We finally have power back! We had a pretty nasty storm a couple of days ago that knocked out power for a few days. We’re lucky – there are folks who won’t have their power back until Friday or Saturday. At any rate, that’s why Aiden didn’t get to write a blog post this week. It’s just me this time!
Not having power was really annoying at first because I was looking forward to watching more of the digital art video lessons I’ve been watching over at ctrlpaint.com and trying out more exercises. I really hate “wasting” my day, especially since I have much less free time due to my full-time job. I always feel like I have so much to do and it can be super overwhelming! I have stories to perfect, I have art skills that desperately need honing, I have comics to write and draw!
Instead of getting frustrated like I would have normally, I made a conscious decision to enjoy the day. Getting riled up over things out of my control has never done me any favors in the past, and I don’t like the dark mood it puts me in. I was determined to be cheerful, dangit!
First thing after breakfast, I took the opportunity to read. I’m currently working my way through a very interesting book about the American civil war called “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War” by Karen Abbot.
I’m really enjoying it! It has perspectives from both sides of the war, which makes it a really fascinating set of stories. I’m very glad I took the time to read during the power outage, I don’t make enough time for myself to enjoy books these days.
After reading for a couple (glorious) hours, I decided to go to the library. Thankfully, it had power, and I was able to charge my phone and laptop and a couple external batteries. I got a jump-start on National Novel Writing Month and wrote outlines for my four short stories that will hopefully all add up to the required total of 50,000 words by November 30th. It was a lot of fun! I really enjoy NaNoWriMo, as it’s nicknamed, and I’m excited about my stories this year.
Now, normally folks choose one story and write out a 50k-word novel, but I take a different route that works with my ADD and I sometimes write a handful of short stories. It helps me keep my creative mojo going by jumping around to different stories. Sometimes something in one story will spark an idea for one of the other stories and I’ll write it in a completely different way than I had been expecting!
Later that day, Aiden got a text saying the power should be back on in the afternoon. Thankfully, it was! We had head, we had power, we had water back, and I could do all the things I really wanted to get done! Aaand then I spent the entire afternoon playing Horizon: Zero Dawn. I have no regrets! I really love that game, and I am SO EXCITED for the DLC coming out this month! Hmm, that’ll be challenging, given NaNoWriMo… oh well, I’ll just have to write double-duty until the game comes out! No problem! Probably~
Oddly enough, I really ended up enjoying the day. I didn’t get done what I had wanted to get done, but that was okay. I challenged myself to just go with the flow and to enjoy the day as best I could, and it was really nice.
What are some challenges you have faced that have thrown off your groove? How did you overcome them? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo as well? What’s your novel about? Got any NaNoWriMo tips to share? Let me know in the comments!
Hope you all have a wonderful day, even if plans go awry!