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Monday, November 30, 2009

Day Thirty--she rested

Okay, so my goal for NaNo wasn't the same, but I did it. Yay! I finished Scorched. Woo woo! I'm a winner.

So, now that I've finished a book for the month of November, the holidays must commence. I'd planned on writing a story for Genre Wars, but unless I really get a burst of inspiration today--that may go by the wayside.

However, that's not to say that I'm done and ready to sit around. I've been cooking on Honor Six. I'm still waffling on whether to wait until January on querying Honor Among Thieves. (Thank you to my wonderful three beta readers, btw. Amber, Catherine, and Tina--you all rock.)

Then, there is the reality of me.

Getting my kids to school this morning--I don't know if you felt it, but I was forced to move both heaven and earth in order for them to get their socks and shoes on. Plus, I was scrambling to fill out permission slips so that B can see the nutcracker this week. Of course, the homework that wasn't--last night--turned out to have been the homework that was forgotten this morning.

The car is still over-heating. I'm still searching for the bright side on this one.

Today's big task is none of these things, though--I'll be free-hand sketching yards and yards and yards and yards of silhouette scenery on black construction paper for our church's annual nativity exhibit. (Hundreds of nativities on display--it's amazing. Last year, I painted a large stable with animals and everything for a live nativity--I thought I'd be off the hook this year. Hah! ) This should be a note to self: Do not allow people to find out that you can free-hand sketch. (It should be a note to self, but it's too late. They know. They start searching for me immediately when any painting or sketching needs to be done. Where is Wendy? Wendy can do it! Wendy lacks the ability to say no! Woo woo! Find Wendy and rope her in.)

So, I'll be busy most of the day. I'm hoping to get around to blogs later tonight--well--other than posting inappropriate posts in Diana's blog--which had to happen immediately. Snicker. In the immortal words of Bones from Star Trek-- "Damn it, Jim, I'm a writer not a saint." (Right now, my mom, if she is reading this, is torn. On the one hand, I've just sworn--on the other, she's a hard core trekkie and it's completely her fault that I've been breathing Star Trek from the cradle. What a quandary. She'll probably still lecture me--it's knee jerk. She's been told via my sister aka 'the Narky Mcnarkster' that there is a wild orgy of untamed lust in the tenth Sarah book. Sadly, I will be too busy to answer the phone and receive the lecture. Le sigh. See, Mom, I speak French too in here. You'll have to pardon it.)

Okay, I should really go get ready to sketch until my fingers cramp up and must be amputated.

Good luck to those still trying to crank out a NaNo win.


  1. Oh that Star Trek reference was perfect! I laugh, Wendy! I laugh at us and our bathroom humor. My reply to your comment was probably worse. It's all fun and games for you, being on someone else's blog. It give a certain amount of gutter-joke freedom. But me? I should have kept to blandness and smileys. Ah well.

    Go forth and sketch. And don't forget the ass. (The nativity ass, people. Ass is a bible donkey, don't you know?). See how it all comes around full circle?

  2. Congrats on your NaNo victory!

    I love Star Trek!

  3. Mom came in just as I was reading to see your joke. She busted up laughing and Dad came in to see what all the fuss was about.
    It worked though, Wendy. Not one comment about your potty mouth. Remember this for later...put all swear words into Star Trek quotes. (Sherlock Holmes would work too...see if you can work that in next time;)
    By the by I'm glad I'm not Narky McNarkster.

  4. Wow, you are busy! Good luck with getting everything done today and congrats on Nano!

  5. Back from sketching. Five and a half hours free-handing and cutting out the Jerusalem-like skyline--over one hundred feet of silhouette. (Yeah, I bet none of the rest of you can say that you did that today.) I have a sore back and hands. It looked good, though. I took some quick pictures with my phone that maybe I'll post tomorrow if they don't look utterly awful.

    Diana, it does come full circle. I should have known.

    Stephanie, hey! I need to drop by your blog. Thanks.


    Jaime, does Mom know that Honor Within has a Hunter named Sherlock Holmes as a main character? I haven't had him swear, but I might be missing a golden opportunity.

    Steph, luckily, I believe today was too busy to clean. Woo! Another day of cleaning procrastinated.

  6. I really enjoyed reading the pages you sent. I'll have feedback for you tommorrow afternoon.

    Congrats again on Nano.

  7. Wendy, I like you that much more now that you're quoting Star Trek. :)

    Oh, and congrats on finishing Scorched!

  8. Honor Six!!! Wendy, you make my heart go pitter patter. Wait...that just sounds wrong. But still...*swoon*

  9. Cool, Amber! Wow. You all read fast. I'm impressed.

    Sesq, have you seen the newest Star Trek? I felt a little weird about finding Bones so hot.

    Tina, yes, there are six. I was helping a friend today with that sketching business and I said, "Hey, Katie, guess what I might have next weekend." She screamed "HONOR!" I was shocked at her reaction and assumed she'd thought I was getting published. I thought she'd be disappointed when I said, "I might just be done with Honor Six." She smiled and said, "I was hoping you'd say that." It was funny. BTW, at the very least, I have nine Honor books in my mind.

  10. Congrats on finishing NaNo! You make my head spin with all that you do, girl!

  11. Love Star Trek qoutes. Congrats again on being on NaNo winner. Sketching scenery - another awesome talent to be jealous of. Your amazing Wendy. I don't know how you find the energy.

  12. I have seen the newest Star Trek, Wendy. I experienced a little trepidation before I went, worrying that it might not measure up to the wonder of the old Star Trek, but both my hubby and I gave it a big thumbs up. I was surprised at how much I liked Spock after learning to despise Zachary Quinto as Sylar (on Heroes). And I was extra happy to see Simon Pegg and his quirky self as Scotty.