Remember how I was saying how much I loved fall? Well, today is reminding me of some of the lesser 'virtues' of the season. It's only supposed to get in the low 60s (17 C), it's windy (29 mph) and cloudy. A great day to be inside, but... A reminder that I have to get the windows washed (all 29 of them) and start getting plastic put on the ones in rooms we don't use (the rest will get done once it's definitely too cold to have them open). I have to replace the back door as well, as the old one is rotting at the bottom :-( Oh well - like I told my brother - this time of year it's easier to do the yardwork as everything can just get cut down and cleaned up instead of having to worry about the new stuff coming in. :D
Our oven quit working yesterday - I think. It would light and start heating and then quit. Then re-light, heat, then quit. Sometimes it would run for only a few seconds, other times for a few minutes. Gawd. So depending on how much it will cost to repair, we may be looking at a new one. Which is okay, because neither my brother nor I like this son of a bitch. Way too big, for one thing, and too many gadgets that never worked the way they were supposed to. But we shall see.
Fang, btw, now has access to all parts of the house except the basement and storage rooms. I got tired of fighting to keep her out of the kitchen - but she's discovered it's not nearly as much fun being in there as it was trying to get in. She slinks around like enemies are waiting around every corner - and the stove scares the bejeebers out of her (well, it was clanking and hissing a lot when I was trying to get it going :p). But it's nice not having to have the door closed all the time.
Found a new contest to enter - 2K to 20K word count, top prize $2000 and pub, 3rd prize $700 and pub. Spent a few frustrated hours trying to figure out something to write for it and then things kinda broke open. Have until the end of Sept to get it done. So what the heck - nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Had been thinking of using Nanowrimo to get the ball rolling with the "big" original story (I still feel self-conscious calling it "my novel" :p) but it's been poking me with such frequency (an idea here, a snippet there) that I don't know if I'll be able to hold out until then. Then again, if I keep just jotting everything down and doing research, maybe by the time Nano comes around, I'll be out of the starting gate like Secretariat LOL
Also going to take an online writing course through Fiction Factor - "How to Write a Thriller". Even though I'm not *really* writing a thriller - well, it could be called that, I guess. Anyway, there are enough things in common with a thriller and an "action/adventure" story that I think it will be helpful. And it's only $31 for the six week course, so not like I'm putting out a huge sum of money.
Anyway - now to decide if I should go back to bed or do some miscellaneous chores... bed, with a warm blanket and three furballs for heat sounds really nice right now. :D