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    All Aboard the NaNoWriMo Charter


    2011 - 11.30

    In a strangely similar vein to Santa Claus the NaNoWriMo Charter has just left Vancouver with Karin aboard, it’s a convenient supersonic writing jet which propels you through time zones until you reach your 50,000 words or hit the international date line…

    Hopefully Karin will cross the finish line in enough time for the jet to get her back before morning…  Fingers crossed!

    Inversely Proportional


    2011 - 11.21

    This is actually probably a good thing, but the amount of room remaining on our PVR seems to be inversely proportional to how many projects Karin has on the go… with NaNoWriMo and GISHWHES very little TV is being watched.  Which might mean that we’ll still have something new to watch when we start running into the holiday reruns…

    Hallowe’en Aftermath


    2011 - 11.01

    Scientists say that sugar doesn’t cause hyper children.  As a teacher, I have strong anecdotal evidence that it DOES.  The day after Hallowe’en is a good example.  Granted, there are other reasons: lack of sleep, excitement, lack of breakfast in lieu of candy, caffeine in chocolate etc.  But man, I’m totally blaming the candy.  My first day in a kindergarten/grade one class for my teaching practicum was on November 1st.  I sometimes am amazed that I managed to stay in the profession. :)

    We live in a condo with very few children, and so have never gotten trick or treaters.  That doesn’t stop me from buying a giant Costco box of candy, just in case.  What??  IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!  No wonder most people gain 5-10 lbs between Hallowe’en and Christmas.

    I love Hallowe’en.  It’s my favourite holiday…even over Christmas.  I love dressing up in costume and I love the smell of burnt pumpkins.  I love seeing Jack o’ Lanterns, and toddlers and babies dressed up.  I love fireworks and crunching leaves (although it’s more like squishing leaves in Vancouver…details, details) and hot chocolate and misty evenings.  I love October in general: my birthday, the Surrey Writer’s Conference, Canadian Thanksgiving, the anticipatory build up to NaNoWriMo, those last few hot days before a Wet Coast winter comes in…yeahhhh…

    Welcome, November.  Welcome to darker skies and the insane buildup to Christmas.  Welcome to the frantic joy of creating a 50,000 word masterpiece in 30 days.  Welcome to hot chocolate and stale marshmallows.  Welcome to the first dustings of snow on the coast mountains (although that actually happened in October…shush.  I’m being all poetical.) and the point at which Christmas chocolate can be purchased for “emergency gifts” and the buyer won’t be looked at funny by her spouse. (Ummm…totally not talking about me…lalala…)

    Welcome to the next month flying around this little old star we call the sun.

    Did NaNo come early?


    2011 - 10.31

    It feels strangely as though NaNoWriMo came early this year.  Karin and I went out to the library shortly after she got home, grabbed some food, and she then proceeded to spend the next 4 hours writing on the couch with her laptop.  It’s not even November yet!