Thursday, November 29, 2012

NaNo Fail

OK, so I think I went about NaNo all wrong this year. My goal was to finish a piece of work I started last year. I already had around 30K written, so I thought I could write problem. I even geared up for it all October by rereading and editing my WIP. I was so ready to tackle the beast. But then reality happened and I remembered that I have a job, family, and the holidays. How do writers get it all done? My new job (remember I moved from AZ to CA) at a new school has been KICKING MY BUTT. The schedule moves much quicker because it's on a block and not traditional. I may have less students, but somehow, I have more grading. For the first time in 13 years, I'm bringing A LOT of work home. That is certainly taking precedence over my writing. When I finish grading, I help the kids by feeding them, helping with homework, snuggling, etc. By the time they go to bed at 8pm, I'm ready to follow them, but then that wouldn't be fair to my husband who waits patiently to tell me about his day (new job/career).  I'm swamped.

I have taken a hiatus from teaching online with hopes to write for me, but it's not happening. :( Yesterday, I purposely didn't bring work home...I was going to write. I made dinner right away and then sat down in front of my computer. I fell asleep. It was 6:30pm and I slept. I managed to go upstairs and stay awake for an hour somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30, but then I was quickly back asleep and peaceful until my alarm went off at 5:30. Clearly I was tired.

I have no plans this weekend, other than cleaning my garage. While I've been working, I did manage to send my WIP off to a beta who gratefully sent it back a few days ago. I printed her version and mine, gathered post its, tabs, pens. I'm ready. That is my write. I have been saying this for a few days, but I really think this weekend it's going to happen. I even made a new play list on my new 5. It's only songs I REALLY like. I'm hoping they'll inspire me to move my fingers and create story. :)

OK, enough of me complaining. I wish you all the best with your writing. I know I'm not the only one struggling with writing and the holiday season and work and family. Let's commiserate together. Feel free to share on here.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Break is Over

Nine days goes entirely too fast. With Thanksgiving behind me, I am now attempting to get into the Christmas spirit. My shopping is done, and my tree is trimmed. I'm ready. What I'm not entirely ready for is the next four weeks. Four weeks until Christmas means research papers to grade, portfolios to evaluate, wrapping presents, keeping children in tune with their Elf on the Shelf, and so much more. Somewhere in there, I'd like to finish my WIP, at least the first draft. I just got it back from a beta, so instead of finishing it, I'm going to polish what I've written. Hopefully, this will guide me to a more planned ending that will knock the socks off any potential readers. :) I don't think that's too much to attempt.

Well, I don't have much more to say today. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you have an even better Monday (sarcasm). We will get through this month...together. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Breaking Dawn Part 2

I realize I've never reviewed a movie on here before, but I haven't posted in a while, and I was honestly, compelled to talk about my experience.

Last night, I went to see Breaking Dawn Pt 2 with my husband and older sister. Are we "twihards?" I wouldn't go that far, but my husband and I have seen all of the movies (on opening weekends), and we've read all the books.  We were truly looking forward to seeing the movie this go round.

We decided to go to the 5pm showing and arrive 45 minutes early, wanting to get good seats. To my surprise, they were already seating and we were the first there. I don't think the theater actually filled, but it is the "older" theater, so that explains a bit. I know this doesn't actually have to do with the movie itself, but I feel like it all contributed.

So the movie begins, and Bella looks great as a vampire. For the first time, Kristen's perpetual look of pain fits the role. I was pleased. Robert looked great and quite relaxed; and Taylor...his nose looked a little different, but I may have to look more into that before making an actual judgement.  Renesme was extremely CG though. I don't think she looked like a real baby until the end of the movie. Something about the size of her hand and the shape of her eyes made her look, well, creepy. Still I got past that.

What I couldn't get past was the first 40 minutes. When Edward and Bella go have vampy love for the first time and she is surrounded by her gold, glittered "O", it was a bit over the top. And their running through the woods was ...cheesy.

That being said...when the battle begins, I conveniently forgot about my irritations from the beginning. I won't reveal any spoilers, but the second half was well worth the first. I can't remember the last time I watched a movie with my mouth hanging open from shock. I can honestly say I loved it. Everything I complained about when I finished the book was fixed with the movie. Well done.

To all of you movie goers, I hope you enjoy the second half as much as I.

Harry Potter is gone and Twilight is over. What will be next? Zombies? It sure looks like it.

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