29 July 2012

Closer To The Heart

After Wednesday's discussion of encouraging responsibility, and after sharing one example of a young rap artist attempting to do so through the arts, I wanted to share one of my favorite songs.  I'm a longtime fan of the band, Rush.  They capture the message perfectly.

On The Goals and Writing Front...

*  The typing continues.  Strangely, my word count calculations were waaayy off.  I've only typed 73 of 165 written pages as of Friday night, yet have over 22k wracked up in words.  This may end up a novel after all...How about that?  :}

*  I've written my blurb and sent my images to my cover designer.  She'll turn my eclectic, hodge-podge collection into something lovely that I'll gush over.  I. Can. Not. Wait.

*  No new recipes cooked.  I'll do little but type until I finish.  It's lunch meat, PB&J, and hot dogs on the grill. 

*  I've not exercised in five days.  Unless you count finger exercises.  They do count, right?

*  Social goals - check

*  I need to type up some new Researching For Romance posts.  I've been neglectful while finishing my WIP.  I've some great topics to share, and I'll get to work after I finish this blasted typing ...and the subsequent edits that will consume my next few weeks. 

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The fabulous and talented Raelyn Barclay gifted me with two great awards!  Let's see what I can come up with to entertain...

The Sunshine Award

Is You Are My Sunshine playing in your head? Or is that just me?

  • Favorite color: I don’t really have a favorite.  I tend to favor warm colors, although my bedroom is painted 'jungle-river-green'.  It's soothing. 
  • Favorite animal: Dogs come to mind immediately - my German Shepherd is my 'Putchka'...and I could squeeze him to pieces.  :}  Birds of prey fascinate me, hawks and falcons especially.
  • Favorite number: Hmmm.  I don't think I have a favorite number...never really thought about it.  But like Raelyn, even numbers sort of seem nicer than odd ones.  Why?  Who can guess!
  • Favorite drink: As much as I love my coffee, TEA.  "Ditto"  If we're referring to alcoholic drinks, I have to go with Guinness. 
  • Facebook/Twitter Locations: Nadja Notariani, Facebook
  • Favorite passion: Reading, writing, and cooking.  To get lost in a good story...sublime...to eat while doing so, more sublime.
  • Giving or Receiving: Giving, definitely.
  • Favorite pattern: I have seen this question before and wondered 'what the heck is a favorite pattern?'  Ha!  After seeing Raelyn's answer, I smacked my head with my hand and laughed my unmentionables off.  …Toile.  I've always liked this print. 
  • Favorite day of the week: Saturday.
  • Favorite flower:  Lilac, Daisy, and Queen-Anne's Lace (which is a weed, but I like it)

Fabulous Blog Ribbon

Five fabulous writing moments:
  1. The first sentence written in a new WIP.  It opens the door to a new world.
  2. When the perfect banter between characters flows from my mind to the paper.
  3. Seeing a new cover for my finished novel.  It's pretty and new and shiny...Love it!
  4. Becoming so immersed in my story that I 'see' the characters and setting in my mind's eye, hear their secret thoughts and desires, feel their emotion.
  5. Writing “the end” on a first draft.
Five things I love about writing…
  1. The moment a project is finished, published...Satisfaction, indeed!
  2. Deciding which project to take on next.  So many ideas...
  3. When the words come and come, my pencil leaving a trail of graphite as I furiously scribble words onto crisp, white pages.
  4. Researching new topics.  I ♥ The Google. 
  5. Sharing my stories with readers.
Five things I hate about writing…
  1. Typing my manuscript.  Oh!  The typing...:{ 
  2. When I hear crickets instead of prose...
  3. Having to force myself to hold a character's secret.  I confess...I'm ready to spill it all right away.  This is a tendency I have to fight against all the time!
  4. Those moments when 'Inner-Critic' rouses her minions, 'Not Good Enough Today' and 'Not Good Enough Tomorrow'. 
  5. The filth-and-filth-foul typing.
I'll leave you to decide if you'd like to participate!  Don't forget to stop by fellow ROW80 blogs over the weekend.  Happy Writing!

 ~ Nadja


  1. Yay for typing progress, and for word counts that are beating your expectations. Good luck keeping spirits high this week as your fingers clickety-clack away. :)

    1. I will offer up a cheer of Yay! when the dad-blasted typing is completed...lol. Thanks, J.R. :)

  2. Is your novella turning into a novel? That's great! Mine is, too! LOL

    I loved hearing all your answers to the questions. I like learning more about people I like. :)

    1. Ha! We're on the 'same-page'...lol A little writer-ly humor tossed in for good measure. Glad you enjoyed my answers. Please share yours!

    2. I might take some time this week and answer some of those questions on my blog. :)

  3. Congrats on the awards!
    Woot for getting carried away and ending up with a novel!
    By the way, researching Roni Loren's sued thing, she mentioned (on twitter I think) that copying a recipe from someone else is also an infringement of copyright, so be sure to always post your own recipes ;)

    1. Your link led me to her post...and I'm cleaning out all images from earlier posts. This makes me quite sad, as I love sharing great finds around The Google with everyone. I've actually wondered about sharing You-Tube videos now as well....Oy Vey!

  4. I love the 'five favourite writing moments' etc. Lovely!

    You and your typing! Is so funny, I feel typing what I have already written might be a 'nice' break from thinking but actually I can imagine it is a bit monotonous. Is that the right spelling?!

    Hope you have a great week and yes, I think finger exercises count!

    1. WEll...since I have it on good authority, I will update my exercise goal! Ha. Thanks, Em!

  5. Hooray for finger exercises!! No one said what kind of exercise counted, did they?! I'm all for it. Loved hearing all your answers as well! I'm sorry about all the typing - we all know you LOATH it :D Hope it's over and done with soon! Have a good week!

    1. It's official. I had one assurance that finger exercises do, in fact, count. Now, I've a second opinion as well. Very good, very good.

      Jeez! Guess I've been a whiny, baby about the whole typing thing *blushes* ;}

  6. Yay for longer than expected wordcounts! Especially when the book is already finished. LOL You don't want to be like me and the never ending Aeris.

    BTW- Woman, I can't believe you're STILL writing books by hand.

    1. With my page count (and my usual 'words-per-page' count) I figured to be around 36-38K - which is a hefty novella. Well, as I'm typing, my word count is mounting quickly!

      Honestly, I may add a few scenes if I am near the 50K mark - or very close. (Ack! Maybe it is the never ending story??!!)

      I'm practically a relic...lol...with the longhand writing. My husband wants me to buy a laptop. I've resisted, insisting that my trusty desktop is enough. I think I may be coming around to his idea. Maybe then I could sit in my comfy chair, yet write on the computer...I don't know if it'll work, but what the heck? Lol.

  7. Ref: * I've not exercised in five days. Unless you count finger exercises. They do count, right?

    Hey, I'd take it as exercise. And your brain too. It exercises big time when we write.

    1. With three weighing in on this question of exercise, I may manage to cast off my guilt. :}

  8. Yay for the blog awards and for the word count build up. And yes, finger exercises DO count...at least to me :-)

    Keep it up, Nadja. Can't wait to get my hands on your next work of writerly art.

    1. Oh! Thanks, Angela! I think you'll love Evangeline (my newest heroine) as much as I do...she's stubborn, and a bit cheeky. She was certainly fun to write.

      Are we on countdown to NEVERLOVE yet?? :}

  9. I'm so with you on eating while writing, although I wish it wasn't so (or that I liked vegetables more and sugar less!). Sounds like you are rocking goals and receiving awards. A ROW80 superstar this week!

  10. LOVE your answers Nadja :)

    Woot on the word count. Ouch on the figure exercise. I'm guessing you're editing a bit as you type so maybe that's where the extra words are coming from. Either way, being lost in the world longer is awesome to me :D

    1. What you say is true...although I'd rather be lost whilst reading rather than typing...;}

      Have a wonderful week, Raelyn!