31 October, 2010

Happy Halloween! (Plus: NaBloWriMo, NaNoWriMo, And Random)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hallowe'en. All Hallows Eve. Whatever you'd like to call it, today's the day! Have fun trick-or-treating, partying, whatever. :)


Today is also the last day of NaBloWriMo! I have posted at least once every day for the entire month of October! Even more reason to celebrate.

But, if you're like me and have participated in NaBloWriMo, don't do party too hard! Because tomorrow is *drumroll*dramatic display* NaNoWriMo!

I know that I've said several times that I wasn't planning on doing this event. For many reasons, I told myself. It wouldn't be good for my novel, I said. It would be better to edit, I thought. I don't think word-vomiting all over my document would be a really great idea, I consoled myself.

*sighs* EXCUSES. But you know what? I've decided to change that. Because of a lot of factors. So, basically, I am going to be doing NaNoWriMo!

(If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is by now, I'm seriously going to question where you've been for the past month.)

I'm kind of pushing the deadline to sign up here, but I did sign up to do it! This will be my first year. But hey, I wrote 40,000 words last month, so it's just 10,000 more than that. So, the thing on my mind right now is, I am going to kill this challenge with everything I've got.

Here's the link to My Profile. Buddy me, if you've got an account. (I can't find a lot of you, because there's no "search" for the profiles or anything like that.) At first I wasn't sure about linking to it, but I managed to disable the Home Region thing, which would basically tell you where I live. Boo. I didn't want to do that.

I'll update you guys over there and on this blog with one of those word count widget-y things. I think I'll use the potato man one:

Anywho. Just get geared up for the absolute writing frenzy--it's 50,000 words, after all!


Interesting, because they don't come around here often, but I saw a bald eagle yesterday! Just perched. It was sort of far away, but I could see the characteristic white head and dark brown body. It would be nice if it stuck around . . . but I doubt that.

Ever seen one?

It was snowing a few days ago. SNOWING. It just wet the sidewalk a little, but it's c-c-c-o-o-l-d-e-r than usual now. Even for the beginning of November, people are not usually shivering in a winter coat. It's supposed to get colder and stay that way for a while, too.

Have a great Halloween, all!

-----The Golden Eagle


Rachel Morgan said...

Well done for completing NaBloWriMo!

And all the very best for NaNoWriMo! I have decided not to take part...
*looks around at all the participants and feels a little left out*

The Golden Eagle said...


Don't feel that way! We're all writers with one passion--writing. :)

Jules said...

My vacation blew my NaBloWriMo, so no way am I trying NaNo :) But I'll be here cheering everyone on and in case you drink coffee, the pot is always on.

Yes, I have seen an eagle. Was my welcoming committee to the Denver Airport (The old one.) Majestic!
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Misha1989 said...

All the Best for NanoWrimo!If you write an entire novel, I will definitely be interested in reading it....

The Golden Eagle said...

Jules: Aw, thanks Jules! :)

Majestic is the word for them, definitely.

Misha1989: Thank you!

Cool. I hope to write an entire novel. :D I'm really going to try hard on this draft, too!

The Words Crafter said...

I haven't seen an eagle, but I get to see lots of hawks. Once right outside our apartment building in a tree!

Cool that you're doing NaNo. Gonna buddy you right after I post this! Good luck!

Liberty said...

Actually, there is a search...far right of the navbar. :D BUT I added you! Liberty94. :)) (I'm so incredibly original, aren't I? XD)

Old Kitty said...

Hello there!! First time on your blog and I love your eagle!! And I love that you saw a real live one too!! Gosh it's snowing where you are?!?! Awww!! Merry Christmas!!

Happy Halloween!!!

WELL DONE WITH NABLOWRIMO!!!!!! Yay!!! Good for you!!

And good luck with Nano!!!! I shall be waving my pom-poms on the sidelines for all you fab writers doing it this month!! Take care

Mary said...

Congrats on NaBlo! Missed one day myself.
Glad you decided to try NaNo. I'll be happy to cheer you on.
Happy Halloween.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with Nano ... I need to register today for it. I'm totally geared up and ready to go. See you there!

Aisle B said...

It snowed here in MTL yesterday, yikes and it's only OCT!

Taking kids out for Boo fest and loved the display for Halloween.

Good luck with the NaNo and going to be rooting for you :)

Jules may have the coffee brewing for you but I've got the witch brew for you.. Magic at warp speed ;)

Quinn said...

Congrats on completeing NaBloWriMo! And good luck with NaNo! I won't be doing it, but kinda wish I was.

It's cool you saw a bald eagle. I've never seen one.

Caroline said...

YOU'RE DOING NANO???? WHAT????!!!!!!!!!

*runs around in happy circles*

Omigoodness, you totally shocked me there! Didn't see that one coming:). But I am happily surprised. Another writing buddy! (not that you weren't already, but you know, another person to push me to finish Nano...)

Tomorrow. Wow. And I've still got some serious preparing to do. Well, I'll see you at the starting line! (haha;D).

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on posting everyday in October...That is an awesome accomplishment, especially when you throw in 40,000 words on your novel...YOU ROCK!

We live in NE Iowa...We see Bald Eagles quite often. They are pretty amazing. It's really fun to see them when we're on the Harley. It feels much closer than when you are in the car...

Good luck with NaNo!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good stuff! I'm using NaNo to complete the sequel to CassaStar rather than just scribble out a new novel. I'll buddy you. And under 'search' you can search for an author/writer, but you have to know the exact name. (I'm AlexJCavanaugh, all one word.)

The Golden Eagle said...

The Words Crafter: I love hawks :) They're really interesting raptors.


Liberty: Oh. I didn't notice that . . . LOL.

Old Kitty: It does sort of feel like Christmas! :D

I'm kinda glad it's over . . . but then again, I'll miss the challenge. But I am still CELEBRATING! ;)

Mary: Still! 30 posts!

Thank you!

Stephen: I'm geared up, too! Good luck, fellow NaNoer!

Aisle B: Yikes indeed.


Warp-speed magic: awesome!

Quinn: Thanks! Maybe next year with NaNoWriMo?

Caroline: Of course we were already buddies! ;D But yeah, it'll be awesome over at the site!!

Sharon: Aw, thank you! October was a word-y month for me, I guess.

A Harley? Wow. It must be interesting to bird-watch on a Harley! :D

Alex: Yes, I saw your profile! Good luck with the sequel to CassaStar!

Summer Ross said...

Congrats on blogging everyday!

I'm buddying you on NaNo...my id is : ladywriter1

Good luck with your writing!

Sun Singer said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I added you to my buddy list. I'm signed up here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/671342


Charles Gramlich said...

I'm eating all the kid's candy.

Lynda Young said...

It's good to hear you are getting onvolved in NaNo. Best wishes for that! And congrats for completing the blog every day of the October thing. Impressive.

The NaNo site is down for maintenance so I can't check if we are buddies or not. I'm signed up as LynFaw.

Lynda Young said...

Gah! The site came up then timed out while I was trying to make you a buddy. I think EVERYONE is jumping on at the moment...hehehehe

+Flamingo Pink+ said...

hey! i love your i am homeschooled list of tributes, is there any way i can get one?
if not, thats ok, i just like it and would love to have 1 of my own!
+Flamingo Pink+


+Flamingo Pink+ said...

oh...im sorry... i just left my blog url in my last comment, and i did not realize till after the fact that above you said you didn't like that, so again my sorrys, but i did mean what i said, i would LOVE 1 of those buttons!!!
+Flamingo Pink+

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Happy Halloween!!

Talei said...

It was snowing? Wow. As cold as it is, I love snow. ;) Well done on NaBloWriMo and good luck with nano too! I'm sticking with editing my MS, I need to focus on it. ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

Summer Ross: Thank you!

I added you to my buddy list. :)

Malcolm: Great!

You're on my list as well now.

Charles: Should I hope you got a lot of candy, then?

Lynda: The site was SUPER slow when I was setting up my account. I'm attributing it to traffic--but the more the better, right? ;)

I'm your buddy now! I just added you.

Flamingo: Nah, don't fuss about the URL . . . it's just for people who are going to say "Please follow my blog!!" and spammers.

If you want the Homeschooler button/image thing, take it! If it applies to you, feel free to put it on your own sidebar. :)

Carrie: You too!

Talei: I thought about just sticking with editing, but then I changed my mind. :P

....Petty Witter said...

I've just read your guest post on Misha's blog and thought I'd stop by to say hello. Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed visiting.

Paul Greci said...

Good luck with NaNo!! I hope it's a great experience for you!! I look forward to the updates.

Caroline said...

Oh no! I just realized I never said, "Congratulations on finishing NaBloWrimo!" I was so pumped about you doing Nano ^_^. But, here you are--congratulations and awesome job! :)

Jayne said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo! I am not taking part, but will be at the side cheerleading with pom poms!

Quinn said...

Just stopping by to let you know I gave you an award on my blog. Good luck on NaNo!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Congrats on the NaBloWriMo challenge! Good luck with NaNoWriMo too. I really wanted to try it, but you know...revisions!

Anonymous said...


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and my other 1


Anonymous said...


check mine out,


and my other 1



Claire Goverts said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from the Halloween Haunting event. Happy Halloween. Good luck with Nanowrimo.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Good luck with NaNo! I'll be stopping in to cheer you on. You can do it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Petty Witter: Thank you for checking out my blog! It was nice 'meeting' you as well.

Paul: Thanks!

And I will be posting updates. :)

Caroline: Thank you! I'm looking forward to not having to post as stringently.

Jayne: :D It's great to have so much support around here!

Quinn: YOU DO? *grins* Thank you!

Carolyn: Thanks! And I know--revisions.

Ceanna: Hi, Ceanna!

Claire: Great to meet you, Claire! :) I'll be sure to haunt you back.

Jennifer: Thanks!

I sure hope I can do it.