The Saturday Ramblings Post

I’m practicing the Art of Procrastination (I am an ardent and devoted follower of the Art), so I thought I’d sit down and write my semi-regular rambly Saturday post. Why am I procrastinating? (I’m usually always procrastinating about something, and today is no exception.)

Tonight’s Open-House Dinner

I only managed to get a couple of rooms clean yesterday, leaving the untidiest rooms to do today (in the next few hours, no less). I’m still debating whether I should tackle my office or whether I should put up some sort of a barrier and an “Enter at Your Own Risk” sign at the door.

We have 28 people coming for dinner. It’s funny how that number makes me feel like I need to get the house cleaner than, oh, say six people coming over.

So wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

NaNoWriMo Update!

So much for my stellar start with NaNoWriMo. Initially, at the pace I was going, I should have been close to finished by now. But I still haven’t gotten the write-everyday-pattern down pat, and ended up taking two days “off” from writing. I’m not likely to get any writing done today, either.

Current total: 25,651 words

I’m still on target to complete 50K words by the end of the month, which is a very good thing indeed!

Currently Reading

I haven’t had the chance to read any print books this week. I did, however, end up sticking with my M.C. Beaton audios, and just finished up Death of a Dreamer. I’m really liking this series in audio – the Scottish accents are wonderful, and the stories are great cozies, very good when you’re in the mood for a comfort read.

Bookworms Carnival

And speaking of comfort reads, I’m hosting the 42nd edition of the Bookworms Carnival! (I think I am, anyway. I’ve submitted my topic, but haven’t heard back yet, so I need to get on the ball and email again, I think.)

The topic I’ve chosen is Comfort Reads. Deadline for submission of posts is November 27, 2009.

And if all goes well (meaning, my emails to the organizers haven’t been going astray!) I’ll be writing up a more detailed post later this week.

This Coming Week

Things should be less hectic this coming week. Several of my deadlines have shifted into December (great for November, not so great for Christmas!) so I’ll be able to take a bit of a breather and hopefully be able to finally tackle my Google Reader.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get tomorrow’s International Giveaways List post up, as I usually write that one up on the Saturday and well, it’s Saturday already, the house is only half-cleaned, and tonight I’m going to be more busy than not.

What have you been up to this week? I haven’t had a chance to visit very many blogs, so please feel free to leave links in the comments to your posts about any interesting things going on this week in your reading or writing life!

19 thoughts on “The Saturday Ramblings Post

  1. Audrey

    I’m with you – TOO MANY DISTRACTIONS!
    And as for NaNoWriMo, I also got off to a really good start, and I am super thankful for that. Because despite the fact that I only wrote 3000 words this week, I am still at 28000. I declined going out tonight in an effort to stay home and write.
    And yet instead, I am blog browsing. Blah!
    Good luck with getting the house clean, and I hope you have a great dinner!
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..French Friday (4) =-.

    1. Belle

      I feel the same way about my buffer of words, Audrey. I have a deadline to complete today so I don’t think I’ll be able to write today, either. But I’ll still be squeaking by at just over the halfway mark, at the halfway point!

      I’m really looking forward to getting back into the blog browsing routine – I’ve really been missing it.

    1. Belle

      That’s what I always think when I’m the one doing the visiting. But for some reason, when we’re doing the hosting, that thought completely flies out the window, Kathy! But I did it, and we had fun – because, as you said, everyone came for the fellowship and the food.

  2. Dorte H

    28 dinner guests? Sounds rather daunting to me. Usually I would certainly advise you to use the “Enter at Your Own Risk” sign, but the last time I used that technique, I ended up in a crime fiction discussion with my dear uncle from Brussels, and I happened to tell him I had 400 crime novels in my untidy office. Of course I invited him up, hoping he would enjoy the books so much that he didn´t notice all the dust and the cobwebs.

    It is good to hear you are doing so well! I haven´t written a thing (fiction, that is) all week, but this afternoon I pulled myself together and wrote the first draft of FOUR flash fiction pieces in a few hours. No one has marked the 25 essays I should have looked at, but I feel much happier than before 😀
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..P.D. James, Death of an Expert Witness (1977) =-.

    1. Belle

      Congratulations on the four flash fiction pieces, Dorte! I always feel the same when I’ve accomplished some writing, even if it means something else hasn’t gotten done yet. After all, the deadlines do get done (and the essays marked!), right?

      That’s so funny, what happened with your uncle! I didn’t put up a sign – instead, I barricaded the way to my office by putting two of the extra dining room chairs there. In the end, though, I didn’t have to worry, because all the kids ended up in the (super-clean and much larger) living room while all the adults chose to sit in the much smaller sitting room so they could talk with my husband while he cooked :)

  3. Jemi Fraser

    I vote for the Enter at your Own Risk sign too! Besides, your guests aren’t coming for the neatness, they’re coming for the company…and probably the food :)

    I’ve had a crazy busy week too. I’m hoping to catch up on some NaNo myself this weekend. But I’m not holding my breath :)
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..The First Spark =-.

    1. Belle

      Hope you get a chance to do some NaNo catch-up, Jemi. Crazy busy can be nice sometimes, but the writing definitely suffers, doesn’t it?

      I ended up putting two dining room chairs by the office door, and I kept the lights off – as far as I know, no-one looked inside, thank goodness!

  4. rhapsodyinbooks

    P.S. I forgot to give you an example of how neurotic I am about cleaning before company comes for dinner so you will see by comparison how nice and relaxed you are!

    My husband tends to use the powder room to go to the bathroom if he is in front of it when the need arises. And he’s not the neatest guy in the world. So whenever we are having company, I always ask him not to use it and he always forgets. One time I took that painter’s blue masking tape and put it across the door like police crime scene tape so he wouldn’t go in before the company arrived. Needless to say, I forgot to remove it! When the first person asked why he or she couldn’t use the bathroom, I realized and had to come up with an explanation!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – Review of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson =-.

    1. Belle

      Jill, that is so funny! My husband’s really tidy about things like that, but Dylan, our six year old, is of the “hold ’em till beyond the last minute possible” type – you know he’s got to go when you see this streak of motion flying by you on the way to the nearest bathroom. So I had similar thoughts myself, about banishing anyone from using the powder room (because no way am I letting people into the upstairs bathroom, of which there is only one, used frequently by two teenagers and all that entails!). I never thought to use masking tape to bar the way, though!

      And now I’m really curious – what was your spur-of-the-moment explanation? :)

  5. Margot

    It’s Monday so I’m sure by now you had a wonderful party and a restful Sunday. You keep going on those words – I think 26,000 plus is amazing at this point. Hope you are having fun doing it too.

    P.S. The comments were fun to read on this post too. I especially love Jill’s sense of humor.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..Book Review: Spinning Forward =-.

    1. Belle

      We had a good time, Margot, although with that number of people, it was more of a party atmosphere than a dinner party atmosphere!

      Jill’s always making me laugh!

    1. Belle

      You’re much better at posting at your blog when you’re busy than I am! I’ve deadlines due next week, so I’m going to take things just a little easier this week …


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