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No #nano is good nano?

So, I have decided this year I am not doing NaNo this year.  But I love the challenge of it all.  So they I heard a friend was doing NaNoJourMo (art journaling).  I liked the idea, but wasn’t excited about someone assigning me songs they like (that I may or may not have even heard of).  So, I have challenged myself to one page a day for this month.  I put together a can with random prompts, some written by DH, some art journal prompts I found off the internet, and some journaling/warm up prompts I found on the internet.  I am going to draw one blindly every day, and use it as a jumping point…

Here is my first one: The challenge was about the cartoon character you find most annoying…

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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in art journal

 

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Winner!

fourth win!  sending all my good vibes and energies out to you guys all still writing =D

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in NaNo2012, writing

 

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warm, happy weekend…

Well, Monday is looking like a good day. I think I am on track to finish NaNo today. There, I said it. It’s out there. Now it HAS to be true.

It was a lovely weekend here. I managed to get out of the house a couple times, and it was nice, to be out in the sun, and be able to walk and see more clearly… I really enjoyed it. I am working on counting my blessings these days, and to me, this weekend was a big one.

I did lots of writing this weekend, but it was also a good one for TV and a little drawing and art. I feel productive, but I am also paying for it today. My body is sore, and I am pretty tired today. But one foot in front of the other.

So, something a little different today… when I first lost my vision, I was looking for things to do with my time, as most of my usual activities were no longer possible. One of the things my husband got me was a kit to make animals out of large beads (pony beads) for key chains. I have found a couple pictures of some of the ones I made… so here today’s pictures…

What are some interesting things that you have found to do with beads?Are you on track to finish NaNo this week?

 

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in beading, NaNo2012, writing

 

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Nov 24th (one day late0

So, NaNo is going well. I am right where I wanna be. Meaning, I am on track to ‘win’, even if the story won’t be finished. But that is ok, cause it has a really good body. It has started to get really snowy and cold here… so other than a trip to the doctor tomorrow, I plan on burrowing in, and hopefully finishing. If not, at least well set up to finish next week.

Drawing is doing ok too. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the pressure of writing, and direct my creative energies into another outlet. I have been enjoying the process, of taking one shade of gray, laying it down in different thicknesses. And how a few well placed lines or dark areas make things look 3-D. Here is one of my latest works…

This is one of the earlier ones…

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in drawing, NaNo2012, writing

 

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nano- nov. 15, 2012

So, NaNoWriMo 2012 is half way done. And I am pleasantly surprised, the even with my health, I am still right on track for my 4th win. Health actually hasn’t been TOO bad this month. Although, I have had sinus pain the past could day, but I will take it. I have been thinking about putting up clips of my writing, but any of the stuff I think is interesting enough to include here, doesn’t make enough sense out of context. But, I figure I have 2 more weeks, something will come up, so be patient with me…

We lost our heat for 2 days here, which made typing (or anything else…) a long, cold process. We had our carbon monoxide detector go off last week (I am sure I already talked about that…). So, when the gas company came, one of their recommendations was to get the furnace cleaned. So the company we/the landlord hired to do that was here Monday. But in cleaning of the furnace, something came loose, and we lost power. And not only that, the belt came loose, and was ear piercingly squeaky for 2 days. And as I am at home full time these day, it was a major irritation in my life. (now let me just say, I am not REALLY complaining, just recounting the details of a story. I know I could live in new york/new jersey.) it’s cold here, but tolerable,,, just an irritation, and a way I would not have chosen to spend my time. But the guy came back last night, and fixed it, on our schedule (just before dinner) and I assume at no expense. So, I guess no harm, no foul. And hey, I got 2 days of extra dog and cat cuddles from the cold pets.

Here is an art journal page I did a while back, i was playing with some new supplies I had bought… (if you are interested  it says ‘not all who wander are lost…’)

 

Have you had any unexpected glitches that have come up, and stolen some of your NaNo time? Are you still on track to finish on time?

 

 
 

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NaNo 2012- day 7

So, NaNo has been going pretty well for me… I am up to 14,904 words (out of 50,000.) I am feeling pretty accomplished. Not bad for day 7.

And all that on top of being pretty busy. Mostly we have been writing around here in the evenings. Saturday our dog had a hair apt in the morning, and we had a 3 hour meeting of the NaNos at the library. Then a quick bite, and back home…

Sunday was Christmas shopping, and a few errands. And the banks Then we got home and dh had to go right back out to get groceries. Then he came home, we had a late lunch, and cleaning the house and getting ready for the work week.

Oh, and did I mention we had a carbon monoxide leak last week? That was a bit more drama then I needed, but at least we had a detector to alert us, and atco came out and made their recommendations, so all was good.

So far November has been really hard on my body… I am super tired all the time… we have been going out more, so my body is paying for it, and my eyes have been suffering from using them more as I type.

Ok. Enough whining. I was looking at some of the art I have done, and found this to share with you…

Here are some home made flower postcards i made a while back…

how is your NaNo going? Is your body/sleep/Christmas shopping suffering?

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in creative, NaNo2012, writing

 

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’twas the night before halloween

Hey guys. I know it’s been a while. I missed you. Or at least blogging… did you miss hearing from me?

Well, quick re-cap. I have been mostly taking it easy the last couple months.

I have had a couple more test, try to prove or disprove MS. (a couple of which were very invasive and unpleasant). Now I am just waiting to see the doctor December 5th. Maybe he will grant my Christmas wish, and have it all figured out.

My mother in law moved back to Calgary after being in the states for 20 years, so we have been spending a sometime catching up with her.

We have been seeing more of the cats lately, as the more aggressive dog died over the summer, and have really been enjoying their company again. (except the cat hair all over my kitchen counter…)

Most of the Christmas shopping has been done, with just a few other little things to buy. I have high hopes. 1 afternoon, 2 stores, and we should be completely done.

About a month ago, I bought myself a refurbished wheelchair. It means I can get out of the house much more, and go many more places than I could all summer. I have been enjoying rejoining the world again. I discovered I even missed grocery shopping, but I am sure that with fade again soon. 😉

Tomorrow is Halloween, and I think we are set for that… always look forward to seeing the kids in their costumes.

I haven’t done much art to share lately, my heart just wasn’t there after the dog died. I am starting to come back a little now, if slowly, so maybe have something worth posting again soon.

Still miss reading, but have heard a couple cute stories lately on mp3 from my library, so at least it fills a hole, even if it’s not the same.

Speaking of, DH and I are gearing up to do NaNoWriMo again this month. (if you have never heard of it, find out more HERE) It will be my 4th and his 3rd. I am looking forward to writing it, even if I won’t be able to read it back! Oh well, the fun is in the process, not the product, right?

Maybe if you are luck, if there are any good parts, I will share them here…

I think that is all for now… I will try and be more regular around here… and I hope you will too…

Anyone out there doing NaNo? Let me know, maybe we can ‘buddy up’… =D

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in NaNo2012, writing

 

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