Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016

It’s about time for Camp NaNoWriMo once again. I still have to edit the novel I wrote in April, but I’m getting to it. I’m also busy converting (manually) the back issues of The Moon from pdfs to epub files…

But in July I will start a novel for a new series—White Lion Unicorn Series Book 1: A Colony of Tiny Nekos. Yes, I’m finally starting this one. This first book will explain how White Lion Unicorn came into existence. I will probably end up writing the second book of The Guardians Series first. Or rather I will add and do some rewriting for that book. I’m sure I can get both done by the end of July.

Oh, there’s so much for me to do that I shouldn’t get into any trouble…

Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo starts April 1st this year and I will be participating. I finished editing the novel I wrote last November and now I will be writing another one. I may write more poetry as well… Just depends on how my schedule goes and how well the novel drafting goes. And of course, if the poetry starts to gush out of me, then I will have to write it.

I don’t have a cover yet for this new novel, but I’ll come up with something in April… all this work should keep me out of trouble.

Time to Say Goodbye

After completing 13 volumes of the monthly magazine, known as The Moon, I’ve decided I’ve done enough. No more publishing books and no more magazine either. I’m not getting anymore benefit from the work and there aren’t enough people are interested in supporting it. I’ve done a lot with this publishing house, but publishing is still in turmoil. The traditional publishers don’t want to admit, but it’s true. Things will have to change or else we will lose more books, magazines, and newspapers. It’s mainly the cost of printing and distribution. Not many can afford it.

The sad reality is that many readers expect it and when they can’t find something in print, they don’t always look for alternative stores or formats. Reading is the one form of entertainment which has never required any technology for the reader to enjoy. There are many people who prefer paper over reading a computer screen. Those people deserve to get their favorite authors.

They may not realize what’s happening behind the scenes. All they see is the finished product. But some of us are perfectly aware of all the creativity, polishing, and packaging which goes into any book or magazine or newspaper. There is a wide variety of writing out there and it doesn’t matter if it’s published by the traditional publishers or by the writers themselves. Some of it is really good and some of it’s really bad.

I just hope something can be changed with printing and distribution to allow readers to find what they like to read. I am willing to be a part of that change. I know it will be rough, but it must be done or else we will lose more culture items.

NaNoWriMo This Year…

It’s time for NaNoWriMo and this time I’m going to participate in my own way. I’m sure about all the rules, but I plan on writing one novel and one book of poetry. That should keep me busy for November…

I also plan to encourage my friends who are also participating in their own ways. I may post updates to this blog to let everyone know how much progress I’m making everyday.

Why I Want to Study Other Languages

I’ve been told that English is so hard that I shouldn’t bother learning another language. (They haven’t studied French. English verb conjugations are so simplified, it is ridiculous compared to French.) I’ve heard people claim that children who are raised by two parents who don’t speak the same language are confused. (I think those children are lucky and grow up to become bilingual.) I was even told that French was the wrong language for me to study because it wasn’t as popular as Spanish. (Hmm, I don’t know about that.)

I do know that I’ve heard lots of spoken Spanish for years. I still don’t know what they’re saying unless it sounds close to the French I already know. Yet, I can read signs around town which are written in Spanish. I know that’s not normal, but it is a gift to be able to read and understand.

I know I still want to study French and I have been lately. It does drive me crazy. There is a lot that is different compared to English. One excellent reason to learn a second language, even if you never become fluent, is that you can learn your native language better. I find that playing with the translations between two languages can increase one’s vocabulary and understanding of words in general.

So, I still hope to become fluent in French, but if I don’t, then at least my writing should improve.

The Food Pyramid

I know lots of people who have problems with food. I’ve known too many women who claim they knew a lot about what to eat and what not to eat and yet they were still fat. Not that fat is a bad thing, but they thought so. They keep on weighing themselves, but I think the real problem is that they don’t understand what their individual bodies need.

I doubt I could tell them. I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve have a lot of trouble with food. I’ve learned there are two foods I will never eat again just so I don’t further damaged my pancreas–dairy and common table sugar.

At this point in my life, I have too many food allergies and what’s left for me to eat is unfortunately very expensive in the United States. I’ve been told that I spend too much on food and that I should just eat the cheaper stuff.

I doubt they have priced the cost of cancer treatment. Nor do they realize that cancer treatment via traditional medicine is very dangerous. I watched my paternal grandma die when I was 12 years old. It wasn’t pretty. It was sad to watch her fall apart…

I don’t like to be told that I eat too much, when in reality I don’t. I have a bad habit of not eating enough when I feel too sad and just want to cry. Abdominal pain doesn’t help either. That’s why I appreciate it whenever my friends politely remind me to eat or ask me if I have.

I know the food pyramid is wrong. At the bottom are lots of grains, which of course, I recently had to give up because they made me so sick. Sadly, I wasn’t eating any gluten, but I still couldn’t think straight after eating any kind of grains. I am feeling better without them.

For now I will just stick to plenty of vegetables and fruit. I know I eat more of those than the average American. Some people would claim I’m eating too much and must have diarrhea as a result. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those people don’t know what their bodies need, so how can they think they can tell me?

I know I crave vegetables, fruit, kombucha, and nuts and some white fish. I don’t need anything else. I’d prefer mainly greens and berries. Those are the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet and they are fairly easy to digest. Easier than grains.

I just hope that someday, there will be plenty of people who don’t hate themselves, their bodies, or even hate eating in general. It’s unpleasant to live that way and to watch it.

The Cherry Blossom Festival

White Lion and I went to the Cherry Blossom Festival. We walked passed the vendors and observed the tea ceremony. We both learned more about kimonos and more about the Japanese culture.

One of the best things about the Festival is seeing who shows up as their favorite anime characters or even ones they create themselves.

And of course I like matcha that is served at the tea ceremony…

Silver Moon & White Lion Unicorn
Silver Moon & White Lion Unicorn

White Lion Unicorn

White Lion Unicorn
White Lion Unicorn
White Lion Unicorn
White Lion Unicorn

I couldn’t help it. I ended up making a doll to represent White Lion Unicorn. I found a pattern online and managed to get him together. I don’t think I did a bad job, but he certainly isn’t perfect.

But he has a tendency to make other people smile and laugh. So, I must have done something right. He looks very much the way he is in the book. Wait… I need to start drafting his books series…

Popular Books

I recently read a book by Karen Joy Fowler entitled, We Are Completely Besides Ourselves. It was on the New York Best Seller’s List, but I wasn’t impressed by her writing. It was a novel and it started out fine. At the end of the book, she was lecturing the reader about psychology and animal cruelty in our society. I was annoyed. I just wanted to read a story. I was disappointed that she used slang in the narrative instead of standard English. I guess she doesn’t care about writing anything timeless.

She had a couple of errors in her book. One, she doesn’t realize that there are two accents in Indiana—I would know because I’m from northern Indiana where we tend to speak with the standard American accent. In southern Indiana, they tend to talk with twang. I suppose not everyone outside of Indiana would know that…

The other thing she got wrong was that a traditional publisher would be willing to promote new writers. That is a big myth and I wish she didn’t put it in there. I know that no traditional American publisher will even consider a new writer unless they already have a following. The writers themselves have to do all their own promotional work.

After reading this book, I wouldn’t read anymore from her. I wonder if she realizes that she is only considered as good as her last book sells. It is sad, but that is the way it is in traditional American publishing. I wouldn’t want to trade places with her.

Lady Nuria

A few months ago, I finally got another cat. I have to say that I went too long without one. I went to a local animal shelter and found her. She doesn’t like to be trapped inside a cat carrier. (Can’t say that I blame her.) I’m not entirely sure why someone didn’t want her, but I’m definitely keeping her! She’s sweet. She’s loving and she’s playful. Unfortunately she bites, but never hard. She only does it when she’s playing with me.