No needs for words now.

I didn’t think I would write this much while visiting my daughter. But I got the opportunity, and I grabbed it. Both Friday, yesterday and today.

I promise, I haven’t been rude to anyone doing this, diving into the iPad. I just didn’t want to go out in the icy cold weather. But they did.

And here is the result. 😁🤓😆 I am a Winner!

It’s okay, of course, that I these days have written only in Swedish – much quicker this way – and mostly diary notes, ponderings and such. The important issue was to write, not what to write.

Now I can take it easy, without any pressure at all, and keep on working on “The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry”. I have, after all, also written a lot during these 24 days that is, or is about to be, included in that story.

From now on, I will probably take a day off from writing, once in a while. Meeting people, having lots of laughs – and be Living my Lives and Whereabouts.

Under the old chestnut-tree, over the fields

Still on my weekend visit at my daughter’s. The weather is lousy. Icy cold, feels like below freezing point, even though it isn’t. Close enough, though.

It’s cloudy, gray and very, very windy. Raining? Not sure. Will NOT go out today and realize it is.

It seems I’ll get an hour or more to spend with my novel today. Have just a little more than 1800 words left to write, then I’ve reached the 50.000 for NaNoWriMo. Feels good. Finish today?

I love to be here, but I also miss my home, my preferable food, my everyday habits. But soon enough I’m back home again, and tomorrow night I’ll sleep in my own bed. And miss not being here any longer.

The weather looks a lot better on the photo, than when I look out through the windows.

Back and Forth

So! I have changed my mind again? AH? Don’t know what I want to do? Difficult to decide? Yes! In this case, I have. Bring or not bring my laptop with me, when I visit my daughter.

If I was about to stay there for a week, or even more – I wouldn’t even have given it one single thought. I would have brought it. But now! For the weekend? Oh yes, my mind is going back and forth over that issue.

On one hand, since I’m not staying long why carry that extra weight? Okay! It’s a laptop. It’s a MacBookPro from 2012, so not that much weight, ah? I actually put it on my own scale, and it measured 2 kilograms. ( 2kg= 4lb 6.547930 oz)

Fair enough! Could do! But why? I mean, since I try to minimize the luggage as much as possible, and absolutely need to bring some extra clothes, a warm woolly sweater, for example, toothbrush and such, and some of my special food – non-wheat etc – would it really be wise and necessary for those few days, to bring the laptop as well?

On the other hand! Even though I don’t write thousands and thousands of words every day, I have my story on my mind almost all the time. You know how it is! I might also want to show some of it to my daughter, read a part or two, to her.

Then there is the NaNo! I have that on my mind as well! I want to write every day, and update every day. Even if it’s just a shorter piece. Not every scene has to be 3.400 words long or more.

Do you begin to see my problem now? I am as nerdy with my writing and my stories that I guess all of you writing people are. And guess what! I have Scrivener on my MacBook only!

There, there! The predicament! Can I solve it somehow?

Oops! There it came. The idea. The advice from within. Or maybe it was Albert, the Muse…
I have Apple! I have a MacBookPro! I have an iPad. I have Pages. And I have iCloud. I rarely use Pages. Maybe I should use it more. But that is a question I can deal with later.

For now, I figured I could copy all I had written to NaNoWriMo and paste it into a Pages document. Thought and done! That part wasn’t hard. Then I added a table of contents and made sure it was adequate so that I easily could find what I wanted. Not too hard to do this either. And I could see the total word count on my manuscript as well.

Next phase! Open the iPad and make sure this file had appeared there. It had. With the word count – which then suddenly was gone! In both places! I got it all right after a while, guess Pages couldn’t show the word count on both places simultaneously. But the most important now, was that I could see it on the iPad.

Then, I have to be able to reach the NaNo-site from the iPad. I use Firefox for theabyme.com as well as for the NaNo-site. (Have my Swedish blog on Safari so I won’t keep on signing in and out all the time.)

On the iPad I only have Safari, so I opened NaNo in Safari on the Mac and added the site as a favorite. Then I easily can log in to NaNo when I need to update the word-count via the iPad. (Perhaps I’ve better to test that today, making sure everything functions as I want it to do.)

If all this goes my way, I can leave the MacBook at home, and rely on the iPad! At least I think I haven’t forgotten anything important now.

I also think this is quite a clever solution! Less luggage, but the possibility to read, write, show my daughter – and update my word account to the NaNo-site. And that’s all I need. The possibility to do what I want if and when the circumstances allow it.

After the dates

On Friday I’ll take the train to my daughter’s for a couple of days. That leaves today and tomorrow to write the remaining 6.665 words to the NaNoWriMo. I don’t think I’ll do that.

I don’t say it’s impossible! I wrote almost 3.400 words two days in a row just recently. But I won’t do that now. Now it’s already evening, and tomorrow it’s Thursday and I have some things I want to do. Anyway, there are days left after my visit there, almost a week, so I’m not actually in a hurry. It would have felt good, though, to keep a straight line of writing every day, since that was what I aimed for the most.

Have actually changed my mind about not taking the MacBook with me. I will! But not sitting writing for hours. But for a while, I probably could, and then update the NaNo-results the up-coming days at least a little.

Everyday-writing was the keyword.

Yesterday it was easier to write again. When I realized that what I had done, was having finished part one of the story. Therefore I unconsciously and automatically had stopped for a pause. Thus, it was much easier to continue the story from there, with Part two. So I did.

Now I simply await my Muse – still Albert, you know – to show up and push me further on the writing road.
”Don’t begin without me,” he usually says. ”You know I’m the one that actually carries this story.”
I do some eye-rolling and head-shaking behind his back but say nothing.
”Oh, I noticed that!” he says, turns around quickly and waves his index finger in front of my face. I look at his finger and go cross-eyed.
”Don’t do that!” I say.
”Then don’t get nasty with me!”
”I don’t.”
He glowers at me, snorts, turns around and inspects my coffee table. Immediately he finds my blue china bowl with dates and starts chewing on them. One after the other.
”Hm. Good stuff. What is it?”
”Dates,” I say and sigh. ”Aren’t we gonna start writing soon?”
”Just a sec,” he says and grabs the last one.

What have I done to deserve him?

The header image: I had in mind to use an image of my daughter’s cat, a Devon Rex – the cutest ever, who I’ll cuddle this weekend.
Then I accidentally saw the ginger one at Pixabay, and couldn’t resist.

But here is Hopi as well.