Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A swan, a blue moon, and a trip to the city...

I got a new camera. Did I mention that? I'm very excited about it. It's a digital SLR, Canon Rebel T1i... and it has a zoom lens. I'm very happy with it so far. I've heard from all the experts that it's a good "teach you about digital SLR" camera. And that's what I wanted! So I've been playing with it the past week... and I'd like to post some of the pictures for you to view and comment on. If you don't want to comment publicly you can always e-mail me at fairbetty at gmail dot com. (saving myself from the spambots this way).

For  now, I'll leave you with photos to view (and comment on)... and then get on to my writing, because it's still November, no matter HOW much I want to procrastinate.

The swan is back
He spends a lot of time taking off and landing on our little pond.


Sunday evening was a blue moon rising. We went to watch it... and Noah built a sculpture while we waited.

Reflection in Factory Pond
Not sure why, but I love this shot of the city.
Alexander Hamilton


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Did I say 1000 words a day?

So, I decided to take a break from writing yesterday to do a quick painting. I have been sitting on this idea for a few days now... and needed to get it out on canvas. My style is, of course, rough and untrained, but... there you go. I feel better now :)

Also, I'm over 22,000 words! Just 8,000 more until my goal! Woo hoo!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A shameless blog of pet photos

I don't mean to brag... well... maybe I do... but I have the cutest pets ever! I am having fun experimenting with Lori's camera and our little point and shoot and snagged some lovely photos of the animals... at least the ones that hang out with people during the day. Bangs and the NNK are missing from these shots because they antisocially stay upstairs pretty much all the time.

This is Tag's "I'm so cute, I know you want to take me outside right now" face

Captain Jack is such beautiful shade of orange that B/W seems an odd choice, but doesn't he look so elegant here?

Posing for his photo

This is Tag's "I'm so cute, don't you want to play with me right now?" face
Lori brought a penguin blanket over. Tag is in love. Note the super awesome octopillow behind Gill

This is Tag's "stop dancing and stop taking photos of me" face

"I'm so vicious!"
Seriously, Tag's in love with this blanket.
It's been chilly here. Who can blame him?
In other news, the novel is coming along very well. Yay! I mean, the word count is definitely rising. We'll see if the content ever actually congeals into something substantial :) But, I'm having fun with it, which is, I suppose, the point.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How it's going on day 4

This is day 4 of "NaNoWriMo"... I've done my thousand words a day for the past 3 days (technically should be doing more, but I decided to shoot for 30,000 words instead of 50,000... and perhaps I'll surprise myself).
Nanowrimo Breakfast of Champions: Black tea with cream and Entenmann's donuts
Today for breakfast we're having tea, donuts and procrastination... plenty of procrastination if you want to share.  I've dragged Tag's bed into the kitchen and given him a bully stick to chew on,
Tag is ready to write
set the pandora station to Chopin, brewed my second cup of tea for the morning, and written 100 words so far... I have miles to go... at least it's raining outside, so I won't be tempted to go out and run about in the beautiful fall weather... and I made Noah take the car this morning, so I effectively marooned myself for the day. Sigh...
A portrait of the author hard at work
So now, with breakfast devoured and much time wasted, I really will get to work... really... right this instant... see? I'm working...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The month of November is here!

I would like to confess that this month I'll be participating in "Nanowrimo" (That's National Novel Writing Month)... I'm a little nervous, because I don't know that I actually have it in me... but I have the desire to be a novelist... and this is the only way I know how to motivate myself. Thankfully I have friends to keep me accountable, and a lovely supportive husband who is encouraging me to do this.

For the record, this is a novel idea I've had since high school... it's a fantasy themed young adult novel... and there you go... Also for the record (for those of you that are aware... i.e. Leslie, Beth, others...), I have NOT forgotten about the other novel idea... and will return to that after the month of November. I REALLY want to finish one of these things... and am hopeful that success in that vein will lead to finishing other projects.

In the meantime, here are some photos of Halloween weekend in the City (Fort Tryon Park and Greenwich Village) and some fun with cats and pumpkins at home... Love...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they come in black!

I have a soft spot for ceramic poultry. Don't ask why.

Loved these colors in the window
Fort Tryon Park, NYC

They also come in "chinchilla grey"

Photo credit: Lori Marois

Stella Scooter, very cool
Lori and Tag romping in the leaves

And then calming down.

Tag actually did very well in the city.

Ah, the Village
Cutest kitten ever, Gillyflower

And her brother, Jack the pumpkin kitty

Jack the Pumpkin King
Noah's vampire pumpkin
Lori's pumpkin had leaf cutouts on it.
Noah has to bundle up to canoe now

It's definitely fall here.