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Not Feeling It

It’s almost the end of the second week of November and I’m way behind in my NaNoWriMo writing. Strangely enough, I’m not even fretting or even worried. I think that’s because I have something else to worry about.

I know I’ve been talking about my mussel project for ages and over the last couple of weeks, I decided to take some time off over the next few months to finish it and just get it over and done with. The project has been like an albatross around my neck that I can barely think about anything else or even muster up the enthusiasm for NaNoWriMo like I normally can.

I’m finally getting the stupid project started and I just don’t have the energy for NaNoWriMo. Those damn mussels sure take up a lot of effort.

So this year, like the last, the NaNoWriMo novel is going to get abandoned not even halfway through the month. I just need to get everything else in order and all will be good. I hope.

Started Your NaNoWriMo 2011 Yet?

NaNoWriMo 2011

It’s the start of November and also the start of NaNoWriMo.

Did I write? I did. Not a lot, just enough to catch up for two days worth of words (to complete 50k words in 30 days, you need to rack up about 1667 words per day). I managed some 3000+ words yesterday.

The need and the mood to write almost always seems to start when I’m at my busiest or when I’m needed to do something at that moment. Trying to maintain that need to write is quite difficult at the moment.

It’s early days yet and even though I know there’s a high possibility of me not being able to complete my novel this year, I’m going to try anyway.

Also, maybe that extra strong coffee this morning may not have been the best of ideas.

I should get some writing done.

You’re Invited To The NaNoWriMo Kick-off 2011

Unless you’re a creep, then no.

Kickoff 2011

So yes, it’s the Kick-off Party once again. I’m expecting cake, crisps, soda of some kind and most definitely, meeting new people and hanging out with the NaNoWriMo Old Timers.

Date: 29 October 2011, Saturday
Time: 6.30pm – 8pmish
Venue: Multipurpose Room at B1, National Library at 100 Victoria Street

Just RSVP here and come on over. Grab your friends along.

The Upcoming November Madness

NaNoWriMo 2011

In case you didn’t realise, this is going to be one of the many annual NaNoWriMo posts. If you don’t know what that is, just click on the web badge on top.

Anyway, I do have a story in mind but I think I’ll be going into it half-heartedly since I don’t have a clear picture in mind, though that has never stopped me.

Most people see this as a way to start their novels, they will eventually edit and then try to get it published. Me, I just want to purge a story and try to reclaim the writing high, which I’ve been trying since the first complete novel.

What ever the motivation it is for writing, I wish all the participants good luck, have fun and try not to burn yourself out.

What NaNoWriMo Has Done For Me

It’s the start of October and as always, I start planning and plotting for what I’m going to write for this year’s NaNoWriMo. While I revel in the high of writing, trying to squeeze some hours of writing when I can and trying to purge the story I have in my head, I never once talked about the good things that NaNoWriMo has given me.

NaNoWriMo was the first event that I went where I got to meet people whom I met online. I’d always thought that writing was a solo thing and that there weren’t people out there who are like me. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong and there they were, spouting quotes from Monty Python, Terry Pratchett and internet memes. For once I could talk about something and not get blank looks.

I met people with similar interests, similar sense of humour and it was liberating to finally be able to be myself without hiding the part of me that loves books, stories and movies.

NaNoWriMo gave me a chance to be part of a writing group. I got a story published and was party of a group effort in publishing a novel.

If it weren’t for this annual thing, I wouldn’t have met the wonderful friends I have now and through them, I met so many more awesome people. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have discovered things that I love doing (even though I don’t have much time for them anymore), things that made me discover who I really am and to not give a fuck about what others think of me.

So yeah, NaNoWriMo is awesome. Not everyone understands why I love it but to each their own.

Missing NaNoWriMo

Every year, I look forward to November as it’s the time where I indulge in literary abandon, writing out the first horrible draft of a novel that may see the light of day when I get around to editing it. Eventually. However, this is year’s November isn’t going as planned. I’ve not had time to write and I’m missing the writing high that comes with a good writing day, when you just ignore everything else and just explore where your inner muse goes.

I miss hanging out with my fellow writers and bouncing off plot ideas and not having school work hanging at the back of my mind. I miss feeling excited and driven to write. I miss having a million plot bunnies bouncing around in my head. I miss being so caffeinated that the only way to go to sleep is to write until you’re too tired to keep your eyes open. I miss being all Mary Sue and clichéd.

It’s like an itch, an addiction that needs to be scratched or fixed with a shot of writing. While essay writing may ease a little bit of the need to write, it doesn’t give me the same feeling, having to stay factual, concise and totally scientific.

I need to write more fiction, romance, magic, fantasy and especially erotica. I miss writing erotica.

Here’s some erotica that I wrote a while back. It’s not great but it’s the first thing I wrote after I got back my writing mojo.

Have You Felt Like You’re Running Out Of Time?

That’s what I’m feeling; so many things to do, so little time. I feel out of sorts and rushing around to finish things. I think that my seminar module has a lot to do with what I’m going through; an essay question released every week and due two weeks after it’s been put up. So I’ve been rushing to get the literature search, the reading and the writing, on top of the readings for the other module and trying to finish up my day job stuff.

I know that I’ve been complaining a lot about the essays this semester but I’ve never been so busy like this before. It feels like a never ending cycle of essays and readings, that I have barely enough time to do other things like blogging.

My NaNoWriMo project has slid to the background since I just don’t have enough time to write. A part of me is screaming for me to write the story, just right the damn story already, but everything else is a higher priority that trying to exorcise the plot bunny jumping around in my head.

The schedule for this coming week is so packed that I’m having slight panic attacks just thinking about it. I’ve got experiments to finish up, people to train, papers to look for and read and essays to write, and classes to attend. I’m tired enough and stressed out enough that I just want to lie down and not do anything.

I was supposed to read my papers and at least clean up the living room but I’m just too tired and I’m not even sure if I have the time to do it before Wednesday. Seriously, I just want this semester to be over.