Okay, I need help deciding a website name: hunterfieldwrites, hunterfieldwriting, huntersfieldofwriting, hfwrites, hfwriting are all available in .com (hunterfield is taken, of course). I want it to be a professional name, so I’m probably not going to do huntersfieldofwriting. Any other ideas using my name or initials?
Okay, so I obsessively refresh the nanowrimo website, just to see if anyone donated and if I have nanomail. Typically, the donation total will raise about $10 a minute, sometimes a couple hundred. And I never have mail.
But I just refreshed the site, and NaNoWriMo apparently got a $150,000 donation….the heck?!
Okay, I wrote 3,000 words exactly today. Which puts my progress at 5,067 words. I should write more, but I’m exhausted. And I have to wake up for work in about six hours. Which means I should go to bed. I really need to stop watching Doctor Who and get on my writing!
Ed: Oh yes, and I’m feeling much better about the way the story is going this time around. Amazing what three thousand words can do to a plot!
Okay, so I’m two thousand and sixty-seven words (2067) into my novel. And I’m kind of disappointed. But, I know that it’s just a very rough draft and I have all the time in the world (after November) to edit and tweak it until I am pleased.
Okeedokee, only one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-three (1923) words to go for today! I’ve got this.
NaNoWriMo has officially begun. And now I have to go to work. Yay.
NaNoWriMo has these things called “Write-ins.” Since the idea behind NaNo is largely community-oriented, it naturally follows that the community is highly encouraged to meet and write together. So, regions have write-ins. That is, people from the same region meet at public locations (such as libraries, book stores, and coffee shops) to write together for an hour or two once a week. My city’s write-in is in a coffee shop called House of Joe (punny, yes, and the best part is that the owner’s name is actually Joe). I’m not much for the place during the night, as it seems to attract the strangest people in town. But, during the day it is pretty quaint and there’s an upright piano there! =D
Our first write-in is on Saturday, November 5th. I’m interested to see how it goes. I don’t think many people will show up, but that’s fine with me. I like smaller groups better anyhow. Better quality and less guarded conversations.
Can’t wait ‘til Saturday!
On Monday morning at 1:00 AM, I begin my new job. For the first two weeks, I will be training from 1:00AM-7:30AM on Monday-Friday. After that, I work 10:30 PM-8:00AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 10:30PM-2:30AM on Sunday. I will be taking sales calls for Toys ‘R’ Us. But I’m not actually working at TRU. I’ll be working for a company that manages sales for 90+ worldwide corporations, including Aeropostale, Keurig, Sports Authority, and American Eagle. It’s owned by Ebay, which is kind of weird, but whatever. I get stock in Ebay. Pretty sweet. Oh, and I get employee discounts for each of those stores! I get 44 hours a week, $11 an hour, and bonuses for attendance and overtime. Needless to say, I’m super excited. I’ll be rich soon (well, richer than broke, at least). This should make NaNoWriMo interesting…
I found some of my late grandmother’s (on my mom’s side) books! Several of them are dated in the late 1800s!!!! They’re in absolutely horrendous condition (aka perfect). And they smell wonderful. ^_^ One of them is The Old Man and the Sea by Hemmingway! =D I was delighted to find them. Now to see about restoration/protection/donation/selling?
So, in my post regarding my absence, I mentioned the visit of my grandparents. My mother’s parents passed away several years back. My father’s parents, however, are alive and well and…well off. They flew in from Minnesota last Sunday to visit us. They own a condo on the beach about ten minutes from my place. Their rental car choice this time around? A 2011 Chevy Camaro. Oh. My. Gosh! I saw it in their parking spot the first day and was so confused…then my heart started pounding and my foot became leaden as my testosterone-induced need for speed kicked in. Needless to say, I was super excited to ride in it!
When I finally did, I was not disappointed. Sure, being a passenger in a modern muscle car is not nearly as thrilling as it would be were I the driver, but the car was fast nonetheless. I. Was. So. Happy!
Anyway, just something I wanted to get off my chest. My grandparents are two of the most generous people I’ve ever meant and they live well below their means in order to keep a trust fund for each of their ten+ grandchildren to attend college. They also serve in their community more than most people I know. My grandmother volunteers with a counseling center run by the husband of the Minnesota Governor, Michelle Bachmann. My grandfather is a deacon at a very large parish in Minneapolis. He helps the homeless find jobs and homes and gives assistance to widows and orphans on a regular basis.
I am very blessed to have them as my grandparents and love them dearly. And my parents’ hearts model them quite well. But, I won’t get into thanking my parents for their awesomeness right now.