Exciting Times

They’re not always either good or bad.

The last several days have been a bit busy and exciting. First, my baby sister (Who has started a poetry blog which you should definitely check out. She has some talent, though she doesn’t have much up yet.) turned 18. This is pretty big for me. She always has been and always will be my baby sister, but she’s really not a baby anymore. Also, I think this means I’m officially old. Once the baby whose diapers you changed becomes officially an adult, I think you get to feel old.

The second exciting thing to happen was the start of Nanowrimo. I was off to a bit of a slow start the first day, but I made up for lost time by writing 3000 words yesterday afternoon. Today’s official personal goal is 5000 words, but I’m really aiming for 10,000 to have a substantial buffer for this weekend. I’m afraid I won’t get much writing done, nor even want to, because most of my family will be in town for my grandmother’s memorial services. So, I’ll get my buffer going today while I have a free day and then I can get back into the regular swing of things next week. Assuming of course that my characters cooperate. I thought they were going to be difficult for a while there, especially since I discovered that the best way to tell the story was through a mixture of 1st and 3rd person POV. We’ll see how that works out. I’m not so married to the idea that I won’t go back and change it if it won’t work in the end, but I’m going to stick to it for Nano at least.

Finally, yesterday were the US elections. I try not to let politics infringe on this blog too much, but I do have a few things to say about them. First, I am terrified about my state’s governor. I live in a very red state, and expect Republican wins most of the time. I’m resigned to this. But it appears that our governor has won over the Democratic candidate by 1% of the vote (though last I checked everywhere hasn’t reported in yet so maybe there’s still hope), and aside from the fact that I’m pretty convinced that he’s an evil satan-spawn, his election could have serious and drastic impacts on my family. If he gets his way my husband, stepfather, and possibly father in law, could all lose their jobs (they are state employees). As all three of these men bring in most or all of their household’s income I don’t have to tell you what a catastrophe that could be, especially in this economy.

However, the election wasn’t all bad news. Democrats retained control of the Senate, many of the really objectionable candidates lost their races, and various objectionable political figures have a certain amount of egg on their face over it. And it was a very exciting election, with lots of nail-bitingly close races.

Now it’s time for more important decisions. Do I just rough up my main character a bit in the next scene, or do I break several of her bones and do some permanent damage?


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