March 12, 2012

Monday Murmlings

I feel like I haven't posted in ages, but in reality it's only been since Thursday. A lot has been going on since then and I haven't really been able to post anything. This is what's been going on and what I'm thinking about this Monday morning:

1)  Since Thursday I've relocated to my parents' place an hour away for the next month or so (family health situation). It's amazing how much stuff you have to bring along when you're away from home indefinitely. I seriously feel like a traveling circus, like the Ringling Brothers or something. Between my parents' cats and mine it's a little like a zoo around here, which is wonderful for my allergies. Good times, good times. Still, it's nice to spend time with my mom and to be able to help out in whatever way I can.

2)  Change Write Now Round 2 started up on Sunday so those of us participating have been getting to know our teammates and making some important changes to our lifestyles. This has been challenging for me since my schedule and surroundings have changed, but I'm giving it my best shot and so far so good. I ate out last night and was very proud of myself for choosing a healthier option from a menu teeming with yummy-looking pizza and other temptations.

3)  I bonked my head so hard getting into a minivan yesterday that I was honestly concerned about having a concussion (no joke). I've got some serious skills, obviously. First day with my new head.... Last night's sleep was hardly a good one as my mom woke me up every couple of hours just to make sure I was okay. Needless to say, neither of us feels overly motivated to do a whole lot today. Boo.

4)  Before leaving home I printed off a copy of my WiP (aka Beaster Book), and actually seeing that sucker stacked on my desk was both exciting and alarming. I plan on doing some serious revisions over the next while and I know this will be way better on paper. I do feel bad about wasting paper, but it'll be easier than doing it all on computer. I'm still hoping to be mostly done this story before we head off on our trip to Scotland at the start of May. We'll have to see how that goes.

5)  Today is the LA premiere of The Hunger Games movie! I caved to some of the commercialism and bought a mockingjay prop replica pin which I will probably wear until it falls off. I also gave in to the temptation of the China Glaze Hunger Games nail polishes. Yes, I'm a little embarrassed about this, but they were just really cool. Since my mail is being held while I'm away I won't have them in time for the movie. Too bad. I'm fully expecting to see a pile of Katniss-inspired braids at the movie, along with the possibility of Capitol-inspired fashion. I'll be sporting my HG tee and mockingjay pin!

So what's on your mind this Monday morning? Go ahead and share a little of your brain vomit.

13 comments:

  1. Ouch, sorry about your near-concussion experience! Although it makes me feel better about the number of times I've nailed my head on the freezer door and gone on self-imposed concussion watch. I am a huge klutz.

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    1. Kind of freaked me out, but then I was probably overreacting. It sure hurt though! I'm a bit of a klutz too. Sometimes I kind of think I'm klutzier now than I was as a kid :D

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  2. Wow, that's a beast of a MS! I loved printing mine off, but my printer sure didn't :P I feel I should plant a tree to replace the paper it ate!

    Today, packing is on my mind ^^; And instead of packing, I've been watching 24 and writing. Whoops!

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    1. It is definitely bigger than I'd like :) I hear you on the tree planting thing. My printer was none too happy with me either. I suppose it's good that you got some writing done, right? :D

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  3. Ouch, Jaime! Hope your head feels better! I´m about to print my draft and feel quite excited about it :D

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    1. It does feel somewhat better now, thanks :) Very cool that you're ready to print your draft out! It's totally exciting to actually see it in paper form :)

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  4. I always do at least one edit of my manuscripts on paper. I find waaayyyy more things that way to fix/change on paper than I do on a computer.
    (the poor trees)

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    1. It looks entirely different on paper than it does on screen, doesn't it? I also like the idea of sitting down with my red pen and doing some marking up. It reminds of when I was teaching :) We should all fund tree planting efforts to make up for our guilt lol.

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  5. Okay, I confess to figuring out how to do Katniss' braid during the reaping and wearing my hair that way a few times. To my defense, it looks pretty awesome and gets every strand of hair out of my face!

    I love revising on paper. To save my printer and my sanity, I've had them make single spaced, double sided bound copies at the print shop. That way, I lug a quarter of the weight around with me.

    And I'm CWNing, too!! We can do this!

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    1. I've totally been toying with the idea of learning the braid for the movie. Is there a tutorial somewhere? I'd wear it like that regularly if I knew how :)

      That's a smart idea getting it printed out for you (single space and double sided). Might have to consider that next time :)

      So far so good with CWN. Good luck to you! :)

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    2. I'm sure there are tons on Youtube. It's actually a pretty simple dutch braid that you carry along the back of your head and then loop the end back and pin it under the original braid (tuck the ends in.) I don't know if that makes sense, but if you see a picture of the back of her head, it's pretty clear :)

      It's definitely worth the extra money (and probably saves on printer ink) to do the bound version. And the added plus is that no papers go flying everywhere if you drop it!

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  6. I hope all is well with your head, Jaime. :(

    I considered printing out my novel and getting out the red pen when I was about to make my first pass at revisions. When I was working on my M.Div., I did this for all my papers. But printing a term paper doesn't take nearly as much ink as a 230-something page novel. And the thought of making the changes on paper, and then having to apply those to the digital version made my decision. :)

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    1. Head is feeling much better, thank you :)

      I'm one of those people who kind of revises as I go. To get myself in the right mindset to write on any given day, I read what I wrote the day before (or the last time I wrote). This always involves making changes here and there, some big and some small (all on the computer). So this GIANT printout is more for final-ish changes to the writing before getting others to read it. I just notice things on paper that I don't on the computer. I still feel bad about the amount of paper it took up though O_o

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