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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?

Damp Linens — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is going full force…. or at half throttle as is the case for me.  I keep having trouble trying to get a sense of what would be a good ending for Courting the Swan Song.  I should be just writing, writing, writing right now, but instead, I keep trying to establish that outline that I didn’t get done before November started.

ROW80LogocopyGood thing I start most Writing Months off slow (and usually like this where I fumble through nearly absent wordcounts) or I’d be worried.

As for the rest of my ROW80 goals….  I’m caught up.  Nothing extra, but maintaining.  I even got my sponsor post written and send out.  Steady the course…

And you, are you participating in the madness known as National Novel Writing Month?  If so, how are you doing so far?


No fancy WIPpet maths today.  You get 11 sentences for the month of November.  And since my sole focus of this month of writing is getting Alanii’s story straightened out (and finished), all excerpts for November will be from Courting (as much as I love pulling bits and pieces in from the other stories in the series, I really need to get this book done; it’s starting to weigh on my mind constantly).

Man getting dressed.

Man getting dressed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alanii blinked at the man stupidly, then turned toward the small window of his room. The filtered glow he’d taken for the early rays of morning light was coming from too high up in the sky to be anything but several candlemarks past his usual waking time. He threw off the thin coverlets and grabbed at the breech-clout his friend passed him, still slightly damp from laundering. He grimaced as he wriggled into the cool, clinging linen. At least they didn’t smell of several days sweat and road grime. “Why didn’t you wake me earlier?” he asked, reaching next for his tunic.

Instead of handing him the blue shirt, the Hastor reached past the door and dropped Alanii’s remaining damp clothes on the bed. “We’ve been trying off an’ on for the past few glass. About two past, Lan was here to check on our day’s plans. You gave him an earful, but you may want to head to the common room before he heads out to clarify some things.” The man’s smirk grew to a full smile.

Have I ever mentioned that I love the Hastor?  Pretty much all of them (well, maybe not the triplet’s father, Valarian, but even he has his moments)…  Good thing Alanii shares my fondness for the family.

As always, a big shout out to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for hosting of WIPpet Wednesdays.  For a WIPpet, writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date at the group linky.  Company, comments…  even gentle (or not-so gentle) critiques are always welcome.