Monday, November 28, 2016

Spoiler-Free Review of Gilmore Girls: Year In The Life

I allowed myself 24 hours to process Gilmore Girls, and I've concluded that it was a hot mess in spite of decent acting.

The editing was pretty bad in some places. The first two episodes were better than the last two. I guess they thought the racial, sexual, geographical, and personality stereotypes were cute. Maybe you think they're cute. That's fine, I guess. I didn't laugh. We'll agree to disagree. I enjoyed that they brought so much of the original cast back. Great nostalgia, and some of the humor was reflective of the original show, which I felt was important. There was more language than usual, thanks to Netflix. The girls' banter was perfect, and I loved some of the characters just as much this time as I did watching them the first time. I am ok with how it ended, but it was highly predictable. I was expecting it.

I like the show; I just didn't like some of the scenes, which ranged from weak and tiring to straight-up weird. I said "what in the actual hell" more than once.

6/10, but I will watch a sequel if they make it. The actors/characters deserve a stronger plot and better editing.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving, with pups

I gave Jazzy some ham and rubbed her belly.
She says I am now officially the cool Aunt. 

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
In spite of my debilitating health
and my equally terrible bank account,
I have much to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NaNoWriMo and Beyond

I exceeded the 50K goal last night, according to NaNoWriMo's official word count. I feel like it's a little bit off, as my Google Docs word count tells me I've written less. At any rate, I have turned so many circles in The Children of Mossy Hollow that I think it's safe to say that I'm in revisions at this point. That means the first draft is finally done.

It look a lot longer than I planned - four NaNoWriMos and a few writing camps. What makes me feel ok about dragging my heels is that I've had a lot to deal with since 2013, physically, emotionally, and otherwise. There is also the fact that my story involves a real life event in my own family history. It's about children who lose everything and are forced to start new lives away from the only home they've known. There is a lot of sentimental value in that. There were some sad moments, and those were hard to write. I also had to fill in a lot of blanks with fabrications of conversations and other happenings, and I desperately wanted to do the children justice for what they went through. It got to the point that I had dreams about the children. I have been writing stories since I was 8 years old, but I can say wholeheartedly that this has been a unique experience.

Revisions, I expect, will take as long as writing the first draft, if not longer. Then there is professional editing, formatting, book cover art, and all of the details that go into creating a novella. I don't know when I will be able to tackle those tasks, but I'll figure it out. I am not allowed to raise funds or even sell the book for profit when it's published due to SS restrictions. It will most likely be a charitable endeavor, or perhaps even free of charge. I'll keep you posted. At any rate, I look forward to sharing Annette, Odessa, Benjamin, Joseph, and Tilly with you in the future.

Thanks for cheering me on as I continue to write. NaNoWriMo ends on November 30, and I plan to add to the word count until the last day. My other writing projects still have a long way to go, and include a memoir (which will take years), a historical fantasy (The Kate Letters, 50% complete), a fiction drama about HKPP and adoption (Sisterly Love, about 20% complete), and a few short stories for both children and adults.

The plan is to move forward in December and 2017 with art projects. I have several that are awaiting completion, and I am constantly being inspired to learn new things. I am exhausted, but I am not about to let my supplies collect dust, so I intend to immerse myself in studies. Kandinsky is on the list, among others.

If you're in the U.S., have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
If you're not in the U.S., have a lovely rest of the week.

My body tells me it's time for my second nap. TTFN

The Oxford Comma Perfectly Explained

Friday, November 11, 2016

NaNoWriMo and voice dictation (in its hilarious unedited glory)

Hello testing 123 this is a test I am testing voice dictation from my Mac book Pro and it is really screwing up my computer I am not happy with it at home backspace no dammit I said at all.

As you can see come, it is not completely accurate. In fact, sometimes it messes up so badly that I can't help butt crack up laughing at the errors. Ha ha ha see you what I mean?

National novel writing month has been quite and experience and and experience so far with dictation. I am writing a lot more words and it is getting many of them correct but sometimes it is a disaster and I have to backspace and start over by typing the correct Word or phrase. But most of the time I know what it's trying to say and I can simply move forward and continue speaking my normal novel not normal.

Oh boy do I have my work cut out for me in revisions.

I will blog for real later on hi just wanted to show you how funny this has been since I imagine some of my readers could use a laugh right now. God knows I could.

Talk to you soon.