Monday, January 28, 2013

Literary Adventures

Thing One is curled up at my feet, Thing Two is building helicopters, Nick and Mimi are asleep, the snow is falling and water is boiling for tea.  My fingers are thawing around a hot cup of coffee.  It is one of the perfect mornings that I've dreamed about. 

A few posts back I told you that I had participated in NaNoWriMo last year (shortened even more to just NaNo); it stands for National Novel Writing Month.    It is a challenge put out by the Office of Letters and Light to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 31.  They say that 50,000 words is about 175 pages long, that's about the average length of a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery. 

I started in late October intending to flesh out one of the story ideas that I've had floating around in my head, but two days before the event started I threw that idea completely out the window and came up with something else.  I went from writing about a selfish girl to writing about a group of merfolk.  My initial goal had never been to write a 50,000 word novel; my goal was to complete a book---from "Once Upon A Time" to "The End."   I've only ever done that if the story was less than five pages long. 

I finished my novel at just under 30,000 words, and with four hours to spare.  And I learned a lot about myself.  For instance, I write better when I have a simple, but detailed, outline.  Writing 1,667 words per day is a little bit much for me; I can do it, I can push myself that hard, but it's rough on the kids and that puts too much stress on me.  And, probably most importantly, I know my limits.  I know what I'm capable of, how far to push myself, and when I need to stop.

I didn't make the 50,000 word goal, but I am calling my NaNo participation a success.  Maybe one day I will write 50,000 words in a month; the novel I just wrote (titled "Out of the Blue) might reach that word count after the revision, but I'm not too concerned about that.  I have accomplished one of my goals. 

I'm setting another goal (as of right now) to have "Out of the Blue" ready for publication and release by December 2013.  That gives me the next eleven months to edit it, smooth out the plot, find a spell checker, and get Nick to draw the cover art.  We are planning on self-publishing, and I do want to make it available as an ebook.  It will most likely be sold for $3.00, and I'm already planning on having some copies printed out that I can sign for gifts or special sales. 

Pester me about it, and I will post a few excerpts for you during the year!
Zizi

Friday, January 25, 2013

Balloons! and Granola

Thing Two, this is how I feel today.
This post is actually going to be about food, mostly.  I also have this plan that I'm going to go to the bookstore and read "Food Blogging for Dummies"  so that I can make this blog a little better than its' already awesome awesomeness.  And I feel a little goofy today. 

Thing One had a growing-up victory the other day, and we had a party for him.  The boys had so much fun with the balloons!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Special Thanks To:

Nick and I were astounded this morning when we logged back into Blogger and found that people have still been reading this blog.  Recently, too.  I haven't written anything in a long time, and I'd though that the readership would dwindle away.  That, and I had actually written a goodbye.   I had thought that I was done with this and that people were no longer interested.  I am often wrong when it comes to things like that. 

A special thank you goes out to Josiah and Lauren of The Burlap Bag, and all of their readers.  I love reading their blog, and they are so friendly, and crazy, that I feel like I know them personally.  If I'm ever anywhere near Texas I'm going to stop by The Burlap Bag and say "HI!" 

Another thank you goes to Julia, of Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body, and her readers.  I love her recipes and have made some, and I've even wrote about it and linked back to her blog. 

The past few months were rather up and down for us.  I discovered that I was struggling with depression after Mimi was born; through November I cut back on how much I was using the Internet and spent more time playing with the kids.  That really helped.  I also participated in NaNoWriMo.   That was a big challenge; I set out to write all the way from "Once Upon A Time" to "The End"  and not worry about making the 50,000 word count.  I made that goal, and my novel is now waiting for it's first revision. 

We all got the flu over Christmas.  We had a particularly rough two weeks, but even that did so much for finally kicking the depression that I think I'm rather glad we got it.  And Nick got me a single serve coffee maker for Christmas!!   After that the kids and I had an impromptu week with my parents while they had the flu.

Finally, as promised, Nick and I have embarked on our next adventure.  We have opened The Indigo Onion, a small craft and gift store, on Etsy.  And we have started a blog for it also.  Both are rather small, but we just started them this week.  And we are excited about making them grow. 

Over the next few weeks I'll be writing short posts updating you on most of our adventures and goings on as I get back into cooking, and writing about cooking.  Expect more from The Indigo Onion, and more about my writing, and more about the kids (Mimi is growing so fast, and Thing One is learning to read!), and there is even a rumour about publishing a Food Pantry Feasts cookbook. . . . 

Zizi