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Day 338 - Q&A

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Q: Where were you all month in November?

A: Except for the couple of 'days off' for Thanksgiving, I was working on a book at Na(tional)No(vel)Wri(ting)Mo(n

Q: Did you finish?

A: Sure did!

Q: Can we read it?

A: How shall I put this... no.

Q: Why not?

A: Oh, among other things, it's not finished... it's so rough as to serve as sandpaper. Coarse-grained sandpaper. It's a total mess, but - at least I got something on paper.

Q: Are you going to finish it?

A: Dunno. Not anytime soon, that's for sure. Never let anyone tell you writing isn't hard work - I have a whole new appreciation for people who earn their daily bread with it.

Q: Are you going to do NaNoWriMo next year?

A: At this point, I don't think so. I need to get over 2011 first. Let me get back to you on this, say, next October.

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Seriously, I was mostly wrapped up in working on trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days. A fellow Sparkler (you know who you are... Barb) put me onto this and I thought, what the hey, I'll give it a whirl. Man-o-day, that's brutal. And what's worse, all that effort but hardly a calorie burned. 'Tisn't fair.

The main reason I reran the alphabet blogs from last winter is because I knew I would be tied up and too written-out to write more each day. I had those already in the can except for the last few. It worked out pretty well, to my mind.

Since I had the resolution to blog every day this year I haven't missed a day. (Am I jinxing myself here? lol) There've been some reallllly short ones, but I've managed to get something online even when the 'net and my computer have been acting up. Gotta love that cell phone--!

Hard to believe we're into December. I've gotten Christmas cakes (British-style) and a 'plum pudding' (also Brit) underway. I can cook that kind of stuff with no problem, as it doesn't tempt me one bit. They're full of fruit and liquor, and for my money, aren't very tasty.* Kind of makes me think of a dark fruitcake or a damp, stodgy dark fruitcake, depending on whether it's the cake proper or the steamed pudding.

*I'm not talking about MY cake and pudding. Ha ha. I've never made a real, honest-to-goodness Christmas pudding before. I've got a funny contraption to steam it in, and it has to be 'fed' with brandy pretty much up until The Day, when it gets steamed again. Cross your fingers they come out okay. One of the stepsons has problems with any kind of nuts, plain, toasted, cooked, peanuts, walnuts, you name it. Not an allergy, just a severe digestive problem. The commercial English desserts all seem to have nuts of one kind or another, usually almonds, so by making these I'm omitting any nuts so he'll be able to join in. M'self, I'll take pictures, but darned if I'll eat the things. I'll have to rely on them to tell me if I got it right.

I started the Christmas card addressing today. Sometimes I think it's about the only holiday tradition I still keep up with, now that I'm so far from the US and the kids are all grown and gone. It remains a 'don't miss' for me, as it reminds me of bygone days and keeps me in touch with people.

That's it from me. Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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    I've learned how to do the traditional Christmas cakes that my Mom & my Grandmother's made; but I never learned the Christmas Plum Pudding that they made. My Grandmother's are both gone now. Maybe I should learn from my Mom while I can.
    3379 days ago
    Awesome blog as usual.....
    I have heard that those writing things in 30 days are really hard work....
    Well done for doing it....
    I do encourage you to consider finishing your book though...it is good to finish what we start....
    Go you
    3379 days ago
    Would be interesting to sample them. Okay, did you write a story about a crazy US lady living in Britain and visiting all the historic sights and houses? LOL
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    3380 days ago
    Well done! My friend at work who pulled NaNo off last year, didn't finish this year. She got sick, had company... the things that can get in the way!

    She did, however, publish what she wrote last year, and I have a published copy which I have read. When (notice I didn't say "if") you finish this one? Send me the link to order a copy, because I *do* support my writing friends!

    Congrats on all your hard work... now down with orange hair, and back to real life, Christmas pud and all!
    3380 days ago
    I enjoy all yer blogs and I admire what you have done on Spark---Lynda emoticon
    3380 days ago
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