March Madness

After I typed the title, I realized how misleading it is, considering I don’t watch basketball. I don’t even have cable television.

In any case, it’s the tail-end of March and I haven’t posted on here yet. This month has been so chaotic with appointments and growing babies that while I have been writing, albeit sparingly, it’s been with paper and pen. Even now, I’m typing this using the WordPress App on my phone.

Since it’s nearly the end of the first quarter, I wanted to post an update on my literary life. I’ve been mostly reading. It’s difficult to write while holding a newborn all day, but reading comes naturally. I’ve even taken to reading to him aloud. I’ll find out later if he retains any of these murder mystery plots and if I need to shell out for therapy. I’m currently reading book #18 of a planned total of 50 books. I still have a long way to go, but I’m making progress.

My writing goal of 400,000 words is going even slower. I’m not sure how many words I’ve written this year since more than half were hand written in notebooks. I need to count them and add them to the total.

Camp Nanowrimo is coming up in a week. My goal is to write 31,000 words, or 1,000 words per day. My toddler still goes to daycare and my newborn is somewhat on a schedule, so I can find at least thirty minutes a day to sit down and focus on this story.

For now, I’m in the planning stages. I have a rough, one paragraph summary, but that won’t hold me over all month  – and beyond. Over the next week, I will be focusing on outlining and gathering materials for April. Hopefully I’ll be able to surpass my word goal if I have a solid plan to follow.

This blog has suffered quite a bit lately, especially the weekly series I started, but I’m looking to revive some of them. I’m still in a large adjustment period and need to take it a little slower than I had been. I firmly believe that creativity, true creativity, comes from solitude and a healthy ignorance of the watch. Taking that time off from the blog has helped me refocus and find what I’m looking for. Now that I’ve identified a goal and can visualize it, I can chase after it.

Happy chasing!

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