This is a different kind of a nerd round-up this week, mainly because none of my nerdiness currently revolves around a TV show. The Man and I have been chilling out with a lot of Burn Notice this week because it’s more cerebral than emotional, and with only a week to go till Wedding Day 2012, less drama is a good thing. Not that we’re having a terribly stressful time of it – just that it’s nice to go, “Neat, look at what Michael Westin did!” for 45 minutes instead of going, “Everything dramatic is happening and characters are crying and now I am too OMG!!!1!!1!”
Just as an example.
So let’s talk about what I *am* nerding out about:
Kansas has a lot of fall-time festivals, crammed in quickly between “Holy fuck, it’s hot” and “This wind and ice make me want to die.” Irish festivals, apple festivals, Oktoberfests and – my personal favorite – the Renaissance Festival.
We have a BAD ASS festival, in my opinion, and I’ve gone almost every fall since I was a kid. They have dedicated faire grounds with all sorts of shops and stages and food stalls, tucked into a tree-tastic valley, and once the leaves start falling, it feels like a frickin’ fairie land. They get some fabulous shows (my current favorites are the Washing Well Wenches), and the festival performers work their asses off rehearsing and getting together costumes. I mean, it’s intensive. I went to a few recruitment sessions once to see if I wanted to participate, and we’re talking every fabric and costume style has to be approved as period-appropriate before it hits the grounds. Seriously.
But their hard work pays off in spades. I could live there all year.
I’m a weather nerd. When I was a kid, I actually got a little kit as a present that had tools to measure wind speed/direction, temperature, barometric pressure, etc. I memorized the types of clouds and what they meant (and then promptly forgot them, so don’t ask me now). I watched Twister a lot (Action!Weather Geeks!). Point is: I still loooooooove to know what’s going on with the weather. Daily, weekly, hourly, doesn’t matter. I look through my Weather.com dashboard several times a day.
Currently, this is what I see:
What’s that you say, Gus?
This falls under both nerdy and crazy, to be honest. Despite the fact that I will be getting a late start, I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month. I had a big writing-goals talk with The Man the other night, and he helped me cement my plan for the next couple of months. See, I got this project going on with Brenda Drake, which is awesome, but I have some of my own projects as well, of course. I’ve been pondering over the best way to revise PECULIAR DARK and have come to the conclusion that the best way to get a handle on it is to write the second book. And then to write BIG BEN.
Bottom line: I need to rock out some fast first drafts, so I’m stepping up to the NaNo block. I’m all signed up here.
Who else is doing NaNo? Go add me to your Buddies so we can cheer each other on (I mean, outside of Twitter, of course)!