November Reflections

So last month was NaNoWriMo! I technically made it by writing at least 50k of words in various projects, and I did actually finish a draft for a new series, but it was only 30k, and the rest of the words were for other stories.

Writing Goals Update

Since this is the first “Reflections” post I’m doing (which I want to do regularly at the end of each month/beginning of the next month) I’ll just put my goals for December here.

Write. Every. Day. This includes outlining and editing days, because I can’t usually write parts of a first draft when I have on other hats, like letting out my inner editor or being non-creative and analytical for publishing.

Also, I need to figure out a consistent schedule for this blog, so you guys know when to expect updates from me on stuff. Since today is a Tuesday, let’s say I will start by posting every Tuesday, only once a week until I get better at this xP

Things I Learned

These past few months have brought a LOT of changes into my life, and not all of them writing-related. Since this is my website, and there are a lot of parts of my life I want to share that are not about writing, you can expect a little of everything when you read my stuff here, from nail polish to drawing to gardening to cooking to daily life in Canada as a stay at home wife!

So on to what I learned in November:

  • The more you write, especially every day, the easier it gets. I’ve heard this before (and it applies to any creative pursuit, not just writing) but I never really¬†learned it until I had been writing a lot each day consistently. It’s true: your inner editor or whatever you want to call your doubts, self criticism and fear, is MUCH less when you are consistent.
  • I am still a child! At my church’s Christmas party last week, there were coloring pages at each table for the kids. Hubby and I sat with my parents & siblings (all of them are teens or barely adults now) so there were no little kids monopolizing the crayons. I totally colored in some candy canes, and my husband did one of Rudolf! Hey no judging – it was relaxing.
  • It can be fun learning to grocery shop/cook with very little money and inexpensive ingredients. We had a very expensive car repair recently, which has made us more broke than we used to be, and I’ve had to get creative with our (almost non-existent) food budget. Really, I’ve learned to appreciate simple, healthy dishes more and I don’t mind it so much any more.

Distractions

  • Gah. YouTube. I’ve been obsessed with listening to covers/mashups of songs by people like Sam Tsui, Boyce Avenue, Kurt Hugo Schneider, while I’m working on non-writing stuff like making book covers or writing this post. The only problem is I like watching the music videos too because they’re so awesome and creative, but then I’m not working if I’m paying attention to the video…

What Else Is New In My Life?

I cut off my hair in October and LOVE it, but it grows so fast that it’s already bugging me and I want it cut again lol. My hair was armpit/boob length for many years but I have had short hair before. Story of my hair’s life is cutting it short (chin length-ish, I’ve never had a pixie) and then being too lazy to keep up with more cuts, so it would grow super long again, and then I’d get sick of it and chop it to my chin again, and repeat, and repeat…but now I know shorter suits me better, both in looks and for my lifestyle for washing/maintenance.

Maybe next month I’ll include a picture or two in these kinds of posts.