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Wordless Wednesday~October 26, 2011

26 Oct

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Wordless Wednesday ~ October 5, 2011

5 Oct

I’m Working on the Roots

4 Oct

The day is over and I just want to go to bed, but I still haven’t written my daily post. Day freaking 4 and I’m already in trouble. Good thing I just read a post called Ten Tricks to Motivate Yourself To Write – Right Now, on Ollin Morales’ blog, Courage 2 Create.

I’m already stuck on the very first tip:

1. Reward Yourself For Trying

I don’t think any fiction writer writes to win awards or to make money. Writing is no get-rich-quick career or an instant fame booster. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve an award for your day-to-day efforts. You do. Is no one else rewarding you? Then do it yourself.

This might be embarrassing but usually a strategically placed red velvet cupcake, or banana nut muffin, or double chocolate brownie by my laptop will get me through to a whole night’s revision of a passage in my book. Use whatever little goodie, or treat, or gift that will get you through the day-to-day drudgery. It’s not a luxury if you literally need it to get the writing done.

Rewarding yourself for trying also means not demanding that your work be brilliant every day. It won’t be: it will be awful most of the time, but that’s ok. You’re growing a tree, it’s as important to work on the roots as it is to work on the bark and the branches. So if you think you did a crummy job today, remind yourself: ”I’m still working on the roots!”

Oh sure, Ollin, easy for you to say.  My problem is I already ate the motivation. A Cadbury’s Chocolate Almond bar.

It was yummy, the milk chocolate was smooth and the nuts were crunchy, and it was the perfect blend of sweet and salty at the same time. Now I can’t use it for motivation. I can’t place it just out of reach until my writing is done. But I can tell you how yummy it was and how I’ve savoured it over two evenings.  I can tell you about how I ate it, square by square, breaking off each lovely piece and melting it on my tongue for a second, before delightfully savouring its texture and flavour.  I can tell you about reaching in the purple foil wrapper looking for just one more bite until it was all gone.

In a way, I guess Ollin was right.  Only the treat wasn’t motivation, it was inspiration. Yeah, that’s it. Inspiration. And this post isn’t brilliant, but it’s okay, I’m working on the roots.  I can hardly wait to work on the bark or the branches.

Did someone say bark?  Almond bark?

Party Cat

3 Oct

Well, it’s day 3, and no great post ideas have come to mind.  I did read The Good Greatsby this morning, however, and took offense to his planned strategy to tax people who have pictures of cats wearing hats.  I’m concerned that I might end up paying more taxes because of the behaviour of one of my cats.  It’s Louise, of Thelma and Louise.  She’s a Siamese cat who cannot be held for longer than 3 seconds without the holder having to bizarrely turn their arms in double jointed, unmentionable ways just to keep hanging on to her twisting, contorting body. Did I mention she’s a Siamese?  So you see, it would be virtually impossible to put a hat on her without her cooperation.  I’ve tried showing her pictures of stylish cats, hoping she’ll get the idea and hold still long enough so we could put a hat on her, but she’s just not buying it.

So, if we can’t get a hat on her, why am I worried about the planned tax on people who have pictures of cats wearing hats?  Well, I’m concerned that a lampshade might be considered a hat. You know how people like to party with a lampshade on their head?  Well, Louise likes to wear a lampshade on her head.  Preferrably when the shade is still on the lamp, and the lamp is on. So I’m hoping for a tax exemption in this particular case. What do you think my chances are?

Loving October

2 Oct

Why is October my favorite month?

It comes after September, which can be so busy with back to school, back to sports, back to a routine after a relaxed summer attitude.

The temperature is often perfect….not too hot, but not too cold.

The sun is lower on the horizon, and the light on a bright day can be stunning.  More shadows, more contrast.

Baseball playoffs.

Thanksgiving.

Halloween.

And my favorite thing of all.  Pumpkins.  How can you not love pumpkins?

And so it begins………

1 Oct

October. Day 1 of 31. I’m going to post every day. Why, you ask?  (Or maybe you don’t.  Just play along for gawd sakes!)  Well, I’ve accepted WordPress.com’s Post a Day Challenge for the month of October.  Yes indeedy. This girl’s in training. Training for the big one. What big one, you ask?  (Or maybe you don’t, but you’re playing along, remember?)

November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a project in which thousands of writers around the world each try to complete a 50,000 word novel by November 30th.   The folks at NaNoWriMo tell us it’s all about quantity, not quality, so it’s just a case of writing, writing, writing. Would you rather write an imperfect-but-complete novel, or just dream about doing it some day in the future?  The Post A Day challenge is to help writers set time aside so you actually write something everyday.  Come November, when you have to write an average of 1,667 words a day, you’ve already gotten into the habit of sitting down every single day and writing. You can write crap, as long as you write.

I like these challenges for different reasons.  October is my very favorite month of the year.  If I can’t find something to write about every single day this month, then it won’t be happening anytime soon. October is my best chance of suceeding with part one of this project.  As for November , it has to be the most boring month of the year, so there’s more chance I’ll sit and write then than at any other time, so maybe that’s lucky for part two of this project.

And so it begins…..Day 1.  Done.