One Handed Count Down!

Finally, the count down to Nanowrimo is down to one hand.

With only 5 sleeps left, the little voice in my head is getting louder and louder about developing my novel idea. It screams for character development, while begging for more information about the world.  It insists that I need a plot and secondary characters before I can start. I disagree, as I always do, when it comes to advance planning for a novel. None of my previous novels got much advance planning, so why should this one? And that’s exactly what I tell the little voice when it starts. Now, as you can imagine, this leads to arguments between me and this little voice which is proving itself to be just as stubborn as me. I’ll win, because I know that the clock will run out and Nanowrimo will start before we come to an agreement. And that’s fine with me. As a peace offering, though, I am dedicating this blog post to that little voice in my head.

Now, that said, it is probably time that I got more into the mechanics of Nanowrimo for those of you who don’t know about it. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and its when authors (yes some people call us crazy, but we don’t mind) write 50,000 words in the 30 days and nights of November. We have from 12:01am November 1st to 11:59pm November 30th to write and submit our novel of at least 50,000 words. Now, this may sound scary but its not. It’s exhilarating and challenging, but at only 1,667 words a day it is manageable. Everyone has a novel or story inside of them that is dying to be released into the world; to see the brightness of your electronic device’s screen as its typed, or to feel the ink soak into the paper as its written out by hand. This is the wish of every story yet to be written, and Nanowrimo is responsible for a lot of those wishes coming true. So, feel free to join both Kali and I this year (here’s a handy link for you) as we fulfil the wish of two more novels. If you already are, here’s a hug and some hot cocoa.

– Rachel


Oddities & The First Line

Sorry about the lag in post time. Back to school has kept me super busy this time around. This post is back to our Baltimore-NYC trip though. When we last left off Rachel and I were finally in Baltimore after all the flight issues.

Since we weren’t going to be actually around Baltimore for long (we knew we would be spending most of our time at the Con) we didn’t really look up things to do there. Was it a mistake? Possibly, but we found things to do. We wandered around the harbor and found a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium. We found a few other things as well, but we decided that that was the most intriguing to us.



A Different Angle

A Different Angle

Harry Made of Licorice

Harry Made of Liquorice

Yes. Yes I Can.

Yes. Yes I Can.

The pictures I took may have been a bit biased since I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so naturally that’s the stuff that would appeal to me. I did take some pictures of other stuff though!

Penny Made of Pennies

Penny Made of Pennies

Entirely Made of Cigarettes. Woah. And Yuck!

Entirely Made of Cigarettes. Woah. And Yuck!

Famous Sights

Famous Sights

At the end we went into this hall of mirrors area – it was totally trippy because we were wearing these special glasses to make it even crazier. I was a bit confused when they gave us gloves to wear inside, but once we got there it made sense as it was basically a maze. My gloved hands were always trying to feel my way through.

After we finished that we wandered around some more. Most of the afternoon was basically like a giant game of Spot the Brony – people wearing My Little Pony themed shirts were everywhere! We got a few thumbs up and some brohoofs (brohooves?) – which is basically a Brony fist bump (because ponies don’t have fists, but hooves).

We tried really hard to find a coffee shop and it was a major failure. We eventually found a Barnes & Noble which I insisted on going inside. It had a Starbucks, but it was WAY expensive in our opinions. We ended up just going for slushies at a nearby shop. I hadn’t had one in forever & it was amazing. It did turn my tongue blue though (I had blue raspberry).

Finally it was the moment we had both been waiting for – time to head up to the Hilton (the Con Center was connected to it) to pick up our badges for BRONYCON!

We arrived early and so we ended up being fairly close to the beginning of the line. We were not the only ones confused at first, but we found a bunch of our fellow Bronies and wandered around with them confused for a bit before we figured out where we were supposed to go. While we were waiting someone was pumping music by Brony musicians out of a pair of portable speakers – mostly super cool remixes of show songs.

The wait was long and it was kind of disorganized because of the different types of people going to the Con – regular attendees like us, sponsors, and vendors. They didn’t start different lines immediately, but after the line had already formed so yeah, a bit strange.

But, we were talking to people with at least one similar interest (PONIES) and they tended to be pretty cool. At one point a bunch of people decided to do this push up competition of sorts. I guess it really wasn’t a competition since no one lost – more of a showing off thing. One of the girls in line ended up joining in, she was the only girl. She got a lot of cheering from the crowd.

At the end it was all worth it though. There were options to go to a BarTrot that night, but as neither of us really drinks much (I don’t at all & Rachel does minimally) it didn’t really appeal and we knew we would be exhausted. So, instead, after we got our BronyCon bags (which had unicorn sunglasses, the BronyCon guide, etc) and our badges for the weekend we headed back to the hotel. We knew we would need an early night before the hustle and bustle of BronyCon began.

BronyCon Badge! Complete with the Con Mascots (from left to right) Blank Canvas, Hoof Beatz, & Mane Event!

BronyCon Badge! Complete with the Con Mascots (left to right) Blank Canvas, Hoof Beatz, & Mane Event!