Category Archives: Some Words Sundays

Writing, Stories and a ROW80 check-in

ST4S — It’s So Easy

… to fall in love with…


Excuse the Buddy Holly song…  But it really is so easy to spend way too much time on Youtube.

Especially when one is desperately trying to not write anything for her NaNoWriMo project….

English: Path junction at Cow Ford One path fo...Oh!  Did I just say that in a public place?

Well, yeah, I did, and I did so intentionally.  It’s my day off after all, and I’m savoring the unwriting time with some of the ‘best of the interwebs’ or at least some of the silliest and cutest and most intelligent stuff that I can find following a single Youtube cow trail.

(A cow trail, as you may or may not know, is a meandering path through a seemingly endless field that makes several unexpected, and often scenic, pauses along its way.  Clearly cows have a great sense of what’s nifty in life.)

And how I did it was to go to video John Holton had posted on his Two for Tuesday I’d been meaning to check out but couldn’t play via my laptop earlier this week (some places I wi-fi limit access to Youtube (and in the case of the Uno’s Grill in Latham, it even restricts access to the ROW80 blog).   So after enjoying some Sergio Mendez I clicked on one of the suggested videos that show up in the video screen after…

Oddly enough it was for this slash/spoof of Star Trek the Animated Series with William Shatner’s Common People as a backdrop:

Normally Youtube would recommend videos based on the video I watched, but something about their new algorithm is choosing some videos based on prior viewings…  and I watch a lot of strange stuff, some just for myself, some for my son.  So I got this next:

(Frankly, the Harrison Ford/Rose McGowan one ended up being better, but still only mediocre humor.  I love Weird Al; he can do a lot better than this stuff.)

My Little Pony is pretty popular in our house, as evidenced by some of the other suggested videos I was given.  Among full episodes of the Friendship is Magic series, there are also some really fun fan projects by Bronies (and not).  And who knew?  You could learn to speak Polish or Italian or …  well, lots of languages by watching MiP:

And the best part of this video?  Watching Derpy Hooves!

(A cool thing about Derpy Hooves is that she’s a fan-created character.  The writer of the series created and developed Derpy’s character based on discussion she saw on social media sites.  If that isn’t the ‘best of the internet’, I’m not sure what is.)

It’s not all silly stuff.  After a very fun video about Fluffle Puff (the other fan created pony who is all hair–more on my obsession with fluffy things some other week), I decided to peek at the more intellectual offering in Youtube’s suggestions.

Clearly I wanted to learn about Capitalism.   Of course, I watch a lot of RSA videos (along with TEDTalks…), so this suggestion made sense:

And after that…  and supper, I spent some time with the Boodle watching this (warning: long, but fun):

A lot of videos…  And there was some Minecraft playing and a yummy family meal, and even a nice soak in the bathtub…

A great day off after a week of getting my five sentences (and more) done daily.  I’ve still got a fair ways to go on my NaNoWriMo wordcount, but I also have a bunch of handwritten work (about 15 pages back and front) to add into my already recorded count on the NaNo-site.  My Row80 sponsor duties are all on track, and I even managed a 45 workout on Thursday that included some weights and cardio.

So, in all…  A pretty good week.  And a nice day off.  But that’s ending now.  Tomorrow’s a busy day on top of another week of busy days.  So, until Wednesday…  Adieu!

Photo Credit:

  • English: Path junction at Cow Ford One path follows the farm track through the gate and turns to the east while the other crosses the ford by a new footbridge in the trees to the right and heads south-east. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ST4(Tuesday!) — Seeing Faces

I keep seeing fellow writers out there with Pintrest boards where they post (or rather pin images that remind them of characters in their stories).  And as I see these posts and boards and …  well, I give in now.  I had told ROW80Logocopymyself that I should not start one for the Swan Song series because it was really just another excuse to procrastinate and because I really do NOT need another reason to do Google Searches of cute guys just to say I am trying to get inspired…

But I give in…  mostly because I want a new reason to procrastinate I think.  I really should be working on my nearly nonexistent NaNoWriMo wordcount.

But for those who want to see some of the images that I feel best fit my characters, here are the Pintrest Boards for

ROW80 check in

Well, things are going slower than I hoped.  I’ve picked up steam on Courting the Swan Song for a couple of days, but slacked off this weekend again.  I must have let myself go too long before starting NaNoWriMo, because regaining the daily habit is not working the way it should.

On the upside, I keep having all sorts of inspired thoughts about my characters and the situations they’re in.  I even came up (on Friday) with the perfect ending for the book, one that opens the door for the rest of the series and yet gives the proper opening for the next book in the series that Alanii ‘stars’ in.  It even opens up the fourth book in the series that I’ve been slowly plotting out points for.

- Yummy -

– Yummy – (Photo credit: Warm ‘n Fuzzy)

How’s that for super yummy awesome?

As far as everything else…  sponsor duties are on track.  Great workout on Thursday, sat at my desk most of Friday….and Saturday… and Sunday (but I played videos games on Sunday instead of trying to work).  Monday I got that evil wisdom tooth pulled and then spent a family day up in Saratoga Springs.  The Boodle spent hours in the Children’s Museum, and hubby and I traded fun observation time.  Then after a delicious late lunch at the Saratoga Tavern where I even tried a beer (not my usual choice of alcohol), we all walked though through Congress Park  (COLD!).  We topped the day off with grocery store turnovers, The Big Bang Theory and quiet time.

So I am really late with this post….   That’s okay, isn’t it?

ST4S — T is for … OUCH!

Orthopantomogram of my teeth, showing an impac...

Orthopantomogram showing an impacted wisdom tooth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a cavity in one of my wisdom teeth.  This tooth has been impacted for years and even had a filling put in it about ten years ago.  This Spring, the tooth broke a bit and my dentist and I discussed the possibility of getting it extracted, but there had been no pain, and a glop of (what I thought was going to be) temporary filling material kept things that way.

In fact, I forgot completely about the tooth until this week when I went in for my annual cleaning.  The hygienist, with the best intentions, I’m sure, removed most of the filling material, and now….

I’ve taken one of every pain reliever I have in the house, so I can soft-chew the ravioli soup my husband made for me.  It’s working…somewhat.

Tomorrow I’ll be calling my dentist to see what can be done.  I had hoped to hold off on getting the tooth extracted until January when the next round of insurance kicks in, but we’ll see what happens.  I may not care how much it costs us to deal with the pain by morning (last night it kept me awake).

My little KIA, an accident waiting to happen

My little KIA, an accident waiting to happen

And on top of this, tomorrow is also “Teeth-Clencher Extrordinaire”…  or in simpler language “the day I take my car to get the brakes done”.  It sounds simple enough, except we live in the Heldeberg mountains, and there really are almost no brakes.  I have a new bottle of brake fluid.  I expect it to be gone well before I reach Albany.

So that’s the excitement in my life.

So here’s my brief….

ROW80 Check-in

Well, it’s NaNoWriMo time and I’m behind.  I could say it’s because I’m not feeling good or because I had family visits to do on Friday or any number of reasons, but really it’s because I always start National Novel Writing Month slow.

Vintage National Pressure Cooker, Eau Claire, ...

Vintage National Pressure Cooker, Eau Claire, Wis. 12 (Photo credit: beautifulcataya)

It’s just who I am and how my ‘process’ works.  Sometimes I don’t write anything for the first three or four days (not the case this time, but close–I have 1370 words written at the moment).  Then, as if my mind has been slowly cooking away… a little creative pressure cooker…  suddenly in the second and third weeks I burst out with days of 5K (average) only to slowly fizzle on the last week with a word here or there.

I’m not sure it’s a good system, but it seems to work for me to get the word count in.  Whether it creates anything worth polishing for publication….  Well, that’s debatable.

It also allows me to (mostly) keep tabs on all the other things I need to do for the month.  The field trips, the holiday shopping, the family visits, the…  well, I’m sure you all know because you’re doing all that too.

And in that, everything is on track.  I am writing, and I am getting to my sponsor duties, and I am…

Well, I am just doing the best I can.

How about you?