Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wed. Wish List

Since I had fun writing last week's Wed. Wish List, I thought I'd do another this Wednesday. And it's actually still early in the day, so I'm ahead of the game...well, maybe not ahead, but at least I'm not behind.


I can't be the only one feeling like they are totally behind with everything right now, am I? I'm trying to keep up with NaNoWriMo, complete my writing assignments for which I'm actually paid and stay on top of my everyday domestic duties. Balance, balance, balance. It's not easy and then a quick look at the calendar and I'm freaked to see that Thanksgiving is one week away. After that it's a flurry of holiday hectic-ness.

With balance and a crazed schedule in mind, here is my Wed. Wish List for November 17, 2010.

Oh, wait I almost forgot the rules...Only 5 wishes per Wed. are allowed. The list must be created in one sitting, no contemplating, just type it all out as it comes to mind. Randomness is allowed and encouraged.


  • Wishing someone else would take the initiative and wash the kitchen & bathroom floors for me.
  • Wishing the frenzy over Prince William's engagement slows down...but I know that it won't. I mean, I'm happy for them, but seriously there are other news stories that can be reported.
  • Wishing our local food banks are filled to capacity so everybody that needs help gets it.
  • Wishing everyone dreading the holidays for whatever their personal reason, is able to find some peace and happiness instead of despair.
  • Wishing I was planning a vacation to Disney right now as I would welcome a bit of an escape from reality.
Do you have five wishes? Go ahead and share them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Having a Very Harry Day

I am currently re-reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in anticipation of seeing the new movie when it arrives in my area this weekend. I admit to being caught up in the excitement with the new theatrical release although I know that it will probably not do the book justice...since most book-to-movies do not live up to the book. Can we say "The Lightening Thief?"

Regardless, I am still looking forward to seeing the movie and am enjoying my re-read. I can get totally lost in J.K. Rowling's series. I've written several articles for Helium about various Harry Potter things including party ideas, gift basket ideas for HP fans and of course reviews. However one of my favorite pieces was a title that appeared on the site, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and its relevance 10 years after publication."

I think about the young readers that are just beginning the series for the first time and smile. Remember how much fun it was to read each book as they came out? How long did it take you to read The Deathly Hallows? I read it on a vacation trip out to Colorado. It was a long car ride, but I never saw any scenery as my head was buried in the book, occasionally scaring my family as I would cry out at an unexpected death or other turn of event. My son, who was going to read the book on the trip back kept reminding me not to give him any spoilers.

I love having a series of books that I can pick up any time and simply start in any order or even just sit down and read a few random chapters. It's like visiting old friends. I like to check in on them occasionally. When I'm feeling in a funk, reading a bit of Luna Lovegood dialogue makes me smile. Wrackspurt, got ya?

So this weekend I will make my way to the movie theater with many others and indulge in a couple of hours of Harry Potter magic. I may even make some homemade butterbeer to have beforehand. As both an avid reader and movie-watcher it's so much fun for me to be able to see some of my favorite fictional characters brought to the big screen.

I leave you today with one of my favorite quotes from the Harry Potter books.

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" spoken by Albus Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J. K. Rowling.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wed. Wish List

I have not been a good little blogger. In fact, I’ve been very remiss. On Monday, I swear I was going to write a very meaningful post about my NaNoWriMo project…but…well, that didn’t happen. The words have just not been there this week. 

Today felt like I turned a corner. I completed three articles for Helium and I’m very pleased with how they turned out. I’ve written bits and pieces on my NaNo project (yes, I’m still reluctant to call it a book) but I just don’t feel like I’ve made REAL progress this week.

Which leads me to the meat of this post, wishes. Actually, Wednesday Wishes.

We all have things we wish for each day, each week and so on. I thought that on Wednesdays I might write a post highlighting some of my most current wishes. Be forewarned, randomness may occur. I also encourage anyone else to chime in through comments with their own Wed. Wish List.

So here are my self-imposed rules. Only 5 wishes per Wed. are allowed. The Wed. Wish List must be created in one sitting, no pondering, just the first 5 wishes that roll from inside to typing fingers.


  • Wishing my muse pays a long visit tomorrow so I can get my characters moving again in my not-yet-a-book NaNoWriMo project.
  • Wishing this whole Major Fail gets resolved quickly and that it never happens again.
  • Wishing my Jack-cat doesn’t climb the Christmas tree this year.
  • Wishing I hadn’t wasted an hour earlier playing CafĂ© World on Facebook.
  • Wishing I will learn quickly how to plan out my posts so there is some coherency from day to day and not just random ramblings.
My first Wed. Wish List is complete. So what is your wish?