Bob Ross

The game-streaming site Twitch.tv just launched their “Creative” category. To celebrate, they are running a marathon of all the episodes of The Joy of Painting by Bob Ross. I remember watching this show when I was in Junior High. I was always enchanted with the seemingly effortless way Ross created these beautiful imaginative landscapes. I even bought a starter kit and tried it myself.

Sadly and in true typical fashion, I only ever made that one painting and gave it away to one of my aunts. I have never gone back to oil painting even though I still have the brushes and oils from that first kit. (I wonder if they are still good.)

Now that I am faced with this marathon of The Joy of Painting and with the story I am writing that features an oil Painter I am feeling somewhat compelled to revisit this medium. I can’t do it this month as I need to focus on writing but maybe next month

NaNoWriMo Again

It seems like last year’s National Novel Writing Month was not that long ago but it has been a year. Last year I couldn’t keep up the writing because of work and classes. This year threatens to be the same. In fact, in terms of hours, this year may be even worse. I have class after work Monday – Thursday. This leaves me with time to write on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only. With a little math, that leaves me 14 days in November, and If I am going to make the 50,000 word goal, I will have to churn out 3571 words on each of those non-school days. A daunting task to say the least.

I am going to go for it.

There is no penalty for failure. If I come short of the goal, then I can just add those words to the pile and still call it progress. I am going to continue on the book I was writing last year, Cascade. It was inspired by my trip to Banff in Canada to visit my sister-in-law and some of my wife’s college friends. It is fiction but not science fiction or fantasy as are most of my ideas.

I have never been short on ideas. I keep my story ideas on a OneNote file and go over them from time to time. I have about 20 story seeds there right now. My problem is stamina. Sitting down to write with consistency on the same topic is my greatest weakness. As you can probably tell from the frequency at which I post on this blog, my writing time, never really consistent, has dwindled in the last few years. That is the true challenge of writing for me. I know that I have a novel in me but if I can ever dedicate myself to getting it out is yet to be seen.

Today I head to the local National Novel Writing Month kickoff to meet the other writers in my area and get my head in the game. I have also made plans to start writing on midnight, October 31st / November 1st with a friend. I will get out as much of this as I can. I also have to remember to keep writing outside of November. It will not do to only write one month a year; I have too many ideas. I need to make this part of my life, and if nothing else, I can write a blog post every now and again.

Wish me luck

From Writing to Ceramics

It is just past the middle of National Novel Writing Month and I am having some trouble. Just as I mentioned before, I have a lot on my plate. I have run behind and then lost my focus completely. I haven’t written in a few days. I don’t think that I can catch up at this point. I have spent my time on some other creative endeavors instead.

I spent significant parts of both days playing Pathfinder, and some other time making mugs. I feel a little guiltyRPG battle mat about the time i could have been writing. I wonder if there is a way that I could motivate myself to write without guilt. I am going to allow myself to get as far as I get this year without worrying too much about the specific word total, and next year when I am not working on buying a house, and when I have my own work-space, I will dedicate more seriously to hitting the goal of 50,000 words. Continue reading

National Novel Writing Month 2014

I am participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. A couple of my friends have been doing this for several years now but I finally have the time and the idea to make it happen. My novel is currently called “Cascade” and It is coming along pretty well, if somewhat more slowly than the 1,666 words per day that I need to put down to meet the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month.

My greatest challenge is sequestering myself and actually spending the time writing. My fiancee and I have a lot of plans and sometimes it is difficult to say no to plays, museums, or visits with friends in order to sit in a room and write. To try and outsmart that issue, some of us are getting together for a “write-in” I have some whiskey and wine and we are going to write like Hemingway and revise in December.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, hit me up my handle is MakerMead. If you are doing it, then I wish you luck.