Sunday, 18 December 2011

This year's Nanowrimo

I haven't posted yet about what happened with this years nanowrimo
well it started off pretty well, I worked on the same principle as last year, to write the target amount each day of 1667 words. I used the twitter word sprints again and also discovered a neat little tool called written kitten which brings up pictures of cats when you write a set amount of words. I started writing a story which kept going in different directions (as it tends to do) I thought it was going to be about a girl discovering feminism and riot grrrl, but then it kind of changed to a fantasy story. It kind of turned into some sort of story about a girl with depression who then meets all sorts of magical creatures that try to help her overcome it. There is other stuff in it but it's a bit all over the place.
Then one day I just didn't know what to write next and I felt like I had really just been kind of writing about myself in a kind of metaphorical sense. But I was about half way by this point so I didn't want to give up, so the other half of the month I just wrote a kind of stream of conciousness thing writing what ever I felt like writing about, whether it was about my emotions or certain memories.
So I did do the 50,000 words this year for the 2nd time but I kind of felt like I cheated as it wasn't one whole story and I don't even know if I want to edit the story bit. I'm still editing the one from 2010! Maybe next year's will be better...

Sunday, 11 December 2011


There's nothing like the feeling you get when you heard the daily sound of letters falling through your letterbox. You think it's probably just the usual bills and/or junk mail from credit card companies or charities asking for donations. Instead, as you yawn and drearily trudge your way to the front door, you look down at the pile on the floor and notice the address on the envelope is handwritten. A feeling of curiosity and intrigue replaces the tired and bored one. Instead of going straight to the kettle for the usual morning kick up the arse in caffeine form, you start ripping the envelope open, eager to see what lurks inside. Your heart lifts as you see the handwritten words, dated only yesterday as it's been posted first class. Obviously someone really wanted to write to you. You smile as you finish reading it's from your best friend just to say hello.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

The River

The water flows past the rocks making a fast paced journey to the other side. So may obstacles to get past. The rocks, the biggest challenge of them all. They're hard and tough but the fast flowing water manages to overcome the problems to get where it wants to go. Nothing ever stops the water moving on. Nothing is too huge to get in it's way. It doesn't think "oh no a rock! I'll never get past it!" It doesn't stop and think at all. It just carries straight on, not letting anything hinder its journey.

I need to become at one one with the river. We all need to become more like the river. We need to go with the flow of life. Every person is on a journey. Some of us dream of having a satisfying career, others want to create loving family. All of these dreams have their obstacles. The artists of the world get blocked, a woman may find herself infertile. It may seem that our dreams will never come to fruition so we repress them and just carry on with a meaningless job or simply give up trying.

But dreams can come true. The flowing river knows this. To be like the river, we must push through the 'rocks'. Instead of repressing ourselves, do little things to help you achieve that dream. One little thing a day could bring you so close in a short period of time. No one says you have to give up your job (unless you can afford to)! Perhaps start looking for the right job on your days off, or do some research on the internet or the library. If you're having trouble finding a relationship, take some time out for yourself- love YOU!!! Nothing is more attractive than someone who believes in themselves.

You can push through those rocks just like the river. A little at a time can lead you a long way. You never know when the universe might just decide to make your wish come true!