NaNoWriMo: Day 15


30,249 words! Whew.  I am over the half-way hump and on my way to the last 20,000 words (can you really call 20,000 words your last words?)  Michael is on his way from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea for Shabbat with two random Israeli girls who are driving to BeerSheva and also want to escape from the city in case they get Jerusalem syndrome.  Michael, obviously, has not had any luck on the marriage front yet.  Although, he has gotten an email which seems very promising.

I want to take this time to really thank everyone who’s been supporting my annoying journey. Thanks for answering my questions, and an especially big thanks to Otir for singing a song for me!

A quick note:  I guest-posted yesterday at Milena Thomas’s Art and Avarice cultural economics blog about artists in society (if you haven’t been yet, you should go check it out.  Milena also writes a very interesting personal blog called Quiet the Thunder. )


1. Is it still seen as embarassing to have met friends or significant others online, or is the stigma gone?

2. How often are you out in the sun before you start getting sunburned, and how can you feel that you are sunburned?




14 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Day 15

  1. Awesome! Great job on the word-count! (Also, if you need an editor … I know a professional ;-)

    1. I don’t think it’s as weird as it used to be to have met someone online, but people still might do double takes. At the same time, online communication has blossomed tremendously in the last five years or so, and online partnerships are old hat by now. So perhaps it’s perfectly stigma-less to meet someone online.

    2. Sunburn depends on how fair your skin is. I can be out in the sun for just about 20 minutes and be burnt if I’m not wearing any sunscreen. I usually put on SPF 50 if I’m at the beach. But someone who’s much less fair than I am could probably be in the sun longer. In any case, you start to feel thing tingling and taut sensation, like someone’s pulling your skin really tightly. And of course it becomes red. If you put on sunglasses, you’re better able to see patches of sunburn than with just your eyes. Also, if you press your finger on a patch of skin you think might be sunburnt and it turns white, then you’ve been hit by the sun a bit too much. Hope this helps!

    1. :) I will have to keep that in mind! I don’t want to unleash this ugliness on anyone just yet though, so it might take a while.

      “like someone’s pulling your skin really tightly. ” -What a great image! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Congratulations!

    1. Depends on the context. If you met playing World of Warcraft, umm, well, you probably suit each other. JDate, etc., is pretty common now, and I know several couples (some in the family) who’ve met online.

    2. How often? Or how long? In Israel, in spring through fall, pretty darn fast (I’m Scandinavian, so your Russian character is prob comparable in fairness). I can do about 20-25 minutes sans sunscreen mid-day in Israeli summer before I’m bright pink. I know because I feel warm, then tired, then dizzy, then ouch!

    1. Thanks so much!

      Ha! World of Warcraft. Actually, interesting story about that. My friend met his now-wife on there. Only at the time, she was someone else’s wife. It was a very hairy situation. :)

      Also, I didn’t know you were Scandinavian-both parents?

  3. Hi Vicky,

    I LOVE your blog (came across it on Hadassah’s website). Our background is quite similar, though I shipped out to Israel after finishing HS in NY.

    1. I agree that it is very common for people to make friends online. Just think of all the tweetups people are holding.

    2. I am fairly fair (how does that sound?). I was at the Kinneret in September and got a serious burn from standing with the water up to my chest for 30-40 minutes. I didn’t feel it until later in the day.

    Here is an interesting idea for your character. My mom is very fair and burns almost instantaneously. She treats sunburns by spreading kefir on the burn. Try that on Michael.

    1. Leah,

      Thanks so much for stopping by, reading, and commenting. It’s crazy what kind of people we can find out on the intertubes…including ones that are so similar to us. :) Are you still living in Israel?

      Also kefir on a burn…tasty/gross?

      1. Kefir or sour cream are great for sunburn … we’ve done it for ages. In fact, when I was in Dominican Republic this summer with a group of friends, one of them got some yogurt from the breakfast buffet line specifically to spread it on her boyfriend’s sunburnt back. Some funny pictures came out of that … especially given the fact that she’s Russian and he’s Indian and had never heard about this cure!

      2. I’ve been living in Israel for 16 years and it’s been a love affair since day one.

        When I was younger I didn’t think much of all these homemade remedies. Today, I swear by them.

  4. Kefir, Leben, Gil, Eshel, plain white yoghurt, are all said to be good for burns. I wonder if it has anything to do with mamaliga-compatibility.

    Anyhow, being the not very fair but still of the east-european complexion, I can be in the sun for about half an hour (high summer, noon) to half a day (nice sunny winter day) before my skin starts to tingle. Then I cover up or go inside. Staying in the sun after that, I get burned, and then it itches and tingles for 2-3 days. Usually my shoulders and upper back get hit, because even though I detest sun screen, I’m always out with a good brimmed hat.

    1. Really. Hmm. The parents have always used sunflower or canola oil on me, which made me smell like a turkey ready for the oven.

      The East Europeans: We are not great with the sun, sadly. But apparently we are ok if you put edible oils and liquids on us.

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