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It’s that time again.

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment
Nanowrimo is on!!!

Nanowrimo is on!!!

Nano is here again!!!

November 1st it’s bums in seats and fingers on keyboards. In 30 days you’ll have 50,000 words and hopefully a story worth salvaging. Last years Nano effort got sideswiped partway in. Yep, run off the road and left in a ditch. Not this year. After my effort in June for our 50k challenge I’m confident I’ll pass that Nano finish line this year. I just have to decide which story to write on. There’s plenty for me to pick from, between Rachel and Rhian I have a great selection. LOL

Anyway, I’m off to bed now so I can get an early start in the morning. The Kid is out and about tonight and tomorrow until late so I’ve got plenty of time to get a good start on things. I’m aiming for 2,000 words a day so I’m well clear of the 50,000 mark if I write every day, if not I’ll have some room to wiggle.

‘See’ ya soon. (with an update)

Rachel

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Categories: Writing

What day is it?

October 23, 2008 Leave a comment
Best feet forward!

Best feet forward!

Cute photo. Can’t remember who came up with the idea but it’s definitely a cool one. I’m thinking this is the one I want in my special San Francisco photo frame I bought for on my desk. I still can’t believe we actually walked all the way up and all the way down Lombard Street.

Life is busy and I’m finding I’ve got way too many pans on the fire to stop them all from boiling over. My mood isn’t helping. *sigh* But you know what? It’s only about 7 weeks until we fly to Sydney to spend Christmas with the family. 7 weeks!?!? I’m not ready! I’ve got to plan for being away from the computer, I’ve got to plan for the girls NOT being away from the computer, I need to make sure nothing is left undone that needs to be done before I go AND I’ve got to pack all the Christmas pressies! Damn! I don’t even HAVE all the pressies! I guess this means I’m going shopping.

The Princesses started home schooling (hence the need for computer in Oz) on Monday this week. It’s been great. They love it. I love it. And we’re not arguing over homework, well we are but that’s me and The Kid, different story. They’re enthusiastic, they like spending time on their lessons and they’re meeting new friends. Princess & The Pea met a boy who’s in Hong Kong but from Colorado in her English lesson and they’ve been talking on msn since then. I’m actually looking forward to the weekend because we have to hatch shrimp so they can do their biology lesson on Monday. Hatch shrimp?! This is gonna be fun. I’ll just need to keep the A-grade biology student Son#1 and Hubby from taking over. LOL

I’m doing a beta read/crit for a fellow writer. It’s a romantic suspense and it’s taking me longer than normal to do. Oh, not because it’s that bad, no, this thing rocks! I love it! I want to read the one she wrote before this one. I’m not sure where she is in the submission stage but I know she’s gonna get published. I love it. Did I say that already? Anyway, I ‘met’ Cynthia on the forum over at Romance Divas and you can check her story out here. Really go check her out. Now I need to get back to her book so I can talk her into letting me read the first one.

My writing is going….  nowhere. Yep, it’s running round in circles. In my head! *sigh* Doesn’t matter how often I sit down to write it never comes out the it needs to. I’m thinking it’s because there’s so much going on at the moment and I’d like to say it’ll get better when things settle down but I’ve got a feeling I’ve said that before. A lot. I’ve got Nano coming up and I’m signed up but I don’t know if maybe it’ll be another fail this year. I know that’s not good thinking negative but I look at what I’ve got going on and I look at that number of words and I think, no way. We’ll see, I’m not pulling out of it. I’m teaming up with the usual suspects again and we’re using the 50k blog for our team cheers and general bitchin’. The girls would miss me if I wasn’t there to get them in trouble or take the blame. Although we’ve got a couple of newbies that are proving to be just as naughty. LOL I’ll put in the effort and see where it gets me.

‘See’ ya soon.

Rachel

Categories: Life, Writing

Can we do that again?!

October 13, 2008 Leave a comment
The Tribe

The Tribe

L to R :- Son#1’s Girl, Son#1, The Kid (in front), Princess & the Pea (blondie in back), Princess One (in front), Me and Hubby. How huge is the Grand Canyon??? You see pictures and it doesn’t look real but seeing the real thing has you rubbing you eyes and blinking to make sure what you’re seeing is actually there. It just doesn’t look real. It’s awe inspiring.

The trip was THE best thing we’ve ever done as a family. Sure we’ve taken holidays before but nothing like this one and I doubt we’ll be doing another on this scale again. (I have heard murmurings of China but shh…. don’t tell Hubby) Our aim was to just enjoy, forget about everything else in our lives and just take in everything we could, do everything we could, go everywhere we could, oh, and eat everything we could. Would you believe we even had a list of foods to try while we were in the US? LOL  It wasn’t just my luggage that weighed more!

I’ve been going through the almost 10,000 photos we took and deciding which ones to blog and which ones to delete. I’ve discovered I really don’t like my photo being taken, especially close-ups. Oh, and those pounds the camera is supposed to put on you? Well someone stole mine. I swear in a couple of photos I couldn’t even tell it was me! My gluten free diet went out the window too. Do you know how hard it is to find food without gluten? Especially when the Tribe insists on dining at McDonald’s on a regular basis.

I’m trying to get back into ‘real’ life but I have to say I think ‘real’ life is overrated. No wonder I make up worlds of my own. I’m tired and cranky and still jet-lagged and I really don’t want to deal with the lead up to Christmas and getting ready to go to Australia for a month but as it’s the one time of year we see our family back home I’ll suck it up and get on with it. But really, I’d much rather do it all again!

‘See’ ya soon.

Rachel

Categories: Life