mental health

NaNoWriMo 2016: Days 11-15

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NaNoWriMo progress screenshot, as at the beginning of 15 November’s writing session. (Source)

Friday, 11 November

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Days 5,6,7

It’s Day 7 of NaNoWriMo here in Melbourne, Australia. What started out as a sunny spring day is now clouding over, as a north wind blows warm pollen-heavy air across the hills and into my sinuses. God bless the inventor of antihistamines.

I just noticed that the NaNoWriMo widget at the bottom of my WordPress blog is not refreshing. So far I have updated my word count every day and my current validated word count is sitting on 12,046 words. I am a full day ahead of the NaNo race against the calendar.

At this point, while I don’t want to over-inflate my sense of self-confidence, I am doing a far better job this year than in the previous three years. (more…)

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

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NaNoWriMo Day 2 + Self Care

WEDNESDAY

Day 2’s writing session is about to begin. Today I’ll be writing about how two of my planned three main characters first meet.

(Procrastinates on WordPress.Com first.)

I am trying (again) to take half-decent care of my health during NaNoWriMo. Otherwise, based on past experience, I get to the end of consistently stressful Novembers having gained unwanted weight, with sore wrists and a sore back and sore eyes from too much computer time, and I have to attend family Christmases feeling like I’m more a hideous potato goblin than a human. So I took half an hour to tidy up and get some washing done (reduces mess-induced stress) and another half hour to do some exercise before taking a seat in front of the computer. I’m still recovering from a couple of hours walking through steep mountainside bushland at the National Rhododendron Gardens on the weekend so the exercise was a chance to stretch out my sore legs and wake up my posture before writing for the day while the kids are at school.

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August 2016 Update: On being forced to move house, and my unnecessarily dramatic life

As I try to reflect on the whirlwind of events in my life over the last few weeks, it has been, in a word, chaotic; and disappointingly not what I had planned when I envisaged August 2016. (more…)