Why do I do this to myself? I load my life up with so much “stuff” and I wonder why I never have any time for myself…
So, CampNaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what I am going to write about. I have a ton of story ideas to rol with, but not a single one of them are jumping out at me, saying “WRITE ME!”. I have a few that do keep coming into my mind, but they both need so much plotting work, that I am not sure they will play well in a 30 day writing exercise. Maybe that is the whole point – to allow unplanned direction to unlock the mind to be free. So be it. I will probably roll with the Shelter story, as that is the one that continues to invade my mind, even though I cannot seem to get a good story arc to fit the idea. I hate just writing in circles.
I had totally planned on plotting and outlining last week, but as I expected, the vacation took up most of my time. I was disciplined enough to actually write daily though, so that was good. I basically wrote about the trip and only occasionally wrote about story stuff. I did have a new story idea that I jotted down – oh great!
Now, I need to get my cameras’ memory cards cleared off and organize the photos from the trip. I am notorious at taking a few hundred photos from a vacation, and not opening them back up for some expended period of time. And with NaNo starting up tomorrow, it looks like I will be again putting off sorting those photos. The vacation was awesome though, so it will be a pleasure stumbling onto them in 3 or 4 months, and recalling the great times with my family.
So, I am off to try and work out some sort of semblance of a plot for my story. I will leave you all with a shot from our drive up the coast in California from last week.
I have been away for a bit for a reason. It’s called vacation! The family and I went down to Mexico, Puerto Penasco (a.k.a. Rocky Point) to be exact. We left DIA on Wednesday, the 13th, for Phoenix. We over-nighted at the In-Laws house before driving the 4 hours down to their condo on Thursday. We stayed there until Monday, when we drove back to the oven, otherwise known as Phoenix. We flew back to DIA on Tuesday. It was a nice little break from the hectic schedule we all keep. Sense the sarcasm…
Yeah, I know.. How hectic can it be, being unemployed? Well, pretty darn hectic! Ok, not so much, but this vacation had a HUGE bright spot – I got a job offer! I had a last minute interview on the morning we left, and I got an offer by Friday. It was all good! Now, I look forward to starting on July 2nd.
Other than that, I am about to start up a new writing project. I really cannot tell too much about it, because the site isn’t officially launched yet, and I am not even sure my submissions (all 3 of them) will be accepted. If they are, I will be a serial novel writer for pay! I use the words “for pay” loosely, as the pay is not great. But, once the first chapter is live on the website, the readers can “vote” for the 30 or so stories they want to see come back. There is some kind of monetization there somewhere, and we’ll see if it all works out. It might be something great. It might be a complete waste of time. I’m not worried about it really being a waste of time because it is at least getting me to write, right? I am hopeful that at least one of my submissions gets picked up. I will obviously link to it once (and if) it happens.
Enough about that. I have a TON of photo’s to get caught up with. I also have a new recipe to share with everyone. It comes from a cooking class we attended down in Mexico. One word – YUMM!