Thursday, November 19, 2009
Week Two, NaNoWriMo 2009
Hindered by feeling yucky, and the fact that people need clothes ironed and lunches packed and bathrooms cleaned, yada yada, and the fact that in all this mess, somehow I'm actually expected to go to work, I haven't been working as hard as I should.
Not to mention that I got mad at one of my characters and didn't want to write about him at all, and I got bored with the other major character - she was too nicey-nice. Well, I fixed that all right, mwah ha ha! She's going to do a few questionable things, and that's fun to write about. And I started fleshing out an uninhibited minor character, so that should help too. Tonight, the 18th, I should be at 30K words, and I'm not - I'm sitting on 29,213. But it's still doable. In fact, if I stop blogging right now, I could probably go write another 1000... okay, probably not.
Scents worn in week two:
Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur - stupid name, lovely scent. Plum, white flowers, and a milky, ambery base that is sweet and smooth without being sugary. In fact, the drydown reminds me of creme brulee. One of the few that lasts and lasts on me. Makes my sweaters smell great.
Teo Cabanel Alahine sample - Wow. This freebie sample is a favorite of Abigail's - see her review at IsmellthereforeIam blog here. Smells like, for some reason even I cannot pinpoint, Christmas. In fact, what it's reminding me of is the Madrigal Dinners we chorus students produced at college: clove oranges, curried fruit, dusty music books, lit candles, slightly-musty costumes, evergreen branches hiding the Federal style mouldings on the ballroom walls... not that I actually smell all of that, but I think I'm getting olfactory illusion here. Which is nice, actually. Mad Dinners were so much fun.
Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea custom blend - I had this huge, head-over-heels emotional reaction to the standard version, only slightly marred by the patchouli it contains. It's nice patch, actually - grassy and fresh-smelling, not dusty and not the synthetic-y "clean" patch that seems to inhabit so many mainstream scents lately. But patchouli has a way of simply hijacking my nose away from the whole composition, so that all I smell is patchouli. Laurie Erickson was kind enough to make me a few custom samples to choose from: one with no patchouli, one with 50% patchouli, and one with a different grade of patchouli. I think the 50% patch is winning, at this stage. I love it.
Just like last week, I highly recommend that you go smell something good, read something good, and hug someone you love. And I'll add one more: eat something good.
Image is Butt by Shooting the Kids at flickr.