music monday

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47,662

that's how many words i wrote this month. that's how many words book two is, for now. i had an inkling about a week ago that this wasn't going to be a 50,000 word book, the nanowrimo goal, and i made decision. that was ok. unlike the first book, i knew where i wanted this one to end. i knew where i wanted the story to take me and i trusted that. so, 47,662 words, not 50,000. i don't care.  i needed to get back into the habit of writing on a schedule and i did. 

now, i nap. because 47,662 words is a lot of words.

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wednesday words

gratitude. the full-hearted feeling that comes with knowing that what you have is enough and everything else is gravy. 

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music monday

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list of things

some fun, some weird, some that will cause flames on the side of your face; all things i've been into lately:

  • this article about memories has got me still thinking. 
  • uh, there's a new muppet movie trailer. <kemit flail>
  • every single time i read a post at role/reboot i wonder why i haven't added the site to my reader. this post changed that. amazing.
  • this post was chilling. also, the author kicks ass. 
  • this is swell. i also like that i'm starting to watch tap dancing videos and think "i could do that with some practice." it has been a year since i started tap again, after all. 
  • i love this post by kateri about losing a library book. my library book. which some kind portlander has returned to the library for us. i really hope they read it first. its freakin' delightful. 
  • i love flannery o'connor. i loved this post. i'm really excited about the book. people and their faith. its fascinating stuff.
  • i watched this documentary. you should too. then, do a little digging online and allow yourself to fall down the rabbit hole and be amazed and confused.
  • this conversation between mindy kaling and lena dunham is a fun and inspiring read. i love mindy. almost as much as i love jennifer lawrence:

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#selfie

i saw this at target today. i did not buy it but it made me laugh. because yesterday i read this and today my instagram, twitter and facebook feeds are full of #selfie and #feministselfie.

i've had ongoing discussions with friends about selfies. about why some of their daughters post them and about occasionally feeling like a jackass when we occasional post them. and almost all of us do. even shawn does.

i don't know why other people are posting selfies. i know why i do:

i have parents who lives 2000 miles away and like to see my face from time to time.

i spent years avoiding cameras for stupid reasons.

i'm feeling silly. or happy. 

i'm somewhere cool or i want  to mark the moment. 

and sometimes, sometimes my hair just looks fucking awesome. 

but really, it's no one's business. it is not a cry for help and i'm not looking for validation. nor does taking them make me a bad feminist. seriously.

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high school confidential

so, what i was writing today takes place in a high school. there were a few chapters way at the beginning of book one that happened in my main character's school but almost all the action has taken place elsewhere, in the world of adults. what i realized, while i was writing today and the words were coming easier than usual, was that i'm good at high school. my high school self would be very confused by this - since i was terrible at high school while it was happening. 

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wednesday words

confrustrated. confused and frustrated at the same time.

(i don't care that there's an entry for this word at urbandictionary.com. my genius nephew invented it. because being three is very confrustrating. as lucy said, "its hard being little people.")

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music monday

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same diff

i was chugging uphill at a steady clip when i noticed the crows.. a very large murder of crows was hanging out on all the criss-crossing wires over head. i picked up the pace. i wasn't wearing my baseball cap and didn't feel like getting bird poop in my hair. as i was nearing the edge of the danger zone, i saw it and it was headed right for my head. i swiveled at the hips and it missed me. i was certain this maneuver was something i'd learned watching the matrix. i was a bird poop dodging badass.

i looked up and saw a woman headed toward me with her dog. they both appeared to be laughing. at me. "good job not getting pooped on!" she said. so, less matrix, more sprockets.

i don't care. i didn't get pooped on and i crossed the 25,000 word line today. yay, me.

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