And now, for something (quasi) completely different: a (tricky) treat – an early (!) blog post! Without further ado:
Happy Halloween! Happy Doctor Who Day! Happy NaNoWriMo Eve!
As I’ll be out and about today, quasi-reviving a inadvertent tradition of seeing a Broadway play/musical on Halloween (a quasi-double header, as I’ll be seeing Drunk Shakespeare and Aladdin today/tonight, so there’ll be blog entries for my theatre blog for those experiences) a few thoughts on the aforementioned festive greetings.
Quasi-confession: I’ve never really been an active participant for Halloween. I’ve never (really) put much effort in putting together a costume and going trick-or-treating; oftentimes I’m the one on the “other” side of the door, handing out candy to the neighborhood children. I’ve never (really) been to any Halloween-themed parties, aside from the mini-ones thrown at work, and those usually consist of bowls of candy and (mainly) dessert foodstuffs (as, obviously it’s still a professional workplace). Nevertheless, it’s a festive holiday for many, a night for mischief, masquerade and (maybe) magic – and this year (I believe) there’ll a full moon out in its bright, shining glory.
So it should be a fun night. [“Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight”]
There’s also a new episode of Doctor Who tonight (which I’ll obviously watch sometime tomorrow), and from the trailers I’ve seen thus far (I do my best not to read spoilers) it’s a fitting one to be shown on Halloween night, though I have sneaking (bad) feeling that it’ll be another two-parter. I’m really enjoying this season thus far, and Peter Capaldi’s interpretation of the titular Time Lord; my musings about Clara are meh to eh – she’s all right, but a bit too much. I’m curious to see how she’ll depart from the TARDIS, and who the next companion will be – hopefully someone new (though I would not be too opposed to the return of a former companion, even one from the Classic Era).
Last (but never least), it’s NaNoWriMo Eve, and after a fair amount of plotting and pondering with regards to which part of the Epic Saga that is, was and always will be the MASC Chronicles to attempt to write for NaNoWriMo, I’ve (quasi) tentatively decided to step inside the box (because it’s bigger on the inside) and truly pants the novel, which is (again) tentatively entitled Meta For Metaphor. This story isn’t a part of the Epic Saga, but in a way is part of the Epic Saga – kinda like Schrödinger’s cat – in that the basic premise (thus far) is it’ll be a story about a writer attempting write a story about a writer attempting to write a story. Whether this will turn out to be akin to the oft-mentioned yet never really explained Meta story, or actually become that Meta story remains to be seen.
One (of among many) observations I’ve made thus far with the writing of this blog over the years (which from a certain point of view can be construed as a Meta narrative in and of itself, as I am a writer attempting to write about my journey writing the various works-in-progress) is that every week I’ve taken the time to write something for this blog, and within an hour or two (give or take) I’ve written at least 400+ words (usually quasi-random musings about stuff). According to my (highly accurate, detailed) spreadsheet, I average about 2,000-odd words within any given month, which is an achievement in and of itself. I figure if I apply that logic, (which will help me here) theoretically, I can actually(!) achieve the NaNoWritMo objective of writing a 50,000 word story.
That is, if I can cobble together a coherent story within that time frame. Then again, I’m kinda, sorta doing that now, so in a way, I’ve been writing a quasi-coherent story.
One week at a time.
Oh, and quasi-brief update on the antics in the Land of Exposition (which, again, will warrant its own [separate?] narrative story)
- Construction is still underway, with loads of mad-dash scrambling to get things done in a timely manner, as other special projects have come about to delay the overall process.
- Quarrels between the Ducks and the Swans continue to pop up every now and then, often with fabulous Fosse choreography, entertaining one and all – the Pigeon Posse have begun to sell tickets and market appropriate merchandise.
- The FanGirl Meter (patent pending) is going through a new update, as the patches to fix the bugs led to an odd virus that turned every other word purple. No one knows how this happened. Outside consultants have been contacted to investigate the issue.
That’s about all that’s going on thus far – next month begins the NaNoWriMo updates – let’s see if my quasi-experiment actually works.
Oh, one more thing: Let’s Go Mets! I believe they’ll prevail and win the World Series this year.