Tolkien, artist

Changing Times, Changing Seasons

My egrets left their pond almost a month ago, and my grey heron left a bit more than a week ago. Now the warm temperatures are following them and fall/winter is arriving. Today is the first day when our high temperature will be in the mid-50's Fahrenheit (12.5 Celsius, approx). A cold front will be coming across the northern part of the state, and we will see our first snow today. Not here in the Twin Cities (thank goodness) but across the northern part of the state.

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day, warm and slightly breezy with our bold scarlet, bright gold, deep brown and brilliant green leaves all vying with one another for a "best dressed tree" award. I took a break from sitting at the computer while having a wonderful, long conversation with Aearwen, and sat outside on my patio nursing a glass of wine while talking. Thank goodness I have a chance to talk with her weekly. I can bounce things off her and even though we rarely speak specifically about stories or WIPs, we still manage to focus on problem areas and clarify them. The story I was stuck on which was on Version 2 got a serious revision again when I returned to my desk and Version 3 seems like it will do what I needed. I'll read it over one more time to be sure before finalizing it for submission.

I did the official thing yesterday and signed up for NaNoWriMo. For those who may be unfamiliar with this, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place in November. I've known I was going to make the attempt to do this for most of this year and didn't need to officially sign up, but I also know that there are various events, writers boards and get-togethers, and different motivational things that occur during November to help keep all of the authors on track to succeed in their goal of producing 50,000 words by the end of the month. I have a feeling I will need that support, so I did the official sign-up thing :-) I can't start writing until November 1st, but I'm looking forward to letting the words out and I just hope it turns into a true novel, not just a longer story.

Have a fabulous day!
I wish NaNoWriMo was in August or January - those are times of years when I'd have enough time for such intensive writing. But November leaves no hope for me - my days are too busy then. I was playing with the idea of participating, but that's so not good part of the year for me.
But I can be a cheerleader for my friends who do participate! :) You can count on me! :)
The time of year is causing me a lot of anxiety also. As someone who works in retail, November/December are our busiest months and those that we count on for a good portion of our annual income. Telling myself that I can write 5-8 pages a day - well, I might be fooling myself. But I really want to do this, so I'm going to at least give it the best shot that I can.

Love your cheerleader! Thanks, hun!

- Erulisse (one L)
I really like the top picture.

Good luck with Nanawrimo - have you thought of a plot yet?
Yes, I've been doing the background research for several months now. I want to do a mystery novel set in the historical backdrop of the Colorado gold and silver mining towns that I grew up in. I've been wanting to write this novel for almost a year so just getting it down on cyber-paper will be a relief.

I figured if I told people I was doing NaNo I'll have people who will push me when I need it. My DH won't really be helpful - he is never really good about my taking time to write.

- Erulisse (one L)
1,700 words a day hurts to begin with and then again at that two week mark where you hit the wall, but you do almost get used to it. Also, you'll write more some days, less on others, and it evens out. I did make sure my family knew what I was doing and when I'd be doing it and to leave me alone then, which was probably a sanity saver.
I'm actually looking forward to it although I'll put other things on the back burner like my monthly LOTR Community prompt story and maybe a Teitho story. But I really want to tell this story and I want to do some o-fic and work outside the fantasy realm. Thanks for your comments, I'm sure it won't all be smooth sailing so having people in my corner to throw occasional tomatoes at me will be a real help.

- Erulisse (one L)

The northern part of the state received between 4"-12" of snow yesterday. It's unusually early for that much and doesn't bode well for our winter this year.

- Erulisse (one L)