So, my friend Ian gave me an awesome picture prompt as well. It's a scene from a Russian operetta--but this I didn't know while writing it. I did NO research into the picture before I started, and was amused afterward when I compared my fill with the operetta.

This deals with a character that is in my Nano novel's 'verse--Bridget, a younger sister of Stannie and Ollie. In Toyland, it is expected that children leave home when they are 13 (13 being a very lucky number) to have themselves an Adventure. Most return shortly after. Some never do. Bridget (and her brother, Bobby) are two that are gone for many, many years. This is an idea of what happens to them, in a kingdom far, far away from their family in Toyland...

Written in great haste during my lunch break, and typed in even greater haste once home. I have a nagging suspicion the verb tense got screwed, but I'm so tired I can't tell *DIES*.

Picture, and story below. 1,333 words total. )
Well, I've gotten started on answering your prompts! Only two so far though, but here they are!

AN: Both were written on that Write or Die! web page. It's Write or Die, not Write Well or Die.

~*~

[livejournal.com profile] hearts_blood offered "Snickerdoodle":

Snickerdoodle (supposedly there was a pre ww1 tall tale hero named Snickerdoodle! And the first line was his adventuring philosophy! I ran with it from there) )

~*~

[livejournal.com profile] mellifluous_ink offered the following prompt from the slanowrimo community.

Tell us the most important thing that's happened in your main character's life so far. A key event that made them who they are today. Something really, really integral. )
ink_n_imp: (Ozma the Wise)
I'm bored out of my gourd, and I haven't been writing NEARLY enough in preparation of NaNoWriMo. I wanted to get into a groove of writing 500-700 words per day in preperation, but...wow, the prompts over at the NaNo forum are...Dull. And just plain bad. And it's not even like anyone's posted picture prompts this year. (and those are my favorite sort of prompts D: )

SO!...A call to arms, of sorts. Give me a prompt! A word, a sentence, a picture, a song, a fandom (though, don't be surprised if I have to plead ignorance on that last one and skip it), and I'll shoot for a 10-minute drabble based on it. Who knows, maybe it'll be even more, some times the old Muse strikes in mysterious ways ^_^.

But prompt away! I look forward to beating my head against the keyboard in my attempt to fulfill you contribution.
ink_n_imp: (Ozma the Wise)
So, it may take a village to raise a child, but I'd also like to think it takes a few kind souls to prod an would-be author into finishing something.

NANOWRIMO FAST APPROACHES!--and methinks this year, I will make a Nano writing filter for my lj. SHOCKING I KNOW. But I am declaring my intention, because I want to know if anyone wants on said filter, either because you're nano-ing as well, or you just want to see what it is my wicked and slightly-used-and-worn-around-the-edges-but-still-serviceable brain can come up with on a little sleep and lots of caffeine.

So, comment if you want on the Nano filter, and are ok with putting up with my nano-nonsense. AND DON'T WORRY--I'm not going to be insulted if you don't want on it. SERIOUSLY. But I won't put you on it unless you're ok with me spamming your f-list with (...hopefully) daily posts.


In other news, I spent this evening making my nano binder. I found that I'm most successful with Nano when I get creative. Or, just surround myself with things that keep my brain interested in the tale I'm concocting. in 2005, it was drawings I came up with for my tale. In 2007, it was the drawings, AND a themed binder and soundtrack. So, as I don't fix things that ain't broke, I've been doodling, and my binder it ready to be filled to the brim with my 2009 Novel!

Just look for yourself! If this binder doesn't get my brain wanting to write about the things it alludes too, I'm DOOMED. )

BUT...I do ask a boon from all of you on my f-list. You see, I need a writing soundtrack. Badly. I've only got about 4 songs on it so far: two version of "March of the Wooden Soldiers", a march for Company B from my workplace (dated 1880ish), and some songs from La Vita E Bella.

If you'd be SO kind...

If you have anything that feels/screams/suggests a fairy!tale!Ozian! young adult adventure comedy with thrills, chills, orphans, wooden soldiers, bogeys, krumpus, dark woods, deep caves, tricks, lies, job loss, house foreclosure, families-what-are-constructed-not-born, crooked men, silly kings, brother/sister biffles, toymakers, town-shakers, candlestick-makers, would-be murderers and near misses, boys-who-can-not-shudder, sensible girls with sheep, balls of string, well-made tools, china-doll girls and puppet boys, reluctant generals, a dash of romance, a helping of absurdity and a couple of Tweedles!--

...Oddly enough, Scott Joplin works a little too well for all the above.

But if would be so kind as to share what songs you have with me--well, I have nothing to give but gratitude, but REST ASSURED I have gratitude in SPADES. SPADES I TELL YOU.
ink_n_imp: (Ozma the Wise)
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...


Anyone else out there attempt the insanity that is NaNoWriMo again? Or, even for the first time?

I've been doing it since 2003--2005 was the only time I've hit 50k, but this year, I want to FINISH a story, not just hit a word count.

So, if anyone else out there is Nanoing, I'm ink'n'imp on their website. And we should totally friend each other. ^_^
Work-related:
1) In the 7 Circles of Archaeological Hell, the seventh circle consists of having to lay line of shovel tests through Staten Island catbriar four feet taller than you. Imagine thorns so sharp and long they scratch you through your jeans and long johns, AND at one point go through your BOOT. Allow me to repeat: A THORN WENT THROUGH MY BOOT.

You have NO idea what my legs look like right now. It's pretty horrific, and they sting like a mo'fo' when I take a shower.

Though, it is a relief to no longer be digging along the Belt Parkway. I like the silence of working in the woods under the Outerbridge Crossing. If it just wasn't for those DAMNABLE CATBRIARS!!!!

Because I need my dose of blasphemy this evening, holy Christ, my everlasting sympathies.


Real Life-related:
1) I'm going to be Oscar Wilde for Halloween!...well, I will, once I modify a coat of mine, and make myself a fabulously foppish purple vest and green cravat. And then on November 1st at a little shindig [livejournal.com profile] muneybags6 is hosting (themed "Saints and Demons: come as your best or worst!") I plan on going as Saint Lucy, with my eyes on a platter. I want to practice staring ahead with dark glasses on while I move my "eyes" to look at the people I'm talking too. I think it would be awesomely creepifying if I did it right.

2) I'm sitting on my grad school application for the March 31 deadline. Just didn't want to go to grad school this spring (assuming I would have gotten in in the first place).

3) My brother and I saw "Fuerza Bruta" on Saturday and it was AMAZING. It was like being in someone else's waking dream; one part nightmare, one part rave, one part "WTF that was AWESOME!". If you want to feel what's it's like to step into Wonderland, GO SEE THIS SHOW. You walk out of it and the rest of the humdrum world feels so much more magical. Just don't expect it to make any sense--just take it in and go for the ride. I mean, women swim in a clear pool as it's lowered within arm's reach of you. It's insane, but a good sort.

Internet-related:
1) Everyone. Go to thatguywiththeglasses.com. Watch the videos of my friend [livejournal.com profile] theborderpatrol a.k.a. the Nostalgia Chick. Proceed to laugh yourself silly. The Anastasia review is a particular favorite of mine (though I LOVE the one for Pocahontas. Oh...Pocahontas)

2)I...have so many things for the internet to finish writing/to think about writing. The deadline for [livejournal.com profile] thingsunwritten is nigh, and I need to finish my story about two gladiators. I have a slew of tables and prompts to start, much less finish ([livejournal.com profile] thousandtables and [livejournal.com profile] ink_twist being the big two)--

And NaNoWriMo Cometh.

I've an idea, but I've never down well with NaNo on even numbered years. I think I have a good idea for it this year, but...*sigh*


Other than that, my life is unexciting.

HUZZAH!!!

Oct. 26th, 2006 01:37 am
[livejournal.com profile] toddpage made me a shiny new icon for motivating me for NaNoWriMo!!



I would like to dedicate my nano novel and my first born child to Todd. *BEAMS!*

I did it.

Nov. 30th, 2005 02:27 pm
I just finished. I wrote 50056 words in 30 days, and with four hours to spare.





Nanowrimo is MINE, and it's ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!!




*dies*
Got back into Florence today, said my farewells to Cousin Nino and his wife, and this evening did the same for my parents. I have eaten more food on this vacation than should be humanly possible, and have been so staterated with the Italian language my brain is exhausted. But since I got back a day ahead of when I had orginally thought, I only have to play NaNo catch up on 5001 words, instead of the 6668 I had expected orginally.


However, gentle readers and fellow nano-ers, my nano project, due to my late start, has been taken hostage by inspiration and has morphed from a fairy-tale spoof focusing on a fairy godmother apprentice, to a rather Dahl-ic tale about an orphaned boy and his eccentricly brilliant, much older sister. I have no plot except for a vague sort of Auntie Mame pretence, and three major characters. To be frank, what I have written so far (all 1317 words) are quite terrifying. I feel like it can keep writing itself, do to it's nature of whimsical suffering and it's inclusion of a rather mad-seeming parental figure, but still, to have a safe, planned out nano THROWN into the wind for a serious flight of fancy is disconcerning.


Well, nothing else to do but to keep writing! I've 5001 words to write tonight, and time's a wasting!!



EDIT OF IMPORTANCE!!!:

1800+ words in and I desperately need suggestions for a name for a grad school age girl who is so brilliant as to be eccentric bordering on mad, who is routinely courted by major universities, research faciliates, government officials for advisement purposes, etc, but who is content to sit in her apartment continuing her studies to become the penultimate "renaissance man". She has just been put in charge of the raising of her 7 year old brother Thomas, and lives with her research partner/roommate named Phillip. They all live in a one bedroom apartment, and all the wall space not used by furniture is devoted to books.

Ok...start making suggestions....NOW!!!!!!!
After two weeks of consistingly going to bed at 3-4 am and getting up at 7-8 am, of studying for midterms at the last possible fucking minute, and rushing to get a class journal and art projects DONE, this week is over.

My fall break finally begins.

*slumps in relief*

For break I'm driving around Tuscany with mom, dad, cousin Nino and his wife. I have to be at the Florence airport at 11 am to meet up with the lot of them, cause mom and dad will be there waiting for Nino's plane to arrive, so I'm going to meet them there, then we all hop in the car and GO!

My break will consist of Tuscan countryside and wine tasting. Ummmmm....wine tasting.

I've begun really gearing up for Nano. First I had no plot, then I had three plots, and now I've whittle myself down to one that I figure I can write furiously without requiring much thought. The other plots either required too much research, or too much philosophy.

Ricasoli, my apartment building, is practically empty. I'm the only person on my floor. I had free reign over the washing machine and the kitchen, so I washed clothes and ate and danced around my room while I killed mosquitoes and sung obnoxious songs. Oh, and since I was alone to my thoughts, I realized how long my hair's gotten, and decided, that for once, I would be the one doing the LJ camera whoring!

BWHAHAH!!!!

All in all, I'm the sort of camera whore you can buy for a few bucks and a load of bread


And finally, for my facebook huswife [livejournal.com profile] leiasolo8:


this is for Jenni
this is for Jenni

BWHAHAHA!!!

Found in the Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence.




See you all again the 4th!!! LATERS!!!

P.S. Oh, I saw Le Tigre e la Neve and Oliver Twist this week, but I'll get into that when I return from break.

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