Tory’s Friday Ramblings (#nanowrimo, 11/1/13)

Happy November everyone!

So, are you all in a sugar-induced coma today? Lord knows I had lots of it yesterday, though I shouldn’t. I’ve gone tragically far off the weight-loss bandwagon. I’ve gotta pick myself up and get back on it so I don’t undo most of the progress I made this year. Now if only I could get rid of this bloody cold I’ve had.

On Writing

As the tag in the subject line above may indicate, it is the time of NaNoWriMo, and like last year, I’ve elected to sign up. Check out my widget to the right. Yes, as of right now, I have no word count. However, Nano’s not the only thing I’ve signed up for in the past twenty-four hours. I also have registered to take the awesome Fast Draft Revision Hell presented by Candace Havens. So, hopefully with those two factors motivating me this month, I will take serious steps toward writing my next intended WIP, the first in my Children of Isis series.

Oh, yeah, I now have a new series. I’m letting my Hearts of Stone series rest. I still haven’t heard back and I’m anxiously biting my nails and hoping to hear something really soon on it. But, the way my luck’s gone with submissions on it thus far, it’ll be a rejection. You never know, and as the awesome movie Galaxy Quest says, “Never give up, never surrender!”

On Family

Finally I have happy moments to share about the Shrimp. I emailed his teacher last week about a troublesome standardized test score (he scored in the bottom 25% on the verbal) and asked if I should be concerned. She said she had been startled by his scores too, because it had been his vocabulary that dragged him down and she knows he has a good one. He often uses words that she expects from an adult and it surprises her quite often that he not only knows the words, he uses them correctly. She also has acknowledged that he’s very bright and has now sent home the paperwork to send him to the guidance counselor to see about testing to get into the Gifted program.

Of course, on a sad note, she says he doesn’t like reading. But when she gave him a social studies book to read during reading time, he dove right into it. So, that’s something I guess.

Yesterday was Halloween, as I noted above. And we went trick-or-treating last night. Here are my gorgeous children:

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The Shrimp was most annoyed because almost everyone that saw him thought he was a transformer. He was a Power Ranger Mega Robot or something like that. Then the girls were Rapunzel and Tiana (yes, I know Sammie’s a bit pale to be Tiana, but she liked the dress). The tiara Blondie is wearing was actually a birthday gift from a couple of ladies at my office to me in October. It fit well enough, though she pulled it off quickly and I ended up wearing it most of the trip because I didn’t want to risk losing it.

So – how did your Halloween go? Anyone else planning on doing NaNo?

Have a great week!

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