Inspiration Station: Keep Going

IS Keep Going

I had a super busy weekend and I have another busy weekend coming up. In fact, all my weekends are booked for December due to holiday parties or other events.

In between these weekends I have work all day every day. So far, this has been the longest week ever and it’s only Wednesday.

Work has been stressful the past two days and I can only hope that it gets better today and for the rest of the week. Then I just have to hope that the kids I babysit for are in good moods.

Needless to say, yesterday and Monday I came home from work and then sat on the couch and watched TV.

I had plans both of those days. Writing, blogging, reading, I still have to edit the stories for my writers’ group, etc. There’s also so many other things I have to get done that don’t have to do with writing or anything of that sort.

So after this long-winded intro (apparently I needed to rant for a bit), here are some things you can do to keep yourself going.

Read a book.

I guess this one was obvious. Reading is relaxing and–I don’t know about you–but it makes me tired after a while. So it’s always good to curl up on the couch and jump into another world for a bit.

Take a bath or shower.

I love taking bubble baths with the stress-relief scents. I have my iPad by my side with Pandora on. Sometimes I’ll have my book with me, a notebook, or my 3DS. Either way, it’s great relaxation and it’s warm for the winter. If you prefer showers, stay in there as long as the hot water will allow.

Take a walk.

Clear your mind. Don’t think about anything that you have to get done. Just keep going with the flow.

Hang out with friends or family.

Good company will always distract your mind and help you feel better.

With that being said, I had certain goals for December to help prepare me for 2016. I’m hoping 2016 is the year for me when it comes to my writing.

I’ve been doing well with my blogging goals (kind of), but not so well with my writing goals. That’s okay, I can catch up. December is a busy month to begin with.

However, I would love to write and blog full-time someday. As much as I love my teaching job (I think I would be lost without it) I wish I could spent more time on my writing and everything else.

In the meantime, however, balance is key.

Write, Game, Repeat

I started that new schedule this week. I figured I should try to get myself into a decent routine now to make everything easier when I have to ease back into work and babysitting in a couple of weeks.

For Monday through Thursday (and Saturdays) I want to spend a good chunk of my day writing.

Except I can’t sit down at my laptop for six hours straight typing. I’m sure my fingers would get lazy, my eyes would cross, and headaches would emerge.

If you know me at all, you know I love to play video games.

So for the past couple of days this week I’ve been going back and forth between writing and playing video games.

Kris and I have been doing it together to make it less lonely. We write for an hour then play video games together for an hour. Then repeat.

It’s as simple as that. We get our work done and get to relax and recharge at the same time.

If only I could do that every day for the rest of my life.

Write… Play video games… Repeat…

Vacation’s All I Ever Wanted

Last week I went on vacation. Hence, the lack of reading and commenting on others’ blogs. I swear I’ll catch up on that throughout the next couple of days.

I spent last week in a cottage with eight other people–my parents, uncle, two young cousins, two sisters, and brother-in-law. We were right on a lake; calm and soothing.

It was our first time at this particular cottage and it was huge; very spacious. Plus, we had four bathrooms. For nine people that was great. We usually end up with a place with only one bathroom. Having four was luxury.

We went swimming, played games, made s’mores, etc. Overall, we had a lot of fun.

I woke up early every morning to have at least an hour of quiet time before most everyone else got up. I sat in the living room with the windows open. Listening to the waves on the lake was soothing. It was so peaceful that I wish it could be like that all the time.

I read five books while there. I think that’s a record for me.

We went shopping and stopped by a bookstore. I bought a book by Lisa McMann and read it in one day. Two days later we went back to the book store and I bought the last two books in the trilogy. Two days later, I finished both books.

I read two other books and was in the middle of my sixth book for the week went we went home.

I think I have to say that was the most relaxful–yet productive–vacation ever.

Now I’ll leave you guys with our gorgeous view of the sunset:

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“Working” On Vacation

Every year my family and l go away for the weekend after Thanksgiving. It just happened to become tradition a few years ago and it’s great to get away for a weekend in the middle of work and school. It’s a nice break.

I am not a light packer. Anyone who knows me personally in real life can tell you that. I would pack the entire house if l could. Example: l have three unread books on my Kindle. Before we left l bought a fourth one. Because you know there’s that .5% chance that l would happen to read and finish all three books in two days with time to spare and how tragic would it be if l ran out of something to read? Now, keep in mind that l brought my Kindle in an attempt to save space by not bringing physical novels. So it kind of balances out… l guess.

Anyway, l brought my Detective Florence 2 manuscript along with two notebooks (one blank, one with the outlined notes), the notes and outline for the first novel, blank index cards, blank post-it notes, and about five pens with four highlighters and two sharpies. Again, you need a plethora of pens because there’s that slight chance they will all run out of ink in two days.

Back to the point… l did some editing yesterday and l plan on editing today as well. Now that NaNo is over, l plan to finish editing the second novel, type up the next draft of both the first and second novels, outline the third, and then write the third. I’m in for a fun ride.

So l’m texting my friend yesterday and she asked how l was doing and such. I told her l was editing.

Her response: “Why are you writing while on vacation?”

Now let’s discuss…

I love writing. I am going to do it whenever and where ever l can. It relaxes me. I don’t see it as work. Sure, it would be nice to write full-time for a job, but whether that happens or not it will always be a passionate hobby of mine.

To be honest, l think vacation is the perfect time to write for a few reasons.

1. It’s a new environment. I tend to write at my desk at my house in my office/den l share with Kris. Sometimes, in the same room, l will write on the couch using the ottoman as a desk. Sometimes l go in my bedroom. When home alone, l’ll go in the kitchen or dining room. I even write while taking a bath. If l get a moment alone at work l’ll jot down notes. You can write anywhere you think of.

2. There are barely any distractions. When writing at home l have the Internet. There are many websites l am on that l can get to with a click of a button and before l know it, it’s time for bed. There’s also the cleaning. The dusty room around me just stares me down and it bothers me. There’s mail to get–l love getting the mail. I don’t know why, l never get anything good. If l’m not at work l usually keep an eye out for it. There’s also video games, friends to see, homework to do, etc.

3. There are no other responsibilities. Kind of like the previous point, there is no real cleaning to be done. As long as l clean up after myself before l go home, l’m good. I don’t have to worry about doing homework. I don’t have to worry about anything so my mind is cleared up for everything.

4. It’s relaxing. Why write next to the heating vent at my house when l can write next to the fireplace? There is no fireplace at my house; therefore, l cannot write to the soothing crackling sound. Well… l can, but those sounds are on websites. There’s no pretty flame or heat so it’s not the same effect.

I’m sure there are many more reasons, but this is what l can come up with for now.

My friend loves that l write and she supports me with it. She’s always asking how my novels are going, what they’re about, etc. However, she knows l want to write full-time which would be my career. Career is work. Therefore, she thinks writing is work. Technically yes, as it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a long process and such.

What she doesn’t realize is how much fun it is and how people need a certain passion for writing. Writers don’t see writing as work. Writing is just using the imagination and being creative.

Starbucks!

Coffee

 

 

So Kris and I decided that we were going to go to Barnes and Noble today and write. Yes, we have our office now at home, but we haven’t been to Barnes and Noble in a while. We thought we would go, say hi to the workers behind the Starbucks counter there, but…she ended up getting called into work. So we didn’t go.

We did end up going to Starbucks, though. Since she was closing, we thought we would get coffee and write in our office at home. She continued to edit her novel while I continued to write Inspiration Station.

The more I write that novel the more I realize that I have no idea what I’m doing. When I wrote Detective Florence, I outlined the first part of the novel and continued to outline as I wrote the rest in an attempt to making editing easier for me. I am not outlining Inspiration Station and I never planned on it because this was something I began to write when I had a slight writer’s block. I didn’t expect it to turn into an actual novel. I was still able to write 5,096 words for it, though.

I also changed my schedule, you can see it on the To Do List. Even though I have a lot of free time without work and school, writing 5,000 words a day and editing takes a lot out of someone. So I decided that I’m going to write 5,000 words a day Monday-Thursday and edit Friday-Saturday and relax on Sunday. I can write/edit if I feel like it, but I’m not obligated to do anything. This will be helpful for when school does start back up again (in about a week and a half) and I can do the bulk of my homework on Sunday. Not ideal, but whatever.

So, since tomorrow is Friday that means I’m going to edit. I’m hoping to edit a lot as I would love to self-publish this novella by the end of 2014…wish me luck!