Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pretty Pictures and Procrastination

Done some blogskeeping today, bit of new formatting and new photos all round.  The amazing aerial shot in my header of Sinjari, our Saker Falcon at work, stooping to the lure was taken by Caitlin Tarvet, a very talented volunteer!  I just Picmonkied around with it a bit.  And my long-suffering husband took the one in my bio of myself and Gos the Gos.  Hurray for these fabulous photographers – without which, nothing I do would ever be documented, and that would just be sad!

In other news, I am SO VERY behind NaNoWriMo! But  I don’t particularly mind.  So long as I continue to write, even if a bit sporadically, that’s all I’m wanting out of it this year, as I’ve been too busy with work and life to devote the time needed to complete a 50k novel in a month.  Even though I’ve completed it before, and when working a proper full-time 9-5 job, I find that my energy levels just aren’t up to it now.

When I was working an office job I was sitting all day, and could come home and still have energy to pursue other things, and in fact I did a good amount of my daily writing at work anyways, during quiet moments or at lunch.  But now, after my days walking circuits of the park, lifting heavy things, swinging lures, talking with the public, weilding a machete to chop up rabbits, and generally running about from just after dawn until well past sunset this time of year, well I just don’t have much energy left.

However, I’m trying to enthuse myself so that it doesn’t require a massive outpouring of energy to do a bit of writing after work.   I remember times, and projects, where the writing seemed effortless.  Not so, just now.  It’s been slow, clumsy, and it shows in the writing.  Which does nothing to improve my enthusiasm to write more, and instead I end up spending an hour this morning tinkering around to make my new blog header.

A worthy pursuit, surely?

No.  Procrastination.

So I just need to knuckle down and write, really.  Which means I have to stop blogging about how little writing I’m doing, and actually go write instead!  And on that note, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

In Which My Mind Decides Things For Me

Where else but the internet can you create a book cover for a novel that hasn’t even been written yet?

It always happens.  My mind never listens to what I tell it to do.

I was all set and ready to write my first literary novel, my exciting new project of awesomeness, but no.  My mind decided I need to be writing a fantasy epic instead…  Yes.  It decided this without my prior consent.

It goes like this.

I’d told myself, no, I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo this year.  And yet, there I was on November 1st, only just yesterday, logging in to the website and updating my author details.  Sure, that’s fair enough, maybe I will just ignore it from here on out.  I’m supposed to be writing this literary novel, and I don’t think it’s a good NaNo project especially as I’ve already started it a bit.  Blah, blah, etc.

Cue today.  I had one of my shower epiphanies, where I find myself having the best “eureka” moments when in the shower.  Don’t know why, maybe washing my hair kickstarts my brain or something.  Anyways, the epiphany was to do with how I had been struggling with complexity in one particlar fantasy novel, but if I just combined several separate projects into one, then it might just lead itself to inherent complexity.  I then start to fit together various false-start novels, and thus was born my new epic fantasy novel: Three Kingdoms!

Fair enough, I think to myself, I’ll put that on the back burner while I do this literary thing.  But then, I found myself logging back on to the NaNoWriMo website and filling in the novel info page with Three Kingdom‘s synopsis!  Read it, it’s fairly ridiculous.  Just like the mind that created it!

Oh well, in the end it dusts off three projects of mine that had stalled and were going nowhere, breathing new life into them.  I fully admit to simply copy/pasting what I’d written of each project and creating my first three chapters, which is cheating by NaNoWriMo standards, but oh well, I don’t go into NaNoWriMo to “win” – I go into it to make myself write!  So, to that end, I’m already winning.