Monday, February 25, 2013

Word Count Challenges

So last week was very similar to the week before. And because I watched Beauty and the Beast recently, I am now singing "Something There" in my head... Yea this is my life.

Anyways.... There was of course more of the cleaning/organizing, and happily there was more of the writing. The hubby suggested it would be fun we celebrate at each of these general word count guides (and may help encourage my writing on a more consistent basis):

ClassificationWord count
Novelover 40,000 words
Novella17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette7,500 to 17,500 words
Short storyunder 7,500 words

Unfortunately I forgot to check my word count this morning. It was over 5,000 this last week. :) I will post it on Wednesday with my book reviews for the week.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Some more weekend cleaning and finally some writing!

The hubby and I spent another weekend cleaning. This time working on clearing out our office. Several bags of garbage and donations later and we can finally walk around in the office again. It feels good to have that space clean, and to have a desk I can work at again. I always forget how HUGE my desk is (although based on the amount of crap I can pile on my desk I really shouldn't...).

It's helped me to pick up my notebook again to start working on A Dark Night (working title). I wasn't quite ready to face the computer yet and the 1500 words I had some how lost. Luckily, because I've always preferred handwriting to typing things, when I went to start writing for the next chapter, I found that I had handwritten most of the last scene that I had lost! It feels amazing to have that back, and not have to start from scratch. I was able to get some time last night to go in and retype that scene in the end of the first chapter so I can officially move on to the second chapter without that nagging at the back of my mind.

Hopefully that will also give me the confidence to start working in Scrivner. So far all I've done is upload my first and second chapter documents. The program was a little overwhelming when I first opened it with all the stuff you can do, and because during the uploading process is when I found the 1500 words missing. Now that that is resolved though, I should be able to move forward, and start posting word counts again.

So to start that off, as of this morning I have 4,903 words. :)

How was your weekend?

Monday, February 11, 2013

A home purge and book review

Good morning-

Sorry I was out most of last week, I caught an awful stomach bug and only started feeling human again yesterday. But the return of health also means a return of chores. Boo!

The hubby and I cleaned out more of our closets on Saturday and went through all of our bedding. We ended up with 4 garbage bags worth for donation and 4 garbage bags worth of trash. It feels nice to get that big of a load out of the apartment. Next I'll work on clearing out all the extra hangers we now have!

Now because I missed it last week here are the book reviews from the rest of the books I have finished since my last book review.

So I read the first two of the Daughter's of the Moon series. They were nice quick reads, only about 300 pages each. They are definitely a little on the young side of young adult writing as far as the depth of the writing goes, but they have some violence and sexual themes that definitely keep them in the YA category. The stories are about teenage girls who are goddesses dealing with normal high school issues but, also receive a power from being a daughter of the moon goddess. They have to fight an ancient evil to help keep balance in the world, all while dealing with popularity and boy problems and finding out who you are. I would have read the third book in this series, but I got a little ways into the book, only to find there was a misprint and the book was missing about 30 pages.

So I moved on to the next book. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. 

When I was first reading the description for this book, I didn't realize it was a true crime novel. The author took some artistic liberties with the telling, but this was an actual murder that took place, while John Berendt was living part time in Savannah. I love a good murder mystery so I decided to give it a shot. I was a little disappointed that it was not as detailed as fiction murder story would be. It had more of a true life flow to the story with a couple of supporting stories on the side that turn out to have nothing to do with the main story arc. All in all it was still a fascinating story. If you enjoy true crime, I definitely recommend it.

What did you do this weekend?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday and a new crock pot recipe

Some how it's already Monday again. When I was a kid, I never believed that time went faster as you got older, but unfortunately some how that really is true. The hubby and I had a busy weekend catching up on chores and hanging out with friends for an engagement party. We drove over to Leavenworth, which is so pretty this time of year, and wandered around then stopped to have a couple of beers at the Icicle Brewery.

Other than that I've been kind of bopping along with my resolutions- reading has been going well, but I still have some catch up to do on that. Blogging obviously fell by the wayside a little bit, but I'm trying to get back on track this week. Workouts are still going pretty good. I've only missed a couple due to sickness or traffic. Writing is still pretty much non-existent, so that I will have to work on.

Now on to my recipe failure last week. I tried a couple new crock pot recipes last week. The one I am sharing today combined two Pinterest pins: one for making mashed potatoes in a crock pot and the other for making a potato and parsnip mash. I thought it would be awesome to come home to potatoes ready to be mashed for a weeknight dinner, but wanted to try to lighten the calories with a root vegetable. I will now preface this recipe by saying that I discovered I do NOT like the taste of parsnips in my mashed potatoes. I was hoping for something smooth and starchy, but even with a smaller ratio the flavor of the parsnips completely took over. Now that I have prefaced that-if you like the taste of parsnips this is a great recipe! If, like me, you do not- just use all potatoes (next time I was thinking I might try substituting half cauliflower since that doesn't have as strong of a flavor).

3 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 lbs Parsnips, peeled
1 cup Water
1 cup Butter
1 Tbsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
4 oz Neufchatel Cheese


Dice potatoes and parsnips into 1 inch cubes and place in slow cooker. Add salt and pepper.

Cut butter into pats and place on top of potatoes and parsnips. Pour water on top of butter.

Cook on low for 8 hours (can also cook on high for 4 hours).

When ready to serve add Neufchatel Cheese to potatoes and parsnips then mash to desired consistency.

Like I said I will definitely be doing this again without the parsnips. I hope you enjoy.

What did you do this weekend?