Summer Camp and Alphabets

So what are you doing in April? Yes, I know we’re still in March, and it’s probably bad manners to ignore the month you’re in (sorry March), but since I’m a heathen hermit I do what I want!

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Ahem. Yes, April plans. Come, plan with me!

First things first, I am now and forever officially participating in Camp Nano next month. If you are unfamiliar with it, here’s a friendly FAQ link to help you get by, but it’s basically an online writing retreat that doesn’t have mosquitoes or questionable food choices because it’s done in the safety of your own home! (unless your home is full of mosquitoes and questionable food choices and then I am so so sorry.) It has all the benefits of talking with fellow writers in a private setting without all the wild bears and raccoons and wendigos running amok outside! You can make a cabin and invite your fellow writer friends, or join a cabin some cool person already started, or if you like serendipity, be randomly paired up with a group of similar people. It’s very fun and motivating and you can find some really awesome writer-type people! Fun fact: one of my most consistent writing accountability partners is from last year’s camp. Yeah, it’s that awesome.

Speaking of potentially cool people that start cabins, I have started one of my own today! It’s the Morning Larks: a group of daytime writers fighting against the Night Owl Writer Stereotype! Well, not really “fighting,” just banding together to have cool conversations mostly. I started this cabin last year and had a great time meeting new cool people and staying on track with my writing goals, and it was too much fun not to do it again this year.

So if you like this Camp idea, and are interested in a cabin, and also happen to write while the sun shines, AND want a chance to write and talk with me, which is more likely inversed (I’d love to write and chat with YOU more! I’m a lonely hermit y’know), let me know in the comments and I’ll hook ya up!

Also, there happens to be the A-Z Blogging Challenge next month, which I will *gulp* being participating in…the rules for that are right here. To sum it up, during the month of April, bloggers all over the net will be blogging a post every day based on each letter of the alphabet (I can feel my email subscribers dropping off already – sorry in advance! It probably won’t be all crap, I promise!). I am really doing this as a dare to myself. Last summer I dared myself to blog every day and by crikey, I mostly did it and it was great. I do enjoy blogging and sharing my random thoughts with suave strangers online, and the A-Z blogging challenge will force me to to that and make me be a bit more creative about it too.

April is shaping up to be quite the writing month indeed! I am so looking forward to furthering my craft and meeting new people next month!

 

So do you have April plans yet, or are you content to live life one month at a time like a reasonable person? Are you interested in Camp Nano? The A-Z blogging challenge? Eating s’mores around a campfire? Do you want to build a snowman? Let me know in the comments below!

Consistently Inconsistent

“You know what would be a great idea?” I said to myself out loud, in my kitchen, while sipping from a crystal glass of finely-aged wine while my well-groomed and well-behaved dog snoozed quietly at my feet on my highly polished and super-shiny kitchen tile that repelled dirt with ease. “I do declare, that I should blog every week now.” I paused to take another sip, watching the birds out my totally-not-covered-with-dog-nose-prints-and-child-handprints glass sliding door, where exotic birds of all kinds grazed easily in my not-dog-poop-covered backyard that was painstakingly taken care of with love.

“And,” I rose dramatically, throwing my chiffon robe behind me with a flourish, “I will post these blog posts on Monday! Every Monday, yes, that’s sounds quite right!” Nodding to myself, I walked out of the kitchen and over to my immaculate mahogany writing desk, definitely not covered with junk, and sat down to write my next masterpiece while my live-in nanny/butler/robotic servant that didn’t have crazy-take-over-the-world AI stepped forward to clean my beautiful house that I definitely did not rent and had beautiful carpets that didn’t stab my feet when I walked on the edges.

Yes, I do write fantasy stories, why do you ask? 😉

But I really do want to make Monday my main posting day, despite the fact that I’ve totally dropped the ball this week. For now, I’m just happy to be posting every week! Posting on a specific day is something I have always shied away from, but dagnabbit, I’m a writer and I am supposed to meet deadlines, so meet deadlines I must do! It’s good for me! Arrgh! *bites into the head of a bat aggressively, which is really just an apple, which is still really gross because I don’t like apples, which is blasphemy and I’m sorry*

My Excuse of the Week (which may become a blog feature if I keep up this trend) is my daughter’s birthday party, which took place this past Saturday. Prior to making my Monday goal, I neglected to realize that hosting a somewhat-social event (it was a skype birthday party with family and friends from back home) would entirely drain me of every motivating thought ever. Who knew?

But rather than mope around the fantasy house of my dreams (to be clear, the one in my head only), I decided to quit my belly-achin’ and just write, so here I am! Please close your eyes and pretend it’s a Monday and then open them again so you can keep reading!

And if you are an astute reader, which I know you are because you are awesome, you might have noticed that I can now cross off one thing from my  Monthly Goal List! Which is good, since March is already half-over, heh heh…yeah…need to get a move-on with that one.

So what’s one thing that you’ve put off this week? Or have you been super on-task all week long? If so, can you bestow me some of your time management/motivational super-powers? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

My Goals for March

Time for a new slice of curious life!

Yes, in my quest to be the most interesting person in the world (or at least in my own household), I have a new category that I am going to add to this blog: ACHIEVEMENTS!
And no, I don’t mean like recognition from other people for all the hard work I’ve done over the years——pffftt, can’t even finish that sentence without laughing. I mean, like, personal achievements, goals met, that sort of thing. You play Xbox, yes? Yes? So you know I’m talking about Xbox Achievements, right? Right?

Here, have a Wikipedia article to get you up to speed: click here! And here’s a quote from said page! Look here:

“In video gaming parlance, an achievement, also sometimes known as a trophy, badge, award, stamp, medal or challenge, is a meta-goal defined outside of a game’s parameters. Unlike the systems of quests or levels that usually define the goals of a video game and have a direct effect on further gameplay, the management of achievements usually takes place outside the confines of the game environment and architecture.[1] Meeting the fulfillment conditions, and receiving recognition of fulfillment by the game, is referred to as unlocking the achievement.”

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. And man, do I really love that definition. Meta-goals defined outside of a game’s parameters… These goals that I am hoping to achieve are like playing Life outside of the normal daily quests. What are daily quests? Hoo boy…maybe I should put a gaming tag on this…For example, my usual daily “quests” are as follows: brush the dog, dress the child, make dinner, do the dishes, etc. It’s like the normal upkeep for normal living, or something like that.

But these achievements are meant to be something more. Something not entirely necessary to life, but that will enhance it! So without further ado:
My March Achievements *insert big dramatic orchestra music here*:

1) Finish  my online Mindfulness Course
2) Throw a dinosaur birthday party for my daughter
3) Join the April A-Z Blogging Challenge
4) Commit to and make a cabin for Camp Nano
5) Become a better dog owner (start the 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog book)
6) Finish taking notes on my Library Books
7) Do Story Sketches 3 times a week.

As you can see, it’s a rather varied list, but trust me, I narrowed it down from even more ridiculous things. And I will make sure and keep this blog updated with my progress, don’t you worry. And I’ll explain a little bit about the topics as I get to them…whoo, commitment, yeah! But for now, it’s just enough to just make the goals. I mean, achievements. Stick to your own words, Christine…

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What achievements are you setting for yourself this month? Or have you reached them already, you glorious over-achiever-type cool person? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to support you/gaze jealously at you from afar!

Getting Back to It

Here’s a shortish list of everything I’ve been doing besides blogging for the last few months:

Celebrating Halloween
Celebrating Thanksgiving
Attempting Nanowrimo 2015
Throwing my dog a birthday party
Celebrating Christmas
Making New Year’s Resolutions
Lounging
Daydreaming
Watching the birds
Fighting the good fight against never-ending household chores
Just plain nothing

 

Yeah…I’ve been gone for a bit. But enough about the past. Let’s talk about the present.

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I have actually been quite busy lately, but busy in my own way. Random library books, documentaries, general parenting, and, y’know, stuff. But I’ve been bitten by the blogging bug recently and would like to give it another go. I don’t like to question my urges; I just ride them out until the next one comes along.

Since deciding that I wanted to blog again, I’ve done a lot of thinking about why I want to blog, and what this blog is supposed to be, and its purpose in my life, and a bunch of other silly thought exercises, but right now, I don’t think all that deep thinking matters. At least it doesn’t matter to you, Dear Reader a.k.a. Random Cool Person. Maybe someday I’ll nail down a topic for this blogthing, or try to fit it into a profitable-type theme, or maybe I won’t. What matters is that I have this little piece of the internet, so why not experiment with it a bit?

In the forecast for next week: Random curiosities, my attempt to be a more interesting person, and lots and lots of run-on sentences. Until then, let’s agree to have a magical weekend that’s worth writing about, shall we?