31 October 2011

The Storm Before the Storm - No One Here Is Calm.

I am not calm.
Oh no, I am far from calm.  NaNoWriMo starts in roughly 16 hours and I am so not calm.  There is no calm before this storm. There is no blissful moment of thinking you did everything right.  No zen moment where you sit lotus style with a cup of tea, waiting for the clock to chime midnight.

Somehow, I feel like I haven't prepared enough.  I'd do well to remember that I am super prepared, but somehow, on the eve of nano, I just can't bring myself to feel calm.  I'm going to write 50,000 words in 30 days or less - I MUST BE INSANE!

But you know what?  I couldn't be more excited!  I was thinking about staying up, but I know I'll never be able to stay up that late.  I pass out at 8pm normally, so that just won't work.  So instead I'm considering getting up early.  Very early.  Like, 3am early.  But now then, if I don't get to bed early enough, that won't work either.

So here's the plan: I'm going to pass out as early as possible tonight.  7pm, 8pm... it won't be too early! Even if that means I have to run 8 miles and totally exhaust myself.  Then, I'm going to get up as early as possible.... we're talking 3 or 4am here people.  I'm going to have an excellent breakfast, shower and get ready.  I'm going to brew a delicious french press of coffee (I'll need it!) and then I'm going to sit down and write until I have to go to work, and hopefully... with some luck and fairy dust... I'll reach 1667 words before work.

If not... well, I have boot-camp tomorrow night, so I won't be able to play catch up until after 7pm.

I think it's worth it to go over some of my Nano goals again.

Overall Goals:
Finish 50,000 words in 30 days or less
Finish my Novel (which is, btw, more than 50,000 words so this is like a bonus)
Continue my fitness regime (so important)
Write every single day (even if it's just one sentence)

Week 1 goals:
Write 8,335 words
Challenge: Write 10,000 words this week (that's 2,000 words a day!)

So, those are my goals. 10,000 words this week... I think I can do it!  I have a busy week ahead of me, though!  2 boot-camps (Tues/Thurs), a night out with my man on Friday (we're going to see Puss in Boots - we're so refined) and my best friend's birthday party on Saturday night where we're going to see Anonymous and have dinner at P.F. Chang's.

What does that mean for my writing?  It means I have to write early in the morning on Tues & Thurs because I won't have time in the evenings.  It means I have to write like a mad woman on Wednesday night, because it's the only night where I don't have plans.  It means I have to get some writing in before my boyfriend comes over on Friday night, and spend a few hours (at least) writing on Saturday before my best friend's party.

I'm excited.  I'm nervous.  I'm elated.  I'm apprehensive.  I'm jittery and far from calm...and as these emotions clutch at my heart and mind and soul, permeating me with some kind of funky, hyped up pre-Nano-NoS, all I can think is: Holy Mother of Pumpkin Pancakes, what have I gotten myself into?

Stay shiny, friends. And Good luck!
(oh and ps: I finished book #50 of 50 for the year earlier last week - GOAL MET! I'm now reading book #51. Yeah, I'm an over-achiever like that)

28 October 2011

Coconut Oil, A Juicer, Lazy-Sneaky Cat & More Nano Prep

HEY EVERYONE! Did you miss me? I bet you did.  I'm sure you're curious about what I've been doing...

I bought a juicer. THIS ONE. It's amazing!  I juiced oranges and a grapefruit last night and I can't wait to juice more this weekend! I plan on juicing some limes for Margarita's tonight. Yeah!

In case you're wondering, I haven't just been juicing things.  I also purchased coconut oil. It's pretty much my new favorite thing to cook with.  Last night I made some chili-pepper coated fish and I cooked it in the coconut oil and it was so perfect. I mean... just absolutely perfect.  Think of a unicorn covered in dark chocolate romping through a marshmallow forest. That's how perfect it was.

Also, I've been trying to coax my cat, Aries, to come into the bedroom.  He hates sleeping in the living room by himself but my other cat, Aibell, has laid claim to the bedroom so Aries won't go in there anymore.  They're fighting, in case you're wondering.  So Aries has been getting vocal whenever I go into the bedroom at night, because he's jealous.  The only solution is to get him to come into the bedroom, without picking him up and dropping him in there - that just makes him angry at me.

It's definitely challenging, though.  Especially when Aibell is poised and alert, hiding in the hallway and ready to pounce!  And by poised and alert, this is what I mean:

Yeah, she's a force all right!  For some reason, though Aries is scared out of his fur of her.  She's easily got 5 pounds on him, and yeah, she can be evil, but they've lived together peacefully for 4 years. Until apartment cat came along.  Sigh.  So this is an ongoing project of mine.

I've also been up to my ears in Nano prep.  Scriviner released a new beta update (045 - what what!) so I had to download that.  And I've been entering in some research info about Transhumanism (it's an underlying theme, don't cha know) and collecting my thoughts.  Nano is in 3 days! EEP!

I'm spending Saturday night finishing up my prep and doing any last minute stuff I need to.  I haven't decided if I'm going to get up super early on the first and write, though.  I kind of want to, but then I won't be able to stay up late to write.  Plus, the first is on a Tuesday!  I have boot camp on Tuesday's!  I can't be tired for that!  On the same note, I won't have much time in the evening.  Boot camp is at 5.30 and lasts until 6:15, then I go home, shower (because I'm super sweaty and gross) and have dinner. I suppose I could write after dinner.  What an ill-timed start of the month.  Curse you, November!

I suppose I'll have to get up early on Tuesday to start writing. I'm thinking 4 am.  Hopefully I'll get my 2,000 words in before I have to go to work! Though, considering the hour, it'll probably just be ramblings.  I'll make sure to have some coffee ready...

I hope everyone is prepped and ready for Nano! I wish the buddy list function was back online! Or the Novel Cover feature! Geeze! lol Nah, those nano folks are doing their very best and they're doing a great job! love 'em!

Stay shiny!

25 October 2011

Yeah, I know I've been MIA

So, it's been a crazy week or so here.  Last Thursday and Friday were nuts at work and then Saturday I was domestic and Sunday I was deep in Nano research mode all day. Finalizing things and taking down notes and ideas etc.  That's all I did, all day.  Literally.

Now, I'm pleased to tell you all that today's blog post is already written.  I am the guest blogger on my friend's blog, and you can view my guest post HERE.

It's about Nano, as you may have guessed.  Stay tuned for my regularly scheduled ramblings tomorrow, and stay shiny!

19 October 2011

Great Space, 12 Days, Distractions

I am easily distracted.
That's a fact, yo!  Whether it's at work or at home when I'm supposed to be writing or.... shiny thing!

See what I mean?

I really need to work on eliminating my distractions.  I need to put on head phones or play music and just go.  I need to make sure I have my snacks all lined up, a full bottle of water, mug of tea or cider and that my cats are either exhausted, eating or attempting to catch a bird.

How do you eliminate your distractions when you write?

Only 12 days until Nano!  Buddy lists and novel cover's still aren't online.  I'm hoping against hope that the clever Nano staff will have those up and running before the first.  I'm also crossing my fingers that my buddy list will remain intact... no way will I remember everyone's screen names!

Speaking of distractions, I had to move desks at work yesterday.  One of the international guys wanted our white board (apparently its an 8,000$ white board) so we got the boot.  Our new space is kind of nice, though.  It's an enclosed, 4-up cube in a relatively untraveled area of the office.  The only real distraction is the printer, which is right outside of the entrance to our cube.  [side note: I feel like a Borg saying "our cube" - resistance is futile...]  The printer get's a lot of traffic but it's nice to have it so close - I'll no longer have to worry about someone else grabbing my files!

The new space is also pretty great for writing... not that I would do any of that at work. Nooooooooo.
I feel very good energy here, and I like my new desk.  Plus, no one can sneak up on me, which means I am about a million times more relaxed.

I'm still considering getting a laptop for writing, but it won't happen until after Nano.  If I do purchase a laptop, it will be on Black Friday (for those of you outside the USA, that's the day after Thanksgiving and one of the biggest and scariest shopping days of the year).  I have never shopped on Black Friday before - nope, not once!  But I am going to this year.  I have a few things I want to get - both for myself and gifts - but I don't want to spend the full amount on them because... well... I'm cheap. 

This Black Friday I'm hoping I can also find a really great deal on a laptop.  Ideally, this laptop will not only be great for writing, but it will also be fast enough for me to watch Netflix / Hulu+.  I have a few that I'm looking at that are decently priced (nothing HP or Dell because I think they're over priced) and sexy, but I'm just not sure what will be on sale.  I'll be trolling online because there is no way I'm going to drive my ass to a store at 3 am and wait in line just to push and shove my way to the laptop I want. No Way.

Anyone have any laptop suggestions?

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.  Stay shiny friends, and happy hump day!