Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Three quick things:
  1. Shannon's MIA because she no longer has a laptop.  Unless a new one spontaneously sprouts from one of those tall Pinecone trees in her yard, this problem might go on for a little while.  Until then, let's just pretend this blog is mine.  ALL MINE.  *insert maniacal laugh here*.
  2. DoT is still moving forward.  This is noteworthy only because I thought once I started back to work, it would be shoved on the back-burner until summer break next year.  It actually depressed me--the thought of all that hard work sitting around, collecting dust.  As it turns out, I was able to apply my grandpa's advice.  I find an hour here, twenty minutes there, to keep the story alive.  It's awesome to see my word count bar moving forward every day.  It's not moving forward in big leaps like it was over summer break, but it is slowly inching it's way toward 100%, and the thought of reaching that finish line makes me absolutely giddy.
  3. We bought Elijah a typewriter for Christmas.  I know--weird, right?  Like what nine year old boy wants a typewriter?  But it was inspired by a lyrics video for "The Lonely" by Christina Perri.  Elijah saw the video and fell in love with the typewriter and asked if he could have a working typewriter for Christmas.  I laughed, telling him, "Dude, they don't make them anymore."  But of course the writer in me fell in love with the idea of purchasing such a nostalgic piece, so we shopped around and purchased this one from eBay:

I'll have to let you know how long the honeymoon phase lasts with this thing before he casts it aside and returns to his iPad.  But I figure once he's bored with it, I can put it on display somewhere--maybe next to a quill-pen and a jar of ink--and daydream about the writers of yore.  And then maybe I'll feel inspired.  You know, to get off my ass, quit daydreaming, and actually write something.    

Oh yeah, the video.



  1. Lovely song...like the way I'm feeling right now. My song on repeat tonight has changed from Taylor Swift's 22 to this. So thank you :)

    But I'm so happy to hear you're taking that lovely advice your grandpa gave you about writers making time here and there to heart. Hugs to both you and DoT.

    Keep powering on! And keep blogging :)

    I had in mind to blog today about how I hate endings (both in books and life) but I'll just let it breathe for a while.

  2. Isn't it gorgeous? I wish she had an official music video to go with such a moving song. But this lyrics video is beautifully executed, so it's the next best thing.

    I always wondered "Why 22?' for Taylor Swift's hit song. Like, why not 21? LOL

    You need to get crackin' on your blog posts about endings Ify, cuz it sounds like it would make for an awesome read (I hate endings too).

  3. Yes, the lyrics video is too beautiful! And goes perfectly with the song.

    Maybe 22 is the time it all breaks down to build up again? Not sure but that's the way it feels sometimes.

    Right? I should write it sometime! Maybe next week, if I'm lucky to finish my rough first draft by then...

  4. This is the third time I've tried to comment. Seems your blog keeps eating them. LOL. That typewriter is awesome and it's even more awesome that your little boy asked for it. I love my manual typewriter, I just wish I knew where to find a ribbon for it. :)

  5. Shoot, I never thought about that Kristyn. I just assumed that the thing word work beautifully right from the get-go. Where on earth am I going to find ribbon? Hmmm.

    Sorry that my blog is gobbling your comments. Blogger sucks.

    @Ify, I can't believe how FAST you're whipping up your MS! I must be editing way too much as I go, because this thing is painfully slow for me. Go get 'em girl!

  6. It would be fun to have a typewriter. Now I have to lurk around yard sales and whatnot. If I could find ribbon as well, then I could keep the family up all night!

  7. I agree--I can't wait to steal my son's typewriter! The loud clacking of the keys just seems so gratifying.


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