Here are the top five things I’m looking forward to next week.
5. Thanksgiving. It’s the start of a new season and for me it means time with family and friends and checking off things on my to do list of fun. See #3 and #2 for examples.
4. Writing. Maybe surprising myself with a NaNo win outta nowhere. Hey, it could happen.
3. Reading. Finishing reading my 25/27th book of the year. Goodreads challenge 2013, you’re going down!
2. More writing. Finishing NaBloPoMo so I can celebrate attempting and maybe conquering one new (for me) super challenge of awesomeness.
1. Thanksgiving! I spent some time tonight planning the menu. I’m most excited about the pie!
I have this thing that I do. If I don’t put in the effort to sort some things out in my mind each day, then I am not sure how to deal with a lot of daily stressors, aside from sleeping it off. So I’ve been using my usual evening drive as a way to reset my mind from the day and prepare for the next one.
I sometimes find myself in a flow state while I’m driving. I particularly enjoy solving various scenarios, or crafting story scenes with random characters and situations, or songs with the lyrics that I’ll never be able to remember once I arrive home, as I hurtle down the freeway at full speed. Sometimes I don’t even recall entire legs of my drive because I’m lost in thought, rehashing the day and wondering what I could have done differently or what I may have forgotten about. Today I think I let quite a few things slip my mind, only to come rushing back to me when I was sitting in my car. I feel torn about that. It’s like I don’t have enough time in the day to think to myself, so I only do so at night. Does that make any sense?
The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups.
All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.
His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: 50 pounds of pots rated an “A”, 40 pounds a “B”, and so on.
Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.
Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity.
It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work-and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.
Art and Fear- David Bayles and Ted Orland
It occurred to me three weeks into the month to pay another visit the site that spurred this month of blog activity. I have been perusing some of the blogs of other registrants this evening and I’m impressed at the variety and depth of these bloggers. Do they know that what they share hits home with so many others? Or at least me? How did I even get on this list? Oh, right. Chris L. told me about it and I jumped right in. Thanks, lady.
I am glad I did this challenge and though it may have cost me the price of not finishing NaNoWriMo it was good to mix it up. At the very least I’ve written thousands of words more than I would have otherwise.
I hope to explore more of these blogs soon. If you want to read some check out the list below.
National Blog Post Month
This blog is number #1789.
So many insights were shared at last night at DirecTV HQ, in El Segundo, during the Social Media Club Los Angeles event; all about online customer service. I have to say that the DirecTV facility has had a quite the fancy makeover since the last time I was there (in 2008). I didn’t take photos of the interior but I felt like I was in a huge futuristic pod of sorts as I passed through the lobby. The corridors were adorned with a floor to ceiling screen that took up an entire wall which was a little disorienting to walk through, but I survived. The conference room set up was pretty amazing and the refreshments were not too shabby.
Read all about the event on the Social Media Club LA blog.
For more you can follow the conversation by searching for #SMCLA on Twitter.
I’m so pumped from tonight’s event in El Segundo, but I really need to rest because tomorrow is another exciting and long day. I wish I could fall asleep more easily after nights like this but it’s pretty much a given that I’ll be tired for the next 30 minutes before I can finally fall asleep.
I went to a panel on customer services online and got really happy because what I heard validated a lot of things I’ve been watching companies do with varying levels of success over the past year.
In my next post I’ll try to articulate the fun I had in a coherent way. It’ll be worth it. 😉
I’ve been hanging out with some of my favorite digital computing devices as usual and listening to music from the 1920’s all evening long. I think it has really influenced my writing tonight. It’s been a relatively smooth process to get going and I am really liking the pace of things. Perhaps I’ll do this more often. Or, perhaps, I’ll completely forget this feeling and go a couple months without listening to this station and my writing productivity will go completely in another direction. Either outcome is likely.
Perhaps this mood I’m in is due to writing somewhere else besides my usual nook.
Who knows? Tomorrow is another day. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Less than two weeks left until Thanksgiving!
I want to take a moment to say that I feel really grateful about many things right now. Specifically there are a few key people in my life these days who have been so generous, full of patience, and all around fantastic lately.
Thank you for being so good.