Happy November! Does anyone else feel like October never happened? I sure do! And September, too, for that matter.
It's a bit cold for my liking. I love the traditional fall climate, and am not quite ready to be subjected to temperatures in the forties. Okay, I'm NEVER ready for the cold, but I still feel I should have more time before it invites itself into my life.
AND, as I am typing this, a Pampers commercial is airing on the TV behind me. It's playing Silent Night. It is DEFINITELY not time for the Christmas commercials, in my opinion.
For the first time in years, I did not celebrate Halloween. I just wasn't in the mood. Part of it was the fact I'm in a funk. Another part is Halloween brings back a lot of memories that will never again be the same. When I taught, it was one of the most exciting days of the year. The school spirit club put on a kick-ass assembly and my fellow teachers and I had some of the best moments preparing our skit. My first year we were Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders. Year two - the cast of High School Musical - dancing and all. For someone who appeared in seven high school productions and acted as a theater club officer, it was a lot of fun.
This year, I couldn't even bother myself to come up with a costume. So I didn't. No parties, no festivities. What has happened to me?
Thankfully, I had fantasy football to distract me. With 172.86 points, my team had a PHENOMENAL week. We scored our fifth consecutive win, the most points in the league (for the fourth time this season), and surpassed our previous high score, as well as the highest score previously earned in the league. For a fantasy football virgin, I think I'm doing alright. (And there are a few people I know who should start eating their words right about now, but that is all I will say about that....)
Number of completed chapters: 19.0
Anticipated number of chapters total: 25.0
Current word count: 65,861
Anticipated word count total: 75K
Projected date for full manuscript to be completed: December 12, 2010
Finally, I am beyond thankful this election is almost over. No more visitors, no more pre-recorded phone messages. And no more of this catty, out of control, you verses me garbage. On my way home tonight, I heard a commercial on the radio. The commercial went on a rant about all the things the opposing candidate does wrong, making fun and calling him names (which I consider bullying, but what the heck do I know). Meanwhile, the commercial did not share ONE THING about the candidate behind the commercial.
I'm not interested in your thoughts on the competition - I'm interested in what YOU are going to do for ME. How YOU will make things BETTER. Is there a reason you can't tell me about that?
Just another reason I never cared for politics.
COMING SOON: I'll be posting a special guest blog later this week. Stay tuned to read what my friend and editor, Michelle, has to say about Rejected and its significance in YA Literature.