By about this time tomorrow, another year of NaNo will be in the books. Some will cheer and some will bow their heads in shame. And even among the victorious, there will be those who don’t feel that sense of accomplishment. And there is a percentage of the writing populous that will regret not participating in NaNo. I fall into that category. One of my goals this year was to participate in NaNoWriMo, just to say that I attempted to write 50,000 words. Continue reading “Month in Review: November”
My family has a tradition on Thanksgiving Day. As we pray over the food, each member of the family names one thing they are thankful for. For this post, I am going to name five things. These are in no particular order, so here goes:
- God. I make no qualms about my faith. Although I don’t talk about religion much, it should be noted that I am a man of God. Granted, I am not a saint, but I try to live by His principles as bet I can. I believe God blessed me with a talent and passion to write, among other things.Without God, I wouldn’t have the family I have, the job I have, my health, my friends, or my writing. I owe everything to Him. The best I can do is to do my best to follow the examples of those way before I came along.
- Family. Next to God, family is just as important. Without the support of my family, I don’t know where I would be. They’ve seen my best and worst. They’ve read my best and worst, which may not be saying much. But I know I can count on them to be honest in what they think of my work.
- My Job. As much as I gripe about some of the work I do and the schedule I have, I am glad I have a job that pays well. It’s not the ideal job, but these days, you have to take what you can get. Besides, I’ve been with my company eleven years. Some may say I’m a glutton for punishment, but I don’t. I’d like to believe that there are always people who need help with what’s going on in the world of technology and home entertainment. Call it job security.
- Writing. These last two go hand-in-hand, and shouldn’t be any surprise. That being said, I am grateful I have my writing. It’s the one thing that keeps me grounded, and at the same time, allows me to be free. Like most creative outlets, writing allows me to express myself when the words don’t come out of the mouth as fluently as they should. I feel at peace putting pen to paper, or filling a blank screen with words. It brings me joy.
- Project Blacklight. This blog is my pride and joy. I enjoy writing posts, sharing what I’ve learned. (At some point, I will put those lessons into practice with the stories I will post.) Through this blog, I discovered a community of fellow writers and bloggers with similar struggles and aspirations. There are writers who have published books under their belt; some are like me, just starting out with the dream to one day write a novel. They’re everywhere. Without this blog, I wouldn’t have found them.
Outside of Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget the things we’re thankful for. It’s easy to take them for granted. But I would encourage you all to take not just today, but every day, think about what you do have, not focus on what you don’t.
As I was going through my notifications, I clicked on a person who liked my latest post and skimmed her blog. This one post really stood out. She wrote about her photography. She mentioned that she wanted to get back to posting pictures of subjects she forgotten about. Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog and the content I’ve posted in the past few months. Continue reading “Where Have All the Stories Gone?”
I normally don’t talk politics, but I feel compelled to write a little something from a little ordeal I encountered.
Yesterday, I woke up early to vote in my city’s and county’s elections. I had to go to two places to cast my ballots. One, at City Hall. Two, at the American Legion. It was kind of strange because that’s never happened before. It was kind of an inconvenience, which wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t had to be at work early in the morning. After voting, I talked to my sister-in-law about the whole ordeal. Somehow, it turned into a conversation about how inconvenient voting can be for some people; that some demographics are discouraged to vote, that some people don’t even bother to vote.
So, what’s the point? It’s this: Continue reading “Rock the Vote”
As I’m writing this post, NaNoWriMo is up and running. And no, I’m not participating in it this year. When the time is right, I will. But for now, I’m content with cheering from the sidelines. At the same time, I will try to write every day this month in an attempt to develop good writing habits. Whether it’s a blog post, a journal entry, or a story. Good writing habits are essential, especially in the case of NaNo to meet that 50,000 word count goal. I feel like I’m not at that point yet.
So, there goes my NaNo goal I made earlier this year. Continue reading “Month in Review: October”