Winding Down With the Year
Biding My Time
When you write a lot, the flow lets you write even more. This goes on happily until something comes along to stop it in its tracks, whether it is writer’s block, a life event, or little things like a leaking roof or a sick cat. Trying to get back into the flow can take a while, especially if the interruption occurred during the crucial early parts of a new project or a new phase of an existing project. But that’s okay. When it happens often enough, you come to realize that the flow does indeed come back, and it’s best not to worry about it too much. A good way to wait it out is to just touch base with your people, writing an update like I’m doing with this post
I spent November participating in the National Novel Writing Month, and am happy to say that I reached my 50,000+ words, as the badge at left attests. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that winners also had the opportunity to purchase the writer’s software called Scrivener at half price, and to get five print copies of one’s novel for free from CreateSpace, both of which I plan to take advantage of very soon.
Scrivener has a one-month trial download, complete with tutorial, which I’ve done and it is pretty comprehensive. When my “flow” comes back, I plan to use it for the second draft of the novel that I wrote in November, and hope that it doesn’t cause me to lose my flow all over again in the midst of the learning curve.
The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All is selling like hotcakes over at Amazon, and my cookbooks are gradually increasing in sales, too. I’m planning to have another book or two up for sale in the next few months, but will not commit to their topics at this time. (I thought I would have my latest cookbook done eight months earlier than it happened, because I set it aside in favor of another project–so now I know better than to announce something before it’s imminent.) Other projects that are humming long with this blog include ghostwriting and generally raising hell on social and economic justice issues.
Also on the selling side of things, we finally, finally, finally sold one of our two 13-year-old vehicles, after going back and forth about which one to sell for at least three years. We sold the car and kept the SUV, as every time we turned around we needed to haul Steve’s large paintings or things like a new water heater. It is also a great vehicle for getting through snow drifts and I find it easier to get in and out of on creaky days. And it’s red. People often just did not see the car, which was pale metallic grey, leading to some nerve-wracking near-accidents. I do have to admit it is weird to not see that car hanging around after owning it so many years. On the up side, it’s nice not to worry about the car that is parked on the street all the time, or to worry about having two major old-car repairs happening simultaneously.
On the buying side of things, I have acquired a Kindle Touch, and am enjoying it immensely. Too many hours on a computer screen has of course caused eye strain. With the Kindle I can read tons of things, not just books, on an e-ink screen, complete with control over the font size. I have a lot of RSS feeds of others’ blogs, and use Readability to select posts, as well as articles from online newspapers and magazines, and send them to the Kindle.
I chose the Touch over the non-touch model because it was easier for me to type in the search bar, as opposed to a sort of scrolling. You can even access your home pages and email service via Kindle, and the Touch keyboard is sufficient to write and send brief emails, as well. Awesome. My one complaint is the cost of covers for this device. Decent covers average $30-$40, and one with a built-in light is $60. Reviews of these products are mostly positive–but nearly unanimous that the price is too high for what you get. If there are designers out there looking for a new competitive product niche, now’s your chance!
The holidays are blessedly quiet at Chez MinWoman. In many ways, Christmas doesn’t seem to have anything to do with us, because we are not religious, there are no small children in our circle of family and friends, and we have all stepped back from the insanity of shopping. In addition, I’ve been sticking to my diet pretty well, so making lots of baked goods and eggnog and Chex mix isn’t happening this year. I’ve promised my husband a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and that will be the extent of the baking.
Here’s wishing you and yours a lovely holiday, with a minimum of strife and insanity, well within your means, and with plenty of time to just breathe and do it your way. The “flow” will come back in its own good time ;D
And thank you so very much for being a reader, for all your support.