NaBloPoMo 2016 – Day 1

NaBloPoMo 2016 – Day 1

A few weeks ago I had the grand idea that I would participate in NaNoWriMo and move into our first house* at the same time. Well, after one day of moving in/painting/excitement with the new house I realized that even attempting to write a novel in a month was a pipe dream. I was setting myself up for failure.

While driving into work, I contemplated what it was that I really wanted out of NaNo other than a novel. And what I want is to get back into the habit of writing on a regular basis “for me”. I do a lot of writing at work, but often the writing I do for work doesn’t hit the spot. I still crave a creative outlet of my own.

Then I remembered NaBloPoMo. Of course! I attempted it a few years ago when writing a novel was just too much but I still needed that kick to write. So hopefully you will see a new post everyday this month.**

* More to come about our first house in a future post.

**Perhaps a few days with no post followed with a double-post. Blame the move.

Bundled Up at Historic Williamsburg

Black Friday we stopped briefly at our local comic store and then spent the afternoon in Williamsburg. We strolled down the historic streets. Watched tradesmen sculpt silver, bind paper, spin yarn. The gardens were even alive with period crops. Many tucked under glass jars, sheltered by tents to protect them from the nip of winter that bit at our noses and fingers.
I much preferred the hustle and bustle of the 1700s to those in modern stores.

Why I Am Enjoying Sleepy Hollow

The new TV series I’ve gotten into this fall has been Sleepy Hollow.  Initially I sat down to watch the pilot, not sure if I would really enjoy the show.  I was doubtful that it would distinguish itself from the other supernatural shows and have something different.  Also, how the show was going to adapt Ichabod Crane to a character an entire series can follow.  Boy, was I surprised after the first episode.  As the series has continued it’s found it’s grove and is really an enjoyable show.

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Read Through

Last night was the first read through for a show I am stage managing.  Sitting at the table, surrounded by the cast, I got lost for a few moments in the play.

First read through is one of my favorite rehearsals.  There are no blocking notes, no props to coordinate.  It is one of the few rehearsals that a stage manager can actually listen to the play.  I mean really listen.

Characters are still being fleshed out, but just listening to the rhythm of the cast I always get a glimpse at what kind of show and experience this production will be.  How well the voices blend or stand out from each other give a hint to how the cast will be as an ensemble.

Decades Lost – Excert 2

In just a few minutes we’ll be climbing into our hibernation pods to start the trip to Io.  If everything goes as planned Kendall, the engineer, will be the only one to wake up during the trip.  Just so that he can check all of the systems and if needed he’ll wake the rest of the crew.  I’ve double-checked my pod and it’s all set for the four month trip to Io.  The pods are not that glamorous.  Besides the window around the head the rest is scuffed plastic.  At least I was able to trade out the old cushions for brand new ones.  Even if I’m unconscious I do think they will make a difference.

Initially I was concerned about having to hibernate in the pods.  An anxiety attack while going into or coming out of hibernation would be very bad.  A few months ago, while poking around the storeroom holding all the extra parts to The Decade Lost, I found a few spare pods.  Not much has changed with hibernation technology in the last 8 years.  So I took a few naps in the pods to give it a test run.  Other than terrifying one security officer who missed the memo that I was in the storeroom, everything went swimmingly.

I do have a bottle of pills tucked into my jumpsuit.  Just in case.

Until we get the all clear from the captain there isn’t much to do but stare at the five identical pods, and two very strange looking pods.

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Another NaNoWriMo Almost Gone

Well, my second attempt at NaNoWriMo is almost to the end.  The second week did me in.

Not only did I fall into the second week slump, but I came down with a wicked flu that took several days to get over.  Really, almost a week before I really felt back to normal.  During that time, just doing everyday tasks seemed to take far too much effort and thought.  Writing seemed like an impossible task.  After several days I came back to discover that the foothill of writing had turned into Everest, and I had forgotten to bring my hiking gear.

I feel a bit disappointed in myself, but I’m throwing in the towel.  I just started working on a new show and between that and work I just don’t have the time to catch up on the writing to win NaNoWriMo.  But I’m not completely giving up.  I’m going to keep chipping away at this novel.