Apr 30, 2014

Spring is here

I'm sitting here at my desk with the window open, listening to the birds, smelling the fresh air, looking a the tree's with the sun shinning on them and I realized, it's Spring. The air smells so sweet right now and the soft breeze feels so nice.

It would be the perfect to day to just sit outside with a drink and read all day, but unfortunately I have a costume I have to have finished before Saturday. Hopefully I'll have some time to enjoy it before it goes away. :)

Apr 18, 2014

The Final Draft

I finally finished editing my novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo in November. One of the prizes for the NaNo winners is that they get 2 free paperback copies of their books, so I've got the cover made and am now waiting for my novel to arrive. I still can't get over it being my novel.

When I was about halfway through editing the book I realized how slow I was going because I was pretty much re-writing rather than just editing. At that point I decided to just edit and make a few rewrites instead of re-writing the whole thing since I would only be able to get the paper back copies of my book before June, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to edit/re-write the whole thing by then.

The novel ended up being just under 50,000 words in the end while it's not as good as I would like it, it is finished. When I get the paperbacks I'm going to sign them and keep them on my shelf, but I don't know if I'll ever let anyone read them. Well, that's the life of a writer. ;)

But I'm super excited to have a book published. And hopefully my next book will be just a little bit better. I've learned so much from doing NaNo and I've improved a lot. When I first started editing my novel I was shocked at my writing at the very beginning. There were so many 'face palm' moments it wasn't even funny. Okay, maybe I did laugh a bit about it with my sister, Alina. We're always making jokes about this sort of stuff.

But I'm glad I pushed through and finished editing it, even though there were times when I desperately wanted to give up on it. I'm glad that I even finished it and know that next time that I'll only be able to go up. It'll be interesting to look back at my writing in ten years and see how much I've improved.

Apr 9, 2014

The Family from Georgia

A few years ago we met the McAndrew's online through the Lifestyle of Learning forums and after a while of following each other's blogs we all became friends of Facebook. A while after that Sereina and Morgan started video chatting and I sat in a few too.

About a year ago they announced that they wanted to move up to Washington from Georgia. They were finally able to move up here a few weeks ago, and so we've all been excited to finally meet in person.

Friday came around and we ended up driving down to Seattle. Our original plans didn't work out so we met at Starbucks to figure out exactly what we wanted to do.

 Sereina and Morgan meeting in person for the first time.

We ended up driving to a park not too far away.

And this was the view of Seattle from the park we were at.

It was pretty windy and cold, and there was lots of people taking pictures of people taking pictures of you taking pictures of them taking pictures of you if you know what I mean.

And here's the two photographers in their natural habitat and acting very much like what they are... photographers.

Morgan was very happy to find a warm spot.

Later we went to the docks a few minutes away and hung out there for the next hour.

Sereina, Morgan, Yulia, and I headed up to a hill overlooking the docks. While we were heading up Yulia raced ahead, so I raced after her. She raced up again and I followed again. We reached the top when she told me that she was racing ahead to try and get a picture of me coming up the steps. Oops. :)

While we were there they opened the docks. Here they're letting the water from the upper dock out.

And eventually the gates opened.

Not too long after that we all headed back to the cars and said our goodbye's before heading home. 

And that was the day we met the McAndrew's and became 'real life' friends.