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Clarion West 2013 and the 2013 Snow-pocalypse

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I’ve decided to take the plunge and apply to the Clarion West Writers Workshop this year. This is a major thing for me for a number reasons.

The workshop is six weeks long in Seattle. Now, for those people who don’t know me in real life, I’m a classic introvert as well as being painfully shy and I get extremely anxious almost to the point of having full-blown panic attacks when confronting unfamiliar situations. I’d be by myself in a group of strangers who I would have to interact with on a daily basis. That thought more than anything scares the pants off me. Even around my best friends I’m reserved and self-conscious. The fact that I’m even applying is an amazing thing and it wasn’t  a sure thing that I was going to apply because just thinking about doing it made my heart race and hands shake. Still does, to be honest and I sent the application in already.

I’ve never been on my own and away from home for so long. I didn’t go to college (if I had it would have been a local college to save money) and I started dating my husband at the end of my senior year of high school, so there was no period of being footloose and fancy free for me. One of my biggest concerns is that I don’t have the mental/emotional preparedness to be away from my support system for so long.

It’s also expensive. The total cost for the workshop itself is $3600. That’s not including airfare which looks like it’s going to run about $500 unless I stumble onto a super awesome deal. Yes, the workshop costs are for six weeks worth of workshops, lodging, and partial board, but when you have a mortgage and car payment and all those other monthly bills, $4100+ (the entrance fee only covers partial board, so some meals will be paid for out of pocket) is a lot of money to be spending on a non-necessity. I can only hope and pray that I qualify for at least some scholarship monies because if I don’t, I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend even if I do get accepted.

I’m also kind of afraid that if I leave my husband home alone for six weeks I’m going to come back to find that the cats have forcefully subjugated him and taken over the house. I wish I were kidding on that, but I’m not. He’s far too much of a push-over when it comes to the cats and they have no respect for him as a leader at all.

Despite my fears, I applied. Now all I can do is sit and wait to hear back from them to find out if I made it in. Only 18 people get picked out of who knows how many hundreds of applications. I’m hoping my writing and my intro letter are enough to sway them to my side. *crosses fingers*

In other news:

On Friday we got hit with what The Weather Channel has dubbed Winter Storm Nemo. Yeah, I’m not sure why they’ve begun naming winter storms, but I think it’s stupid and I’m grateful that it’s just a Weather Channel affectation and not something the National Weather Service is doing.

Where I live we got about a foot and a half of snow dumped on us while other areas got up to three feet.

The view from my porch.

The view from my porch before we started shoveling.

The nearly six foot high wall of snow the plows left on the corner.

The nearly six foot high wall of snow the plows left on the corner.

 

After shoveling. (Photo taken from above, so the actual depth of the snow is deeper than it looks.)

After shoveling. (Photo taken from above, so the actual depth of the snow is deeper than it looks.)

All I can say is that I am so very grateful my husband bought the biggest, baddest snowblower the store offered because we saw too many of our neighbors having issues getting through the deep snow with their smaller ones. Even still, it took us nearly three hours to get the sidewalks and walkways cleared and then another two hours to get through the wall of snow that was blocking the corner.

 

Weekend Update (A Day Late)

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I started writing this yesterday and somehow between my ADD brain and some weird time-vortex that stole half my day away I didn’t get a chance to finish it.

Last nightSunday night, after an agonizing nail-biter of a game, the New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl! Yay!

We also received a decent accumulation of snow. Finally! However, it looks like it’s going to warm up and be rainy for several days this week, so all that pretty snow will be gone. :( I’m not a big fan of the cold, but I love winter. I love snow. And I love everything associated with it all – sledding, snowmen, drinking hot cocoa as I watch the snow fall. Okay, I don’t love shoveling, but it’s a hassle I can live with.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature is apparently going through some sort of hormonal flux because today, on January 24, 2012 at just before 11am, the thermometer on my porch reads at 62 degrees F. My entire yard is now a pond because the snow is melting faster than the frozen ground can absorb it. I really hope it doesn’t freeze again any time soon. That’s not going to be good for all of my plants. Or the sidewalks. Or the roads.

I’m on Day 5 of my No Poo regimen and it’s going well. Yesterday was my second time washing with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar. My hair is a bit more staticky than normal, but that’s the only difference so far. Oh, and it’s making my split-ends stand out quite prominently. I guess that means it’s time for me to get my hair cut.

I read that this method is NOT kind to people who have dyed hair because it strips the dye out. I’m hoping that’s true and that it will get rid of the last of this purple that just won’t go away. For a dye that was supposed to fade within two months, it’s certainly doing a damned fine job of sticking around for almost six months.

Next up on my list of hair care treatments is a Crunchy Betty Hot Oil Treatment.

In writing news… well, there isn’t much new with the writing. There is still writing happening and my brain keeps throwing new story ideas my way. One of them seems to be a non-paranormal romance which is just completely messing with my head because I’ve only written a non-paranormal story ONCE. And that was when I was in high school.

Also, it seems like I’m now being forced to step into the 21st century. Both of our house phones are completely dead. Neither of them will hold a charge, even while on the charger. That means either today or tomorrow we’re going to have to go shopping for a cellphone for me. Do they even make cellphones that just make phonecalls anymore? The one my husband has is almost eight years old. The only options it has are call or text. We’re obviously not big on upgrading to new technology. ;-)

No, that’s not true. We’re not big on needlessly upgrading to new technology. If what we have still works and does what we need it to do, why get a new one?

 

Tuesday’s Random Tidbits

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  • We finally got an accumulation of snow!
  • It’s not much of an accumulation and it’s all going to melt today, but it’s SNOW!
  • Somewhere between the time all the snow melts and the first new snowfall, everybody loses their ability to drive in the snow.
  • I spent the day yesterday hanging out with my sister-in-law and her two kids.
  • I suck at playing Wii games.
  • My six-year-old nephew kicked my butt at most of them.
  • Neil Gaiman posted a video of Tori Amos’s first television performance from TWENTY YEARS ago. Oy! It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years already.
  • Many internet sites are going dark tomorrow to protest SOPA/PIPA.
  • Betty White turned 90 yesterday. Happy birthday, Betty!
  • I have to do laundry today and I DON’T WANNA! /whiny voice
  • It’s taken me almost three hours to come up with these random tidbits. Time for me to get back to writing.

 

Edited to say that I’m wrong about when Betty’s birthday is — it’s TODAY!

I’m Dreaming of a White… Halloween?

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For those of you who may be unaware, this weekend the North East was hit by a very nasty blizzard. Here in my part of Western MA, we received about a foot of snow. Other areas more to the north were hit by up to 32 inches of snow! We lost power at around 9:30 Saturday night and didn’t get it back up until around 1 Sunday afternoon. We were lucky. Some cities and towns still don’t have power back. In terms of damage, this storm was probably very close to being on par with the tornado that tore through here in June.

A lot of people don’t understand why this storm was so damaging compared to all of the other storms we get later in the season. Well, the answer to that lies with the trees. No, it’s not the fault of Ents. It’s the fault of their leaves. The trees are usually bare of most of their leaves by the time the first major storms roll through. Not this time. The weight of the wet snow piling up on those perfectly shaped snow-catchers was too much to bear for many branches and down they crashed.

The oak tree on the front tree belt lost a great many branches as did the maple on the side. One of the maple branches came down on our fence and bent it a bit. The top of our neighbor’s birch tree snapped off as did several very large branches on her pear tree.

Many cities and towns were forced to cancel or postpone their trick-or-treating due to downed trees and power lines. I feel bad for the kids who got all excited for Halloween only to be let down, but I agree with the decision to keep everybody safe.

In other news –

We had seven wonderful guest bloggers here for October and I want to thank each and every one of them for making October so much fun. Elizabeth, Katy, Jennifer, Eeyore, Sara, October, and Erin you all rock. Thank you.

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. So far I’ve gotten just over two thousand words written. I’d wanted to get at least three thousand written, but I’ve been a bit busy writing this blog post and my Friday post for Black Ink, White Paper.

My brain feels a bit mushy at the moment. I think I’m going to go make myself a mug of hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with my snuggle-kitty and a book.