Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fridays with Frost #11

A Question

A voice said, Look me in the stars
And tell me truly, men of earth,
If all the soul-and-body scars
Were not too much to pay for birth. 

Robert Frost

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I Dare Ya!!

I love the DARES on the NaNoWriMo forums (This is one of the many things I do to waste time while waiting for inspiration to strike). 🙂 You should definitely check it out if you get the chance, but just for fun I’ve copied just a few of them here for you to check out.

(I did not make up any of these, but they are free for anyone to use.)

Make your characters play ‘The Game.’
BP if someone says, “I lost the game” at the climax.
DBP if the game is a plot point.
TBP if the game isn’t ever explained.

Give someone an out of character hobby.
BP: If you can justify it.
DBP: If it plays into the bigger picture of the story.

have a character who speaks exclusively in metaphors.
+ if the metaphors never make any sense.
++ if everyone else understands what the character is saying anyway.

include a character with a social networking addiction.
+ if they stop at crucial points in the plot to update facebook/twitter/tumblr/whatever.
++ if they do this at the most inopportune moments possible.
+++ if, while doing this, they say things like “wait! my facebook friends/followers/etc. would think this is HILARIOUS.”
++++ if they say this in the middle of a beheading.

include a character who is constantly pointing out symbolism in the novel.
+ if the things they talk about aren’t actually symbolizing anything.
++ if they are.
+++ and a large cake if you’re parodying your high school english teacher.

Just make the MC be a time traveler or something….
Quadruple bonus points if they’re updating facebook in a medieval castle.

Have a character killed by the Travelling Shovel of Death (but that’s hardly a dare! WAIT, interrupting parenthesis) and explicitly identify it as the Travelling Shovel of Death.
BP if the shovel-ee is otherwise immortal and can only be killed by a metafictional artifact.
DBP if the plot involves a quest to acquire the Travelling Shovel of Death.
TBP if this quest involves visits to the Nanovels of other Nanoers using the Travelling Shovel of Death.
QBP if you type the name of the Travelling Shovel of Death out in full every time that you refer to the Travelling Shovel of Death.
SBP if your nanovel is an academic history of NaNoWriMo itself using the quest for the Travelling Shovel of Death as a framing device.
BNP if the person killed with the Shovel is a white supremacist.

Have a character meet Jenny Everywhere. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Everywhere)
+BP: Have Jenny Everywhere be a major character.
+DBP: Have Jenny’s universe-shifting powers be explained.
+TBP: Make her powers a major plot point.

Kill your protagonist in every scene.
BP if nobody notices.
DBP if it’s never explained why or how that happens.
TBP if it is nevertheless intrinsic to the plot.

Name all of your characters with anagrams of Ian Woon.
BP: If you also have important plot objects named with an anagram (Like a Win a Moron contest. )
DBP: If no one notices this in the story.
TBP: If everyone notices this in the story and makes fun of it.

Write your novel in future tense.

…and that’s the second time I’ve lost The Game today. (For anyone not familiar, the rules for The Game are pretty simple). I hope everyone is having fun prepping for November.

Fridays with Frost #10

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Robert Frost

Fridays with Frost #9

A Minor Bird

I have wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door
When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must partly have been in me.
The bird was not to blame for his key.
And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.

Robert Frost

Happy Weekend!!! 🙂

Where Does the Time Go?

Time flies when you’re having fun. Sometimes even when you are not. I did two critiques for Critters this week. I’ve discovered that I am shamefully behind. One per week, that is all that is required. When I joined the group I could not fathom that it would be too much, and to be honest even now I have to say that it’s really not unreasonable. Yet, I have fallen waaayyy behind. I’m barely doing one a month. You know how it happens. First – It’s just one week, I’ll catch up. No big deal. Then – I’m just too busy, maybe I’ll do extra next week. But next week comes again and again and still nothing. Until eventually – Well, now it’s not even worth it, I’m so far behind it’s overwhelming…I’ll never catch up so I might as well not try.

Except that I am going to try. I’ve set myself a goal of two per week. I’ve decided it’s the best way. I mean, I could take a week off work and just get them all done at once, but really, will I? Not likely. I’ll have a million more excuses not to do them all at once. There’s the afghan that needs finishing, or the sweater, plus I need to start the Christmas gift knitting, and don’t forget that I need to do and outline for NaNoWriMo. November is coming up soon.

🙂  Hahaha…I have a never-ending inventory of excuses. So two for now, and two next week. I can handle it. At least until November. Then…we’ll see. Now I’m off to work on that afghan, and maybe I’ll mull over some ideas for that NaNo outline while I’m crocheting.

Back to Gardening

The Geraniums grew in really well this year. I can say that I did not kill everything this year, but these turned out beautifully with almost no care. Sadly the Sweet Peas died during the drought.

These are the tomato plants that have just grown wild. No one ever staked them, so once most of the hornworms died it just grew every which way…my husband is very annoyed since it makes cutting the grass more difficult. Meanwhile, I think that I will cage them next year just because they started growing over each other and I never know where I’m going to find the grape tomatoes. Sadly I have a great crop of Delicious Tomatoes growing in now and I’m afraid that the early frost is going to kill them off. Ah, well the joys of gardening. 🙂