IWSG: To Nano or Not Nano

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It’s November again and that means NaNoWriMo, the event where thousands of people across the world try to write 50,000 words in a month. It’s also the first Wednesday of the month which means IWSG day!

The optional question of the month: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

Answer, I always finish something, but it’s never been anything I’ve considered publishable. This month, I’m writing “experimental fiction” – usually what I do in November, the kind of story I want to write even if no one else will want to read it.

I’m having a bit of a downer this week apart from NaNoWriMo insecurities. Other writing I’ve been doing for paying clients has not been going well and I am questioning my abilities as a writer. I keep hoping I’ll magically break out of this funk I’ve been in – but there’s a part of me that is saying, but what if I lack the talent to do this? Maybe I’m just seriously not good at this. I feel like it needs to be said. Maybe I love to write, because I do, but that’s where it ends – and that’s okay. I just need to look at other ways to make a living / make my mark on the world.

That’s where I am right now – and man this sounds horrible when I say it like that, but there’s a peace in entertaining the possibility, in saying maybe I can’t actually do this. I need to stop trying to force myself to be able to do something I’m not going to be able to do. I overthink things way too much, run down side trails way too easily – and that’s just who I am. Only by accepting that, maybe, I can start seeing a path that will actually work.

I really hope so.

 

Celebrate the Small Things 

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It’s Friday again and another week has past. It’s time to celebrate.

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This week I’m celebrating typing The End to a novel draft, the chance to spend time with family, and some rare good weather apart from the heat and rain. In between the occasional thunderstorm and 90+ temps it’s been super pleasant. I have gotten a lot of little things done this week like a new shelf for my work nook and other small organization projects. How about you? How’s your week going?

Celebrate the Small Things

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time to Celebrate the Small Things. This week, I’m trying really hard to stay positive and it’s been hard.

I’ve been listening to Kill ‘Em With Kindness, a Selena Gomez song, on replay, and reading A Course in Miracles and Marianne Williamson’s commentary on the same. Negativity is so out there – and like this tangible force, like gravity. That said, I am proud of myself for doing everything I can think of to fight back passively resist the pull toward hate, including, especially toward people who seem to be hateful at times. Okay, some days and some moments more than others.

Other awesome things this week. I have burned through my Nano novel and am now almost done (at just over 60k of my 70k target) after a few 5,000+ word days wherein, okay, I’m a little in love with my novel now. I don’t know if anyone else will be, but I certainly am.

Also I caught more Pokemon – this game makes me super happy because of the walking around and catching cute critters-ness of it all. Below: a local covered bridge / Pokemon gym. I Heart-emojicovered bridges.

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In addition to writing, a lot, I’ve also read a lot.

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One of my summer reading lists, which I have inside my Elements of New Testament Greek text – because I’m brushing up on my Greek again partly because I think it’s funny, the expression, that looks like Greek to me. 🙂 Greek is such a cool-looking language. My reading list as I review it makes me feel like the FBI might just find me very interesting if they were to get a peek at it.

How was your week? Staying cool? Having fun? Read any good books? Write any great books? What are you celebrating?

 

Celebrate the Small Things

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This is my weekly blog post for Celebrate the Small Things.

I have to be honest, with recent events, I’m finding it hard to celebrate. I’m not sure why but the attack on Nice is especially unsettling to me. I can’t even fathom it.

So, I want to pause for just a second and pray for the people of Nice, France.

This week I’m celebrating keeping up with my CampNaNoWriMo goal, doing some late spring (summer I guess) cleaning, catching quite a few Pokemon AND getting most of my cardio outdoors this week. Also I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, well, reading and listening.

You know, I think what really bugs me is – these people were trying to have fun, to celebrate – and maybe that’s why now more than ever, we need to have fun, to celebrate. One of the best things we can do today and always. Celebrate being alive, being free.

Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité

Celebrate the Small Things

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It’s Friday, and that means time for another post of Celebrate the Small Things.

This week, I’m celebrating some gorgeous weather, lots of writing done and writing goals met, and starting July Camp NaNoWriMo – and the second book in a planned trilogy. Still rocking this great Twitter writing group too, and seriously it is good to be getting back on track with my writing because for a while there I really wasn’t. Also, speaking of things I really need to do and sometimes lapsed on, visited the gym regularly this week too, every other day.

Also, this past Sunday I got to go to an Earth Fair with family in New Jersey, see some great local art, and get a bear-ful of honey from a local vendor. I picked this particular bear because his eyes and nose are smudgy but still there. 🙂

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Also, I found out that there used to be a bike monorail at the site. Yes, a railroad just for bikes! I am a little fuzzy on the purpose but apparently the guy who once owned the property was a bit of an eccentric.

 

Celebrate the Small Things

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. In my defense the past couple weeks have been crazy!

This week, I’m mostly celebrating getting past Thanksgiving, winning NaNoWriMo and getting some good writing resource leads at write ins. This week, I’ve mostly gotten caught up on all those things I’ve been putting off, including returning books to the local theological library (well it’s about a half hour away) … and … getting more books! I’m excited by the new books, all of which are about possibilities for  better world, different facets.

How was your week? Just a few more weeks until 2016!

One year draws to an end, another begins.

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Celebrate the Small Things

Celebrate blog hopOkay I’m officially really, really behind this week. Here’s my post for Celebrate the Small Things, helmed by Lexa Cain where every week we get together to celebrate and stay positive!

This week, I have a few things to celebrate, writing wise. Keeping up with my Nano Numbers at 29616 today. Had a number of clients accept short pieces this week (4 business writing and 1 ghostwritten novella) with the result that I’ll actually make enough to pay the bills this month. Also, I’m back at work editing another novel.

A couple more cute kitten pictures. I have officially named the kittens Duke and Jasmine. They’re getting bigger and cuter and able to jump much higher than you’d think so there is nothing safe in the house anymore..

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Oh that’s the human again taking pictures of us. Back to nap time in between those old closet doors and the roll of paper towels you left on the counter where we couldn’t possibly get to it (haha!) and which we have decided to make our own.

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