NaNoWriMo 2016 Days 3 + 4

DAY 3 started out very well. I smashed out 1700 words very quickly, caught up with a friend for coffee, uploaded some new art to my RedBubble portfolio, picked up the kids from school, took them to the public library for our weekly book borrowing session, Child No. 2 got to ballet lessons on time (a victory in its own right), washed the dishes, helped Child No. 2 finish a project in which she got to interview some wonderful immigrant friends about their experiences moving to Australia, and even got in some time playing Townsmen – all before The Husband got home from work.

DAY 4 sees me starting the day with 5,257 words. To be on par I need 6,667 words by the end of today. But as weekends are generally not good for me when it comes to writing, because I don’t have the luxury of silence and solitude afforded to me by school days when the kids are out, I need to try to get as close to 10,000 words as possible by the end of the school day. It’s late morning now and already I have gone for a half hour walk in the magnificent spring sunshine. We recently moved house and it was my first lone venture into the wilds of our new suburb. It’s hilly, and filled with countless beautiful gardens that line the borders of the prestigious retirement village next to Child No. 1’s school. I’ve played with the cats, brought in a load of washing, filled the car with petrol – so now, unless I find another procrastination option (like WordPress!), I have no excuses.

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I took this photo on today’s walk. Taken on a Lumia 950XL. flokot.redbubble.com

Taking a walk before writing – or half an hour of any exercise, really – works well for me as a way of waking up my creativity, keeping my mental health functioning, and staying relatively healthy in the lead-up to the excesses of the Christmas and New Years season. I use the RunKeeper app on my old iPhone 5C to record my exercise. I like to keep track of my improvements and frequency of exercise. It turns out that the last time I recorded anything on there was before we moved house a couple of months ago. I do not listen to music nor any other artificial noise when I am out walking. I need the silence to allow the deep thinking part of my mind to have space to work. Far too often daily life – for me, at least – is a barrage of noise. Traffic, music, radio, power tools in the distance, people, and so on. But in my neighbourhood there is a fantastic variety of birds and birdsong. There is also a lot of silence in between the occasional cars. Ever since ages ago when I read The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains by Nicholas Carr I’ve made a regular habit of switching off the noise. Add to that subsequent years of learning about contemplative spirituality (like here and here) and I have found that rather than feeling bored, I find the silence to be a necessary part of my daily life.

On that note, I must get back to my NaNoWriMo writing. Thank you to my old and new readers alike for your follows and likes on my blog posts. I appreciate you taking the time to read my rambling thoughts!

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