January 8th, 2009

I write therefor I am

Writing Away.

I finished my two short stories today. One is just under 1,000 words, the other is just under 750 words.

This proves it's not that hard to write 1,700 words a day. In fact, I'm convinced it's possible to write 2,000 words a day without pushing too hard.

Not only did I write these stories, but I've re-drafted each several times and have finished pieces tonight. (I plan to submit them to the two different competitions tomorrow.)

Of course, it doesn't hurt that (as always) I have Marilyn mistressmarilyn to beta for me! I'm so lucky. She really knows her stuff and always gives me great advice.

Once again they're written in the Children genre, which appears to be my personal niche. I've certainly written a wide variety of other genres, but for some reason this is my current focus.

I have to say that it's really satisfying to have these two stories done. I like what I've written and feel entirely comfortable putting them out where people can read them. (Yes, I'll also share them here for anyone interested in reading them -- right after the two competitions have ended.)

It's interesting that I haven't really shared much of my fiction that's non-fanfic. But that's going to change this year...

Well, I've got "Frasier" on and a cat (Henry) sitting beside me in the office as I type this. My friend Jessica pb_n_jam posted to her blog today (woo hoo) -- and I'm hoping she'll find LiveJournal as wonderful as I do!

I've done the cat boxes, but I need to finish up the rest of the garbage and recycling (yes, it's that time again). The wind is AWFUL and I suspect it's still pouring rain, so I'm not much looking forward to it. (When do I ever?) But it's going on 1:00 a.m. now, so I need to get to it.

I adore my new Iomega eGo portable hard drive!!! I've moved my entire 'My Pictures' folder there -- which took hours to do -- and can access it as easily as I did on my D: drive. Pretty awesome! (That folder was 15 gigs, believe it or not. Almost 3,000 subfolders, containing almost 107,000 files!)

Actually, I've backed up My Pictures at this point. I hope to start actually removing things from the D: drive tomorrow. Considering it's close to FULL now, it's going to be great to get more free room. I guess I had to be sure the eGo was working okay before I started to delete. (smile)

A cool feature of the eGo is that it acts just like another drive. It even has a Recycle Bin and system files. Interesting! And it's so small. It fits easily in one hand. It plugs in just like a jump drive, except that it requires two USB ports, rather than one. But it doesn't need a power source, which is cool.

Okay, I promise not to bore you further with eGo stats. But I'm glad they had the sale and we bought them. I think it was a very smart move.

Time to get to work -- and then to bed!


"The Dark Knight" Wins Big at the People's Choice Awards!

Personally, I love "The Dark Knight" -- and obviously the PEOPLE (that's us, folks) did, too. (That's why it has such amazing box office numbers.)

So I'm pleased as hell that it did so well at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards. The movie won five awards, including: Favorite Cast, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Action Movie and Favorite On-screen Matchup (for Christian Bale's Batman and the late Heath Ledger's Joker).

And, yes, the slashers of the world say thanks for that last award! (heh) I guess it's NOT just slashers that like seeing these two together...

Bale (hot, hot, hot) did a good job, saying, "On behalf of all of the cast from the movie, thank you very much to the fans. Here's to Heath." Very classy.

Here's a few celebratory photos:

People's Choice Awards - Jan 7, 2009 - 1
Christian Bale accepting People's Choice Award.

People's Choice Awards - Jan 7, 2009 - 2
"The Dark Knight" folks on stage together.

People's Choice Awards - Jan 7, 2009 - 3
Aaron Eckhart and Christian Bale.

I hope this is a sign of things to come...
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Garbage and Recycling? So Much Fun.

I went outside to find my garbage and recycling roll carts had BOTH been knocked over and OPEN by the high winds.

Needless to say, I had to spend some time picking up the contents that had been blown all over the yard and down the alley. (sigh)

I'm thankful I didn't have more of it out at that point, if you want to know the truth.

Anyway, I finished up and hauled it all down to the curb. Then I looked around and got a little freaked out by the fact that nobody else had their cans out!

I came inside to hunt for info, but didn't discover any delays for this week. But I got worried that the reason nothing was out was because my neighbors are smarter than me -- and they know the wind is going to knock it all down and spread it to kingdom come!

So I went back out (big sigh) and hauled it all back inside the garage. I was afraid to try leaning them against the house, because that's where I'd had the garbage can earlier today, for all the good it did me.

This means I'll need to get up early tomorrow and take it all back down to the curb yet again.

How lovely it was being out in the dark, in the pouring rain and high winds getting this done! I can't wait for repeat performance.

Oh. And I'd done the cat boxes earlier and left the bag of old litter lying in the center of the garage, stupid me. So Marilyn mistressmarilyn didn't see it when she got home (it's black in a dark garage, after all) and she pulled right over it! I had to make her go out and move the car so I could get to it.

Happily, I'd had the bad in the center of the floor, so the tires didn't tear it and spread dirty kitty litter and cat feces all over for me to clean up. I think that out-weighs all the bad things, so I'll go to bed with a smile on my face, thank you very much!


Neil Diamond, Sister Sue, Greta, Marilyn and Me...

I'm toasted, so this will be very, very short. The Neil Diamond concert (his last of this tour) was great, great fun.

I drank way (way) too much. Way too much. (Can anyone say 'hangover'? I'm sure that's what I'm facing tomorroooooooooooow.) Along with a work day at the office! It's always good to get drunk the night before you have to work. Right? (heh)

Greta, sister Sue, Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I had a good time together and laughed so hard.

No time to read my LJ Friends tonight -- but maybe tomorrow (???). Sorry all. (I had to re-type the last line because my fingers were on the wrong keys. Wasted. Wasted.)

Hector (the yard guy) came to fix the camellia today. I have photos. I'll share soon.

I wrote two (count 'em, two) stories today. Both are drabbles (one is 100 words, the other 500 words) for our Writing Circle project next Monday night. I sobbed while writing the second one, where I killed off a beloved character from my NaNo novel of 2008...

And I colored my hair today, thankfully.

That's it. I'm too toasted to continue. See you guys tomorrow!