11 November 2009 – Gruschia?

November 11th, 2009 § 14 comments

10 November 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

All remixed:

  • Necklace – World Market
  • Fuschia top – BR Outlet
  • Brown woven belt – F21
  • Skinnies – thrifted
  • Bangle – Big Lots
  • Boots – Dillards
  • Gray sweater – Merona, thrifted


If gray and yellow is worthy of its own term – grellow - then I think gray and fuschia likewise deserves its own neologism – gruschia? I love how the gray and the fuschia play off each other, and to finish the look, I added bits of brown. My first instinct would have been to wear black accessories with gray, but I think the brown is less expected and more interesting. After I got dressed, I realized that I had unintentionally recreated this look of E’s from last winter. Thanks for the subconscious inspiration, E!

10 November 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

As for NaNoWriMo, it’s definitely getting hard. This week, I’ve made quite a bit of progress in my research and my running, which is wonderful, but it’s left me pretty tired and uninspired at the end of the day with little creative juices for my novel. Last night, in an attempt to squeeze out just one scene, I decided to write the “reunion” part between my two main character. This is the best I could do:

Casey walked in the door and immediately spotted Sam in the back of the coffee shop. He was sitting in their usual seats, two mugs of coffee placed on the table in front of him, looking nervous and sheepish and delighted all at once.
“I wasn’t sure you’d come” he said.
“Of course I’d come.”
“Why of course? But thanks. I appreciate it. You look great.”
“Thanks, you do too.”
“This dialogue sucks.”
“Yes, I know, I can’t believe she can’t think of anything else to have us say while we’re having this all important decisive final meeting.”
“My thoughts precisely, let’s get out of hear and have this conversation in private.”
“Sounds good to me.”

So yeah, I’m definitely at the part where I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. S.

10 November 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 14 Responses to 11 November 2009 – Gruschia?"

  1. Well, I think it’s incredible that you are even taking part in NaNoWriMo! I definitely wouldn’t have been brave enough to tackle it during my research year abroad. I also wasn’t the best about going running during that year either, so kuddos to you! Maybe it’s just my screen resolution, but your shirt is coming off more violet than fuchsia to me, so I was a little confused by the title of the post until I started reading. I love the necklace with the belt!

  2. Clare says:

    Heehee…I love your Nano dialogue! I’m having much the same issues. I have some ideas, then start writing and seem to completely lose steam. Words fail me. Keep going with it and it WILL come together (that’s what I tell myself).

    Love the gruschia too!

  3. Christina W. says:

    That’s too funny! Your outfit, though, makes up for it, and I’m sure you’ll regain your steam soon!

  4. Cara says:

    Of course, only getting a sampling of it probably has led me in a different direction that the novel could be going, but my immediate thought was “Has she read If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino? Because she could definitely have the meta fiction work for her like he does” or I suppose like I think he does. Despite it being a fabulous read thus far, it’s collecting dust on my bedside table as academic reading (albeit still pleasurable since I am an English Lit grad student)has taken over my life. I dream of the day when I can read for fun 12 months of the year, and even more when I can have the time to write!

  5. ShopKim says:

    Love the scene! :-)

    I’m also a big fan of gray and brown. I think it’s a superb combination and has such a warm and cozy feel to it.

    Also wanted to mention that this braided belt and fabulous use of it was part of my inspiration to put this together yesterday … http://shopkimsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/fall-er-izing.html. So thank you!

  6. Sara says:

    I love your dialogue! That’s too funny, isn’t it, when you’re in a scene and you suddenly realize that you have no words for it? I have several moments of realization that I have no idea what I’m talking about. My characters are on a boat and I realize I don’t know anything about boats so there are all these “he ran to the thing at the back of the boat, whatever it’s called” or “he pointed out the different knots and named them but I can’t name them because I have no idea what the knots are called – my characters are smarter than I am.”

    You’ll get back in it and find those words when the time is right. I think it’s awesome that you tackled it though you weren’t feeling it, because you’ll continue to think about it and get what you want out of that moment. But until then, think about how big of a laugh you’ll have when you’re revising and you come across that spot!

    And I also love the gruschia! Grey is such a fantastic balance for color, but I love how it makes the fuschia pop. You look lovely!

  7. Susannah says:

    I often wear grey and fuchsia (it is spelled *fuchsia* and not fuschia – honestly! I know it looks wrong, but it isn’t…) since grey is my go-to neutral when black seems too sombre (like throughout the summer)… I tried grellow for the very first time last week and I have to say I wouldn’t have done so without the prompt from this blog. I’m not sure it’ll be a keeper for me, since I’m iffy on yellow with my colouring anyway – but with the safety of grey it felt okay to try, and that was a good feeling! Thanks!

  8. chrissy says:

    I love your dialogue! Very funny. When I got stuck during NaNoWriMo, I usually resorted to writing a sex scene. It kept me interested in the story (because secretly I’m 12) and usually got me over the hump (ha! see? no maturity here). Good luck and keep at it!

  9. cinderella's folly says:

    How brave of you to post your dialogue!I know exactly what you’re going through – I’m in the middle of writing a novel myself and just yesterday I had to power through a scene that I knwo was not up to par. But I kept telling myself, I can always come back to look at it later – the trick is to just- keep – writing!

  10. Nadine says:

    When I saw the post title I instantly thought of the Brecht character Grusha – because as a kid our dog was called Grusha. (It’s my porn-star name!!) But yes, technically it’s gruchsia – fuchsias are named after Fuchs.

    HOWEVER, love the grey and brown accents instead of black – excellent choice. And you look terrific in those jeans.

  11. jentine says:

    Good dialogue… Sam and Casey will figure it all out I’m sure…

  12. Kaylyn says:

    That dialogue is so funny! I love it.

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  14. good thing you didn’t use black. there’d be too many colours. a tan belt closer to the shade of your boots would’ve been perfect but brown’s good enuf. i love grellow. gruchsia too. i’ve done these combos before.

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