Posted in autumn, Birds, clouds, fall, fog, full moon, geese, Moon, morning, NaNoWriMo, Oregon, photography, Revenants Abroad, sunrise, trees, Vampires, writing

November Collection

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I posted anything.

I threw in the towel on NaNoWriMo again. I’ve been sick for a week and it sort of took the wind out of my sails. I’m about 10,000 words into a new thing, my first attempt at a YA novel. But fear not, the vampires are never far from my mind and plan to get back to them ASAP because I miss my fanged friends.

Here are a few shots from this month, and I still have more to process and upload.

Posted in autumn, Oregon, photography, writing

I Will Never Get Tired of Autumn

Small selection of photos from different days. The close-up of the red leaves, and the geese against the dark clouds were taken yesterday. The powerlines in fog is from this morning. The bottom two are from October.


Posted in autumn, fall, photography, self-publishing, writing

Edits and Evil Programs

Not much going on, either with pics or the book. I’m still immersed in final edits, and having fits with Word. It seems every time I close and reopen the file it runs words together, removing the spaces between them. I found three crunched together last night and Word didn’t even pick it up as a misspelling. Argh. Now I’m terrified that when I release the book it’s going to have all this funky spacing. I thought maybe it was because I was opening the file on both my home computer using Word 2007, and occasionally on my work computer in Word 2010, but I’ve never seen this before. If anyone else has run into this and knows a fix, please let me know.

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A Little Sunshine

Sun on leaves

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
–  Nathaniel Hawthorne

Only posting today because I’ve been home sick. Finally felt well enough to wander outside and get a few photos of these gorgeous leaves when the sun hit them. Autumn needs to be twice as long as it is, it passes far too quickly.

Stay, Autumn, don’t go.

Posted in Halloween, Holidays, NaNoWriMo, Oregon, photography, Quotes, random thoughts, writing

October’s Turn

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”
–  Nathaniel Hawthorne

October is the golden month, with the trees changing but the days are (generally) still sunny and dry, and warm, even though the nights are starting to turn colder. Even here in Oregon we have pretty reliably good weather for most of the month. Today was stunning, 80 degrees and sunny, with the trees turning gold and red and leaves piling up all over the yard. I don’t think it could be any more perfect.

I need to get busy with the Hallowe’en decorations, I haven’t even dug them out yet. Soon, though. Not to be a downer, but before the bad weather starts, it’s time to check through emergency supplies, stock up on batteries, candles. If you have pets make sure you have pet food on hand in case stores are closed or you can’t get there. Keep emergency supplies in your car: flashlight, tools, flares, blanket, shovel (you can get mini folding ones), and so on. Do it now while you have time and before you need it.

In the meantime, enjoy the weather, plan some winter projects. I’m skipping NaNoWriMo again this year, I really think my NaNo’ing days are over. I have enough writing projects to keep me busy for a long time without creating new ones, and I really cannot squeeze it in this year with this job I have. I will find time to write more regularly, though. My daimon is ever present and inspiring, and encouraging. Have  a great week, everyone.