I have been trying to commit to monthly blogging, and I just realized it’s been a month. Thing is, this is kind of a non-post. For those of you who like the “old school” alien parisienne posts, this will be up your alley, though.
I’ve been so busy of late! I’ve had a special assignment this past week, playing Karin Poppins to two wee ones, whose mother happens to be this person. Some of her besties are in town, and she’s needed someone to mind the fort while she goes out and has a final hurrah in the City of Light before she heads back to the City of Flowers or the City of Goodwill, depending on if you would rather go with the 1942 Resolution or the 1990 one (see here).
A total aside —
Check it! The Peerless City (yet another motto!) has a song. A few of the lyrics, for you:
Hail to the Peerless City, Metropolis of the west, The gateway to the Orient, Whom grandeur hath caressed!
Her bosom’s gemm’d with pearly lakes, The mountains tower near; The fir tree forest skirts her bound; The beauty of earth is here.
That is, like, a really sexy song. Caressed… bosom… forest skirts her bound… Yeesh. For 1909, that is some pretty racy stuff. Go Seattle!
So yeah, that’s one of the things that has been going on.
I am also gearing up for…
NaNoWriMo 2011 looms. A week from tomorrow, it is time to WRITE once more. This is the fourth year I will participate. In 2008, I wrote fiction, but did not complete the 50K-minimum word count (by a long shot). In 2009, I wrote here, on this blog, just over 60K words. Last year, in 2010, I wrote something like 62 or 63K words of fiction, with a fictional character doing fictional things (it was a total chick lit-esque POS — look under “Linguistics”– with a few interesting bits), but it was mostly just a good beginning and then lots, and lots, and lots of middle because I was writing by the seat of my pants, and had not really given consideration to a little, tiny thing called PLOT.
This year, the goal is to follow a plot outline, which I am already hashing out, based on what I learned last year and on what sources I found on the Internet addressing this pesky aspect of fiction-writing. This year, I’m going to focus on the Young Adult novel I started in August 2010 before life got crazy with child-minding (not my own, but another Angel of a kiddo), housecleaning (professionally, for said child’s parents) and other general life stuff. Plus, I just got kind of stuck with it, because of that PLOT thing I mentioned earlier.
Other than this stuff, married life is still fine, I have received wonderful greetings, gifts and good wishes from so many people, including from a special reader now living in Paraguay, who sent me something called a “güampa” and a “bombilla” for making something called “tereré.” I was really humbled by her gesture! Here I am, this chick living in Paris whom she’s never met, and she goes and does something really touching like this. For all the crappy stuff that can happen online or as a result of people abusing the Internet, I have to say that I have had very good luck in meeting and sharing with the greatest of people. And as my best Greek friend, who is also the voice of The Greek Report, would do because I have tempted the Fates in proclaiming that good luck, perhaps as an act of hubris, I must now spit three times: PTOU PTOU PTOU. It’s bad to tempt those Fates, you know. I’m not sure how the spitting figures into things, but in the five years I have known her (honestly, only online — we still need to connect F2F), I have learned this is a very important thing to do. Check out the Greek Reporter’s blog up there, please. She’s writing about what is really going in Greece right now, from an insider’s point-of-view. I am really interested in what she has to say. The reality for Greek people is becoming very — what’s a good word here? Dire. Yup, I think that “dire” is where this is headed, and it makes me nervous and sad. But the Greek Reporter really has a way with words, and yes, English is her second language, which you will not believe when you read her stuff. Her English is better than mine, no kidding. She amazes me.
I think that’s it for now. This is really “off the cuff” stuff — I pretty much just sat here and typed for the past, I dunno, forty-five minutes or so. I made the picture up there for a Tumblr post earlier tonight, and next thing you know, I am on my Posterous account to be able to cross-post there with my main WordPress blog. I’m on Google+, too — have been since July. I do like my social media outlets, I do.
My goal is to complete NaNoWriMo in November, so if need be, I will not post again here until it is finished on November 30. But certainly you can find me on Facebook (see the sidebar) and Twitter (ditto) as well as those other places I mentioned above. Feel free to add me at those places. I’m sure I will post updates about the writing and other things as they happen.
Happy Halloween to you, Happy Thanksgiving (US), Happy whatever else happens in November…
True love and art shall flourish here, The heart’s sweet, tender theme, Upholders of the truth here dwell, The dreamers of the Dream.
(More from the delightful Seattle Official Song, “Seattle the Peerless City.”)
Over and out,
(an alien parisienne)