of my grade. So yay!
2. I did a presentation in my GNED (science) class and I think I did pretty well.
3. I wrote my Theory midterm and it's all done! Yes, finishing the exam deserves to be on this list, regardless of whatever grade I get in the end, LOL!
4. My family and I went to see 2012 last night. I quite liked it. Lots of action, pretty entertaining acting etc...
5. My Mum is making cake tonight for my grandmother's birthday dinner tomorrow. We're also making butter tarts. Yum yum.
And, I've saved the best for last...
6.. I know I haven't mentioned it on here, but I leave Tuesday to visit my boyfriend Christopher in Virginia, for the American Thanksgiving. Since he has the week off, I decided I could go visit him (I'm only missing 3 days of school). I leave Tuesday the 24th at 1pm Calgary time and I won't get back till Sunday the 29th. This is partly why I've been so busy recently. I don't want to take homework down with me, so I've been frantically trying to do all the work I can before I leave. This is especially hard considering all my term papers seem to be due either before I leave, or directly after I return. Alas, I only have my Theory term paper left, which I will tackle tomorrow. Thankfully, we paid for the trip with points. My Christmas trip down there will also be paid with points, so I don't have to worry about that!
So your turn. What great thing happened this week? Did something make you smile, laugh? Snicker in glee?
Wednesday, November 18
Tuesday, November 17
Monday, November 16
That is, until Wendy from Where Ladybugs Roar offered to read my story "free of charge."** This generous offer got the gears in my head moving. I wondered if any of my other blog-friends would be willing to read my story, and give a critique (whatever type they have time for) knowing that I can't return the favour? I also wondered how exactly I would go about offering up my story for people to read. Because, quite frankly, I don't want just anyone to read my story. I think I need to feel comfortable with the person for them to read it (like Wendy).
So this is where you guys come in. Would you be willing to read the first 50 (give or take) pages of my work-in-progress and critique it, knowing I can't return the favour? And how do you suggest I go about picking who would read it (I don't want to hurt feelings but I want--need-- to be comfortable with the person)?
Once I have some feedback from you guys, I'll announce what I decide in a post.
Hope everything is going well for you!
*My two editors right now are my mum and my boyfriend Chris. They are both exceedingly helpful-- trust me, they don't let things slide by. However, I would like some more opinions, especially writer opinions.*
**Isn't this just awesome of her? I couldn't believe it when I saw what she offered. I got all giddy and excited. Thank you Wendy! You ROCK!**
Saturday, November 14
Okay, so for the word cloud I posted a few days ago... Although I didn't specifically require that you guess their last names, many of you did! Unfortunately, my Heroine's last name wasn't visible in the picture. It's visible on my Paint version, but when I transferred it on here it got blurry and small. So that's not really fair, is it? But since it wasn't a requirement, I won't count it. However, if you did get my Hero's first and last name right, you ROCK!
So, here it is, what you've all been waiting for... I'd like to formally introduce you to the Hero and Heroine of my current story, The Sound of Snow...
William Huntley, the sixth earl of Rochester & Miss Katherine (Kitty) Beckett!
Good job everyone who figured it out! If you said William Rochester, that counts (since it is his title). If you didn't get it right, don't feel bad. It was really hard because "Katherine" and "Beckett" weren't visible on there, just her nickname, Kitty.
As well, this is the first time I'm telling you the working title for my story. Yes, it is very similar to my blog title-- it really suits, so for now it's staying.
Other characters names...
Nicholas Langley, the fourth Viscount Wakefield & Elizabeth Langley, Viscountess Wakefield. These two characters are actually the Hero and Heroine of my other story, Forever.
Yay! Thanks for playing along guys! For that, everyone gets a hug! The bragging rights, however, go to Anissa, B.E. and Karen since you all guessed the first names correctly!
I'll be back later today with an important question post for you guys! So make sure you check back.
*Update: I'll be asking the big question tomorrow instead of today*
Wednesday, November 11
Ahh, sadly, my story is not as exciting as all that. I don't have school today because it's Remembrance Day here in Canada-- Veteran's Day in the US. Therefore, I have a bit more time to do homework and uh... do more "homework" ie, blog. I will also be home tomorrow to do more of the former and less of the latter. Because of this middle-of-the-week day off, two of my three classes tomorrow are cancelled. Excellent. Extra long weekend for me! Sadly, it will be taken up with writing my History term paper on Rousseau and his views of education and my Anthropology paper on the Japanese Macaques. Sighs.
Anyway, on to the work-in-progress talk! I FINISHED the ballroom scene! YES, GASPS ALL AROUND! Unfortunately, it didn't go quite as planned. I did as everyone suggested and just wrote without editing and... it didn't turn out so well, LOL! I mean, the writing is quite good. Reading back, it's enjoyable and error-free. However, I messed up on some important points. So... whenever I get the chance to write my story (I'm hoping tonight! We'll just have to wait and see though...) I will be trying to fix these errors, because they are big enough that it will keep me up at night. For example, three characters just disappear in the scene... and then suddenly they reappear. Not good. Anyway, I'm really hoping they will be relatively easy to fix.
I'm not sure if any of you have been following, but on the side I've been updating my word counts. It's a slow crawl, but it's still progress. I've gone up a few thousand or so. And I've also put up my word count so far this week for essays. This will be going up drastically tomorrow and Friday when I write those two papers-- UGH!
Okay, now before I go, I stumbled onto this from someones blog-- I can't remember who! If you know, could you let me know? Anyway, it's a really neat thing that shows you your most used words. To make your own, click here.
Here's mine for my work-in-progress:
Hmm... Can any of you spot some of my character's names? I spotted 10. Of course, the picture isn't as blurry on Paint. If you can tell me the name of my hero and heroine, I will give you a giant hug and the right to brag to everyone. Awesome prize, eh?
*Some of the names up here are for the same character: first name, last name, and title.*
How are you doing? If you're doing NaNo, how's it going?
*Hmm, the brown of that picture doesn't quite go with my blog. Ah, well, what can you do?*
Monday, November 9
So, I picked the Japanese Macaque, better known as Snow Monkey's. I think they are cute, have really interesting behaviours, and best of all, only 3 other people were studying them. Yay!
Saturday, November 7
I've only read a few of their posts, but so far I think this is a blog I'll be sticking with. They seem quite amusing. Annnnd they just got a book deal! Woah, eh?
Okay, I should go to sleep. Finally.
Sorry if this post sounds a little crazy.
I'll be saner tomorrow.
Friday, November 6
These are some of my personal designs.
I actually won an award for them in Sparks
(I was 5 or 6).
Giraffes, and coyotes and mountain lions-- oh my!
Sorry about the picture quality here but this was the best I could find.
It's a 3D puppy (the arm is actually another layer of cake).
Anyway, I am going to try and make this as quick as possible. However, that may be difficult seeing as there is so much to get through. But just bear with me, 'kay? It'll be worth the wait. Promise.
First award up is....
"The Heartfelt Blog Award!" A big thank you to Kristi at Moms Own Words for this kind award!
The rules of the Heartfelt Award are as follows:
1. Display the logo.
2. Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside. 3. Link to your nominees.
4. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting.
5. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
My nominees are:
1. Diana at Writing Roller Coasters
2. B.E. Sanderson at The Writing Spectacle II
3. Jennifer at A Slice of Life
4. Roni at *Fiction Groupie*
5. Wendy at Where Ladybugs Roar
6. Lady Glamis at The Innocent Flower
7. Melane at Chasing the Dream
8. Kristen Painter at Divalicious Blog
9. Karen Amanda Hooper at The Kindrily
Thank you to Mary Anne Gruen at the Starlight Blog for giving me the "One Lovely Blog Award!"
The rules for this one are:
1.Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
2. Contact the bloggers to let them know they've been chosen
1. Candice at Suffering from Writer's Blog (LOVE your title!)
2. Julie Dao at Silver Lining
3. Patti at Patti Nielson
4. Jessie at Louder Than Noise
5. Erica at Laugh. Write. Play.
6. Judith Coughlin
7. Jade at Jade Hears Voices (LOL!)
8. Mariah Irvin at Constantly Risking Absurdity
9. Stephanie L. McGee at Chronicles of a Novice Writer
10. Stephanie Thornton at Hatshepsut: The Writing of a Novel
11. Mary E. Cambell at Writers Butt Does Not Apply To Me (AHH!! GREAT TITLE!)
12. Susan R. Mills at A Walk in My Shoes
13. Kristi at Moms Own Words
14. Hilary at Hilary Wagner
15. Michelle at Writer Ramblings
Phew. I'm getting tired. Are you getting tired? Okay, well the next two are painless, I promise you!
Thank you again to Mary Anne Gruen at the Starlight Blog for giving me "The Icing on the Cake Award!"
Lynnette over at Chatterbox Chit Chat gave all of her followers this cute little award. Again, I'm giving it to all of my blog followers because you guys are just so awesome!
Thursday, November 5
Okay, that's all folks! Hope your word counts are soaring! I'm opening up my WordDoc right now!
Wednesday, November 4
Tuesday, November 3
Okay, now this picture only shows you a part of the costume I wore.
For this year, I was Medusa.
So here, you can see my wavy hair and make-up. Oh, and our outdated kitchen. But never fear, the kitchen is no longer black and white.
Just some Halloween bags. My Mum's talented at drawing isn't she?
Everyone, meet my Dad. LOL!
A few years ago he was Darth Maul from Star Wars.
My mum diligently painted his whole head and then she fashioned horns out of play-doh, baked them, and then glued them to his head.
Sighing. Yes, I'm a spider. I'm not quite sure why I agreed to this.
I hate spiders.
And yet, here I am, dressed up as one.
I even had a huge spider butt that swayed when I walked.
At least I was a cute spider.
And again, notice the layers people.
Notice the layers.
Our evil cat, Karamel. Yes, it's a sad irony isn't it?
Look how she holds prisoner to the decoration.
My personal favourite leaf bag designs that my Mum made.
Monday, November 2
I want to write. Really badly. Problem is, I'm sleepy. I made dinner, ate dinner, and washed the dishes. And now I'm tired, LOL!
I'd try to boost my energy levels up with coffee, but I don't drink it. I'd try tea, but it puts me to sleep-- always. I suppose I'm left with one option...
Sprite and leftover candy.
Here's hopin' it works.
Sunday, November 1
Anyway, I have my phone back. Yay! I called MRU security Friday and only 10 minutes earlier someone had dropped it off. Phew! I'm so glad there are still some honest people out there! The person could have easily kept it. So please help me send the good samaritan some positive thoughts!
Okay, now, I had this whole post planned where I was going to post my old Halloween pictures. I even scanned them in. However, that's about where I stalled, LOL! I'm thinking I'll post it tomorrow. That way you can all share your Halloween tales!
So what are we doing today you wonder? Why, we're going to discuss vampires of course. It is Halloween after all. But not just any vampires. We're going to discuss Stefan and Damon from the new show The Vampire Diaries. What? You aren't watching it? Scoffs. Well you should be.
For those of you who are watching the show, what are your thoughts? Who should Elena pick? Stefan, the goody goody WUSS, or Damon, the smoldering bad ass with issues?
LMAO! Gee, can you tell who my favourite is? But no really, I don't mind Stefan at all, nor will I shun anyone who likes him more than Damon. I just think that Damon is so much more interesting and I feel there's more chemistry between him and Elena.
What do you think?
*Hello to all my new readers! I hope you enjoy! If you have any questions, or would like me to talk about something specific, just let me know!*