Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fingerpainting in the dark

There was a rumor it might snow tomorrow, but then I just heard on the radio that possibility is diminishing all the time. Still, it's about 39 degrees outside -- insert disclaimer about me being a total weather wuss -- and I've decided it's time to stock up on groceries.

We went from empty to stocked freezer in the last 24 hours, through a combination of Grocery Store Outlet (great frozen dinners cheap), grocery delivery from Safeway, and a quick trip to the QFC to buy bread (Safeway was out of my favorite bread.)

I've only recently started shopping at Grocery Store Outlet and I've been surprised at the quality of items they carry. I bought a bunch of Amy's organic frozen dinners for about half-off, several bags of Kettle chips cheap, and a few bottles of Italian wine that looks amazing. Some real treasures there.

It's a nice change from some of the other price surprises I've had recently. For example, since when does a 12 pack of soda cost over $7? Seriously? I guess it's time to wean myself off the stuff anyway. The pre-sliced Lucerne pepperjack was also over $7, or you could buy a brick for $5. I bought the brick. As it happens, I own a knife.

When I'm not complaining about inflation, I'm adding to my NaNoWriMo word count. I don't have much confidence in the novel, but then I never do at this stage in figuring out the story. For now I'll just keep the critical part of my brain distracted with caffeine and booze and sleep, and let the creative part keep fingerpainting in the dark.

I've devoted today to getting to know my villain. Trying to get to know his background and motivations. I gave him a name and a wee bit of backstory. Still need to flesh him out more. Tonight I'll be writing out with some writer friends. Pounding out the last 1000 words of my daily quota. I hope to learn more then.

What else? Life is nice and boring right now. I fell asleep on the couch watching Brian Greene on Nova telling me about quantum entanglement. We watched the recent BBC version of Sherlock and loved it.

I just wish I could get a better handle on what this darn story wants to be.


KermitFan said...

Funny -- you are not the only weather wuss in the Seattle area -- I scheduled the big grocery stock-up trip for tonight in anticipation of the possibility of snow.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who cringes when they use the 's' word in the weather forecast! :)

Folly Blaine said...

Well, KermitFan, I haven't lived in Seattle very long, but I've seen what happens here when it snows. (Chaos! Roads close! Anarchy!) I think approaching the possibility of snow with wariness just means we are being smart. :)

Lily said...

I heart villains. :)

We actually did get snow here overnight, not much, though. I was going to do a shopping day trip to your area on Saturday, but with the weather, I'm not risking it. I like Seattle to be snow-free.

Folly Blaine said...

Oh, Lily, you know me too well.

I think it is a good plan not to drive here this weekend even though you have already proved to me you are not a weather wuss. No more proving will be necessary.

I was a little disappointed not to see a smattering of white this morning. I am glad you had some.