Bloggy Update 11/20/21

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So. Many. Words.

Nanowrimo is fast and furious and taking place this month. For those “in the know” (or trying to write an entire novel in 30 days while doing normal everyday life things), we get it. Creating characters that are believable, forging plots and sub-plots that make some kind of sense, and having it all come together in four weeks can be mentally exhausting, creatively challenging, and kind of a hoot.

I just reached over 36,500 words (72%) and have 10 days to go. At this point I believe that I will make it, but like anything, I need to stay the course. When it’s all said and done (re: December 1st), I’ll set this first draft aside and try not to think about it until February. That’ll be then when the real work starts – making a real story out of a quickly typed first draft which is, no doubt, full of errors and non-sensible problematic points. That’s writing, though.

The Holiday Expo (last event) on Saturday, November 13 went really well. I had no idea what to expect, but all in all, it was fun and very well organized. I was the only author, but I don’t believe it was a detriment. It gave folks a choice among all the other vendors. 🙂

I have one more event this year. Again, this will be a first for me. It’s a “Maker’s Market” at one of the local restaurant/breweries (Destihl in Normal) on Sunday, December 12 from 10am to 3pm. As time gets closer, I’ll post more details on the Events Page, so be sure to check back.

As for what we’ve been watching, here’s a modified list off the top of my head:

The Sinner (newest season) – LOVE this. Bill Pullman is the king of the “side eye”.

The Art of Self-Defense (movie) – Actually, pretty good. It’s a little goofy and somewhat over the top, but it gets serious (sort of) in a good way. Kind of a comedy/drama.

Narcos (Mexico) – Season one so far. Just started. It’s okay. Charlie likes it better than I do, but I’m interested enough to keep going. I just find that I can’t binge more than two episodes at a time. (unlike, say The Office…lol)

The Dark and The Wicked (movie, 2020) – Uh, yeah…if you can get past all the jump scares/quiet scenes/jump scares/quiet scenes/jump scares….I think you get the point. I think I gave it a 5.5 or maybe 6 out of 10. If they focused more on the plot, dialogue, and backstory instead of trying to SHOCK you, it could have been a great movie.

Riders of Justice (2021) – I was ready to shut it off all through the first 30 minutes…BUT, I held on and it got better. Military guy teamed up with “the comic relief group” of guys in order to make things right. Decent. Sometimes funny. I’d recommend it.

Quincy (TV show) – Yeah, it’s a throwback and I’ve been watching it while I eat lunch. Love it. So 70s. Always has a message that’s pounded into the acting and dialogue in each episode. Everything I want in an old school show.

Okay – thanks for reading. Now, get back to word count! 🙂


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