What’s Up Wednesday – Winning NaNo!

What’s Up Wednesday is a fun blogfest that any bloggers can join, if’n you like.  Join us!

What I’m Reading

Still reading Stonewielder, by Esselmont. One of the things that I love about his writing (and that of co-creator of the World of Malaz, Steven Erikson) is that he can tell a story with more points of view than we as writers are told work. Some might complain that using so many different characters to tell the story can take away from the voice of the narrative, but, Mr. Esselmont and Mr. Erikson are able weave these seemingly unattached strands together without ever losing the point, without losing what the story is all about. Great stuff!

What I’m Writing


I’m still writing Ain’t No Redemption, obviously, but, today, I reached the 50k challenge of NaNoWriMo and am officially a 2013 winner! And, while I still figure there are about 10 – 20k words left to write, I have to say I’m feeling pretty awesome right now. As for the story, I still think its going great. There have been a few hiccups, a few spots that will need more polish than others (and one section that I know needs a major overhaul) but, all things considered, yay!

What Inspires Me

Today, it was reaching 50,000 words. Tomorrow, it’ll be finishing Bates’ tale and seeing him through the nasty place that I just left him in. I wish I had a picture to share, or a link to something astounding, and maybe it sounds a tad self-indulgent, but, lately, I’ve been inspired by the work I’ve been putting into this novel.

Oh, what the hell, here’s the double rainbow video just for fun!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Other than the X-File re-watch with the Wife, it’s been all work and no play, but, I’m trying to put together some gift ideas for the family – which has been neglected up until this point. Oh, if only I could rely on some Jolly Fat Dude to take care of that for me.

Happy American Thanksgiving! And I pray for those souls down there who brave Black Friday shopping.


10 responses to “What’s Up Wednesday – Winning NaNo!

  1. Congratulations on your NaNoing success! Woo hoo! 😀

    When I lived in the US, I was advised to stay indoors on Black Friday. I just watched the madness unfold on TV. Have a great Thanksgiving!


  2. OK the double rainbow post is STILL funny. ahaha I am still LOLing.

    Congrats on finishing Nano! *party*

    My husband and I just finished an X Files re-watch so I can totally nerd out over that if you care to go into more detail. I wish there was an official winner’s badge for making it through season 9 because that shizz was ROUGH. I started watching the show in the late 90s and caught up, but this re-watch I saw eps I’d never seen before from the earlier seasons. I gave up on the show somewhere in season 8, though I did watch the finale when it aired. It’s an incredible show. I wish they’d ended it in season 7 and just spun it off with Doggett and the other investigator because it was no longer the same show.


    • Thanks!

      I don’t think I actually saw the last two seasons, other than snippets (I do remember yelling at Scully not to trust Agent T-1000 though). My mother, being a lover of all things paranormal, started watching it right away and for the first 5 – 6 seasons it was a mainstay in our house. I haven’t watch any of it since it originally aired, so a lot of it is new-ish. What’s been awesome about it though is seeing an episode that I remember, but can only recall enough to say ‘Hey, watch out for that guy, I’m not sure, but I think he’s up to something!’

      I love being able to shake my fist at the screen and mutter, ‘Krycek!’

      Also, what’s been cool about the X-Files, is seeing just how much it influenced other shows. I’ve been a fan of Supernatural since it came out and when comparing the two you see just how much that show borrows from X-Files. Not that I think that’s bad; to me, it just makes Supernatural seem like a spiritual successor.

      Thanks again for the comment, and the congrats, and you’re welcome for the double rainbow!


      • We are also Supernatural fans in our household! Not sure to the leve you nerd out on TV, but one of the recurring producer/directors on The X Files was Kim Manners who directed a lot of Supernatural episodes, including most season finales until he passed away (mid season 5 of Supernatural). You see some of the same directors show up in a lot of those related shows.


    • It’s not surprising that anyone from the X-Files worked on Supernatural. The show runs on the same structure. X-Files had the Mytharc, which dealt with the alien abduction stuff, and Supernatural had the Demon/Angels arc. Plus, Skinner as the boy’s grandfather was awesome.

      I was joking to my wife that I should write some X-Files meets Supernatural Fanfic, maintaining that Mulder could very well know John Winschester LOL.


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