Thursday, November 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #5

Thirteen places I’ve been on vacation:

1. Seattle and Auburn, WA – Went with friends to visit (their) relatives and see a couple of concerts. Saw Gwen Stefani up close…then my ears rang for two days. Not kidding.

2. Los Angeles – Visited a cousin. Got to sit on the patio at a Starbucks on Sepulveda, drinking coffee and watching planes landing at LAX every 20 seconds or so – right over the road. OK, so I was only one impressed with this… Call me a tourist.

3. Yuma, AZ – In November, Yuma was 80 F, and Missoula was in the middle of a winter storm. Glad I was in Yuma. Toured the old Territorial Prison, which is now a museum, and drove out to look at the sand dunes.

4. San Diego – The Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Point Loma, and a harbor cruise past an aircraft carrier. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, balmy 75 degree weather.

5. Boston and Haverhill, MA – Visited a friend. Being a pedestrian in Boston is scary. Enough said.

6. Hampton Beach, NH – We rented an apartment right on the ocean for a week. Since it was December, the town was deserted, which was cool. On our last morning, I got to see the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.

7. Freeport and Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island – Another winter vacation that rocked. Beautiful blue sea, balmy temperatures, delicious food, and live music at the marina each night. They were filming Pirates of the Caribbean #2 and #3 while we were there, and we could see them in the distance from the public beach at the “national” park – ship goes out, ship goes back in, ship goes out, ship goes back in, rinse and repeat.

8. Alaska, Canada, and a whole bunch of U.S. States – We took a ferry up the coast of Alaska then got off and drove across Canada and then back across the U.S. to get home. I was four, and I remember very little of it except for losing a little toy car on the ferry. I was quite upset. My sister was two. I think my parents were very...patient to attempt this trip.

9. Michigan – I have relatives there. As much as they love me, I think the mosquitos love me more.

10. Jacksonville, FL – Sort of a working vacation. Oh boy, can it rain in Florida.

11. Sacramento – Hot, hot, hot. It hit 108 F the day my BFF and I went to the State Fair, and (because of the heat) the guys running one of the beer tents let us stay there most of the afternoon even though we were underage. It was so hot the asphalt was uncomfortable to walk on.

12. Yakima, WA – A wedding (yay!) without alcohol or caffeine (boo!).

13. Anacortes, WA – My sis and I needed to get out of the smoke one summer and this area came highly recommended.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Nano Update: Making Some Headway

Just a brief post today. Last night, I managed about 2000 words on the Nano novel. That's 330 more than the required average daily pace of 1670 words, so I've made a slight dent in my word deficit. Yay!

Monday, November 05, 2007

NaNo Progress

I got off to a slow start this year on Nanowrimo. I've had the cold from Hell for the last five days, and I found that I can't write on Sudafed (that's right, the real stuff -- not that pseudo-Sudafed that came out the real stuff was relocated to behind pharmacy counters, but that's a rant for another post). I had about 500 words before our first write-in on Sunday, but by the end of the day, I was up to 3200. And I did 200 more this morning before work.

I want to update my user profile on the Nano site with my book title and a genre -- except that I haven't figured out a title yet and the genre list provided by Nano doesn't have romantic suspense (I chose "other genre" *sigh*). I did post a very short excerpt of the WIP.

Tonight doesn't bode well for more writing either. I have kickboxing after work.