Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A bit of a reprieve

Well, I am pretty far behind on my NaNo novel at the moment, although I'm at least past the halfway point.  As far as schoolwork goes, I've got two research papers, one presentation, one French composition, a batch of French homework, and one recitation left to do.  Oh, and my senior portfolio.  *gulp* Wondering if finishing NaNo is going to be a possibility at this point... *mental face slap* Of course it is.

Just got done typing up all of my info about sales for Black Friday through Cyber Monday, hoping that those will be good days this weekend for sales :-).  Note to self:  remember to start posting info tomorrow morning.  Going to my grandmother's for Thanksgiving.  Second note to self:  remember to go to bank and finish laundry tomorrow.

I should try to get some more writing done tonight, as well as whip up a few more pieces to add to the shop. Oh, and here's some preliminary info about the sales this weekend (but the codes aren't active right now so don't get any ideas! ;)

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday I will be running a few storewide sales.  Please make sure to note the differences in coupon codes as they will only be active on their respective days.
11/23:  Coupon code is BLCKFRIDAY20 for 20% off storewide.
11/24:  Coupon code is SMALLBIZ20 for 20% off.  Support handmade & small businesses!
11/25:  Coupon code is ENJOYFREESHIPPING for (you guessed it) free shipping on domestic orders ONLY.  For obvious reasons, I won’t be doing any actual shipping on Sunday, but you get the point.
11/26:  Coupon code is CYBERMONDAY25 for 25% off storewide.
A note on how shipping will work this weekend:  I will be out of town from 11/21-11/24.  Purchases made during these days will not ship until Monday, 11/26, probably around 4pm EST (I do still have class).  Purchases made on Monday will not ship until Tuesday at the earliest, probably around 2pm EST.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NaNo: Day 6 and my week so far...

Well, we're coming to the end of Day 6 of NaNoWriMo, and I've only gotten in a hundred or so words for the day.  I'm not too far from the recommended 10k, though, so it won't be a problem to finish.  Schoolwork is rearing its head, though, especially since tomorrow is my 5-class marathon.  I've got breaks in between at a couple points, though, and luckily I don't really have that much to do.  What I DO need to concentrate on is my Shakespeare paper due next Monday, so after shining up my cover letter for class tomorrow, I'm going to dash off the 900 or so words to meet today's goal, and then start an outline for my paper.  There.  I've written it down and put it out on the Internet so everyone can see me and hold me accountable for it ;-)

In other, perhaps more exciting news, business in the Etsy shop is picking up quite nicely.  Definitely need to craft some more Once Upon A Time pieces since those are getting the most views, hearts, and sales.  Sold one of my babies the other day--I was very proud of that piece.  Etsy's also added a way to print/purchase shipping labels through them, which made my life INFINITELY easier when it came to getting stuff ready to ship.  Paypal is just so pricey, and I hate having to go to the post office--especially the one closest to my apartment.  The people aren't nearly as nice there.  Which reminds me--I've got to find time in there somewhere tomorrow to go to the post office.

Aaand I'm procrastinating at this point--more NaNo updates to come!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNo: Day 1

Well, we're nearing the end of Day 1 of NaNoWriMo, and I'm starting to not freak out as much as I was earlier this week.  Last year, my strategy was just writewritewritewrite, and I had schoolwork at the same time, but the enormity of writing 50,000 words only really hit me near the end when I was racing to catch up.  This year, I knew exactly what I was getting into, and I had some moments where I was almost to the point of hyperventilating (not literally, but it sure felt like it at times).  After having done over 2k words so far on this first day of NaNo, I'm reminded that I'm not writing 50k words overnight.  These research papers I have to write are not due until the beginning of December, and therefore I'm not going to write them overnight, either (7-10 pages is a little much for a "night before" paper).  This Shakespeare paper I have due in eleven days isn't going to get done overnight, either.  In fact, since I'll be at a wedding the weekend before it's due, I'm already brainstorming ideas to try and get it done this weekend, or into next week if I have to.  Then I'll start working on my research presentation for one of my papers, which will then become the outline for that paper.  These huge projects don't get done all at once.  They're broken down into little bite-size pieces so people don't spontaneously combust.  I will survive this month.  I WILL!