Day 4: Pondering The Ultimate Question

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Which is typically what wine shall I have tonight?  The answer came quite easy.  I had the Riesling again.

It’s been a bit of a long day.  Got up at 6:30am and waited for the A/C guys to come in and replace my A/C unit.  I honestly didn’t think it would take them 6 hours to do it.  Most of my Friday was shot by the time they left.  I think it’s also the reason why I’m so tired this evening.  I’m seriously having a Bridgette Jones night.  I’m drinking my wine, attempting to write (only 500 words so far) in between History 2’s marathon of Ancient Aliens.  I’m seriously addicted to this show.  Perhaps I’m just fascinated with the ever changing coif that is Giorgio Tsoukalos’s hair.  I hypothesize it has its own ancient planetary system that is breeding new life as we speak.  If I was still single, I would be hiding under the covers, head covered in tin foil, baseball bat in one hand, bottle of wine in the other.  But I’m over that.  Bridgette grew up.  As did I.

I was ready for a nap at 6pm, but I carried on.  It’s because we didn’t sleep well last night, with the broken A/C and the loud NASA sized cooler in our bedroom.  I would like to fully blame that if I could.  Believe me, it’s a sad existence that I’m ready for bed before midnight on a Friday night.  My fiancé is sleeping soundly beside me, having passed out a good hour ago.  I think he got even less sleep than me last night.   I occasionally lean over and give him kisses on the forehead.  I don’t need acknowledgement when I do it.  I just like it.  Then I go back to my notebook, and write of my hero who looks nothing like him.

So, wine being drunk, novel being written, ancient existence of aliens being pondered.  Fighting the urge to track down Giorgio Tsoukalos and combing his hair.

Happy Friday night,

Wendy

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Day 3: What The Third Level of Hell Feels Like.

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I woke up this morning with a broken air conditioner.  If I haven’t made it clear in the past, I live along the Gulf Coast of Texas.  It’s October 3rd and the high today hit about 89 degrees.  It’s HOT in my house.  There is no mercy from this and the new A/C won’t be delivered and installed until tomorrow morning.  Suffice it to say, this has put me in a bad mood.  Secondly, I really thought I posted a Day 2 blog yesterday but apparently it’s been sitting in drafts since last night.  Not sure where the SNAFU occurred, but hopefully it’s fixed.

So, due to broken A/C and it being hotter than a mild day in hell in my house, I will not be drinking tonight.  Wine raises my body temperature and I won’t be able to concentrate through the sweating.  I am very whiny when I’m hot.  VERY.  I’m not sure how my fiance can stand me.  But I will still write.  Currently, I’m just sipping on ice water and will go to bed soon where I will write for the next hour until it’s time to sleep.  Fiance brought in a some kind of a/c cooler (it’s literally the size of a 1960’s NASA computer and just as loud) to cool off the bedroom.  Apparently I’m not TOO deaf.  I can still hear it.  Grr.  Hot and sweaty writer is not happy.

But I will carry on!

Wendy

Day 2: The Quest Continues!

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Although I had a busy day, I still made time to write, which is what this is all about.  Aside from not getting out of bed until 11AM today, I got my domestic goddessing out of the way early, for I have greater things to do on Wednesdays.  I joined a little local writing group for North Houston writers, and tonight was our second meeting.  I love these meetings.  It gives me a chance to be around other writers who understand what the mind and the life of a writer needs.  We are all introverts trying to live in an extroverted world.  We’re shy, often nerdy and very needy in validation of our writing, which is why I fit right in.  It’s perfect for my personality.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle

After the meeting, I rushed home because it was well after 9PM and I had writing to do!  My selection for the evening was a new Riesling called Chateau Ste Michelle. My fiance picked it up at our local Specs, so I’m not sure how much it cost.  It’s very sweet and I sipped it in between nibbles of two squares of Hershey Symphony with Toffee chocolate.  I have to say, Yum Yum!  To tone down the sweetness of it, I did the swirling thing again, which always mellows out a wine.  It’s a great wine and I started feeling the effects halfway through the glass.

As far as the writing goes, I only got about 800 words done.  Not too bad for a short night.  I wrote and that’s the important part.  I would love to say a year from now I am on the final chapters of the novel.  Thanks to my goals I will keep going!

As always, Sláinte!

Day 1 Kicks Off Like Gangbusters!

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Day 1 outcome: Opened the first bottle of the month, a nice Australian Shiraz called “Woop Woop”.  I’m not a wine expert, so I can’t give a lesson in the flavors and undertones, etc, but it does have a very nice, subtle taste.  For moments in which I had trouble thinking of the word “cunningly” for the bit of character exposé I drafted tonight, I found that swirling it ’round and ’round in my glass for long periods of time really brought out the flavor and mellowed it out.  I had two glasses this evening and completed about 1500 words and discovered the undertone of this particular chapter.  Looking at tonight’s progress and looking at the outline, I’m thinking I’m about a 1/3 done with this chapter.  What a great start to this year’s Wine & Write!

Woop Woop Shiraz

Woop Woop Shiraz

One a personal note, I had a top notch day.  Not only was one of my new publications officially released on The Wordsmith Journal website, but I also received an email this morning from the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s MFA program informing me that they published one of my stories today which I wasn’t expecting for a few weeks yet.  Excited as always, I fully plan on selfishly self-promoting myself, so check out my newest stories at http://twjmag.com/fiction-poetry/ and http://www.gravelmag.com/

In the meantime, Cheers and Sláinte!

Wendy

http://paperbackwriter28.net

One Day to Go!

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It’s the final countdown.  My October Wine & Write (my answer to NANO) writing challenge begins tomorrow and I’m very excited to get it underway.  As I look through my notebook from last year, I realize just how productive I can get when I give myself such a challenge.  I guess it’s because in my mind I’ve made a public commitment to my writing and it’s not enough that I hold myself accountable, but my friends do as well.  They encourage me in ways I can never repay, sometimes simply by asking how it’s going or telling me how much they wrote that day, which makes me feel I need to get on the ball and catch up.  I wrote over 100 handwritten pages on my novel, began a new 300 page journal, and added 5 chapters (which came out to over 17,000 words after I edited it) to the novel.  October is a busy month, being that it’s my birthday and my mother’s birthday. And believe me, being from the south, you don’t want to miss your momma’s birthday and dedicate to it the much needed flair every southern lady deserves.

But despite that, my commitment holds true.  My commitment is to write every day.  Whether it’s a sentence, a paragraph, several pages, a whole scene, etc.  Whatever it is, I write.  My overall goal for the month is simple.  I want to get at least 9 new chapters handwritten.  (And finish up the last 100 pages of this current journal.  I have a fresh one waiting for it’s deflowering.)  I find this a very doable challenge since these particular chapters I’m working on are very well outlined and I wrote most of the dialogue 2 years ago.  Also, I’m not currently working and if that keeps up through the month, I should easily be able to devote a good few hours each day to undisturbed writing.  That’s my goal.  Hold me to it.

My starter collection of reds.

My starter collection of reds.

As you can tell by this picture, I perused the wine section of my local grocery store and found a few wines that I’ve either tried once before and would love again, or a few that I’ve been curious about.  I believe all are under $12.  Tomorrow or Wednesday I’m going to go in search of a few good whites (I’m a Riesling girl, but I’m trying to branch out).  I’m always looking for suggestions, so much thanks to any that come my way.

Cheers and Sláinte!  Here’s to good wine and good writing!

Wendy

http://paperbackwriter28.net/

https://www.facebook.com/OctoberWineAndWrite

 

Trying a new format.

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At the heart of October Wine & Write is a writing challenge. It started about 3 years ago because I was never able to commit to writing in the month of November, which many writers know as NANO month. The challenge is to yourself, not necessarily a contest to “out-write” other writers or a commitment to writing an entire novel (which I still maintain can’t be done in 30 days). It’s all about forming the daily habit of writing for writing’s sake. The idea of drinking came later and suffice it to say, is totally optional. So if you’re a writer, take the challenge with me. Share your success, share your frustrations, and share your favorite drink of choice. If you don’t write but know others who do, share this challenge with them so they can share their success and find a great new community of writers. In the end it’s all about fun and progress.

I created a new Facebook page that is a little closer to what I had envisioned my format to be, (although it’s still not quite ‘nail on the head’) but in the meantime while I search for the perfect format for my vision of drinking and writing, try this one: https://www.facebook.com/OctoberWineAndWrite

Cheers and Sláinte!

Welcome to the October Wine & Write!

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Welcome!  Pour a glass and grab a pen!  The October Wine & Write was a pretty simple concept I came up with a couple of years ago out of necessity.  The necessity was that I always felt left out of the National Novel Writing Month and its festivities simply because I delegated my energy and focus for the month of November to something else.  I love to write and I love the encouragement that fellow writers love to give.  Think about it, when a writer is on a roll, they want other writers to be on the same roll.  When one feels the energy, the energy spreads like wildfire.  I also like to drink!  Wine is my preferred drink on casual evenings. (To my rum buddies, no that’s not a typo.)  Since I couldn’t spend every day writing in November, I moved my writing month to October, a month were I was free to write, write, write and have a drink, drink, drink while I did so.

Many others joined, many others poured their own glasses, many other wrote.  I encourage all to do the same.  Even if you don’t drink alcohol, grab your favorite beverage of choice and your pen and parchment and join the journey with us.  Feel free to visit often if you need a little encouragement, need some suggestions on a new wine (or any drink), or share your ideas, struggles or accomplishments.

Sláinte!

Wendy