November 1st, 2009

Sly: Devious Grin

Halloween Fun

Had a fun time this Halloween! We had family and friends over (including Tim's two cousins and a boy Tim's age from up the street) and we went trick or treating downtown.

Bainbridge Island is a fun little place. There's a scenic downtown shopping district in Winslow, just off from where the ferry comes in. They basically close four blocks of that street and all the stores and businesses do trick or treating from 4-6.

And I think the whole island turns out for this event! Plus I know a lot of people come in from the peninsula. The street is a swirl of people. Not so crowded you can't get around and see the costumes (a solid mob wouldn't be fun) but a continuous stream that definitely qualifies as a "crowd".

There were a lot of the usual mass-produced costumes but also a fair amount of creativity. Either people put things together in a fun way (dad as a gorilla carrying a babe as a banana) or entirely homemade ones (there were some cool robots out there).

I went in Tatters the werewolf and Timothy was along as my "little bad wolf" in a hood with ears, paws, and a tail. This is really his first Halloween -- rather, his first trick or treating. He had a blast! We went around as a pair and got lots of compliments, which was a big ego-boo for me. I got in a few good werewolf scares, too.

And I got to ham it up... Walking on the sidewalk down streets open to traffic I was getting some car honks and lots of waving kids hands. We stopped where someone was doing photo shoots and the next people in line wanted to know if they could get their picture with the wereolf! The photographer had to explain that, no, I was just another visitor and not part of the official setup. :)


(More pictures coming just as soon as I can get them off various people's cameras.)

And I think there's a chance Tim will be into fursuits... Going out to breakfast this morning, he felt the seat of his pants and said, "No tail! Where's my tail?" So we all went out to breakfast and one of us had a little wolfy tail swinging behind him. (No, not me. Though I was tempted, too.)

Hope everyone had a happy, safe, and furry Halloween! :D
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For the past four years I've participated in NaNoWriMo (and really enjoyed it). If you're interested in a crazy writing project or have had a story idea kicking around the back of your brain for a while, give it a shot. It's not too late to get started!

But not me this year. I'm doing a NaNoEdMo! This is an offshoot for editing your novels, though it's not normally done in November.

That my personal lappy is dead and I'm borrowing time on my work computer is one reason. But the real reason is just that I have a good second draft of last year's novel (NaNo 08 -- "A Place Without Walls") that I really want to finish up.

I took it to my writer's group and got a lot of good critiques on it as well as encouraging comments. (One guy whom I rather like despite having a different style, genre preference, and overall attitude spent most of the session making very direct but valid comments -- "I didn't like this scene because yadda yadda. Didn't work." -- at the end said that it was still a good story and asked how soon I planned to query agents!)

So I want to finish this one up and get it ready to send out. That'll mean a moderate amount of rewriting (because I agree there are major scenes that just don't work right), shuffling of sections, and lots and lots of polishing. The standard goal of NaNoEdMo is 50 hours of editing, which is what I'll follow. I will update my "wordcount" on the NaNo site based on 1hr=1Kw.

As a final note, all of my writing posts are under a friends filter to keep my "regular" journal a bit easier to read. If you're interested in following NaNoWriMo or my writing generally, let me know by commenting on this post. (If you can see a post around now about the Scrivener program, you're on the filter already.) The filter isn't used to keep things "hidden" though I obviously expect you to respect it if I do share anything.

A happy November to all, madly writing or otherwise. :)