ELFMAGE7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELFMAGE7 ELFMAGE7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ April 2015 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913248 Wow I haven't posted in here in a long time. Well, I started getting healthier beginning of September 2014. Since then, I've lost 50 lbs through some cardio and weight lifting along with keeping track of calories in while trying to get enough protein. <BR> <BR> Weight Lifting Programs <BR> I first did 12 weeks of Stronglifts. It's a simple program that focuses on squats, bench press, overhead press, pendlay rows and deadlifts. Saw some great strength increases as I hadn't lifted in years. In... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:39:42 EST NaNoWriMo considerations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800983 I had NaNo novel all picked out but I might change my mind. <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Options I'm consider: <BR> 1. Epic Fantasy (original plan but 50k of it is rewrite) <BR> 2. Finish Novels (finish all the ones started, rebel) <BR> 3. In Horizon He Saw Rain (from short story original, ya romance) <BR> 4. Sequels (1 started last year but didn't get far) <BR> 5. Snow (male snow white, prepped in past but not written any) <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm leaning towards #2. It would mean rebel but I hav... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:54:51 EST Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781826 <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Still walking. It has been almost 2 weeks and I'm already itching to do more and go faster. I went from planning to walk once or twice a week to every other day to almost every day. It's nice and I have in part done it every day because on some days I've had company. Last week I walked at the park with coworker and her little boy. This week, the past two days I walked with a coworker after work as we both worked morning shift. <BR> <BR> I'm walking 2-3 miles for no... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:19:40 EST 1st 5k is finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774931 I walked my first 5k and it wasn't bad considering I signed up like a week before the event and went on 1 whole walk beforehand. Luckily, I do move around a lot at my job, so while I'm not in great shape, I also don't sit just all the time either. My feet and legs are a bit sore, but my feet always hurt from work anyways, so that's not unusual. And boy was it hot. Glad i had my work apron with along with 2 bottles of water. It was for a charity event, so some were walking in costumes and such... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 02:08:44 EST Fall Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773632 I have many goals for September and October, so I've combined them as my fall goals, which in part includes getting ready for National Novel Writing Month. It's less than 2 months away and I can't wait. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Here are my goals for Fall <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Organize: <BR> Apartment and belongings - My mess is mostly just unorganized stuff. So need to get it all organized and put in appropriate locations: paperwork, clothes, etc. Get rid of some,... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:53:52 EST Habits and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734004 I haven't posted in a while but keeping busy. Has been a couple of rather productive months though. Okay, not quite on the reading front but in writing and editing I'm doing work. I finished the minor edit on the one novel, so just have one more general edit before I can submit to agents. Also working on the first draft of a different novel. I had 20,000 words already done from before, and last month I added 13,000 words. I have written 5,000 so far this month but hope to get up to 30,000 for... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:05:32 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684529 Edit 10 chapters in TT. <BR> Read 3 books. <BR> Post 5 blog posts. <BR> Submit 2 short stories. <BR> Spend less by not buying things every day at work. Thu, 1 May 2014 02:23:05 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612309 Submit 4 stories to publication places (since I have to do 3 by the 14th). <BR> Finish reading HIVE and start another book. <BR> Review 5 stories. <BR> Finish writing 2 chapters in AF. <BR> Post in 5 blog posts overall. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:07:37 EST January Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611234 Here are the results from the goals I made for the month. <BR> <BR> Write 4 short stories - Not quite. I wrote 2 stories, started 3 others and edited a couple that i'd written in the past. Even though not a success, not a failure either. <BR> Submit 5 items to publications - Almost, I have submitted 4 stories, which is still great. <BR> Finish writing AF - Nope, got distracted by the short stories. <BR> Work on TT Edit - Did only a minor amount. Will focus on in March(editing month). <BR> ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:59:43 EST More Food, Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599184 Pay day was recent and I decided needed to get some food. I wasn't out but need to work on that whole, cook ahead of time so I'm not floundering or so I can eat when lazy and not go till 4 before eating. I won't focus on the price this time, just on some of the stuff that I did purchase. <BR> <BR> Veggies (number 1) <BR> Got frozen green beans, brussel sprouts, diced onions (I was curious and the bag was 79 cents), and another bag of the sweet potato squares cause they were tasty. <BR> Also... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:19:11 EST First Big Food Shopping Trip of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587207 I've gotten little bit of food here and there. I mostly buy from work, I'll admit though the pharmacy retail store is limited on healthy food options (though 2 for 2.50 -.50 coupon on progresso soup wasn't too bad). But today I did my first big shop from Fred Meyer. <BR> <BR> Meats <BR> clearance preseasoned chicken breast = 3.06 <BR> jenny-o turkey ground package = 3.69 (minus 1.00 coupon) <BR> ground beef package = 3.66 <BR> <BR> Vegetables <BR> frozen green beans = .79 <BR> fresh sliced ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:24:54 EST Feminine topic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585639 Hi again. So... I've posted about some feminine issues over the years. Last post was around 2010. <BR> <BR> I haven't had insurance for a while (do this year through work) so never went to get it checked but for 2013 I think I had a total of 3 cycles... But I think with some trial I figured out part of the problem. Things are going more normal now, just under 2 months between cycles, which is closer to normal than the 3-6 month ones. But the last couple of months I've been taking vitamins, ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:49:34 EST January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581919 Here are my goals for the month. <BR> <BR> Write 4 short stories <BR> Submit 5 items to publications. <BR> Finish writing AF <BR> Work on TT Edit <BR> Start Vegetable focus using canned, frozen and fresh veggies. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have already submitted 1 story to publications, so only need to do 4 more for that one. yay! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:13:37 EST Grocery Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521804 I must admit I may switch grocery stores. I always shopped at the one I used to work at cause well, in small town wyoming we didn't have many options anyways. But I must admit, Fred Meyer has pretty good prices and so much to pick from in their store. <BR> <BR> I am working on a budget that centers around Less Than 2, as in trying to buy things that are less than 2 dollars. I would say a 1 dollar budget but I do find great sales that are like 1.79 and those should count too. Only 1 item I ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:00:27 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375589 May Results <BR> Read 1 book - finished reading 3 technically cause the library books were due before the car no longer was drivable so those were May 2nd & 3rd, but also finished The Thirteenth Chime. And started reading Paranormalcy. <BR> <BR> Edit Tattle Tell - Stalled. Only finished editing chapter 16 by the end of the month. Have 17-25 left to do. <BR> <BR> Write 5,000 words in novella - nope. This one fell due to distractions and I haven't written anything in the novella since March. ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 12:59:58 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342230 <BR> Edit rest of Tattle Tell (or as much as I can and get rest done early June) <BR> Write 5,000 words for Novella <BR> Lose 5 lbs by eating healthier and moving around more <BR> Don't sleep all morning on days off <BR> Read 1 book. <BR> <BR> <BR> For exercise, I plan to get up every hour that I'm online to move around. I think I am going to try dancing since no one can see in my windows so I know no one will see how dorky I can be. But it will get me moving and it a small start. Wed, 1 May 2013 16:22:57 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269252 <BR> Writing Goals: <BR> Write a chapter in AF and LtW <BR> Edit 5 chapters in TT (I have 15 left for the novel) <BR> Read at least 1 book <BR> <BR> Fitness Goals: <BR> Get a fitness schedule together <BR> Use an exercise video twice a week <BR> Use resistance bands twice a week <BR> Continue to cook at home focusing on healthy eating <BR> Lose 4 lbs Sat, 2 Mar 2013 01:29:14 EST Another Couple Items Tried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243511 I have tried a couple things, one today and one several days ago that I thought I'd add to this little blog. <BR> <BR> Minis protein snack bar - This is a small protein bar by MET-Rx and is super cookie crunch flavored. This might just be me, but most cookie type bars, I don't like the taste for and this wasn't the exception. While I'm okay with the cookie slimfast bars, this little super cookie, I couldn't finish or even eat half of the small little bar. Just not for me flavor wise. <BR> <... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 02:03:17 EST protein drink #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240990 Another drink, this time at night instead of at morning. This morning I wanted to eat something quick, small and didn't feel like using the blender so I had egg whites. But tonight, I thought I'd give the soy milk a try. But first, I guess I need to explain why I have chosen soy. <BR> <BR> I have a number of different allergies which includes something in milk, but I don't know what it is in milk exactly. I had allergy tests done years ago when I had health insurance and the main test they d... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 00:25:38 EST protein drink #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237433 i have protein powder now and am going to make a few protein drinks some mornings for breakfast. It won't be every morning because it's still a processed item with the powder even though I dd fruit and such to it. But on occasion, a quick shake since i don't like eating in the morning, is a good start to changing my non-food before 1pm habit. <BR> <BR> Today's drink <BR> <BR> 1 scoop strawberry creme soy protein powder <BR> 2 frozen strawberries <BR> 2 frozen peach slices <BR> an ice cube <... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:45:53 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233876 Time for goals again. <BR> <BR> Read 1 book - I will keep posting this goal until I succeed and then I might still post it. <BR> Write in Dec-Jan-Feb - made it 2 months, might as well finish it out <BR> 90 day novel - not sure what I'm doing but it's almost writing time so maybe work on AF, OiEM, LtW or A/D <BR> Edit 5 chapters of TT <BR> Post a couple times in each blog <BR> Eat healthy, lose 4 lbs - small but doable, maybe more but I'll just put out the 4. <BR> <BR> <BR> Those are my goa... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:04:33 EST more things tasted and tried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216449 Okay, so since the last post I have tried a couple of things that I'd purchased or considered trying. <BR> <BR> South Beach tuna meal - Edible but not very tasty. it's just a bland type of cracker, packet of tuna in water, small amount of mayo, wedge of cheese and chocolate covered soynuts. The wedge of cheese was the best tasting part of it and only okay at that. I am not a fan of the soynuts and didn't finish them. The crackers i ended up tossing in the bowl of tuna (small amount) and mixe... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 03:06:30 EST Things to try soon or have tried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201477 So I bought a couple of things I have been trying or plan to try in the near future. <BR> <BR> I have tried the South Beach snack bars, both the whipped almond and peanut butter. The PB ones are actually really good and the almond ones are okay, though different. Better than past diet bars so that's a plus. A nice little snack. I got the almond one at 50% off when buying something else, and the pb one I got for 3.99 on sale at Safeway. <BR> <BR> I still have to try the tuna box meal from S... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:46:54 EST 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186381 Writing (novels) <BR> Edit TT and SG, send to test readers, prepare for submission <BR> Finish first draft of AF, OiEM, LtW and/or AD, TK, GaD <BR> Try not to start new novel at least until November if at all. <BR> Be closer to submitting by my birthday (end of August) <BR> <BR> Reading <BR> read 50 books/manga/etc <BR> <BR> Life <BR> Eat healthier <BR> Make progress in life plans <BR> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for 2013? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:41:07 EST top 3 ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052637 I narrowed the list down even more. These are the top three, the ones I will prep during October and hopefully pick one from by November. <BR> <BR> Octave's Story - This is a science fiction one that i guess in a little way reminds me of the Matrix in that there is a system to fight against. But none of the "one" nonsense. Groups are chosen to take part in displayed rebellions, and each group has an Other (non-human) but they don't know till after training who the other is on their ship. Oct... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:56:31 EST narrowed down nano idea list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049899 In no particular order. <BR> <BR> <BR> Octave's Story - This is a science fiction one that i guess in a little way reminds me of the Matrix in that there is a system to fight against. But none of the "one" nonsense. Groups are chosen to take part in displayed rebellions, and each group has an Other (non-human) but they don't know till after training who the other is on their ship. Octave is an other, and he ends up in the rebellion because of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He n... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:35:03 EST What to write for NaNoWriMo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049113 Okay, I was going to do a post on whether or not I should take part in National Novel Writing Month this year but looks like I've already made that decision. So, next is which novel to write. I need to narrow down my ideas to 1-3 of them for the October Prep Challenge I take part in on Writing.com. Last year, I worked on three during the prep and used one of them during NaNoWriMo and wrote another that I hadn't prepared at all. <BR> <BR> This year I have a list of 10 ideas to pick from and t... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:04:17 EST July and August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995156 July is almost over so here is how I've done on the goals I made. <BR> <BR> July wasn't too bad overall, minus the reading goal. I think I had some successes, so here are my results for my July goals. <BR> <BR> Read 3 books. - Epic Fail. I read.. 0. <BR> Write Something. - Win. I have written poems, started stories, worked on a couple chapters. I did write something. Yay! <BR> Keep up in June/July/August challenge - So far, so good. I only have one week I didn't write anything in and that w... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:56:00 EST Interview today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977978 I have a job interview in a few hours. It's much more geared towards my experience and degree. Getting nervous. I will post an update on how it goes tonight or tomorrow morning before work. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:25:25 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965909 It's already part way through the month but these are the goals I made and am working on. <BR> <BR> July Goals: <BR> Read 3 books. <BR> Write something. (am in challenge to write something once a week for summer) <BR> Apply for jobs. (Like mine but it's hard physically and doesn't pay quite enough.) <BR> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:41:52 EST Going for it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497020 I know I haven't posted in awhile but I'm going to try posting more. It's hard having so many blogs and keeping them all up to date. Today's topic: I made a decision and I'm going for it. <BR> <BR> Nothing big really... <BR> <BR> I'm just getting my hair cut shorter. I wanted to cut it shorter last time but needed to still be able to put it in a pony tail. I'm tired of pony tails. So, I'm going to get it cut tomorrow. The sides will be a little past chin length and hopefully the back will b... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:52:55 EST Goals and promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147537 I haven't updated in a while and a lot has happened over the months. But instead of doing the update right now (I have to go to work in a few minutes, yes I have a job woot!) I'm going to mention a goal I made. <BR> <BR> I tried to write a YA novel in one month but had a medical setback (swollen face, not good). So, once I could tell that I wouldn't make the goal, I adjusted. My new goal is to finish two different novel drafts by June 1st. This means, having my first YA book rewritten/edited... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:08:19 EST blog series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998771 I'm thinking of doing a weekly blog post on here where I compare the price of fast food versus similar healthier meals bought and cooked an home. <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in that? <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> I would go look up prices for a meal at Burger King of burger, fries, drink and maybe even dessert. (They have delicious pie slices.) Then I would go shopping at the grocery store and try to make a similar but healthier meal at home. I would post the prices and the res... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 17:30:45 EST Dream Activities 4 Fit Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3969189 This is from the daily spark blog post called "Busting Excuses to Avoid Exercise, No Matter Your Size". One suggestion, number 5, is to make a dream list of activities you would like to do in your "fit life". And I think that's a good idea. I have some in my mind but have not voiced them on here yet. So, why not now? <BR> <BR> Wonder why post dream activities and not do them? Well, some are hard to do over here in Wyoming and others I can do but would like to do with less weight and in bette... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:23:05 EST New book reviewing Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925682 Yep, I finally got it up and running. Aside from my two personal writing blogs and the group character blog, I now have a book review blog to encourage reading. I'm not the only one on the blog either. Two people were happy to join me in my idea so we have 1 reviewer from the US (me), 1 reviewer from Australia, and 1 reviewer from New Zealand. The fun of the internet displayed with that. <BR> <BR> <link>readingatdawn.blogspot.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> The concept started as kind of a play ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:00:06 EST Pagan survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3916127 Since my other blogs are focused on writing only, I thought that I'd post this here so I could at least fill out the answers to the questions. I got this from my friends new blog, <link>bohemianwitch.blogspot.com </link> . I don't bring this up much but I am pagan, though not very good at the whole practicing part. I want to do better so maybe I'll sometimes post stuff here. For now, just the survey questions. <BR> <BR> <BR> B A S I C S <BR> <BR> -Do you have a magical/Pagan name? No. ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:25:30 EST Guitar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902179 <em>276</em> <BR> <BR> I'm learning to play guitar. it's one of my goals for 2011, though I started December 29th. I figured that if I put the goal as 4-7 days instead of practice every day that might help. I'm doing good so far. I don't practice very long but it will get longer once I know more and my fingers can handle it better. <BR> <BR> My sister lent me the travel guitar she bought. It's smaller than a regular acoustic, with dragonflies on it. Makes it a little easier for me to play... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 23:26:53 EST 2011 Goals, mostly writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881374 Tattle Tell - Finish second draft. Edit. Send to beta readers by the end of February. Work on query. <BR> <BR> Mutant Series - Plan out both series. Outline! <BR> <BR> Fantasy/Steampunk - Finish Worldbuilding and find a work in progress Title. Maybe start writing. <BR> <BR> Angel/Demon - Finish first draft, edit and then send to beta reader. <BR> <BR> Thomas/Kyle Novella - Finish first draft. Connect all the scenes since it is written by scene and not in order. <BR> <BR> Gathered at Dawn... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 18:39:02 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819925 Writing Goals <BR> 1. Finish the second draft of Tattle Tell with around 25,000 words for the month needed. <BR> 2. Read a couple of books. (Finish Shiver asap) <BR> 3. Work on finishing nano 2010 novel, Gathered at Dawn. <BR> 4. Prep work for 2011 novels. (Currently have 6 to start and/or finish.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Non-writing or reading goals. <BR> 1. exercise 30+ minutes a day <BR> 2. eat a little healthier (minus christmas day) <BR> 3. Get more followers on both blogs and prepare for book ... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 16:37:11 EST For Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808933 Since I can't afford the tests to get a diagnosis right now I figured out that I would try to work harder on something that I can do. I know weight is an issue and it's something I need to take care of asap. So, I'm going to try and lost 30 lbs for now. Once I reach that goal I'll make the next but that will get me back to where I was last year. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm going to do is try walking every day. I know that many programs recommend walking and even some of the tv shows where diet p... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:31:22 EST tests needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802396 As expected, tests are needed to figure out what's going on with me. The person I went to was really nice. Since it's obvious that I'm not pregnant she does think we need to test for PCOS. There are two options which are both questionable because I have no health insurance. <BR> <BR> 1. blood tests (serum prolactin, FSH, thyrotropin) are rather pricey. Over 400 dollars for the first 2 and the last one is going to be 100 or so. <BR> <BR> 2. ultrasound - still checking on the price but we mi... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 18:56:29 EST appointment made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800446 Have my appointment tomorrow. It was rough making the appointment because for the first time ever, someone I didn't know answered the phone. She wasn't the most helpful though sounded youngish. The medical person I usually see isn't going to be in for a week but figured I shouldn't wait that much longer since I'm on day 115 of the cycle. So it was either the male who umm we have a business issue with (don't like males for female issues) or there is a female. Going to the female tomorrow. She ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:13:02 EST Female Topic - 100+ days and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3786882 TMI warning <BR> It's another blog post about female issues involving monthly cycles, or what are supposed to be monthly cycles. <BR> <BR> Remember a few months ago when I was worried about 60 day cycles or a 70 day cycle. Oh to go back to those days. What had once seemed a switch from a slightly off but mostly regular cycle to a once every other month cycle has now extended further. Let's see how this has broken down over the months. <BR> <BR> March - what used to be normal <BR> April - s... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 01:38:36 EST 50,000 words in 13 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782418 It's a new record for me and I'm excited. Not long before the 13th day ended I put my novel into the counter for the site to validate my word count and received my green bar along with a total of 50,055 words. Fun cause it was a little higher than the word count I was getting from the writing.com book item I was writing in but I think it's because wdc may not count words like "umm" and such. <BR> <BR> This draft is rough, there is no doubt about that but it's still one I'm enjoying. I have t... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 03:47:41 EST in 9 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775781 I managed to write 36,305 words. While it's a little off target from my first set of goals it's still can't believe I wrote this much. My real goal is to get 50k done in a shorter amount of days than I did in March when I wrote 50k in 15 days. So, as long as I make it by day 14 or sooner I'll achieve that goal. I'm still going to try for it by the end of tomorrow (day 11) but if it takes a little longer i will still be pleased. <BR> <BR> Some people think this is a crazy amount but I can ea... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:39:03 EST November/December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757932 Holy Saint Green (yes i made that up)!!! It's the end of the year already. November and December are the last months and then it will be 2011. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe. So, a quick look at my 2010 year goals and then I'll post my goals for the last two months. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year my goals were all writing, which is good cause I haven't lost any weight or when I did I promptly gained it all back and a tiny bit more. Bad year for weight in general but could have been wors... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:54:36 EST not tech knowledged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704836 Seriously. I don't get code. I spent over an hour trying to figure out how to put a background on a profile. Probably closer to three hours. X.X <BR> <BR> I can't figure out how to do the extra pages on my blog with author information and novel information. I'm just not tech smart. I need to hire someone to do all that stuff for me. I know for sure: If I start up a writer web site I'm going to have to hire someone to set it up cause I'm not gonna spend weeks figuring that stuff out. That or ... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 04:29:24 EST relationship issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700837 BF might get an important job offer that would involve living in Japan for at least a year or so. He also has hinted that if given the choice, he would pick living there permanently... and there is hinting of whether we should stay together or not. He knows I'm close to my family, so doesn't think I'd really consider moving to Japan. I already considered moving for a couple of years, if the job offers goes through. Had decided that I would because it's a once in the life time opportunity for ... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 04:12:15 EST computer troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3659560 My Mac laptop is showing obvious signs of problems. I have had it for over 5 years with lots of writing, homework, moving and traveling by plane and bus. It has done very well for me but it's getting old and is a little over used. Right now it will suddenly go to a black screen at random, and has all day. But I managed to have it up long enough to update my external hard drive. Just need to take some of the files from it for my netbook next. <BR> <BR> But I needto get a new, regular laptop. ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 20:25:34 EST NaNoWriMo Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3649766 Hard to believe that September is more than half way over, which means October will be here soon followed by the epic month of November. That means, National Novel Writing Month and attempting to write 50,000 words on a "new" novel. But I don't know what to write for it. I'd had an idea picked out, actually, but changed my mind. So, I'm going to post here and see what anyone who comments thinks. Hopefully I pick one by October for the prep challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Michael's Book - The idea... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:38:39 EST