Wednesday, October 31, 2012


So I just woke up after about a 90 minute nap, and I'm preparing last-minute things for NaNoWriMo, and I can't wait.

I think the two most important midnights in my life are the October 31st to November 1st one and the December 31st to January 1st one.

But, at any rate.

We headed off to see Pompeii today. I used to have a picture book that talked about Pompeii and how it had been buried under ash and lava by Vesuvius. The Pompeiians' problem was that they didn't know that Mt. Vesuvius was a volcano, and some of them paid the price by suffocating to death.

The plaster casts still hang around in glass cases, which, honestly, does nothing for the decor and is more like one of those disgusting things you usually try to avoid. Fascinating, what sort of details can be preserved in volcanic ash for thousands of years, but not exactly something I want to know about. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


It was so hard to leave Venice. But I'll talk about that later. In an official blog post.

Planning today for NaNoWriMo, after cleaning out some more of my mail and finding a great deal of webpages on logarithms and blowtorches.

Did you know that the first blowlamp (blowtorch) patent was taken out by a Frenchman on January 7th, 1791? I didn't, which meant that I went on a hunt to figure out what sort of tool my main character might have been using.

As to logarithms, Scott H. Young is offering a bootcamp by email, so I needed to find a hard concept that I hadn't quite yet understood.

When I chose logarithms, I thought, "Oh, I remember what this is all about, so it will be easier than it's supposed to be… but I don't have time anyway, so…"

It's not easy. I remember the basics, but when they start giving me problems I start messing up. Hence… the perfect idea.

Monday, October 29, 2012


The absolute highlight of Venice is and probably will always be the pigeons in San Marco Square. You feed them bits of bread or ice cream cone and they hop on your hand, then hop off again later. They flutter around and peck gently. They coo.

And everyone loves them. 

We didn't have any bread with us, so we watched carefully through crowds of pigeons. I found a bit of ice cream cone and started using that, but Ioan found half a bagel, and we chased the pigeons away to feed them much more efficiently.

There are so many pictures and videos.

But now, important things.

Venice is slowly sinking. People are leaving. In a few years, this place might not even exist.

Which is why when we talked over Italy, and I'd just finished ranting about all these locations, and Dad asked where we wanted to go in Italy, I said, "I want to see Venice," thus sort-of shocking everyone.

Venice is beautiful. But I can't quite work out how they get in and out of their houses. Where's the back door? Do the people with houses into a canal also have a back door onto a street?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Freezing Rain

Freezing cold rain today.


Actually, what's really lovely is that we stayed home today. I planned a bit, tried to figure out this silversmithing stuff (and let me tell you, it's absolutely fascinating stuff) for The Handkerchief (who'd have thunk it would have a silversmith in it?), and relaxed a bit before heading off to Uffizzi.

That was fascinating. Rick Steves apologized for his terrible Italian accent, so we got along for 2 hours as we toured the place. Botticelli = fascinating. Of course, the only place I could see clearly was Venus's face, and that's outline a bit. Which I really like.

So… yes.

Afterward we headed off to the Palazzo Vecchio, then walked all the way home in freezing rain.

My hands felt numb holding up my hood, so I stuck them both under the raincoat and walked home bare-headed. It was much more comfortable.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


So today was rainy.

And let me just say: you don't know how miserable you can be until your raincoat is wet on the inside and on the outside.

Today we saw a great deal of things, including the Academia (listening to Rick Steves is painful for my ears. Academia is pronounced Ah-Cah-Dem-EE-Ah, not Ahk-Ah-DAYM-yah. Thank you. And Michelangelo is ME-Kell-Ahn-Gel-Oh, not Michael-angelo. THANK YOU.)

That said, David is hot.

^ I'm tired. I have a novel title. Two of them. I planned today. I learned about neuron communication. And saw a really cool exhibit.

A man is peeling an apple. He cores it afterward. Then it flashes to the same man stretching in his apartment. And his coat. And back to the man peeling his apple.

No explanation is offered.

Then there's another video with a man and his son in a supermarket. So many questions are raised… it's fascinating.

Friday, October 26, 2012


We're in Florence!

On the agenda for today:

- Seeing the Pitti Museum, which is awesome and has a great deal of paintings.

I couldn't see most of the paintings in the Pitti Museum, seeing as I'm blind and all, but the ones I could see were awesome. 

- Seeing the Galileo Museum
- Finding out how a globe is made
- And a great deal of other cool inventions

At one point, Ioan was sitting on the floor looking up at the television screens explaining these inventions like they were Tom & Jerry cartoons. I think this was his favorite museum so far.

- Seeing the Duomo

We climbed 463 steps to the top, which was… crazy, especially since there was only one staircase and everyone went up or down the same one.

- Eating gelato

And on this subject. If I say I want Hazelnut, and then I say I want Cherry, WHY does everyone decide to put the Cherry on first, then Hazelnut on as a side dish? 

Thursday, October 25, 2012


We're in Florence!

It's beautiful… 

Maybe I should change the name of this blog to "Writing my writing" or something. That's mostly what I write about anyway.

NaNoWriMo's coming up, and I planned to my heart's content today, and I mostly have The Handkerchief all planned out… well, sort of. I know what happens when John leaves Eutopia, I know he has a brother, I know a lot of things about the world.

We went with Trenitalia today… every time we came out of a tunnel my ears would pop and I'd be trying to equalize before the next tunnel ended… a bit tortuous, but finally we reached warm and sunny Florence. Our apartment is beautiful, with high, scalloped ceilings made of brick… why aren't there such pretty things in America? 

And I think I have that eyelash again.

Oh, life!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An Eyelash

About a week ago, I got an eyelash into my left eye. I don't know how… but I noticed when I laid down to go to bed as a minor little scratching on the outside corner. After rubbing to no avail... "Eh," I figured, "It'll work itself out."

I woke up in the morning just fine. That night, more scratchy feeling. This went on for a while. I checked to see if there was anything in the mirror… but there wasn't.

Last night it took a while to get over the idea of "Every time I blink, I'm going to feel a scratch."

This morning… I didn't feel fine. In fact, except when I was engaged in cognitive activities… like reading, I could feel the scratchiness over the middle of my eye. (We went to see Torino with Ileana's and Mom's penpals)

I used water to wash it out when we got home. Ileana's contact solution. Ileana's eye drops. Running water. The shower head during my shower (at various angles, too). Nothing seems to work.

And yet, I KNOW it's there. I saw it this morning… and might have been able to take it out. Except… I blinked. And off it went into the deep recesses of my eye where it loves to scratch.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


On the agenda for today:

Reading blogs.

It's oddly relaxing, definitely inspiring, and involves a great deal of screen time. I've not been reading travel blogs… rather self-improvement ones. Which leads me to a few interesting conclusions about what I'm going to do with this 'project' thing I have.

… I like it.

I edited 10 minutes this morning. I read all the rest of today… even wrote about 500 words about focusing.

Which is good. I'm happy with what I did today.

Other awesome things on the list:
- Saw a zebra car
- Ate white butter (contrary to common belief, butter is white. It has color added to it to make it yummier-looking. Think about it. Cream is white. Butter is made by churning cream. Where would it get the yellow?)
- In Torino.

Also… I'm back into books. I know what I'm doing for NaNoWrimo (pantsing. I have 7 ideas, one about a man thrown out of utopia, one about a medicine-woman, one about a miser, one about the traveling shovel of death [NaNo culture], one about a woman who finds a journal, one about a Santa Clause corporation-type thing, and, lastly, the third book in my series [the first two were written in June and August, respecively]). 

Never in my entire life have I had so many ideas to pick and choose from before NaNo. I don't know where they're coming from. I have a few ideas on TOP of that, germinating— they're more a concept than anything else. 

The goal for NaNoWriMo this year is:

- Write a novel. Finish it.
- Write another novel. Finish it.
- Write another. Finish it.
- Write another. Finish it.

The beauty of the system is that I can stop at any step I like. Just as long as I finish the steps. I might decide to switch between two novels this year. I might be able to finish one novel in 6 days and spend the rest on writing.

I don't know what I'm doing this NaNo, actually.

The most important thing, though, will be this:

- Write at least 2000 words of fiction every day in the month of November.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Things Fall Apart

Things are falling apart. I skipped my world for three nights in a row. (I've done this before. This time, I'm not going to write for those days). I forgot to brush my teeth yesterday. I haven't edited in 5 days. 

Strangely enough, though, I've been reading for two days in a row.

New books. The Blind Side and At Home: A Short History of Private Life. Not books I've already read before… with just my favorite parts comprising a rereading.

No. Real books, books I will now have to write a review for. It's lovely, wonderful, and slightly scary… NaNoWriMo starts in 9 days. I don't need my reading addiction to come back 9 days before NaNoWriMo. Maybe in December.

So here's a short list of updates:

- We were in Athens. We saw the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the Greek History museum, and played a lot of card games.
- I started reading again.
- I ate pomegranates every time I went into the kitchen. (I went into the kitchen a lot… mostly to eat pomegranates).

And, today:
- Reached Milano, Italy
- Keep messing up, wanting to say "Evharisto" instead of "Grazie"

And… the biggest thing… timelogging. I now know that I spent about 5 hours today looking at the computer screen (the iPod screen, used mostly for reading, is about 3.5 hours).

I never would have guessed that, actually. So… this is a good tool.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


It's kind of sad to realize that today is our last day of vacation time… in a long time. After this we go to Athens, where we'll probably walk and walk and walk.

After that is Italy, where we'll be traveling 24/7… but I digress.

I woke up today as usual… and stayed in bed reading instead of editing.

The conclusion I've drawn is that I should start work first thing in the morning, or it doesn't get done at all. Total things off to-do list done today: 0. I edited for 50 minutes, went to do French… and got caught up in Spanish songs.

Thus… during schooltime, I did Statistics from Ileana's mathbook, ignored writing…

Today was a lovely day. I needed a total break from everything. I made a music video, went to the beach and made rock art (as well as swimming way far out with a buoy strapped onto my stomach), semi-won at our game of Macao (Dad reached 200 first… but I reached 200 as well by the end of the turn).

And… I made more yogurt+cornflake+pomegranate+orange art.

Fun fun fun!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An Artistic Day


So… I put a little less on my plate today. Just 3 hours of editing, and 1 hour of French. 

Yesterday I blocked up on EVERYTHING. I reached a scene which I wasn't sure if it fit in the book. I decided it did after replacing one of the themes I hadn't used. But… the conflict in it was terrible and shot through. So today I spent 3 hours getting it into shape. It's still not done… but at least I'm over the hard part.

I have no idea what to write in French any more. So, after writing for about 10 minutes… I gave up and read a French Grammar Book. (I like grammar, but I don't like worrying about it when I have to write.)

And… in the unnamed novel… it's 10,000 words in, and ever since the first thousand I have felt as if something's off. I thought "Oh, it's just the jitters." (None of my books begin right or end right). But 10k in is too long to have the jitters. So… I'm planning out a new October novel.

Also in the agenda: 

Yogurt, cornflake, pomegranate and the occasional orange creations. I took one hour off to make and eat breakfast today… 40 minutes to make a concoction and 20 minutes to eat it.

And I had the same sort of art for dinner!

I also made a music video (which no one quite understood… but I knew it needed a breather time… I made it in 3 hours with no break).

Aaaand… afterward Dad and Ioan and I played Spit!  (Card game)

Dad is very, very, very good for a beginner.

Stars: 5/5

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Queen of Self-Discipline

I am officially the queen of Self-Discipline and awesomeness.

Amongst the list of awesome achievements today…

- I edited for 4 hours… basically finishing only a chapter, because the last scene of chapter 5 decided that it needed to be broken up into pieces and rewritten.

- I wrote in French for 2 hours, finishing one part, writing another, and starting a third. Also, I translated from French to English in preparation for correcting on some nice person's part.

- I wrote 5003 words in the Unnamed story, which… honestly… alright. It's alright. I don't particularly like it, but I'll carry it off to 50,000 words and see what happens to it then.

- I ate tons of pomegranates.

- I danced.

- Played Spit! With Ileana

- And Macao (a sort of Uno game but with normal playing cards) with the entire family (achieving 2nd place… but the game isn't over yet).

- And I'm listening to Maroon 5, Melissa Etheridge, Avril Lavigne, Natasha Bedingfield, Faith Hill, Nu Virgos, and Phil Collins.

Awesome day? I think so.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Year 1

This trip has acquired the illustrious age of 366 days.

We have been on the road for a year.

To celebrate, we girls stayed inside all day and read, wrote, or worked on movies/singing. The boys did mostly the same thing, except they went out to the beach as well.

We had baklava and a variety of unpronounceable Greek desserts to celebrate.

Mostly, though, today was quiet.

I cleaned three pomegranates (grown right here in the yard!), devoured most of them, and shared a little with the rest of the family.

And, awesomely, I edited for two hours, wrote in French for another hour, and reached 5345 words in the new novel.

Afterward, Ioan and I watched Remington Steele, figured out 100 Floors levels, and played solitaire.

A lovely, quiet, (very quiet) day… and I have no idea what else to say without going on about my projects, which no one seems to care about. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Rest day.

I edited 30 minutes and finished Chapter 4. I wrote in French 30 minutes and finished Snippet #3. I fell asleep half an hour and had a dream that it was 6:01am and Ileana was about to kick my laptop screen.

All in all… an interesting morning.

After that…

Eating pomegranates.

Listening to Dean Martin.


Listening to the adults talk.

Trying to finish planning the October Novel which is yet unnamed… I made a list of 101 Things one must know about the culture, finished it… and started writing.

I'm proud to say that I now have a new novel in the works.

Maybe I'm spreading myself a bit thin… but this is going to be a 'slow' novel. Which means… I'll be adding to it ONLY AFTER all other obligations have been finished.

So… today I wrote a lot. I like rest days. I think.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Relaxation Day

Relaxation day.

I must say, however… that there are now two types.

1. Travel Relaxation Day: the best kind of day, wherein we all enjoy being lazy down to the marrow of our bones.

2. Work Relaxation Day: I've named one day each week wherein I relax without doing copious amounts of editing or writing in French. Simply the fact that I'm not allowed to do more than 10-30 minutes of these each day makes me want to work at them. Saturday is a day where I feel sad I didn't do so much over the week.


I went fishing.

And caught seven little fish, about the width and length of the distance between my index finger and thumb.

(We ate a lot of fish today)

Also… I edited for nearly three hours today.

And planned a great deal for the world of the story I'm planning now.

I feel totally awesome

Friday, October 12, 2012


Well… we drive and drive and drive and drive

Until we find a town far enough away…

To get completely and totally lost…

And have our iPad lose all its battery…

And go up and down a couple hundred hills and around a few thousand serpentines…

And see Olympia…

And run in the Stadium…

And a side note on this: in most countries, taking off your shoes and setting them aside is a form of respect.

In the Greek Stadium at Olympia though, you're asked to keep your shoes on because this is a holy place.

I don't get it. Everyone's running, taking pictures… and we can't take our shoes off?

Is it because you don't want anyone falling and bleeding?

That's the only thing that makes sense, actually. They don't want people bleeding all over the stadium.


We saw the Temple of Apollo, which is under a big tent to protect it from the elements.

And then we finally reached Ermioni and ate pomegranates.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Delphi and Brightness

We went to Delphi early in the morning. It's basically a set of ruins…

Made exponentially better by the fact that there is a tunnel you can crawl into if you're small enough (we kids were), and come out in a different spot.

We filmed ourselves… and Ileana squealing about the thing the entire time.

After getting through all of Delphi and seeing the museum (and seeing Myrtis, a real 11-year-old girl who died thousands of yeras ago), we waited for the parents.

And waited, and waited. 

When they finally showed up, Ileana and I skipped off arm in arm, singing and laughing, "Lalalalalaaaala, lalalalalaaaala!"

We are all children at heart. Especially after an interesting museum visit.

Afterwards, we drove for hours in the car toward Olympia. I slept between looking out the window, trying to write, and rereading The Power of Less.

And then I edited for 30 minutes in a row… making me super happy.

How has your day been bright?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Monasteries

Stressful day. I slept in the car instead of dealing with it.

Oh well.

I woke up, edited a bit, and then tried to resolve an issue with Bouchra, but that didn't work. 

The one thing I'm looking forward to is the fact that tomorrow is my push-up day. As for editing, it's hard because I've finished the 'add words' phase and entered the 'fix words' phase… again. And this is the phase that makes my head hurt.

BUT! I am an editor for the next while… so there, Muse!

We visited the monasteries around the area today… there are so many, and they're all at the top of big rocks that take a lot of steps to climb. The monks and nuns used to be lifted up in chairs or hammock-like things… nowadays tourists get to climb stairs all the time.

So… we climbed stairs. And lit candles. And looked at the icons and religious scenes painted on every square inch of wall and ceiling.

I can only reach one conclusion:

I missed Orthodox churches.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Writing/Editing Updates

As usual, (well, for the past week), I've been waking up from 5:45am to 6am. And I did the same thing today…

Thus getting 1h and 10 minutes of editing out of the way…
As well as writing 1h in French (and… best of all… losing track of time!)

I posted my book reviews, wrote to a friend about how I'm learnig French (that was a thousand words), and… I'm back into the actual 'editing' phase of editing, instead of 'add scenes.'

The awesome part is that I melded the added scenes with the old scenes.

Sorry, I know this isn't as fascinating for people as it is for me, but it's absolutely awesome.

One thing I've noticed, is that when I complete something that's a rather big project, I get really excited. For example, I only wrote 430 words in French. In English, that would be a total failure. In French… it's the biggest thing since sliced bread.


So it's getting late, I'm hyper, and very very very happy.

Monday, October 8, 2012


So… an interesting day. I ninjaed out of bed at 5:45, made my bag, ate, and went to use the internet for half an hour.

We flew to Athens, met Dan, who is married to Mom's long-time friend, Cristina. They have two daughters, Maria and Eleni (a version of Ileana).

We reach their house, make ourselves comfortable…

And I started editing Perfume, and, because I was lazy and didn't want to edit some more, began clearing out my inboxes.

I now have three very shiny looking inboxes.

And a couple of things in the archives which I'll look at later when I want to simplify my laptop.

Awesome day.

Didn't get many things on the list done, but that's okay. There's always tomorrow. And after that the entire week. ^_^

So… I'm not worrying.

I don't think I'm worrying about anything any more. It's weird.

Also, we went to the restaurant and had tsatsiki with lots of meat dishes.

I liked the tsatsiki. Not the meat, particularly.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I'm a Bit Hopeless

I dreamed that the alarm rang and I turned it off from bed (instead of ninja-rolling out like I'm supposed to). I decided not to get up.

I woke up rather dazed, trying to figure out what was going on. I had a bit of "How stupid can you be not waking up to the alarm?" moment, then checked the time.

3 more minutes till the alarm rings.

I ninja-rolled out of bed to turn it off.

After a super-awesome time in which I edited and wrote in French… then discovered that I wanted to keep going… I planned out next week, the 101/1001 project, and tried to write in a journal.

One thing I've noticed: writing in a journal gives me license to talk about all the things I'm planning.

Honestly, I don't care about what I'm planning or what happened or whatever. Should it be important enough, I'm not going to burrow it in a soliloquized journal entry. And also, I don't have any boys to rant about. Hence, the journal is useless.

Should I want to know in later years what I was thinking at the young age of 17, I can easily write it all down in a bullet list. Solilquy problem solved, writing what I did problem solved. And easy to find. Done. No problem.

(Yes, I'm going over the limit. No, I don't care. I have something important to say.)

I've been participating in MilWordy all of 2012. I probably haven't mentioned it… but I'm at 627,000 words as of yesterday… and I'm behind schedule. To make that up, I need to write at least 4500 words a day.

That's easy when I have a novel. But it's really hard to write in French to that level of prolificness. And editing to add 4500 words means… energy I don't have.

So… I started planning a slow novel. It's going to take till at least the end of December to finish. And it has a high word goal.

Let's see what the word count is tomorrow! Today it's x words.

Also, 300th post! Yay!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


I did a ninja roll out of bed this morning to turn my alarm off.

I am now convinced that I should start every day like this. It will be epic.

At any rate.

We drove a lot today, finally ending up in a place whose name starts with an M. After asking for the toilet, we rented an apartment for the night.

There's internet.

We watched a Romanian movie on the TV… and saw a TV show with the king. I edited the amount I needed to, wrote in French the amount I'd proposed to myself… and tomorrow is my rest day.

Here's a little secret: I don't really want a rest day. I wrote in French without using Google Translate more than… three times for something original. For checking, I used it about three more times. Writing in French is actually pretty easy!

And today was such a great day… despite the fact that I'm 100% that if I allowed myself to close my eyes for more than 60 seconds in a row, I'd fall asleep immediately.

Friday, October 5, 2012

16 km

There's a gorge in Crete called Samaria Gorge. We decided to hike it.

The hike through the gorge is 13km, after which come three more kilometers. According to a fish spa sign, though, we walked 18km.

At any rate, it's more than I've ever walked in a day in my life.

It was awesome.

We went downhill, uphill, over streams, gravel, and rocks. We saw goats. We walked and walked and walked.

And, while I pinched my toes a bit because we were going downhill so much (and my feet slipped forward in the shoes)… my feet didn't start hurting until about 24,000 steps into the day (about 14km). Personally, I think that's great.

After walking the 16km, we went to the beach. And swum. Ioan and I swam out to a buoy about 50ft out, then hung out there a bit trying not to slip off.

Afterward, in the half-hour boat ride, I think I napped for about 15 minutes. I didn't sleep at all in the bus, though.

Despite the fact that when we got home I was too tired to work… I did edit for 10 minutes this morning.

Mission accomplished.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

We Have a Problem

Dad confirmed my problem.

We sometimes can't remember which country we're in. 

I wanted to type that we're in a different island, on a different continent, but we're in the Cretean mountains.

In the bathroom, I was thinking how 'these South African taps are so weird!' before abruptly remembering that we're in Greece. Approximately a billion miles away from South Africa, both in culture and geography.

I don't really want to go home. Maybe it's because of the responsibilities that seem realer than ever should we go home. Maybe it's because… all in all, Greece is okay. Maybe it's just because I'm finally accepting this trip (which is unlikely).

But… things are falling apart. The camera button doesn't want to work any more. The electronics bag is fraying. We've already had to replace two shirts. The video camera's zoom button no longer has that finesse it used to have.

There are three months, two weeks, and one day left before we hop on a plane towards home.

I don't know how I feel about that. Anxious, eager, scared— scared to go to a strange way of life… scared to have to shop for clothes, scared because it means growing up.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gyros and an Outline

A quick outline of today:

- Woke up early. (6:30)
- Left early for Knossos to beat the heat (8am)
- Actually beat the heat, seeing quite a few lovely ruins that meld into the landscape because they're the same color.
- Went to the museum to see the originals (because in Knossos there are only the replicas)
- Found out that the museum's originals were in storage because of reconstruction.
- Found out that some museum originals can be seen.
- … But not the one we deemed most important.
- Came home. 
- Wrote in French. (400 words! Yes, I used Google Translate. But really, that was more for getting the gist of how to say a phrase every once in a while. Otherwise, all from my own head)
- Started Greece blog post.
- Feel all happy.

Good day? I think so too.

What other things happened? We had gyros. It's like… a tradition. One gyros a day.

I wonder if they're fattening in large quantities…

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Super stuff

I finished Pirate Prince. 71,507 words. Also, we're in Crete. And I had hazelnut ice cream today.

Also, we ate at a food stand called OBELIX.

What did we see today? One museum. I liked the bird vases, which look like these really fat yet thin… birds. The beaks point straight up, which is fascinating.

Personally, I'd love to have one of these in my house. Maybe in black and white.

I also loved the fresco wall fragments that were pasted onto canvas for the display. The canvas is a sandy sort of beige, and on top of that comes the fragmented wall piece, which has been broken into so many pieces you can't quite tell what's going on. It just provides this really interesting visual field… sort of like a colored map. (Which gives me a lovely number of ideas… buahaha!)

In other news, the NaNoWriMo site has been officially put up as being usable for Year 2012. Which makes me happy. It's like having super powers.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I wanted to finish the novel yesterday. Pirate Prince… well, that didn't happen. I've written 8,250 words today on that novel… and guess what? It still isn't finished.

That's right. I've hit 68,253 words of Pirate Prince since January. And the novel still isn't finished. On the bright side, according to my calculations it should only take… 2,000 words to finish it. But my eyes are closing, which means that I'm writing my world, going to sleep, and waking up at 7:25.

Hmph. There goes one dollar. No editing done today. BUT… I do have a synopsis written for October's project.

How do professional authors do this stuff?

At any rate. We're in Santorini. Greeks have perfected the art of white architecture. It's so beautiful… and in a way… so boring. Most of the color here is white… with a blue domed roof every once in a while. Rather annoying, since I'm used to a great deal of differently-colored houses. At the same time… this white is so clean!

Which is very nice to see. Clean is good.

Can you tell I'm tired?