December 06, 2006

i try, i try, i try ...

November is over by almost a week, so I thought I should give everyone an update on my NaNoWriMo status. I didn't achieve the goal of writing 50,000 words, but I did get a 15,000-word start on something I think might have the potential to be a pretty decent novel someday. I'll continue to work on it throughout the year and hopefully finish before it's time to start a new one next November.

Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the portions I posted on the other blog. Your feedback was very helpful across the board, and it made me feel good to know that people were reading. It's just hard to write that much while having to cover an election and trying to take a vacation. But I'm glad I tried.

Something else has been on my mind lately as Christmas approaches. I was trying to make a Christmas list for my parents and I had tough time. There were the usual books, CDs and DVDs that I wanted, but beyond that I didn't know what to ask for.

Over the past few years the things I wanted the most were an iPod, a digital camera and a car. My brothers gave me an iPod for my 21st birthday. I bought a car at the end of October. My parents gave me a camera Christmas '04, and although I think it was stolen at the last BFH party, I don't feel right asking them for another.

It's probably a good thing that there aren't a ton of material possessions that I want. If I had my own place, there might be more that I would need or want, but there isn't much room for more stuff in my bedroom at home.

I did manage to come up with a few things, other than the aforementioned books, CDs and DVDs: a satellite-ready car stereo with line-in for my iPod, a coffee bean grinder, frames for my diplomas, and golf clubs. I don't really care if I get any of these things or not, but I thought it would be nice to give them some ideas other than CDs and DVDs.

SONG OF THE MOMENT:
Circus Maximus John Corigliano (as performed by the U of I Wind Symphony)

Coming soon: My "Best of 2006!"

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