Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Wrong Turns

Everyone takes a wrong turn now and again whether it is in their career or their life. We often have no idea we've take a wrong turn until we've traveled a few miles down the road. It is only when we stop, pull out the map, or maybe get out of the car that we realized we've blundered. Sometimes, it's small error but sometimes its big. Or maybe it's become a pattern of errors when keep making. 

But, if we're lucky, we reach a moment where we can take a moment to consider the wrong turn. Maybe we even turn around and try to back track to reach the turn we should have taken. Instead of belly-aching about it, we actually do something constructive about the situation. We try to find a solution that might just help us get to where we want to be. We certainly don't keep going the wrong way!

At least that's what I'm hoping.

I'm at one of those crossroads right now. I've stopped on the road and consulted the map. Hell, I even got out of the car and took a good hard look around me just to get a sense of how far I've gone off course.

It's almost April. The first, full quarter of 2024 is almost wrapped up. The last time I typed a word here it was to post an update at what became a failed attempt at National Novel Writing Month this past November. I didn't finish a book. I'm not even sure what derailed the process for me at this point. Maybe I jotted something down in my journal. I'm not going to look to find out. 

It doesn't matter. The past is the past. I'm sitting here in the present and I'm wondering what I need to do to get back on the right path. 

You might be wonder what in the world I'm talking about. Admit it. You're asking yourself that question. In some coming posts, I will try to answer this, mostly for myself, and maybe you, dear reader, if you're curious.

I'll be back tomorrow. 

Monday, November 13, 2023

NaNoWriMo 2023: Day Thirteen

Well, today was a slightly better. I was able to get a couple of pages worth of writing done on the novel. I got 524 words and advanced a chapter forward a bit. So, it was a win. I'll take it.

Interesting to say this now, but I probably shouldn't have tried to do National Novel Writing Month this year. However, now that I've already begun, it would probably be worse to quit now. I'm nearly 10,000 words behind where I should be at this point in November, so my word counts have to be much higher if I have any chance of hitting 50k by November 30th. 

I'm stewing on this information. Trying to be real with myself too. I've miscalculated things before, so this isn't new territory. It's led to missed goals and failures to finish books in past attempts. 

I'd like to break the cycle this time. 

Wish me luck.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

NaNoWriMo 2023: Day Twelve

A short one because I didn't write a word today. It was a bit of a rough one honestly.

So yeah, 0 words written

Let's see how tomorrow goes. 

Saturday, November 11, 2023

NaNoWriMo 2023: Day Eleven

Back again with the daily update. Well, on this chilly Saturday, I was found myself away from the house and hence the desk for a good portion of the day. As a result, I wasn't able to do much on the novel. 

I did add just over a page to the book manuscript or a total of 323 words

I'm not going to promise I will accomplish more tomorrow. I'll see what happens. Weekends can be a weak proposition for writing normally. We will see.

Catch ya later, folks.