Archive | October, 2014

I’m writing a novel in a month. I’m an idiot.

28 Oct

I signed up for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. What this means is I agreed to attempt to write a novel in a month. I need to write 50,000 words to “win” Nano.

Signing up was easy, and now I am proceeding to the next logical step: freaking myself out.

I’m working on a Superhero story. I thought I had a good chunk done, and realized that I only have 3000 words.

3000/50,000 words = 6% completion.

Then I thought, ok I wrote a thesis. That was a long thesis, if I could do that, I can do this.

I nervously retrieved my thesis from my many unorganized folders.

It was only 11,000 words.

Eleven.Thousand. Words.

11,000/50,000 = 22% of the distance I have to go.

Up until the last sentence, I have written 134 words.

134/50,000 = 0.268%

Fuck.50,000

werds

49999 i got this  not crazy

Paris

13 Oct

I went to Paris this summer as part of a trip to France and Spain. This is what I found.

view of tower

The People/L’Amour

There are a lot of Arabs, Sri Lankans, and Chinese in Paris. And it’s super weird to hear them speak French. I know, I’m a racist.

People openly drink in the streets and everyone smokes. Great for my love for wine, terrible for my asthma.

wine

It’s true, the French are very amorous. They are loving people that don’t shy from public displays of affection (and then some). I don’t have pictures of this because it made my non-romantic and North American stay-out-of-my-personal-space self very uncomfortable.

Love locks on a bridge in Pont des Arts, Paris. Lovers leave these behind to symbolism their love, often tossing the key into the Seine River below. But, what happens if they break up? I didn't see anyone with pliers.

Love locks on a bridge in Pont des Arts, Paris. Lovers leave these behind to symbolism their love, often tossing the key into the Seine River below. But, what happens if they break up? I didn’t see anyone with pliers. Love Lock sites can be found around the world.

People have picnics along the Seine River and pack wine bottles and glasses for these picnics.

La Langue 

Parisians are pretty fluent in English and it’s amazing how quickly they can transition between languages. I’ve been studying French since the third grade and have taken adult level classes, and I still don’t feel comfortable speaking to a francophone. Considering French is a national language in Canada, that’s pretty disappointing. We need more exposure.

It’s endearing to hear a familiar Apple ring tone amongst the foreign chatter.

The influence of the English-speaking world is apparent is the anglo-isms

Angloisms in Pariswiz

 Architecture and History

There is so much history in Paris and the buildings are so old. It’s surprising everything wasn’t destroyed in WWII.

Paris has very quaint places, and very grand places. There’s little in-between space.

hotel

Tiny hotel room

elevator

One-person elevator

buddha

Big ass statue

Notre dame

Notre Dame Cathedral

notre dame inside

Inside Notre Dame

luxembourg

The grand Luxembourg Garden, formerly the garden adjoining the Luxembourg Palace. After the French Revolution, the Palace was transformed to the French Senate and today the public can enjoy the beauty of the garden.

 

    Replica of the Statue of Liberty that was sent to New York as a gift from France. It was designed and built by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Eiffel Tower

Replica of the Statue of Liberty that was sent to New York as a gift from France. It was designed and built by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the Eiffel Tower

towerarchitecture architecture

tombstone

Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides, the military museum of France.

gravetop of invalides

d'orsay

Orsay Museum. Shh, you’re not supposed to take pictures.

louvre

Area outside of the Louvre.

street view

L’Art

gold man

accordian

Accordion player performing on the Archbishop’s Bridge crossing the Seine River

Art store

One of many book stores spotted in Paris

One of many book stores spotted in Paris

statue art

Fashion

Black is the new black in Paris. Colour is less common but not unseen. Accessorize with scarves and hats, and hold your head up high for you are fabulous.

paris fashion

Finding my inner Chanel

police

Only the French can make a uniformed man sexier. Drool.

my french fashion

I’m like 30% model

fashion vspa

Pop of colour on a vespa.

Food and Wine

I have to admit, I was not a fan of French food, it is far too indulgent for me. There’s only so much foie gras and cheese I can eat. However, what I skipped in solid sustenance, I made up in liquid luxury.

Brunch was my favourite time of the day

Brunch was my favourite time of the day

rich food

wine 2

cheers

Cheers

 

The Metro

metro

No, I didn’t get robbed on the metro (phew).

graffiti

Graffiti outside of the subway appears to be universal

 

 

Fin.