A streak

It is still November, and I am still writing.

I am just past the halfway point of the month — and NaNoWriMo — and I have already surpassed my word count from last November. I am pretty pleased. Whether or not I will make it to my goal of 60,000 words is still up in the air, but I’m making good progress.

I’m getting to the fun stuff now where things are really happening. People are turning out to be not who they seemed to be. Action is being taken. Mysteries are unraveling. I no longer sit down at the computer and think how am I going to get there from here? I am there, right in the thick of it! I just have to finish telling the story. It is so exciting, I can hardly stand it!

I can sit down, open up the file and begin typing immediately — that is, when I sit down and open up the file to type.

The problem is, my attention keeps getting diverted to other projects. I go from one to another. It’s like a big line of dominos. No! A Rube Goldberg. It’s exactly like a Rube Goldberg, because once you set it in motion, it goes from one big thing to another and you can’t stop it.

For instance, because I am writing I also want to make a quilt. In fact, I don’t just want to make a quilt, I started a quilt. Right in the middle of NaNoWriMo when I should be all one-track minded on writing, I started a quilt.


See, I wasn’t kidding. Don’t judge me.

This isn’t something new. I wanted to start a quilt last November when I was writing, too. I bought all the stuff, and was ready to go. But when I confessed my deep longing to sew to my friend JoBeth, she told me flat out it was pretty crazy to be thinking about making a quilt right in the middle of NaNoWriMo, when I should be in deep concentration over my story.

Well, she texted me something to that effect. WHAT?! LOL! is what immediately comes to mind, but of course I knew what she meant. It was maybe the one time that peer pressure worked in a positive way because after that stern talking-to, I put that silly idea right out of my head.

So this year when I got the same irresistible urge, I just decided not to tell her. It was much easier that way.

Since the beginning of November, I have also written FIVE blog entries, I have two additional unfinished drafts, and another that I haven’t started getting down on paper yet. Do you know the last time I wrote that much on the blog? It was back in, um… oh yeah. Never.

This month I have also finished reading one book, and started two others.

I organized the most disorganized room in the house. (If you knew the logistics of completing that task, you’d understand why I consider it a creative venture).

I saw the movie Stand by Me and researched the differences between it and the novella The Body, by Stephen King, on which it is based. Then I decided I needed to read The Body, but I don’t actually have a copy of it so that has been a bit of a snag. I’m working on that.

I have also learned to make peppermint sugar scrub, brown sugar scrub, and pumpkin pie sugar scrub. I have decorated the jars for gift-giving, designed pretty little tags, purchased shipping supplies, and now I’m getting ready to sell them on eBay.

I watched the entire three-hour Showtime history of the Eagles, and downloaded some classic Primitives.

I can’t stop. I am going from one thing to the next at breakneck speed. I am finding so much joy in all things creative. I love it when that happens.

Just think of what I could do if only I could channel it into one direction!

I’m not sure how much longer I can keep going on coffee and adrenaline fumes, or how many more new projects I can start, but I’m on a streak and I going to ride it as long as I can.

It is still November, I am still writing, and the possibilities are endless!

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  1. Matthew

    Sounds exhausting



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