crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's November and that means I get to decide if I want to attempt NaNo again this year. I'm thinking probably not since I have enough trouble writing journal entries, let alone an entire 50,000 word story. But maybe I should have a go at writing something. Maybe my difficulty writing is because I'm out of practice and I should force myself to do it more. But I don't like the idea of writing something bad, even though I know I'm the only one who'll ever read it.

I could also attempt NaBloPoMo again. That's a bit easier since I don't have to write that much, just something every day. Of course in that case I'd have to remember to visit LJ on a regular basis, which could be an issue.

Hmm, I'll see how I feel. But for now, have some rambling about TV shows:

Bones, Castle, Doctor Who, Prison Break )
crystalcazzie: (Hermione)
So nobody came trick-or-treating yesterday. This means we've got a tub of chocolate bars that we're going to have to eat ourselves. Oh the hardship.

We're now 18 hours into November and I haven't written a word for NaNo and I'm not sure I can be bothered to. My motivation is currently hovering somewhere around zero. Woo.

Halloween

Oct. 31st, 2012 06:44 pm
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
Happy Halloween, everyone!

I carved my pumpkin on Saturday while watching Strictly Come Dancing and drinking wine. Maybe that's why he looks so happy:





Such a happy pumpkin.

He's currently sitting by the front door, ready to welcome any trick-or-treaters who might come by. So far no-one has appeared, possibly put off by the rain, but the night is still young.

I went to Starbucks earlier and tried a pumpkin spice latte. I was a bit wary at first but it was actually really nice. When I got home I made bat cookies and now I'm drinking a jack-o-lantern cocktail. It's quite strong and I still have to make dinner later. Hopefully I'll be able to stay upright.

I'm also dressed up, complete with witch earrings and Elphaba necklace. I mention this because no one else is. I'm really the only person in my family who gets excited about things like Halloween and Christmas. Clearly I need to get some children. Or find some friends who live close enough that I can force them to celebrate with me.

In other news, it's November tomorrow and that means I have to decide if I want to do NaNoWriMo and/or NaBloPoMo this year. I'm pretty certain that I won't be able to write 50,000 words, but I'm thinking it might be good to try and write something. And I hardly ever come on LJ any more, so NaBloPoMo might be difficult to achieve. Or it could be my triumphant return. I see I'm not alone in drifting away from this site though, so if I do end up posting every day I'll probably end up filling your friends pages with nothing but my pointless ramblings.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
And with this post I win NaBloPoMo. I expect a prize, internet.

Congratulations to any NaNoWriMo winners. My traitorous mind has now come up with an idea for a story I really want to write. I think it waited a whole month on purpose just to mess with me. I'm going to try and write it anyway, but without the motivation of NaNo to spur me on I may not do very well.

November

Nov. 1st, 2011 07:54 pm
crystalcazzie: (Halloween)
Happy November, everybody! I hope you all had a lovely Halloween/Samhain. We actually had two sets of trick-or-treaters come to the door, which was nice. The boy from up the hill was very impressed with my brother's Angry Birds pumpkin.

But October and Halloween are behind us now and we must look forward to the future. To November. To NaNoWriMo. Except I've been wavering back and forth on whether I'm actually going to do it this year and I think the final answer is no. Mainly because I have absolutely no idea for a story. That's a bit of a hindrance and I don't really want to spend ages every day forcing myself to write something I'm not really into.

I might do NaBloPoMo though. It would be an incentive for me to post more here and not disappear for days at a time like I have been doing. :)
crystalcazzie: (Pearlswine Rat Greatness Personified)
Here it is, the last day of November. Now, where are we?

Snow - finally here! Not too much of it, so travel wasn't disrupted, but enough to leave a very pretty white blanket over everything and more flakes falling from the sky almost constantly. It was like a scene from those Christmas films which are always so unrealistic, showing people doing their Christmas shopping in the softly falling snow!

NaNoWriMo - 43,104 words. So technically I've failed. But I feel very accomplished because I have actually finished the story this time! Usually what happens is that I reach the end of November and lose all my momentum. All my other NaNo stories just stop suddenly with no resolution and it never really feels right to go back and continue them so they just stay like that. But not this one!

NaBloPoMo - This post marks my success! I'm sure you will all be pleased that it's coming to an end and you will no longer have to suffer my stupid rambling every day. Rest assured, the stupid rambling will be more spread out from now on.
crystalcazzie: (Hermione)
I have seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1! I went with some people from work and there were about ten of us in the end, which was good. I feel like I should say something about the film here but I'm not sure what there is to say. I loved how close it was to the book.

And, while I'm here, there is one day left of November and I still have 9696 words to write for NaNo. I'm going to try and write a bit now but I'm pretty sure I'm going to fail this year. Oh well.
crystalcazzie: (Grissom Sex Hat)
I now find most of my free time being eaten up by Sporcle. NaNo is not looking good this year...
crystalcazzie: (I Harth Darth)
My NaNo story's wordcount has just passed the halfway point. My NaNo story's storyline is nearly finished. This does not bode well.

Still, I have plans to spend the next few hours engaged in some late night desperation writing. Who knows, maybe I'll find a whole new direction to go in. Probably not.

Also, there are still plenty of songs to be guessed on my first lines lyrics meme. If you haven't looked at it yet, please have a go. I'm thinking that tomorrow I might add the next lines for the ones that haven't been guessed yet in order to make it a bit easier.
crystalcazzie: (NaNo 2008)
I'm currently on 14607 words for my NaNo novel. Not great, but better than I was doing at this time in 2008 and I went on to win that. (See icon for inspiration.)

I nearly said I was doing better than last year, but of course I didn't do NaNo last year. Because this time last year I was in Sydney. Damn, time goes by quickly. I can still picture it all so clearly.

And now I feel sad because Sydney was so amazingly awesome and I wish I was back there now.

NaNo Fail.

Nov. 10th, 2010 11:55 pm
crystalcazzie: (Default)
Wow, I really suck at writing.
crystalcazzie: (Procrastinators Unite)
I'm only on 8000 words of my NaNo novel. I still haven't caught up on my Bones viewing. I bought Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray last week and still haven't watched any of it yet.

So what do I do today? I play LOTRO, which I haven't played in three months.

So apparently I'm now procrastinating things I actually want to do. Clearly there is something very wrong with me.
crystalcazzie: (Procrastinators Unite)
I think my brain is sabotaging itself. I decide to do NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo and suddenly I find all these other things I would rather do instead. Most of which don't even involve me using my computer.

I'm currently on 2683 words for NaNo. That's far behind the 8334 I should be on now but I'm hoping to catch up at the weekend when I have more free time. Assuming that I don't find something else to fill it with, of course.
crystalcazzie: (NaNo Icon)
Thank you to everyone who replied to my last entry. I really do appreciate your kind responses.

I know I've been rubbish at commenting lately and I promise to try and do better. I just have to silence that little voice that always pipes up to tell me that everything I write is stupid and the person whose journal I'm replying to will judge me and hate me forever because of it.

It's that same voice that stops me posting as much as I would like to. But I actually have a way of dealing with that. I'm doing NaBloPoMo again, which means I have to post an entry every day of November, no matter how stupid it may be.

I think I have a better chance of winning that than NaNoWriMo. At the moment I really don't feel in any kind of mood to write anything. I mean, it's taken me the better part of an hour to write this entry alone!

Still, I can but try. Maybe once I've started I'll get into the rhythm and it'll be easier. Now I just need to work out where to start...
crystalcazzie: (NaNo 2008)
NaNo word count: 50,252

But it has been stressful getting to this point today. Stupidly I hadn't been backing up the document as I was writing it ("I'll do it at the end. It'll be fine!") and lost it all when Word decided to be a complete and utter bastard when I tried to save it. After a couple of hours of desperately trying to find any recovered document of the novel that wasn't corrupted beyond all hope, I gave up, posted a expletive-filled post lamenting my stupidity and decided to see what I could remember of the story to start again.

That's when I saw a file with a weird name in my Writing folder and decided to see what it was. Lo and behold, it was my story! Minus the last few sentences I'd written but otherwise completely healthy.

Clearly the Computer Gods smiled on me today, after punishing me for my hubris first.

Brrr

Nov. 24th, 2008 10:42 pm
crystalcazzie: (Default)
I went back to work today and, wow, the stockroom is freezing. A customer even commented on how cold their items were when they came out. I'm sure this can't be good for us.

Also, my NaNo novel is up to 36,393 words. This pleases me. I think I may actually be able to win this year. (Of course now I've jinxed it horribly...)
crystalcazzie: (Default)
NaNoWriMo word count: 23,533

I think it's safe to say I'm not going to win this year either.
crystalcazzie: (Tara/Willow)
I suppose a more detailed account of the awesomeness of Saturday night is in order. People came round, we had fireworks, we had a bonfire, we burnt various things, we played Cranium, we drank, we laughed, we created diet coke mentos geysers and basically had a thoroughly good time.

I would write an even more detailed account but I'm not feeling very well at the moment. This is also why I haven't written much for NaNo in the past day or so, which means I'm pretty much screwed when it comes to reaching the word count by the end of the month.
crystalcazzie: (NaNo Icon)
My NaNoWriMo novel is currently at 13,440 words. Far short of where I should be at the moment but enough that I could still reach 50,000 by the end of the month if I really pushed it.

So now I'm in that uncertain place where I'm not sure whether to accept defeat and just continue writing the story without worrying about word count, or if I decide I want to go for it and try to reach the goal. Hmm... decisions, decisions.

Also, I am aware that my icon is two years out of date. I'm too lazy to get a new one.
crystalcazzie: (Autumn Leaves)
A post on [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes has introduced me to the AutoSummarize function on Word and now I'm having too much fun summarising my old stories and fanfiction.

I particularly like my NaNo novel from two years ago, which comes out as:

“Marie.” “Marie.” “Marie. “Marie. “Marie! “Marie.” “Marie.”

“Marie.” “Marie. Marie!”

“Marie! Marie!” “Marie!” “Marie? “Marie?”

“Marie?” “Marie! “Marie.” “Marie. “Marie.”


That year I reached the goal of 50,000 words. Apparently a lot of those words were 'Marie'.

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