Elle Clouse

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NaNoWriMo Desktop


NaNoWriMo Desktop by ~hermiejr157 on deviantART

I thought that I’d share with you this awesome NaNoWriMo desktop image.  It’s rather funny and oddly accurate…  Counting down the days!

Tell Me My Fortune

IMG_0794[1]My husband and I enjoy Thai take out almost every Friday night.  They always throw in fortune cookies along side the napkins and forks.  I very rarely eat fortune cookies.  The few that I even bothered to crack open normally have some silly phrase that we jokingly add ‘in bed’ to the end.  Now I suppose that could be said about the fortunes I have pictured to the left but they mean a tad more to me.

The fortune on the top reads ‘You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course’ and I received this right about the time I decided to seriously consider publication for my novel.  I was in full edit mode and getting frustrated and questioning everything I was doing. This came at just the right time to seal my conviction.  I thought that it was very fitting so I kept it at my desk and I refer to it when I’m frustrated.

Just this past weekend, I cracked open another cookie and received the fortune on the bottom which reads ‘Your fondest dream will come true within the year’.  That’s rather specific and again right on target with what I am trying to do.  I am trying to get my novel published and I guess you could categorize it as my fondest dream.  I used to think that I was a patient person but I’ve never had to wait to hear from publishers before.  It’s almost torture.  So this fortune came at just the right time to soothe my nerves and reassure me.  It now keeps my first fortune company at my desk.

I hope that it’s true, although I know that they are random.  They arrived right when I needed them, lets hope that they are correct.  I look forward to seeing my novel in print.

Or winning big in the lottery.  That’s my fondest dream too.

Friday Funny

So, I was trying to think of a blog topic today since it’s a Friday and the 13th. My Google Fu brought me to this, which I think is funny and something I do not suffer from.

Sesquipedalophobia: the fear of long words. Also known as hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Does anyone else see the irony?

Friday & Other Things

Happy Friday, folks! For some, Friday is just another day in the work week but for many, myself included, it marks the weekend and two consecutive days off. In honor of the occasion and the positive reception of my previous attempt, here is another haiku:

In comes the week end
blissful delightful Friday
eight more hours ’til five

I don’t have much on the agenda for this weekend, just the usual family time and writing when I can. My outline for my November NaNoWriMo entry is coming along nicely and I am also utilizing character profile sheets I found out on the internet. It’s really helping me expand my understanding of my own characters.

There are a lot of helpful resources for plot, scene, and character development, more so than when I started writing years ago. It’s really nice to have access to these tools, although it doesn’t make or break me as a writer. That’s all about drive, which I have in spades. Patience… Not so much.

Although, if I had to hand write all my stories with a quill and bottle of ink on parchment, I might rethink this whole writing thing. I can’t imagine the hand cramps I’d get!

A Morning Haiku

Like most people, Mondays are not one of my favorite days. I generally need a glass of get up and go. So much so that I decided to write a haiku about it.

Bitter coffee taste
how I abhor you, and yet
how I love you, too.

Now, I am not a poet but I am not soulless either. Mmmm, coffee. Any one up for a haiku a day for a year?

Edit: I just realized its Tuesday. *fail*

Random Romance Novel Title Generator

So, I thought that this would be fun to share.  It’s a Random Romance Novel Title Generator I found while surfing the web for some inspiration.  I was actually trying to rename “Stealing the Wolf Prince” and had hit a wall.  So out of desperation I searched for a romance novel title generator and found this.  Although not something I would use to rename my work, it’s quite funny and has provided me with a lot of amusement.  Just generate a title and see what you can come up with.  What is the first one you get?  Leave it as a comment.

Mine is “The Assyrian Duke’s Lonely Bride”.  If that’s not a bodice ripping trashy novel, I don’t know what is.

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