Sunday, October 30, 2011

NaNo 2011

Well we're days away from NaNoWriMo 2011 and, as usual, I have not created an outline. I keep saying (to myself) that I'll endeavour to make one for the next NaNo. Well who am I kidding? I think I'm rebelling against all the times I had to produce outlines for high school and university English classes. I hated doing them then and I still do.
I do have an idea for my novel, but for the most part I'll be writing-by-the-seat-of-my-pants as I have done every year. Simon read my an interesting article from a Mac mag about the upcoming NaNo and how to succeed at it. One suggestion was to blog your novel as you went along. It sounds like an intriguing idea and maybe feedback from my "followers" would be a motivator when things look grim. Maybe in the coming days you'll see a link on here to my NaNoBlog.

Will I make my 50k? Will I finish my novel? Will I blog it? Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Crafting Itch

I seem to suffer from this affliction quite often. I think it's because it's on my I-can't-do-it-so-I-really-want-to-do-it list. The biggest "mistake" i made was subscribing to Burda Style magazine. For those who don't know what it is, it's a fashion magazine full of sewing patterns for the clothes in the issue. Needless to say I have found a zillion things I want to make.

My latest itch is to make an Advent calendar. I have toyed with this idea over a few years. Now I have found the perfect design on Skip to My Lou's site. Here it is:

I need to find some long twigs to arrange in a vase so the birds have branches from which to hang. I'm also 3/4 of the way through my Dr. Who scarf I'm knitting. It's my first knitting project and it's coming along slowly. I only get the evenings to knit (while Simon reads to me). When it's finished I'll post a pic. After that I'm planning on crocheting a hat or knitting a scarf and hat for Miranda out of a royal purple yarn I have on order.

So many projects so little time and I can't choose.