Nov. 2nd, 2012


Nov. 2nd, 2012 01:24 pm
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So like I said in the description, I'm going to use this place to help me figure my life out. Or that's the plan, anyway. And while I've made that same plan numerous times, I think I might now have the tools and time to actually do it.

In an effort to better myself all across the board, I decided last week to follow my usual pattern of overloading myself with things to do; most of them are things I genuinely enjoy doing, but enjoy more when I am suddenly inspired to do them rather than trying to make it happen by force of will. And while this has been my usual pattern for so many years, and while it has pretty much never worked out for me unless I have a truly relevant deadline coming up that gives me a rush of last-minute creativity, I think maybe just making a list of enjoyable tasks with no particular timeline could work out for me for once.

Mostly because I'm going to make it work. Instead of putting the force of my will against the activities themselves, I'm going to use it on myself.


- NaNoWriMo: step right up, write a 50,000 word novel in a month! Numerous story bits scattered around my computer and one prior registered attempt have thus resulted in further story bits being scattered around my computer and a hilariously failed try for a novel. That idea is still in traction because I still like it, but at the time, I just hadn't wanted to write. Writing happens to me at odd hours and rarely when I need it to. This year, I will try my best to get a different result. We're a few days in, and I've officially decided to give up on the idea I chose ahead of time to try out an idea that came to me while I was sitting on the john. Bathrooms, ladies and gentlemen. But beyond the initial burst of inspiration... well, that remains to be seen.

- The Sketchbook Project: fill a small sketchbook with your art and send it to New York by January 15th, where it will be exhibited for all to see forever! The sketchbook hasn't actually gotten here yet, but I'm excited for when it does. Again, one prior attempt, but for naught. Barely put anything in the book, so obviously I wasn't going to send it in. BUT NOT THIS YEAR.

- Classes, schmasses: I'm currently taking some Russian at a community college, but I would have done better just buying the books and working on my own. Lesson learned. I don't mean to sound snobbish, but if you've learned a couple of languages already, an entry-level class containing people who speak only English can be a bit painful. There are certain properties of some languages, such as word gender, that I forget are new concepts for English-speakers. So their questions are completely legitimate and necessary, just not for me. And seeing as how I'm taking time out of my work-day to take this class... well, I just wish it were a better class to be not making money for. But once I'm done with this, I can get on the TEFL class I need to take so I can get on with my life plans.

Huh. I feel like I had a longer list of things I was going to be doing. I probably did. #memoryproblems

Or maybe I was just thinking about how I'm going to try writing more and reading more and doing more art and making new mix CDs for my car and not dying all the time in video games and trying to maybe remember to put things in the dishwasher... So exciting <<< That's what my life is. But so it goes. Whether it seems difficult or boring or wonderful, it will be all of those things at one time or another. Gotta enjoy all of it.


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