Dusting Off the Laptop…

Carly & Harper take over the laptop
Is this why I can’t get any writing done?

November is, as anyone with writerly aspirations knows, National Novel Writing Month — better known as NaNoWriMo — a 30-day marathon intended to end with a 50,000-word first draft of a novel. It’s a humongous task, but one I’ve considered participating in over the years. I’ve always talked myself out of it, however, mostly because I could never think of an idea that seemed good enough to warrant that level of effort. I have always been more of a personal essay type of writer, as this blog (back when I was writing regularly, anyway) demonstrates, and I find fiction rather daunting.

This year is a bit different. I do have an idea knocking around in my head, or the beginnings of one anyway. It doesn’t feel ready yet, though. And to be honest, I don’t feel ready either. I’ve long since fallen off the daily writing habit, not just here, but in private as well, and that is absolutely essential not only to succeeding at NaNoWriMo, but to writing in general. Continue reading

2015 Weekending the First

2015 Weekending the First

When I ran out of Sunday before having time to write a blog post, I decided it was a good thing to have happened — re-entry into the working world after almost two weeks of staycation was going to be hard, and having the chance to rehash my weekend would be something to look forward to. And while indeed I am glad to be recapping a very fun weekend, I forgot to factor in how tired I would be. As in, so tired I can hardly see straight.

(Translation: please forgive me if this makes no sense.)

Anyway… because I wasn’t at the office, and because a lot happened, and — most of all — because I like three-day weekends and wish they were all that way, I am once again counting Friday towards the weekend, during which I… Continue reading