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Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Still Just a Marathon

Life, writing, careers... all are marathons, not sprints. Some days, you just have to be reminded of it. 

I've grabbed NaNoWriMo by the horns this year, and I'm not letting go. I'm on my game. I'm still in the running to win by the end of the month. As of right now, this is what my stats look like:




Don't worry: I plan to meet my daily goal by the end of the night. I don't know what this strange feeling I have is, but I think it my be a little bit of pride. I'm actually going to do it. Let's be honest though--the novel is total crap, but it is nothing that can't be fixed with months of toiling over every word choice.

And about my Vine project... yeah, that stopped. I really wanted to get a post for every day of the month, but it was becoming much more of a distraction then I meant it to be. Instead of working on my novel, I found myself banging my head against my desk trying to come up with a more compelling 6-second video. Next year if I chronicle my progress, it will need to be a full-on video blog so that I can just ramble, upload it and be done.

The real roller coaster in the last week has been on the job scene. A little over a week ago I was invited to join a writing team that could actually put me back in the category of earning a normal wage. So I did everything I was asked: I attended a webinar, I requested to be added to the team and I waited patiently to get started. Turns out, through whatever reason I have yet to understand, I was actually denied from working with this specific team/client two years ago--without writing a single word for them. Through this particular company, sometimes you'll get a client who doesn't like your writing voice or some other (usually arbitrary) reason, they'll keep you from writing for them again.

I normally take this all in stride, but this situation is ridiculous. They promised me work that would let me, you know, actually pay my bills. But they didn't realize they made me lose an hour of my time to attend a webinar for work I would never have access to. Yes, it could be just a simple mistake, but I'm not going to beg for work. I have a little bit of dignity left.

The good, the bad--it all means nothing. I just have to keep going, keep trying. There's a lot that's trying to stop me, and I'm not going to put up with it anymore. My time is now. I'll get to the place I need to be. Very soon the opportunity I need will come. Until then I'll be here, writing away.

Monday, November 17, 2014

#NaNoWriMo14: In the Thick of It

Let's just pause for a moment to recognize two things about this year's NaNoWriMo experience:

1. I have yet to quit due to time constraints, stress, a lack of creativity and all of those previous excuses I have used.

2. Aside from a small 1k-word shortage, I'm relatively on track for finishing by November 30.

This is an accomplishment in itself, whether I end up winning or not. I'm finally at the point in my life/career that I realize how plowing through writing on a daily basis works much better than waiting for that spark of creativity. I hate to admit all of those people who shovel out writing advice are right, but hey--someday someone will tell me that I'm right on some obscure subject, and we'll be even.

I must also address my Vine experiment. I've managed to put up a video everyday, but I realize how boring they are. The last two have been screenshots of my Nano stats page. I'll do better, I swear. I'm also forgoing the weekly YouTube video compilation hoping that I can get a much better 30-day compilation made in December. You know... one that actually includes words and stuff so the videos don't look like a jumble of random clips.

And a little early Christmas reminder for you: a book of haiku always makes a great gift, so pick up Unfolding Life today and check it off of your shopping list. ;-)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 1 Wrapup and On to Week 2



Here's the compilation video, as promised. It sucks. I had a music track for it, but after a computer update yesterday, Movie Maker went bizzaro and started making an awful screeching, popping noise instead of the track. The program has changed since I last used it a few years ago and is more frustrating than I remembered, so next week I think I'll be using Adobe Premiere Elements. 

Week 1 of NaNoWriMo has gone surprisingly well. In past years, I've usually fallen behind at this point. By the 15th, I'm out of the game completely. This was always due to a lot of things--lack of money, lack of work (we're smack in the middle of the freelance holiday dead zone), and the guilt that comes along with spending so much time and effort on something that may never make a dime for me. While the guilt has subsided this year, every other little problem that had held me back in the past is actually ten times worse. Either I'm getting too old to care about things or I'm being really, really stupid. I haven't decided yet.

As of right now, I'm still on track with my work count. The novel went from focusing on the narrator to focusing on the narrator's boss. I don't know how that happened, but it's making it easier to meet the word count. Eventually, I'll get back to the narrator's seemingly petty problems.

Monday, November 03, 2014

The Chronicles of My #Nanowrimo Adventure

If you follow me on Twitter or on Vine, then you may have noticed that I'm doing a Vine a day for NaNoWriMo this year. It's not much, but I wasn't sure about doing full videos just yet. Maybe next year this will turn into a full-on vlog (or a reality show? Come on producers, you know you want to *wink,wink*). But for now, you will be able to see snippets of the things that make nano great--and suck. Here's an example from Day 1:








Don't follow me yet on Twitter or Vine? I'll be putting up a weekly roundup of the videos on my YouTube channel, which I would be more than happy for you to subscribe to so you'll never miss a new video.

Okay. Back to writing...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stuff to Try, Stuff to Do...

Well, it's that time again... another Vox Box has arrived in the mail. As usual, I'm totally excited to try out all of the products. Unboxing, reviews and anything else about the products will be all over at Showered in Beauty.



Along with the Vox Box, This week is all about NaNoWriMo prep. I had a long, almost incomprehensible paragraph outline written a month ago. This week I'm turning it into more of a solid outline so that I won't get lost in the plot by Day 15.

And I'm trying to think of something special to do to keep me motivated this year. I can't decide what it will be. Should I deny myself cookies until meet my daily word count goal? Should I produce some vlogs to record my progress? I still haven't decided but I'll do something fun.