I started my NaNo Novel! I fretted all day yesterday about getting started and how hard this is going to be and why do I want to do this anyway, I don't have the time. Then I wound up having to get up at 3:30 this morning to take my husband to the airport, so hey! I have a couple of extra hours, so I got started. Just do it. I should sellt that to a shoe company, Just Do It. I could be a jillionaire marketing genius.
I logged on to NaNo (my user name over there is teriannestanley, add me as a buddy!) and updated my word count, but my little blue meter thingy didn't move much. I mean, I'm 2.7% of the way there, for heaven sake. I want some credit!
I might be a little over stimulated from an excess of halloween candy, but I'm raring to go. At this rate, I won't be out of ideas for another three days. Shoot, by the end of the week I'll be done and published!
Oh, and I had a brilliant idea last night. I'm going to do a "grammar item of the week" post. Every time I remember, for the next however long I care, I'm going to research an issue in grammar. I was reading something, somewhere, about how spelling was not standardized through out much of written history (probably even less so in pre-written times, huh?). So that made me start thinking about spelling and grammar, about punctuation, all that kind of stuff, and wondering who decides what is "right"? Strunk and White? Mr. Webster? Bill Gates? I mean, we hear every year about new words or new usages being entered into our lexicon ("friend" is now more of a verb than a noun). What about punctuation? What about those little smiley things :) at the end of a terse text message meant to soften the tone?
I'm going to start with my favorite, the ellipsis... Stay tuned...