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Chugging Along

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on April 8, 2013 by Nellie

I really didn’t write much this weekend. The goal I set for myself for Camp NaNo was 30,000 words. It’s doable without being TOO much, really. I’ve done 15k and 25k. 30K shouldn’t be that much of a problem. So far, I’ve only written about five thousand words so I need to write about 1500 a day to get ahead and stay ahead. I’ll have to see how it works.

Yesterday I was kind of busy. I’ve taken to volunteering my time and helping transport rescued cats to their forever homes. Yesterday I drove two very fluffy cuties to meet the last leg of their journey. They are so adorable. It was also my birthday. I’m at this point that while I like to get some things: a gift card for B&N, maybe a really nice bottle of wine, a road trip somewhere, it’s not a big deal really anymore. So I spend my time helping gives cats a second chance when they were close to not having that chance. It’s good for a little extra karma and I’m an animal person. It feels good to make someone else’s day and help them out where it wouldn’t have possible before.

The name of the group on Facebook is Underground Railroad Rescue Kitties Network or URRKN. If you’re interested in joining, just pop over. Though if you don’t do Facebook, I can see about what can be done to join up. And it’s only a few hours a month, if that, of your time. It’s really not that bad.

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Weekend Hustle

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on March 8, 2013 by Nellie

So, it’s yet another Friday night. Where do they all go. I should have something thought up but I don’t. Not much of a surprise but then I’ve been feeling crappy today. I don’t know if I picked up something that someone already had or what. I thought I only had a mild case of the ‘blahs’ last week and got over them but I’ve been feeling exhausted today.

As much I sort of sat at my desk at work staring blankly at the computer when I could have been working on words. As such, nothing really got done. It could be that the weather flip flops. That always makes me feel tired and blech because the weather isn’t making up it’s mind and it’s usually during that time that I get sick. Not stay in bed sick, well maybe a day, but just a run down have zero energy but still enough to get going kind of sick.

The sick that makes you sort of cranky but the effort to be cranky at people is even too much.

I seem to have started off the month like that as I’ve only written once or twice. And I’ve seen some open calls for shorts that I should get on if I want to make a go at this writing thing. Head, meet desk (or table in this case).

I think after this post I will be going to be because in the two hundred words that I’ve written, I’ve yawned like three times. Usually a sign to give up the ghost for the night. Tomorrow, maybe I can wake the muse from the warm covers and see if she wants to do something. Plus i have a few challenges that I need to write for. Hopefully something coherent will come out of it.

Though yet another set of characters has popped into my head. Luckily I’m not quite sure how to describe them or their actions quite yet onto paper. They can stay up there until I’m ready for something different.

I can say that I am NOT looking forward to the time change this weekend and losing an hour of sleep. I’m glad to see Spring show up but that part sucks.

Have a great weekend.

Late Night Ramblings

Posted in blogging, February NaNo, writing with tags , on February 27, 2013 by Nellie

It’s pretty bad when my cat is giving me the “it’s time to go to bed now, mom” look as he lays and waits for me to get off the computer so he can get with using me as a pillow to sleep on. Such is my life.

I’ve been pretty busy right now with work as there have been things happening and due to the nature of how hirings are handled, hoping that it isn’t permanent as there are only two of us to do something that is the work of three/four people.

I want to say that I have something to write about writing but at the moment, my mind is sort of ‘bleh’ at the moment. I’ve progressed on my half-NaNo this month. The past two days I had been too tired to even think straight so no writing had been completed but I managed to write over two thousand tonight and will have about two-three thousand to finish off at twenty-five thousand for the month. Just as long as I don’t get distracted and actually do writing over my lunch.

I would have written today but I had to get a new upright freezer as the one I currently have is on the fritz and the roommate and I are tired of fighting it as this is the second time it decided to do something stupid. And when I mean new freezer, I’m talking new used because that’s all I can afford right now. Either way, it will work and the place I got it from, a local mom and pop operation, gave us a six month warranty.

Annnnd, I think that’s all I’m going to write before it all becomes incoherent and a mishmash of keys.

See you on Friday!

Valentine’s Bah Hum Bug!

Posted in blogging, recipe with tags , , on February 14, 2013 by Nellie

Today, well these last two hours and five minutes, is Valentine’s Day. The day were the price of a dozen roses is jacked up 50 to 75 percent of what they usually cost. Same with the cost of candy. And everyone is all “Do YOU have a valentine?”

No, no I don’t. Not a romantic one. Do I really need one? I’m not bashing on people who have a girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife/whatever combination. I’m long past tired of the media and places making such a big deal about being a couple. At this point in my life, I really have no interest in being romantic. I haven’t for a long time. yes, I have my actor crushes and all that. Who doesn’t? I just don’t have a personal relationship that is romantic.

But everyone makes such a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Because??? You shouldn’t have to expect someone to remember to celebrate a day that was made up by businesses so that they could make money.

Bah. Anyway. I don’t care. Not a big Valentine’s Day fan.

Either way, I made bagels from scratch and it was fairly easy. The breadmachine did the difficult part. So, instead of writing or anything like that, have a recipe!

This recipe makes 12 bagels.
1 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 ts Salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast
Set bread machine for the dough cycle. Let the machine knead the dough once, and then rise the dough for only 20 minutes in the machine. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope and form into a circle by pressing the ends together. Wet one end if necessary. Place on greased baking sheet, cover, and rise 15 to 20 minutes.
Bring water to boil in a pan that is not aluminum. Lower a few bagels at a time into the water and cook for 30 seconds on each side. Remove,drain on towel, sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds and place on greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425 F oven for 8 minutes or until golden.

And here is the recipe if you don’t have a breadmaker.

1 pkg dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup flour
2 quarts water

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Stir in sugar, salt, and 1 2/4 cups of flour. Beat. Stir in remaining flour. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead for about ten minutes, or until elastic. Place in greased bowl then turn greased side up. Turn over again and let rise in warm place for about 15 minutes, or until double. An indentention should remain if you poke your finger gently into the dough.

Punch down dough; divide into 8 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope 6 inches long. Moisten ends of ropes with water then pinch together to form a circle. Let rise for 20 minutes

Heat oven to 375F.

Heat 2 qts. water to boiling in kettle. Reduce heat Add 4 bagels. Simmer for 7 minutes, turning once. Drain on kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining bagels, simmering four at a time.

Place bagels on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until brown.

This might be a bit of a cheat post but…THINKING IS HARD!! 🙂 Just kidding. I don’t have anything really interesting to report other than I haven’t written anything in the past two days and I need to catch up on my own personal goal and I have these set of characters dancing around in my head and I’m trying to figure out how to get them out on paper without them seeming empty.

“Writerly Doubts” OR “When Muses Take a Vacation”

Posted in blogging, writing with tags , on January 23, 2013 by Nellie

I could say how well I was writing if that was true. Yes, the weekend was busy and I even had a day off where I did absolutely nothing but watch an anime that had looked interesting on my laptop. This past week has been very ‘meh’. The mood strikes and any story that I’m working on takes a back burner. I try to shake it off and get back into the groove but sometimes, it doesn’t work. I’ll sit with the document open and just stare at it before finding something else to occupy myself with. It’s all “OH SHINEY! *attention diverted*” and that’s that. Other times it’s just getting in a funky mood and being all BLAH about what I’m writing that I feel like it sucks and that I don’t have what it takes to finish it.

That seemed to be this weekend. I was feeling crappy overall and not even word wars could generate any interest in the story. I MANAGED to get a five hundred count last night and that was in about two hours. Not very impressive at all since I could do that in a half an hour with a good sprint or two. So I called it a night and went to bed early. I’m not sure if the extra sleep helped as I haven’t worked on anything yet. I would like to hope so but then I have several characters dancing around in my head, one of which has been there for a while.

Thing is, I’m sort of afraid to start writing about them because as soon as I get them down on paper, it doesn’t seem as interesting as when they were throwing the party in my head. I can also jot some ideas down at work to take home and work them out but it’s the same thing, the fear that once I start writing about it, it’s going to suck so hard.

I do try to find prompts to get the story jumping but I haven’t found a steady one yet that will work for me. I don’t know if I should stick to pictures or a phrase daily to help keep things going. One of the stories I’m working on is M/M which is way out of my field of comfort but I thought it would be something to try when someone I follow mentioned the open call. It’s due in June so I have the time but there is going to be a LOT of growing pains here.

(Woo, I actually remembered to do a post before midnight on the day it’s due. That’s an accomplishment, right? 😉 )