Sunday Salon: Finding the way

Happy Sunday!  It is the official start of our thanksgiving vacation and we are free this week to do what we choose.  Well, except for me working at the shop on Monday and hubby working Tuesday and getting off early Wednesday so we can go out to dinner for my birthday. No lessons - that is the biggie.  We actually are taking  a full week off from lessons. It is a much needed break.  We will be hanging around home for Thanksgiving and the rest of the week.  

I was contemplating today what it would be like if I could take one day and use 8 hours and for 2 hours each just write, draw, edit and research.   How much would I really accomplish?  And I could do that because I have the time.  If I don't waste it.  That experiment may be happening soon. Will keep you apprised.  When I find myself browsing and reading randomly without committing, without commenting, being a shadow, a lurker, it's time to shut off the internet.  More than one hour and my brain goes passive.  I finally realized that this feeling of looking for something, needing inspiration, searching and just browsing the interwebz trying to find it, whatever it may be, is actually my subconscious telling me to get up off my butt and do something - like write or draw or read.  Or maybe my muse, my subconscious is saying listen to me and quit ignoring me.  

So trying not to ignore my subconscious and have been working on my Nano story.  I'm not going to make the 50,000 mark.  I've won 5 years in a row so I know I can do it.   I just don't have it in me this year.  But I'm not going to quit, just changed the goal that's all and  I'm currently at 13,000.  I'm trusting the process of the crappy first draft and just writing and letting the characters reveal the story to me bit by bit.  Sometimes you just gotta get yourself out of the way and quit with the self sabotage.   The year nanowrimo has turned into a reflective experience rather than an all out stressed out affair. 

James however has already written a 25,000 word fan fiction story and is currently working on a 2nd story.  He's been spending three to four hours at least writing every day immersed in the process.   I'm so proud of him.  

Reading wise, we have 6 reading weeks left to the year.  I never quite made it through my TBR pile. I think my books are having babies because the stack never gets any smaller.  I will be continuing the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge in 2013Decided I'm going to challenge myself to read more nonfiction next year, but that is a whole other story.  I've done an abysmal job of reviewing books sent to me for review the past few months so have a bit of catching up to do.   Feeling guilty about that so will try to get caught up before the end of the year. 

Be sure to check out Patrick's creativity tweets of the week - They are awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving!   Count your blessings instead of your toes for there are so many more than 10.  Just need to look for them.  

Love and hugs!!!!  


  1. Sometimes the best challenge is the one you 'lose', Robin. You may not hit the word count goal for NaNoWriMo this year, but if you've created something more enduring to yourself personally, it sounds like you really won.

  2. Go James! I'm so sorry this year is not going as well as you had expected.


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