I’ve been writing and doing write-y things lately (like prepping for NaNoWriMo).  So, it will be no surprise that I have run across a 30-day writer’s prompt challenge.  I’m totally excited about Day #4!

I found some Dansko Mary Jane’s on clearance yesterday and they were too cute to let go.  It felt like shoe shopping when I was a kid:  there was an actual shoe store clerk to help with fitting (a dying breed).  And there I was with one pair of excellent shoes to go back to school in!  However, I’m already back to school…but, hey, it’s Labor Day weekend so I am calling it the same thing.  [School starts too early anymore…!]

I’m debating on whether or not to purchase some yarn for a sweater.  I’ve never knitted a sweater before and it’s a LOT of yarn to get at one shot (you need the same dye lot).  And what if I don’t like it when it’s done?  Then I’ve spent wads of cash on all this wool yarn that I will have to frog out and it will just sit there in the basket making me feel awful…


Easing back into reading, slowly

As I write this, someone in the living room is watching The Addams Family (movie, 1991); Wednesday and Pugsley are performing their Shakespearean death scene for the school talent show.  All I can hear are the gagging death-coughs of Christina Ricci…(which is, of course, the reason I KNOW it is The Addams Family).


Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.  I am reluctant to barrel through this book with unholy speed because I am enjoying how often I laugh.  I’m not talking about the material evoking an amused smile or a polite titter.  I mean sincere, deep belly laughs…the kind that make you the object of stares from strangers.

I inched a few steps farther into The Hobbit.

But, I am most proud of my passable progress through The Fires of Heaven; to be fair, it is an audiobook which leaves me free to do other things (like knit or draw) while listening.


On a better note, my reading–as snail-like as it is–is allowing me to write again.  I forget how often they feed each other…

Happy birthday, blog!


Allegraphy is 1 year old today!

In my very first post I listed a few things I wanted to accomplish in 2012, and mostly didn’t.  So much for my follow-through (see flibbertigibbet)…

This year, instead of listing things I want to accomplish, I thought I’d try to list things that are less finite:

Goal #1Be healthy.  Make healthy food and lifestyle choices.  Eliminate soda, hfcs, milk products (mostly), and meat.  And, if I fall off the wagon, the world won’t end; just adjust and re-focus.

Goal #2Be creative.  Write, paint, draw, play piano…etc.  Do something each day even if it is small and most definitely if it is silly.

Goal #3Tune out.  Computers and phones and tvs can be turned off without panic; none of it is that important.  Read, knit, stare out the window…

Goal #4Dig in the dirt.  The garden plans are already underway.  Plus, it will aid all previous goals.

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1.  First book on the agendaTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

2.  Coke.  It is almost 1:30 and I will happily pinch anyone.  Tea is not going to make this withdrawl easier…

Panic, panic! It’s the end!

Ok.  Really, I am fine on my Nanowrimo count and will not have a problem slinking across the 50k line this year.  Woohoo!

Currently, I am at 49,119 words.  I need 881 more.  Fortunately, I think I can cover that small amount before midnight tonight.

For those of you who are still writing:  don’t give up!  You can still continue to write AFTER the deadline–even though you won’t “win” for Nanowrimo, you can still prove to yourself that you have the ability to do the work!  Keep on clicking at the keys…

Good luck!

Write a love letter

I ran across this video earlier in the week and, as it is Black Friday, I thought it would be a lovely counterbalance to the mass consumerism and crowds of cranky people.  You can find Hannah Brencher‘s organization here:  The World Needs More Love Letters.

Write a love letter.  I don’t care if you write one to a stranger or even write one to someone you know.  The act of writing a letter means that you took the time out of your day to think about someone else, even for just a few minutes.  And that, my friends, is love.

Pitching a fit

I am tired and out of sorts tonight.  Technically, it is after midnight and so that makes it Nov. 4, but since I haven’t been to sleep I am still counting it as the 3rd.

It’s a big change having a new housemate plus Nanowrimo and a dozen different personal things on at the same time.  Let’s just say it is a tad rocky.

  • October reads:  0
  • November reads:  0 planned as of this moment
  • November book purchases so far (Kindle e-books):  Robin Hobb’s Dragon Haven and Robin Bates’ How Beowulf Can Save America
  • Nanowrimo word count:  4506
  • Nanowrimo expected word count for Nov. 3:  5000
  • Mood:  crabby
  • What would make it better:  a heating blanket and a long, long nap (and maybe some spicy bean soup)

Here’s to hoping Sunday is a better day than today…!

Nanowrimo Begins!

Today is the first of November.

All over the world there are people who have taken on the challenge to write a novel in 30 days (50,000 words).  By the end, some will abandon all hope; some will finish with flying colors; and others will limp across the line with only a single word to spare.  To spend that everlasting month of cold, gray gloom locked up and typing like a lunatic…that is Nanowrimo.

May every participant be blessed with neverending possibilities and speedy fingers.

Away we go!

A bit of Tuesday inspiration

I caught The Daily Show in my Hulu queue early this morning (yesterday’s episode)…guest:  JK Rowling.  They put up the extended interview online:

Part 1 (from show) and Part 2 (extended exclusive)

I was intrigued by her difficulty to write heroes and how she views the mythic hero as a figure.  All in all, it was a fun bit to watch.