Holy crap it's Wednesday. And the first Wednesday of the month. I promised to get back to a regular posting schedule and damnit the hump of the week has arrived. Which means it's time for....
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It's gonna be the NaNoWriMo version today! Mostly. If anything, re-entering the world after NaNoWirMo.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, I was spending the next few days of November (all 2 days left of it) to take care of the many things I had left alone while cranking out my 2,000 words per day goal. Christmas decorating, grocery shopping, random mini-projects around the house, dusting, laundry, the usual. Monday I headed into work, running around bragging what I had accomplished. As I work at a car dealership, I got a lot of those shut-up-and-sell-a-car looks, but a few were thrilled at what I had been able to do. Even more surprised when I told them that the story itself was only halfway done (yes, I have tons more to write, more on that another day).
Now during my lunch break for the past month, I took my sexy ultrabook up to the meeting room and cranked out between 600 and 900 words, stuffing a turkey sandwich in my mouth and not really seeing any light of day on what was a break at work. Oh wait, I did it! I have my breaks back! I took that time to run to Meijer for a couple things and Sears to check the price on some tools Adam wants for Christmas. That was it.
What? Wasn't there stuff I would normally do? Hmmm, I had to think. Get lunch? Nah, I got into a habit of bringing something every day. Oh well, guess I'll just chill at my desk and get caught up on Feedly and my blogs I follow. That was weird.
I get home. BAM! I was go-go-go-ing with a ton of things. Then it was ONLY 8:30. What else did I have to do? Anything? I don't have 2,000 words to write. I actually got to RELAX in the evening. Holy shit, THAT was weird.
Point? These past 30 days finally tweaked something in me. You know the method/idea that it takes 28 days to create or break a habit? It's true. Super true. Like insanely true. While I am taking a good week off from my novel before going back to continue the story, I'm finding I have a shit-ton of spare time now. I always felt when I first dove in to NaNoWriMo that I'd have zero time with a full-time job. While it was partly true, (Monday through Friday I really did nothing but write), now that my schedule is "clear," I'm just amazed with the time I really do have.
And then I go into my dark little hole of, "Oh my sweet baby Jesus, the amount of this time I have spent gaming and nothing else!" I try not to go there.
But yes, that means I do truly have the time to get my Batman: Arkham Asylum on.