wasting time, not writing

So, it has come to this.


Yes, I have regressed to a nine-year-old.

Am I the only person with a ton of colored rubber bands all over my house? Probably not. Am I the only person who decided they would make their very own rainbow-fishtail bracelet after their kids went to bed? I hope the hell not. Also I am unreasonably proud of my bracelet (the other moms at the bus-stop will be way jealous).

What this means is I am trying to come up with a plot for my next story, which is going to be my NaNoWriMo project. (It has nothing to do with rainbow-loom bracelets, that’s just my time waster) I am doing a new thing this time: participating in the real NaNoWriMo.org, (not just the camp), and possibly actually meeting people. Like real live humans in person. It might seem like a small step, but for me it’s big. I kind of live in my own little bubble, and I don’t like to go into the real world unless I have to. But I want to be a better writer, and I think I need a little more support on that journey. (Hey, want to be my NaNo buddy?)

So, I have a few goals for the year:

1. I’m going to write a full length novel. Not a padded novella, a real novel. I don’t know why I feel this is important, but it just bothers me that I can’t seem to do it.

2. The GayRomLit Retreat. I wanted to go this year, it wasn’t possible. But next year (it’s in Chicago, apparently) I will be there. I don’t think this is essential to my writing or anything, but I want to go. It seems fun. I’m going.

3. I am going to make a real writer-friend. Like one I can actually talk to, preferably face-to-face. I think I can do this. Either I will try to do the “write-in” meet-ups for NaNo, or I will take a class or join a local writer’s group. I will make this happen.

That is all (okay I’m not a great goal setter. so what?)

Meanwhile, I’m plotting (it’s against my nature, but I’m trying) the novel, and still editing and polishing up my last piece (I think I’m sticking with “night vision” as a title for that one). So., if anyone wants a bracelet, I’ll totally make one for you!

2 thoughts on “wasting time, not writing

  1. I’m very jealous about your bracelet! I can’t make anything out of my kids’ craft supplies. I lost those skills somewhere along the way. As for NaNoWriMo, good luck!

    • Thanks! I tend to get obsessive about crafting. I was an Art teacher once (my first career attempt, right out of school) and I have a major hoarding thing going on with art supplies. I’ve done everything: sewing, knitting, crochet, jewelry making, painting…seriously, everything. Hand-crafting is my go-to activity whenever I’m stressed.

      I’m getting excited about NaNoWriMo! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂

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