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It's been an eventful couple of weeks since last you saw me here. I started my new job last week, and so far I like it very much there. It's a cool company (they do websites and digital marketing), and everyone has been very nice. They provide lunch for us every Thursday, and once a month we do a potluck. Today was this month's potluck, and I made lacy oatmeal cookies, which were very popular. I have to take the recipe in tomorrow so people can make copies of it. They have a wine & cheese club every other Friday at 4:00; last week I brought a nice Irish cheddar with porter, which was appreciated. There was also candied bacon and bacon-infused bourbon, in addition to other cheeses and wine. I have found my people. *g*

There's a cooler (like you see in stores) stocked with soda, seltzer, energy drinks, and beer. Yes, beer! They also have a microbrew club. There are gumball machines (for which you don't need coins) filled with Skittles, M&Ms, and pistachios. They even have a couple of Keurig machines, with all the fixings. They take good care of their employees!

It's a ten-minute commute, all on back roads so I don't have to get on the highway. I'm not sure how that's going to be when it snows, but we'll see. There are lots of shops and restaurants in the vicinity (not that I go out for lunch all that much, but it's nice to have options). There's even a lovely atrium in our building.

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My second day on the phone, I got a live one. They're seriously considering us, and if we get it, it's a pretty big sale. My boss is really happy. The CEO high-fived me. I've been sitting in on the calls so I can learn the process. So many new terms to learn! It's all very interesting. I now know the difference between a CRM and a CMS. I've lost track of how many times my boss has said "Good job" to me. So nice to hear.

So yeah, lots of things to be happy about. Which makes the election and its fallout all the more heartbreaking. So much anger, so much pain. I've been spending a lot less time on social media because of it. I'm just sick over what's happening. I don't have it in me to be an organizer, but I will do everything I can to help those who are, and those who are affected. If they start registering Muslims, I will stand in line and register myself. I will stand up to hate wherever I see it. We must not allow it to take over. There are more of us than there are of them, even though they are louder.

I am doing what I can to share positive and beautiful things on Facebook, because somebody's gotta do it. Not to minimize the bad, or belittle anyone's pain, but because I believe in reminding people of the good in this world. To show what we're fighting for. Just like Samwise Gamgee.

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I haven't been able to write since the election. I'm giving up on NaNoWriMo, for now. November isn't the best month for me anyway, and with all that's going on, my brain just can't get into that space right now. Maybe in January, when it's deep winter and going outside isn't as good an idea. I'm scribbling short ideas down for when I do have the brain for it.

Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to corral some brain cells into putting together a new calendar. It's way past time for me to do that. Oh, and I found out my company did Lulu's website! Small world.

How are you all holding up? I've been reading your posts, even though I haven't been posting or commenting all that much. I'm glad we're all here.

almost over

Nov. 5th, 2016 08:27 am
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
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There is still some color left, but more and more trees are bare now, ready for winter. I'm trying to get out every day to enjoy what's left of autumn before it's all gone.

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I went to see "Doctor Strange" on Thursday night. They had a secret screening a day early, so I got to beat the weekend crowds. I absolutely loved it! I had high expectations, and they weren't let down. I even didn't mind (much) that Benedict had an American accent in it. He was fantastic, just perfect for that role. Everyone in it was great. I will probably see it again in the theatre, and buy it when it comes out on DVD. Such a treat, especially after being disappointed in the last couple of Marvel movies.

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I start a new job on Monday, and I'm both nervous and excited. It's for a web services company, which is right up my alley (much more so than the last couple of gigs). I worked really hard to get it, too; in addition to the phone and in-person interviews, I had to do a couple of test calls so they could hear my phone manner and pitch style. I really hope this works out, because the company sounds awesome.

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I am attempting to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I haven't had a lot of words yet, but I'm pretty happy with what's come out of me so far. I've had a couple of fun ideas about how to structure the story, partially inspired by a classic of horror literature that has come up repeatedly in the last month or so. Figuring out how to work it all in has been a fun challenge.

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
lizziebelle: (crow)
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I went for a walk at the Lime Kiln & Quarry in Bolton last Sunday. The trees are almost all bare now, and the paths are covered in a thick layer of leaves, which made the going difficult. Must remember next year to go before the leaves fall. I almost turned my ankle several times stepping on rocks hidden by them.

I did see a family of deer way out in the woods; a doe, yearling, and buck ran by, doubtless startled by me crunching across the crispy carpet of oak and maple.

standout

When I got back to the car, I discovered that my only car key had gotten bent somehow. Just a little, but enough to make it difficult to get it into and out of the door and ignition. I left it unlocked until I could get a replacement. I had a key made at Lowe's, but it didn't work. Fortunately, there's a Hyundai dealership across the street from my office. They put my VIN into the computer and made a brand-new key. Cost me 37 bucks, but it's a whole lot better than the key I had, which wasn't the original.

The problem with the MacBook turned out to be the hard drive. I had to have it replaced. Which meant I lost everything. Fortunately, all my photos are backed up on Flickr; that loss would have been devastating. But my iTunes (a lot of which was borrowed from friends or the library), various apps, and random stuff is all gone. Starting from scratch. Again. That's becoming a recurring theme in my life, and I don't especially like it.

I've been trying to keep up with NaNoWriMo, but most days I've only been able to pound out a few hundred words. Still, I'm writing almost every day, even if it's not a whole lot. I hosted write-ins at the library on Monday night and this morning, and people actually showed up. Today I got in 1,660 words, and a whole new scene.

I'd planned to write last night, but then I heard about Paris, and I just couldn't. I was heartbroken and horrified. Paris is number one on my bucket list. I've wanted to go there since I knew what Paris was. I'm pretty sure I lived there in a previous life, the draw is so strong. Someday, I will. My heart aches for her people today. I cannot comprehend such hatred and disregard for human life.

It makes my problems seem pretty small indeed.
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
It's been a fairly stressful week. My mom was in the hospital; she had what they called an "asthma event," but she's home now and doing much better. Apparently this lit a fire under the senior housing folks to find her a ground-floor unit and a better parking space; she has to move in two weeks, but that is less stressful for her than facing winter in the unit she's in now, where she has to climb either a hill or stairs to get out. She's having the movers do all the packing this time. She has a visiting nurse twice a week, and they're going to see if they can get her housekeeping help as well. It was tough to go through, but some good things came out of it.

I had a day of discomfort when my digestive system rebelled and gave me a rumbly tummy. It was a gorgeous day, and I could't get out and enjoy it. I did sit out on the deck for a while, but I would rather have been able to go out for a walk. *sigh*

Then my MacBook decided to go all wonky on me. I got the spinning ball of death, and when I tried to reboot, it wouldn't. It would get partway, and then just go black. I talked to a nice fella at Apple, who had me try a couple of things, which didn't work, so he made an appointment for me at the Apple store for Tuesday, the first available slot. I was able to get onto Guest mode, which is internet-only (and Safari to boot, not my favorite), so I can get email and a few other things, but none of my programs, including my photos. Argh. Cross your fingers it's just a software glitch or something, because there's no way I can afford a new computer right now. I don't know what I'll do if she's unfixable.

All of which has left me woefully behind in NaNoWriMo. I've been able to access Google Drive, so I can at least pound out some words and not lose them, but my mind has been elsewhere. I'm not going to fret about it (too much). I can only do what I can do.

At least I had a good week at work, despite missing a day. And it was nice enough all week to sit outside for lunch.

catchup

Oct. 28th, 2015 09:47 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)
I've been a bad LJer. I keep meaning to post, and even started to once or twice, but just never got around to actually posting. So, as Inigo Montoya said, it is too much. Let me sum up.

I went to see Hamlet at the movie theatre. The London production, starring my current favorite actor. You know the one. It was fabulous. I don't particularly love Hamlet, but it is the one I know best, and everyone in it was excellent. I even loved the set and costumes.

Last Friday night, I went to Northampton with a friend to meet another friend and see Loreena McKennitt in concert. Loreena was wonderful, as always. This time, it was just her and two other musicians. They played all older, traditional stuff. It was much more intimate than the other two times I've seen her, and I'm really glad I went to that show instead of in Boston; the theatre was small, we had good seats, and I could actually see the expressions on their faces.

On Sunday, I went to Mount Auburn Cemetery for this month's Urban Nature Walk, hosted as always by [livejournal.com profile] urbpan. I've never been there in the autumn before, and it was as beautiful as I expected.

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We came across a large group of turkeys, which mostly ignored us. Here are some of them, with [livejournal.com profile] urbpan in the background.

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It was a fun expedition, even though it was cloudy and ended with a bit of rain.

Hard to believe that this weekend is Samhain/Halloween already. I haven't decided yet what I want to do to observe it. I suspect I will be walking in the woods somewhere on Sunday; perhaps at Walden Pond. Yes, that Walden, and I'm embarrassed to say I've never been there. I think it's time.

Sunday is also the start of NaNoWriMo, and I'm going to do it again this year. I need to get back into the habit of writing every day, and I plan to go to a few write-ins to get into the spirit. I'm even hosting a couple, at the Hudson library. Whee!

Winter is coming faster than I'd like. We've had a couple of hard frosts, and everything except the violas has bit the dust. I actually had another crop of the violas spring up from the dried remains at the end of the summer, and their cheery faces greet me each morning when I leave for work. Hardy little things, they are.

So that's the Cliff's Notes version. If you want to see more of my pix, head over to my Flickr page.

What are your plans for this weekend and beyond?
lizziebelle: (book)
I'm still plugging away at the novel I started for NaNoWriMo, go me. I'm pretty proud of that. It's starting to go new places, and surprising things keep happening. I'm not much for outlining, but I have a pretty good idea of where things are going when I start out. With short stories, there aren't a whole lot of places to go, but with a novel, things can take off in a number of directions, many of which I hadn't anticipated. This started out as a ghost story, which it still is, but other things are happening now, too.

I'm trying to keep things reined in, though. I don't want it to get out of hand. I'm trying very hard not to make my protagonist a Mary Sue, because it drives me crazy when other writers do that. I don't want her to be too perfect, for things to come too easily for her. Also, I don't want her to be too much like me. Because she's not me.

Another thing I don't like is when too many mythologies get crammed into supernatural stories. It's one of the things I didn't like in the Sookie Stackhouse books, and other series. There will be no vampires or faeries in my novel! But there will be witches. And they will be real witches, not fantasy witches. They can't do anything I can't do. Well, I've never sent a ghost on to the next plane, but in theory, I could. I know how it's done, and that's how my characters are doing it.

Also, there is no hint of romance. I have nothing against romances, but that's not what I want to write. Maybe somewhere down the road, in book two or three (if I ever get there), but that's not the point of the story.

I'm writing something I would want to read. Hopefully, it's something other people will want to read, too.

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Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:10 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)
On my walk today, a crow landed in a tree just ahead of me and started cawing. I stopped under the tree and took out my camera, intending to get a good silhouette of him sitting on a branch. Just as I snapped the shutter, he took off, resulting in the pic in my icon. My reaction? "Awesome." I love crows.

My car has been out of commission for a while, and today I had it towed to the dealer to get fixed. I wanted to do it last week, but because of the snow the tow truck driver refused to even try backing down my driveway. Thanks to a couple of warmish days, the snow is gone, and Morgan la Fe is finally getting that new starter. Hopefully by the weekend I'll be mobile again.

I finished off NaNoWriMo with just over 19K words. That's a lot for me. I've got a good start on the novel, a fairly good idea where it's going, and a great new habit of writing every day. I did take yesterday off, just because, but I'm back in the saddle, and it feels good. Depression isn't good for creativity, at least not for me. Having NaNo to get me motivated was a very good thing. The hardest part is always getting started. Once momentum is built, it's easier to just keep going.

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Nov. 27th, 2014 10:03 pm
lizziebelle: (book)

I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!




I tried this thing again, and I like the results better. Last time, I got Bram Stoker (probably because what I had written was in first-person). This result is from my current NaNoWriMo novel.

I'm not going to make the 50K goal by the end of the month, but that wasn't my aim. It's gotten me into the habit of writing every day, which is what I intended. The story I've had simmering in my brain for ages is starting to take shape, and is going places I didn't expect. New characters are showing up, and I like them. I'm getting better at blending dialog with descriptive passages. I'm learning to just get the words down, and worry about editing later. Most of all, I've had fun with it.

This is the first time I've had a serious run at writing a novel. Last time I tried, my story just didn't support a novel-length size. My forté has always been shorter fiction. Novels are a whole different animal. I hope I can keep up the momentum, and actually finish it. I really want to tell this story.

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Nov. 7th, 2014 03:39 pm
lizziebelle: (book)
While I haven't kept up the momentum of the first day, I'm making good progress on my NaNoWriMo project. The story's starting to take shape, and unexpected things have happened. This is good. I like stories to surprise me, even my own.

I had to get out of the house today, so I went to the Lime Quarry & Kiln in Bolton to ramble about in the woods.



It's a bit chilly today, but the sun came out for a moment or two periodically, and the woods were peaceful and quiet.

The lime kiln is built into the side of a hill, and is pretty cool to come across.



They have maps at the entrance, but I always get off-track somehow. As I have a really good sense of direction, I attribute it to either poor mapmaking skills or perhaps faeries. Whenever I would come across a "You Are Here" map, I was not anywhere near where I thought I was. Somehow, I always find my way out.

As I was already in Bolton, I took a quick detour over to the library to take pictures of it. Some of you may remember this place as the Pirate Rest Stop from a few years ago that we set up for the big bike ride some friends were riding in. The library really stuck in my mind, and is now making an appearance in my NaNo book as the library in my fictional town of Dorset, MA.



I wanted Dorset to be located in this general area, but I didn't want to use a real town so I made one up. It has elements of Bolton, as well as Stow and even Hudson. It's a place I would like to live. Well, except for all of the ghosts. *g*
lizziebelle: (book)
Well hey, I made my goal my first day. Go me! 1,718 words, a good part of chapter one and an additional, later scene written.

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If you're participating too and would like to buddy up, you can find me here.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 12:39 pm
lizziebelle: (book)
So, I've been thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year. I attempted it once before, a few years ago, and didn't finish but it was good practice.

I have the time, I have the story, I just need the discipline. Depression has been kicking me in the arse lately, so a daily discipline would be a good thing, I think.

Any advice from those of you who've done it before? Helpful hints would be appreciated! Wish me luck!

dum de dum

Dec. 1st, 2006 04:26 pm
lizziebelle: (george)
The paper is done, but unlike last week, I'm here until the bitter end. Kim has left because her father is in the hospital. It's a good thing I have music (and LJ), or I do believe I would go bonkers. Maybe I should've saved The Valley Advocate to read this afternoon. Oh, well!

It's another weird weather day in New England; it's in the 60s today, the first day of December. I have to echo [livejournal.com profile] leenah here: WTF? Snow and 'teens in Seattle, and rain & mild temps in New England? I'm thinking the weather gods are having a laugh at our expense. Ha ha, very funny, guys.

We're supposed to get high winds tonight. I sure hope we don't lose power; that would suck. Tomorrow should be much more seasonable, with temps in the 40s. Next up, sports...

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Some of you may be wondering what happened with NaNoWriMo... I haven't updated in a while, have I? And now it's over. What happened is that my story just isn't turning out to be novel-length. I had thought it might top out at 50K, maybe as a YA novel, but to do that I would have to pad it way too much, and that's just not my style. It turns out that I really am a short-story writer after all. Someday there may be a book in me, but not today. I tend to be spare with words (don't laugh!), and I'm a ruthless self-editor. Slash and burn! So even if I did reach that mythical 50K, it would end up being much less after I got through with it. And that's just not a novel. Is there a NaShoStoMo? *g*

dum de dum

Dec. 1st, 2006 04:26 pm
lizziebelle: (george)
The paper is done, but unlike last week, I'm here until the bitter end. Kim has left because her father is in the hospital. It's a good thing I have music (and LJ), or I do believe I would go bonkers. Maybe I should've saved The Valley Advocate to read this afternoon. Oh, well!

It's another weird weather day in New England; it's in the 60s today, the first day of December. I have to echo [livejournal.com profile] leenah here: WTF? Snow and 'teens in Seattle, and rain & mild temps in New England? I'm thinking the weather gods are having a laugh at our expense. Ha ha, very funny, guys.

We're supposed to get high winds tonight. I sure hope we don't lose power; that would suck. Tomorrow should be much more seasonable, with temps in the 40s. Next up, sports...

*****

Some of you may be wondering what happened with NaNoWriMo... I haven't updated in a while, have I? And now it's over. What happened is that my story just isn't turning out to be novel-length. I had thought it might top out at 50K, maybe as a YA novel, but to do that I would have to pad it way too much, and that's just not my style. It turns out that I really am a short-story writer after all. Someday there may be a book in me, but not today. I tend to be spare with words (don't laugh!), and I'm a ruthless self-editor. Slash and burn! So even if I did reach that mythical 50K, it would end up being much less after I got through with it. And that's just not a novel. Is there a NaShoStoMo? *g*
lizziebelle: (Door)

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Originally uploaded by LizzieBelle Too.

Monday, Monday... what can I say? The weekend was over far too soon. It's very quiet in here, although I do have a customer coming in soon to talk about her ad, and what else she might like to do. I think she'll become a regular, which is a good thing.

Kitti in the art department wants to put together a mini in-house show of photos from employees, and she asked me to participate! I'm really touched. I have to send her some of my faves so she can print them out. Squee! Someone thinks my photos are good! Someone who's a real artist! Someone who's not a friend or relative!

I did make it outside yesterday, rain and all. I needed to clear my head, and get some inspiration. I took this pic of a leaf on the driveway, which caught my eye. While I was walking, I came up with a new chapter for the story, which was the point of going out. Yay for fresh air and inspiration!

lizziebelle: (Door)

wet leaf
Originally uploaded by LizzieBelle Too.

Monday, Monday... what can I say? The weekend was over far too soon. It's very quiet in here, although I do have a customer coming in soon to talk about her ad, and what else she might like to do. I think she'll become a regular, which is a good thing.

Kitti in the art department wants to put together a mini in-house show of photos from employees, and she asked me to participate! I'm really touched. I have to send her some of my faves so she can print them out. Squee! Someone thinks my photos are good! Someone who's a real artist! Someone who's not a friend or relative!

I did make it outside yesterday, rain and all. I needed to clear my head, and get some inspiration. I took this pic of a leaf on the driveway, which caught my eye. While I was walking, I came up with a new chapter for the story, which was the point of going out. Yay for fresh air and inspiration!

lizziebelle: (george)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] anghara:

Your Vocabulary Score: A+

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.


Taking a short break from writing to find that I have a good vocabulary, which is a good thing. I'd hate to think I was misusing peruse or something. *g*

1,000 words so far today, and a long, rainy afternoon ahead. Diving back in now!
lizziebelle: (george)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] anghara:

Your Vocabulary Score: A+

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.


Taking a short break from writing to find that I have a good vocabulary, which is a good thing. I'd hate to think I was misusing peruse or something. *g*

1,000 words so far today, and a long, rainy afternoon ahead. Diving back in now!

yeesh

Nov. 10th, 2006 04:28 pm
lizziebelle: (Captain Jack)
The snowplowing ads have officially overtaken the landscaping ads. There are 16 of the former, and 14 of the latter. I hear there is snow in the heartland (Minnesota? Michigan? Wherever it is that Neil Gaiman lives). It's still in the sixties here, although that will be dropping as soon as the sun goes down, which is in 20 minutes or so. Gah. It's now almost dark when I get out of work. And more than a month to the solstice, so it's only going to get worse before it starts getting better. It seems that it gets dark earlier every year, but maybe that's some sort of amnesia intended to prevent total depression by mid-October. Yeah, that must be it.

I'm really hoping there are no problems with the classifieds today; I'd really like to get out of here on time. I'm so tired! At least I have the weekend to rest, and to write. I am woefully behind on my wordcount for NaNoWriMo, and since Sunday is supposed to be a washout weather-wise, I am planning on chaining myself (figuratively, of course) to the computer and clacking away at the keyboard.

I was dreaming about Captain Jack Sparrow when the alarm went off this morning, which made me really bummed that it was time to get up. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it wasn't a bodice-ripping sort of dream, or I would have been really upset. There was something about a brother who was much taller, and regret about not having done something, but I can't remember what it was. Ah, well. Perhaps I will dream chapter two tonight.

yeesh

Nov. 10th, 2006 04:28 pm
lizziebelle: (Captain Jack)
The snowplowing ads have officially overtaken the landscaping ads. There are 16 of the former, and 14 of the latter. I hear there is snow in the heartland (Minnesota? Michigan? Wherever it is that Neil Gaiman lives). It's still in the sixties here, although that will be dropping as soon as the sun goes down, which is in 20 minutes or so. Gah. It's now almost dark when I get out of work. And more than a month to the solstice, so it's only going to get worse before it starts getting better. It seems that it gets dark earlier every year, but maybe that's some sort of amnesia intended to prevent total depression by mid-October. Yeah, that must be it.

I'm really hoping there are no problems with the classifieds today; I'd really like to get out of here on time. I'm so tired! At least I have the weekend to rest, and to write. I am woefully behind on my wordcount for NaNoWriMo, and since Sunday is supposed to be a washout weather-wise, I am planning on chaining myself (figuratively, of course) to the computer and clacking away at the keyboard.

I was dreaming about Captain Jack Sparrow when the alarm went off this morning, which made me really bummed that it was time to get up. Fortunately (or unfortunately), it wasn't a bodice-ripping sort of dream, or I would have been really upset. There was something about a brother who was much taller, and regret about not having done something, but I can't remember what it was. Ah, well. Perhaps I will dream chapter two tonight.
lizziebelle: (Battle ax)
I'm officially sick & tired of this @#$%&* cold. Enough, already! I'm ready to be well. As is my nose. And my abs, which hurt every time I cough. Bleah.

At least I got some sleep last night, thank goodness! I fell asleep fairly quickly, got up only once, and slept until the alarm went off. I was darned tired, because that almost *never* happens. I'm not a good sleeper any more, which is unfortunate because I do like my sleep.

Oh my, the cold meds just kicked in, and I can actually breathe! This is definitely an improvement. Woo!

Must remember to go vote after work. Not that I could really forget; this area is rife with signholders at every major intersection, and lawn signs enough to paper the Parthenon. Sheesh. I suppose that must be effective, if so many people do it, but you gotta wonder about someone who would be swayed by a lawn sign. I know, I know, this country is full of sheep.

Barring catastrophe (or widespread voter fraud), this bluest of the blue states will finally have a Democrat as governor, for the first time since Dukakis. Praise be! And he's a true liberal, which can't be said for all Dems these days.

On the NaNoWriMo front: I'm up to around 4,000 words. Which isn't a lot, but I'm OK with it. It's gotten me to write every day, which was the point. I've made good progress with the story, found a new character that I like a lot, and deepened the mystery. I even know how it ends, although I'm not quite sure how I'll get there just yet. But I will. :)

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