Picked up some sugar pumpkins for making pies, which may happen next (Halloween) weekend. Anyone want to help us eat them? ;)
I again saw the raccoon family that lives in the woods around our house. Mother and three young who are, at this point, mosly grown. I was out working in the yard and spotting them loping across the lawn. They watched me warily but didn't run. I put down my pruning shears and followed them over toward the edge of the woods.
The mother kept rising up on her hind legs, paws tucked up, to look at me; I just stopped walking and mimicked the pose. (Hoping it was a curious pose and not some confrontational challenge pose.) They spent some time climbing a tree there. Maybe mom was giving them climbing practice. I got to within about fifteen feet of them. Beautiful animals. After a bit, they dropped down and, still keeping a close eye on me, hopped off through the trees in a straggling line to their next appointment.
We've seen a few films. Finally saw "The Golden Compass", which was well done. Wasn't sure I'd like it but the adaptation won me over. I also picked up a copy of the documentary "Helvetica". You can guess what it's about. No, really, it is a documentary about a typeface. I'm fascinated by fonts and type design, so I thought it was interesting. Nothing brilliant from a moviemaking standpoint.
Helvetica (the typeface) is just over 50 years old yet it's still commonly used worldwide. The movie focused heavily on graphic design: how types are perceived and how they work within cultural artifacts. It's not a movie I'd recommend to anyone, certainly. But if you like graphic design or have a habit of identifying fonts on signs you pass, then you just might like this film.
Finally, NaNoWriMo is fast approaching. I've got my (extensive) outline pretty well sorted. Most of my characters are decently developed, though some of them have no physical descriptions at all yet. Above all, I think this fantasy story will be interesting, dark, and strange. Should be fun to write!