Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

27 February 2007

March NaNoWriMo - here goes nothing!

Thanks for all your words of support re my month haitus... I won't be able to stay away (you know I won't! :-D ) , but this will be the last 'proper' post for a while. I may put some photos up from time to time, and I might even write something, but I'm going to concentrate on writing this novel... the ideas are brewing, and I'm raring to go!! I don't want to get torn between two loves... :-)




That's not to say I won't be round and about in the blogosphere... cos you possibly won't be able to get rid of me camping out in your blogs - in my moment of being a literary desert, when the words stop flowing, when the ideas hit the red traffic light... then I'll probably visit and see how folks are doing. I'll also answer if anyone leaves a message here... I'm having a definate pang about hiding myself away... but I think that's best for now, else I'll spend my whole month blogging instead of creating the most unreadable novel in the history of mankind!




So, adios, my friends - Au revoir and Auf wiedersehn! Stop by and see how I'm doing with word count on the tally in the heading box, and leave your cackling laughter at their patheticness :-) [or words of encouragement - go, girl, go! ]

So, until the end of the March... take care.

(((hugs)))





Please go and give Farris support too!

ps - if you want to see close-ups of photos in sidebar, see previous post!

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187 Comments:

At February 28, 2007 1:27 pm, Blogger David Hodges said...

Good luck, Annelisa. We will bravely soldier on without your nourishing posts.

Hope NaNoWriMo is an exhilarating experience for you. I think of it as the literary equivalent of tromping down on the accelerator when you find a stretch of open highway and blowing the carbon out of your carburetor.

Here's hoping you love speed and that you produce more than exhaust smoke! Can't wait to hear all about it.

 
At February 28, 2007 3:04 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ha ha! Like the simile, David!! I love speed (shhhh...don't tell!) and the thought of the next month as an open highway really appeals!

Being as there's no smoke without fire, I reckon the exhaust is going to be flaming out (well, I hope so, anyway :-) )

I'm a bit worried about visiting your wonderful Very Short Novels, in case I subconsciously nick any of your ideas... come to think of it, your ideas are too brilliant for me to emulate, so I will be visiting! :-) C U soon

 
At February 28, 2007 3:54 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Awwwww girlfriend........selfishly for me........a month without Annelise??? how is rdkitty going to make it?????? please set out extra rations........when you take a break, that is......

oh, and good luck on your journey - traveling mercies, we say here in the south.........you're going to blow the competition away, girlfriend!!!!!!!

love ya'
rdkitty

 
At February 28, 2007 10:15 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hey, hey, Kitty!!

You think I'd really take leave altogether? As if.... :-D

I'll see if I can find some extra rations for you... how about a fish to chomp on (make sure you don't get any on your whiskers!) or perhaps a little treat I'll find in the cupboards - we'll see. But I won't leave you altogether, Kitty - you'll see me around (all over the place, no doubt!!)

Love ya too, girlfriend!

 
At February 28, 2007 11:00 pm, Blogger mystic rose said...

wow!!!! yay!! you do it annelisa!!

I am so happy for you...will keep checking in and doing a sort of war dance for you every now and then..:)

ok..one month then.

 
At February 28, 2007 11:32 pm, Blogger My Marrakech said...

Lots and lots of luck! Can't wait to read your stuff bay-bee!

 
At February 28, 2007 11:42 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

:-D Mystic you gotta do me one of those lovely dances you posted on your blog, Frothy Waters last week - that should get my creative energy going!

 
At February 28, 2007 11:43 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ha, Cheers Maryam! (but you aint readin' it 'til it's done, suuugar! :-D

 
At March 01, 2007 12:42 am, Anonymous krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
Your beautiful place has a lot of wonderful posts to read. So do what you must do.
Good luck!!!

 
At March 01, 2007 8:11 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Aw, thanks Krystyna - I'm so lucky to have such lovely people as yourself behind me!

 
At March 01, 2007 12:40 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Anytime you want to stop by and help me with my novel, you are welcome.

I just know that your book will be a smashing success.

 
At March 01, 2007 12:59 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Will miss you, but a gals got to do, what a gals got to do.......

 
At March 01, 2007 1:07 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Good Luck Annelisa!!! I'll be thinking of you; missing you! hugs!!!!

 
At March 01, 2007 1:36 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

awwwwwww - see why I love ya'???? fish AND chocolate cake.......two kitty favs........You're the absolute BEST friend a kittygirl could have.........thank you,,,,,and i'm hanging in there on my surfboard........cat's hate water you know.....!!

hugs
rdkitty

 
At March 01, 2007 2:19 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Hi Annalisa--

Launch Day is here! Here's hoping the day finds you inspired, the muse finds you receptive, and the keyboard finds you positively assaultive! ;-)

You can do this! Looking forward to hearing about progress! ft

 
At March 01, 2007 9:50 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ehm, by 'smashing success' do you mean you could use it to throw through a jeweller's window, in lieu of a brick, because it's so darned heavy, Brian? :-D

Are you writing a novel? I didn't know that. Are you publishing it in a blog, or doing it quietly behind the scenes?

Hi Queenie - yeah, as you say... there's some things a gal just has to do... and this sure is one of mine!
Thanks for being here!

Katie - you can't miss me too much, if you can't get rid of me! :-D I can't leave that easily - it would be too much of a rench to leave lovely people such as yourself behind. I'll be around. And I hope you'll visit sometimes... (((hugs back!!!)))

Good for you, Kitty - ride the waves, honey... you can do it! If you want a change of Kitty-treats, let me know, and I'll have a look in my larder to see what else I can find :-)

Well, hello Farris!!! I meant to come round to yours this morning,at work break, but apart from not actually getting a break (because only 2 of the 4 technicians were in), blogger has been blocked as a 'pornography'producer on the school system... so no more blogging in break-times for me :-(

I've had my first keyboard assault, and haven't done too badly, with a first turnout of 3300 words! Pretty pleased with that as a start.... :-D *grin*

 
At March 02, 2007 3:10 am, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Whoo-hoo! Awesome first-day total, Annalisa! Here's to momentum! ft

 
At March 02, 2007 9:17 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Cheers, Farris!! I think I'm going to need to do big blocks, because there's so much of the time I'm interrupted every few minutes, and on Monday is my younger son's birthday, so we'll probably do something with his friends Sunday, then there'll be the actual celebrations Monday...

But at least I know I can do a fair-sized chunk all in one go! :-)

I see you've done the target amount for the first day - Well done you! If you keep that up, you'll be laughing (probably manically :-) ) by the end of the month!

 
At March 02, 2007 9:38 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Mdz and Angeldust - you managed to pry the door open to my blogging Novel somehow, but I've closed it again until the end of the month... so as not to let the editing draughts in.. :-)

Thank you both for your words of encouragement - your confidence in me needs to come down a level or two though - I'm aiming to write a really bad novel - just so's I can say 'I've done it'! So, don't be expecting anything amazing/ fantastic/ superfluous ... it's going to be a heap of...

But it's really nice you think I could do it well :-D

 
At March 02, 2007 10:30 am, Blogger ann said...

sorry I haven't been around much and I'm off again on Sunday, but I really wish you well with the novel... go go girl, you can do it. I always hoped there was one in me, but I know there isn't; I have a short concentration span that means short poems are about my limit and I am the most undisciplined person I know, so I shall bask in your glory instead.

Please may I have a signed copy.

lotsa luv and lotsa luck ann xxxx

 
At March 02, 2007 12:13 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Ann - yeah, I missed you, but I know you've got other things on - and they're more important. It's just nice to see you here, now! :-)

The good thing about the NaNoWriMo is that you have to keep 'in there' for that time... and I believe even my intermittent writing patterns will be reigned in by the discipline required for only (- ha!) one month...

:-D If I ever get my name in book-print I'll put a copy aside for you!

Thanks for the luck - I think I'm going to need it later... I've only done my plot until about 2/3 the way through the story... and I've got a horrible feeling that's where I'm going to dive - endings have always been my weak point!! :-S

 
At March 02, 2007 3:04 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

I actually was writing a novel and posting it on my blog, but after the others, I deleted it. I had written about 30,000 words, but haven't done much since Nov. I am still thinking what to do.

Rose wants to get started on her book soon, so I'll have to figure that out as well.

Have a great weekend.

 
At March 02, 2007 5:08 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Oh, excellent, Brian - you've managed to do 30000 words already? I'm envious. I feel I'm only just beginning a long journey. I've got energy, but there's an awful long way to go, and possibly a lot of pitfalls on the way.

It would be great if you wrote another book - maybe you could do the official November NaNoWriMo... get it all done in a month. Or maybe Rose could!! :-)

Have a great weekend yourself, Brian!

 
At March 02, 2007 8:07 pm, Blogger steve said...

oh, baby please dont' go!
I could give a hoot
bout this nanomrimo
jus' need i little annelsa
lil mo anel lisa mowrimo
don go

 
At March 02, 2007 8:08 pm, Blogger steve said...

How d'ya love me so well?

 
At March 02, 2007 8:09 pm, Blogger steve said...

Love me so well...

 
At March 02, 2007 9:39 pm, Blogger Mohawk Chieftain said...

You go, girl! And, don't be afraid to use me as your muse; I've been told that I'm very 'musing, you know....

 
At March 02, 2007 10:34 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Aw Steve - when are you going to start insulting me, eh? You're too nice - I'm going to start thinking you don't like me soon! :-D

 
At March 02, 2007 10:36 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Know what they mean, Chieftain - you're very 'musin'... that's why I come hang out at your blog when I need a cheer-up!

I'm giving myself a visiting time tomorrow, so I'll come see you!

 
At March 03, 2007 2:50 am, Blogger "Angeldust" said...

Have I ever been at this blog?
Donno!?
Got to come back, and take good look at last post pics too.
Awesome composition.

Big hug - have a great weekend

 
At March 03, 2007 11:34 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Back home from my op now and only just got the chance to get back on the PC, so didn't get the chance to wish you luck and say how much I will miss your beautiful photos and your musings.

Good Luck Honey - see you around, can't wait to read the book. xx

 
At March 03, 2007 1:39 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks Akelamalu! I've just been round to your place too, wondering how your op was going!

I'm posting one of my new pictures each day in the sidebar (in the NaNoWriMo section near the top) so I've not gone altogether! :-)

 
At March 03, 2007 3:14 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Never, ever, ever would I feel put off by such a stellar early-going word total. You're kicking tush and taking names on NaNoWriMo, Annalisa! Keep going, keep writing, keep feeling good! ft

 
At March 03, 2007 4:58 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Thanks for popping by annelisa I look forward to your pictures every day, so glad you will still be posting them. :)

 
At March 03, 2007 6:09 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

You're kicking butt too, Farris - you've got your word total each day, and I seem to remember you aren't such a fast writer? But you're doing it (boy, would I love to know what you're writing! :-) ) See you at your place later (I haven't written a word yet today!)

 
At March 03, 2007 6:12 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Akelamalu -How could I not post the kick-ass sunset I caught tonight?(3rd pic down in the NaNoWriMo box on right)

Couldn't possibly contain my excitement until April!!! :-D

 
At March 03, 2007 7:39 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

So Annelisa,
you waiting for the lunar eclypse
or watching godzilla with the kids

 
At March 03, 2007 8:15 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Well, I'm hoping it's going to stay clear enough to catch the moon show, Quasar - I seem to remember Godzilla might be ok too, so maybe both...

Oh no, can't! I haven't done any words on my novel yet today... best get my nose to the grindstone, huh?

I'll take a peek outside in just over an hour and see if anything's happening...

 
At March 03, 2007 10:30 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Annelisa, it has only been turning brown (over the past hour) should be a full eclypse in a few minutes.
Beautiful clear skies here, with bright stars all around!

 
At March 03, 2007 11:47 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks, Quasar, I've been watching it off and on from about 10 minutes before the light disappeared - doesn't the moon look just so strange without any sunlight bouncing off it?! Just brown and planet-like. I kind of like it :-)

...and oh, what a beautiful clear and crisp night (i'm taking a hot choccie out next time I go! :-) )

 
At March 04, 2007 11:40 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh Wow, stunning pictures - yet again.

 
At March 04, 2007 3:05 pm, Blogger 1 Million Love Messages said...

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Now i'm in:

http://www.1millionlovemessages.com/

Still in blogger but with new address :-)
Don't forget to change my link... thanks a lot.

Best regards from Portugal

 
At March 05, 2007 2:44 am, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Go Annelisa go!! Sending positive and peaceful vibes your way.
We'll miss you though. Hurry back.

 
At March 05, 2007 4:23 am, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Wow! Five figures already! I checked the weather satellites over Great Britain... is that plume over East Sussex coming from your smoking keyboard? ;-)

Keep going! Keep going! Keep going! ft

 
At March 05, 2007 7:50 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Ok, Thanks 1 million love messages - I'll do that later!

Morning Mimi - thanks for the vibes... there's a definate editorship sneaking in... going to have to curb that in today's writing!

Hey Farris I'll be popping over in a bit to see if that strange light over California is you setting your keyboard on fire! I'm pleased I managed to do any yesterday, as there was a lot of rushing around. Today's my youngest son's birthday, so I can expect the smoke to clear tonight... :-)

 
At March 05, 2007 11:27 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You're doing well hon.

Enjoy the little 'uns birthday.

 
At March 06, 2007 8:27 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks Akelamalu - I'm slowing right down, and struggling just a wee bit... but still getting there!

Thanks for the words of support - I need them :-)

 
At March 06, 2007 9:16 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Love the new picture.

Words will come. x

 
At March 06, 2007 11:32 am, Blogger Queenie said...

Gosh, 11877 words. You amaze me, well done. Thanks for taking time out to visit, everyone deserves some sort of parole......

 
At March 06, 2007 12:11 pm, Anonymous gledwood said...

Have I been here before? I found your blog via Dan's so it's possible. That house in shadow looks familiar. Then again it looks familiar because it looks like the kind of house I dream of as in literal nighttime dreaming and the kind of house (without being ridiculously multimillionaire daydream extravagant) I'd like to live in would be a double-fronted vicarage or manorhouse type building with atticks and cellars and lovely bay windows. I do love your photos ... You must come see my blog by the way! it's at gledwood2.blogspot. It's very different from yours -- it's a secret diary blog that I update daily (OK at NEARLY daily) even if it kills me. You're welcome to drop by. All the best 2u from

Gledwood

 
At March 06, 2007 2:50 pm, Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
I hope you feel well and happy!
Peace and Love to you!
P.S.
I put video on my blog.

 
At March 06, 2007 5:13 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

You're 20 percent there! Go go go go go! You can do it! ft

 
At March 06, 2007 10:59 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Absolutely shattered, but a grand three thousand words today! Yay!

Hey, Akelamalu - thanks for the cheer. I take a bow :-D

Hello again Queenie - I must admit, I feel a bit bad, as I was going to visit today, but I'm so exhausted that I'm going to have to skip visits today, but hopefully tomorrow...

Gledwood - yep, you've been here before... and I came back to yours, and I think mentioned my daughter's chinese hamsters (or was it russian?) which escaped, we couldn't find, and turned up in my daughter's bed in the morning. :-)

Hiya Kyrystyna - well done you! That's a major achievment! :-)

Farris - how about tonight's total, eh? Couldn't stop writing!! Might be rubbish, but it's words.... :-D

 
At March 07, 2007 11:24 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

3604 words yesterday - well done you!

 
At March 07, 2007 7:23 pm, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

3604!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

awesome!!!!!!

A_N_N_E_L_I_S_A!!!!!!!!!!

 
At March 07, 2007 10:01 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

So where's Annelisa gone,
furiously typing a book
got no time to take a look
got no time to eat or cook
furiously working on her book?

 
At March 07, 2007 11:34 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks Akelamalu - tonight was a hard, hard slog! I really thought I wasn't going to manage more than the couple of hundred words I'd written earlier when I came back from work, and was about to throw in the towel for the day, and turn off the pc, when it suddenly gushed... I got my word count! :-D

Mystic! Good to see ya, girl! I can just see you doing one of your dramatic dances...and suddenly you're holding pom-poms and transformed into a cheerleader!

I'm here, Quasar- honest! I'm just all inside me, instead of on the page! Well, I'm on lots of pages... but they're other pages... on another unseen blog :-) One day, maybe they will be revealed... if they improve a whole lot more than they are already! And... if I get a better storyline...and characters... and stop writing such drivel!! :-D

Oh, hang on a minute - that's what I'm supposed to be doing - it's a NaNoWriMo - it's compulsory to be rubbish! So, I'm ok then! I'll visit soon - but not tonight. I was walking the dogs at six this morning, and it's a long day!

Night night!

 
At March 07, 2007 11:35 pm, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Best of luck with your project.

 
At March 08, 2007 7:48 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks Kilroy - appreciated!

 
At March 08, 2007 10:21 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Keep it up annelisa you're doing so well. There's bound to be off days - there is in everything (I know!).

quasar - love the poem. :)

 
At March 08, 2007 3:33 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

I see you've captured the actual plume of keyboard smoke in your March 5 photo... I hope the East Sussex fire department wasn't overtaxed... ;-)

Way over 17k? Wow... keep up that momentum! ft

 
At March 08, 2007 9:56 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yeah, you're right, Akelamalu - always off days, and always better days too (luckily, today was one of the latter - little imps of characters decided to ditch my plot, and make up one of their own! And it was better than mine, darn it!)

Quasar's poems are always great - cos they're straight off the cuff, and from the heart!!

Farris, me ol' writin' buddy! Yep, that was the heat rising from the computer keys... Just had to get a new keyboard that wasn't welded to the table!

Tonight's total hasn't quite finished yet - was just taking a quick break, but I'm back on it now! :-)

 
At March 08, 2007 10:12 pm, Blogger Dave said...

Don't be afraid to take a break and post a "0 words" day every now and then. You're keeping quite a pace! Great photos, bye the way.

 
At March 08, 2007 11:15 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Well Done Annelisa! :)

 
At March 09, 2007 5:31 am, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Hi AE girlfriend.....thought I'd interrupt your train of thought for a nice cuppa tea.....a little sit down.....maybe another piece of that cake.....and a fish (for my kitty friend....) Sorry I haven't written back....I believe it was Dickens who said, "It was the worst of times and it was the best of times..." which means, I believe: this really sucks, but I'm trying to think positively.........thank you for visiting me...haven't felt much like commenting on comments.....i'm doing well just to post......no poems......i think the waves are just a bit too rough at the moment......rdkitty girl needs to go put on her wetsuit.......looks like she might take a tumble........!!!

love ya, hope (well actually, it appears it is) going well.......but miss you anyway. btw: do you know the name of Water Baby's blog??? I'm trying to find it and I can't..........

xxx
rdkitty

 
At March 09, 2007 8:08 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning Dave - thanks for stopping by, and for your words of wisdom.

Unfortunately, at the moment, I'm like a person possessed - I can't help myself - all I want to do is write!! It's like I've been surpressing it all my life, and it's coming out now (in the form of a crappy story, admittedly, but it's pouring out anyhow! :-) )

I thought I would've had a couple of zero days by now, but the writer in me that's always being shoved down, won't be shoved down just now. I'm determined to put an ending to a novel, for once in my life!! But there's a lot to be said before the end, unfortunately, so that has to be writ first! :-D

 
At March 09, 2007 8:11 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Katie - Thanks sweetie!

 
At March 09, 2007 8:17 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning, Kitty - Fair enough, put on the wetsuit... if you need one, you need one! Anything that helps.

But just make sure you keep getting back on that board, and keep riding them there waves, Kitty! Apparently it gets easier the more you do it...You've already got the hang of it, now you just need to learn a few moves to stay on when you would have fallen off before. You can do it!

Would you like another cuppa before you get back out in those rough waters again? Come back when you need warming up again...:-)

 
At March 09, 2007 10:48 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

It's great that you have the drive to write,write, write. As Dave says don't feel guilty about taking a break though - the way you're going you deserve it. :)

Your camera is still working well for you hon.

 
At March 09, 2007 11:04 pm, Anonymous krystyna said...

Hi Annalisa!
There is a Big traffic on your sweet blog home!
I spend great time here watching yor great photos.
Have a great happy weekendtime!

 
At March 10, 2007 9:08 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning Akelamalu - Oh, you would have loved this morning's sunrise! (pictures later) - I woke up suddenly, and just knew I had to get up and get out as quickly as I could... and was out in the forest by 6am, just in time to catch a beauty of a sunrise through the trees. I'm afraid the dogs didn't get a lot of walking, as I was pretty much transfixed in various beauty spots all the way round!

And a good morning to you too Krystyna... only seems a lot of traffic because I'm stuck on one post! I daren't do another, in case it opens the door for me, and I can't resist getting into it again... and I'm determined to keep at this novel-lark...it's fun, exciting and novel (ha ha!). Have a great weekend yourself! As I said - a sunrise photo later today! :-)

 
At March 10, 2007 11:00 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Annelisa I was in the forest with you reading that. Can't wait to see the photo.

Re the writing - All power to your elbow gal.

 
At March 10, 2007 11:50 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello - still offline. Will catch up soon I hope x

 
At March 10, 2007 4:12 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Photos are up, Akelamalu! I've made an extra post for them, as there were loads and loads... I had to just pick a few in the end...

Oh, Topchamp - when I saw your name there, I'd thought you were back :-( Now I'm disappointed! Aren't they supposed to have done the biz by now?!! Come on, give them what for, and get back to us :-)

 
At March 10, 2007 6:01 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh my, they were worth getting up and about for - absolutely stunning!

You're almost halfway there according to the wordcount!

 
At March 10, 2007 6:10 pm, Blogger 1 Million Love Messages said...

Hi annelisa... thanks for your visit and support to 1 Million Love Messages. I'll be waiting for your message :-)

 
At March 10, 2007 9:00 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Almost, Akelamalu - I'm there! Yahay, half way! But now I'm so shattered my nose is tapping this out on the keyboard as it bounces up and down in it's sleep! :-)

1 million Love messages - I shall think of one... maybe when I'm not so brain-dead! Your icon thingy is in the side=bar now... I hope you get your million messages - it's such a lovely idea!

 
At March 10, 2007 9:20 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Past the halfway point, and you're only at Day 10! Whoo-hoo! It's all acceleration from here... ft

 
At March 10, 2007 11:15 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I love popping in here for a break and looking at your photos! Some truly beautiful shots Annelisa!

Youuuuuu caaaaaannnn dooooo it! :)
We are all cheering for you Sweetie!

 
At March 11, 2007 8:44 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

You know what it is, Farris? I can't stop the characters yak yak yakking, and it all goes down... haven't actually got very far with the story, because all they want to do is talk...all talk, no action!!

I think I'll give them a kick up the butt today, and see if I can get some movement in! :-)

Morning Katie! Yes, we've had some lovely sunrises and sunsets lately (can we blame global warming for that too?) and that seems to be the time, strangely :-), that I'm out and about. Still, most of the pictures are taken when I'm actually doing something else, like taking and fetching the kids somewhere, walking the dogs, or even walking round work!

Thanks for the cheer (I literally heard it all the way over here! :-D )

 
At March 11, 2007 11:02 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Wahey over half way there. Go gal, go gal, go annelisa go!

 
At March 11, 2007 1:11 pm, Blogger Twilight said...

Hi Annelisa!

Thank you for your encouraging words. They mean a lot to me -- especially new in this blog world.

I wish you success and inspiration to writing your novel. Let us know when this shall be published. Looking forward to reading your book.

In the meantime, I shall miss reading your blog and enjoying your lovely photos. I like the lyrics and music of the song. Thank you.

 
At March 11, 2007 10:17 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Akelamalu - I so appreciate your support - I should've sent you a couple of pom-poms (or whatever they call those things) and a mini-skirt, so you could do the full cheerleader dance! :-D

Thanks!

Twilight - What lovely things you say! Can you possibly miss my ramblings? :-D But, you know, I couldn't stay away completely, so I just have to post something - luckily there's thousands of megabytes of photos on my computer, so I'll not run short of them, even if my words are in short supply!

Thanks for visiting. I'm sure Mother of Invention will be very happy to hear you like her song - I think it's gorgeous as well!

 
At March 12, 2007 7:05 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Good luck annelisa! Keep it up, you're doing really great! =D We shall be waiting excitedly for your return. Hopefully your March 30th post will be all caps shouting I DID IT!

=D

Congratulations! You are performing a marvelous feat which not many can do. =)

*gives a slap on your back, and hugs you tightly* =D

 
At March 12, 2007 10:40 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm practising without the pom poms at the moment.

Beautiful, beautiful photographs and you do realise that you've less words to write than you've actually written don't you? Keep it up gal. :)

 
At March 12, 2007 2:23 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Err! is it the reflection?. I just enjoy your pics annelisa. March 2nd stunning...

 
At March 12, 2007 2:23 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Err! is it the reflection?. I just enjoy your pics annelisa. March 2nd stunning...

 
At March 12, 2007 11:43 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOW! I´m deeply impressed! (and more impressed because you found time to stop by my blog. Thanks so much for your kind wishes! Helps a lot) - WOW! WOW! I´m sure you´ll make it. Love the pictures, too, especially March 9th and 5th - by the way: Happy belated Birthday to your son. I´m sorry I missed it!

xoXOxo,
San

 
At March 13, 2007 10:28 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh Wow yesterdays photo is spectacular hon and look at your word count! There's no stopping you! :)

 
At March 13, 2007 6:11 pm, Blogger Giuliano88 said...

wow, your skies are very beautiful!.
compliments for all

 
At March 14, 2007 8:03 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Apologies to everyone for not answering sooner - I'm experiencing major overload - you know, with steam coming out my ears, my eyes spinning on stalks and body going into hyperload!

Seriously, I don't think I've felt this exhausted since before they started treating me for my hypothyroidism :-(


FK!!! - So lovely to see you again! I thought you'd disappeared from the face of the blogosphere!

Thanks for your words of encouragement - means a lot from an old pro like yourself! Thanks for the hugs - that's what's keeping me going right now!

Akelamalu - nice high kick you're doing, with your gammy leg! Thanks for your ongoing cheerleading - it means a lot to me!

Queenie- Am I seeing double? Yes, I loved that pic... I've got a whole set of them, from different angles - boy was it difficult picking just one!

Sanni, sweetie, I hope you're feeling a bit better, and the healthy vibes are helping! :-)

You'll never know how difficult it is discarding all the rest of photos being taken, and putting only one up!

(and thanks - I'll pass on your birthday message to my new teenager! :-))

...and Akelamalu, back again... oh dear, was it that long since I've checked the mailbox? Sorry, sweetie. But, please know that I really, really appreciate your visits! Thank you!

Guiliano - Are you back from wherever you went? I see you haven't been posting recently, I hope everything's ok?!

Thanks for the compliments! :-)

 
At March 14, 2007 1:06 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You managad 1270 words and a school trip?????????? What a star!

Love the photo - don't let the batteries run out in your camera will you, I'd so miss my daily fix!

 
At March 14, 2007 10:45 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! Go, girl, go *shaking her pompons* Give me an A, Give me an N, Give me an N, Give me an E, Give me an L,Give me an I, Give me an S, Give me an A! What´s the word? A-N-N-E-L-I-S-A! Wooooooooo!!!

 
At March 15, 2007 7:59 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yeah, the school trip was a killer, Akelamalu, but I'm still here, and still just about typing...and my finger on the clicker's still working (again, just about :-) )

Morning Sanni, Yay! Great dancin' girl! Thanks for the rah rah rah! I'm lapping it up and turning the energy to the page...

I Tell ya,guys, I'm really slowing down (I know the word count doesn't look like it, but every word is dragged out and shoved onto the page... they keep jumping off again, as I sweep big stretches of rubbish off (which you're not supposed to be doing in NaNoWriMo - the internal editor's supposed to be off, but I'm having trouble keeping it off :-( )

Still, see my word-count? Yahay! Getting there!

 
At March 15, 2007 10:38 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Super photo hon. You're still going strong with the word count. It's bound to get harder the closer you get to the end. It's like losing that last 1/2 lb when you're on a diet! Keep going we're all with you. :)

 
At March 15, 2007 1:56 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Nearly two-thirds of the way there, Annalisa! Awesome!

And don't let the seemingly slowing pace get you down... just keep slogging, keep moving, and all will come together wonderfully!

Stay down, Internal Editor! (grabbing hammer, followed by thump thump thump sound...) ft

 
At March 15, 2007 3:10 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Hi girlfriend AE!!

Thank you for....EVERYTHING!! Write me! Now it's my turn to worry......

I love watching your word meter creep towards your final goal - You're awesome!

And thank you for the comment....even a surfing, wetsuited kitty cat needs to take a break every now and then....just to curl up by a fire and sleep!

rdkitty

 
At March 15, 2007 3:37 pm, Blogger Dan said...

Come back. Come back. You are missed! :(

These photos are awesome. Wonderful lighting.

 
At March 15, 2007 4:21 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

That's it, Akelamalu!!That's what it is - the last 1/2 pound! It always plateaus before you reach your target, doesn't it...Oh, that's made me feel a whole lot lighter... Thanks sweetie!

Farris, Old friend, I hope you're right - here, pass me that hammer, please? I could do with some of that editor bashing myself! :-)

ooo, got to go... will be back to catch up with you Kitty and Dan in a bit! (it's my rushing round day, so I'm in and out the house all the time, but not stopped for long!

 
At March 15, 2007 4:56 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

I'll write, Kitty - I even sent your email onto my workplace today, but didn't have a break to answer it! :-( Soon...soon...

The word-count meter is a great motivator, believe me - when I'm struggling, I chuck one of the kids off for a moment, and just admire it in its fullness :-D Kids are getting used to that now...

Sleep? Ah... sleeeeepppp... yes, sleep...goood...

(oh, I wish!)

Aw, Dan, ya miss me? I feel so loved! :-)

I've got such a huge lot of photos I'm not putting up, hopefully you'll enjoy a big whack of them when I've officially become a novelist after the end of the month!

 
At March 15, 2007 6:32 pm, Blogger Dave said...

The way you are going, I think you will officially become a novelist quite a while before the end of the month. What a pace!

I'm stopping by every day to see the lovely shutterwork even if I don't say hi. Great stuff!

~Dave

 
At March 15, 2007 9:30 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

That's a really lovely thing to say, Dave- it's nice you're stopping by, even though I'm being a blogging socio-under-presence!

And it's even nicer you said hello, so I know you were here... the equivalent to leaving a message on an answerphone when someone's not in?

Although the novel's 33000+ words in, I'm still struggling with the characters actually carrying out the actions I'd planned them to do, so have fallen behind with moving the story towards a conclusion...

I'm going to have to come up with something ingenious to kick them out of their apathy tomorrow... maybe I'll get them all to wear red noses for 'Red Nose Day'!! Yeah, they look brighter and livlier already! :-D

 
At March 15, 2007 11:41 pm, Blogger madd said...

Just stopped by to say Hi and hope you are doing well in you writing..thanks for the funny you sent me..loved it, looking forward to getting a look at your work..as I am following along with the sidebar..lol you are too funny..take care and keep writing..love ya..m

 
At March 16, 2007 9:44 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Hi there Annelisa! Just a quick hello and hug! Your photos are fabulous as always!

 
At March 16, 2007 10:54 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

1260 words - that's a few ounces off that last 1/2 lb! Keep it coming and the photos - love it. Here have a hug!

 
At March 17, 2007 10:05 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello - Are you just seeing how long you can continue collecting comments for before blogger gives up and collapses????? It's taken me about 3 minutes just to get through some of the comments before giving up and scrolling to the bottom!

Anyway - still not online but have been shouting at internet providers. Not actually helping but makes me feel better.

What do you think I'd spend a spare £50 on...? (I'll give you a clue: My head hurts today and I'm very thirsty)

Hope you're doing ok. Weird not seeing pics and bits about what you're up to but it's not for too much longer now. Want to keep rambling but must dash. See you soon x

 
At March 17, 2007 11:19 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Hi honey, you deserve a day off even if it's to do housework. That picture looks quite ethereal, I like it.

 
At March 18, 2007 1:28 am, Blogger "Angeldust" said...

I know the feeling sweetie - I am up to eyeballs and still can't leave this (blogging thing :)) alone .

Hope all is going g well.
Thinking about you - love and hugs!

 
At March 18, 2007 1:29 am, Blogger "Angeldust" said...

PS
Some Awesome pics you got up here...

 
At March 18, 2007 11:25 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

love the new picture!

 
At March 18, 2007 1:00 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi there Topchamp - great to see you again, even if not officially back (especially as not officially back!) Can I shout at your providers along with you? As you say, it might not help, but I think I'd enjoy it!

If you press ctrl and End together, it'll take you all the way to the bottom without having to scroll :-D

Sounds like your head, though now hurting and dehydrated, knows what's best for it! :-)

Pics still going up - slowly- and there's snippets of what I'm up to in all the comments... like for instance, putting my feet up today, being mother's day 'n all, having had breakfast in bed (yay!!!)... soon on to visit my mum in the home, and give her a hug...


Hello Akelamalu - I think I've done more housework in the last few days, avoiding writing, than I have in the last year! :-) Yesterday, I went to visit my sister, so word count was pitifully low (but there was still one, so I'll give my self a wee pat on the back for that!) I'll put up the picture I took on top of her Sainsbury's carpark next! :-D

Good Morning, Angeldust - sorry I haven't visited lately... I'm going get my wagon out and come visiting as many friends as I can later today...

Glad you like the photos! :-)

Thanks Katie - that one was taken back at the beginning of the month, I think maybe even from the 1st, when I had all those gorgeous sunrise pictures, so didn't post a lot of the other ones... hopefully, I'll get round to them later!

 
At March 18, 2007 2:51 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Happy Mother's Day Annelisa, it's good you're taking a break from writing and housework - today us Mums can do what we like! Enjoy!

 
At March 18, 2007 11:26 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

And Happy Mother's Day to you too, Akelamalu!!! Hope you've had a good day and put your feet up!!

 
At March 19, 2007 11:33 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

My feet are up more than they're down at the moment but thanks for the sentiment! Love the new picture.

 
At March 19, 2007 2:24 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Gosh! you have been so busy since my last visit. Really proud of you. You said you would do it and my goodness your nearly there. Three cheers for annelisa, hip, hip...

 
At March 19, 2007 2:30 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Holy Schimooka! You're what, just five work days or so from the finish line? WOW!

Go go go go go! ft

 
At March 19, 2007 5:04 pm, Blogger Dave said...

Hey! I'm glad to see the "0 words" posting. Everyone needs a break now and then!

Happy Mother's Day! You gave me a bit of a scare because I thought I had forgotten to get something nice for my wife in only her second year of motherhood. A quick Google search revealed that the U.S. Mother's Day always falls on the second Sunday of May, not March. Whew! That is just the type of thing my ADD brain tends to forget!

Cheers!

 
At March 20, 2007 8:23 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning Akelamalu - well, you knew what I meant - pampering, treats, being told 'I love you mum' sort of thing... it's kinda nice at least once a year, isn't it! :-)

Good to see you Queenie - yes... absolutely determined to finish, but my goal's not really the 50000 words (though that was the first goal)- it's to actually write an ending to the novel, otherwise I suspect it will end on the heap, like all the other half-hearted efforts I've done! :-(

But, the story's moving on, so I must be getting there! :-D (Yay!)

Hiya Farris - could probably make the word count in a few days, but the novel wouldn't be finished. I'm going for the end of the novel by the end of the month now... that's more important to me than numbers :-) (though, without the number counting, I definately wouldn't have got this far!! I'll be over to yours later to see how your novel's doing! :-) )

Thanks for stopping by Dave - and thanks for saying that about having a zero count now and then before... that's what enabled me to take the break on Sunday. I've been pushing myself quite hard, knowing it's only going to be a month, but I worry that if I take a break I'll stop. I needed you to say that to take a pause!!

Ha Ha! Just as well our Mother's Day is before yours - gives you a couple of months warning, huh? Don't suppose you'll forget it now! :-D

 
At March 20, 2007 10:53 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

I knew what you meant honey, just being flippant! Hey, you're nearly there, just another few ounces to go. That cloud, in your picture, looks like a dinosaur's head and neck!

 
At March 20, 2007 1:05 pm, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

woooohooooo...great going annelisa!!!! absolutely fantastic!!


and, wow...beautiful pics on ur sidebar!!! sunirse, sunset..what? (when u have the itme), i would like to use them in my blog.

 
At March 20, 2007 1:06 pm, Blogger Mystic Rose said...

and the number of commnets..:P!!

 
At March 20, 2007 2:41 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

I knew you knew that I knew what you meant, Akelamalu! :-D As long as you had the nice day, that's all that counts!

Yep, the pounds are falling away, and the excercise is reducing those ounces... I'm probably going to exceed my goal and get those biceps pumping to reach the ultimate goal of completing the ideas, rounding off etc... so, whatever it takes... until the end of the month...

Hey Mystic - I hear, from a little birdie, that you might be doing the NaNoWriMo come November? I hope so - you have a great style of writing, especially when telling your stories. I'm sure it would be a treat to read!

The pictures? They're on the post below (or versions of them) and can be used any time by copying the location, and putting the url in the place it says for uploading photos (if your blog has the same type of set-up), so go ahead and use them hon!! (don't forget to let me know when, so I can be sure to come and see! :-) )

The comments? Well, I have had the same post up for three weeks!! :-)

 
At March 21, 2007 4:22 am, Anonymous Twilight said...

Hi Annelisa. Thank you for your gracious words. Sorry you couldn't add more...I'd have liked these.

I enjoy your fresh posting on photo 20th instant -- dashes of red in the snow-covered branches...hope you have better days ahead in your writing. Best wishes.

 
At March 21, 2007 4:22 am, Anonymous Twilight said...

Hi Annelisa. Thank you for your gracious words. Sorry you couldn't add more...I'd have liked these.

I enjoy your fresh posting on photo 20th instant -- dashes of red in the snow-covered branches...hope you have better days ahead in your writing. Best wishes.

 
At March 21, 2007 8:00 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Good morning Twilight - it was even worse than not being able to comment on the post - the comment section in the sidebar kept reducing what I wanted to say, continually coming up with the message that I had too many words, so to take some away!! Now, that's one thing I'm not very good at - deleting things I want to say, so I found it a totally frustrating exercise!

Did you recently change Blog Provider? I don't remember having any problems on your site!

 
At March 21, 2007 11:09 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Hi honey, love the snow covered bush but what happened to spring?

Ounces, ounces, keep working on the ounces they'll add up to a lot of pounds!

 
At March 21, 2007 2:32 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Cheers Annelisa!! Lovely pictures as always!! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

 
At March 21, 2007 3:24 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yeah, what happened to the spring, Akelamalu?? Went out for a walk, and it was clear... by the time I came back everything was covered in a white blanket!

I'm going to work on those ounces today - honest! :-)

Hello there Katie - still coming to see the piccies? Well, I've got plans to visit some other of your blogs at the end of the month!

 
At March 22, 2007 12:42 am, Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
Loooooong way I took to say you
CONGRATULATIONS!

 
At March 22, 2007 1:32 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Oh annelisa what a truly beautiful picture - I wish I had your talent for photography! Just a few more ounces honey - flex those fingers!

 
At March 23, 2007 7:31 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yes, nearly at the 50000, Krysyna, but unfortunately I still have a way to go to finish the book - I'm going to make a hard push to do some more chapters this weekend (I've been aiming at one chapter a day up until now), so it can be finished by next Saturday!

It's not my fingers that's aching, Akelamalu!! Believe it or not, I'm having trouble getting in and out the car, because my backside's siezed-up. I ache down my back, and in my hips, so much I can hardly walk when I stand... As well as my morning walk, I've had to start exercising gently to counteract the effects of sitting on my bum so long every day!! :-D

 
At March 23, 2007 11:34 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Well, you are doing great Annelisa!

I fed Randolf for you so no worries!
He's quite amusing! I have a kitty and a wolf in my kaleidoscope .

I enjoyed all the pictures!!! Thank you!

 
At March 23, 2007 11:39 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

I can believe it Annelisa, I'm the same on the computer all day! Still you're doing really well, keep going - jiggle that botty!
Is that the Munster's House in the picture?

 
At March 23, 2007 12:15 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Have a great weekend, and write, write, write. :)

 
At March 23, 2007 2:12 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Hi there, just checking your ok.
Regarding the ending, hope its not 'The Never Ending Story'lol told you i'm rubbish with jokes.
You take care now, speak soon.....

 
At March 23, 2007 5:41 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Annelisa girlfriend!!

Let me count me fingers:

working mom,
writer of first novel,
keeps up with blogs and comments,
answers 135 and counting well wishers here on own post...
photographer extraordinare...

Are you really SUPERGIRL until that pretty green tinsel????

Love U!

rdkitty / mules

(maybe some hay might be appropriate....?)

 
At March 24, 2007 8:41 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Thanks for feeding Randolf, Katie - I think he would have starved without your ministrations! :-D My daughter actually sometimes comes on this blog just to feed him - I think she worries that I don't give him enough attention, but I'm actually teaching him some nifty tricks - my favourite is to give him the banana in the very bottom left corner, and watch him slide across the floor!

Have your kitty and wolf got names?

 
At March 24, 2007 8:44 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning Akelamalu! Believe me, I'm jiggling! When I walk, I stretch the muscles as much as possible (that there are a lot of hills helps that), and when I'm stuck in the car for a couple of hours (like last night taking the kids to their dad's) - I do bottom squeezes... still killing me though - just not used to sitting so much, I guess. Or it could be when I'm writing, I'm so still that my backside freezes - let's just hope the wind doesn't change and it stays like that!! :-D

 
At March 24, 2007 8:53 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hiya Brian - haven't seen you in a while... must come over and see what you've been up to lately! Have a good weekend yourself!

lolofl Queenie!! I thought that was real funny! And have you seen the film(s) of that name? They really don't end, you know :-)

But, you're closer to the mark than I'm happy with, so I'm going to try and push for a conclusion Thursday... that gives a couple of days clear to pull my hair (what little there is) out if it isn't where I want it to go!

Kitty, me ol' friend! Loved the way you said 'first' novel! But I do think I've got the bug now... so I'd better work out how to put paid to the seating problem, hadn't I? Wouldn't do to not be able to even walk to the forest and take my pics, now, would it!

Don't forget an abundance of the above comments are mine... maybe I should have done a seperate comment in answer to each comment, and gone for a world record :-D

See you've changed from a kitty into a mule - is this you digging in your heels and becoming more stubborn? I'm trying to imagine a surfing donkey, and I'm getting a picture of front feet on one board, and back on another...going in different directions... could be tricky... but interesting!!! :-D

Am I going to need to change all my kitty food into mule-food?

 
At March 24, 2007 9:36 am, Blogger mystic rose said...

wowwwwieee!!!

 
At March 24, 2007 12:40 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

My Wolf is Sunrise and my kitty is La Minx. They do not do quite as many tricks as your monkey. I have to confess though - I made him go through his paces! My boyfriend's name is Randolph! ;) That amused me greatly!

I see you are heading into the back stretch! Fabulous! :)
CHEERS!

 
At March 24, 2007 12:47 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Less than 500 words to go - what a star!

It'll be worth that numb bum! Jiggle, jiggle, stretch, squeeze....

 
At March 24, 2007 2:55 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! 468!!! You rock! =)

 
At March 24, 2007 7:08 pm, Blogger Dave said...

See! I knew you would get to 50,000 words with quite a bit of month left. I see that you've dealt with that problem by simply tacking another 10,000 words to your goal. Well, as long as those are good words, I say go for it!

Congrats on the milestone and remember to give that keester a rest every now and then. Cheers!

~Dave

 
At March 24, 2007 8:53 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Too darn right, Mystic - you can't see me grinnin', but I'm grinnin' all right!! :-D Yeeehaaaar!

Hopefully I'll get to the end of the novel before I start actually celebrating!

Katie - aren't you a sweetheart, stopping by so often! It warms the cockles of me heart, so it does! Thank you!

Ha! Love it about Randolf and your boyfriend! - I hope you bait him about it all the time...bet you do!! :-D

Yep, on the last stretch now...

Hit the 50000 this morning - and what a moment that was! (Actually, if I'm totally honest, it wasn't until I'd almost finished the three and a bit pages I realised I'd zoomed past the finishing line without even waving! But, I've been waving ever since. And whooping uncontrollably. And grinning so my face is aching almost as much as my bum!! :-D )

Sanni! Good to see you - hope you feel a whole lot better now! I didn't manage to get round to everyone when I was visiting yesterday - just hopped from blog to blog (fun, isn't it!), but I had you in mind to visit... simply fell asleep at 9pm, so found it physically impossible :-(

You were right, Dave - I reached the wordcount target way before the deadline. Thing is, though, I'm still a way off finishing the story. There was never a doubt that I could spew out 50000 (Ok, there was, but I knew I could blag it if I had to! :-) ), but there's still a big doubt whether I can round the story off to my satisfaction. Can't just write 'The End' with all the characters up in the air, can I? (tempting though it is now I've reached the wordcount goal...) I added the extra 10000, because I reckon that's roughly how many it's going to take to sew it all up (I hope so, anyhow - any more, and my butt's going to be glued to this chair!! :-S )

I hear you about the rest - I'm out tomorrow celebrating my sister's birthday, so hopefully that counts. There's only another week (did I say 'only'?) and then it's all over, one way or the other. So, I'm going to aim high, graft hard and get the job done!

Thanks for your kind words and support!

 
At March 24, 2007 9:22 pm, Blogger M. Shahin said...

Hiya Annelisa!

I'm on spring break from college, and I've been visiting everyone's blogs. Sorry it took me so long to get over here - had no idea you were working on a novel. From the word count you've been tracking, it looks like you have been going pretty steady. Hoping you are going to finish my the end of March. Wishing you the best. I tried for a novel some months ago, but I didn't have enough dedication to finish it. I think it is great you have kept at it for almost an entire month.

Hope you will share some excerpts with us in the future :)

Best to you and all the word power in the world!

 
At March 24, 2007 10:33 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

M. Shahin - where've you been! I've tried leaving messages on your blog, but it stopped accepting some time ago - I've been wondering how you are! I didn't realise you were at college - that explains a lot... but I have to say, it's so good to hear from you again!

The novel? Pah! It's nothing! Why, just a little something I knocked up in my lunch break....

Ha, ha, ha! :-D

 
At March 25, 2007 2:34 am, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Whoo-hoo!!!!!>

So, so proud of you, Annelisa!

To think of where you were one short month ago with the NaNoWriMo thing-- wondering if it was even possible, fearing failure, nervous about starting but raring to go -- and here you are, crossing the 50,000-word mark without even stopping to look for the checkered flag!

A big, big congratulations to you! Whether or not you come up with the socko ending you'd like, and whether or not you ever even look at what you've called the "world's most unreadable novel" again, you've already scored a great personal victory... and that's something that can never be taken from you!

Can't wait for a shot at reading what you've written, my friend. But only when you feel the time is right, of course... here's to you, and here's to the next challenge: editing!

ft

 
At March 25, 2007 7:08 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

OH MY GOSH! What an accomplishment annelisa! Hats off to you! Congratulations!

YOU HIT 50 000 WORDS! And challenging yourself to go beyond that and wrap up the story.

Now's my turn to ask "How did you do it?" =O

So so proud of you! Now we can finally welcome you to the legions of NaNoWriMo winners! =D

Of course, there's the very heavy editing to do but let's not talk about that now, shall we? ;) Finishing your novel is now your utmost priority. Now go and finish it! You have 6 days left. ;) At least you can relax a little as you reached your goal.

Too bad I won't be around on the last day of March to give you a pat on the back as I have to go off somewhere. So here's an advanced big hug!

HUG! =D

Now that's a mighty accomplishment you have made. ;)

 
At March 25, 2007 12:09 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Congratulations!!!! :)

 
At March 25, 2007 1:30 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You did it and have now decided to push the boundaries! Well done honey!
Can't believe the colour of that sky - it's fantastic.

 
At March 26, 2007 10:56 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You're allowed to go out gallavanting because you are doing so well!

 
At March 26, 2007 12:13 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I hope that you are having a great day Annelisa!

Randolph laughed about the monkey! ;)

 
At March 26, 2007 2:13 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

It seems a million years ago, Farris when we started this adventure... and so much has happened in our characters' lives you feel like you've lived it with them! Phew!

Editing? Editing? What editing? Ha ha ha! You think such work of brilliance should be altered in the tiniest bit??? :-D

Ok, Ok, I admit a whole re-write probably wouldn't do any harm... it'd be great if true genius had popped out on the page and it was just perfect right off, wouldn't it!

But, editing's the thing that happens after the end, so best get there first!

Well done on your own passing the 40000 mark - final lap now!!

FK - You ask how I did it??? When you, a teenager in the throes of study manage to do it last November!! That was something I was so blown away by... part of my inspiration to do this now... if you could do it, surely I could, sort of thing :-)

Thanks for the hug... I will have to pop over to yours to find out where you're off to - will stop by later if I can! Hope it's somewhere good, and you enjoy it!

(((Hugs back)))

Katie - thanks for the congrats, and also for making me smile imagining you going out with Randolph...Guess you have a swinging time together! (groan!) :-)

Akelamalu - you're an absolute star, sweetheart! You've been by to cheer me on just about every day, and don't think I don't appreciate it!!! Thank you. Thank you loads - for being there!! You've been wonderful!

 
At March 26, 2007 2:14 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

...and Akelamalu? You still are!!!

 
At March 26, 2007 4:58 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You're the star honey, keep going! (((hug)))

 
At March 26, 2007 10:55 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello - tried control end - it's like magic!

I didn't want to skip straight to write a comment though, as you're using this almost like a blog while you're doin your novel thang.

Speaking of which - WOW. That's a lot of words. It's something I can't imagine having the inspiration or willpower to do. So I'm impressed... Is the end in sight? I can't tell from comments whether you now have a definite target that you've extended, or whether you're just going on now til it ends naturally?

 
At March 26, 2007 11:46 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! I´m unutterable impressed!

 
At March 27, 2007 11:03 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

haha... Last night I said "Hi Monkey!" to my boyfriend. He thought that was funny!

Write on!!!!

 
At March 27, 2007 1:52 pm, Anonymous Brian said...

Aren't you done yet???? You've had almost an entire month! You can type standing up you know. ;)

Hope all is well, and the editing and rewriting is proceeding at a torrid pace.

 
At March 27, 2007 3:58 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

AE girlfriend,

This journey of yours has been so inspiring....and a metaphor for all sorts of journeys we embark upon!

And I see me fire there.....just waiting for a nice curl up after my yummy dinner set out for me......

Just wanted to give you a 'shout out' and let you know you're in my thoughts.

xxx hugs
rdkitty

 
At March 27, 2007 4:00 pm, Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Oh and I forgot to add that I am thinking about posting your dreamy field photo tomorrow on my blog as a part of my blog theivary.....I hope it is ok....I'll make sure to link you!

thanks girlfriend!
xoxo

 
At March 28, 2007 10:54 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Have a fabulous Day!

 
At March 28, 2007 10:58 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

You're doing so well honey, don't apologise. Absolutely adore yesterday's photo.

 
At March 28, 2007 8:46 pm, Anonymous Rose Dewy Knickers said...

Does the person who leaves comment 200 get a signed copy of your book?

Love all the pictures and updates.

Rose

xo

 
At March 29, 2007 2:41 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi folks - have woken in the middle of the night, and can't get back to sleep, so I'm sitting here with a hot choccie, hoping that my brain will switch off again.

Unfortunately, I'm not doing anything so wonderful as writing the ending for my novel in my head. That particular project is having difficulty finding space in the day to be completed - typical, isn't it, that the last week of the NaNoWriMo is the one where I haven't managed to sit down longer than an hour or two all week! Oh well... Still got 3 days (including tomorrow, Thursday) I'll have to do some massive writing on Friday and Saturday, in between visiting my mum and Julia...

Anyway, figured - if I'm up and sitting here, might as well look at the blog, eh? (subconscious pull?)

Akelamalu - Thank you, thank you, for all your encouraging words and hugs - I'd like to come right over and give you a big hug back, for your friendship and the cheers and high kicks that are spurring me on!

Topchamp - Useful little things, these shortcuts, aren't they! :-)

It hadn't occurred to me I'm still blogging, but on the quiet! :-D You're right though - I am... sneaky, huh?

I've never been short of words (well, not often, anyhow :-) ) - it's moulding them into a semblence of something meaningful I have problems with sometimes. Is the end in sight? Hmmmm, it was, but through the exhaustion of the last few days, it's eluding me at the moment. Sometimes I see it, other times I just don't! I might just write the ending, and come back and fill in the last few chapters! I'll see how it goes over the next few days.

Thanks Sanni! (I'll be more impressed if I can finish this darn thing! :-) )

Well, Katie - did you think of your own position here? You are going out with a monkey!!! :-D

Now, Brian - you are a cheeky monkey!! :-D Editing and re-writing?????? You have to be kidding! I'm still working towards the oh-so-brilliant (not!) ending... we have yet to see whether it's worth editing and rewriting...I haven't read it yet, so I don't know :-D

Ah, Kitty - I'm glad you came off the surfboard to take some time in the comfort zone of food and warmth ... must admit, that fire looks nice, but it's the cake that gets me every time I pass it! :-)

Yes, it's been, and still is, one heck of a journey. I've gone through such a range of feelings about it. At the moment I hate it, because I want to be able to finish, but as I suspected, my weakness lies not with the beginning, or the flow of the middle, but with letting go. I don't want to finish it, because then it will be over (aha!! I knew there was a reason for being up at this time of night - it was to reach this conclusion!!! That was an idea that never occurred to me before!!! Thanks Kitty!!! :-) )

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, sweetheart - it's good to know you're still here. I'm going to save visiting for a couple of days, and concentrate on putting an ending to the beginning. After all, even the best of journies come to an end sometimes, else when do we get to look back over them with a stupid grin on our face and say, "I was there!"

Ooo, and thanks for wanting to use my photo - I'll stop by and look!!

Katie and Akelamalu - thanks for stopping by again, even though I haven't managed to show my face the last day or so! (((hugs)))

Rose!! Your name has become part of your name! Not using your pen name alone now - cool! I think I'd like to call you by your real name, if that's alright, Rose? I like the name, and I also like that you are using it...

It's lovely you stopped by, Rose. I'm wondering if I will reach the 200th comment by Saturday - it's certainly getting there, isn't it!! :-D I think, whoever takes that long to reach the end of the comments will deserve the signed copy (or perhaps that's the cruelty I should reserve for those who don't visit :-D )

Anyway, good to see you!

 
At March 29, 2007 6:44 am, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

lol.. I like monkeys Annelisa! :)

Hope every thing's going well your way! :)

 
At March 29, 2007 7:25 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yeah, monkies are kind of cute, and they have an extra limb... makes them kinda handy :-)

Have a good day, Katie!

 
At March 29, 2007 9:24 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Hey honey three days is a long time - you can do it. Don't push too hard though March is a bit like Easter in my book - a moveable feast so you can have an extra couple of days if you want!

 
At March 29, 2007 2:19 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Stunning photos again lady. Do you use a tinted lens, or are your sunsets just better than the ones we get here? take care now....

 
At March 29, 2007 3:14 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Guess you're right, Akelamalu... I want to finish by the end of the month, because I suspect that after that I'll find it really difficult to stay focussed. But it's not the end of the world if I finish Sunday, or even Monday, is it?! But... I've still got to try and aim to finish... for my own piece of mind, and cos I want to say I've written a novel in a month :-D

I might nosh that moveable feast when I'm finished though!!

Queenie - never used a tinted lens in my life! The closest I've got is to use the sun visor of the car, simply because I was looking through it as I drove along! I think it's just how it comes out on the camera. I've found that changing the angle of the picture gives totally different results - when I've finished my novel (ha ha!) experience, I'll put two pictures of the local church I took one day, at the same time - one angled more at the sky, and one more at the church... there is a fine line between it beeing a blank sky, and getting all the colours in these pics - but anyone with a digital camera can get them!!! :-)

 
At March 29, 2007 6:24 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

... and I know you´ll make it! ;)

 
At March 30, 2007 3:13 am, Blogger madd said...

Just checking in to see how it is going..have read the comments and you know there is your novella..it reads like a wonderful fun friend family conversation..if you step back and read it as such its really fun..anyway hope all is going well and you have come up with that brilliant ending you were searching for..take care..m

 
At March 30, 2007 11:08 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

149 words to go!!! Oh my you're nearly there honey - I'm rooting for ya!

 
At March 30, 2007 4:48 pm, Blogger Sanni said...

WOO-HOO! 149 words to go! I fetched my glasses because I couldn´t believe what I was looking at... but it was still the same: 149 - I didn´t miss a 0 or so! WOOOOOOO-HOOOOO!!!

 
At March 31, 2007 7:07 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Just a quick one, as I can't stop now. Thanks for your comments Sanni, Madd & Akelamalu. Had a bit of a day yesterday. Writing was fine in morning, but in afternoon I had to visit my mum, who'd had a fit (related to her vascular dementia) and couldn't get back to it. So, instead of the two final chapters I'd been planning today, I've got three (help) - catch you later, with a novel under my arm!! :-D

 
At March 31, 2007 8:56 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Sorry to hear about your mum sweetie, hope she's ok.

See you later with the novel under your arm!

That picture is spookie!

 
At March 31, 2007 9:38 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hope your ma's ok - sorry to hear about hospital trip.

 
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At March 31, 2007 9:41 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

sorry - blogger was too slow for me so I hit post comment about 43 times... and it picked up 3 of them.

 
At March 31, 2007 12:50 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Sorry about your mum Annelisa!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and the words just fly for you!
hugs!

 
At March 31, 2007 8:31 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Thanks for popping by, its so nice you call by even when your so close to the ENDING.
Think about you every day, but don't call by, cos I know your busy.
It takes an age to get to the bottom of your comment list, just show's how much we love and support you.......................

 
At March 31, 2007 11:58 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Yahay, I've finished, and by the last stroke of midnight (just) too!! First proper post in a month tomorrow evening! Yahay, yaho! yahaaa!! Yipeeeee!!!!

Akelamalu - I have my novel under my arm... yeeesssss!!! Thank you so much, sweetie, for being there for me just about every day of this last month!! You are an absolute angel, and you'll never know how much that meant to me!!

Mum's alright. Last time she cut her head and under her eye open, and had to have lots of stitches, but thank goodness she had the fit in bed this time, so no injuries.

Ha ha! Things don't improve in the comment world, TC - looks like we're back to fun and games as usual! :-)

Guess it's just as well blogger only picked up 3, though if it had picked up all 43, you could have become the 200the commenter on this post, and gotten a free copy of my most amazing novel! :-D (bet you're glad it didn't!! lol!)

Thank you, Katie - I'm having an excellent weekend, now I've got an ending down! Did you see my total for today? over seven and a half thousand words. That's about 15 pages of A4 with a font size of 12 pnts (I know, you know!. I think it's fair to say the words flew! :-)

Hi Queenie - aha, little do you know how far I still had to go at that point! Still another 6000 words, I reckon.

You won't have to worry about scrolling after tomorrow - I'm going out tomorrow, but am hoping to get a celebratory post up tomorrow night.... I could do without the scrolling too (besides which, it sure is getting boring looking at the same old post at the top every day! :-)

So, see you soon...

 
At April 02, 2007 2:49 pm, Blogger Dave said...

Congratulations on finishing your first novel. Writing a novel in a month is remarkable enough but it seems you have managed to do it without neglecting all the other things you have going on in your life. Absolutely amazing! I'll be checking for your work whenever I'm at Barne's & Noble. I'll be the first to buy it!

Don't be afraid to take a break, eh!

~Dave

 
At April 05, 2007 9:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Annelisa,its me Dana,I've written you a while ago.Congratulations on your noval!!!!!!!!!!That to has always been my dream also,as well as probably lots of other people that love to write.Me,I have a ton of half written stories,In about a half ton of notebook's.But that's what they will do for now sit and collect dust bunny's,Maybe one fine day they or at least one of them will be published???I liked that thing you said about you growing up with crafts nad things.I am raising my daughter with crafts and all sorts of Imaginative things,Of course she is very artistic her self so she can't get enough!!!SHE run's up my wallet every time we are at the craft store lol!!!yOU are so awesome Annelisa,I hope I'm half as successful as you are in a few years.I also want to tell you how much i love your photografy,It is so beautiful and pure,You really do capture nature's fantastical wisdom.They are so real that they sometime's make me cry.I wish we, [all mankind]could be as undivied,as universal,as gracious.......I hope all is well with your mother:"Mother is the name for god on the lips and hearts of all children." -The Crow.



Lots of Love,Dana.

 
At April 05, 2007 10:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-Dana,You can reach me at:Words within-Unknown poet-blog spot.com.I cannot seem to refigure out how to post on as myself?Meaning with my name,my google/blogger account won't cooperate....


Anywho,you can reach me there.

 

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