Tory’s Friday Rambling’s (#nano, 11/15/13)

ImageAhhh, now is there any better way to start a day than with a lovely picture of Gerard Butler? I thought not (sorry guys, but that question/thought was aimed solely at the ladies). Apparently this was a promo shot or something related to Dracula 2000. And lord above, Gerard was gorgeous in it. I mean, his hair is thick and dark and wavy. Yum.

Erm, anyway, I’m distracted. On to the good stuff (well, okay, not much is as good as Gerard, but … moving on).

On Life

I’ve had the cold from hell going on for almost two weeks and it came to a peak yesterday when I actually finally gave in and went to the doctor. I’ve got a camping trip with the Shrimp for Cub Scouts this weekend and I was going to probably keel over and die if I had to go based on how I felt yesterday. All hacky and stuff. Blech. Doctor diagnosed me with a sinus infection and “the crud” that’s going around lately. He prescribed some antibiotics and he sent me on my way. One dose in, I think it’s already making a difference. It could be the combination of antibiotics, Sudafed and Musinex though. Heh.

On Writing

This is of course why y’all have come, to hear all about my NaNo progress. Check out the ticker to your right, guys! Yup, you got it. I’ve won NaNo this year and with plenty of time to spare. I’m behind in my Fast Draft words by almost 10k at the moment (well, 5k plus today’s writing which technically isn’t behind until midnight tonight), but I’m still on track to finish Carved in Stone’s very rough draft by next Thursday or so.

I was trying to go to sleep when I had one of those enormous click moments where suddenly several pieces of my problem fell into place. And because of the class I’m in, I can’t really go back and overhaul the entire plot until I finish the draft, buuuut a lot of stuff suddenly makes much more sense. For this, I largely thank my crit partner Angelyn (who is a goddess among women, and her blog can be seen HERE). Go, check out her blog, after you finish reading this one. She does a lot of Regency-era informational posts.

People like Angelyn are why I love judging contests. She was one of the entries I judged last year and sent me a thank you (ladies and gents, always thank your judges, even if they grade you badly – they work hard and writing is a very subjective process). I emailed her back, we started up a dialogue and ended up with a great relationship. Same thing happened in reverse with me on the judged end of things with another author. She’s not a crit partner, but she is a great motivational ally.

So, anyway, that’s it. Have a great week everyone, and if you’re doing NaNo, keep it up. There’s still 15 days to go!

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