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.

Writer’s block? Or not?

I might repeat myself a bit here. Or maybe I just need to let go of something. But… For a couple of days now, it has been really hard to write. And I have no idea, how I have managed to write as much as I have, for NaNoWroMo. Yesterday I was saved by the bell when I found some notes I had done earlier, which made me get going. But I had rather not written at all.

During the day I had been cleaning my apartment, and also moved my sofa to another spot in the room. Well! HA! ”Spot” and ”Moved”, are not exactly the right words for that. Area and Dragged, are better. The sofa is big and heavy.

As the evening got closer, I was watching ”Gotham” on Netflix, and at the same time, I was knitting a pair of mittens for my daughter. I’m going there for the upcoming weekend, and I want them to be finished so I can give them to her, along with a scarf and a cap, all of them knitted in the same yarn, warm and wholly. I also had in mind to knit a cap for the grandson. I finished the mittens and began with the cap, so now I just hope I’ll finish that one as well on Thursday at the latest.

What all this bla-bla is the replacement for, is a confession that I at that time, had forgotten all about writing! Then suddenly I realized it was already 8 PM, and OOOPS! I have to write at least something! Please! At least a couple of hundred words!

My mind was blank. Totally empty and black. I stared at Scrivener’s pale yellow background. It stared back at me. Nothing here. Nothing there. Nothing anywhere. I sought it here. I sought it there. I sought it everywhere. Oh, that elusive Pimpernel…

No, I didn’t! Seek everywhere. But I looked among those notes and mini-drafts I have in a file. It helped! I wrote! But probably the lousiest text I have ever written. Don’t think I can keep any of it.
But I wrote!

No! I didn’t. I heaped loads of words upon each other! That’s what I did! And I don’t even have a clue what I’ve written! So to speak.

Adding words to words that way isn’t my normal way of writing. As long as it goes, it might go very well. After all, in total, I have written a lot of good stuff as well. But now when I begin to feel stressed about having to perform, to achieve, to produce! To add a lot of words just to get a huge amount of words during a fixed timeline – it’s about becoming a disaster! At least if I had wanted to create a draft to a novel.

Before the Burn-out, I wrote a lot. I wrote daily. But I never felt the need to perform a certain amount of words every day. I don’t complain now, it’s just facts! And I knew what I signed up for. 50.000 words in 30 days.

Why I did it? I have said it before – I wanted to train myself to write daily, again. To write a lot, again. And I didn’t commit to writing a draft to a novel, not necessarily. So also blogposts count, here and on my Swedish blog. Mails can be counted in, I just don’t write many mails. Text messages can be counted in if I consider it writing and not just a short something to someone. And of course personal dairy notes, which can be quite wordy.

Looking upon it that way, I have done very well. Beyond 40.000 words now (yesterday) for the NaNoWriMo. And for myself.

So why am I complaining about this! Because I realize I am! Do I have any actual reason to complain? Actually – no. In the beginning, I had no idea for a fantasy novel. I thought I wouldn’t write any fiction at all! And yet – I have written quite a lot, to later be included in a Fantasy Novel. Almost two-thirds of those 40.000+ words are scenes to be incorporated.

And the funny thing is – odd-funny not haha-funny – I realize I’m building a world, where all my fantasy writings and its characters this year can be gathered together. Not necessarily that all those people are going to meet, to connect, or counteract – but they live in the same world.

Thinking about it like that, I don’t have to feel miserable just because I cannot write for a couple of days – and still, I write!
I just need a day off, or two. Or to allow me to sometimes just write one puny scene. Maybe only 758 words or so.

What this NaNoWriMo has shown me so far, is that I’m capable of so much more. Who on earth thought I would write 3283 words in just a few hours! I didn’t. But! I can! I’m able to write even a lot more than that.

I just have to let go of that behavior to stress myself into any oveer achievement. Instead, keep the joy of creating a story, and don’t think the world will fall apart if there is a day once in a while when I rather want to read a book, watch a movie, knit a cardigan, sit in the sunshine a lovely day in May, bike to the sea-side – or do anything else but write.

I just have to make sure, most of my days are writing days.

I’ll be away from home for a couple of days only. I thought I’ll bring my laptop, but I will hardly be sitting for hours to write when I visit my daughter and her family. That would not only be rude. It would be awful to waste precious time with those I love, not totally being with them.

Maybe I should leave the laptop at home, after all. It weighs more than the iPad, and I’ll go by train. And will only be gone for four days.

Day 16 – and all is fine

One thing is for sure, though! I won’t write EVERY day as a must, when November is over. AND/OR! I won’t press myself to a minimum amount of words. Still, I’ll do my very best, and write as much, and as often as possible.

Sometimes when a scene is finished – it is finished! And I’ve emptied myself! Writing is not only a question about adding lots and lots of words after each other. Writing is about adding the right words together and make the whole lot of them, looking good together. Agree?

The update

Haven’t had time for anything today. Sounds good? HA! I’m lying of course.

I have met my friends and been writing on my story for NaNo, and done some other stuff as well. But I didn’t take a nap after lunch.

When I got short of words in English – I continued to write in Swedish.
NOW! That went speedy!

Not Gonzales…

Have been writing 14 days in a row…

Exceeded 30.000 words

Looking good! 😀 There is a chance now, if I can keep up the pace I have had for the last 6 days, or more, that I’ll finish this task before I travel to my youngest daughter on the 22nd… HA!!!!!
(Just checked! I have to increase it to an average of 2.786 words per day… that’s the challange)

BUT! That, would be something to show her!
(Mustn’t forget to buy that present for her soon-to-be six-year old son.)

Oh, sweet sixties…

Wonderful, indeed!

Have you ever, when you are writing something, suddenly gotten goosebumps and started to cry? Just because what you write is so sad, so touching, so filled with… something that is both deeply sad and awful and at the same time it gets so wonderful!
I have! Just now. And just a couple of hours ago, I had no idea what today’s writing would be about. Isn’t that wonderful?

And now, I just have to have something to eat.

Keeping the sunshine within

Not much writing today. On the story, that is. A lot of other writings though, a mail, several iMesseges, notes. Hung on the phone talking to my daughter as well. For quite a long time.

I had no idea anyway, what to add to the story. Later I wrote a short scene, most of it a dialogue. A sad dialogue. Someone is crying, and the other one is comforting, by just being there.

But I am not sad. I’ve arranged with my youngest daughter to visit her and her family next weekend. We were texting about trains, when to leave, when to arrive. Then we talked on the phone as well.

And then I was trying to do everything the right way when booking the ticket and paying for it. It went well, and I’m really looking forward to see them again.

Hopefully, the weather will be okay. I chose a train that will give me 1,5 hours to spend in the southest situated city in Sweden. On November 22nd, the weather can be almost any way. Cold, or not so cold. Wintery, or not. The sun might shine, or not. But I’ll guess it will be cloudy, maybe even raining. So we have to have the sunshine within us instead. And that’s okay! That’s more than okay!

I intend to visit the bookstore. Been there before, loved it, and I really do hope it’s still there. Been an awfully long time since the last time I actually visited this city, not just driving through it as I have done when visiting my family earlier. But now I’ll go by train, and she will pick me up in her car, and drive the 20 kilometers home to their house.

Her son, my youngest grandson, will turn six in February. Soon a big boy, a schoolboy. His name is Leonard, called Leo. What a name, eh? He’s cute and wild and have a great personality.

I’m so looking forward to visiting them all.

Japan on Netflix

It doesn’t matter if it’s November and NaNoWriMo, I want to watch movies and TV-series once in a while anyway. I don’t say or mean I’m addicted to it, but I like it. Very much! It’s relaxing, it’s fun, sometimes thrilling and sometimes just cozy.

Lately, I have been watching a Japanese two-season series on Netflix called ”Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories”. A night-opened small restaurant, the owner cooks what the guests want if he has the ingredients available. That’s one part that’s appealing to me. The food. Not everything he cooks looks delicious, but it’s still interesting to see. And hear. And learn!

The costumers gorge themselves with food, and they slurp when eating. Especially when they eat ramen. I don’t say this is odd or icky or anything, it’s just different! I get it! It’s kind of fun at the same time, and one can clearly see how they enjoy the food. It’s exquisite!
I like it!

Then there is also a story in each episode. Something happens to a person, trouble or joy or anything else. The regulars sit there talking, caring, enjoying the food, and the owner is so nice, wise and quite handsome.
It’s a pity there are only two seasons. I want more.

There was another series on Netflix from Japan which I wanted to watch. But now I can’t find it. I’m sure I added it to my list, so I guess Netflix must have deleted it recently. Such a pity! But when I then searched for ”Japan”, other options arrived and a couple of them I added to my list. All about food. Like ”Streetfood”, ”Kantaro”, and ”Flavorful Origins” which is about Chinas culinary traditions. That will be very interesting!

So it will be hard to choose which of these I will start with to watch. But I have better write something more on my story to NaNoWriMo first. Luckily, despite the fact it’s already dark outside, it’s still only in the afternoon. It’s just 5 PM

*The featured image is from Pixabay