Greetings! I should be doing a Hobbit post, but perhaps later... I thought I'd stop in to update you on my progress with NaNoWriMo and just a few other miscellaneous things.
First, a little late but so cute I had to share:
My six year old daughter designed these pumpkins and then I carved them. I particularly like the one on the left, despite all the teeth I had to carve. The angry cat on the right was considerably easier.
Next, an update on my book. I am having a blast getting back to writing, I must admit! I crossed the 20,000 word threshold yesterday, so I am feeling very good with my progress. The story is coming along beautifully and I am having very little trouble so far despite the scant research I was able to do before starting. It will certainly need a rewrite later with said research complete, but for now it is really not slowing me down. Are you curious about the story at all? I will tell you that it is a historical mystery with just a hint of romance thrown in. While this is not the first book I have written, it is the first full fledged mystery and I am having a lot of fun crafting it. I have many notes, charts, outlines stuffed around my desk so I do not forget where I've been nor where I am going because it can get a little confusing and overwhelming at times given that I'm trying to get the first draft done in one month. The goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words and I will be quite happy if I reach that, but I'm rather hoping to finish the story (which I think will be quite a bit longer than 50,000). I feel very confident about 50,000 words, less so about more, for the month. But as I'm the sort that thrives under a goal and pressure so, barring illness or any other complications, I'll bet I will make it.
In other news, I'm working on some little portraits that will be traveling to the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery for her holiday showcase in December. Just a few little ones, having some fun with the colors. And I have an idea for something new for those little pieces, but it might have to wait until after the holidays as I have a larger painting that will need to get finished up next for a show in February.
And lastly, had to share this with you. I popped over to Salem Art Association yesterday because their holiday showcase is up, but in particular I wanted to see my friend Bonnie Hull's special duct tape collages. She is an amazing painter and quilter who also has a weakness for duct tape. I managed to get one for myself:
Isn't that fun? And only $10, I could not pass it up and am rather tempted to go back for more. Please excuse the quality of the photo, it is rather difficult to photograph duct tape I discovered. Here it is again on the shelf in my studio along with a couple of the portraits I'm still working on:
And my Andy Warhol Tomato Soup can I picked up from Target not too long ago. Had to have one of those for my studio. And finally, a look at what are probably my last roses of the season from my garden:
I only wish you could smell them, so lovely. Have a great weekend!