Between you and me the title of this post is a bit of a joke. I’ve always found the phrase “<blank>, I am in you” treading a fine line of being off-putting at the same time as amusing. I still can’t decide what to make of it. Are there any colloquial phrases like that for you?
Some goals I had at the start of the year were
- Launch a freelance writing career
- Start a podcast
- Finish revisions and send a query for the novel I finished in November.
At this time I’ve done the first one out of those three. The year is about one-third over now. That might indicate I’m on on track with these things. That isn’t the case though because these were all goals I put into motion at some point LAST year. Between making TRIPLE TIMe, a new gig that looks like it could lead to a long-term opportunity, and my volunteer activities, I don’t have much time to start a podcast or much mental energy to revise my novel. Well, not if I want to get enough sleep on any given night.
Who needs sleep, really?
On a freelancer self-help spree earlier this month, I picked up a copy of The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen at my local library. A mini-review is coming. As soon as I
find make the time to finish reading it.
Just keep writing!
Once again I’m writing a novel this month for NaNoWriMo! It’s not like me to have all this fun without you and so I’m inviting you to join in. If you’re in the Los Angeles area you could write your own using this county write-in calendar. Come write w/ other writers in person. Or write with others virtually!
Hey, where are you going? Okay, okay. You don’t have to write a novel this month if you aren’t so inclined. Perhaps you’re only curious to see how NaNo writers are living this month. If that’s more your style then follow my Tumblr. There I’ll give your mind a generous helping of NaNoWriMo life throughout November. On to the goodies!
5 NaNoWrimo Thingies for Crazy-Awesome People
- 50K in One Day (Kill Me Now) <– If you’re ever bored with the write a novel in 30 days challenge. Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one day. Yes people do this. Not very coherently, but still. No, I’m not doing this.
- Five Day Novel <– Less extreme than the aforementioned challenge but still quite a challenging writing feat. No, I’m not doing this.
- Reverse NaNo <– A fantastic method to help focus on front-loading your writing so that you write fewer and fewer words each day. Yes, I am doing this.
- Write or Die <– Your letters and words will disappear and other things will happen if you stop. So write, or else!
- Written? Kitten! <– If you’re not about that write or die life here’s some positive reinforcement for all of your writing needs. With Kittehs!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Using this month to work on another writing project (NaNoWriMo Rebel)? Connect with me on NaNoWrimo.org or on Tumblr (madelinewright.tumblr.com) and leave a comment with whatever writing project you’re tackling this month. Happy writing!
Photo by Caitlin O.
Today I read an interesting article on Medium that got me thinking about my writing goals for this year. Around this time last year I mentioned that I wanted to write more and I did. I still do, however the type of writing I want to do has changed. I have been blogging for at least a decade and, with one exception, most of my blogs have never been structured around a dedicated topic. I can see that I most often write about super challenges, reading, real life sports (not the kind you watch on tv), and food. All of that is enjoyable and fun to write about, but that’s not going to be my focus this year.
This year I plan to write more about personal growth. By the year’s end I’d like to look back here and see a progression of what I’ve learned. I’d also like that shift to reflect my growth as a
person who writes writer.
I joined Medium late last year when they opened it up to the public. I have yet to post an article there. I am hesitating because I’m trying to pick the “right” topic. I know that isn’t what blogging is about. It’s about writing whatever you feel like writing about without hesitation and ultimately finding that community who feels a connection with your thoughts. I’m unsure of what to say there so I’m going to say nothing, lurking on other blogs on Medium for a little longer before I dive in. Learning opportunity numero uno.
This is the front.
I was fortunate to receive a sweet present from a writer friend who’d traveled all the way to the Island of Hakkaido, in Japan, this past summer.
This is the back.
I can’t read Japanese so I had no clue what this package held until she told me. When she did it became clear that she clearly knows my tastes. Can you guess what this is?
Here’s are a couple of clues: It’s not a jigsaw puzzle. Nor is it a box of flower seeds. Those might not be very helpful clues to help you guess, but helping out with elimination of possible guesses can be somewhat useful too. The answer, if not guessed in a comment before then, will be posted tomorrow.
Start murmured hearts, and amplify the marks
from questions left to scar, the patterns I depart.
– Reverie Sound Revue “An Anniversary Away”
You may have noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break from my customary weekly posts. It wasn’t done on purpose and perhaps that’s why I dropped off…
That said, there’s nothing like experiencing life to the point where you’ve had enough of spreading yourself so thin that you are amazed at how you just can’t seem to muster up enough mental energy to write something (anything) in your own blog.
There have been ups and downs over last few months, but I’m happy to say mostly ups. I hope that I’ve officially broken through being ‘thinly stretched’ and that I’m able to write regularly again. I’ve missed this.
Today is my blog’s 3 year anniversary.
I’ve been watching these and Vi Hart’s other videos on YouTube and I am pretty amazed at the amount of information packed into <5 minutes of doodles in a notebook. I like the way she instantly grabs your attention by tuning out of her ‘math lesson’ like most people would — to ponder and explore, and then blow your mind with meta math ideas inspired by her doodles.
This got me thinking of things that got me thinking of what I’d like to do more of this year. In 2011 I did a series on rediscovered obsessions which was a lot of fun so I’ll try that again. But first I need a good topic and your input! If you have any suggestions for specific topics I can create a series from let me know in a comment in the next week. They will work best if the topics inspire me to use photos or video in my responses.
Some examples are: Favorite things to do in your hometown?
What or who else on YouTube inspires you and why?
What DIY projects will the average Joe/Jane will be able to do in 10 years that they can’t easily do now?
Hope you enjoyed my new hot cocoa mix photos I shared last week. They were delicious.