Well, I’m now up to 17,486 words. Not breaking any speed records, but continuing to work on the book. I’m doing some needed research. In the throes of NaNoWriMo, I didn’t take the time to do the research I need to do. So now is the research time. It’s better now than earlier, though. Several things need researching I didn’t even know back in November that I would need to know about! Ah, well! I’ll keep on working on it! I OWE it to Tevis, Punjab and Tevis’s children! [Tevis is the protagonist and Punjab is her Goldendoodle mobility service dog.]
I’m looking at wheelchair self-defense techniques right now. There are, believe it or not, several methods! But none of them are workable for someone with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease (RA). Neither are any of the Cane-Fu methods. OK. So where do I go from here in terms of her self-defense? Hee-Hee!! that’s a secret!
In the meantime, I’m continuing to develop characters – Tevis, her children, Punjab, a few friends, and some other contacts. Writing a coherent, believable, mystery is a LOT harder than even I thought! I will persevere, however, despite multiple distractions (not the least being my ever-lovin’ husband, Himself! :-D)
See you later.
This has got to be the MEME of all MEME’s!
Ya’ know – there just aren’t enough hours and minutes in a day already, but I let myself get “sucked in” by NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month], and now I find a mystery novel oozing out of my fingers. The name will be Left Wheel Forward. “An older woman, confined to a wheelchair and in chronic pain, gets out and about with her teen-aged grandson to help solve the murder of a neighbor. In the process she begins to learn self-defense techniques a disabled person can use, and puts them to use when the murderers attack her. Her family is unenthusiastic at first, wanting to protect her, but in the end they are proud of her independence and initiative.”
I understand that sometimes “characters don’t want to go there,” and that summary might change some. As I envision it, the protagonist is very loosely autobiographical. The events are not. I’ve never been involved in a murder – hope never to be involved in a murder. If I were, I don’t think I would get involved to the extent that my heroine does – but then, maybe I would! Won’t know unless it should happen – and I DON’T want it to happen to any of my family, friends, or neighbors! It’s fun, however, to play around with “what if’s.”
You can keep track of my progress with the widget in the right-hand column. I trust I will accomplish the goal of 50,000 words in November.
- NaNoWriMo Starts Today. (jessielansdel.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo (lyssaproctor.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo and Publishing . . . (nfaa.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo and the Lockdown (triciapimental.wordpress.com)
Recently, I’ve been going through Hyperbole and a Half. It’s a wonderfully humorous blog by “Allie.” She’s a wonderfully creative artist, and many of her posts reflect my inner child. This one explains my inability to address envelopes, open bills, put mail in the mailbox, and keep up with my e-mail!
Just like Allie, I have “spurts” of activity in which I try to “catch up” with everything I’ve left undone in my entire life! I have nightmares of trying to find where my final exams are being held (that was the quarter I had Mono and couldn’t attend most of my classes – I still wake up sweaty with tachycardia). My activity level goes from about 5% to 90%. I frantically rush from room to room, picking things up and putting them down somewhere else. Eventually, all energy gone, joints burning, muscles aching, I collapse in my precious recliner and lie back. All the things I picked up are now in the wrong places, but different wrong places than previously. The Swiffer dry mop is leaning crookedly against the wall in the dining room instead of in the cleaning closet. The Swiffer duster is resting precariously on the edge of the buffet. The litter pan is empty in the bathroom. I need to refill it. The cat is yowrling – needs to be fed – Emmy is staring at me – she needs food, too.
I’m sitting, compulsively playing “Majong Titans.”
Finally, I drag myself up, feed Emmy, fill Magnus’ litter pan, and tell Himself I love him, and to please don’t be mad because I “did it again.” Himself hugs me.
Maybe next time . . .
I’m no artist, like Allie is. I’d search for more appropriate illustrations, but it’s just too much for me to handle at this point.
Image via Wikipedia
The question of the day is: What invention, as in something not yet invented (jetpack, teleportation ring, time machine) do you most need right now?
My answer: A bionic body that would work better and without pain than my current body does. I’d like to be able to exercise without pain so I could lose weight. I’d like to be able to go places with my grandchildren – without pain! I’d like to be able to go to the mall – without pain!
A bionic body would take care of the joint and back problems. Maybe it would also take care of the muscle problems.
That’s what I (and Himself) need – right NOW!!
Actually, what REALLY bothers me is that so much is made of such minimal personalities. All Bieber has going for him is his youth and incipient talent – which needs MUCH improvement, practice and seasoning. All GaGa has going for her is shock value. I’m not impressed with her singing ability. As a cartoon from the 40′s said, “OK – she can’t act, she can’t dance, she can’t sing…” She isn’t even enjoyable for anyone over 16 or 17.
The whole celebrity bit bugs me. Just being a celebrity IS NOT a reason for the Walk of Fame, for multiple photo layouts, nor for big concerts costing an unbelievable $75 and up per seat. For KIDS to go to??? To see half-talented, and shock-talented TWERPS??
Yeah – ALL this annoys me.
I’ve posted this in other blogs, but I don’t think I’ve posted it here. This is one of the most beautiful Paschal hymns, and it is performed touchingly and joyously by this group of Serbian Orthodox Christians. Their purpose in making this video is to increase awareness of the need for restoration of the medieval Serbian Orthodox Christian Monastery “Pillars of St. George.”
Hristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
- Christos Voskrese! (fatherstephen.wordpress.com)
- It was embittered (rivendellramblings.wordpress.com)
- EASTER SUNDAY, A Sacred Pascha -ΑΓΙΟΝ ΠΑΣΧΑ Πάσχα Iερόν (vatopaidi.wordpress.com)
From Patrick’s Place comes a meme that I really think I can get into:
name seven of your favorite action/adventure, comedy or dramas that might qualify for the category of “guy movies.”
- I could fill up the whole list with John Wayne movies! He is just the epitome of “guy,” to me, and his movies have been (and continue to be) enjoyed by all the guys I know. So, instead of listing all his movies and missing out on others, I’ll just list him at the top of the list: JOHN WAYNE
- Another actor who could fill up the list by himself is Bruce Willis, so I’ll just list him: BRUCE WILLIS
- Every Bond Movie except Never Say Never Again
- The Great Escape (1963) – but even better was The Great Escape II: The Untold Story that we had the foresight to tape off TV back in the late 80′s. It’s never been replayed that we know of, and it’s not out on DVD – or we’d buy it! The guys in my life love it.
- The Magnificent Seven (1960)
- Platoon (1986)
- Most of Mel Gibson’s films, especially Lethal Weapon I-IV
OK, that’s my “official” list, approved by Himself. I’d like to add a few more, though:
- Hudson Hawk – it’s Bruce Willis at his zaniest, and it’s great!
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004)
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
- Star Wars 1-6
- Star Trek – all the movies, no matter how dorky – they are wonderful – according to my guys
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
- Westworld (1973)
- Dune (1984) also Dune (TV mini-series 2000)
- Indiana Jones movies
Well, that’s the list! But it will always be incomplete – we will discover other movies to be added in the future, and new movies are being made all the time.
What is your favorite sound?
My favorite sound is Russian Orthodox Chant – like THIS. Or THIS.
Bonus topic: What is a sound you’ve never heard, that you hope to hear someday?
The sound of Christ saying, “Thy sins are forgiven. Come, stand at My right hand.”
On my Momma's side, I know our family goes back to the Revolutionary War through my Grandmomma's side. We all belonged to the DAR – and actually attended meetings from time to time. I know less about my Granddaddy's family, except it also went back to a Revolutionary War soldier.
My father's side of the family is pretty much unknown to me. So is my maternal grandfather's side. I may have to join Ancestry.Com one of these years, and get serious about tracing the family back farther. No rich people that I know of, just common shopkeepers and tradesmen. But I wish I knew more about the actual people.
Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize – and not just one, but two! Yet she was, in addition to being a highly intelligent and dedicated scientist, she was a loving wife and mother. Back at the turn of the 20th century, this was a woman who "had it all." Now just HOW did she balance all that back then? I really want to meet her and her husband, Pierre, and daughters, Irene and Eva.
I would be visiting Marie Curie.