Thanks to a brain-parsing problem with the post for the opening-day status of mini_wrimo, I've already screwed myself up for the month. My first day's total will not be counted for the first day, which defeats the whole purpose of a "daily writing challenge." I'll know, but it's not the same-- and this is after 3 years of successfully meeting the challenge. Whee.
I'm not after the monthly word-count, because I've been writing toward a yearly total (with weekly goals) for findyourwords since January. By contrast, the weekly "status" posts haven't been put up in 5 weeks at that comm, so I'm hoarding my numbers and itching to enter them, along with everybody else over there. I used to have a complete week-by-week log of my total, but that died with the other PC. I hope something hasn't happened to the moderator who handles that function-- when someone "disappears" on the Internet, you always worry that it's a literal RL disappearance. :(
The kids enjoyed Halloween, though the nature of it has changed in our neighborhood the last couple of years. There are a few people about a mile down our street who go all out-- blocking the street off and running a Pirates Of The Carribean theme between several houses. It's fantastic! But it's had an unexpected side-effect: so few kids bother trick-or-treating on their own streets that it's stolen the fun from the grownups in our immediate area. About half the houses were "dark", as compared to perhaps 10% last year and maybe 3% the year before. Meanwhile, the "party streets" were swarmed by out-of-the-neighborhood kids, and ran out of candy early. It's odd to see what an unbalancing effect this has all had.
AFTER the trick-or-treating, the grownups watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on DVD. I now see what all the flailing was about last summer, when this was running in installments on the Internet! God help me, I'm also fangirling over Neil Patrick Harris to a ridiculous degree. What a wonderfully bizarre idea, and so fantastically executed. We re-watched it as soon as we finished it, and then worked our way through the ELE application videos and Commentary! The Musical! I really enjoyed the music (I'm going to have to download "On The Rise") and the story, with the bizarreness of the Evil League of Evil and its leader, Bad Horse. This combines some of my favorite aspects of Buffy and The Tick, which was a wonderful surprise. After Firefly and The Dollhouse (and S7 of Buffy to be honest), my faith in Joss Whedon was pretty much dead. It's back!
I also enjoyed Nathan Fillion being pompous and cheesy, which is kind of what he's up to on Castle these days. Mainly, I just find him ridiculously attractive, even when his characters aren't. ;)
ETA: Now with 15% more flailing^^.