>Spanish Engrish

>On the recommendation of a friend, I went and picked up some real Mexican hot chocolate… more specifically, handmade salvadoran chocolate tablets.

The short of it: milk, chocolate, and a cinnamon stick… boil and serve.

That’s not the fun part. The best part were the directions. This is a direct transcription:

1) Dissolve one tablet of Salvadoran chocolate in two cups of milk or water.
2) Cook moderate fire. Constantly revolve.
3) Boil for one minute and retire of fire.
4) Serve hot

How awesome is that. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

>Spanish Engrish

>On the recommendation of a friend, I went and picked up some real Mexican hot chocolate… more specifically, handmade salvadoran chocolate tablets.

The short of it: milk, chocolate, and a cinnamon stick… boil and serve.

That’s not the fun part. The best part were the directions. This is a direct transcription:

1) Dissolve one tablet of Salvadoran chocolate in two cups of milk or water.
2) Cook moderate fire. Constantly revolve.
3) Boil for one minute and retire of fire.
4) Serve hot

How awesome is that. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

>Teeny tiny notebooks

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While shopping for party supplies today for my 3 year old’s birthday part tomorrow, I discovered something that quite literally made me squee in the store.

Yes, the lady the down the aisle from me looked at me funny.
But that’s not the point. Look at this.
Yes. That is my thumb. It’s about an inch long. And YES, it is a lined notepad. A real one, with about 25 or so pages.
Wait, it gets better.
Thumb-sized composition notebook.
What’s not to love? I had a fit over these. I’m going to carry them around in my purse. And I ‘m telling my ML about it, because these would make epic goody bag stuff.

>Playing around with ideas

>I’ve been toying around with the basics of my new plot; some changes will have to be made, naturally. One of the things that’s been stumping me is the shapeshifter clan; their original location was a wild, unclaimed country inhabited by the usual big beasts, dragons, and generally inhospitable things.

While post-civil war America has lots of land, it doesn’t have anything that quite goes by this description.
I’ve decided that my clan will need to become Native American; it makes more sense than an overseas transplant. I’d like it to be an eastern tribe, but it will have to be an original one… I don’t want to butcher an existing clan or disrespect them. They’ll thank me in the end, I think. Everyone does midwestern or western Natives, I think using one of the eastern tribe would be a nice change.
This will be an AU, so I am trying to think of ways America will be different with magic. My male main character, Gabriel, is the son of a powerful, very ancient vampire. Now, I can’t imagine such a creature living happily in the wilds, so he’ll probably be a European vampire. Perhaps Gabriel fled overseas to get away from his father’s shadow?
I’m going to have to imagine a slightly wilder government; I’m thinking the Hunter’s Guild will be some kind of quasi-governmental enforcement… sort of like marshals, but with special orders. Perhaps a special marshal offshoot?
So much to think about… so little time. Fade in is tomorrow night. I think I might spend today and tomorrow doing research, and see where it goes.

>New twist on an old story

>I have a story I’ve been telling for a very long time. In its first incarnation, it was actually a Vampire Hunter D fanfic, although I didn’t know what fanfic was at the time. Complete with a pretty blatant mary sue self insert in the classic sense. 🙂

Over the years, it’s evolved into its own tale, a high fantasy about a shapeshifter and a Hunter from the Hunter’s Guild. Set in my own, original world, Bethra. I’ve got maps and such. Problem is, the story itself has stalled… I know what happens in the major confrontation… but after? No clue.
Last night, I was lying in bed, half asleep and delirious last night, when a bolt from the blue struck me.
I’m going to pull the characters, the plot, and all out of Bethra (the world) and plop it into Earth. Post-civil war earth, to be exact. Alternate universe Earth, one where there are things of a paranormal nature (shapeshifters, vampires, elves, etc) as a standard part of society; the Hunter’s Guild will be set up to fight rogues of whatever kind, sort of a quasi-governmental bounty hunter’s society.
I don’t know how it will turn out. But I’m suddenly very, very excited about this story. I’d been planning on participating in Script Frenzy as a rebel anyway (scripts aren’t my art form, but I have to be on the forums anyway in my mod capacity) and I think I just figured out what I’m going to do!

>Day 31: Finis.

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I did it. I don’t know HOW I did it, but I did.

After a catastrophic weekend that sucked my motivation and drive completely out of me, I gave up. I quit, planning on not finishing.
Monday, however – something started happening. The story started to bug me, the characters started to pull on my coatsleeve, asking me what the heck I was doing. Then people on twitter started poking me, wanting to know why.
And I got emails. And forum posts and… wow. I didn’t know so many people cared!
So I started writing.
Now, it was 5:00 PM my time, and I still had 10k to write. Then I got a challenge from the NaNoLanta ML, MattKinsi. If I won, he’d donate $10. Then more people started doing it.
Next thing I knew, I stood to raise something like $60 for OLL if I won.
I can’t fail, with that kind of motivation.
So I wrote, and a wrote, and I WROTE. Dear lord, so much writing.
And something miraculous happen. After a solid day of writing, I managed to pull of 15k and win. With four minutes to spare.
How ’bout them apples.
So I dedicate this win to all of you who promised to donate if I won (and did!) If you check out the “Brought to you” page, do a search for “licking.” That’s the one MattKinsi did for me. 😉 And no, I won’t stop licking him. It helped me win.
Funny thing is? I’m only halfway through my story. So I’m nowhere near done. At least now I can get a free proof copy of it printed when I’m done. 🙂