Saturday, October 31, 2009

Writings from The Crypt Vault

I am sitting at The Vault, which is fast becoming my preferred hangout spot. I came in with the intention of having a cup of coffee, but when I got here, a young lady was up on a ladder in front of the pastry case, writing "Wild Chanterelle Mushroom Soup" on a chalkboard. The next thing I knew, I was ordering lunch (a cup of the soup, alongside a piece of phyllo-wrapped salmon).  Lunch is delicious, and I'm sure that the Americano I'm drinking will have me buzzing for the rest of the day. Today, that's not such a bad thing. I have shopping to do, then laundry. If the sun keeps shining, I will take a Parkway walk.  (Yes! The sun is shining on Nanaimo. It's glorious outside these windows that first attracted me to The Vault.)


Then, around six p.m., I will walk up Sixth Street to Bruce Avenue, along Bruce to Seventh Street, and down Seventh toward Old Victoria Road, hoping to meet Jane and Franco along the way. They will be out walking as well, and we will all be hoping to meet the Olympic flame as it is carried along that route. I may dress up in a Hallowe'en costume for the occasion, but I'm not sure.

After that, I will go home and be on Trick or Treat duty for a while. We don't usually get many Hallowe'en visits, and I suspect that the flu scare will keep the volume down tonight, so I may have a bag of candies to consume while I work on my novel. (It's a dirty job....)

Finally, I will start the serious countdown to midnight and NaNoWriMo. My fingernails are suitably short now. I've been filing them shorter and shorter over the last week, bringing them gradually down to ideal typing length -- not so long as to get in the way, but long enough to create a satisfying click when they hit the keys. I have put direct links to NaNoWriMo and My Writing Nook here at The Turtle, so that I don't have to waste time going through Google to get there. 

By the way, if you write, and if you haven't discovered My Writing Nook, do have a look at it. It's a very spiffy little no-frills writing venue that enables you to sit at Starbucks (or in The Vault!) and work on your current opus online. I don't know why I find it so much more satisfying to work online than in Word, but I do. My plan is to write everything to My Writing Nook and  e-mail my work to myself, day by day, as a backup.

Right now, though, my plan is to go to the NaNoWriMo site and wave, hoping somebody will notice me and come to The Vault to join me.  Happy Hallowe'en, everybody.

6 comments:

Peter said...

Hi Sandra.

I'm glad that you are enjoying My Writing Nook. I noticed that you were linking to the MWN blog. If you'd like a more direct link to the Nook, use this URL:

http://www.mywritingnook.com

Good luck with NaNoWriMo! Happy Writing!

Sandra Leigh said...

Thank you, Peter. I'll do that.

John Hayes said...

We hardly get any trick or treaters but we do buy bags of chocolate bars "just in case," & end up HAVING to eat them ourselves. Good luck on NaNoWriMo.

Dominic Rivron said...

Happy halloween.

Daughter today suggested handing out chocolate-coated raw brussels sprouts to trick or treaters. A bit mean, I thought, but I can wait to try making some!

Mairi said...

Good luck with your novel.

Sandra Leigh said...

John, I bought Werther's Originals, just in case. ;>)and thank you.

Dominic, your daughter must have been talking to my husband, who wants to wrap ice cubes in foil.

Mairi, thank you. I'm very excited.

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