jenepel: (Nanowrimo: "Keep Calm")
Possibly I'll never write a normal off the cuff entry again? Or is that too crazy to say? :) I have started this entry five billion times (it keeps giving me a "saved draft") so here, have some waffling!

A baffling mix of old and new! )
jenepel: (GoGi: S & B tiger)
YOU GUYS, HAI YOU GUYS! HOW ARE YOU ALL? Yeah, it's kind of been a while, huh?!
[Warning: The word "awesome" gets massively overused in this post.]

As usual, I can't even begin to sum everything up or tell you all about it, and I'm likely to resort to bullet points. So let's see if we can avoid that for now, eh?

Housemates, concert tickets, fandom, Nano, Mac-store, work, etc. Mostly quick and painless! Kind of. )

I guess that's enough info for now, huh? I have three (THREE, OMG) 12 of 12's that I've shot and never posted, so I'm actually considering a bumper post just to get them up. We'll see if I can be productive about that. At least some time off work should make me get some things done? I have made a list of goals for the end of the year, and so far have been pretty good about starting on them, setting up some appts relating to them, etc. Although, every weekend from here to December is booked up, so how's that for free time?

Anyway, no more work now as I'm off to Cardiff for the weekend with some Nano folk. I'm really excited actually - a road trip and an awesome reunion. What more could I ask for?

Also, it has come to my attention that my icons are woefully out of date. I am missing at least two important new(ish) fandoms. I really need to sort that! And let's see if I can post a little better so that I don't play this catch up game. (Ahahahaha - lately that's all I ever say.)

P.S. ALSO MY IPHONE 4 IS AMAZING. It has quickly become my lifeline.
jenepel: (VM: Veronica with camera)
Look at me, in the middle of Nano, still managing to post my 12 of 12 pretty much on time. Of course, I haven't written anything today yet. (We'll see.)

Post 12 pics of your day, and then link back to Chad, who started it all!

1) ALL PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN ON THE 12TH OF EACH MONTH.

2) After you post your pictures onto a webpage of your choice (Livejournal, typepad, MySpace, Flickr, etc...) please post the TIME, LOCATION, and A SMALL COMMENT on the pic.

It's mostly Nano pics this month, no surprise there. )

And, scene! It's Sat afternoon and we're deciding what to do tonight. We were supposed to go out to this club/art space closing out thing, but everyone is kinda half sick and moping around, so it's looking like it might not happen. There are just so many things to get done too. Plus, I'm right at yesterday's wordcount, no buffer, so if I want to keep up my goal of never being behind this year I need to write for an hour and a half. But it's 6pm! Ergh. We'll see.
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
Note to self: LJ entries at 2AM are ill-advised. Really must not do that.

Um, what else? Well Nano is mostly eating my life, with the amount of write-ins Claire and I are planning along with Million Monkeys on Mondays and possible other actual proper social events. Speaking of social events, the house party on Sat went well I think - good turnout, if a bit segregated by friend groups at times. Amy and I closed it out with some of her friends, finally turning in around 5:30AM. Good stuff. And then Claire and I got up and went to the Sun afternoon write-in, where I wrote 2500 words which were possibly not my best. Feeling much better about the 5000 I got on Mon/Tue. I'm at an exciting part now.

Just in general I am loving how many people are coming to the write-ins. It's nice to see such a great reaction and good turnout and so many repeats. Plus we keep going to the pub after the weekday ones, which I always approve of. I'm hoping to come out of the month still keeping in touch with some of the people, so we'll see. On the sad side, Seb isn't doing Nano this year and Rach hasn't made it to any write-ins yet, and it's super weird to do Nano without the two of them.

About my Nano )

I'm terrible at blogging in Nov because it seems silly to "waste" words on it, but I do have an epic post brewing in my mind. Coming out of a (slightly drunken) conversation and some follow up emails with [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo regarding fanfic, gender-bias, slash and just my general reading habits and motivation for it all. I even made some notes. So we'll see if that happens or not.

I'm super behind with TV, but I did watch a HIMYM the other day that really struck a cord - all about Robin being torn between two countries. I wrote all this down: "I'm not American and apparently I'm not Canadian either. / It's like I don't have a country. / So I've decided, dual citizenship. / Instead of being a woman with no country, I'm gonna be a woman with two." I pretty much know completely how she feels, although I'm not convinced that dual citizenship has solved my identity issues.

Wow this entry is all over the place. I have more to say but I'm off to meet the housemates for food - Burmese I believe - so no time!

jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
Nano is over for another year...and seriously, it almost killed us. My household is in shambles after the last couple days of frantic writing. But we all finished, so that's awesome. We were actually all done by around 830PM, so there was no crazy rush like there was last year. Now we're just hanging at our house, with some champagne and friends, trying to let go of the laptops that have been glued to our hands for three days.



This pirate ship graphic kind of cracks me up.
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
So I got back from my trip on Wednesday, and I had about 23,000 words (4000 of which I wrote on the plane coming home). I wasn't panic-y, but I was thinking that it might not happen. Going away for two and a half weeks is not conducive to Nano!

So here I am the night before, and I'm sitting at 42,000, the second half of which was written in the last two days. If I didn't have anything going on tomorrow I would go to bed now, but I have this Thanksgiving dinner with the Embassy people that I don't really want to miss. So here's the plan (as soon as I stop procrastinating by writing this) - write 3000 more words, go to bed, get up around 1PM, go to Thanksgiving, come home around 6ish (I hope) and write 5000 more before midnight. Totally and completely do-able.

Nano makes my entire house-hold crazy. This place looks like a cyclone hit it. And we've invited London Nano-ers over tomorrow night to finish up. We're writing until midnight, and then partying after. Should be a good time. I had better actually hit 50K though, because otherwise I won't be so happy for that party part.

Oh look - more than 200 words that could have been part of my novel! Yay procrastination. Once November is over, I'm planning on some entries (with pics) about my trip, which truly was awesome. That is mostly the reason I was so far behind when I got back...

*FAIL*

Nov. 10th, 2008 11:39 am
jenepel: (Office US: Jim "headdesk")
I have SO MUCH stuff to do write* now and I can't seem to make myself do any of it. I did NOTHING this weekend, even though I had the whole thing free. We had a write-in on Friday night, and I got over 8000, but that was the last productive thing I did. Oh, I cleaned my room a bit at around 2AM this morning. "Cleaned", as in, got it to a sightly more managable state so that I will be able to see to pack. And I started a packing list. And yeah, that's pretty much it.

I leave on Thursday morning.

ARRRRGGGH.


*HA! That was a typo but I'm leaving it because I think it really shows what's on my mind, between Nano, and some other writing related stuff that is freaking me out.

(ETA: Why isn't there a mood for "jumpy"? Because that's how I feel. I'm so on edge this morning.)
jenepel: (Nanowrimo: "you wouldn't understand")
Happy (belated) birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lin! I know you've had a crazy time lately, but I hope your birthday was both fun and relaxing. :)

So I feel like I haven't been around much lately, which is mostly just because of busyness. Of course Nano has kicked off (and is totally kicking my ass) and then there was all the election stuff. That was like two whole days down the drain right there, even with me taking a day off work.

We went to an American ex-pats in London thing to watch the results all night, which was pretty awesome. They had rented this venue out until 6AM, and thankfully that was plenty of time for it to be decided and all that. I was dreading having to go home at that point and still not know a result, but yay for being spared and for correct polling. It was actually a pretty incredible experience. I think there were over 2000 people there (although that petered out a bit the later it got) and in our little group we had six (of which three were American) that stayed until the bitter end. It was just a great atmosphere - lots of cheering, and countdowns, and just generally happy people. We took our "London for Obama" sign, which we have dragged everywhere for months, and tons of people came up and took pictures of it. Also, at one point early on, Amy dared Rach to run across stage with it, and she totally did, because she is awesome. It got tons of cheers, although she did get yelled at for it right afterwards by about three different security guards. Bleh.

We did play Obama Bingo, although mostly just as normal Bingo and not as a drinking game. It was pretty dark for it in there, so we were doing that thing where you use your mobile-phone to see, which only made it funnier. And towards the end when results were coming in fast it was really really hard to keep up. Also, I won £10 off Seb because he bet me that Texas would go blue, to which I was like "I wish, but yeah right" and promptly shook his hand. Sucker.

We stumbled home on the tube at about 630AM, still carrying the Obama sign and just very very happy. I will never feel fully and completely "American" (or "British" for that matter, so whatever) but I think this week I have felt the most patriotic that I have in years. It will be very interesting to see what this does for us in the opinions of other countries, and just in general what Obama actually turns out to be like as a President. But for now, I seriously watched his acceptance speech with tears in my eyes, and I really welcome that kind of emotion in an arena where I haven't felt it for a long time.

Also election related, we almost got to be on this C4 show as a "group of loud and proud Democrats" but turned them down because we have a write-in that we promised Claire we would go to. (*waves* Hi Claire if you're still stalking me!) Groan. Damn you Nano - you're ruining my chances at stardom!

Oh, also, my dress for the wedding is done now - she took up the front and added a panel, and hemmed it. I'm not happy with it really, but it can't be helped. I mean the alterations look great, but the dress just isn't a good style for me. The thing is that Kristen's sister and I are wearing the same dress, in an attempt (I guess) to make it kinda like we're bridesmaids even though we will be the only ones there. I should have vetoed that, however, because in the best traditions of the way that crap works, she is tall and willowy and I am short and squat. So this dress is not ideal. I was pretty upset about it last night when I was trying it on, now I'm kinda just eh. Ah well.

I leave next Thurs for the States, and between now and then life is pretty much just Nano. We have a write-in like every day. I hope it helps! I'm writing like molassas this year.

On a completely random note, I'm about to pass out here from the smell outside our office. They're cleaning a drain or something, and it's almost unbearable. Seriously. I have kleenex stuffed up my nose and I still feel like I'm going to gag. Going home early is seeming like a really good idea...
jenepel: (Holiday: Christmas red cups)
Five things:

1) Look what [livejournal.com profile] iamseb made! It's OBAMA BINGO! for election night. Go there and it will create cards for you to print and mark when various states turn blue. It was officially planned as a drinking game but can also be used just as regular Bingo. Spread it far and wide and make him* famous!

2) Quote as related from my mom today. She's an elementary librarian and was introducing "My Teacher for President" to a Kindergarten class she was going to read it to.

Mom : Can anyone tell me what special event is going to happen in America tomorrow? It's very important and all of your mommies and dadddies will be helping to something for the country.

Tyler (5 year old African American boy) : We're going to have the first black president!

Awesome, hilarious and oh so cute.
(I believe there followed a slight discussion on how that might happen, but that we wouldn't know for sure who won until Wednesday.)

3) I started Nano but only have 3000 words so far. I really need to get a move on. We planned our first official write-in for tomorrow, and I have successfully gotten admin controls on the London Nano FB group though, so we're on our way!

4) The red cups are coming! No sign as yet, but I asked a girl in Starbucks this weekend and she said they should be starting Wednesday. I'm a complete sucker for this entire campaign. Bring on the gingerbread lattes!

5) I changed my moodtheme. I finally uploaded the Buzzcocks one that I have been meaning to get for ages.


*For those of you who like to nitpick (SEB - even when I am promoting your own stuff), by this I mean make Seb famous, not Obama. Obama is obviously already famous. Seb, not so much.
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: [quote] boring mumbling)
I'm kinda all over the place today. For one thing, I feel like crap. I woke up yesterday all stuffed up and sneezing and gross. It's seriously annoying. The only good thing is that my boss is away this week so I can kind of take is easy at work and dose up with meds and hopefully feel better soon. I really really need to feel better soon, because Nano starts in three days. So I want to be all healthy for those long hours and sleepless nights. :)

Also, it's snowing. Well, not anymore, but it snowed last night. And it actually stuck - like when I woke up there was still snow. And goodness know, we don't deal well with snow here. I wonder if there's more where that came from? I mean, it's only October!

The first Nano kick-off is tonight, so Amy and Claire and I are going to go and check it out. It's weird going into Nano this year, because we already have this group of 7 or 8 people who are doing it. So I'm not sure how that's going to work with write-ins or us writing at home (where 3 of us are) or whatever. Plus there are all the other new people who will be at the kick-off and other events. Plus (according to James) now that the British Library has free Wi-Fi it's been run over by mouthbreathers who are taking up all the tables at the cafe. So that could step on our write-ins a bit. We'll see.

We're having a Halloween party on Friday night, although due to our insane lack of organisational skills, I don't think we're gonna have tons of people. We really need to be more together about this stuff! I also have no idea what I'm doing for a costume. I mean I had an idea, but now I'm not so crazy about it. And I don't really have the energy to deal with it now.

But........RACH GETS HOME TOMORROW!!! YAY! Cannot wait.
jenepel: (Random: stalking Nimbus)
Oh goodness it's Friday. Couldn't come soon enough. The best thing this week is getting to know the kitten - who now officially has a name. And that name is (drum roll!) NIMBUS! (Yeah, I know it didn't win the survey - suck it up!) I guess the Harry Potter love won out! I was forced to choose this afternoon when I took him to the vet for a quick check up (everything is fine) and registration visit. It was good because it forced me to make a decision and go for it. And then I put it on Facebook, which (according to Rach) definitely makes it official. So there you go. Anyway, he is ever adorable and so so sweet. Also, crazy. Seb is calling him Psycho and Trouble, interchangeably, because we do seem to spend a lot of time hauling him out of places he shouldn't be, or dodging as he comes hurtling out from who knows where, moving at breakneck speed. It's fun. And then there's me, waking up in the morning to this purring ball of fur who wants to cuddle. Amazing. Also, you should notice the cool new icon that I have already made of him. More to come I am sure. I actually added about ten new icons today - a big sort out of ones I had been saving and considering - so that's pretty exciting too.

In other news, the dollar/pound exchange rate is at $1.52 today. Which is fine, it doesn't really affect me anymore, so it shouldn't bother me. I barely have any dollars anymore, I'm not earning dollars, and I rarely spend them. So why should I care? And yet I heard that number and my stomach dropped. It's just the idea of it, I guess. And I think part of me is sad that if this had happened a year ago I would have been rejoicing right now. This time last year I was working at the Embassy, and every small fluctuation in the rate was watched with eagle eyes as we all thought about what it meant for our finances. At that point it was going up up up to over $2, so actually we were all pretty depressed about it, but the point remains. I've spent my entire life worrying (or at least thinking) about the exchange rate, because I was always spending both dollars and pounds. I always straddled that line between off-base and on. And my mind can't seem to get used to the idea that it actually doesn't matter to me anymore. Of course it matters to the people around me (Rachel, my parents) but technically it doesn't have an effect on my own finances. Or not much of one anyway. (Of course you could argue here that one of the reasons I changed jobs was that my salary at the Embassy was so low, and now that number would be worth about 25% more because of the rate change, but that's neither here nor there.)

Also on the subject of "this time last year" I was thinking about Starbucks. The end of October is traditionally when I start thinking about the red cups, and when will they be here! I actually get quite excited about it. Gingerbread lattes are pretty much the only thing I ever drink at Starbucks. Otherwise, if pressed (like if there with other people) I get a caramel frappacino in the hot and a caramel machiatto in the cold. (Boring I know.) The rest of the year I'm kinda take it or leave it, not being a huge coffee girl (TEA!) but the red cups lure me in just for the gingerbread. (A side note here to say, why yes, I do have an obsession with gingerbread. Raise your hand if you remember my "perfect gingerbread recipe quest" last year, which led to an incident we don't talk about, which may or may not have been molassas on my macbookpro keyboard.) ANYWAY, I have sadness this year, because I just realised I will have very little access to Starbucks on a daily basis. There isn't one near my house, and there isn't one near my work, which leads to me having to actually go into the city to get it. Whereas last year, there were like three on my commute, so for two months I had the daily question of "can I resist today?" I'm actually quite sad about this. So then I started thinking about the holiday season in general, and what I'm going to miss by being stuck working out here in BFE (otherwise known as zone 4). I love living out here, but it's not too good for working. I miss working in the hustle and bustle of zone 1, because in Finchley Central it doesn't quite feel like London. I mean what's the point of living in the city if you never get into the centre of it? I used to complain like crazy at all the shoppers and insanity on Oxford Street the later into December we got, but at least it felt like Christmas. This year, the weather will be the only Christmassy thing I see, giving that people don't decorate their homes much. I guess I'll need a lot of carols to get me through it! And we'll have to do a really great Christmassy decorating job on our own house (I mean inside really). I don't know, it's just that I've felt somewhat nostalgic towards the Embassy lately - not that I want to go back and work there exactly, just that I've been thinking about it at lot. Eh.

Seb and I were talking about Nano yesterday. It is now literally a week away, which is TERRIFYING. I have no idea what I'm doing at all, and it's in A WEEK! That's insane. And worrying. Lucky old Rach has her entire thing sketched out already. I'm excited, but it's also very strange going into it for a second time. Last year I had no idea what to expect, and winning was great. This year I've got an idea of how it was, and also if I don't win then I'm doing worse than last year, so that's added pressure.

I'm at home tonight, but tomorrow I actually have to go to my parents' again. Yes, I know I was just there last week, but I'm having a dilemma with my dress for the wedding. The thing is that it FINALLY came in the mail, but it doesn't quite fit. It was made for (how can I put this delicately?) someone with less up top. This is what happens when you try to pick out a dress to work for several people's body type. I may have linked it before, but this is the dress. So I'm having alterations done - the good thing is that of course it's too long (everything is) so the plan is to take the foot or so of fabric that gets removed from the bottom and add some of it somehow to the bust area. We shall see! But yes, I have to go home for the fitting. I guess I could have found someone to do it in London, but that would have meant finding a good seamstress when my mom already has a friend who always does that stuff for us and we trust her, plus you know it would have cost at least twice as much to get it done in the city. So, going home. And leaving Nimbus for a night. Sob.

One good thing about going home is that I'm hoping to convince my mom to come see HSM3 with me on Sat night. (Yeah, isn't that just the most ridiculous Sat night plans ever! HSM3 with my mom!) I can't find anyone in London who will agree to see it with me (are you guys surprised by this?) and dang it I WANT TO SEE IT. I don't even care, and my ears are deaf to your mockery. Look at the good review! I wish it had existed when I was younger. And, btw, HMS is so much better for kids (and more wholesome) than Twilight. Not that that's saying much...

I leave you with an old meme that I've been meaning to do for ages, because I'm just in that kind of mood:

Who comments the most on this journal? )

[livejournal.com profile] adinarj better be sharp - [livejournal.com profile] basilm (Rach) is catching you up!
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: Simon with sign)
It's 2AM.  What am I doing?  I'm watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks on YouTube.  What should I be doing?  I don't know - one of the many millions of things I need to do before Cat and Jared get here Thursday and my life kicks into overdrive.  Oh Christmas, I do love you, but you make life insane.  Oh yes, I suppose (since I have to work tomorrow at 8:30) that technically what I should be doing is sleeping.  But I just got my computer back today, so actual work or sleep is difficult as I find it hard to tear myself away.  I've pretty much been on since I got home, including a two hour conversation with Trev.  (Never mind that he'll be here in 6 days.  I love Skype.)


Hmmm..what else?  Have I mentioned how much I HEART Never Mind the Buzzcocks?  It is the win.  I don't think I laugh at anything else quite as much as I do during that show.  (Not so much during the Mark Lamar years, but now that Simon is on.)  Also, Ryan Jarman from the Cribs came back and was a guest again a few weeks ago.  BEST GUEST EVER.  I don't even know why, but he has me in fits every time he opens his mouth.  At least my brother agrees with me on this point.

Oh yes, and MY BROTHER GETS HERE IN SIX DAYS!  Sorry for all the caps but it merits them.

Here's the plan:
Mon night (heh - now) - make bed, pack up presents, sleep
Tues - work, meet with new boss, pack for parents house, clear side floor
Wed - work, spend night with [profile] teaatsix (nearer airport)
Thur - pick up C&J at airport, half day work
Fri - work party (last one)
Sat - Choral service at Albert Hall
Sun - TREVOR ARRIVES!, Terracotta Warriers exhibit, go to my parents (evening)
Mon - Christmas Eve (start of week off)
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
IWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, so I just finished my 50,000 words.  I'm just a teensy bit excited.  I'm sitting in a pub in central London with [profile] basilm   and [profile] teaatsix  and two other nano-ers and we have been writing furiously since 5PM.  We staked out a table and the music is loud and all the people around us are partying and drinking, but we're noveling.  YAY us!  So far, only [profile] basilm  and I are done, but there are more to follow.

IWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWONIWON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is such an incredible high!  Don't do drugs people, do nano!  (And now I'm off to drink...hmmmm...)

jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
I am right now listening to the Hairspray ST.  Thanks [profile] teaatsix!

Okay, now another weird London travel story.  (It's gross - you have been warned.)

Today on the bus there was a couple siting across from me (I was in the middle section on a bendy bus - the seats face each other there).  At one point, the girl was carefully leaning up to the guy's face and POPPING HIS PIMPLES.  I am not even making this up.  She was just squeezing pimples for him, right there on the bus.  It was nasty.  And yet I couldn't help it - I kept sneaking looks to see if they were still doing it.  And they weren't even trying to be subtle.  SO WEIRD.

Ahem.

Nano.  I have one day left and 8000 words to write.  I can do it.  I will do.  I swear I will.  Because I hate to fail at stuff like this.  If I don't make it I will be very mad at me.  Anyhow, I wrote 5000 words yesterday and 4000 today and I have more writing hours tomorrow then I did either of those days, so I feel pretty good about it.

If you're wondering why I'm all writewritewrite with LJ entries at the moment, I think it's partly because I am procrastinating nano.  Also, it's nice to write something that isn't my story.  That said, I'm gonna try and do another 1000 words tonight.  Because 7000 tomorrow just sounds so much more do-able than 8000.  Also, I know that I keep using the same icon, but I won't get to use it much after this, so I'm making the most of it now.

A different nano counter:



And I'm out.  Watch this space for me either squeeing at myself or cursing myself tomorrow.

nano nano

Nov. 29th, 2007 02:01 am
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
I wrote 5000 words today!  YAY!  Actually, since I wanted to write 7000, it's not as great as it could be, but it's still good.  So I'm at around 38000.  When I put that into the spreadsheet thing it said this: "You're falling a little behind.  But don't worry, just try to write 5932 words a day and you'll still make it." which is what it always says if you are under word count.  What really cracked me up is before I caught up some this week.  It was all: "don't worry!  just write 9000 words a day!" - how very optimistic of it!

I saw a homeless guy (he was selling the Big Issue) on the tube today who was playing Christmas songs on a traffic cone.  It actually sounded pretty good.  So there's some creativity for you.  And initiative.  He was stationed directly in the centre of the escalators (leaning his cone on the middle bit) so that everyone coming down went right past him.

Also on the way home today - an embarrassing story.  It rained today and I was wearing my boots.  When I was almost home, I went by a house near us that had trash spilled out onto the pavement.  I stepped around it, onto this white plastic board they had covering the front part for some reason.  I slipped, and promptly landed on my back.  Seriously, it was that fast.  One minute walking fast, the next flat on my bum.  It was ridiculous and it hurt so much.  Plus I got all wet.  And I had just come from the nano write-in so I was carrying my computer (in my backpack).  Thank goodness I didn't fall back further and crush it or something.  Also, there was a girl walking in front of me and she heard the crash and turned around.  I felt so stupid - I was all "no, I'm fine - really I'm fine" trying to get up fast so she would turn around and keep walking.  It hurt like crazy though, and I kinda pulled my knee somehow.  I've been brutal on my knees lately.  The other day I fell forward (tripped on a crack in the pavement) and skinned my knee THROUGH MY TIGHTS.  Maybe I should just stop wearing skirts?  Evidently I'm too clumsy for them.

Now that I've written my words I will reward myself by FINALLY getting to watch Heroes from this week.  I made myself a no TV rule, but I exempted Heroes (of course).  I should make myself write 2000 more words, but it is 2AM, so that hardly seems like a good idea.  At least I know I have a lot of time set aside to write in the next two days.  TWO DAYS!  12000 WORDS!  Holy crapola.

jenepel: (Piz "I want to die")
The best part of today was the write-in, where I finally got started again after my long desert of doing nothing.  I'm still massively behind, but at least I'm moving forward.  I have no vision of whether it's any good now, but words are going on the page, so that's something.  A few new people at the write-in that I hadn't met, also it was at Starbucks instead of the BL, so that was interesting.  A bit noisier, and very very crowded. No [profile] basilm, but [profile] teaatsix was there, so yay!  Went to the pub afterwards, natch.  Tomorrow it's at an undecided location, so that's weird.  And then Thurs back to the BL, thank goodness.

Seriously though, today sucked.  I think it was inevitable since it was a catch-up day at work and I was exhausted from the weekend.  Erin came on Friday morning and she came by the office for lunch.  There were only four of us there so we ordered out pizza.  I don't think I got a thing done after that point.  And then Monday was a holiday, so today it all came crashing down on me.  I meant to leave work for the write-in at 5:00, but we got a last minute call (read: demand) from the US at 4:45, so I ended up not being able to leave until after 6.  Precious writing time missed, people!

Anyhow, since I already started listing it on facebook, here are the things we did (touristy I mean) this weekend.  I call this Jenn's very very cheap tour of London - we only spent money on necessities - food, drink, transport and the theatre!


Work was brutal and then here I am up at almost 2AM again.  But the virtual season went up tonight at 1AM (read it HERE!) and so I always feel like I have to stay up to make a few posts (TWoP and facebook) and just be sure everything goes off alright.

I was going to write more tonight but that didn't happen.  I think I'm going to be lazy and watch Heroes instead.  And no, if you're asking, I haven't packed yet for my trip - I leave on Friday morning.

Happy moving day to [profile] adinarj !!

jenepel: (Alexis - mouth only)
I got this from [profile] teaatsix and then from [profile] basilm, who be my newest friendlies...

1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.


I think I like answering questions better than asking them, so if anyone actually bothers to respond then I'm gonna have me some trouble.  Can I ask everyone the same questions?  There's no rule on that, right?!

Q & A )


Hopefully going to a write-in tomorrow, even if I have to drag Erin there.  I've loved having her visit, and we've done tons of stuff, but it means I haven't written since Thursday, and that's very bad.  As of today I'm over 4000 words behind (still at 14,000) - doable, but very annoying.

I just dyed my hair very very red.  Like, Angela Chase red.  I think I like it, but it's gonna take a teensy bit of getting used to.  Wonder what the Texans will think?

Meh, it's 2AM.  I guess I should go to bed as we are supposed to get up and go early tomorrow.
jenepel: (nanowrimo purple)
Um, hello all.  I just wanted to expound quickly on the wonder that is NaNoWriMo.  Seriously.  Today was a normal day.  I went to work, I worked hard, I had a meeting in the afternoon, I did some taxes.  And then after work I went to a NaNo write-in.  And it was truly awesome.  I mean the after the write-in was.  The write-in itself was good too.  I wrote about 3000 words, which is good because I didn't write yesterday.  And my story is moving along and all that.  And it was at the British Library, which is a very inspiring and cool place to be writing.  But the really cool thing is that afterwards we went to the pub.  And about four of us sat there for three hours.  We were silly, we drank some, guys bugged us, but most of all we totally bonded.  I got to talk about fandom in real life!  Harry Potter fandom!  Heroes fandom!  Supernatural fandom!  Gilmore Girls fandom!  It was awesome.  I met someone who posts on TWoP!  I realise I am sounding ridiculous right now, but I never get to talk about these things in my real life.  I actually told people about the virtual season and they understood what we are doing.  So I lift my hat, to [profile] teaatsix and to [profile] basilm (and also to Saramoo, who doesn't have an LJ account) for being incredibly awesome!  Yay to you and yay to London, and hey, yay to NaNo for bringing people together.  :)

Oh yes, and my wordcount...

jenepel: (GG Season 8)
It's back - there will be all new episodes of the virtual season from now until early December.  Yay for that, but it means that my life is about to get even crazier.  Also for the craziness Bruce (the tax firm guy) came back today to discuss the job.  He wants me to tell him yes or no within the next 5-10 days.  I'm leaning to a yes, but it is SERIOUSLY freaking me out.  I'm not sure I'm ready to leave the comfort of the Embassy.  :)  Of course I've only been here for six months...

OKAY - Virtual Season.  Focus Jenepel!

Episode 8.05: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

Lorelai is home alone while Luke is off to New Mexico to visit April. Rory spends her birthday in the birthplace of our nation, and catches up with an old friend while she's there. Neither girl is having an easy time, but hey, it's always sunny in Philadelphia!

And, just for kicks, because I'm very excited about this.  I know you guys aren't, but if you were spending as much time on it as I am then you would care.  A lot.  (Just so you know, this counter is pretty much going to be at the end of every post until I finish.)



Ta Da!  I rock or whatever.

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