The One in Crimson and Gold

Today, I am wearing my Hermione costume. In fact, I will likely be wearing it all weekend, as I sort of don't want to take it off and have made sure to pack my weekend with stuff to do. I tend to not do this kind of thing half way, nor do I kid around when it comes to Halloween. You can bet your candy corn that totally ordered my Gryffindor cardigan from Scotland for authenticity AND that I'm mentally bemoaning the fact my costume isn't 100% accurate (I don't have the right shoes, a Time Turner, or a Prefect badge). In other news, not much is going on in my world. I'm waiting to hear back from my agent about whether or not she likes BLACK IS THE COLOR. I guess the most "news-worthy" item is that I've decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo this year. Even though I, you know, still have no idea what I'm going to write. I'm thinking I'm going to try my hand at a Middle Grade project that's been stewing in my noggin, but it really needs to be fleshed out, and I only have this weekend to do it.

I participated in NaNo my freshman year of college--back in 2005. I'm grateful for the experience, because 1) it taught me so much about writing and myself as a writer and 2) got me seriously considering what it would be like to publish a book. That NaNo book will (thankfully) never see the light of day, but sometimes I read passages from it and giggle about how many cliches I managed to pack into it.

Is anyone else participating this year? My handle is 'alexbracken' over there, so find me and friend me!

EDIT:

The following conversation took place while I was waiting in line to pay for my lunch:

Man in Business Suit Standing in Front of Me: ... where do you go to school? I'm not sure I recognize your uniform.

Woman Standing Behind Me Who Wins at Life: She goes to a prestigious academy in Scotland. I don't think you've heard of it.

P.P.S. Picture for your time!

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