Daily Wordcount and Prompt

Daily Word Count:  2,710 words.

Daily Prompt (from Camp NaNo care package):

Dare of the Day

Your character has places to go and people to see; they need to get somewhere fast! Then, just as they’re ready to make a move, their travel plans are foiled. Whether missing a bus or train, dealing with a dead car battery, or combating an ornery dragon taxi service, how does your protagonist handle the stress of plans gone awry? — Shelby Gibbs

Gotta keep writing!

Of Camp NaNo & Self-Evaluation

Yes, I know; long time, no posting.  On with it, then!

We’re in the second week of the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo.  Huzzah!  On the bright side, I’m loving the “create your own wordcount” idea.  Especially since I’m doing a non-fiction travel memoir on my time spent overseas, it’s helped me not be so stressed out about reaching the 50K mark.  I myself halved it down the middle:  25K.  I did it in part because I know me, and I know how I tend to write – sporadically.

Though if I had someone holding a gun to my head, it probably would be easier...
Though having a psychopath holding me at gunpoint would make consistency less of a problem!

On the down side, writing about That Time is…daunting.  Most of the time, I feel like I’m just rambling on for no reason.  Then thoughts like “What’s the point in revisiting the past in such excruciating detail?” starts sneaking into my mind.

The point, Inner Critic, is to revisit where I was in reality so that it’s easier to sort out the fiction I was creating at the time.

Some of it was created long before my China days, but there was just so much that developed during that time for my fantasy world that it’s hard for me to figure out what was written when, and where I was when certain characters came into being.

In other words, if I ever have any hope of sorting out my fiction in a way that makes sense to other people, I have to sort myself out first!  And Camp NaNo is the best way I can think of to facilitate that.

What do you think?  Do you think sorting out yourself as an artist and/or writer is important for your fiction?  Or is it better to simply accept what you’ve created as-is?  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

On Being A Brooding Sim.

The Sims 3 is a PC game wherein one can create people, houses, and even entire towns to their specific liking.  You can give each adult person (or sim) up to five traits.  These traits can include anything from athletic to grumpy to workaholic.

About a year ago, they released an expansion called Supernatural.  It introduced such fun things as the ability for sims to be fairies, werewolves, and even ghosts!  It also released new traits, including “supernatural fan/skeptic”, “brooding”, and “proper”.

I am, without a doubt, a brooding sim. Read more

Creativity and Impatience

To [write] fiction or non-fiction; THAT is the question!
To [write] fiction or non-fiction; THAT is the question!

Camp NaNo approaches!  Just another week, and it will be here!

I have to admit, I’ve been second-guessing my topic a lot lately.  While I know the memoir needs to be written, there are quite a few Lovecraftian-like monsters dwelling in there that I don’t want to unearth!

But still, I’m going to at least attempt it.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

Right. Read more

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Next month is Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2013 edition.  Huzzah!

Normally I would have blogged about this earlier, but alas, the affliction of woman was upon me.  In other words, I was too moody and irritable to write a proper post.  (Nowadays, that’s the only time I truly hate being female, but that’s another post for another time.)

But now that Aunt Irma (as the British say) has gone back home for another three weeks, I can tell all you good folks how very, very excited I am for April! Read more

The Achiever Quandry

PLANNING

I am a great planner.  I can plan like nobody’s business!

But actually sticking to said plan, now  that’s something else entirely!

Inevitably, if I set an alarm to go off at a certain time, I will hit the snooze button, wondering in my half-asleep brain why in all of creation I set it for so early.  It won’t be until I’ve finally been awake for a while that I’ll realize why I set it for that time, and what I meant to do.

This is about the time that I start feeling really down on myself.  What kind of weak person lets sleep get the better of them?  Surely I can manage a simple thing like getting up when the alarm goes off!

These kinds of thoughts continue until I’m downright stymied with self-pity, and I’m having myself a nice old fashioned party while wallowing in my own low self-esteem.

Thus, I’m going to endeavor to stop feeling sorry for myself, and take control of my day.  Even though I stayed up until 3 AM (a luxury often only bestowed on the jobless or night job person), I’m going to endeavor to stay up the rest of the day.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity if I do in fact give in to the very basic need of rest, I’m not going to feel sorry for myself.  If I’m still up at midnight, I’m going to do laundry.  Or, I’ll write.  I’ll put down the controller and leave Fallout:  New Vegas and Fallout 3 for another time.

I’ll do the things I well-intended to do during the day, except at night.

What’s more, I’ll try once again to make a plan that works.  One that’s simple, manageable, and above all, realistic.

A plan very similar to what Jim Franklin is doing over on his blog, Write Way Around.  

My list won’t be as extensive as his, nor will it be as bold as Jon Acuff’s.  But, it will exist, and I will endeavor to accomplish it.

But only by God’s Will, and His Blessing, because I just don’t have it in me to keep with it on my own.  (What I’m saying is that yes, I need divine intervention to help me out, folks.  🙂 )

When the list is finished, I’ll share it with you good folks.

Viva la 2013!

QUESTION FOR YOU FOLKS:

What is your plan for the upcoming year?  The upcoming month?  Week?  Next 24 hours?  

Happy Holiday Rush

EGGNOG2

 

 

I’m going to fly in the face of good advice here.  Go against the grain as it will:

I apologize for my lack of post over the past couple of weeks.

Two weeks ago to the day, we Americans celebrated Thanksgiving.  It was all turkey and family gatherings and preparing for Christmas that took hold of my brain, alongside NaNoWriMo.  (I didn’t quite make the 50k, but more on that in a future post.)

As a result, I fell off the blogging horse, so to speak.  It is only this morning that I have begun feeling up to speed again, and hope not to miss any more updates!

That being said, with Christmas holidays coming up, I may be even more sporadic than usual what with Christmas cards to make out, presents to buy, decorations to hang, and family festivities to attend!

And, somewhere in between that, lots and lots of eggnog to drink!  (Without booze, thank you very much.  🙂 )

A few weeks ago at Publix, I discovered a wondrous thing:  soy eggnog!  It’s not quite as thick as regular eggnog, but still has that wonderful taste that always reminds me of the holidays.  In an untraditional fashion, I’ve actually finished off the whole carton already, and look forward to getting some more!

Unfortunately, as I discovered last night, even soy milk can make my tummy unhappy.  I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic, but clearly I’m going to need some Lactaid if I have any hope of consuming any dairy or dairy substitutes this Holiday season!

Let’s just hope Walgreen’s has mercy on the wallets of the lactose intolerant!

QUESTION:  What is your favorite holiday food?  What holiday is it associated with?  Do you celebrate Christmas?  Hanukkah?  Kwanzaa?  Share your thoughts in the comment section!