Monday, October 31, 2011

In Which We Carve!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Are you doing anything fun tonight? Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

We carved pumpkins, as usual. Two apiece, to get as many seeds as we could for roasting.

Sarah's Pumpkin #1

Sarah's Pumpkin #2

Brother's Pumpkin #1

Brother's Pumpkin #2

Twin's Pumpkin #1

Twin's Pumpkin #2

So how about you? Do you carve pumpkins?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Fun

Hey all!

I know Yvie usually does the Friday Fun, but not this week. This week it's George's time to shine!

Why is that you ask?

Because today is my birthday!

That's right, I'm 6 years old! So I thought it was only fair I got to be on the blog today and have some more fun!

Here we go!!

Funny Pictures - Platypus on the Prowl Gif
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

Funny Pictures - Happy Kitten Meme, Shots of Liquor
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Funny Pictures - Jump Roping Horse Gif
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

funny pictures - I will do it!  I will take the ring into Mordor!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

funny pictures - Ikea Kitteh
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In Which Pinterest Helps Me Prepare

So, as mentioned before, I love me some Pinterest. I have a whole inspiration board, but then Twin was all "why don't you break out your NaNo 2011 stuff and make a separate board for it?".
And, after I told her to shut her face, I realized that was a pretty good idea.

So! Here is the link to my 2011 NaNo inspiration board!

I'm totally loving it. Especially since I don't have a NaNo soundtrack for this year (and probably won't have time (or really the energy) to make one)

Seriously, the NaNo pinbaord is possibly one of the best things Twin I have ever come up with.

What about you? Do you have a NaNo pinboard? Or, if you're not on Pinterest, do you have a folder or file where you keep inspiration for your current MS?

Monday, October 24, 2011

In Which I Shout Out

Shout out time!

Maria Zannini's newest book Chain of Souls is now available for purchase!

Isn't this cover amazing?!

If you want to help give it a proper birthday launch, please check out either Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Smashwords to get yourself a copy.

Also, the amazing and cool TL Conway is hosting a NaNo extravaganza for the next two weeks on her blog. It will be filled with awesome guest posts (including one by moi) so check her out! (I believe my guest post will be on Thursday. I'll post a blog reminder on that day).

So, anyway, how are things? I'm OK. Not really ready for NaNo yet, but hoping to make a lot of headway this week. BUT, I also have some sort of crazy sore throat going on that I'll probably have to have a doctor check out here soon, cuz it's driving me CRAY CRAY!

Also, for some unknown reason, my Internet Explorer has stopped working. I wrote this whole post using safari (which I've never used before) which is fine, except that all my favorites are saved under IE so I'm super frustrated. Sigh.

How are things going for you?

Ready for NaNo yet? How about Halloween?

I've created a rage comic in relation to my sore throat experience:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fun

Hiya Ape-Friends -

Today is a special edition of Friday Fun, presented by me, the lovely Yvie.
Why is it a special Edition, you ask?


 Yep! I'm 5 years old! And just as adorable as I was at 10 weeks. That's right, I'm like a fine wine, improving with age.

I'll be getting presents and canned food today for a birthday celebration. Normally Mom would've posted pics, but with working in the office this week, she just hasn't had time.

Anyway, onto the fun!!

funny pictures - Royal wedding hat......ur doin it wrong

funny pictures - Pedicure Inz 3, 2, 1

funny pictures - You keep shouting "Call 911"  I feel you should ask politely

funny pictures - ALFRED HITCHCAT

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In Which I Housekeep

So, I'm going to be out of town for the rest of the week. Myself, Twin and our mom are flying down to Chicago to visit with Youngest Sister. Then, next week I actually have to go into the office for work for some huge-o project I'm involved in, which means around a 3 hour commute each day, which also means that I won't be online hardly at all.

So, this will be my last blog post for about a week.

Also, I realize I forgot to post my NaNo username for anyone who wants to be buddies. It's Falen1 (natch). The new website appears to be up and running, so I'll probably be messing around there at least once a day.

Also, if you're participating in NaNo, don't forget to also participate in 30 Covers in 30 Days. This is the contest where you can win a book cover done by a graphic artist. You can see the one I won last year on my sidebar. Needless to say, I Love it, and think everyone should participate for a chance.

A lot of people don't know how that part of NaNo works so I'll give you a quick breakdown.

Under the NaNo forums, there's a forum titled 30 Covers in 30 days (there's nothing in there yet because of the website change, but soon there will be some announcements and junk)

You only need 2 things to be eligible to win a cover - A novel title, and a novel synopsis. Make sure you've updated your author page with both these things and you are entered.

BUT! Usually in the forum, there's a place where you can nominate yourself or someone else, to draw attention to an awesome synopsis etc.

There's usually either a forum post where you can nominate yourself, or a form you can fill out . There will be an announcement in the forum once they've got this set up.

And that's it!

Definitely take advantage of it, I will be, because it takes very little effort on your part.

And that's pretty much all I had for today. I'm flying out early tomorrow morning, so I'll chat with you all when I'm back online.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2011

In Which I Make A Decision

So, after a week or so of contemplation (and a lot of crazy amounts of work at the day job which doesn't look like it will be slowing at all for the rest of the month) I think I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to participate in Authoress's Baker's Dozen auction. I just don't have time to get my MS where I want it to be.

I mean, what if I was selected as one of the people in the auction, and an agent requested a full or something and my MS just wasn't up to snuff? That would be a wasted opportunity. I'd rather just take my time and make sure the MS is as good as I can make it and just query normally. Cuz I like querying anyway, and there's no reason to rush things.

I thought briefly about entering Glimpse. But a few of the agents on the list of participants have already seen my query or the MS or still have the MS, so it would kind of stink if I took up a spot for only a few agents when I could just query them. Also, I haven't yet made the change to Glimpse that I want either.

This also means I can let Break Free sit a bit before I start on line edits. It also means I can give NaNo much more of my attention, since I haven't yet started my outline or query (or really even come up with a stable plot)

The new NaNo website is supposed to roll out today. I'm excited to check it out.

How about you? Are you doing NaNo this year?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Fun

Heya ape-friends! Yvie's back!

How was your week? Was it good? Did you get a lot of napping in?
I did. I'm not going to lie. Napping is awesome.

Onto the fun for the weekend!!

funny pictures - Faster dan a race goggie.

funny pictures of cats with captions

funny pictures - Pigments  of  your   imagination  ?

funny pictures - I tried being reasonable.

funny pictures - I'm awesome at dis.  I deserve a raiz.

funny pictures - Alright Life....what's next?  Bring it on!!!

funny pictures - I'll talk, I'll talk!!!

funny pictures - Pull cord

Make sure you watch to the end, the orchestra is the funniest then

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Bam! Look who remembered to participate this month! Me!

Anyway, in case you missed the title, today is Insecure Writer's Support Group where we try and bolster each other up. Because writing is hard, and everyone, EVERYONE who writes occasionally needs help and support. Any professional writer who says they don't have moments of self-doubt are lying to either themselves or to you.

A comic:  (language and partial nudity warning)

So, seriously, everyone has those moments when they're writing, or revising, or whenever, when you think you just suck at it. I do. At least once a MS. Sometimes I can point out other things going on in my life that triggers it, and sometimes it just shows up on its own.

BUT! Luckily for us there are two easy things to remember that help fight the self doubt.

1. As I mentioned above, it happens to everyone. Even Stephen King.
2. IT WILL PASS. This is the most important thing to remember. Even if you have to step away from the writing or revising or whatever for a few days or a week, that's fine. As long as you return once the self-doubt passes.

Don't let your self-doubt trick you into thinking you're no good. That's bullshit. You are effing brilliant. For reals. Go look in the mirror. What do you see besides great hair? Brilliance, that's what.

And even if you don't see it now, keep working. Keep working hard, and one day it'll be there. I'm not saying it's going to be easy. I'm just saying it will be worth it.


Monday, October 3, 2011

In Which We Cook

Here's a quick little photo essay of all the things Twin and I baked/cooked while on our vacay (Links provided when posible and actual photos used when possible (ie, when I didn't forget to take actual photos of the deliciousness))

Pern Bubbly Pies

I'm not going to lie. It was delish.
So, how was the week? Did I miss anything awesome? Did you cook anything nummy?

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