NaNo is almost done!

image courtesy of smworth.blogspot.com

image courtesy of smworth.blogspot.com

Finally!

I have had a really rough go of it this time around.   Computer developed problems, had several appointments, back went out and this NaNo has been incredibly difficult to write.  

Haley’s Magic decided that it was done at just under 18k.  That was it, story ended, nothing left to write.  I was left looking like this:

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“Whaaat?”  image courtesy of Google

To say I wasn’t happy was an understatement.  I took almost a day to try to figure out what I was going to do and settled on a trio of short stories.    Haley’s Magic, Liam’s History High King.  

Haley’s Magic  is what I said it would be:  Three children, 8 and 7 years old, who dabble with magic they shouldn’t and wind up creating something that has a massive impact on the rest of their lives.  

Liam’s History is a coming of age story for Liam and is centered solely around him.  About six weeks before his eighteenth birthday Liam discovers he must travel to Romania and spend his birthday there or lose all his power.

High King is the final story.  Haley and Thomas go to Ireland for their honeymoon and find out not only is there a second branch of the Galbraith family tree but that Thomas is the first High King in 800 years.

Getting that that last story there written is like pulling teeth.  I honestly have no frickin clue what’s going on.  I have 5, 813 words left.  Let’s hope I figure it out.  *laughs*

 

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A few weeks ago we went to visit the GrandBaby and while we were driving there we noticed a little version of our favourite bookstore.  So, of course, we went in.

It was there that I met Ms. Dayla.  Lovely woman to talk to.  We had an exuberant conversation about books (that made me realize I am woefully under read right now) and it led to my books.  Of course.  

She suggested doing an author interview on her website, Confessions of a Book Addict.   She reviews a ton of books and reads more than that.  She also does interviews, recommendations and …well, check her out.  This is a busy woman.  

Here is my interview!

Now, I know I’ve been lax in my blog.  Writing is difficult this NaNo.  Still not sure why and now I am a day or two behind.  Today is catch up day.  And then I will post a picture blog, though it may not happen until tomorrow.  I still owe you guys a collection of beach finds.  

Have a good day!

Muah

Autumn Beach

Hello my lovelies.

I am so sorry it’s been so long!  

Bad author.

It’s NaNo this month and I’ve been thinking and writing and spacing (because that’s normal) and actually managing to accomplish it.  I’m good to finish if I keep the rate I’m at.  However!  Haley’s Magic is not a novel.  It is a series of short stories now.  And the most tragic scene is written in it too.  I cried while writing it.  

I have also taken more pictures this month already than I have in the month and a half before it.  I have a ton of pictures to share.  I will try to show them in the coming week.  (So I can catch up!)    I have a series called ‘Beach Finds’ – and trust me, there’s some weird shit there – but it’s on my camera… which is on my desk… at home.   It’s Sunday, I’m at The Boyfriend’s.  le sigh

I have a few here.  A really gorgeous burning bush photo that turned out far better than I thought it would, considering how I had to take it; a couple of sunset pictures; one very zen photo Peter and I both think is really peaceful and, finally, two found objects that are absolutely Lilliputian. 

First up, my burning bush.  This is a tiny bush in our friend goldi’s front yard. It’s less than two feet high.  I took the picture by setting my camera to super macro then setting the timer and laying it on the ground under the bush.  I had to kind of hold it there so I showed up in the picture.  That meant I had to use the clone stamp tool to eliminate me.  The result is… well, you can see it here.

Stunning, no?

Stunning, no?

 

I love this picture because of the perspective.  The distance is phenomenal here.  It looks much further than it is.

I love this picture because of the perspective. The distance is phenomenal here. It looks much further than it is.

It’s a beautiful sunset, no?  This next picture is the same evening, different point of view.  No less beautiful.

Peace above, peace below. The clouds were stationary, the water was almost stationary.  Perfect example of "As above, so below."

Peace above, peace below. The clouds were stationary, the water was almost stationary. Perfect example of “As above, so below.”

Now for the Lilliputian finds.  Remember Gulliver’s Travels and the tiny people?  Yep, that’s what I’m referencing here.

Both finds are examples of why I walk the beach with my head down.  In fact, the next series of  beach finds are things I found in just the same way… except the really gross thing that is.  Post-storm beach finds.

This little guy is an empty, bleached snail shell.  It's about the size of a dime.  It's adorable.

This little guy is an empty, bleached snail shell. It’s about the size of a dime. It’s adorable and extremely delicate.

This shiny guy is less than 3 inches long.  Found him well out of the water.  He caught my eye because he's so shiny.  And he was a pale purple too but that didn't come up in the photo so I manipulated the colour levels to get it close enough.

This shiny guy is less than 3 inches long. Found him well out of the water. He caught my eye because he’s so shiny. And he was a pale purple too but that didn’t come up in the photo so I manipulated the colour levels to get it close enough.

The beach is beautiful!   I love living so close to Lake Huron.  I want to take beach pictures and long walks on beaches, head down, all over the world.  That would be so amazing.  Starting with Scotland, England and Ireland.  

I’m off to do today’s NaNo writing.

Muah!