Thursday, October 30, 2014

Call for NaNoWriMo 2014 Participants!

The leaves are changing colors... It seems no matter where you go, you'll encounter pumpkins and haystacks and dismembered limbs. Ah, yes. Halloween is upon us! However... Something else is lurking just around the corner. Yup. You guessed it. It's that time of the year again...

Yay!

Isn't it lovely? This year's poster is so beautiful! It really makes me want to participate--but I don't have anything new to write about! *sniffle* Now, you're probably wagging your finger at me and tsk-tsking. Since when has not knowing what to write been a reason to not do NaNoWriMo? The thing is, I just have too many open projects right now (Making Time, Out of Time, The Soul Distillery, Seven Sins...), plus tons of work at the university (50+ students) so I've decided to watch this one from the sidelines.

That puts YOU in the spotlight! I'd love to have you as a guest on my blog to talk about your NaNoWriMo project and progress!

If you'd like to be featured as a NaNoWriMo author, please send an email to this address with the following information:

nadinucca (at) hotmail (dot) com

1) Name or nickname + your photo (optional)

2) Blog and/or Twitter handle

3) Is this your first time participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, what made you take the plunge? If you're a vet, how do you feel about tackling it yet again this year?

4) What's your project? Include name (if any), genre, brief synopsis... whatever you'd like to share!

5) How are you approaching NaNo? Are you in the midst of a writing frenzy, or do you have a carefully thought-out plan?

6) Have you learned anything from this experience so far? Is there any advice you would like to share with other NaNoWriMoers?

7) Send a short excerpt from your project! I'd love to share what you're working on!


And the dog jumped over the moon... Wait. Dog?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On writing, getting married, and saving lives

Hello readers and fellow bloggers.

As you might or might not have noticed, I've been away. It's been months since I posted on this site, and I feel a combination of guilt and embarrassment for letting so much time go by. I've just been really busy! It feels like a million things have happened, but let me boil this post down to three pretty big things:

WRITING

In the past months, I've been trying to finish Making Time, the sequel to Serving Time (almost ready for beta readers). I encountered an important hiccup and had to chuck an entire chapter, then rewrite and adjust the surrounding chapters. Don't you hate it when that happens? *Frustrated groan*

In recent months, I've also been trying to complete the short story Seven Sins, but have had worse luck with that (writer's block). Someday I will conquer that story, even if it's the last thing I do!

In July, I finished a novella called The Soul Distillery. It's just awaiting formatting and publication so stay tuned because I will update you on the cover reveal and the free download days--because there will be many, many free download days! The Soul Distillery is the story of Robert Westbrook (who you might know from Serving Time) before he encounters the goddess Time. More information on this novella and its release date in future posts!

GETTING MARRIED

Nope. Not married yet. But the preparations are well underway! Salva and I will get married on June 7 in the gardens of a restaurant called Can Baladia. The restaurant is actually a century-old house surrounded by gardens and Mediterranean pine trees. The reception will be right there, so we won't have to drive around from one place to another. We already tried some of the food at the restaurant and it's deliiiiiicious!


As a special treat, here are our fab wedding rings: white gold (and mine has a diamond!).




SAVING LIVES

One life, actually: the life of an itty bitty teeny tiny mister kitty (that's his unofficial name).

On May 28, I was walking from work to my car and I came across a tiny kitten who was sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, gasping for breath. He couldn't even open his eyes because they were glued shut with a thick layer of pus. I scooped him up and ran to the vet (who luckily has his office right next to my school). The vet was pessimistic, but since he knows me and he knows how much I suffer over animals, he bit his tongue and didn't tell me to put the kitten to sleep (which was what he thought would be best).

Crying like a bleda (more on the meaning of this word in a future post), I took the kitten home and Salva and I spent the next five weeks taking care of him--ICU style. He suffered from severe malnutrition (total muscle loss: he couldn't even walk), herpes (which was destroying his eyes) and feline respiratory syndrome. More worrisome was that he was excreting coronavirus in his feces. Certain strains of this virus are deadly to cats and there's no cure. Since we have other cats, we had to keep the kitten in total isolation.

The whole experience was draining, both physically due to lack of sleep and emotionally since I became paranoid thinking that I'd walk in and the kitten would be dead. However, the experience quickly became rewarding as, slowly yet surely, mister kitten began to recover. Now he's a terrifying beast! He's had a couple blood tests and luckily he wasn't infected with the deadly strain of coronavirus. What's more, it seems he managed to excrete the virus because the concentration was minimal. So in July we finally let him run loose in our home and meet the other cats!

Here are a couple pictures of the kitten, named Taques (Catalan for "Spots" or "Stains"). The first pictures are actually of when Taques was already healthy enough to have his picture taken. I didn't want to take any photos of him when he was really sick since we all thought he would die any moment, so I can't show you the state in which I found him. Just know that it was really, really bad.


So that's what I've been up to these past months! Stay tuned because I will continue to post updates and new sections on this blog! I have completed several DIY projects I'd like to share with you, as well as book reviews and news about my own writing endeavors.

It's great to be back!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Weirder than fantasy

Life is weird. People are even weirder. Forget about absurd fantasy--real life has enough wackiness to fill an encyclopedia! After recent events at my job, I'm seriously considering opening up a "strange people" journal and adding a bit to it each time a member of the weird society walks in through the doors of my school.

Take last week, for example. In the same afternoon, I was greeted by these two people (with barely a breather in between visits).


Case #1

Young woman: Hello. I'd like to enroll in the First Exam. [This is an English language exam for foreign speakers.]
Me: Sure. Here's the enrolment sheet.
Young woman: *filling in sheet* *hesitates*
Me: Yes?
Young woman: What does 'date of birth' mean? The day I was born, or my birthday?
Me: ...
[Cue a drawn-out pause.]
Me: But... Weren't you born on your birthday?
Young woman: *giant smile* Hey! I don't know! Well, I'll just write some year in here.

Did I wander into the Twilight zone?

Case #2

Woman: *as she walks in* If I give you this memory stick can you print out these Social Security papers I need?
Me: I'm sorry, but this is a school.
Woman: Oh... *looks around* But you have a printer!
Me: *facepalm*


Just another regular day at work! If I ever get writer's block, I'll know where to search for ideas.
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