Sunday, November 26, 2006

Time to play catch-up

Nah, I haven't given up on blogging. I've just been busy, busy, busy! I'm closing in on the final episode of my novel and feeling pretty good about the way it's turned out. I'll be glad when it's done from a time perspective. I'm behind on just about everything I could be behind on. I've enjoyed the writing but it has taken up a great deal of my time and I need to move on. I need to catch up on life.

I had a nice Thanksgiving. Then I started my Christmas shopping at 8pm on Thanksgiving evening and stopping only for two 3-hour naps, shopped until 9pm on Black Friday. Went back at it all day Saturday and into the evening until I could barely stand up. I love Christmas shopping! I should be a professional shopper, I love the hustle and bustle that makes so many other people groan. I love the challenge of finding just the right gift and getting the best price in town. Although by Saturday night I was insisting that I'm getting too old for this. It's more exhausting than I remembered.

Today I spent writing my novel and trying to psych myself into coming down for a landing. The creative place in the sky where I've been living this month has been a wonderful place to visit but isn't a sustainable residence. It's a good thing this competition is only one month long. I couldn't keep this pace up any longer than that.

I wish the NaNoWriMo competition weren't in November. It would be much easier on me if it were in September or October. I usually start my holiday stuff (shopping, designing cards, baking, etc.) in mid November. Putting that stuff off till the end of the month puts me a good two weeks behind and running to catch up. I love Christmas. It's the only thing I really enjoy about winter. I feel a little cheated having to sacrifice holiday time to writing. But I knew the situation going into it and made the decision to write anyway. I don't regret it but I am ready to transition into holiday mode. At least I'm going from one thing I enjoy to another. I'm counting my blessings and finding I have many.