Saturday, September 01, 2007

3 Day Novel: Day 1 - 10:26pm

"The Author in Repose with Tiny Baby Feet Nearby"
-Courtesy of the National Archives of Canada, Kensington Div.

...And so we draw to a close Day 1 of Carol's trek down carpel tunnel road. She's done very well, clocking in at 54 hand written pages! She's delving into the land of Advil & ice packs.

Tune in tomorrow for DAY 2!

3 Day Novel: Day 1 - 2:10 pm

I've been sternly reprimanded about my failing to adhere to RULE #3 while Carol had lunch. Man, it's really hard not to talk to someone whom you speak to all the time every day. I feel like I'm ignoring her, which I suppose I should be as RULE #7 states the Carol isn't even in the house!

(Not a peep coming from upstairs all morning. Eerie.)

I just put the girls down for their afternoon nap, I've been having a great time playing with them. Hayden's really good at driving a train around the living room and laughs when I make race car noises for her.

After the nap, I'm going to pack up the little ladies and drop them off at my folks house while I go and take some time to myself. I'll be picking up Pizza Delight for supper and a couple of movies from Jumbo Video.

3 Day Novel: Day 1 - 9:59am


RULE # 1: Don’t ask Carol about writing

RULE # 2: Don’t ask Carol about writing!

RULE # 3: Don’t speak to Carol unless spoken to

RULE # 4: Do not enter Carol’s office

RULE # 5: Carol does not take phone calls or interviews

RULE # 6: There should always be coffee available

RULE # 7: Carol is not home

I think I may have accidentally broken RULE #3 by saying "Good Morning", "hey" and "breakfast" to Carol. I am attempting to trod more carefully. The coffee pot is less than 1/4 full, so I'll have to go make a fresh pot shortly.

I hardly slept at all last night for some reason. Ended up playing around on Facebook for an hour around 4 am and tried to sleep on the couch. I'd say I'm lucky if I managed 3 hours total last night. The girls are down for their morning nap, so I have a small window of time to get things ready for the next part of the day.

So far all is silent apart from the occasional thump emanating from Carol's office. She took her breakfast with notebook in hand (she's writing longhand) and iPod in place. I was told last night she had put a few new songs on her iPod including track #2 from the South Park Movie CD. I hope it is inspiring 'cause I have that song stuck in my head now.

Point of Interest - a post it note in Carol's handwriting stuck to the mirror outside the bathroom reading "Please clean tub". I have done so.

Friday, August 31, 2007

World Famous Author accepts the challenge!

Some say she's crazy, and they may be right (she married me after all). Never mind that she's the mom of twins babies! Forget that she's on a grant driven deadline to write her second novel! This woman can do ANYTHING! She laughs at danger where others cower in fear and this weekend she is taking part in THE 3 DAY NOVEL contest!!!

Now I've attempted the 24 Hour Comic Challenge twice, and grueling as it is, it's not 3 FRIKKEN' DAYS LONG!!!

I have been given a long list of instructions to which I must adhere to for fear of my life. I'll be taking care of the twins for the 3 days and providing the sequestered resident author with meals, coffee, snacks and absolute privacy. It's going to be a big challenge on both accounts but we're a little nutty like that.

So for fun, I will update the Blog here daily with an account of the events taking shape in our modest little home. I will document the muttering and shuffling from behind her office door. I won't be speaking to her about the work; in fact I'll have very little contact with here at all. All I can do is put down my interpretation of events as they happen. The tears. The cursing. The maniacal laughter... All in the name of creative fiction under the most severest of deadlines.

To be continued....

Monday, August 27, 2007

New look to the blog

I've been working on the new Meanwhile Studios website and I figured I may as well update this while I was at it. Start fresh and all that. So with that in mind, this blog will become a bit more of a personal blog (as opposed to a surrogate web space). I've shut down the old "Caffeine & Sleep Deprivation" blog for the obvious reasons.

So the new site is up and running (more or less). There's a few sections like the "Store", "Misc" and "Stuff" that are still under construction, bear with me as I hate building web sites as it is and have done well to get this much done all ready.

Well to break in the "new" blog, let me start by talking about my kids! My twin daughters Alicen & Hayden turned 1 year old last week on August 22 & 23! We had a big party for them on our spiffy new deck on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who could make it, we had a great time! It was pretty exhausting; Carol was up the night before baking 72 cupcakes for the party and the yard had been un-mowed for weeks (months?) due to all the construction going on around here. It was a mad dash to get everything ready but we made it!

(Hayden & Alicen enjoying their birthday cupcake)