I am also kicking off a comm this year and I invite you to join! project2011! Project 2011 will be a place for people who want to accomplish big things in 2011 and want to be part of a support/motivation group. On December 31st I am going to be making a post asking people about what they want from this comm.
Still much to do before the year ends.
This year I made the literary acquaintance with writer Sera Beak. Beak is the writer of Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark. This book has changed my life. There is a great deal that Beak speaks about that I already knew, but didn't know that I knew. She has a way of organizing things is a very understandable way. Beak is always positive, but not in that fluffy optimistic way that some new age people can be. Beak is down-to-earth and practical. Her tone is conversational. She is quite spiritually curious and has traveled the world seeking spiritual experiences. She has created her own spiritual life and travels her own path with no second thoughts or regrets.
If you are looking to get a jump start to you creativity and living your life deeply, I highly recommend checking out Beak's book.
Beak has a blog out, Spiritual Cowgirl. In her most recent post, she summarizes the ways one lives as a Redvolutionary. It definitely gives you a taste of who she is as a person and the style of her book.
Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.
Check it out!! \o/
I've been putting a lot of the rest of my life off for right now. Dealing with emotions too, but the one thing that I've been focused on is the NaNo. And I got it done!! I am going to continue and see how much more I can get, but I am going to be a little more leisurely about it. I'm excited that I'll be able to get to other writings too.
December I am going to be more serious about writing, walking, and cleaning. I will begin focusing on my Day Zero Project page. The writing/walking/cleaning things seem to be a therapeutic way for me to express myself, get healthier, and let go of things. In fact, I think I'm going to make December 1st my January 1st so I can get a jump start on making lingering threads less lingery.
I can't believe I've put this off this many days, but...yeah. :( The week leading up to Thanksgiving was okay, though I've been pretty much sleeping through it. I have a few days to prepare for the first of December and then I want to get back on track.
I'll write more when my head isn't hurting. :(
This update needed one of those nifty counters, so here we go! I'm on the last stretch now. I am attempting to finish this thing on Sunday (today!) so even though I am not at the Night of Writing Dangerously, I can at least finish on the night. And when I do, I am going to invest in one of those spiffy Viking hats. Must. Have. Viking. Hat! And then I'll wear it to further write-ins because I will still be going to those even when I'm finished. I am trying to write a whole lot more before the end of November. I am in a year challenge and for most of it I slacked off in it. I have nearly 141,000 more words to write after I complete my NaNo. So I'll be attempting to write another 50,000 words in the last days before the 30th. Wouldn't that be something? I would be pretty stoked about that. I can do it. I can so do it. Especially because I have a lot of writing projects to work into it. And I am counting my journal entries too. How meta is it that I am talking about it here? Heh. I need to check my steps because I need to get to those too. December is going to be plenty rough on me since I haven't been using my pedometer.
I'm not happy with my plot, but I am getting it down on paper. I think it has potential. When I revise--and I will revise this one--I am going to rework the style. I have been writing from one character's point of view during each day of November. Instead, I am going to write shorter passages for each character on each day, or the important days in their lives. There is a lot of potential here even if it hasn't been realized yet. I will also be revising my short story collection, which takes place before this piece. I am intent on getting that published next year.
Beginning today, to get my 250k words and 1million steps, I need to average the following:
Averaging 3683 words a day
Averaging 7413 steps a day
It's time to really get myself into shape with words and steps. I've been letting myself slack for too long. Gotta get more sleep, write more, and walk more. I hope this really sparks some things up. I'll start on this new regiment today.
I'm borrowing this from my friend myras_girls. Thank you!
Today I'm grateful for:
Family and friends
My kitties and my pup
Matt Smith and Karen Gillan ♥ ♥ ♥
Comfy socks (especially K.Bell soft and dreamy socks)
Music on my iPod
roxicons and her icons and Flikr account
geonncannon and his brilliant writer mind (I am SO excited about the Sanctuary/Warehouse 13 drabble he is doing for me. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to this. Helen/Tesla/HG Wells. It is going to be fucking epic!) (Geonn--I hope you know I completely trust your writing skills) Seriously folks. You need to read this guy. He's a published writer and everything! :D Utter brilliance.))
RPing...Oh yeah. :D
In all the years I have done NaNoWriMo--six officially, plus that seventh year unofficially--I have NEVER been ahead this far in the game. I am typically struggling. I think I have officially written more now than I did last year. I've been putting things off--even homework stuff--and making NaNo my number one priority. I don't like doing that, but it is also my one thing that I am doggedly trying to get done this year, and early. I am going to the Redondo Beach write-a-thon *fingers crossed, if I can get a ride* in LA, and want to finish there, or by there. That's this Saturday. I need to average 4,000 words a day to get there. I can get this done. I have enough characters to play with right now.
I have hit that dull point in my story, sadly. That point where all the characters are sounding alike and they are getting a bit whiny. I need to have something to actually happen. There will be some fun mixing of a pair of ex's coming up soon. One's a witch and one's a werewolf, and he wasn't a werewolf when he was dating here. I did go into flying by the seat of my pants again. I haven't hit all the plot points I have wanted to yet. I'm not even sure what the end game is. Maybe it will not identify itself before I get out of the 50k. What I plan to do is after I write this, to read it, and make notes on it and expand and work it out. Cut and expand. My rough draft has just been about me getting it down in some form. It feels really tight to me. I remember reading the short story collection this novel is tied to and thinking how nervous my writing was. This shows me that I have indeed grown as a writer. It was really nice to see that.
Let's see. Other things that are going on. I am still working on getting my items sold on eBay for my fundraising, but I found that I need a copy of a letter from the OLL that says it's okay that I do that on eBay. Doh! Either I get the letter or not. If I don't, I am still putting the items up on eBay. :)
I have watched some good television lately. I have really become a big fan of Smallville of all things. This past episode, "Abandoned," really hit all the points for me. I loved how there were three storylines going on, where there was emotional development for each character. I think the show is hitting its stride. I hope it doesn't really end this season. There isn't good genre television around right now, especially genre that can get into a little bit of whimsy.
This episode got me thinking about the kind of writing I prefer in television. I'll be doing a write-up about that on my other blog soon. Hopefully before next weekend. I want to get a post a week, at least, there.
My Tuesday will be pretty interesting: brokenbacktango and I are going to go see Matt Smith on Craig Ferguson. I'm still blown away that I was able to pull this off. I found about the show really late in the game, even after Ferguson had started to tweet about it. There's going to be a Dalek there! I've wanted to see/meet him, but didn't think I would get a real chance given that he's filming and probably wouldn't be over in CA. So this was such a treat that came up. I've never seen to Ferguson before, so I have no idea how things are done over there. But can't wait!
In the second half of the month now and there's still a lot to do. One good thing is that NaNoWriMo feels so feasible. It was feeling like that already, but the ending is in sight. I have less than 20,000 words left. THAT is hitting home for me.
Gotta get to bed now so I can get up in a few hours and get back to work.
PS roxicons has some of the greatest icons I have ever seen. Go check them out! So colorful and pretty.
OH! I have finished Sera Beak's The Red Book. It is a very fine book. I love Beak's perspective on things. It is a book I strongly recommend to everybody who needs to figure out what is going on with themselves and expanding their existences. It is one of those books that gives that idea that we are all spiritual entities that are living human lives. I love stuff like that. Plus, her approach is whimsy, sexy, fun, light. I am working on living in the moment. I can do it when I am doing it, but there are still those times when the weight just hits and things begin dragging. Things are getting easier as I let go of emotions. A lot of "what ifs". I am also letting things--possessions go. Those don't have to have the same kind of weight they used to have either. Why be serious? It kind of makes life a bit of a drag.
I have begun reading Gabrielle Bernstein's book Adding More ~Ing to Your Life. There's a lot more serious, weighty stuff going on here. It is also about letting things go, but it feels more rough and heavy to me. I miss the airy tone of Beak's book. I will work through it, but it is going to take me a slower time. Bernstein's book is also a workbook and you are supposed to deal with things after each chapter.
I also have a new Wayne Dyer book that I want to tackle this month. The Power of Intention. It is colorful like one of SARK's books but more realistic. Oh that's a bummer. The Borders BINC on the back says that it came into Borders Montclair on the day my mom passed away, 9/9/10. :( I haven't spoken about that on my journals, really, and I don't feel like it yet. I've done a lot of talking about it with a life coach and I feel my brain is working through it.
The other book I want to finish (and restart) is Jeff Vandermeer's Booklife. I may start that in November or it will be one of my December books.
I've begun thinking about holiday presents this week. I have a theme I want to think more about. And I am doing holiday cards! :D So if you want a card, PM me your addy.
Off to more writing and dinner.
Haven't gotten back to my eBays or my my letters, but I did write about 6000 words. According to my NaNo page, at this rate I will be finishing my NaNo by Nov. 23rd. I'd like to finish on the 21st, during the So Cal Write-a-Thon. I want a bell, demmit! :D That would be pretty sweet. I want to be at 25k by the end of the 8th. That's my goal for right now. I have a lot I need to be writing today that isn't related to NaNo. I need to get back to my Maisel classes because last week I've been very neglectful. I need to catch up. I'll be doing my write-ups tomorrow in addition to my nine thousand or so words. I may even get a few more words in before I head to bed.
I have two more write-ins this week. The Monday one will be at CK and the Tuesday one is at the LA Library. I really love the people at both. I can't wait to see the folks in LA, especially because I was having a wonderful conversation with this woman who is passionate about the homeless in LA. She herself has been homeless and she is now an advocate. Based on what she has said so far, it sounds like her life has gotten turned upside down for the good in the last month. She uses Twitter as a way of expressing herself. It is an important tool to people who did not have a voice before. I find this extraordinary. I know Twitter is an important connecting tool, but there are ways it is being used that I hadn't even thought about.
I have put a lot of my other projects on the burner. There is a project that I am collaborating on with a painter. I did a lot of the writing of the proposal and guess what! We got accepted! They don't know when we will exhibit, as they are using the open store-fronts and they will be given out to artists as they come available. I guess this is something for 2011, though, which I am grateful for that because I am going to be very busy from now until the end of 2010. After NaNo, I want to get to doing some more incredible amounts of writing.
I need to buckle down on my writing and my walking.
This is where I am for my words and steps for the year:
Words: 78,789/250,000 (this is through October; I am not including my NaNo words yet)
Steps: 690,000/1,000,000 (690k is 345 miles! Wowza! o.o This is about 40 miles shy of the driving distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.)
Words: I am going to have to average 85,606 words in November and December to reach 250k (That's 3722 words a day in November and 2762 words a day in December. This is do-able)
Steps: I am going to have to average 155,000 steps in November and December to reach 1 million steps (this is 6,740 steps a day in November and 5,000 steps a day in December. Kind of do-able)
I am trying to ascribe to the every little bit counts method and it seems to be working.
Oops. I didn't even mention the write-in today. I got a visit by the MLs! It was us, two people who had gone to the kick off and a woman from Cal Poly. I was very excited to see that the turn out was okay because at first I thought it would just be me and the MLs. I think I am going to get to CK much earlier on Sundays so I can get a better table. We were spread out and that kind of sucked.
I also have been squandering a lot of time on Bejeweled and Words With Friends on my iPod Touch. And some fun on Fruit Ninja too. But balancing is good, especially when things get done. I am quite pleased. I would like to get that e-Bay stuff done, especially before the 10th when things are free to post.
First, day started out VERY well because my Doctor Who Series 5 CD came in the mail! <3 I LOVE IT!!!!!
Today was a good writing day! I am very pleased that I have been writing over the number of words for the minimum. My hope is to be able to get a day ahead of time a week. I am currently running behind when it comes to my chapter a day. I just finished November 2nd's chapter. Upside? I know who I will be writing about in November 3rd and November 4th's chapters.
I have also done some brainstorming for my fundraising. I am writing personal letters to people who I have volunteered with or writers who I admire. I did a total of 14 letters so far. I am going to see who else I can write to. I found pulled together some items I will be selling and will be looking for more. eBay is allowing free auctions until the 10th, so anything I can find must go. I'll be putting the stuff up tomorrow or Sunday. More likely Sunday.
This is my list of stuff so far:
~ The black and yellow latex shirt Milo Ventimiglia wore in Gamer, with a signed certificate of authenticity. I also have a photograph of Milo holding said CoA.
~ A Rest TPB signed by Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff. I am including my receipt for the comic and a paper ad from Borders advertising Milo's signing as my proof.
~ One of the Dragon*Con nameplate with Adrian Pasdar's name on it. This item is also signed (alas, no offering of proof. You're just going to have to take me at my word on this one)
~ Pinehearst brochures
I am also thinking of putting some Heroes cards from Comic Con up too.
All of the funds I obtain from the auctions will go to my fundraising. I am going to encourage bidders who do not win to make a donation any how. This is kind of my biggie thing to hopefully get quite a bit of the 2100 I need left. I am hoping for 300 for the shirt alone.
Good day and good night. :D
So there was much progress today! Writing today came incredibly easy. I was already three hundred words ahead and then I had a few writing bursts today. I wasn't stressing about coming up with my words. I also was writing from the POV of the character I am doing the most emotional work through.
I really want to finish a great many days ahead. I would be thrilled to be finished by Nov. 15th, but that is being extremely optimistic. As long as I finish Nov. 30th, I will be thrilled. :)
I'm being a bit of a slacker, and yet I am getting my numbers. I am even a few words ahead, which is a nice thing to go to sleep knowing.
I did find a schtick to work with. I know I said in my blog that I don't like using schtick, but I found something I really like: telling the novel by days. Each day, I tell the story from the POV of one of seven or eight different characters. I am on Day 2 so far, which is actually November 1st. I have an idea what I am delving into November 2nd, but no idea what I am going to do for November 3rd and 4th. I'm sure I will know when I come to it. I also have a character doing NaNo and I am including some of the story she is telling. I like being meta and experimental. This story is certainly delving into that. My initial excitement has evaporated, but I feel there is endurance. The topic is interesting. I already learned a connection between two characters that I hadn't known was there. So I am quite excited about that. I am not going to worry about things, not even the way the characters are talking. I can concentrate on it more when I am there and have the time. Right now, the action of writing daily is pretty freeing. I need to put more concentrated effort in it; however, I am still able to achieve my needed word count so I think that's meaningful.
So far I have attended two write-ins: one at CK and one at the LA library. I so want to just talk to these people. I am intrigued by how interesting everybody is! There are some real movers and shakers and people with potential. There are a bunch of students in the CK group. Three freshmen who are also newbies to NaNo. I want to learn more about the people I hadn't gotten the chance to really talk to and talk more with the ones who I have already spoken with. I want to see where these connections can go. I guess I am a little bit more keyed into networking than I used to be. I like how I am now. I am always thinking about people's interests and skills and how I can be of help to them, or how the things tie to mine. It's a pretty cool thing to be doing. I am glad that I have become more aware of my skills and the connections I already have. It's about organizing. And I really hate organizing. *L* Nothing in my life is quite that way, but organizing brings sense to things. I'll get into organizing when I have a little more time. Well, my writing is pretty organized, though. I have one fill I just put things into.
I have a bunch of things coming up. I am working on a book project in addition to the NaNo. It's Heroes related. If you are a Heroes fan, I may need your help on it. Contact me for details. :D
Another thing is the fundraiser I am doing for NaNoWriMo's parent company The Office of Letters and Light. I am trying to raise $2500USD by Nov 30th. I need some new ways for fundraising because I am not sure about how to reach out to people. I am putting up a few auctions to help pay it, too. I hope to get those up this weekend. Gotta write them first. You can find my fundraising page here
Gah. It's nearing on 3. I think I am going to do a little bit more of writing and then get to bed. Hopefully updates will be more frequent than past years. I have also thought about doing a vlog or a LJ Voice Post thing. We'll see. :D
How are you guys at your NaNos?
I feel like this is my year. Finally! I also feel like the writing will actually be interesting (to me) and it won't sound like me just whining through the main char. I have ten lead voices that I am going to be drawing from, so there is a bit of diversity there. They each have their things going on. I like the underlining connection between all of them too. I need to start reading my book about that, too.
Things to do: October, 24th, 2010:
~ Finish reading Sera Beak's book The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark (this book is amazing, just fyi. Her website is pretty incredible. I recommend checking out the cast of her movie. Particularly Gabrielle Bernstein, the Urban Angel of Transformation She looks like Hayden Panettiere in some of those pics. Crazy! And I need her book too.)
~ Start reading book for major plot point in my NaNo story.
~ Creativity Coaching. I haven't mentioned it here, but I am studying to be a creativity coach. As a creativity coach-in-training, I am offering free coaching sessions (by e-mail) to anybody who wants them. If you need a sounding board, a cheerleader, a seasoned writer to give you some advice about NaNo or writing in general, I might be able to help you. Leave a message here or PM me your e-mail and we will talk. :D
~ Work out character cards. Front and back, I fill up every bit of space. :D
~ Start cleaning room. My focus in there is to figure out what stuff I am going to sell, throw away, or give away. This ties into the following two points:
~ NaNoWriMo Funraising I set up a gifttool a couple of days ago. You can find me HERE. I've put some offerings up there, including a Follow Friday Shoutout, you naming one of my characters, and a picture edit for you. Not to mention I am going to do a drawing for some of the prizes that NaNoWriMo will be giving me for fundraising. I want to share the wealth. Now how things tie to my room cleaning is that I am going to be finding fandom stuff to auction off. One thing I know for certain I will be auctioning off is a shirt that Milo Ventimiglia wore in the movie Gamer. Yeah, THAT shirt.
~ NaNo Book Drive. I have a ton of books, and most likely some I don't want/need anymore. So those I will be giving to the Los Angeles NaNo group for the book drive we are doing. My loss is someone else's gain. \o/ And my gain is a less messy room! Woot!
~ Get my blog posted. I have my very first pro blog post nearly done. Just gotta kick myself into gear and finish the editing. But it is coming over to Writing the Path.
I feel like I am forgetting something, but darn if I remember what that is. Ack! I think that's good. If I remember something, I'll tack it on later. :D
I hope everybody has a good Sunday! And Monday!
You probably have heard me talk about the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is my sixth year doing it and I love it so much. The object of the NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in thirty days. That translates to 1,667 words a day. The NaNoWriMo is put on by the great people of the Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit organization which does a lot more than put on the NaNoWriMo every November. They put on a number of different free creating writing programs for kids and adults in classrooms, communities, and libraries around the world. The Office of Letters and Light needs our help to continue doing their fine deeds. In addition to my writing efforts, I will be helping in fundraising.
Every dollar I raise will keep my spirits high as I write my way towards the realization of my creative goals. More importantly, your contribution will help National Novel Writing Month and its Young Writers Program create a more engaged and inspiring world. Please help me raise money for this wonderful cause.
For more information about the NaNoWriMo and the Office of Letters and Light, please check out: http://www.nanowrimo.org
Be sure to check out the Fund-o-Metter to see exactly where your donation dollars go!
If you donate through me, I will reward you with special gifts of thanks.
Read my gifttool account for further details
We got a scale now and I'm not happy with what it said. It's a medical scale, so I don't know if its calibrated or not yet. But in any case, yep, not happy with the results. But regardless, I at least have a place to start from. Between cutting calories and walking more, I would like to be losing an average of two pounds a week. At this rate, It'll take me over a year to get to my desired weight.
I'm already seeing results in my body, even if the pounds aren't dropping just yet (at least based on my recollection of what I weighed at many moons ago when I weighed-in). My legs look a little slimmer and the muscles are harder. I have also noticed my stomach flattening and my cheeks slimming.
While cutting calories, I haven't switched gears to healthy foods yet. My parents always eat out. We don't have many healthy foods in the house, either. I'm going to have to make another trip to Trader Joes soon. Not just that, but I need to eat what I buy, and also not buy more than I can consume in a week.
I'm going to review some of my vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and see if there's anything that appeals. I will buy things based on recipes rather than me randomly buying things. Anybody have any suggestions for low-calorie dishes? I am open to anything, but I would prefer it to be meat-less. Meat is one of those things I have severely cut my intake of, including soda.
I have to say though: after doing 100,000 steps in a month, and sticking to the average number of steps I wanted, I feel like I can take on anything.