Ramblings and November Wrap-Up

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So November has been a busy month. I haven’t gotten much knitting in lately — yeah, bet you didn’t know that I’m a knitter, yes I like to get my grandma on whilst listening to either audiobooks or some really evil death metal (seriously). I love metal, and knitting to metal. I enjoy the juxtaposition. Anyway, this is the start of a hat pattern from Knitty. It’s a pretty self-striping 70% merino, 30% soysilk that I bought a few years back for some legwarmers and had a bit left over.

Anyway, regarding NaNoWriMo… welp, I’m not a winner (i.e. 50k words in a month), but I’m actually okay with that. By the end of today I’ll have 20k of quality work, with an estimated 70k or so to go. It’s been slow going with the simultaneous research, and life… well, by NaNo standards I suppose. I don’t consider 20k in a month all too shabby, since I’m pretty sure this is the most I’ve written in a month to date — and that’s not counting the other shorts I was working on as well.

I’ve made a personal resolution to write 1500 words every day. No less, but more if I feel like it. That’s 10,500 a week, 42k a month. If I can keep it up, that’s pretty good, and quite doable. That’s doable. I have two three more novel ideas gestating in my brain, so I think 2013 will be a busy year. I just have to come up with a suitable reward system for myself. Maybe more masturbation? Dinner? In that order? I don’t know.

So I’m going to NYC next weekend because I have a new ladyfriend-type-person, and I may or may not be getting laid, a lot. Hint: it’s the former. Sorry to rub it in. Actually, not really. Soooo, between bouts of marathon lesbian sex, I’ll be checking out a couple museums, one of which being the Museum of Sex. I’ve actually not been there before, and I’m quite looking forward to it. Rest assured I’ll be taking lots of pictures and posting them here, Dear Reader. Unfortunately (for you), there will be no (public) pictures of the marathon sex. I kid, I kid. There will be mental pictures, emerging in future writings, and you will be reaping the benefits in an indirect way. I can’t help you with your real life sex drought, though, I’m afraid.

In other news, my cat has been sick, and let me tell you, nothing quite puts you in the mood to write smut than wrapping up a cat who knows what’s coming in a blanket like a vengeful burrito and forcing antibiotics in pill form down his maw, then holding his mouth shut to make sure he swallows instead of spitting it out like a college freshman at her first frat party. Is that inappropriate? Oh well. He’s fixed, so it’s okay. I know what I’m doing, trust me.

The burrito is so he doesn't scratch the hell out of me while I give him a pill. I'm not hurting him, except for his pride, I promise.

The burrito is so he doesn’t scratch the hell out of me while I give him a pill. I’m not hurting him, except for his pride, I promise.

Edit: I couldn’t resist. May the gods forgive me.

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NaNoWriMo Inspirations

So I went and visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Rocky running up the stairs, for you non-locals) the other day to take some inspiration photos for my novel. I thought my wonderful fans would get a kick out of seeing some of them. ❤

Bust of Louis XV, father-in-law to Marie Antoinette and notorious lecher

Bust of Louis XV, father-in-law to Marie Antoinette and notorious lecher

Portrait of Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, by Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun

Portrait of Madame du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, by Elizabeth Vigee-Le Brun

My plotbunny. A plotbunny is like an earworm - something that gets stuck in your head and you have to write it down. Isn't he adorable? He's my more-helpful helper.

My plotbunny. A plotbunny is like an earworm – something that gets stuck in your head and you have to write it down. Isn’t he adorable? He’s my more-helpful helper.

My not-so-helpful helper

My not-so-helpful helper

Close-up of Artemis

Close-up of Artemis

Marble of Artemis. I forgot to take a photo of the plaque so I don't remember the artist.

Marble of Artemis. I forgot to take a photo of the plaque so I don’t remember the artist.

Sevres porcelain vase with a scene of Diana and Callisto after a painting by Jean-Jacques Lagrenee

Sevres porcelain vase with a scene of Diana and Callisto after a painting by Jean-Jacques Lagrenee

Detail of Diana and Callisto

Detail of Diana and Callisto

Writing desk with Wedgewood plaque, c. 1785

Writing desk with Wedgewood plaque, c. 1785

Writing desk with porcelain plaques and inlays, about the same time period

Writing desk with porcelain plaques and inlays, about the same time period

Recreation of a Parisian salon, c. 1782

Recreation of a Parisian salon, c. 1782

Recreation of a Rococo room. I forgot to take a picture of the plaque so I can't properly cite it.

Recreation of a Rococo room. I forgot to take a picture of the plaque so I can’t properly cite it.

Recreation of English Drawing Room, c. 1775

Recreation of English Drawing Room, c. 1775

Beautiful Rococo room, no citation, sorry.

Beautiful Rococo room, no citation, sorry.

Detail of Ceiling in Turquoise Rococo Room

Detail of Ceiling in Turquoise Rococo Room

Figure of Diana Being Bathed by Her Attendants, unglazed porcelain made by Sevres porcelain factory, c. 1790

Figure of Diana Being Bathed by Her Attendants, unglazed porcelain made by Sevres porcelain factory, c. 1790

Detail from "Allegory of Sight (Venus and Cupid in a Picture Gallery)" by Jan Brueghel the Younger. The fifteen-year-old boy in me found this hilarious.

Detail from “Allegory of Sight (Venus and Cupid in a Picture Gallery)” by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1660. The fifteen-year-old boy in me found this hilarious. Who says art history has to be stuffy? 😉

Another detail from "Allegory of Sight"

Another detail from “Allegory of Sight”

NaNoWriMo: The Race is On!

I’m writing my first novel this month for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and I’m out of the gate at 1900 3023 words. The goal is 50,000 words by the end of the month, and frankly, I think it will turn out longer than that. It is as of yet untitled, and I’ve had the idea in my head for quite a while now.

It’s at its heart a lesbian romance, but it is so much more than that. Central to the plot is time travel and a bit of ancient magic, set in Revolutionary France and post-Revolutionary Philadelphia as well as modern Philadelphia. Intrigue, betrayal, suspense, love, and loss. Artists, smugglers, thieves, bastard royalty, and even a pair of goddesses in a secret tryst. The heights of golden Versailles and the politics of the few female art students allowed into Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. The crushing solitude of newly-built 18th-century Eastern State Penitentiary, and the austerity of its walls as a present-day living museum. The bustle of gritty, modern Philadelphia, the wind in the flowing hair of a cyclist deftly navigating its crowded streets. Dreams of ancient temples and lover’s tokens, the constant creaking of an oaken ship carrying aristocratic emigres fleeing France for the New World.

I might post some excerpts over at Smashwords in a week or two, which is featuring a showcase of works-in-progress throughout the month. I’ve added a word count widget so you can see at a glance where I am. If you’re of a statistical and/or nosy bent, you can click on it and check out detailed stats and more information about the novel.

Cheer me on, won’t you? I’m sure I’ll appreciate the positive words at some point or another this month! 😉