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 guilty 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 →
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.
My recent trip to Italy has gotten me thinking about growing a few of my own grape vines. I was able to take a hike through some sangiovese vineyards (pictured below) and I really enjoyed the experience and the subsequent wines.
Ripe sangiovese grapes in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany Italy
I just came back from a week long trip to Florence Italy. As a native of Los Angles, I am always amazed to travel to the old world and experience the depth of history there. This trip specifically I was … Continue reading →
My office has quite a few creative people and quarterly there is a craft fair where these people can sell their products to their co-workers. This last week, I joined in on the fair with my pottery. It was very motivating to have a deadline, and a specific audience. I focused on making mugs and bowls, because I know that coffee and oatmeal are common in the office. Continue reading →
Creativity has never been a problem of mine. I have no problem thinking up new and interesting things to do/make. My real problem is following through on them. In order to try and keep myself accountable, I am going to post my list of projects with an approximate percent completed. This will be a helpful reference and it will keep me honest on whether or not I am getting things done.
Wedding Book 0%
Wedding Arch 10%
Bridesmaid earrings 30%
Groomsmen gifts 20%
Pottery for office craft fair 45%
Sketchbooks for sale 0%
Batch 11 of mead for the wedding guests 0%
I’m frairly sure that there are more things that I am forgetting. If I think of them, I will update this post.