Thursday, December 2, 2010

December, Baby... And a Juicy Confession.

Oh! Hey!

It's been precisely one month since I last set foot in the Blogosphere: a month which managed to feel simultaneously lightning-fast and neverending. How was your November? I've missed you.

For those of you who NaNoWriMo'd it up this month, how did you fare? Did you finish, and did you have fun? Here comes my juicy confession...

About two weeks into November, as I was plugging along on my truly terrible story, I came unexpectedly to a crossroads. As many of you know, I had been planning to host a Harry Potter Party the night before Deathly Hallows premiered on November 18. But in my mental preparations for said party, I somehow managed to overlook the fact that I have abysmal time-management skills, and that the party would fall right Smack Dab in the middle of NaNoWriMo.


The party was fast approaching when I came to the crossroads. I had done very little to prepare for the Potter revelries, and my novel was--as I mentioned--supremely awful and failing to hold me in its thrall. So one morning as I was scowling at my computer and wishing I were writing something else, I looked desperately away from the screen in search of inspiration... and my eyes fell on my calendar.

As you may have deduced, it was not inspiration I found there. It was a fact that caused me to jump up from my chair and seize my hair by the roots. I had, I realized, exactly five days before people began to show up at my apartment dressed as witches and wizards, ready for what I'd assured them would be a truly awesome Harry Potter Party. And I had done virtually nothing to prepare for it.

So here was the crossroads: Awesome Harry Potter Party or Completed Miserable NaNo Novel?

The fact that I was suffering from a severe case of Potter Mania did nothing to aid the case for my NaNo book, I'm afraid. And so, gritting my teeth against the shame and horror of losing this year's NaNoWriMo, I nodded firmly at the Harry in my head and closed my Word Document with an ominous, echoing CLICK.

The result? A truly spectacular Harry Potter Party, and a truly unfinished NaNoWriMo novel. Epic success, and epic failure in one. But let's not dwell on the failure. Instead, I'll show you some pictures from the Potter Party.

My sister-in-law, Kelsey, as Hermione Granger.
(Who, incidentally, participated in and WON her very first NaNoWriMo ever. First novel for this History major. I couldn't be more proud.)

My roommate, Emily, and myself: Nymphadora Tonks and Ginny Weasely respectively.

My brother, Jordan, or, Draco Malfoy.

My friend and co-worker Desirea: Bellatrix Lestrange.

Of course, it is rather strange that Draco and Hermione would be married...

Dueling club.

Those of us who snagged Imax tickets. My friend Katie and her fiance, Norris, were
Professor McGonagall and Bill Weasely.

Overall, it was a wonderful, nerdy success, made even better by the facts that a.) the movie was FABULOUS, and b.) my pals and I made the Tulsa news. So geeky and so awesome, don't you think?

Here's the link to our interview. Celebrities, I know.

Tell me about your November! I'll be wading my way back into your blogs, but I want to hear it from you all the same. NaNo adventures? Harry Potter fun? Thanksgiving wonders? Happy December. It's lovely to be back.


  1. Congratulations on a successful HP Party - The movie rocked and now we impatiently wait for the final one. I did finish NaNo, I had some struggles and I'm not sure if any of the crap I wrote so fast is any good, but I feel good for having finished. I applaud you for knowing what is important - Harry Potter - no really, friends. You all looked great in photos and on that interview. At least you have the beginnings of some crap. LOL :D

  2. Love the photos! I'm in the final chapters of rereading Deathly Hallows after having reread the whole series over the last several weeks. It was fun to see the movie and then immediately go back to reading the book.

    And congrats on even attempting NaNo! I finished it last year, but didn't even participate this year.

  3. The movie was awesome, but I'm holding onto my anger. Hollywood, you are a butthead for splitting these up.

    I haven't heard from you in forever! Must email...

  4. I stuck to my guns and finished NaNoWriMo. I wasn't going to let another year pass without me winning. I'm glad I did.

    I still have yet to see the new HP. Life has been too crazy! I can't wait though. It looks like you guys had a ton of fun. Jealous!

  5. The good thing about NaNo is that novel writing doesn't end when November does. You've got a whole brand spanking new year in which to finish that novel and turn it into something spectacular. And I guarantee you'll remember the party much more than you would a night spent slogging through a difficult scene!