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Kitten-centric grabbag

I think I taught the kitten to play fetch last night. She's been chasing after one of her mouse toys when I throw it, and bringing it back to drop next to me on the couch. She's always been a Carrying Objects Around kitten. However, I have created a monster. This morning she woke me by bringing me a mouse toy and chewing on me until I threw it.

It's also clear to me now that I'm going to have to write this story with the kitten curled on top of me, purring. Because that's what she insists on doing. She follows me around the house and sets up camp wherever I am. She still prefers to sleep on top of my husband at night though. Which is good, because he keeps coming home with kittens that attach themselves to me. (He nearly came home with another kitten the other day. He went to the special vet to pick up the medicated food for Dimmer Dog, and they had a new batch of teeny kittens. Sanity prevailed. My husband has a very soft heart when it comes to animals.)

Cranky: I dislike "novel" as a verb. I'm happy to invent new verbs myself, but they must meet my rigid taste standards. Whatever those are. I confess I make them up as I go along.

Today I smell like BPAL Samhain. Which has a truly improbable pronunciation. My theory is that if you're going to show such utter disregard for the normal pronunciations of letters in the Roman alphabet, you can get your own damn alphabet instead. Oh. Right.

I need to find or make a wallpaper that gets me in the mood for this NaNo project. Season 2 or Season 3 Giles, somewhat fragile and burnt. With a dynamic Buffy. Council or perhaps Christian iconography. Hmm.
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Now you can not take Kitten hunting in the primeival wilderness around here so she can provide for the family with wild crumpled paper and catnip mousies!

Novel as a verb? That hurts even me and I'm the epitome of normalcy.
Very jealous you smell of Samhain, as I have yet to see my white moon order. BPAL does not love me. I figure the pronunciation of the word 'Samhain' is at least as sane as 'boatswain'- and the British have no excuse, this is supposed to be their darn language
I have my White Moon; my Yule order will arrive today or tomorrow or something. I am smiled upon.

I hear that you just had a radiator delivered!

The NaNo people are into using "novelling" as a the word for "the process of writing a novel". Which upsets me greatly.
"The NaNo people are into using "novelling" as a the word for "the process of writing a novel". Which upsets me greatly."

Why? What would be a better verb? I get that they're trying to use metaphor to make the point that this is an active process, and rather distinct from the normal writing many of us do every day in our business and personal lives. What word would you rather we be using?

And, wondering just how Do you pronounce Samhain, I ended up on some Wicca sites. I know the series sidestepped the whole "What is wicca?" question, but I found it cool tht a lot of the assumptions I'm making about who Willow has become in the 3 years since Grave are reflected in the basic tenets of Wicca. So thanks for the prod in the right direction, however unintentionally.

Hob
It... well, it just offends my vague sense of taste. I would use "writing a novel" or "novel-writing". As in, I will be spending my weekend novel-writing. But I would also use "writing" sans modifiers to mean "writing fiction" by default, and would supply modifiers if I meant something different. I realize I have no legs to stand on here, and would not prescribe a usage for anybody other than my own cranky self.
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Noveling--good lord! Sorry I was channeling my inner Giles. The idea that it's OK to just make up words has always bothered me. There are an awful lot of words in the English language that we don't use already, why make up something so grating? Its cute when Buffy and her gang do it because they are kids--its grating when adults do it because 1) they are ignorant of the correct word, or 2) its an advertising ploy. Really, you don't say you are going librarying do you? Or saleing when you decide to shop the sales, so why noveling because you are attempting to write a novel? And I totally agree about the pronunciation of Samhain.