Monday, November 30, 2009

NaNo WINNER!


I did it! Now for a happy dance and than sleep.
December 14 the editing starts.

NaNoWriMo Song

While avoiding writing the conclusion I found this…there was a link on the nano home page.
The lyrics totally follow the emotional highs and lows of the past month, especially the plot holes, lack of a social life, and the huge amounts of consumed caffeine.

Lyrics:
Did you ever want to write a novel
A lot of people want to write a book
So sit down and focus cause it's November
and I'm gonna write a freaking book

Verse 1:
It's only sixteen-sixty seven words a day
given up your social life and stay indoors
and forget about your grades, your boyfriend, and your job
Do it later, 'cause now I need to write a thousand words

Hit twenty thousand words and I'm feeling awesome
Man I should make writing my career
My main characters have chemistry, my setting is believable
Think I'm going to win this year
Really think I'm going to win this year

Chorus
Verse 2:
I just passed thirty thousand words - I'm feeling pretty lowneed inspiration but I really just have none
I just realized I have plot holes and my writing really sucks
Can you remind me why I thought this would be fun
I powered through to forty and I'm nearing the end
I'm at the climax and this part is really radit's mixture of relief, perseverance. and caffeine
and just little touch of going mad
and just little touch of going mad

Bridge:
Wanna go see a movie?
I can't, I'm writing
There's this really sweet party
I can't, I'm writing
You've been in your room all day
Don't care, I'm writing
Girl this can't be healthy
Shhh. I'm writing.

Not There...Yet

But some of my friends are:
I still have 2,770 words to write before midnight.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Knit Day

After seeing the Advent Conspiracy video last year I made a personal commitment to make most of my Christmas presents this year. I've been knitting most of them. Some of the girls at Kidsworld saw what I was doing and asked if I could teach them to knit so today we had a knitting class.

Today was our "knit day" I taught some basics that would enable them to make a dish cloth. It was a lot of fun. I had one experienced knitter to help with the instructions, three adults and three younger girls all wanting to learn to knit. Everyone seemed to enjoyed it and some even asked if I would have a follow up knit day in January. The best line was:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day; neither was a dish cloth.”
–Knit Day Participant

Thursday, November 26, 2009

On This Day

This year, I’ve been really nervous about the word count. I’ve felt behind the daily word count goals since the first weekend. At times I’ve been as much as 16,000 words behind. So today I did some comparing.

November 26, 2007 -45,116 words
November 26, 2008 -29,945 words
November 26, 2009 -36,822 words

My word count isn’t as great as my first year but it is definite better than last year. I feel hopeful about winning and I am just 13,178 words away from reaching the 50,000 with four more days to write.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thought of the Week

My church sends out a weekly eBulletin that includes a thought of the week. It was my turn to wrote it so this is what I said:

Life doesn’t always go the way we expect or plan. We have all had moments when the world came crashing in around us or it felt like the darkness had taken over. For the past eight weeks we have been looking at choices that bring healing in these struggles. We’ve discovered the importance of friends and community. That God has created us for relationships and interaction with others. This is the idea and vision behind our church’s Life Groups, that people connect, share needs, and support each.

We need people but people also need us. God’s plan for showing the world his love is us, the body of Christ. We are to “be Jesus to a hurting world.” Not just the church as an organization but you and me as people. Today, right now, you know people in need. God cares about them and their needs. He wants to use you to be Jesus to them through action. He might be nudging you to give, to share, or to listen. Are you listening or are you too busy to notice?

During my five month internship in Swaziland, Africa I attempted to learn the siSwati. One of my language tutors told me that siSwati does not have a word for “busy.” He had explained that culturally there was no need because no one was ever “too busy” for another person. People and their needs are never considered an interruption but an opportunity to connect. People matter before everything else.

That is how I want to live, as if the word “busy” does not exist in my language. There are so many things that distract and keep me busy especially with Christmas approaching. I want to put people first, to make them a priority, and show them Christ’s love with my actions. Being Jesus in this hurting world is going to look different for each of us. It may mean putting off making house renovation in order to meet a neighbour’s financial need. It could mean missing the hockey game in order give your time to someone. It may mean giving up your plans to be there for a friend. It could be send a card, pick up the phone, or making a batch of cookies. It could be giving a hug or lending a shoulder to cry on. Or it might mean that you share your story and speak the truth of what Jesus has done in your life. Being Jesus will look different for each of us but it will all communicate love.

Today ask God to show you who you can be Jesus to and how you can meet their needs.
Pastor Liz

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Writing, Radio, Video

I hate writing. Hates a strong word, I dislike writing. Writing brings up negative past emotions inadequate and failure. Over time, I’ve nurtured a habit of avoiding writing even when I need or want to. Then why am I participating in this insane monthly challenge known as NaNoWriMo? I like to tell stories and I enjoy sharing. Writing have become a great avenue for me communicate stories. I’ve even learned to enjoy it. I might even love it which sounds paradoxical to me. This love/hate relationship has really hurting my word count but I am back on track and NaNoVideo has helped:

I miss wrimoradio. It was my favourite way to procrastinate the previous two nano experiences. They were neat podcasts that included tips, songs, funny quotes, and sound bites from writers around the world. I miss wrimoradio but have accepted the new nanovideo.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Joyful Re-Finding

A few years ago I stumbled upon Liana’s Journal, where she would post beautiful colour outfits for a paper dolls she designed. Not as weird as it sounds. Only I found the site after she stopped updating it. I enjoyed the designs and creativity but was sad that there was nothing new. I even checked back a few times to see if she had added anything. It was always the same till I just stopped looking.

Then today when I was searching for something else I found her new paper doll project. The drawings are amazing! I love them. I also love all the different things that inspire her. There are outfits inspired by Dollhouse, Firefly, Battlestar Galatica, Twilight, Ponyo, and Harry Potter (all things I love/enjoy). There are 1800s dress and some with fairy and mermaid themes. Then there is a whole section of outfits designed from red carpet evetns, books, and her everyday life. I am so happy with my re-find. It is a good day.

Plus I’m at 27,124 words (only 22,876 to go in 8 days...it's possible, right?!)!

The dress you see is one of Liana's many designs. The dress based off of Goldberry’s initial description in the Fellowship of the Ring.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

20,000


Happy Dance...and then back to writing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

"Space Cowboy" (Small Joy for Firefly/Serenity Fans)

Last night after Rally in the Valley Andy Scott and I were catching up, he had been the guest speaker and did an awesome job. When I got a text from a friend saying Serenity was on SyFy (Thanks Aaron!). I love and still miss Firefly. So Andy asked if I had seen the recent Halloween episode of Castle. I hadn’t. He recommend I search for “Castle Firefly” on youtube. This is what I found:

For those of you who watched the 35 second clip and just don’t get it, Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) "space cowboy" costume is suspiciously like the one that his character Mal Reynolds wore on the show “Firefly” which aired five years ago. And no it is not time “to move on”.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Half Time Plan

I don’t watch football. I’ve seen one full game once and a few Super Bowl kick offs, and that is it. I know very little about the sport and most of what I do know comes from sports movies like Remember the Titans or Facing the Giants.

But what I have learned is that half time is key. If you’ve ever seen one of these underdog to victor sports movies (my favourite as a kid was the first Mighty Ducks not football but fun) the “loser” team makes it to the big championship and does horrible in the first half. At half time, while the school band does their thing, the coach is in the locker room giving a very inspiring speech and everything changes (plus someone is hurt and the team is "doing it for him").

Sometimes there is a brilliant new play that relies on the teams unique qualities. The second half is nail biting, edge of your seat action, waiting to see how the team will win (Spoiler: Coach Carter is the only exception I’ve seen to this model).


Today is the NaNoWriMo half time. The band is on the field playing classic video game themes and I’m in the locker room feeling defeated.

The word count goals are killing me. I should be at 25,000 and I'm not. I’m down 14,000 words. But I will not be overcome. I will fight back. NaNo Victory is still a possibility. "I've worked to hard to give up now!" It might mean hours spent at coffee shops, new crazy plot twists, having my main character break out in to song causing me to include pages of lyrics, and buckets of coffee and other caffeine enriched drinks. I don’t even like coffee –but I’ll take one for the team.

If you have any encouraging advice on how write 50,000 words before 11:59pm November 30 are possible please leave a comment. This is where I’m at right now:
Word Count: 11,892

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mark Of The Beast and Other Marks

Tonight, while in the editing function of blogger, I realized that my previous post (Dealing With Loss) was my six hundred and sixty-sixth post. That’s right; the last post was number 666 – the mark of the beast. So I have concluded that Matthew was indeed correct in his “Pin The Tail On The Anti-Christ” series (it is from “way back” in 2005, what a fun series).
The Anti-Christ is indeed suspect number 3 –Bill Gates.*

More noteworthy, yesterday was To Write Love On Her Arm Day. I participated:
From the Facebook Page:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
To Write Love On Her Arms Day is a day where anyone can write the words love on their arms, to support those who are fighting against depression and those who are trying to recovering. On this day, just write love on your arms,and show it off, other people will ask why you have love written on your arms,and you tell them you are supporting to write love on her arms day, and how its benefiting a nonprofit organization helping stop depression, and make love the movement ♥

Writing the word love on your arm isn’t an earth shaking world change (even when done with a permanent marker) but small acts can have surprising impact. 25,497 pictures have been uploaded to the event page. Not all of them were of arms with “love” but they are the majority are. Participating gave me the opportunity to talk with a number of people mostly parents of adolescences of the struggles many youth face in regards to self-injury, addiction, depression, and suicide.

* For those with no sense of humour or believe me to be without a sense of humour I am kidding and the fact that I feel the need to state that I am kidding may in fact prove that I have no (or little) humour in me.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dealing With Loss

It is 3:55am...and I am currently going through the five stages of grief. I am mostly see-sawing between anger and bartering. I've had a bit of them all with the exception of acceptance; I'm expecting that will happen sometime tomorrow (if I hit 18,000 words).

Disclaimer: My deepest apologies to anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one, a relationship, or even a beloved goldfish. In the light of your loss mine is much smaller. I do not mean to belittle or mock your sadness. Here is my story:

I am in the middle of week two of NaNoWriMo and all that that means. Week two is the hardest week to write. The energy and exuberance of starting has worn off, so has the caffeine buzz, and the surge high. Week two is when everything crashes. You hate your plot, the main character, and everything you’ve written. All you want to do is delete everything or quit. It is a challenge to push through, ignore the inner-editor, and keep writing. This week had historically also been tough for me because I am recovering from Boos-ounter. Since the weekend I’ve been behind in word count. Today the gap between what I had written and what I should have had grown to more than 6,000 words. Today’s plan was to catch up and I was doing good and I was saving throughout the day.

Tonight I am at the church with Inn From the Cold. I thought it would be a great chance to write. I had good word growth. While I was have a short break (celebrating reaching a word mile stone) my computer randomly decided to update itself. It shut down and all progress I made today is lost. I’ve looked for the auto-saves and backed up files...gone. I was hoping that when I reopened word it would have a “this file was recovered”...nope. All brilliance (and crap) written today is lost to the digital void. 2,000+ words gone. I am in shock...I am angry...I have tried to reason with the computer...I have threatened to throw it out the window...sadly I haven’t found my words. They are just GONE!

Please do not let yourself become a victim. If you are a wrimo, if you are working on a paper or writing a sermon...save your document. Now!



Word Count: was at 13,605 now at 11,563 (look at the word drop)

P.S. In this moment, right now, this is the closest I have ever come to "throwning in the towel" and just stopping. Why bother?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thankful Thursday

1) Words
2) Warm Beds
3) Sleep
4) Inspiration
5) Canned Nestea
6) New families at church
7) Volunteers

Word Count: 6724

Monday, November 02, 2009

I dream in 1,667 words

The wait is over, November is here, and the words have begun to fly. It is time again for NaNoWriMo but what is NaNoWriMo? I am glad you asked:

Every November, tens of thousands of people take on NaNoWriMo’s challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel in thirty days. It’s an anti-contest writing contest, where the judges are missing, the prizes are lousy, and writers and non-writers alike have the time of their lives bashing out surprisingly unhorrible books in an absurdly short amount of time. –A NaNoWriMo Poster
This is my third year participating and first time as a municipal liaisons (which means I organize the local chapter of nano writers, plan writing events, and a post contest party). Hopefully this year will also bring about my third nano win. If you're interested in joining the fun there is still time to sign-up just visit the website.

At the moment I am focusing on meeting the daily word goal of 1667 and attempting a personal daily goal of 2000 words. So far I've meet those goals two days in a row. I did a happy dance to celebrate and then remember there are still 45,998 words to put into some coherent order.

Word Count: 4002