Letters to Autumn 29

Letters to Autumn 29

Dear Autumn,

I don’t really have anything to say to you today that I haven’t already said to you already this month.

The clocks went back, so that was another hour to do something with. Whether I actually did, I do not know. This was written last night whilst I was watching an elimination round of Masterchef Australia and  went in on some pineapple. I watched Strictly‘s Halloween show which is always my favourite show of the season.

I came back from rebounding (A fancy way of saying that I bounced on a mini trampoline for 45 minutes, you may laugh at the notion, but the workout is real. You are pretty much always in a crunch position pushing back into your heels. My core, hip flexors and the back of my legs both hate and love me for it.) and once I was showered I just sat around on my sofa wearing shorts and a jumper as one does.

I also bought a new scarf because it came to my attention that I only own one and it’s leopard print, which while it is my fave and my winter staple, it’s weird that I only have the one and it’s not black. So I remedied that. It’s soft and fluffy and it finally feels like the weather is taking the kind of turn where wrapping up will become a requirement for the whole day and not just the earlier hours of the day.

I collected half of my Glossier package, because the sorting office only gave me one box and so today I have had to go back and try and get the second half. I’m mildly annoyed about that fact, but I do have half of it. And it’s the skin care half, which is only annoying because the other half has the sunscreen that I ordered and I ran out of that yesterday morning. Luckily I have a primer that has some SPF in it, so I’ve bunged that on for today for my trek into the outside world. From what I have so far of that though, the packaging is hella cute and nice and it seems like it won’t be too terrifying a change from my beloved Lush. My Boy Brow is also in this second package, so I’ll maybe get an idea as too what the hype is around that. And around Glossier in general. I’ll probably talk about it a bit more a give a little review of sorts in December when I’ve come out of the other side of my plans for November.

That’s something I’m gearing up for. Still plodding away with the write up of book reviews and also trying to fill out the 9/10 gaps that I still have for the month. Whilst trying to figure out this plan for this bloody new idea for next month and then also try to pull together a personal statement, because yeah that is a thing that is going to happen. Maybe. I feel like all of a sudden I have a lot of words to write. And I don’t know what to do about it. Other than write them.

For now though, toady I’m going to try and source that second package, run a few errands, do cardio barre. And then probably some more writing. Got get some shit caught up before the month starts so that I don’t go totally insane with all the words that I have to write…

Turns out I did have some things to say to you today. Gotta go make use of that extra hour.

Love,

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Letters to Autumn 11

Letters to Autumn 11

Dear Autumn,

Sometimes, it turns out, my sporadic nature works for the better without my even realising it.

On Monday night, while I was not scrolling endlessly through Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram I found myself clicking over onto my scheduled posts here on my blog. And well, there are a lot of November posts with titles just waiting to be written because for the most part all the groundwork is there. They are books that I need to review and some other little bookish things that only require the knowledge that is in my head.

And well, I found myself starting to write them.

I didn’t really think much of it at first, I needed something constructive to do with my time and it seemed like it would be more productive than trying to read with my tired eyes (somehow staring at my laptop screen was better for those very eyes once I had switched to night mode) and not take anything in properly.

Then I realised that if I end up with most of the month’s posts written it is one less thing to worry about having to write come the month itself (which isn’t actually as far away as I would like it to be, for a reason that will become apparent shortly). The most I would have to worry about is sharing the posts on the days that they were posted.

And the reason that it is important is because I am crazy enough to think that attempting NaNo this year is a good idea. Now I am a total pantser when it comes to this endeavour. I never really go in with a plan. In fact in the cases of a couple of years I didn’t even really go in with a solid idea. This year feels a bit different in that respect.

For one I’m being a total rebel and working on something that already has a solid almost 16,000 words to it’s name (not that it actually has a name, but you know what I mean) which means that it is something that already has legs with me. Because of that, and secondly, it means that I am just treating November as a way to bolster my word count. If I can bolster it by 50,000 words then great. If I can’t then that’s also fine, I will just be happy that I managed to get it up by at all. Because unlike before this isn’t an idea that I just came up with for the sake of the month and thought it might work and I should try and write 50,000 words on it with no real direction. This is something that has sat with me for a while and that I keep coming back to. And in my head it has a clear direction, I just need to actually get it down onto paper and really flesh out all the details.

Which is what I am using November to do. And I guess to allow myself the best chance of success my brain was like, ‘hey you should really write some of November’s posts up so you don’t have to then’. And so, while I’ve got some time to truly dedicate to that (as well as reading and just enjoying being by the ocean again) I am going to do just that.

Love,

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Nano Update

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What with it being the 3rd of the month I guess I am due to write a little update on that whole writing 50,000 words in a month thing.

Well I didn’t.

I mean I actually might have done somehow through everything I have written over the course of the month, but the novel that I intended to write for Nano? Yeah I got nowhere near that. At all.

I barely made 15,000 words.

There is a part of me that thought I would be a tad more upset about the whole thing because I did kind of want to achieve it this year again, but I’m not.

One because there is no point in being, and the fact that I learned that the hard way is a tad ridiculous in itself (looking at you 2012). And secondly because I am around 15,000 words further into a first draft of something than I was at the beginning of last month, which isn’t that bad a position to be in in the grand scheme of things.

So I just need to get an actual proper almost bulletproof plot together because I never did quite manage that. I just sort of plodded along writing the dialogue for various scenes because this is a thing that happened to me. I lost the will, or ability or something to write descriptively. It just wouldn’t happen. For anything really. Even the other things that I got ideas for at the back of last week consists solely of speech right now. Like there aren’t any names for these characters or anything. I know who they are in my head, heck I even know what the actions and the setting is doing up there, but that isn’t making it onto paper just yet.

Which is proving troublesome.

Only in the context of it happening slap bang in the middle of Nano. I’m back to talking about that now. I was doing quite well at the beginning of the month, most of the words that I have for it came from the first week pretty much. And then I had a really good weekend where I wrote for pretty much most of it, but that was pretty much it.

Life happened, as it does and the ideas that I had never seemed to be relevant to the story that I was trying to write for the month, obviously. And so it just hangs in the 10-15,000 words bracket for now. Probably will for a bit while I try and figure it all out over the next few weeks.

But that is my update on this for now. The month didn’t go quite as planned, but it wasn’t a total failure either. It gave me something to work and move forward with and that can never be a bad thing.

Parentheses count: 1. See you tomorrow!

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Finished!

Reader, I finished it!

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Just before midnight last night this happened. I finished it. Or as finished as I could get a first draft anyway. I drained the well dry and surpassed the word count. I had a good week and everything came together in a way that I honestly didn’t think was going to happen during Week 2, or for a lot of Week 3 when the rolling word count was my enemy and nothing seemed to really be moving forward even though words were pouring out onto the page.

So I reached the finish and I’m almost at a loss for what to do, this whole novel thing has consumed almost every thought for the past month and now there is no need for that. I am sure that I will have a whole bunch of ideas still running through my head and I might put them down onto paper, but then again I might not. With the exception of one piece that I need to edit because I want to get it out before the New Year I intend on taking it easy on the writing thing. Mainly because I would quite like for it to not feel like an obligation and also because honestly I don’t think I could string an actual sentence of decency together anymore without somehow linking it back to the novel that I have just finished writing. So I am taking a step back and moving on to my second favourite thing.

Reading.

Always been a believer to be a better writer you have to read and that is something that I have not been doing enough of recently. There is no real reason behind it other than sometimes it was just incredibly hard to read a book just to read it after I spent years analysing every aspect of them and blitzing through at least two books a week without really taking the time to really appreciate it. But I have had distance from that in the past few months and also come to the conclusion that reading critically isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

So this month I am going to finally attempt to finish what I am pretty sure is 6 half finished books…I mean that might be ridiculous in the first place. I started some of these books months ago, I am putting a lot of faith in my memory. Some are more finished than others so I might start with the ones that are nearer the end (and I think therefore the ones that I started most recently) and then work backwards. I dunno, I don’t really have a plan for this other than to kick start my reading habit again after a far too long dry spell.

While I try and finish (*deep breath*) Slaughterhouse 5, The Maze Runner, The Secret History, Good Omens and then also start and finish Gone Girl and Life of Pi (writing it down in a list like that makes it seem even more ridiculous and I do not live in a world where I honestly believe that I will finish all of these in 31 days but I like a challenge and something to focus my attention on) I will also be getting fully into the Christmas spirit. I have been feeling oddly into Christmas this year, I even bought a couple of jumpers because I was in the mood to. Next week I might even get the bulk of my Christmas shopping done, and trains are a good place to get some reading done anyway (even at rush hour, because that is an art I have mastered).

I don’t really know how December will pan out in terms of posts. I mean they will still most likely be weekly but what they will contain is a bit up in the air. One will definitely be that thing I was talking about earlier that I need to edit, but the rest…well we’ll see.

See you next week!

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