NaNoWriMo – Day 3

So here we are, well underway with NaNoWriMo 2011. I’m ahead on word count and pathologically hell-bent on staying that way. We know one day at least is a complete loss (Thanksgiving Day), so I have to make up one full day (1667 words) squeezed in elsewhere. I got off to a screaming start, clocking in 2750 words the first day, but I can’t imagine I’ll be able to duplicate that word count too often.

The story itself is of course taking on a life of its own. I had intended to use this month and this NaNo to work up the backstory of a new character in the vampire novel. Well, it’s turning out to be pretty interesting. I wasn’t really expecting to get much out of it but this may claim a book all its own eventually. I’ve already decided to make this darker than the core story, so accordingly I am in search of new music to fit the mood. I just got turned onto a Goth/alternative band out of Johannesburg, South Africa, The Awakening (thanks to Submerina). YUM. This ought to help set the mood.

Excuse me while I go put on more black eyeliner and my boots.

All Hallows Tarot

The collection continues to grow, although at this point I really need to call a moratorium on acquisitions for a while. I’ve been going a little bonkers adding to the collection, but it’s hard to restrain myself when there are so many fabulous decks coming out, and so many lovely art decks in limited editions. This one is not a limited edition (that I know of) although the print run was probably not huge either. This is a goth-alicious little deck I got about a week ago, called the All Hallows Tarot, from artist Robyn Tisch-Hollister:

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The cards are smaller than most other Tarot decks at 3 5/8″x 2 5/8″, but oh so cute! I wish I could show more of the cards, but only got the four scanned in at work yesterday. There are more pictured online at The Tarot Garden where I bought mine (check both the limited edition “More Samples” and the 78-card edition “More Samples” as they’re not all the same cards pictured). And like the Touchstone Tarot I got last year, this one also includes a “Happy Squirrel” card. Bit of silliness. Interestingly, I don’t see any vampires in the deck, it seems more focused on pagan traditions of the day, and more secular traditions like trick-or-treating, costumes, and general gothy-ness.

They arrived in this lovely little bag, inside the tin container which also held the little green ghost pencil eraser and two plastic bat rings, the kind of stuff you probably got as a kid in some gift bags at Halloween parties. I love this new trend of using tins for storing the decks, instead of the cardboard tuck boxes that most come in. I’ve trashed more than one of those little boxes, they really don’t hold up very well in most cases (although schlepping decks around the world with me while in the Navy did a couple of them no favors).

Let me know if you guys like these slideshows or prefer the static photos. I kind of like the slideshows, although they doesn’t seem to allow you to bring up an image in another larger window to see the details.