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Foggy days and foggy nights. :p

I got up today and noticed the street was wet from earlier rain, but it wasn't raining.  I noticed it was really overcast and partially foggy too!  I almost didn't walk.  I came thisclose to skipping my walk.  I got up and went anyway! Skipping the first day of the month's walk is not a good way to star the month!

I got my walk in and it got cloudier and foggier as I went. I even had to use the umbrella for a short time on the way back.  It wasn't too cold out there today, but I didn't take off my jacket!  I didn't mention this yesterday, but I went to the basement to try and get the pilot light on the water heater lit.  I could get a very tiny flame but it wouldn't stay long enough for me to turn it on.  I'll give it a few days and try again.  Since yesterday was a little warmer, I was hoping the water down there wouldn't be as cold. I was wrong. LOL!  My poor feet were frozen.  I came back in, cleaned and dried them off and then put on fuzzy socks.  I love fuzzy socks! ^_^

I was wanting to wash my hair today in some nice hot water, but that wasn't possible.  I put a pot on the stove again and got the chill off the water and washed it that way. It's a lot of trouble, but cold water is not fun this time of year.  It feels like it's coming off an ice burg. I just finished drying it and it feels great.  Hopefully I'll be able to get the pilot light lit soon and I can wash it in nice hot water. Ahhh!

I can't believe it's December and NaNoWriMo is officially over for this year. Yes, I finished a few days early, but it's hard to believe it's done. Year three for me.  I plan to write something totally different for next year's NaNo. I'm pretty sure I've done all I can with the current line.  I could do more, but I'll be trying to come up with some ideas of new things for next years.  I might even do the other NaNo events in April and July.  We'll see how it goes.  Oooh! I could do some short stories from some of my other characters perspectives.  That is an idea.  My main character is great, but hearing from some of the others would be pretty neat too.  I need to write notes. lol 

Using Scrivener for this year's NaNo was a game changer!  I'd done the last two years in word processing programs.  I'd do a file a day for it.  With Scrivener, I did a file a day too, but unlike a word program, I could go back and add scenes and things to my writing without messing up anything. It was totally cool.  I love Scrivener and I'm going to have to do a whole post about it's wonderfulness soon!


Good Grief!

What a day.  I actually got to walk today and that was nice.  I came home and did some things around the house while waiting on a package.  The package was a Logitech wireless keyboard that I've wanted since last year's NaNo!  I ordered it two days ago on Amazon and it came today.  It's nice and I'm actually typing on it now.  I will use it mainly for my phone and tablet, but it's working grewat with my MacBook Pro.  it isn't working at all with my tablet at the moment.  I am going to work on that and see if I can't get it to work later.

When I was at Target the other week, I saw some laptop sleeves.  They were marked down to less than $5 and they were for a 11" size laptop. My MBP is 13 inch, so it wouldn't do me any good.  The keyboard is about that size though and I thought it would make a good case to keep it in when I'm not using it.  It's a snug fit, but it fits.  It will be good to have protection for it when not in use.  So, I go back to my car and try to start it to drive home.  No go.  I try a few more times and still nothing.  I waited awhile and tried again.  Nope.  Also, all of my attempts at trying to start it ran the battery down. ~_~;  Luckily, I had a friend come and give me a jump.  It started right up and I was able to get home.  While I was waiting for all this, I went back in Target and got a Cascara latte!  I was going to get one when I was in there but there was a line.  I decided I'd stop at the regular one on my way home.  I knew I wasn't going to stop again or not go straight home after I got my car started, so I just went in Target and got my latte.  They were out of almond milk and it wasn't as good as it usually is.  Oh well, it was something good and hot to drink. It was a bit chilly outside sitting in a car that wouldn't start!

So, I'm home now.  I have to do NaNo. I haven't done that yet.  I will work on that after I eat dinner.  I have no idea what I'm going to fix for dinner.  I guess I'll find out when I fix it. LOL . I did some more on my 2019 bullet journal.  I drew in lines on the rest of the trackers that needed them.  I also filled in my board game tracker. It looks so good! I love it! I hope to do a video and take some pictures of all the work I did on it soon.  Oh, I also fell in love with the blue Stabilo pen that I used to set up a lot of it.  It was also the pen I used to set up this year's NaNo tracker.  I looked online to see if I could order some of just this color of pens.  I found a site that had them for .60 each! I got five. LOL . I plan to use that color throughout the year in 2019 in that bujo.  I'll keep using the pen I have and put one of the new ones in my Stabilo roll that I got earlier this year.  The other three are backups. :P

Now, I need to start thinking about dinner and then getting prepared for NaNo.  I am really liking the feel of this keyboard. I might be using it tonight!–


Late start, but wow! :P

I didn't get to sit down and write for NaNo until just a while ago.  I hadn't planned to start so late today.  Why so late?  Well, let's see.  I walked as I always do.  I stopped by one place to see about after Halloween candy. :p . I got four bags of Halloween candy for 50% off. WHOO! lol . I got two bags of individual Reese's. YUM I also got two bags of this 'nut lovers' collection.  It has Mr. Goodbar, Hershey with Almond, Take 5, Paydays, and Reeses.  I was so happy to find this collection.  I usually don't find a collection of stuff that I like everything in the bag.  This is one where I like them all.I have a lot of goodies to snack on during NaNo. Yay!  It's funny that I got so many Reese's my main character, Sophie, LOVES peanut butter cups.  :P

So, I got my candy.  They also had some fuzzy 'at home' socks at the register for $1 a pair. I adore fuzzy socks, so I got three pair. lol . I came and had to sample my candy. :p . My friend texted and said he was coming straight from work and we'd go eat.  He said we'd eat quickly. I thought, great.  That way I can get home and write.  Well, we ate and it wasn't as quick as he said. lol He also had to pick up a few things at the dollar store.  He got me some chips and vitamins though.  Then, he got himself a milkshake.  When we does, he usually asks if I want a Frappe.  I did! :P . I rode with him to the grocery store.  He ran in for a couple of things and then ran him by his mom's.  He was in there a lot longer than he planned, so I didn't get some until much later than I had planned.  Oh well, I sat changed into comfy clothes and sat down.  I wrote 1942 words so that is just fine!  I don't think I'm going to add anymore tonight.  I need to pack up and put away my Halloween decorations and that is going to take a while..  lol . I have sooo many!

So, NaNo is off to a great start, I have snacks and I actually got a good start.  When I got home from my walk today, I finished re-reading the send half of book two.  I was ready to go when I sat down.  Now, I'm going to get my Halloween decorations put away.  Well, the ones that I don't keep up year round!  I also need to do my French, and then I'm going to fix dinner and read.  I started another true crime book last night.  This one is about Marie Hilley.  I've seen her story on Unsolved Mysteries and some of the true crime shows.  I'm looking forward to reading the book. She was a piece of work!

I used Scrivener for day one and I love it!  Bean is a great program, and I am grateful to have had it these last two years, but I know I'm going to enjoy Scrivener a lot!


Last minute prep!

First of all, Happy Halloween and a Blessed Samhain to you!  I hope you had a wonderful day.  I got in my walk and came home and rested for just a bit and then drove to two local cemeteries.  It's a Halloween tradition for me.  I always visit at least one old cemetery on Halloween.  I went to two and then headed home.  I almost got Starbucks, but it was close to lunch, so I came home and ate.  

I have just finished re-reading my first book and I'm about to re-read the second one.  I want all my characters to be fresh and in my mind for tomorrow.  I can't believe NaNo is tomorrow! Whoo! I'm happy about it though!  I am ready.  I was reading my first book on the Kindle and realized I had the wrong 'copy' of the first book.  I found the correct one on my computer and fixed that.  I took notes on things I need to change.  I've done small editing on both of the first two books but not major editing, yet.  I want to write down everything so I know what and where to edit when the time comes.

I did a bit of a leaf page in my bullet journal.  I went in my yard this afternoon after the walk and cemtery visits and collected some leaves.  I glued them in my bujo and then used mod podge to make sure they stayed.  I added some Halloween stickers.  It's a little Halloween spread that is totally different.  I like it!  Here is the spread and a few pictures from each of the cemeteries I visited.

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Sunday slump!

Well, food wise it was. lol . I got in my walk.  I came home and relaxed a bit and then carried branches to the street.  The pickup for yard debris and trash is on Monday.  I had a bunch of branches that I carried to the street. I don't like to take them out until right before they are due to be picked up.  I think it looks messy if they are out there all week!  I got that done and I also washed my hair and my bed linen.  Both Sunday staples.  I just need to put the bed linen back on the bed.  

My slump comes from food.  Lunch wasn't too bad, but dinner. BLEAH.  I wanted something different.  I thought I'd make some spaghetti.  I had some pasta and some spaghetti sauce.  The pasta was sort of meh and the sauce was meh, too!  The best part of it was the slices of butter bread I made to go with it. Phooey! I tried a cheap can of spaghetti sauce.  It wasn't all that great.  Meat flavored my ass! lol . Oh well, live and learn.  I'll get Ragu or Prego next time.  

I can't believe it's only 3 days until Halloween and 4 days until NaNo. I'm so read for both.  ^__^


Saturday Survival! :p

So, it was nice an sunny when I got up today.  I nice change from yesterday.  I went for my walk and it was quite nice.  It was in the low 60's so it wasn't cold and it wasn't hot.  Just perfect!  I came home and relaxed a bit.  I saw where my new glasses were to be delivered today. Yay! I didn't think they were coming until Monday.  Back earlier this year when I bought new glasses to replace the ones I broke, I wanted a pair just like the ones I had.  They are just about my favorite glasses ever.  I tried several times and they were always out of stock.  I was afraid they'd been discontinued, but I still had hope.  The other day on a whim, I checked my old orders on Zenni and instead of 'reorder' by that pair being greyed out, it was clickable.  I clicked on it and I was able to order a pair of my favorites.  Yay! I can't wait until tomorrow to wear them.  I always(even when it's the same prescription)  save a new pair of glasses until I wake up the next day so that my eyes are not having the adjust from the old pair to the new pair.  The ones I have now will be kept as a backup pair.  It will be good to have a backup pair.  As I'm writing this, I feel as if I've posted about this earlier in my blog.  If so, sorry!

I finished another book today and started on yet another. LOL . I am on a roll.  I read a book about Zodiac.  I've always been fascinated by the Zodiac killings.  It's about a guy who thinks his dad was Zodiac.  Pretty compelling and interesting read.  I read it pretty damn quick!  I started on another true crime book.  I discovered Hoopla through my local library and there are so many true crime books available!  I can't use my Kindle for them, but I can read on my phone or my tablet.  I don't really like the way the books load on the tablet, but hey, it's free books to read!  The library has books on Overdrive . which I can use with my Kindle, but they have a very limited selection of true crime.  I was amazed at how much stuff popped up on Hoopla.  If I ever get an Amazon Fire, I can read on that.  I think I would like that. I had a Fire for a few days before I realized I couldn't load Google Play on it.  The screen was nice.  I wouldn't mine having one for reading on Hoopla.  I prefer reading ebooks on my Kindle because the screen looks more like the page of an actual book.

So, after my walk, I've mainly spent my Saturday reading.  I am currently cooking dinner.  I decided I wanted something different tonight, so I put the last few frozen chicken breasts in the oven to cook.  I should have put them in earlier, but oh well!  They are marinated in honey teriyaki sauce.  Yum! I can't wait to dig in.  I'll cook some rice to go with them and have a delicious meal!

I re-read the end of my book two today.  I sort of left it hanging.  It seems like there could have been more.  I'm trying to decide if I want to add a few lines to it and then start fresh with book three.  The end of book two has given me the idea for the main part of book three.  I think I could leave book two where I did, but I am not sure.  Decisions, decisions!  I need to hurry up with them.  NaNo starts in 5 days. AHHHHH!

 


OOPS!

I totally forgot to post here yesterday.  Sorry about that!  I was distracted by Roku!  When I started using the new remote that my friend got with the 'new' Roku he got me, the same issues I had with the old one were there.  That meant it was never the remote, it was the Roku itself.  I knew it had been wonky on other issues too.  I decided to give the 'new' one a try.  I factory reset it and logged in to my account.  Luckily it downloaded all my stuff from the old box so I didn't have to re-add channels.  I did have to log in to everything, but that was okay.  I got it all set up.  The only problem with the 'new' box is that the power cord did NOT want to stay connected.  Whoever had it before me was not careful with it and the power cord wouldn't stay connected.  I fixed it with a rubber band and I haven't had a bit of trouble since.  I have even been able to move it around without the cord coming unhooked.  The 'new' box is nice, but it gave me the new Hulu interface and I absolutely HATE it.  I am not the only one it seems after doing a Google search!  I wish there was a way to change it back.  It's not intuitive at ALL.  

I've gotten in my walk every day this week.  I did some more NaNo prep today.  I went through the tutorial in Scrivener so I would know it better. I'm glad I did because I understand some things more clearly now.  I also learned how to covert my files into an ebook format!  I put my last two years books in their own separate files in Scrivener and imported them as Kindle ebooks.  I loaded them to my Kindle with Calibre.  Now I can read them anytime.  This is also good so I can re-read them and take notes before NaNo.  Plus, it's cool to have my own ebook on my Kindle. :^)

The weather app on my phone said that it is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow. D'oh!  If it is raining, I will skip my walk because it will be rainy and cold.  Not a good combination.  As Sweet Brown would say, "Ain't nobody got time for that!"  If it does rain, I'll take the day off to re-read my first two books and take notes for this years.  I still have a little research to do on things that I'll have in this book.  I need to do that also.  I also have three letters I need to write.  I'll probably do all that tomorrow while drinking lots of coffee!

 


Bullet journal NaNoWriMo prep!

Yes! I got my word count tracker done in my bullet journal.  I did the right page last night before bed and I did the left page today.  On the left page, I put a graphic from NaNo and I put my winner certificated from the last two years. ^_^ . The word tracker on the right is just like the one I used last year.  I really like it and find it useful.  Here is my tracker:

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Major NaNoWriMo prep!

So as I've been preparing for NaNoWriMo this year, I saw someone mention Scrivener.  It's a program built for writers by writers.  You can get a free 30 day trial of it.  I tried it during NaNo last year for a day or two but I didn't have time to learn it and do NaNo.  I knew that when you win NaNo you can get the program half off.  I was wanting to download a trial and see how it went, but I knew it would be over when I needed it for Nano and I wouldn't get the 50% option again until December.  I went through my old emails from NaNo from last year and found the link and the code. I figured I'd be totally out of luck and it would have expired.  To my surprise, it was still good until November 1!  I went ahead and bought Scrivener to use for NaNoWriMo this year and for other projects.  I'm liking it a lot, but there is a big learning curve with it.

I've been reading up on it on different websites, I've watched some YouTube videos and have a lot more to watch.  I think I'll be pretty good with it by November.  I already started a file for this years book.  I just have some notes, the title, and the RV stuff I found last night.  I love that you can put all the info you need into one 'binder' ta Scrivener.  It's so cool.  I was also able to import my last two years books in there.  I can edit them and work with them in there.  It's a cool program and I'm glad I got it.  I'll probably talk about it more as I learn.


Fantasy RV shopping....

Well, it's research, but yeah.  It was fun! I went looking for an RV that I'll be using in my upcoming book.  I searched high and low on Google and finally found a company that makes compact ones that are perfect for my needs. I printed out the brochure and the interior layout for reference.  Two of my main characters are going on a road trip away from the compound so they'll need something safe to go in.  I'm going to have it look like crap on the outside (on purpose). It's to look like that so no one will mess with it when it's parked. (Zombie novel) . It will be steel reinforced on the outside and just the right size inside. I didn't want to use one of those huge ass RVs, so I went looking for one a little bigger than van size.  I found this one company that had a lot of them. I picked the one I want to use.  

In other news, I walked today.  It was overcast it and even rained a bit as I started out, but it soon stopped raining.  On the way back, the sun came out and it got hot. BLEAH!  I hate heat. It's October, it should not be this damn hot.  UGH!  It's making me feel ill.  Sick ill, not pissed ill!  I feel like I'm going to pass out and die before I get home. It sucks.  Hopefully it will cool off soon!