Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fun Moments of Language Learning

My toddler daughter has taken to calling everything she doesn't know the word for "this". As we're trying to teach her we cannot read her mind and need more clarification, it's led to some amusing exchanges:

J.T.: (taking one of her toys) Let me see it.
Nene: (bursting into tears) My this! My this!

While Nene will often repeat words, it's not always when we would like it. For example, on J.T.'s birthday:

Me: Happy birthday, J.T.! Nene, say 'happy birthday'!
Nene: (smiles)
Me: Come on, Nene. It's your brother's birthday. Say, 'happy birthday'!
Nene: (smiles)
Me: Can you do it? Can you say, 'happy birthday'?
Nene: (still smiling, and with perfect pronunciation) No!

Scary to think Nene's old enough that I can start posting things she says. Even more scary to think that someday soon, I'll be hearing actual conversations between these two.

Monday, November 17, 2014

NaNoWriMo '14 Progress Report

Okay, NaNoWriMo is just about at the halfway point now (okay, a little over), and it's been full of surprises. I knew I was starting off with only a 25,000-word goal. I just expected that to be focused on a single novel. In fact, I planned to focus on one I was already 25,000 words into so that by the end of November, I've have a nice little complete first draft.

Well, it's NaNoWriMo, and things don't always go as planned. I've been working on the original planned novel, a brand new novel, a short story, and even a fanfiction. As I didn't plan to validate anyway (not hitting the 50k goal and all that), I gave myself a lot of leeway in what would "count" towards my personal goal. And I've enjoyed it a lot. I think lately I've been really focused on trying to get a single project done that I miss the fun part. That part where you just write what you feel like at the time and who cares if it's marketable?

I still don't think I'll have another 10k-word-day anytime soon. But the 2k that I had a few days ago was an awesome feeling, nonetheless.

How about everyone else? Are you tackling NaNoWriMo this year? And if so, how's it coming along?