In that time I have
- Written another 50,000 word novel. That I was putting online and let some people know the web address.
- Spent a long weekend away in Hanmer Springs playing board games and not going to the Hot Pools.
- Had my head shaved again
- Read only one book
- Spent Halloween evening at my Church, mostly watching a movie to provide adult supervision in the room.
- Watched two separate elections
- Got sick with a sore throat, cough and head cold
- Had a tooth extracted, after it had been annoying me for more than a year
First up was the alternate Halloween evening that I think is going to be an annual event. I went along a little early to help and found most of the stuff had already been done, or it wasn't things I could help with. So I spent much of the evening walking around doing little things to help and then watched the movie before again walking around helping in small ways.
I had stayed up that night thinking I might start writing this years NaNoWriMo novel but I when it got to midnight I was yawning a lot and still had no idea what I wanted to write. So I posted well wishes to those on the NaNo forum and went to bed. When I woke up I had come to the conclusion that I'd write a prequel to the very first novel I tried to write (the one that may have reached 5,000 words) and almost managed the required quota that day. Then, on the second, I met up with the others in Christchurch that wanted to come to meetings and we talked for a while about how we were doing so far and then started talking about other things.
With both the US and NZ elections happening within days of each other I ended up spending most of both those days at the home of the Wednesday night games. After seeing Barack Obama give his speech I ended up playing five games
, most of which I ended up teaching to some of the others playing. Before results started coming in from the NZ election I played one game of Alhambra.
The night before the NZ election I went out to play games at the home I'd been playing at previous years and got my second game of Carcassonne with the Abbey and Mayor
expansion, along with the two other expansions I own. I lost by a large margin but did win the game of Ticket to Ride we played after.
Getting my tooth pulled was a little unexpected. I'd gone in to talk to the dentist and while he was looking at the tooth in question he decided he could probably get it out for me then, so I said yes. Instead of going for a new tool the way I thought he was the second time he pulled the pliers he had been using out of my mouth he took the tooth. Dentistry seems to have come a long way in the past 12 years, that was far less noticeable than when I had teeth out at the age of 14.
Over my time at the holiday home in Hanmer Springs I managed to play 15 games, 6 of them new to me (and most of them new to the others as well) and only 4 of those plays were repeats of games I'd already played while there. I even explained some of them, one after having read the rules that morning (making me the expert) and another that I learnt with another guy as our first game.
My feet are harder than I'd have expected, I walked to the shops and back twice, without footwear and didn't really suffer for it at all. No blisters or anything. Of course the company on those walks probably distracted me from the pain I might have felt.
Getting back I ended up being the one with an ability to remember details of the weekend
, practically everyone else ended up suffering from a "mystery illness" that I'm almost guaranteed to not suffer from at any point. I'd also been making notes of things as the weekend went on and could refer to those to leave details of the games that were played.
I did manage to keep writing a little while I was away there after having chosen to take my laptop computer with me. But it wasn't much and the following week was no better. I was 8,000 behind previous years on the 21st and it took quite a bit of effort to catch up. Being away from my home for most of those first three days back didn't help much, especially when most of my writing tends to happen in the evenings. I suppose suffering from the slump that is supposedly normal for NaNoWriMo writers is a good thing; it means I'll understand other peoples difficulty in that week next year.
Being ill in the last week of the month gave me more time to write, but I'd rather have been well and busier. I had the worst cough I can ever remember having and my ability to think was worse than is normal after barely any sleep. I ended up working the Monday and Tuesday and staying at home for the rest of the week, mostly huddled under a blanket and trying to motivate myself to write. Saturday 29 I ended up writing nearly 7500 words which was just as well, I didn't manage to write as much on the Sunday as I'd been expecting to and would have failed without the exceptional output of the Saturday. My ability to come from behind the way I did surprised most of the others at the meetings, having seen my word count the weekend before they had been expecting me to fail.
Last night I ended up teaching three games (one of which I'd only played twice before, six months ago) and did better as the night wore on, crushed in the first, slightly better than middle in the second game and a come from behind victory in the third. I really want a copy of Stone Age
, maybe even above the other games
I've wanted since playing in Harewood this year.
Today was the sixth annual FunRazor
, and my third year participating. I haven't raised as much as I did last year, largely because I didn't make the effort to get sponsorship from the office staff at work, but also because the form only arrived a couple of weeks ago instead of almost a month early like last years did.