Countdown to NaNoWriMo…T-minus 6 days

26 10 2009

Weather: High: 60º & rainy.

Well the weekend proved productive after all.

Spent a good part of Saturday trying on Bridesmaid dresses and remembering why I hate the process with a fiery destructive animosity. Sigh. Nothing makes you feel like a bucket of reprocessed horseshit than having to stand under fluorescent lights wearing a dress 4 sizes too small to figure out what won’t make you look like a moose in a tutu even when you DO get the right size. Needless to say, I came home with a massive self-flagellating attitude. The dress I decided on at least is flattering. Sigh. Need to get back on the workout wagon. These grandma arms are not in the least bit sexy.

I did actually accomplish something more fun in that my outline (or the rather stream of consciousness collection of plot points I’m loosely calling an outline) for NaNoWriMo is DONE. It has a beginning, some credible events that could be called a PLOT in the middle and, as most people would call the stopping point, an END. (This last bit is always the stickler for me. I’m fab at beginnings, moderate on middles and just BOLLOCKS with endings.) But there you go. Norse Mythology Urban Fantasy with a heavy tweak. Have to admit, the research has been fun. Norse Mythology has about 40 bajillion possible versions. Someone could be the son of one god or not, making him either the brother or half brother of his uncle…I just went with the most common permutation. Also lots of loopholes. As a writer, I find loopholes in mythology INCREDIBLY HELPFUL. Loopholes give me nice little footholds for my plot.

Was happy that I got to get inundated by the muses this weekend. (Three Days Grace were on MTV2’s rock show on Saturday night and BBCAmerica had a Being Human marathon on Sunday. GLEE!)

I also made cobbler this weekend. Now, since I’ve mentioned this about a dozen or so times, here’s the recipe:

Set oven to 350°

You’ll need a 9 X 13 pan for this.

For the batter:
1 Cup flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tbs. Baking Powder
1 Cup Milk
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
Whisk these together in a bowl until the lumps are gone and set aside.

You’ll need about 4 cups of fruit.
I reccommend any of the following combos:
Cherries (Preferable tart)
Blueberry/Raspberry
Apple/Plum
Blackberry/Cherry
But you can use pretty much any berry or pitted fruit.
You’ll want to pit the fruit, and if using Apples or Plums, slice them thinly. (I peel the apples, but leave the peel on the plums.)

Mix the fruit in a large bowl with:
1 Tbs flour
3/4 cup of sugar (You can use less if you have less fruit.)
Melt 1/2 cup of butter in the pan. (1 stick) And yes–USE BUTTER.

Pour the batter over the melted butter.

Scoop the fruit on top of the batter. (Make sure it’s evenly distributed)
Bake for 1 hour (or a little longer) until the edges are browning. (The cakey parts will caramelize in the corners-OM NOM)

Best served warm.  The cooking time may vary depending on what fruit and how much you end up using. Also, you can use a little less butter and still get good results.

All right. Have a writing mix to make for NaNo. Castle tonight is vampire themed (WOOT!) so I’m geebling already. And broken toe seems to be on the mend. 🙂

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Now playing: Marilyn Manson – Redeemer
via FoxyTunes





Manic Monday. And no, I’m not singing it!

13 07 2009

Weather: High: 81 and partly sunny. Nice for Mid July.

Not quite awake enough to be coherent here at work, though I have to admit, stomping my way to the office to the heavy BPM of “Art of Conflict” by VNV Nation does give you a bit of an energy boost first thing in the morning. 🙂

Didn’t hit my intended goal of 6000 words on When the Lights Go Down this weekend, mostly because the VNV concert kicked my ass sideways and Saturday was spent in a vaguely painful haze. (Threw my shoulder out of whack somehow. And my knees were not loving me for all the bouncing.)Did manage to crank out close to 3500 words, but I’ll need to get some more work done today. Working currently on a “Captain Exposition” scene that I’m trying to not let turn into a mere information dump. I’m actually concurrently writing three scenes, which is probably gonna bite me on the ass.

Still, lots to get done. I took a bit of time this weekend to pick through the other WIPs on deck and I’m rather irritated at how much work is gonna need to be done on all of them. Carrion Dreams especially may need some re-writes before I can continue on it. Dark of the Mirror is a mess after the 50K mark, and I need to do a buttload of research for the historical background. And the companion novels of  All Things Fanged and Furry & All Demons Dread & Dire are so much in need of revamping as to almost need a complete re-write. So yeah.  A lot is waiting on the back burner once I get done with the current manuscript.

Boss will be out of town for the next couple days to a convention, so I’ll be minding the store, so to speak. This can bode well or awful for writing time. Depends on how demanding the users will be. Could go either way, truth be told.

Was happy to purchase more of Ayria’s music today. Bouncy, synthpoppy EBM goodness to keep me motivated today.

Also, on the home front, made a kick ass cherry cobbler from scratch over the weekend. (We had a two pound batch of cherries that were starting to look a little sad, so I spent a good half hour pitting them and threw together a cobbler batter.) SO good. The batter caramelized a little in the corners so it was almost toffee like. (I used organic sugar which gave it a much richer taste)  To quote my husband “Buttery Sugary Cherry goodness!”

House repairs and fix-ups continue. Brian finished painting the awning over the back door. Hopefully we’re going to get started on the painting inside soon. We still need to scrape together some money and get the basement re-carpeted. (We had to yank up all the carpeting down there when we had the mini-flood last September.) If the cement floors were in better shape, I wouldn’t really be that concerned, but they look AWFUL. No one will buy the house with the floors looking like that. Still, it’s gonna take a good chunk of change to get it done.

Alright.  Back to work. Got some graphic design work to finish and a few hundred e-mails & phonecalls to return. ::buys another lottery ticket and dreams of financial independence!::
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Now playing: Ayria – My Revenge to the World
via FoxyTunes