Monday, November 29, 2010

Music Monday: Barra MacNeil's Christmas Concert

I own eight Christmas music CDs, but I only listen to four of them: one Muppet's Christmas Carol, one Rankin Sisters (see upcoming Music Monday on Dec. 13, 2010), and two Barra MacNeils Christmas CDs. There's quite a story to how I acquired the Barra MacNeil's first Christmas CD.

In 1999, the Barra MacNeil's came out with their first Christmas CD. I was already a Barra MacNeil fan because I was really into east coast family bands at that time, and was totally in love with their 1995 CD Myopic. I would take it out every few months from the library (this was in the days before CD burners) and eventually did finally buy it.

Here's the title single, still one of my favourite songs:

It was either 1999/2000/2001-ish, they were playing a Christmas show at Festival Place in Sherwood Park and I decided to drive all the way out there to buy the new Christmas CD and go to the concert, figuring I'd buy a ticket at the door. Well, to my surprise I arrived at the theatre only to find the concert was sold out, should've known! I bought the CD anyways (which was hard to find in stores), drove all the way home all disappointed in my lack of ticket buying savvy, and have wanted to see the Christmas show ever since. I did get the second Christmas CD back in 2006, and have to say they are favourites of mine. Who doesn't love celtic Christmas tunes?

They've also done a couple Christmas tv specials:

And last week I finally got the chance to see the Christmas concert! I have to say, it was worth waiting for!

You'll notice in the above videos there are only four siblings (plus bass player) but there are six siblings in the above photo. It appears the youngest brothers have joined the band. See, if I'd've seen the concert back in the day I would've missed that!

So I drove all the way out to Spruce Grove last week (about a half hour west of Edmonton, but an hour away from where I live on the east end) to see the show. I've been to the Horizon Stage before, it's a really great small venue, well worth a trip out to see a concert in. On my way into the theatre I actually passed by two brothers exiting their massive tour bus! Then, to my surprise, I appeared to have bought a front row centre ticket! Evenings don't get much better than that! So I had an excellent view of the whole thing. The only downside was I couldn't take a sneaky illegal photo, as either the band or the photo nazi ushers surely would've caught me!

They played all my favourite songs from the two Christmas CDs, and the music was awesome. They are very talented singers and multi-instrumentalists. Between the six MacNeils and one bass player, I counted on stage the following instruments: 1 piano, 1 keyboard, 1 set of uilleann pipes, 4 whistles, 1 flute, 1 piano accoridon, 1 bodhran, 1 bouzouki, 1 guitar, 1 mandolin, 1 bass guitar, 1 upright bass, 1 harp, 3 fiddles, and four sets of stepdancing shoes. Tis a recipe for fabulous celticy Christmas awsomeness!

Each sibling took turns chatting to the audience, telling stories from their childhood or adventures from their Christmas tour. They created a really nice atmosphere and it really did seem like Christmas time. They seem like lovely folks.

I've realized my dream of seeing the Barra MacNeil's Christmas Concert. And you know what, they've been doing this Christmas tour annually across Canada, so I reckon I'll be seeing them again soon!

You can find the Barra MacNeils at:
Barra MacNeils Official
Barra MacNeils Myspace
Barra MacNeils Facebook
Barra MacNeils Christmas Tour Blog

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Photo-A-Day Week #12

November 22, 2010: Finally charged my iPod and found the radio transmitter so I can use it in my car. I don't like this set up as much as using CDs, but it'll do until I live in the same house as my CD collection again.

November 23, 2010: Wall decoration in the formal dining room of the house I am looking after for the winter. No kidding.

November 24, 2010: Breakfast of champions. I have a habit of stocking up during sales.

November 25, 2010: My winter arsenal.

November 26, 2010: Neglected toys, I need to start making time for Wii fun!

November 27, 2010: Someone/thing has been frolicking in my backyard. I hope it's a rabbit or a cat and not a serial killer.

November 28, 2010: My Christmas tradition - time to make my army of gingerbread men!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Photo-A-Day Week #11

Semi-theme of the week: close ups. Sort of...

Monday, November 15, 2010: Tokidoki does cat lady.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Spiral bamboo - let's see how long it takes me to kill it. Green thumb I have not.

Wednesday, November, 17, 2010: Another Oilers game, another $50 down the drain. I know it's a rebuilding year, but really, it was so bad we left at second intermission. We did beat all the traffic though (they lost 5-0).

Thursday, November 18, 2010: My favourite mittens.

Friday, November 19, 2010: Baby toys. This photo was taken with a magic flash that made my crappy photos look super-duper-awesome. I have found a cure for the yellow pictures, but unfortunately it'll cost me $250, so I'm sticking with yellow photos.

Saturday, November 20, 2010: Laundry drying, in all it's yellowy non-magic-flash glory. I know, I should just read my camera's manual...

Sunday, November 21, 2010: Monster mugshot.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why My Job Is Awesome

I have an awesome job. I’m a librarian.

There are a lot of things I do as part of my job. When I’m teaching students, I like to tell them my job description:

“I do three things as part of my job. I sit out on the reference desk, which is just outside this room there, and help students with their assignments. I teach information literacy sessions like this one to help students with their assignments. And I buy books and other resources…to help students with their assignments. You’ll notice a bit of a theme…”

It’s a good job.

One of my favourite parts is sitting on the references desk, answering student questions. No question is too small or too stupid, and most are interesting in one way or another. Last week, Tuesday was a particularly busy day, and over the course of my two hour shift I never had the chance to sit back and just breathe. After about forty five minutes of steady questions, I suddenly thought it might be super interesting to write down the types of questions I was asked that particular day. I’ve seen bloggers or tweeters do this over the course of a reference desk shift, and I can see why it’s a popular post topic.

So here are the topics I helped students find answers/resources about:
- Latin origin/meaning of the scientific name for a particular type of yeast/fungus ‘candida albicans’
- type of metabolism used by rickettsia rickettsii (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever)
- historical relationship between Acadians and Aboriginals in Canada
- APA citation style (this would’ve been the second day in a row I helped this student with his APA citations - I hope he gets an ‘A’ on his paper!)
- how to colour photocopy children’s book illustrations to create a puppet show
- history of tattoos
- Cold War and the Berlin Air Lift
- reliable print source for a particular Aristotle quote so the student didn’t have to cite the Wikiquote*/Wikipedia page they actually found it on
- gap year travel and the correlation to postsecondary drop out rates
- nursing care management
- proper undergraduate English writing
- printing money not appearing on an account after using the deposit machine
- MLA citation style
- slow internet/no connection (stupid servers)
…and I also loosened a student’s finger bandage so it would stop cutting off his circulation while he was typing. Seriously, his finger was purple, poor guy.

A most interesting two hours, agreed?!

A friend asked me if I actually learned anything about those topics, and the answer is no. I never learned or read up on any of them, I just helped the students find related information or resources for their own assignments. My friend was disappointed and wondered how this could be so interesting if I didn’t actually learn anything about the topics. I find these sorts of questions incredibly interesting, and often wish I could write the papers so that I could actually learn about the topic! And sometimes I do read up a bit on the topics.

Or at least I wish I could read up on them. Years ago, a student wanted to find information about Sesame Street type programming in Israel to analyse if it projected certain propaganda (sooo interesting). We found nothing. She went back to her professor, and told me later that he couldn’t find anything either, which meant there was a gap in the research. The professor suggested the student do a Masters thesis, or even a PhD dissertation, and she was considering it. Even though we found nothing, I still feel like I helped her on her educational journey.

My job is awesome.

*Why didn’t anyone tell me about Wikiquote? It’s like Wikipedia, but just for famous quotes! Very interesting, but still not acceptable to cite in a university paper. Come ask me and I’ll help you find the particular quote in a reliable, citable book.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Professional vs. Personal: The One Where Two Lives Clash on Facebook and Twitter

I've always worried about how to keep my professional and personal lives separate on the internet.

Sure, I'm a librarian, but you've probably noticed this isn't a 'librarian blog'. Instead it's a personal/curling/whatever-I-want blog that sometimes mentions libraryland. This doesn't win me any points in libraryland, but I feel it shows I'm a well rounded, involved, passionate, interesting individual who appreciates work/life balance. Plus, who doesn't love curling.

I'm also on Twitter, but I don't post libraryland stuff on their either. Often, usually during big televised curling events for which I happen to be tweeting live scoring updates, I feel sorry for the other librarians who follow me on Twitter. But hey, who doesn't love curling.

I'm on Facebook too, and that's interesting because I'm friends with people who belong to my social/personal life, but I'm also friends with librarians. This presents a bit of a problem, as really, the librarians I know don't need to know what's going on in my life (that's what's Twitter is for, again, sorry for those people I know on Twitter, but how can you not like curling?).

Right, so it's pretty apparent that I'm pretty visible on the internet. And that really doesn't help keep my professional and personal life separate. I am vigilant though and try to keep whatever I put online somewhat complimentary and tasteful. I know my employers will/have Googled me, and I'm mostly proud of all the stuff they'll find online about me.

But I've just come across a clash between my personal and professional life that is different from what I'm used to and I'm just not sure how to solve that.

And for an explanation, we need to move onto my second career: curling volunteering. In case you haven't been following me for awhile, curling volunteering is my parallel career. I volunteered for the 2009 Olympic Trials, plus a few events at my club, plus I'm currently on the board at my club, plus the 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship organizing committee, plus I'm a volunteer grunt at the 2011 Continental Cup of Curling in January (plus I'm thinking of joining a second curling club, but that's a story for another day). It's my goal to get on a 'big' organizing committee, like for a Brier or Scotties or Olympic Trials or Worlds. I'm working my way up.

So for the 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships, I am the social media gal. I've created a 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships facebook page, and tweet for the @11Wheelies Twitter account. The pages are pretty sparse right now as the event isn't until March, but things will pick up soon.

Here's the problem I have: I created the facebook page using my personal facebook log in. The Twitter account was created by the Wheelies chair. Thus, I can't hook up the facebook account to the Twitter account so that they will post content simultaneously.

I can get the Facebook account to post to my personal Twitter, but it will only post the content of my personal Facebook profile, not the Wheelies page. This is really annoying! That is going to take twice as long to update everything next March.

See my problem? It's finally happened - my professional life is conflicting with my personal life. Who knew it would be the curling world though. I always figured it would be libraryland that would blow up in my face.

So. Anyone know how to fix my facebook/twitter connection problem??

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Photo-A-Day Week #10

This is the second themed Photo-A-Day post, the first being 'Olympus Blue Sky Week' back on week #5. As a salute to the Canadian Finals Rodeo, which was back in town this week, I present to you 'Horse Clock Week'. I'm housesitting, and my uncle is a horse clock collector, so here they are:

Monday, November 8, 2010: His favourite clock, I assume so anyways because this one occupies prime spot on the living room fireplace mantle. There's a light bulb in the wagon, so I assume if it worked it would be a lamp. I think this is one of my favourites too.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: Another of my uncle's favourites, as this one is also upstairs on the stereo cupboard.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: The rest of the clocks are in the basement. He's got about five versions of this one, same horse, different clock or finish.

Thursday, November 11, 2010: He's got two of this one.

Friday, November 12, 2010: The only clock with a woman in it. I like the horse in this one, it looks happy.

Saturday, November 13, 2010: Eventually I got bored of taking horse clock photos, plus there's only so many days in a week. Here are some of the rest. There's another one reflected in the TV too. Notice the duplicates.

Sunday, November 14, 2010: More duplicates, more horses without clocks. Quite the collection, eh?

I bet you weren't expecting this when I mentioned 'Horse Clock Week'. That's my houses' tourist attraction. I like them though. Almost as good as having a cat for company.

Rodeo Time Again!

The Canadian Finals Rodeo was back in town again.

Bareback Riding - I always love how beautiful the horses are!

I wrote a post last year about why I like rodeo, which relates to how I grew up. It's Alberta culture, and I like to share that, so I invited a bunch of friends to come see the rodeo this time round. I was the only who had ever seen the rodeo before, and tried to field their questions as best I could, but like I said to one friend sitting beside me - mostly I make up the rules and such!

Dean Brody singing 'Day-O'.

The cowboys and cowgirls were in fine form, as were the animals. I find the announcer's voice comforting, as he sounds the same every year, even if the drawl is fake (or not?). The clown was funny, the events exciting, the music loud - yep good night. Besides the events, Dean Brody came out to sing the anthem and a song later on (see above photo). The night before, a bull jumped over the fence into the crowd, but the night we went was rather tame as far as danger goes.

Bull Riding - my favourite because it's so exciting!

It was interesting to see everyone's reaction to the rodeo. I think all my friends had a good time? One jumped in her seat every time the calves got flipped during the calf roping or when the bulls tried to stomp on the cowboys. The others were clapping and watching intently, so I assume they liked it. Maybe some will come back next year? Regardless, I'll be back for sure!

A Chilly Trip to Elk Island

Last week, a friend invited me out to Elk Island National Park for a hike/walk. We went in the summer, and I blogged about all the wildlife we saw, but this time the only animals we came upon were squirrels, or buffalo way way in the distance from the highway.

It was a bit chilly, so I was thankful for the layers I was wearing. Fortunately though, there were no mosquitoes this time. Only naked trees and brown grasses.

Though there were many cars in the parking lot, we only saw two pairs on our trail. We ended up doing trail #3, which passed by a number of lakes, so it was pretty even though it was quite brown.

My friend is sneaky: she said it was a 10km trail, but it was actually 12.6km! She also failed to mention the 'hills'. I'm not in super good shape, but was able to manage it without too much whining and complaining. We did take a short break at the campsite about half way through, which was much needed on my part as my legs were pretty tired by then and I was hungry. Unfortunately though, the rest of the way after the campsite was much chillier. I'm not sure if that's because we stopped and then got cold, or because the sun was slowly going down - a bit of both I suppose.

I reckon 13km is my limit though, as the last half, and especially the last quarter was a hard push. Perhaps I needed to bring more energy rich snacks. I also need to buy new shoes, as I've been nursing blisters on the backs of both feet this weekend.

It was good fun though - good exercise, pretty views and excellent company/conversation. This was probably the last chance to get out before winter sets in, so I'll have to look forward to another great day out at Elk Island next spring!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Norwegian Pants Curling Commercial

Yes, I know, this has already made the rounds on twitter, but I'm reposting it anyways.

Because. This. Is. The. Best. Commercial. Ever.

Totally cheating. Totally funny. You laughed right? See, awesome video. Except I'm pretty sure those aren't Canadians. And where is Torger Nergard?

Seriously though, Pal Trulsen is high-larious. What's with the hot dog? Thomas Ulsrud does good though. Great acting. Fabulous hair. Like I needed more reasons to cheer for Team Ulsrud - good job boys! See you at the Continental Cup!

Like I said. Best. Curling. Commercial. Ever!

Oh, and nice pants!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Music Monday: Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs

Recently I gushed about my most favouritest Quebecois band, Le Vent Du Nord. (Seriously, go back and read the comments on that post, one of the awesomest things to ever happen to this humble curling librarian. Merci Olivier!). It's not really a secret that I really love the traditional Quebecois bands. I tend to stalk them annually at Folk Fest.

And now I've found a new Quebecois band to enjoy: Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs.

I first saw Nicolas Pellerin a couple years ago at Folk Fest when he was playing with Yves Lambert et le Bebert Orchestra (above). He's a good looking guy, plus he plays fiddle which is one of my favs. And he plays that beat box thingy (what is that called?) which is kinda cool. And he had the most amazing shoes...

Not lying, that was my favourite photo I took at that particular festival. It used to be my macbook wallpaper. Awesome shoes.

Anyways, so I found out somehow that Nicolas Pellerin formed a new band with one of the guys who also used to play with le Bebert Orchestra called Simon Lepage, and another Simon, called Simon Marion, who has played with Le Vent Du Nord - so naturally I figured I'd love this band.

Yep. They're good. And it's not just me who thinks so because they just won a music award! It's a bit different than most of the Quebecois Trad: sometimes they sound more orchestrated and song like, and less of the usual jig/reel repeat (or I guess that would be brandy/reel repeat, and this is why I'm a English librarian and not a French musician - I seriously lack the vocabulary). It sounds the same but different if that makes any sense.

How can you not love them - they have a song about a pirate! I think anyways, hard to tell, Google Translate isn't so accurate. I really wish I was bilingual. Regardless, it's going to be on my Top 5 songs of 2010 (maybe ever). Listen to short version of the pirate song Corsaire here. For the full length version, go to the Gala ASDIQ site and click Ecouter under their album cover (best six minutes of your day guaranteed) and then check out Le Vent Du Nord's songs while you're there!

Let me know if you want a CD. I'll direct you to my supplier.

I sure hope these guys show up at Folk Fest next year. Although, I'm hoping my next holiday will be a petite tour of Montreal-ish Folk Festivals next summer. I'm already counting down the days...

You can find Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs at:
NPelGH Official
NPelGH Myspace

If you like NPelGH, you might also like:

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Photo-A-Day Week #9

Bit of a mishmash this week...

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010: It's NaNoWriMo time!

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010: This stupid crack is going to give me a bruise as I type my stupid NaNoWriMo novel.

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010: Finally, it's boots time of year. My favourite.

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010: Are you wearing one?

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010: The view from my secret free parking spot near Rexall. It's bad enough I have to pay to watch the Edmonton Oilers lose - I certainly ain't paying for parking on top of that.

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010: Old Strathcona Farmer's Market purchases - yum!

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010: It's moving day! I'm moving out of my parents' house and into my aunt and uncle's house while they go to Arizona for the winter.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Night I (almost) Quit #Nanowrimo

This has not been a good week.

Nanowrimo started Monday. I wrote 2696 words. My novel sucked but whatever: I still managed 2696 words.

Tuesday I wrote 5204 words. And hated every minute of it.

Wednesday I took the night off because I had a particularly long and busy day at work and I was super tired. I watched tv, caught up on Twitter, read some soon-due library books. I enjoyed my evening.

Thursday I stayed late at work so I wouldn't have to write my novel.

Seriously. I stayed late at work. That is not a good sign.

I really have not enjoyed Nanowrimo this year. I wrote and won in 2006 and 2007. I loved it. I looked forward to getting home from work so I could write my novel. I enjoyed my characters, the story was going places, and both times the story took over and wrote itself (a fantastic phenomenon, truly inspiring as well, I heard that could happen but never believed it until it happened to me). It was fun.

This year has been shockingly different.


Some reasons I can think of...

1. Both times I wrote the other novels I was rather unhappy. Writing was therapy. Now I am happy. Writing is no longer therapy.

2. I always wanted to write a novel. And I did. Twice. Now I have moved on. I have other hobbies which have taken over my life - namely curling and twitter.

3. It's easier to 'write what you know'. And I did. My third novel was going to be related slightly to the other two. And I thought of the idea in 2008, soon after I got home from the living out the London Years, so I was going to write loosely based on that experience (again). And that's just it, I already did that the first two times (sort of) so it got boring. And the London Years were three years ago. That was a long time ago. I am a completely different person. I rarely think about the London Years anymore (if I do it is still with regret, but that's not likely to change ever). And that's just it. I don't want to relive the regret so I hated my story. But I felt like I had to write-out my idea, get it out of my head.

4. This November is extremely busy for me. There's lot's going on, and I really don't have time to write 50,000 words. It became rushed, something I had to do, not something I wanted to do. This started to bring on feelings of guilt (like instead of enjoying watching Top Model I should be writing my novel type of guilt). I don't need to live a life full of guilt.

5. I just finished grad school where I wrote tons and tons or papers. Nanowrimo started to feel like homework. I don't need homework in my life anymore.

6. It got boring and tedious. The idea was to write a series of emails while someone was travelling, this way I could write out an email header each time (from, to, date, subject, addresses) and that would take up some of my word count. It's about quantity not quality anyways. But it got to be so annoying and tedious. I hated it!!!

So I was unhappy, and decided to quit.

Signs you know it's time to quit doing Nanowrimo:

  • you hate your story, writing your story, and everything related to Nanowrimo, thus you hate your life.
  • you start to feel unhappy and miserable, and since you know what kind of life that leads too, you get scared about always being unhappy and miserable forevermore.
  • you feel guilty doing anything but writing your novel.
  • you don't look forward to fun things because you should be writing your novel instead.
  • you stay late at work so you don't have to write your novel.
  • you stay up late reading crappy comic books so you don't have to write your novel.
  • you make stupid excuses like "the crack in my macbook cover is giving me a bruise on my wrist" so you don't have to write your novel.
  • you sign up for an online dating site so you don't have to write your novel.
  • you enjoy doing anything and everything else that does not relate to writing your novel, like laundry, vacuuming and signing up for online dating sites.

I'm not a quitter though. Quitting implies failure and I'm not a failure.

I talked to some friends. Most didn't care, they said they'd still love me if I quit because really Nanowrimo is kinda stupid and doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of life. Plus they pointed out I already did it twice. Game over, move on. One friend suggested I keep my 5204 words, but stop that novel and start another novel. I liked this idea. I was going to sort it out, but then decided to sign up for an online dating site instead (seriously, that's what this novel has done to me).

I took that as a sign that I should quit. So I did.

Then I talked to my coworker, who is also Nanoing. She was visibly disappointed. And I don't want to disappoint her. Plus I kinda said I'd organize a write in at my university for local Nanos. Once again, I became a disappointing failure.

Then I had a brilliant idea. I'm not going to go into details about it, but I am quitting my other crappy novel. I'm reworking other things, self plagiarizing a little (not cheating, I swear!) and am going to keep going.

I'm about to crack 10,000 words. And I'm actually enjoying it. Perhaps you could say I re-found my Nanomojo.

I prepared to not win. It is unlikely I will make the 50,000 words. But I am going to enjoy writing. And I am going to do all the fun things I had planned in November and not feel guilty about them.

And I am not going to quit. I am not a quitter. Regardless of whether I win or not, I am not a failure either.

And that makes me happy.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

#Curling on TV: Grey Power World Cup

I'm all giddy - it's finally time for curling-on-tv!

The Grey Power World Cup of Curling goes from Wednesday Nov. 3 to Sunday Nov. 7. The teams are: Edin, Jacobs, Martin, McEwen, Murdoch, Simmons, Appelman, Fowler, Howard, Middaugh, Ulsrud, Ursel, Gushue, Higgs, Koe, Matchett, Park and Stoughton. Yep, that's quite the line up, wish I could be there!!

Unfortunately curling-on-tv doesn't start until Saturday.

The broadcast schedule is as follows (Mountain time):

Saturday Nov. 6 - 1:00pm Quarters
Saturday Nov. 6 - 5:00pm Semis

Sunday Nov. 7 - 11:00am Final

Yeah I know, that's only three games and three days of no coverage, but it's a start. When I'm in charge everything will be televised. Until then, follow the Grey Power World Cup of Curling website for scores.

And thus begins five months of happy curling-on-tv viewing!!

Monday, November 01, 2010

It's #Nanowrimo Time!

Yep, it's time to once again write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November.

Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the objective is as stated above. It's hard to explain what Nanowrimo is to people who don't know because it's not a contest or competition - you don't get anything if you win except an extreme sense of accomplishment. It's an international thing and this year about 130,500 writers have signed up. It's fun. And it's time for me to do it again now that I'm no longer a grad student.

I've done it twice, in 2006 and 2007 (my novels, "In the Key of Zed" and "A Place Like Home", are crap but I'm proud of my accomplishments nonetheless - and no, you can't read them). I was super sad to miss out on 2008/2009. I was super excited for 2010 but honestly, I'm a little worried. This November is super busy for me and I don't know where I'm going to find the time to write. In the past, I put in 10,000 word days, but I don't even think I have 5 free days to write! Stupid Twitter (how I love thee) is a huge time suck right now, how am I going to find time to keep up and write and attend all the events etc that are going on. And I think I might have volunteered to host a Nanowrimo event at work. Like I have time to sort that out (and then if no one shows up I'll be super sad). Oh, and curling is starting to consume my life (not a bad thing, but it's eating into my writing time).

Plus, just between you and me, I'm not all that excited/attached to my plot but it's too late to change that (not like I've done much planning or anything, oops, ran out of time for that too, let's blame it on Twitter). I was saving this particular idea the whole two years I wasn't writing because I was in grad school, so I feel compelled to write it out. I really should've done a bit more planning. Ack. I will be very disappointed if I don't finish.

Anyways, wish me luck. And expect a bit of a blog drought (or not, we'll see where my motivation lies). I should really be writing my novel now...