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Yes, it’s nearly 6 AM. Yes, I’ve been primarily subsisting on caffeine and alcohol today. How is this different from any other day? I’m at that perfect balance of booze-induced exhaustion and caffeine-induced insomnia that means that I’m ready to write. Here’s some updates, dear readers.

1.) NaNoWriMo. I tried and died this year, but I managed to get upwards of 30,000 words in the first three weeks of the project. I’m pretty damn proud of myself. I’ve proven to myself that I’m actually capable of sitting down and putting something cohesive and coherent together, outside of this blog. I’m quite pleased. In addition to said pride, I’ve gotten a damn good start on my first big writing project. The 30,000 words I wrote last month will serve as a springboard for me. I’m definitely going to try NaNo again next year. I don’t know if I’ll ever finish anything within the thirty day time frame, but I will find ideas and hope there. The motivation it provided was a much needed kick start. Thank you to everyone who supported me during November. I’ll keep trying. Arsus and Rime and the others are far too deeply buried inside my brain to let them go completely.

2.) The job hunt continues. Naturally. I’ve decided to try to branch out a little bit, and start applying for some jobs in Denver and the surrounding area as well. I would hate to leave the Springs, but at the same time, it’s hard  to limit myself when I know that there could be better possibilities elsewhere. I’m not planning to leave town any time soon, though. I would find it very hard to leave all of my friends behind (and, by the way, I feel closer to most of the people that I met in college than to any of the people I knew from preschool through senior year of high school, and I’m not sure if this is weird or not). I’m not trying to be picky about jobs. Especially not after reading this earlier today (or was it late yesterday?). Speaking of cracked.com, I’m considering applying as a writer there. Supposedly, if you can write comedy, you can write anything. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I guess I’ll never know until I try. I’m sort of connected to a writing/editing/reading job now, but at the moment, it’s pro-bono, so it’s strictly for experience. It’s hard to remain focused on a job like that when it’s web-based and not paying off immediately. I’d say that’s a pretty rough choice for someone in a writing field, because it’s difficult enough trying to get a job that’s not just a crappy retail or customer service gig. Been there, done/doing that. I don’t know that I can justify NOT doing it, though, given my financial outlook at the moment. Conundrum? Maybe, but probably not in the long run.

3.) Christmas is coming. I love Christmas. It’s not my favorite holiday ever, but it’s still a pretty darn good one. I’m still not certain exactly what I’ll be doing in three weeks, but I’ll be with people who care about me, no matter what, and I hope that all of you are able to do the same. It’s a good time of year to be around family. I have a tendency to think that I’m going to be miserable when I go home, even though it’s rarely actually true. I can put up with my mother being upset that my hair is still long, and my ears are still pierced, and I’m not nearly as religious as I was ten years ago. I enjoy being around my relatives, but I’m also grateful that I don’t live in my hometown anymore. For the most part, it’s your typical small rural town full of small-minded people. Yes, that’s kind of an unfair blanket statement. There are plenty of people there who are more open-minded than others, but they’re few and far between in a town that boasts so many churches per-capita that I could attend a different one each month for a year and still not have completed the rounds. So naturally, I moved to Colorado Springs, right? Hahaha. Oh, local humor, how you amuse me in the early hours of the morning. I digress. I still like to see my family, and I know that they like to see me, and that my visits are far too infrequent and too short as far as they’re concerned. I’m happy with this. It’s best not to disillusion them just yet. 😀

4.) Aspirations are still at an all-time high. I’m optimistic. I’ve sent a short story in to another magazine, and I’m trying to write a couple more. The next one will probably weigh in a bit heftier than the one I’m showing people now, but we’ll see what happens. When inspiration strikes, you have to use it. I found this yesterday, and had to share it with you.

Seriously. That thing is awesome. That’s outside the main public library in Cincinnati. Who would have ever thought that I would have reason to go to Ohio? I guess I do now. I would love to see this thing in person. I’m fairly certain that the photos do not do it justice. I could spend the rest of my life wandering around old bookstores and libraries.

I’ve found some other awesome stuff as well. Like vintage clothing? Love old books as much as I do? Check out Out of Print Clothing. These people make some of the most amazing shirts I’ve ever seen, decorated with classic literary covers. And for those of you who like to read other people’s writing on other people’s books, check this out.

I think that just about wraps things up for now. I need to try to catch a few hours of sleep so that I can play more Zelda tonight, or finish A Dance With Dragons in the next day or so. Martin’s writing is still just as strong in this book, and I can’t wait to see how it wraps up and leaves things for The Winds of Winter. Here’s to hoping that we don’t have to wait six years. Peace!

2 Comments

  1. The fact that you got as far as you did in your first ever attempt at NaNoWriMo speaks to your dedication to your craft, and especially for a first attempt, 30,000 words is quite incredible. I’ve never been able to dedicate myself to anything so thoroughly except TKD, and even in that I’m stalling, in a way. I’m in no hurry to test for my next rank, I merely enjoy teaching and being proud of my students as they succeed and grow. I have kids who started as awkward, hyperactive five year olds who are now black belts, dedicated students, and whose physical coordination and technique have improved beyond recognition.

    The job hunt is an issue still for everyone. I’ve discovered this myself as I take a few tentative stabs at looking into moving somewhere outside my hometown. Right now I can’t justify leaving a job I’ve got where I’m getting paid $13 an hour and where I’m finding fulfillment and satisfaction…but no benefits, no insurance, and no long term future. My options, should I move, would include taking a pay cut, probably doing some sort of retail, and having to cover things like rent and groceries. I don’t know that I want that, so for right now I feel stuck. I know it’s difficult and scary, especially the uncertainty, but keep in there and don’t get too discouraged. The right job will come along at the right time.

    As for your feelings about going home and how your parents feel about your life choices…I’m stuck at home, hearing about my choices all the time. Better to just visit, hear the guilt trip, and then have them happy to have you there at least for a little while. Nothing at all wrong with long hair or pierced ears, btw, I think they look cool, and as for religion, that’s something you have to do in your own measure and your own time, regardless of their feelings. If you try to force it you feel miserable. I’m getting that a lot lately, because I’m really frustrated with our priest. I love the feeling of being in church, but I hate being talked down to like a naughty child, and being harped at about the parish’s financial problems. I’m concerned about them sure, but they’re not my problems. I’m there, I give what I can, and I don’t appreciate the priest making us feel like even though we’re the ones showing up and doing what we can, we’re still in the wrong. Go to church when you feel right about it, or don’t. As for the small-mindedness…my sister is dating a very nice, very successful guy who is a little older than she, but she’s terrified to bring him home to meet the family. Why? Because despite having a good career, being a wonderful person, and caring very much for her, he’s black, and my parents and grandparents are already having kittens about it. How close-minded is that? *sigh*

    I love that fountain! There’s just something about the smell and feel of an old book, and it kills me that the library gets rid of those on a daily basis to make room for things like Twilight. *shudders* Anyway, just don’t give up, try your hand wherever you can, and know that you have people who support you. Good luck, Philip!


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