Thursday, October 31, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 Begins

It's time!

I and over 200,000 people from all over the world are diving into a 30 day, 50,000 word writing marathon.

I look forward to introducing people to the amazing Felix Valentine, Kate, Charlie and Weebe, Detective Anderson Bradshaw, the bone picker, Lise and Belle, a ghost who gives great advice, and many other endearing characters.

I'll check in here when I can. The frequency will depend on how far ahead I am. My minimum goal is 2000 words a day.

Let's do this!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

NaNoWriMo Prep

NaNoWriMo begins in one week. I won't be uploading the stories here, but I may share a little about them as I'm writing.

The freezer is full of homemade soups for quick reheating, and I'll be using the crock pot like a mad woman. This week, I'll do some bulk cooking in the form of burgers, chicken, and meatballs, which reheat well. I'll go to the store for mixed nuts so I'll have something to munch on during the day.

I will take Saturdays off, because I have local events on all four Saturdays in November. That means I'll have to work extra hard the rest of the days. It averages out to 2000 words a day (the absolute MINIMUM), if I take Thanksgiving off too (I probably will).

There are two NaNoWriMo meetups being planned! There is one on November 1st in Mobile, and one TBD on the Mississippi Coast. I hope I feel up to attending both group sessions.

The NaNo forums have been so helpful the past couple days. I have more pirate info and murder suggestions than I know what to do with, ha! If you want to keep track of my daily word count, I've installed a widget on the right side of the screen.

I've used Evernote for ideas and outlining, but I've decided to use Nisus Writer Pro for the book itself. It has a sidebar that includes spelling and grammar check, a thesaurus, and word count. It's fantastic. I'm ready to do this!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Painted Bra Art Project Auction 2013

It's finally time! The charity auction that includes my painted bra begins at 8AM Central!

100% of the purchase price goes to the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

My entry last year raised $40...fingers crossed that the bids are higher this time!

Thanks again for the support! XO

Friday, October 18, 2013

I'm here...sort of.

I survived the Periodic Paralysis International Conference. It was a nice experience, and I'm glad I was able to go. I wasn't feeling well (I was downright sick, the car and all...yikes) but the important thing is I made it through. It was good to meet others who know what my life is like, and I appreciate the physicians who are working hard to understand this disease. I'm very grateful.

I gave them my blood, and it should be in Germany at this point. I hope to hear something from the researchers there in a few months. I've decided to invest in 23andMe as well, and I look forward to getting the results from that. I'm interested in seeing what my DNA says about me.

I'm still recovering from the trip. Very, very exhausted. I'll type out my notes from the conference and share them...eventually. For now, I'm trying to catch up on household chores in between naps and episodes, and I've resumed preparations for NaNoWriMo.

I wanted to ramble a bit more, but I'm having a hard time sitting up. Time for bed.

Talk soon,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MDA clinic update, and going to Orlando


Not really, but this week is insane:

Monday - went to Jackson, stayed overnight
Tuesday - MDA consult, went home
Wednesday - Walmart run, visited Mom, packed for Florida
Tomorrow/Thursday - Leave for Orlando, stay overnight somewhere half-way
Friday - Arrive in Orlando, Periodic Paralysis Conference begins
Saturday - Conference all day
Sunday - Conference end, genetic testing, leave Orlando and hopefully make it home by 11pm

MDA appointment went well, although my muscles were in bad, bad shape. So heavy I couldn't tie my own shoes, and pain was a 9...almost in tears. Had a good consult, and the MDA rep said she looks forward to hearing about the conference.

Pretty sure I have a sprained right hand, and lucky me, I'm as right-handed as it gets. I can do very little with my left. Doc thinks it's a Carpel Tunnel flair-up, but I twisted it pumping gas last week and still believe it's a sprain. I do know I have CTS, though, and either way, Dr. H wants me to wear a splint for six months. That's going to make NaNoWriMo if the contest isn't challenging enough. I'm not backing out, though, so that is that.

I've deactivated my Facebook account for now, but I'll be back soon (for those who are on my list). I've lost a lot of tolerance for the place lately, and need to make a change. I'm not sure what that will entail, but I imagine my blog readers won't be affected.

Prayers appreciated for a safe and productive trip to the conference. And again, I am so very grateful to those who helped make this possible.