There’s no how-to or writerly post today in lieu of Major Toddler Tantrums. This last week I’ve been trying to keep afloat with CampNaNoWriMo, which took a lot of time.
I was quite a bit behind and I need to chug 5,000 words a day this last week to keep afloat with the Novel the 12th and Novel the 13th collectively. Novel the 12th is just 5 scenes from the end, and as you can see from the bar on the right, Novel the 13th, which I started just for CampNaNoWriMo is going well. I even managed to write a little bit in front of where I needed to be on Friday to cover this weekend, so I’ll only have Monday’s words to tackle tomorrow.
What I’ve been up to since last Sunday:
On Sunday I studied:
Celebrated the fact that I cracked open my eighth egg in a week that contained a double yolk (that’s out of a batch of 40 bought from a free-range local farmer):
And I tore out my eyebrows for the sake of having a neat line.
On Monday my little one got coated in chocolate:
And I made myself the best dessert ever (everything here is homemade, even the jam, except for the lemon curd and the fruit):
And my dog looked pleased to be enjoying the couch…
After that the desperate need to catch up on writing kicked in, so we can fast forward to Friday, when I decided my undercut has grown out enough for me to get the long pony-tail bit on top the chop really soon:
And this novella arrived which is relevant to my interests right now (in case you tell, Novel the 13th is based around Pendle and the witches):
On Saturday we left the kiddy with her grandparents and went for coffee in the rain, and David played World of Warcraft from Starbucks:
After that we had a Very Wet Run to car in torrential rain and thunder:
And here’s a photo of the demon weather. So much for British Summertime! We had six storms in 24 hours on Friday/Saturday:
What else is going on?
I’m watching Hemlock Grove Season 2, about 4 episodes in and this shit is getting freaky. Also, the final season of True Blood is bittersweet but mostly terrible. I’ve also been indulging in the River Cottage series and crying because I live in a city apartment and not a country cottage. Sigh.
I read Malkin Child by Livi Michael. Here’s my review: It’s a fantastic novella; I finished it in around two hours. It’s the heartfelt tale of Jennet Device (Jen-nit Deh-viss), daughter of the “Pendle Witch” Elizabeth Device. It weaves fact and history wonderfully with the real emotion of what this little girl must have felt when goaded into giving the evidence that saw her whole family executed up on Gallows Hill, in Lancaster. For the parts that history couldn’t record, the author fills with fantastic fictional accounts, which when thought about could have been the way things happened. I’m glad I’ve read this book, and I highly recommend it, too.
I am looking forward to fish, boiled potatoes, and corn on the cob for dinner tonight, followed by homemade rice pudding made with full-cream Jersey milk (Calories? No such thing). I am also looking forward to a bath, watching more Hemlock Grove, and getting back to work on my writing projects and WIPs tomorrow.
So that’s it folks. What are you up to? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!