Posts Tagged ‘travel’

And we’re back…

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

And we’re back!

Josh and I spent two wonderful weeks in France and London. Our tastebuds have been tantalized, our wallets emptied and our horizons expanded beyond their normal scope. The only real downside is our hearty adoption of the cafe lifestyle: “What do you mean I can’t have a 2 1/2 hour lazy lunch watching the world go by?”and “I want wine with my lunch!”

I was a very busy bee before we left, both with personal projects and journey preparation. It’s been a tough trick trying to get the motivation to get back to that level of productivity. I was thinking it might be a lost cause — because editing a manuscript (again) sounds like the third ring of hell at the moment — but I was washing dishes to the Batman Begins soundtrack and I got the itch of wanting to create again. Creation takes work, definitely, but if I can get back to a place where the need to make stuff outweighs the apprehension of all that work… well, then we’re getting somewhere.

Saturday was November 1st, and the start of NaNoWriMo, NaNoBloMo, and a whole assortment of other proactive acronyms. If you’re unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is an initiative/support system that gets people to dive into that novel they’ve been meaning to write by setting a goal of 50,000 words completed by midnight on November 30th. While I’d love to participate in NaNoWriMo, the program unapologetically focuses on quantity over quality. While that is perfect for some, I have to feel my way through the story in order to make something I’m happy with… and that, classically, takes three to six months for a novel-sized story. If I were to barrel through, I’d end up rewriting a large chunk. I did that for part of the first draft of The Sum of David and boy, did I want to kick myself. So I’ll plod along on what I’m already working on, and be inspired by others’ productivity. If you’re participating, know I’m cheering for you: 50,000 words in 30 days is a grand accomplishment. Heck, 10,000 words in that amount of time is an accomplishment. In a similar vein, NaNoBloMo’s goal of blogging every day is also impressive, so hang in there anybody that’s decided to tackle that. You can do it! You’re a champion!

My intentions to get back into my usual Tuesday work-marathon from before October has been foiled tonight. I had every intention of settling my bottom in a cafe chair until midnight to get organized, but now I’m watching election results with some friends. Part of me is rebelling, and wants to get started on my personal projects — which is comforting, since any motivation is good motivation — but come on now: we’re making history. And I missed Podcamp Pittsburgh, so there. Anyway, one way or the other, we set a precedent tonight. I can’t put every fiber of my being behind one candidate, but I know which one probably spells apocalypse. It’ll be worth watching things unfold.

Also: beer. And pizza. So we’ll win, even if America doesn’t.

C’est la vie, n’est ce pas?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Remember last month when I declared that I was going to take a month off to concentrate on my writing?

Recall, if you will, that I was going to weed through the first draft twice before the Sept 1st deadline.

Remember that sometimes, just sometimes, I’m a big fat liar.

Recent events have forced me to adjust that schedule a little. It’s not because I’m lazy or don’t want to — on the contrary, I’d love nothing more than to sit and dedicate a nice delicious block of time to it.

Taking August off didn’t work out quite out the way I had intended, but it is absolutely 100% okay. An exciting project came along that I just couldn’t pass up; and, considering the grand scheme of things — you know, the things that don’t contribute to me meeting my writing deadline — in the grand scheme of things it will work out wonderfully. I get to flex my illustration muscles and creative mojo, and the financial boost will be perfectly timed by the project’s completion.

I pulled the trigger on a two-week trip overseas last week. Which is very frightening. And very exciting. And très cher.

I truly never thought I would ever deeply care about the value of the American dollar (that’s for old people, right?) but I so do. If it could shape up in the next week to something reasonably comparable to the Euro, that’d just be grand.
In other words, I have to take into account the extra-curricular paying passion, instead of the just time-eating passion. Nothing eats my insides like excuses, but I’m not really considering this as an excuse — rather, I’ve dubbed it necessary prioritization.

My words will still be there when I get back.