October 8th, 2009

Tania pratfall

A bientot, ma petit chat.

Last night we sent Sawyer off with Hammond and Adders for a weeklong trial. If all goes well, he's going to move in with them permenantly! The boys are moving out on their own next year, bless 'em (we all get to the point where we want a place of our own sooner or later, Joe and I will have our very own apartment in Tasmania next year too) so Sawyer will only be sharing their love with one other cat, Izzy. This brings Casa Kenmore down to only three cats, my Nami and Jangles, and Richard's Beckett. So once we hit Tassie, we will also be down to two, which I think is a healthier nber for cats and their humans alike.

I am sad to see the little furball go, but happy to know he's going to live with two men I trust and love dearly, and that he will be well cared for.

In other news, the move date for Tasmania is January 20th. We're looking for a ute or van to purchase for the move and as a short-distance runaround thereafter. Moving with our own vehicle + trailer proved, after much calculation and figure-checking, to be as affordable as moving any other way. This way we get a vehicle and trailer to keep at the end.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this here, but Mum is taking me on a girls-only trip around Europe around the middle of next year. I'm thrilled - it's not something I could have afforded on my own, and it'll mark the first time I've ever been outside my home country. I want to drink it all in, to really get a feel for every place we go to, not just do touristy stuff (though there will be some of that too).

Mum says when I do the catacombs under Paris, I'm on my own. She's going to go shopping instead. Really, I've no-one to blame but myself; my brother and I were adventurous children and liked nothing better than, say, getting mum out on the centre of a suspension bridge with us, and then bouncing it up and down to make her scream. We ruined her.

Dad's wedding is coming up, as is Joe's birthday. I have something special in mind for the latter. Need to check a few details...

Due to business plan and freelance stuff I've had no time for writing this week, but I'm going to rectify that with an all-day session today. I hope to hit 10k words but anticipate 7500. Current word count is something like 53,000. I found a great app to keep track of that. Speaking of apps, thanks for all the recommendations, guys!

So the plan is to try and finish this novel before the end of October so I can shelve it over November while I work on another project for NanoWriMo. I don't have great hopes for aceing Nano because I haven't done much plot development on the other ideas, and I'm one of those people who really works well from outlines and scene-by-scene breakdowns. The point is that Nano will help keep me away from the first draft of my current book for a month, so I can approach it in December with fresh eyes.

Additionally, I officially open for freelance business in November. I'm already getting a few earlybird clients. Yesterday I completed a job that took roughly two days all up, but paid the equivalent of two weeks wages from my last full-time job. Sometimes freelancing is a pain in the ass, and I know that I have complained (and will complain) about it here before. But it helps to keep the positives in mind. This time I'm aiming to do so.

It's past 9am, which means I'm cutting into writing time (no, blogging doesn't count), so I'm going to end this post riiiight... now.