Ready, Set...

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Tomorrow is the official start of National Novel Writing Month!!

Are we all ready?

No? Me neither. But I am further than I thought I'd be. I have a basic plot outline and today I'll be working on expanding it to add more detail. While making jack o' lantern pizzas and Halloween sugar cookies and getting the kids dressed and going trick or treating... It is going to be a long day.

I started working on the outline earlier, but haven't gotten far. I had to get showered and get to the hospital for my pre-op appointment. I wish I could've spent all day at home, but sadly I also had to get copies made and go grocery shopping before I could go home and start the rest of the day's work.

The pizza dough is currently rising and the butter softening for the cookies. And I'm sat outside the school waiting for Hunter and praying the rain will let up so we can go trick or treating. There's a giant rain cloud hanging over us. I really hope it moves on before six.

Back to NaNo... I'm looking forward to starting my writing. Instead of looking at a daily word count, I've decided to look at scenes. I'm the type of person who has to finish a scene in one session. I really can't leave it once I get the momentum going.

I also decided to schedule my weeks as 5 days instead of 7 to give me a little wiggle room. So 7 scenes a week will put me at the 50k for the month, but it will leave me about 2 scenes shy of finishing. That's no worry, though. If I get that far I figure 2 scenes will be a breeze!

My only worry is when I'll be able to write. I don't really have the kind of family that I can tell about this and expect any support. The kids are too young to understand and since DH still can't find work (damn recession & redundancy), he's got bigger things on his mind.

Add to that the fact that Baby Bug has officially given up sleep and I may not survive this first week! But I'm going to try my hardest. Lots of coffee!! I'll pull out the caffeine tablets if necessary and I'll make adjustments in other areas of my life. For example, I made the decision not to do any articles today do I can get the outline sorted and still have a fun night with the family.

If you are doing NaNo, do you have a schedule or a system? I'd love to hear about it. I'd also love to hear tales from years passed, since it's my first time.

Happy writing and Happy Halloween !

No trophies for me...

Monday, 29 October 2012

I certainly won't be getting 'Mother of the Year' this year.

One of Hunter's friend's moms (what a mouthful!) asked if I was up for that title and that's why I was sewing costumes and baking cake pops. If only she knew.

The truth is today I have been the worst mom. All day I've had the Mean Reds. You know, when you aren't fit to be around other humans. Especially tiny ones.

I'm sure it is a direct result of being up all night with the baby and then up at half six for good. Hunter goes back to school tomorrow so he's been home to drive me batty and, of course, Scarlett has been whiny all day since she was up, too. But then I have no idea what her problem is since she's had two good naps today. I should've been the one whining. Instead I did a lot of shouting. Hunter doesn't really hear things until they are shouted at least twice.

Then DH came home and told me to 'get over it' when I said it had been a bad day. He said everyone (meaning him) had a bad day. What he doesn't realise, though, is that before he even got home he had clocked out. He came home, put on his pj's, and parked on the couch. I was still folding clothes, waiting on Hunter (and him) to finish eating so I could clean up, and trying to get the baby to settle down for bed.

Now I have three articles to write. Yep. I'm still on the clock. DH seems to think being on maternity leave means I eat bon bons and watch TV all day. He also thinks I write these articles because I love it. In reality I hate writing nonfiction, but we need the money.

At the rate I'm going I won't finish 'work' until around midnight... Which should be just about the time the baby wakes back up and I clock in again.

So, yeah, I don't even think I'm nominated for MOTY this year.

Bat Kitty!

Friday, 26 October 2012



Introducing Bat-Kitty!!

Okay, I admit it, I stole this picture off of someone on FaceBook. 
I can't remember who, otherwise I'd credit them. But, seriously, how cute is this?

Anyway, the point is this is my favourite time of year. I love October. 
There is just something magical to me about fall. About the colors changing and the crisp, cool air... 
And I LOVE Halloween! Yesterday I finished the DIY costumes for the kids (they look awesome!) and made a load of cake pops for the Halloween party (they look like crap, so I'm considering buying more candy melts to make them right). I also have to carve the pumpkins tonight. I'm so excited.

So here's my Friday Fun!

I already did my articles for the day (although I am way behind and could do with doing at least two more-- maybe late tonight). Today I get to do more of what I want to do. After I take the monster and baby to a play date, that is. I'm going to come home from the play date, finish the cake pops, carve the pumpkins, and then settle into my WIP planning. The story starts in October and the town will be full of pumpkins and all things witchy! I figure my cake pops and pumpkins are the perfect way to get into the mood for this story.

Happy Writing Everyone!!



NaNoWriMo

Wednesday, 24 October 2012




I finally bit the bullet and signed up for NaNoWriMo.

I have watched the participants of National Novel Writing Month each year, for years now with a combination of wonder and envy. For anyone who has never heard of this phenomenon, NaNoWriMo happens every November. Writers from all over the world set out on the first of November to write a novel. Or at least 50,000 words. The idea is to get a first, and very rough, draft down in by the end of November. 

In theory, it sounds do-able. And there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of 
people who complete the task each year. 

I want to be one of them.

Of course, with my life things are never easy and it seems like a stretch to think I could get 2000 words written a day, especially since it means writing EVERY day. And I already write between 1000 and 1500 a day on articles (trying to bring in some extra cash considering our recent bad luck). But I'm going to give it a shot anyway. The thing is, even if I only write 5000, and I'm sure I'll do better than that, it's something. And at this point any word count is a good thing.

So, yeah, I'm taking the leap. I'll update you each week on my Wednesday post. Right now I'm in the planning phases of my next WIP anyway. The next step is to rope my CP into doing it with me since the WIP I'm working on is for our write-along. She'll probably love the idea and she's got a great heads start. Last she updated me she was already over 2500 words.

I need to work out how to do the 'buddy' thing on the NaNoWriMo site, but feel free to add me if you are signed up and if you know how to, I'm ChristyKate. Otherwise, leave me a comment and once I figure it out I'll add you.

Happy NaNoWriMo-ing!!

Half Term

Monday, 22 October 2012

It's day one of the October half term.

I don't think the boy is going to make it.

I have three articles to write and one edit and I started writing at 0930. Guess how many I've written...

None.

I can't seem to get him to sit still long enough for me to get anything done. Literally. He's making it impossible for me to write because he has to sit so close to me he's nearly in my lap and his leg has been shaking for ten minutes straight. It's been like this all day.

I'm going to keep trying to write, but I'll be counting down the hours until bedtime. Three and a half hours...

Facing the music...

Friday, 19 October 2012

Today I told my critique partner what I was afraid of. Well, one of the things I'm afraid of. Heavens knows, there are quite a few...

I've started a new story for a 'write-along' that I'm doing with her. Yeah. Another new story. Obviously the ADHD has played a part in this, but I know I really need to let go of that crutch. Instead, I need to own up to what's really going on.

I can't seem to finish a book.

Well, really I can't get past chapter four.

It has occurred to me that I have put three blurbs on this blog to date. Three blurbs (and at least one was actually sort of decent, I'm sure of it). Three blurbs and I haven't finished a single book.

Well, that's not strictly true. I used to finish books a long time ago. Probably 15 or 20 years ago I always finished. Of course, I have re-read those and am totally ashamed by the state of them, but still, at least they were finished.

What I am afraid of (at the moment, at least) is that one of you, my two blog readers, will call me on this fact. I keep waiting for someone to say 'well, did you ever finish that book?', forcing me to hang my head in shame.

I have no excuses really. I do have a fairly decent reason for starting a new story. My CP was starting fresh and we wanted to be at the same place so we could move at the same pace. And this one is a story I've been looking forward to writing. But at one time I was looking forward to writing all of the others, too.

I'm hoping this time will be different. Scratch that. This time WILL be different. If for no other reason than I'll have my CP to push me along. Or guilt me or whatever it takes. Plus the story starts around Halloween, so the timing just feels right.

I have also promised myself that when I finish this one (notice I said 'when', not 'if') I will find the money to get my hard drive restored so I can get back the one book I miss most. The one I'm halfway through re-writing (I managed to beat the chapter four curse) which I can't bear to start again (only because after i re-wrote it, I finally loved it).

So the new plan (you are probably sick of my plans by now) is to finish this one then get back onto some of my 'in progress' WIPs.

I feel ashamed. I would say that I feel like I've let you all down, but honestly, I don't think there are really that many of you reading this blog. And those of you who do, know me by now and have probably lowered your expectations. But still, I feel ashamed. In every other aspect of my life if I say I'm going to do something I do it. No excuses.

So off I go again on this adventure. This time I'll try not to let myself down.

Writing along...

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

My critique partner and I have decided to try to write new stories at the same time. A sort of 'write-along' if you will. So we've both started with new ideas to brainstorm, plot, and write.

I'm struggling a bit for a number of reasons. The story I started with refused to cooperate, so yesterday I swapped it for a story that was begging to be told. And my computer has died... Again. I seriously want a new one. An iPad this time. Add to that sick kids (the boy just came in from school and threw up on my living room floor) and you've got a recipe for writing disaster.

But I will not be discouraged. I will meet my own (self-imposed) deadline! Which means I should get back to it now while the baby is sleeping and the boy is snuggled up on the couch. Happy writing!

Mommy Mornings

Monday, 15 October 2012

It's 0152 and I'm lying here wondering what happened to my formerly, lovely baby. You know, the one who used to sleep through the night. This one I have now hasn't slept through in a week. Ugh.

I have 14 things on my to-do list for today and here I am up, a second time I might add, because Bug will no longer sleep through. I guess it was too good to be true. We had gotten to a point where I could put her to bed at 0700 with a bottle and she'd sleep until 8 or so the next morning. God, how I miss those days.

So my new 'morning' seems to stutter from about 0100 to 0600. I'm going to try to get back to sleep now. I just wanted to be able to check something off my list. Today is going to be a long day.

Blah...

Friday, 12 October 2012

It has been one of those weeks. I'm honestly starting to believe that I'm doomed to only have 'those weeks'. We lost the house, then got another shot at it, only to lose it again. Oh, and did I mention that my hubby was made redundant on Wednesday? Yeah. One of THOSE weeks.

The only good news is that I finally got that horrendous paper turned in. All 39 pages of it. Thank God!

Tonight, after my usual chores (cooking, cleaning, kids, articles, sewing...) I plan to sit down to write! I'm very excited about that. I spent the day talking romance with my CP and I'm excited to get started on this week's goal. In fact, I've brought my notes in the car, so I'm off to get started now!

Happy writing, everyone!

DIY Mommy

Monday, 8 October 2012

I have loads to do today still. All I've managed is a big grocery shop and a trip to the fabric store for Halloween costume fabrics.

I do think I deserve a treat for getting glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth (Monster size) and Bug cookies (mini rusks). Not to mention the hot cocoa I found which has omega-3 in it. let's just hope he'll drink it. I also got fabric to make frilly pink curtains for Bug's room.

I'm really looking forward to a sewing weekend! I need to hem the Monster's football jersey on Friday (practice is Sat) because right now it looks like a dress. Then over the weekend I'll be making a pumpkin hat for Bug (she has jack o' lantern footy pjs so all she needs is a hat with leaves, vine, and a stem) and a vampire cape and cummerbund for Monster.

Its a DIY Halloween this year. I have some awesome witch shoes (from the US) and a hat somewhere so I may show up at the party in those, black cords, and a black sweater. There just isn't the money for store bought sets this year.

But that's ok. For just a little while longer I get to play stay-at-home mom, so I'm gonna do it right!

Here's a pretty picture...

Friday, 5 October 2012

No time to post today. Sorry. The project has swallowed me whole. Here's a pretty picture instead.

Mistaking Mountains for Molehills

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

My final project has turned out to be a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I chose something I knew I would enjoy in the hopes it would also be fairly straight forward.

That is not the case.

Every time I complete a task for it I uncover four more that I hadn't seen before! I swear, if ever there was a case for starting early...

Oh well, too late for that now. I'm taking a short break from my stories and my articles, just until I finish the project. The only reason I'm posting now is because I can do it from the car while I wait for the monster to get out of school.

The project is due on Oct 11th, so there isn't much time, but I can do it. I have no doubt. I just need to focus. Of course that isn't easy with the kids, etc.

On another note, the house we chose sold before we could get our offer in, which really sucks because now I'm back to searching for a house my hubby won't hate. He had his heart really set on that one.

So, yeah, it's all fun and games here, as usual. If anything, this 'break' from writing has me antsy to get back to it. Let's hope the muse sticks around for a good while longer...

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