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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!


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!


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!

 


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.