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!