Welcome to the first installment of Brain Bleach!
Just a quick post, as I have finally hit 50 thousand words tonight – before midnight. I am not sure when I will post this – I have got to edit it before I do – not much else is edited on my National Novel Writing effort.
My writing projects are not yet done. I have got a crap load of editing and additional text to write. I have made a start, though. I may certainly keep up a writing challenge for my self monthly. I found the daily word count challenge helpful, as I would inevitably sit in front of my monitor and be blank. Just like the page. I had nothing. I would hammer out the first five hundred words and then thoughts, ideas, both awesome, and crappy, started flowing.
Will every word of mine be useful? Mmmm, no, but they are still like gems to me. The cloudy chaff had to be unearthed so the sparkling clear gems could be found.
I am kinda proud of myself. Now I just have to turn my scrivenings into something that is accessible for a reader. Oh, and finish them. So, the best thing I did this month was start a habit.
Now…I’m signing off, and doing my best to head to dreamland. I’ve got some writing to do tomorrow.
I’ve been extremely quiet online recently. I’m sure you all noticed. I haven’t been idle though! I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo 2014.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write fifty thousand words in thirty days, during the month of November.
No, I am not crazy, and I am in good company. Three hundred, ten thousand, and ninety five people started NaNoWriMo in November of 2013, and more started this year. Participants are from all over the world. Even though I write in my own home, or at a coffee shop, and am writing my own bit of magic, I know that I am in good company, that thousands of people, all over the world are joining me in my quest of writing fifty thousand words in one month.
It does sound impossible, especially if you do not have a regular writing practice, or have never done anything like this before, but the thing is…every one has a story. It could be your personal story. It could be a story you have had rattling around in your brain pan for years, it could be a story you heard and that has captured your imagination. Whether it is fiction, non-fiction, romance, science fiction, mystery, space western with vampires and tentacle creatures, or even a family history. It could be a combination of all of the above! Who the heck knows, except you. It is your story.
Still, it sounds like a lot of pressure to do in one month, does it not? The only real goal for NaNoWriMo, is that you write, type or chisel out fifty thousand words. They do not have to be the perfect words. They do not have to be good words. They just have to be words, and fifty thousand of them. No editing is allowed during the month of NaNo November. Editing is for December. You will notice that I am padding my word count by writing out the words for numbers and not using contractions. That is allowed, and is not cheating. (You can not see me, but I am shaking my head emphatically.) It is written in the rules!
What do you get when you hit the fifty thousand word goal? You get to say you win. You get to be in awe of your own self, because you set a crazy mountainous goal of writing fifty thousand words in only thirty days. You get the “prestige” of doing something that another person would be too intimidated to do. You get to prove to yourself that you can do amazing things, when you devote your time and effort. You also get your manuscript to edit and perhaps turn into a printed or published book.
If you want to know what I’m writing on…it is a dual project. I am mainly writing a first draft on applying project management processes and tools to planning a sabbatical. Really! It is pretty interesting and will spawn a couple of workbooks as well. Once I get a final draft edited and hammered out, I’ll be posting it on Amazon. I am challenging myself to get something out there by the first half of 2015.
At this point I am about thirty five hundred words behind, so every bit counts. The good news is that that is only about two days worth of writing that I missed so far this month. The not so good news is that I have to catch up on it before the end of the month. I am going to reach my goal of fifty thousand words, that is for sure. This post is adding about six hundred words to my word count. 🙂
A good friend and I explored an abandoned asylum with our cameras. We had time for the auditorium and attached rooms.
It was dangerous, dirty and slightly creepy, but the photos were fabulous. You can read all about my adventure in this post.
Here is Day 3 of the Black & White Challenge!
I lived many places during my Sabbatical, and this is the hallway of one of them. I was finding it challenging finding a place to stay in Hong Kong, and tried out Couch Surfing.
I stayed with a very generous and wonderful woman. She shared the flat with her young daughter, and a German fellow, that had been in China for a long time, and was renting sleeping space. The space was so tiny, even including the toilet and kitchen areas, that the generosity of allowing me the sofa made me feel a powerful gratitude. The sofa was half my length, but gratitude made it a wonderful two nights sleep.
The sense of relief is almost a “high” when you get to the point you get rid of things that aren’t useful, aren’t beautiful, don’t uplift you, or can’t be repaired. Even the things that you have duplicates of, and don’t have a place to be put away – really, if you can’t find it when you need it – how useful is it?
Here is Day 1, of the 5 day Black & White photo challenge! This was taken at Ayutthaya, Thailand, and is of tree roots that have grown over a Buddha figure’s head and body.
The reason I am posting the photo here, instead of Facebook, is that I want to retain full rights of my photos. I only post photos that I don’t mind if people take on my facebook page.