Here is why I have barely been posting anything longer than a couple sentences recently. I hope you will find that it is not only an adequate excuse but also an interesting post.
1. I am, as you know, doing NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I can brag (and will) that I have written 12,000 words in the last 12 days. I wrote 12,000 words total during NaNoWriMo two years ago.
2. I have school work! Homeschool Co-op is being fun, but it and the other things I'm doing are keeping me quite busy. I have a confession to make: I haven't written anything for the David Stromme writing class yet! i expect I never will. David Stromme probably wouldn't care much if I don't write anything.
If he does care, I can say, "Your assignment was to write something. Anything. I did write something. A 15,000-word something (as it will probably be by then)! Your assignment was not 'to write something I'm willing to share with the class', and I'm not ready to share my novel yet."
3. I went to Carmen! Last night, just after I started writing this post, it was time to head to the operahouse. we didn't get reservations for Millie's favorite restaurant around there, the Hayes Street Grill, in time. Then Caffe Delle Stelle said we hadn't made reservations for it-- even though we had-- and wouldn't give us a table.
Mom and Millie said, "They should have given us a table!"
Said I, "What, and take away another equally innocent reservation-maker's table? How is that any better except to us."
So we ate at the operahouse buffet, which was just fine. The food was good and it was right in the operahouse, where we wanted to be. Shouldn't buffet be short for buffeteria? Like cafeteria?
We had really good seats, Row B, the sort Millie gets all the time because she really loves opera and if she can't hear it up close it's not worth it. But mom usually gets a seat very far back. However this time she arranged for seats for Millie, Rafie, me, and herself in the front. they recently raised the level of the orchestra pit, so we could see the orchestra. The conductor was highly entertaining. (I kept peeking at the clarinets.) The singing was really awesome and the sets were fantastic. All in all, Carmen was a great show. Mom said that the moral is "always listen to your mother". I think there are many other morals to draw from it, for Carmen and Jose. Like, "if your first thought about someone is "she's a witch, don't run off with her." (Don Jose.) Or, "Don't seduce nasty old soldiers constantly." (Carmen.)
I got back from Carmen at ten minutes past midnight and decided to finish this blog post in the morning.
4. Books! I've been reading when I have spare time, and what great books they are. I got two historical fictions from the library. I have finished (and loved) The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskas.
...and that is why I haven't posted much.