Friday, October 31, 2008

10.31.08 Homemade accessories

Thursday, October 30, 2008

10.30.08 Tasty

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

10.29.08 Title vs. description?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

10.28.08 That's my boy's work

4th Year Wrimo

I started participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) back in 2005 and have done it (and won it) every year since. To "win" NaNo, one must write a 50,000-word novel during the 30 days in November.

In 2005, it was a spiritual thriller called Imaginary about a girl who finds out her imaginary childhood friend is actually a spiritual being. But is he an angel or a demon?

In 2006, I switched over to contemporary fiction with a tale called Tag about how the effects of one act of rudeness can cause a ripple effect and how kindness can send the ripple backward with a blessing.

Last year, in 2007, I wrote a novel that seemed like a good idea but was rather like pulling out my hairs very slowly, one-by-one. It was about a girl named Dali who could paint the dreams of others, and who runs off to join the secret life of performers on the Airship Circus.

I almost didn't commit this year because I had yet to do a NaNo when I didn't have another writing project looming. However, I recently finished the YA sci-fi novel I have been working on for the last 20 months. So that frees me to do NaNoWriMo in 2008. Huzzah!

This year's novel is one inspired by some random plot ideas I wrote down in 2006. Short synopsis:

This is a science fiction story about a creature named Mighty who is an independent, interstellar freight ship pilot. He is struggling along with all the other indie freighters because there's a war going on, and no one trusts indie pilots to carry their precious loads across the galaxy.

Mighty comes to the end of his rope as the novel begins. He's at a space station, ready to part out his beloved space ship and settle for a career of mediocrity--at least he'd be able to eat. While there, he is offered a rare, high paying contract to move mysterious cargo to a remote planet. He's so desperate for the work that he doesn't question what the cargo is.

While en route, Mighty realizes that this mysterious cargo is not something he wants to get involved with, but the clock is in motion, and there's no going back.


I plan on posting some of my favorite excerpts from any given writing session, so stay tuned for those. I'm really excited about this story because the potential is so great for success. After the hate-hate affair with my '07 novel, I'm looking forward to writing something I will most definitely love.

At least, at first.

Monday, October 27, 2008

10.27.08 Mummified

When I saw the kids at this house decorating their mailbox statuary, I knew I would have to come back later and take a picture. It's actually a little scary. There's a little dog at the bottom, and he got wrapped up too. THIS is what it normally looks like.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

10.26.08 Call to Men

After Sunday service, Pastor Thomas called all the husbands to the front to tell them something they could do to improve their marriages this week. The secret? Go on a date with your wife and see Fireproof.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

10.25.08 Sad, sad day

This is the charger for our second "good" camera of the year. Empty, it shall remain forevermore.

My husband took the Casio on a mountain climbing excursion, and somehow it came off his backpack and went sailing down a 1500-ft. cliff. It was irretrievable. *sob!* So I am back to the old stand-by camera until a newer one comes into our possession by some miracle of $200.

I'm surely disappointed, especially considering I still have a few months of Project 365 left AND three or four holiday events to document with family pictures. *sigh* But I AM glad that if something had to fall off that cliff, it was the camera and not my husband.

Friday, October 24, 2008

10.24.08 Angles

As we were leaving Target, I happened to look up at the building and saw interesting shapes and angles against the blue sky.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

10.23.08 Parking Lot View

Where else can you see all of Pikes Peak, snow-capped in October, plus Garden of the Gods (the red rocks below the peak) from the top of a parking lot in the middle of the city?

*sigh* I am so in love with my town.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

10.22.08 Snowy Marigolds

I'm not sure what the fascination is with snow on flowers, but I have it, and these were just lovely after the first snow of the season.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10.21.08 Pretty good is better than bad

Monday, October 20, 2008

10.20.08 Fruit Salad

Recipe will be posted at on October 31.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

10.19.08 Tower

An interesting structure, taken on a cloudy day.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

10.18.08 Grocery Day

Friday, October 17, 2008

10.17.08 Blaze of glory

10.16.08 Still trying

These flowers look like they're fighting autumn and giving up a last bloom for the season.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10.15.08 Camera Wash

Look what my 1-1/2 year old decided needed to go in the dishwasher. :oP It's an old, old digital camera that I've cleared of removable objects so he can play with it. Apparently, he thought it got dirty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10.14.08 The sitter

The kids' sitter is a dear, young friend of mine. She wore these armbands to our house tonight. Yes, she has her quirks, but she's incredibly amazing with kids. And yes, she totally rocks.

Monday, October 13, 2008

10.13.08 Heat's on

Finally got cold enough in the house to warrant turning on the heat. It's going to be a chilly low of 29 tonight. Huzzah! Winter, here we come!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

10.12.08 One Shoe Diaries II

Who loses their slipper in a church parking lot? Dare I even ask?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

10.11.08 Darn good coffee

Einstein Bros Bagels: The #1 best coffee shop EVER. Even better than Panera Bread. They just need to stay open later than 4:00 p.m. :oP

Friday, October 10, 2008

10.10.08 Qdoba

A good place for a late night snack. Their queso is incredible.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10.9.08 Early riser

Saw a hot air balloon floating rather low this morning. I guess there are advantages to driving around before 8:00 a.m. Other than getting the girl to school on time, that is.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10.8.08 Cheesy Garlic Bread

Nothing says lovin' like homemade cheesy garlic bread and partially burned cheese. Hooyah!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

10.7.08 Curves & Lines

I was inspired by all the architecture images that have been popping up on my fellow Project 365 bloggers' sites. So when I saw this, I had to bring it home.

Monday, October 6, 2008

10.6.08 Daring Sandwich

Any guesses?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

10.5.08 Tortilla Soup

Recipe will be posted on on October 11. :oP

Saturday, October 4, 2008

10.4.08 Making cookies

I'll be posting the recipe for this eventually on my Fooblog. These are some of the makings of some peanut butter-banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. (Are there enough descriptors in there?)

Friday, October 3, 2008

10.3.08 Cast light

I love the colors and textures dropped onto the counter from this raised sink bowl.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

10.2.08 Night lights

Sort of looks like an interstellar football stadium. o.O

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

10.1.08 Walk to School Day