Friday Nerd Round-Up: Ren Faires, Forecasts and NaNoWriMo

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:

Renaissance Festivals/Faires

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.

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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 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)!

6 thoughts on “Friday Nerd Round-Up: Ren Faires, Forecasts and NaNoWriMo

  1. I am suffering from NaNo jealousy 😦 I wish I could do it this year. But good luck, and I’ll be cheering you on!

    Also suffering from Ren Faire jealousy-I’m not sure we’ve got one nearby. Although we do have a kickass Highland Games every summer, complete with pipers, dancers, and kilts 🙂

  2. Love the pic of you with the Man. 😀 So cute!
    I’m a sucker for Ren faires too. Next year, I’m going to try to hit at least a few up here. (Would have this year, but it’s no fun if I don’t have shopping money!!) I have the most gorgeous gown, but I need to get an under dress for it before I wear it again. The top I was wearing under it is now too small. (Well, I was a size 6 when I got it. Luckily, the dress itself has ties on the sides, and I can widen it a LOT.)
    And YAY for Nano! I’m convinced that anyone can do it, regardless of what else is going on in their lives. It’s a matter of prioritizing, and setting a realistic plan. LIke, I know this year, the days where Dev’s at work are the days I’m likely to get the most writing done (Because when she’s home, we tend to do stuff together/hang out.) so those days, I’m aiming for a minimum 3k. There was one year that going into the LAST day, I was at only 25k. And I still won. It wasn’t pretty, and required a lot of revision, but I barreled through and hit the major plot points!! It just takes determination, lots of caffeine/sugar, and a strong story.

  3. Yay! New NaNo buddy! 😀

    I love it to no end…obviously, since I’m ML-ing for the third year in a row. And I agree with Leigh: You can do it, and you can win, no matter what else is going on in your life.

    In 2009, I didn’t write the entire week of Thanksgiving because I was sick with swine flu and my grandfather died (it was a bad week). I still managed to crawl across the 50k finish line on November 29. (And promptly hid the story away and didn’t look at it for 6 months. It’s still unfinished.)

    All that to say: even if you get started a little late, you can still totally kick NaNo butt! 😀

  4. Okay, I have been wanting to do it, but afraid of the commitment (with 2 toddlers and a clingy husband). But I’m gonna do it. Ugh it’s gonna be so hard with my R&R :/. Gotta try to get that done before November. I’m super excited to finally set aside this time to get this story OUT OF MY HEAD! Seriously these characters are going crazy in such a small space–it’s time to clear my brain. Once I latch onto an idea it haunts me until I get it on my laptop 🙂

  5. congrats on the wedding in less than a week! woohoo! great pic of the two of you, as well. hope you guys have a fantastic day – weather looks exceptional. 🙂 i love a good medieval fair, too. we have one nearby every spring, but we haven’t been in a few years. spring is always so busy! must make time this year.
    i am definitely doing nano this year. i will be starting a few days late, myself as i have a writing retreat the first weekend. i’m never really so worried about finishing as just participating. let’s do it!

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