The old adage 'you don't know what you've got 'til its gone' can be applied to what happened to the Nanowrimo forums this week.
I am not a mad forum addict, but not having access for a week really hurt. More than I expected.
Today I had a day off so once I realised the forums were back I was like a kid in a candy store, spinning from spot to spot madly.
Still trying to work out where to put my first query - historical, plot fixes, expert thread or all three.
Decisions ... decisions!
I am feeling very positive today, despite waking up at 2am and not properly getting back to sleep again.
(word of advice - do not drink Macchiatos after 8pm at night. You may get to sleep, but sooner or later it will hit you).
We have been given assurances of a practical solution to our hectic workload at work,
Got a lotta warm and fuzzy feelings from starting to post again
I started writing again this morning - free form morning pages at 3.30 am - but it still counts
and I came up with the one sentence snowflake starter for my Nano project.
Its all good ... so far.
I think it is time to stop lurking in dark corners and try and live a little.
Nano wrimo is definitely on the cards again, despite last years crash & burn -out.
Even if things get hairy, I resolve to find solutions that are better than throwing my hands in the air and screaming "it's all too hard!"
Courtesy of my new possie at work, I now have a very smart lap-top, so even write ins are possible.
Time to write again.
This is just a little exercise that betweenthemoon posted on the Adelaide Nanowrimo forum for one of our other members to relieve boredom.
On the forum I used my favourite contemporary band - The Whitlams.
Just for the hell of it I decided to do my all time favorite band Queen and post it here.
Just a bit of good, clean fun, but you do need to pick a band with a decent discography.
I went to bed late last night and forgot I had to reset the clocks. Thankfully I woke up obscenely early.
I am not a big fan of daylight saving. Apparently it was introduced to save on energy. That might work in some parts of the world. But here in Adelaide in summer the majority of people go home at the hottest part of the day thanks to daylight saving and immediately turn the air conditioners on full blast. No energy saving thre that I can see.
Today is pre Nano meet up day so that should be interesting. Attendance seems to be comprised of approximately half of the old crowd and half newbies. That's good.
Nanowrimo here we go - I have as good a plot line as I am going to get, I have a rough map for reference and links to references to help me with the background, but I really don't feel ready for this.
I can't start on Wednesday morning like I want to due to other commitments and I think thats a factor.
At last after two days of separation preceded by two days of frustration my PC is home and working very nicely.
We should be thankful that it took three years to get so corrupted.
At least it is back just in time to get the Nano plotting under control.
In a weeks time we will be on holiday. In sunny Darwin.
At the moment the concept seems so surreal as I sit here listening to the rain pelt down.
Today I will be starting the packing - bathers, sunscreen, large hat.
We fly straight up to Darwin and then we are taking the long road home via Alice Springs , Uluru and assorted other spots.
Normally we travel as an insular family group, this will be something different, bouncing around on a little bus and camping in the outback with a small group of total strangers.
Very good for expanding Karl's social interaction experience and probalby not too bad in that regard for his parents either.
I hope to make at least a couple of journal posts from internet kiosks along the way.
And I will definitely be writing.
Because I don't have to drive or navigate I will have plenty of time to jot down a few notes. Both about the trip and about my nano project.
Especially now that I have changed my mind which story I want to tell. and the new one needs a lot more work than the one I originally had in mind.
A week for reflection and contemplation of mortality.
Reminded by the radio today that yesterday would have been Freddie Mercury's 60th birthday. Has it really been that long.
Today is a work colleague's 25th birthday. When she was born I was making wedding plans.
I try not to think to hard about aging and mortality as a personal thing. It scares me too much, but every now and then a week like this forces me to consider these things.
I don't like it ... I don't like it at all!
Two great Australians died today.
Colin Thiele & Steve Irwin.
I pay my private respects to them both and pause for reflection.
Two very different people, two different lengths of life, but both very influential in their own way. And both still with much to say no doubt that will now remain unsaid.
Of course it says something about our society that the commercial news services lead with Steve Irwin's passing and one of Australia's greatest writers comes a long way down the bulletins.
That's just my view fwiw.
I notice an update on the NaNoWriMo site to say they are starting to get ready for this year ... surely not!
I have written so little since last November that I start to seriously doubt my credentials as a writer.
Because writers actually write ... regularly.
I think I know which plot I want to work with for Nano, and I may have a go at Snowflaking it between now and then, to see if I can't protect myself from last year's issue where I lost the plot, literally, on the 28th November.
I still got the word count, but have been unable to complete the story.
I have had some great excuses in terms of RL and the energy put in there seems to have paid off (but not monetarily dammit).
It is nice to be held in high regard by people of good standing, but I prefer to fly below the radar and that is a bit difficult at the moment.
When it comes to power and glory, I don't mind the power, but I can live without the glory, I think.
I was good this morning
- had my feet laser scanned, so the podiatrist could fine tune his new toy.
- went to the Disability expo to do some prior research on future options for my son.
I am seeing his teacher for NEP next week so the timing was good.
Now I should be looking through the info, but I am not.
List and schedules need to be prepared, so instead I sit here doing bugger all.
So to assuage the guilt a little, I am posting.