Last Bits

I’m in the process of getting some last-minute stuff together for NanoWriMo. The last bits are: printing a map of Antarctica, doing some more research, and making a graphic timeline of events that occur before the story. I have a written timeline, but pictures are faster to reference sometimes.

The to-do list is delightfully light at the moment. I have completed most of the urgent things within the timeframe I needed to do them. Now, aside from that last-minute preparation, I am ready.

I’m also trying to anticipate distractions and how I might work around them. I just got Destiny 2 for my birthday, so I’m going to have to minimize my quality time with it. I also need to figure out how to make fewer trips to the store. I don’t know how I end up at the grocery store like every other day, but that’s probably a 45-minute chunk out of my evening.

Oh, and social media. I don’t participate much, but I do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking and reading those random articles and lists of things I didn’t really need to know about.

I plan to use the basement as my writing retreat spot. There are fewer distractions down there. Also fewer snacks, so I might have to take some with me. I have gone to the library to write before, but they kind of expect me to keep my shoes on, which is lame.

Okay, kids. I’m off to put together the last bits.

Please enjoy this picture from my hike last weekend. We went to a park called Sodalis. They have magnificently manicured trails.

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Orchard Snaps

Today I have pictures! Fall is awesome in Indiana, probably because it’s one of the few times of year that the weather isn’t broiling hot or 9th circle cold. We went to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville recently.

It was a good time. Apples were purchased in both raw and cobbler forms. Here are some pictures!

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I also bought this delightful Day of the Dead decoration. It pleases me greatly.

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In the Dark

Hey there, kats and kittenz! I thought I’d pop onto the blog and drop some knowledge, seeing as I’m sitting here in the dark with the power out.

Want to see my super creepy selfie? Of course, you do!

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Slightly demonic, no? Loving those black eyes! There can’t possibly be a better use of precious cell phone battery power.

I tried to write again this weekend. It didn’t work. I was mostly okay on time, except for that short cubicle jail stint I picked up on Saturday. This time, I hit a bad patch in my book notes, and by bad patch, I mean that if I could’ve, I would’ve traveled into the past to smack myself with a rolled-up paper and asked – what the heck is this?

The notes went like this.

Back story, random facts, couple of chapters, more back story, random character notes, maybe some more story and some parts that didn’t make enough sense for me to follow, etc. It goes on.

It was like someone with attention deficit disorder wrote them or something.

By the way, I can make that comment, because I have it, so if you were looking to get offended, continue on down the road! Not today, oversensitive babies. Not. Today.

I discovered that I can’t write without having my thoughts organized and in a file or on paper so I can keep myself on track. I did try to write without proper notes and nothing would come. I actually had a weird moment where I was jumping between my manuscript and my notes, trying to find a way to push through and just write something.

I couldn’t do it.

Is that what writer’s block is? Brain-lock due to poor planning?

Anyway, so I had to spend most of my weekend writing hours deciphering my mess and basically plotting out the rest of the book. It’s much better now. I’ve moved all my reference material to the end of the document, and my chapter notes are at the beginning.

That’s all I have for now. I hope the power comes back on soon.

What the heck is this

Ok, I found this partially buried in some dirt today. I thought it was a bone. I still think it looks like a bone, but when I turned it over, there was a fish face.

This first picture is the part that I saw sticking out of the dirt. It has a couple of layers with the inner one having an almost porous texture. Possibly marrow? There’s also the round indentation on one side. I don’t really know that much about bones, but I will say that it seems heavy for the size that it is if it is a bone. It weighed in at 1.4 ounces, so could it be a fossilized bone?

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Then I turned it over, and it was looking at me. This side looks like a freakin’ fish head.

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This is another view. Don’t mind my adorable fingers in the picture. I was blocking light from the window so the detail would show up. If this were a fish head, this would be the dorsal view. 

 

 

 

 

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Allrighty then, another turn and the “fish” is looking straight at us. In person, it looks more like stone from this angle. The rock or bone or whatever is a couple of colors. Most of it is a pale tan color or a gray color. This part, under what looks like the fish mouth, it’s grayer (more gray?). It looks more like rock where all those little cracks and crevices are.

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Piece of a bone? Just a weird rock? I do not know. If anyone has any ideas, I hope you will let me know. I plan to keep it, regardless, because it’s pretty freaky looking. Oh, and I found it in Indiana (US). That’s where I am. That might make some kind of difference. I know there are deer, rabbits, coyote and beaver in the area.

 

thought for Sunday and maybe the rest of the week

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I grabbed this off facebook and liked it, so I’m posting it here. The world would be more interesting if everyone applied this philosophy to their world view, yes?

I plan to try and be better about blogging this week. I’ve been working out like crazy. Between that and the 40 minute plus commute, I haven’t had much time for blogging, which makes me sad. I do enjoy blogging.

naptown roller girls + star wars

It’s Wednesday! Better than Monday! Better than Tuesday! Today I have pictures. Lots of pictures.

Indianapolis has a roller derby team called the Naptown Roller Girls. We have seen them twice. Both times, they kicked much ass. And somehow, both times, we have ended up in the audience for their annual Star Wars themed bout. I love it – both the derby and the Star Wars.

Ok, sorry for the mix of sizes. Some of these are from my phone. Some of them are from the husband’s phone. Apparently, when you select “small” on the iphone, it sends them in postage stamp size.

This first one is the cover of the program. I love the title of the bout: Looking for Love in Alderaan Places. How freaking great is that?

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This is me! As you can see, I had some blue in my hair. I didn’t get a pic with the legion because I was busy guarding our seats. The bout was sold out, so places to plant the butts were scarce. I had a man almost sit on my arm. They seriously need to hold these things at a place with better seating.

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This is the shirt I bought. It’s Boba Fett’s helmet and the Naptown Roller Girls skull logo. I can’t wait to wear it!

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The roller girls are warming up in this pic.

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This is my favorite picture. The 501st did this thing where they pushed the roller girls around the track. The pic shows Darth engaged in this activity. I find it quite hilarious.

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The Stars Wars people are from the 501st Legion. They are very nice, always willing to pose for pictures.

 

Here’s a link to their website – http://www.501st.com/

 

Here’s a link to the Naptown Roller Girls on Facebook. The pictures there are way better than my silly phone pictures –

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miscellaneous rambling about recent events

Hello! I am currently on writing vacation, which is great! I needed it after the obsessive editing I just went through. I am currently reading Last Days by Joyce Carol Oates. It’s a short story collection. She’s very good. I dig the intensity of her writing and the way her descriptions dig down to the marrow of a thing.

I finished up the book for the contest. It probably isn’t perfect, but I had to let it go. What is perfect? Anything? I keep having these rushes of insecurity, like did I double-check this or what if that punctuation was wrong? Then I push the doubts away. I did the best I could in the time I allotted for the project. Regardless of win or lose, I like the book. It’s a good read, I think. And to keep my perspective about this whole contest business, I keep this quote in mind.

“The goal is the work itself.”

– W. Eugene Smith

He was a photojournalist I recently read about. I love that quote because it’s so simple and true. Whenever I feel myself slipping into a particular, undesirable mindset, I use that idea as a kind of compass to lead me back to where I began.

There was no movie watching this past weekend because we were at a monster truck thing. This was our second year going. It was dusty and dirty and the stadium was filled with carbon monoxide. In other words, it was quite fun. Here are a couple of pictures of my favorite moments.

The first one is from when the Lucas Oil Crusader plowed through an RV. Nice, right? The second pic is from Maximum Destruction who should have changed his name to Efficient Destruction because he was on the track for 14 seconds before he flipped that thing onto its back. In his defense, he did continue to drive it, somehow, while it was upside down.

This coming weekend, we’re going to the Naptown Roller Girls bout. I’ll probably have pictures of that as well. Ah, I hear tell it’s Star Wars Day.

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