The real universe may have decided to give me a pass. I thought it would take about two weeks before I got the replacement laptop. I accepted the offer on Friday and look the device was delivered on Tuesday. I am very pleased right now.
It means I have no more excuses. The meager things I wrote by hand will be expanded on Lil Silva. Yes, I like to name these devices, not cellphones or tablets. However, the machine before didn’t have a name. I thought of it as Lamp. The machine before Lamp was Sterlinq and the previous machine was Silver. I thank them all for their service.
That is all the news I have to share for now.
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Last week I had to take a break. With a deep sigh, I have not won NaNoWriMo this year. I wrote more words during November than I have in a long time and I am grateful. I made new friends and I enjoyed myself writing with them on Discord. As usual, I have not abandoned my story. I will continue to write until this story is complete. What I learned from this intense challenge, is that I may need to plan writing projects more effectively. According to the NaNoWriMo website if I continue to write at the rate I was I will finish this draft of Star Crossed sometime in January 2022. I find this to be acceptable. Therefore I will persist until I have a satisfying first draft give myself a month or two and then start the revision process.
I will also like to admit here that I am a little disappointed in myself. This does not mean that I blame the competitive nature of NaNoWriMo or anything like that. I am not the only one that failed at 50k words. Many of us joined with different goals in mind. I am not sure what to think about these feelings. I took the week to process at least half of them. I have no malice or envy for anyone who has reached the 50k. I will mostly participate in one of the Camp NaNoWriMo’s in April or July and the official NaNoWriMo in November 2022. I believe in the work that organization is doing for readers and writers around the world. It is not just about lonely writers making friends. It is just amazing that about 20 or so years ago, a group of friends started something that is now a worldwide event. If I am envious of anything it is the connections and the reach of NaNo.
Not sure what I wrote about the last two weeks in November before this entry. The holiday went very well. The Thanksgiving meal was held at a relative’s home. They had just moved in the summer I think and they invited as many family members as they could. We all had a good time and ate a lot. There were some substitutes instead of a whole turkey, we had a whole chicken. There was traditional stuffing, baked mac, and cheese, a vegetable curry for the vegetarian family members. If I am being a little honest it was around this time I fell of the writing wagon. I tried to stay on but over the weekend I fell completely off. I peaked at 25k. No matter how far I start a paragraph it always comes back to NaNoWriMo.
This is the first full week of December. Podcasts and YouTube channels will be full of reflections about the past year. I will have to seriously think about when I am going to post my reflection essay. My writing schedule is a little off-kilter but getting we are getting back on track. I wish you all reading this a great week. Don’t miss an opportunity to be kind.
Today is going to be an answer to a blog prompt, borrowed from Life of Lovely by Elizabeth McNair.
What do you want less of?
I never thought blog prompts to be difficult. I found LOL monthly pages of the blog prompts on Pinterest and I believed they would be helpful for the blog and my writing about two years ago. Some prompts were answered and posted on previous blogs and some were written in my morning pages books.
This question kind of has me thinking what am I getting in excess? This entry is being writing on Thursday with plans of being posted on Friday. The weather is hot but nothing out of the ordinary for Summer in New York City.
The world outside my home is a hodge-podge of things I am not paying attention to. I am one person and I want my day to be smooth. I can’ say that when I spend 30 or so minutes catching up with the state of the world. It messes up my day and today I want to be selfish.
There is nothing on this day and most likely on Friday that I want less of. The things that annoy or unsettle my state of mind, I do my best to avoid. It is a form of cowardice I should be ashamed of. Not happening today. I am annoyed a little that I don’t have a profound and deep answer to this question. It is possible if I look at the question in a different context it would make sense. I want less people hating each other for superficial aspects. I want less homeless, hungry people around the world. I want less uncertainty on what the day is going to bring.
I want less dystopian, apocalypse science fiction book to stop proving themselves right.
These are all wants that can’t really be changed by myself. In my personal life, I am still at a loss. Even when I want the answers to be simple.