Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happier Holiday!

Frostabella and Her Celebrity Friends!

Having a fantastic December, working as Frostabella the Snow Princess at the airport.  A strange little gig made even stranger by the fact that I start to work at 6 am.  While this may be the norm for some, I can assure you tis not the regular hour for theatre folk. Nothing like going through security at the crack of dawn with false lashes, covered in glitter, bumpit in place, and hot rolled curls a bouncing.  If you have never entered the airport sporting this look, you don't know what you are missing!

My pal Frosty and I walk up and down the halls of the airport as people shout hello, wave, and come running over for hugs and pictures.  Little kids gasp and jump for joy when they see us--except for the ones who burst into tear and run the other direction.  I've had more high fives and photos taken this week than I have my whole life.  People say things like "best airport trip ever" and "thank you for brightening my morning" on a regular basis.  Addicting.  Not to mention that girl could get used to people shouting "Hello, Princess!"  and telling her she looks beautiful every few steps.

I think my favorite is to see a sleepy adults eyes widen in disbelief as the look up from their airport stupor, not sure if they are really seeing a princess and a 7 ft tall snowman or if they have succumbed to travel madness. There have only been a handful of crankwads - but they are easily forgotten in the smiles and goodwill.  It has truly been a gift to have a part in spreading a little snowshine!

The downside (other than the 4:30 am alarm) is my face hurts from smiling and I can't stop waving and making eye contact with people; here's hoping no one knocks my block off in Target. 

Wishing you and yours a delightful winter and new year, filled with new stories, unexpected snowman, and all the glitter you can stand!  Cheers!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I Am A NaNoWriMo--NoWi.

That right--I am a National Novel Writing Month Non-Winner.  And I am okay with that.

I have won many things in my time, including a bubble blowing contest and a minnow bucket. I have lost many things in my time, like every 5K I ever have or will enter and my marbles.

Such is the life of a participant

You win.
You lose.
You always learn.
And, if you're lucky, there are snacks!

What Did I Learn? 
Do I Look Like I Care About Numbers?
My official NaNo word count was 38,036. Better than a kick in the head! And no, I am not sure why I didn't just plunk down "but that wasn't all" for a nice round 38,040.  Anywhoo that is 11, 964 short of the goal.

I learned how many words I average per session, without brain bleed. I also learned how far I can push myself to up the word count.

Since it is never natural for me to think in terms of numbers--this is quite valuable. Now, with the aid of a calcumachine, I can better estimate how long it will take to get this first draft out.

With these same new skeeelz I can see that, if I hadn't taken a week off from writing to open a show, I would have easily "won." Cool.  I enjoy knowledge.

What Were The Snacks?

I whipped out a goodly chunk of NaNo words and the cute little wine bar near my house. Popcorn with Truffle Oil and a glass of Chardonnay, nerd power foods to be sure.   Yum.

There you have it.  My NaNo Nutshell.  I totally plan to do it again next year.  It was a great jump start and it was fun. 

How was your NaNo? I wish I had attended at least one Write-In, this year.  Did any of you attend such an event?  Was it worth it?