Gearing up for NaNoWriMo...anyone else interested?
I finished early last year with the word count, but still haven't finished the novel...procrastination is the key to never actually getting anything accomplished! Looks like I'll just start another one. That's alot to think about in one day, considering it starts tonight at midnight, and I just decided this minute to sign up.
If I finish this year I AM SO GETTING A T-SHIRT (I never even ordered one last year - I wonder if they have any left?)
We have started homeschool preschool with Titus, well actually with T and V because V will not NOT "do school" if Titus is doing school. She is not one to let a perfectly good worksheet pass her by. Actually, as far as that goes, she usually does about twice as many worksheets as Titus. That's just her thing. And of course, if Titus and I are playing a game, she is certainly going to play, too. Uno, Cariboo, Slamwich, Guess Who, Candyland (they are both getting too old for Candyland, as they have found ways to try to cheat), Hi Ho Cherrio, Dominos, Sight Word Bingo...I could go on, but I don't want you to get too tired.
It is unfortunate that time must be made for sleeping. I don't seem to have enough time to get things done during the day, and I am not one who can function with less than 6 hours of sleep a night. How did people get anything done before there were electric ovens and washing machines? I guess they just had different priorities.
Still no word from Rodale on the publishication. I am taking this as a "no" and moving on. No harm in shopping it around elsewhere.
I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to post, but I seem to have been separated from my camera for reasons that I don't quite understand. It went to work with DH one day two weeks ago, and no one has cared enough about it to help it return home as of yet. I do have some pretty sweet pictures of Titus with his mohawk that I will have to post later.
Okay, is it just me, or is anyone else really getting tired of spam in the xanga messages? Surely I am not the only one.
I went to the West Virginia Writer's Conference on Friday and Saturday. There were about 400 writers there from several surrounding states. I learned a great deal, met an agent, boosted my confidence, and got a little time to myself to get my head into the writing game (thanks, DH ). I won an award - third place for People's Choice. The requirements were minimal. Write a peice that you could read in less than three minutes. Read it in front of all the competitors, try not to throw-up from nerves. Then vote by secret ballot and see who gets the most votes. The worst part was definitely reading in front of other people. Luckily I got threw it without revisiting my lunch. I also got a lot of great information about magazines and journals that are asking for submissions, especially from "Appalachian" writers.
So, now I am working on finishing up my memoir for review in the middle of July, and working on the query letter and book proposal to go along with that book. I have tucked away in a notebook somewhere (I say nonchalantly - I know their names by heart HeHe) the name of three agents who might be interested in seeing my memoir. (please pray for me on that). Additionally, I am working on some submissions to see if I can get my writing resume pumped up with publications, which will help sell my book. This writing thing is a tangled web. I have always wanted to write, both for money and for personal satisfaction, but I was always afraid to try it. Now that I have gotten my toes wet, I want to cannonball into the pool. Unfortunately, I really haven't the time for much more than up to the ankles.
My tiny princess is now three years old! Her birthday was Friday, and we had her party today at a local pizza joint. She had a costume party, per her request. It was a hoot! I spent many an hour on her castle cake and the party favors. We had a great time. I was really surprised that all the kids, save on little boy, sat and ate their cake while I read them the story "The Princess and the Pea" Titus even said that was his favorite part. I read the book and at the end, I told them all to look under their seats for a green "pea" - whoever found it got to take the book home with them. Here are a few pics of the event. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any pictures of me dressed to the nines in my Queen costume.
The gang (well, part of it, anyway)
The girls (well, part of them)
The boys (at least the little ones). I printed out chest sheilds and let them color them and tied them on with string. Drew refused - okay :) Jared colored one, but I'm not sure what happened to it. Titus wore his until he laid down for a nap after we got home.
The Princess Castle Cake.
Here are some pics of my gal from previous birthdays. It doesn't seem possible, but she seems to get more beautiful every day. She is such a joy and such a difficulty at the same time. She is the kind of kid that lives for a laugh, and her goal is to entertain you, even if you don't want to be entertained. She also is as stubborn as a mule. She must get that from her father. HaHa!
SECOND BIRTHDAY - we went to Sesame Street Live. Vaida and Daddy loved it.
I am a Christian, Stay at Home Mom of two and Wife to my Dearest Husband, except on Fridays when I don't stay at home (HaHa), unpublished writer, who diligently types into the wee hours of every night.