Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We're still dealing with the never-ending vermin project. Because my computer with online access is downstairs, I don't have much time to post these days amid the muck and yuck even if I wanted to. But I've had plenty of time to write ...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sorry about the lack of posts. We're still in iffy territory as far as internet connection and my office. We're working on it. I've also got a rotten cold of some sort. Bleh.
I keep telling myself, it's not nearly as bad as last time.
We're finally tearing down the ceiling downstairs to rid ourselves of our ongoing vermin problem. In the middle of this (of course) the power went out in half the house. The half with my office.
Never fear! The good news is that I don't lie awake at night wondering if the house is going to burn down because a rat or mouse chewed through an electrical wire. Well, not too often, anyway. Turns out the wiring all looks pretty good except for one small spot that had nothing to do with the power going blink blink out. Turns out the power went out because of an overload on one of our breakers, now fixed. Yay!
The boo part is that we still have more ceiling to take down, and one of those rooms is my office. So there's really no point in setting up the computer in there, only to take it out again to make sure falling debris doesn't pop the screen (again.)
Blogging, email, everything computer-communication related is pretty much toast on the home front until we finish tearing stuff up and cleaning out icky mouse nests and making sure the wiring is safe and sound. Then I'll set the computer back up to its designated line and we'll be limping along at blinding (as in sometimes I think I'll go blind waiting for pages to load) dialup speeds. Because of line noise on our main line (yes, I've tried a noise reducer and it doesn't help that much) we have limited incoming email capability, no outgoing email (it times out) and very limited ability to look at web pages. Sorry.
My DH took point on the ceiling tear down. Have I mentioned lately he's my hero? Now, we didn't find bags and bags of dog food and rice like the last time I had to do this (in the boy's room, which is still blissfully clean.) But it's still disgusting to have that stuff raining on your head and arms. The ick factor doesn't shower off all that easily. Oh sure, the dirt rinses right off but the heebie jeebies need some serious scrubbing and the bleck bleck bleck requires toothbrushing, gargling, and then a second shower before it comes off. And of course we have a new influx of eeeee! spiders! that have until now lived all content and happy between the ceiling and floor.
We got the family room/library done in a day. Hopefully it'll only take a day to do the bottom of the stairs (there's a mousie spy hole there--they know we're coming and probably setting up ambushes, but they never man up to ever follow through,) my office and my daughter's room. We hauled off 840 pounds of gross stuff to the transfer station. Unfortunately that day or two won't be immediately forthcoming--we need a good combo of weather, lack of cold/flu stuff, and uninterrupted hours. It's bad to start a ceiling tear down and stop mid-way.
Where will we go from here? We have a cunning plan for what to replace the ceiling with. Details will come out after we've tested the system. Wish us luck!
Friday, November 06, 2009
... still writing ...
... still working on Orycon programming ...
... still working on website ...
... but at least my website, kzmiller.com, is live and updated. It's just a little thin at the moment. Let me know what you think. Really. I don't mind negative comments at all, especially if they're richly deserved. Besides, it's not like I'd be stuck with teh suk if it does stink. I can make changes all by my lonesome, without any webmasterly help (for the most part) so it doesn't cost me money, or very much time. I plan updating it fairly often, so your comments may be put to use pretty darned soon, especially if they point out something particularly heckle-worthy.
Bear in mind I may ignore your advice. I'm mean that way to everyone, so don't take it personally.
**A big thank you to S. & C. for your help in getting my website back! That change of software really threw me. Now I have control over my website again. Yay!**
My Nano is coming along. I'm averaging about 3600 words a day, with over 18,000 words written as of tonight. But I haven't had much time to put together a short story this week. I'd like to do that tomorrow, and get it sent out in the mail by Monday.
For all that I'm writing along at a decent pace, my DH is rather easily staying ahead of me. This while only being able to type with two fingers. Seriously. I could trot out some excuses, but actually, it's a matter of dedication and speed of thought. A couple of times now I've had to step back from what I'm writing and play in hot water for a while, whether it's dishes or taking a bath or whatever. I've also done some gardening (thank you utility dudes for the free chipped pruning debris!) as that gets me out into fresh air. Fresh air and exercise help keep my writing from getting foggy and inbred. Working upstairs on my laptop helps too but I've already developed a favorite spot (on the loveseat) so I haven't changed perspectives very often through the device of changing sitting position and changing what I'm staring through when I look up from the keyboard.
Speaking of looking up from the keyboard ...
One of the things I learned about my own writing style in the master's class is the disadvantage of reading what I'm typing. The advantage is that I tend to read somewhat aloud what I write as I type, just as I read aloud silently in my head when I read. (This is a slow way of reading, but I get to enjoy the sounds of words on the page that way.) People sitting close to me while I write will sometimes hear me vocalize deep (and quietly) in my throat, talking out the words on the page as well as reading them.
This is good to help me capture the sounds of words, but ...
But the flow of my writing stops and starts depending on things like typos. I also get distracted by the look of the words on the page. I worry, independently of how the word flow feels, about things like paragraphs being too thick or thin.
Visual appearance and typos are important, but allowing those little pixels on the screen dictate my writing to me while I'm in creative mode isn't always the best way to get at the right words. When I mentioned this to Kris, she smiled and let me know that she often doesn't look at the screen at all. Her gaze will wander around the room, and she'll be seeing in her mind's eye. This, I believe, lets her tap more deeply into her imagination.
I gave that a try a few times during the class, and I think I'll give a try here at home from time to time too, especially during very visual moments in the story. I just have to make sure my fingers are on the right keys, otherwise I won't be able to read what I just wrote!
I hope all my fellow Nanoers are doing all right out there! Keep writing!