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P1050419I have been home from my holiday for just over a week and apart from catching up on some long overdue chores, I have been attempting to find my feet, reset some focus and gather the energy to move forward. In all honesty, I feel a bit of a wreck that needs more than a little bit of TLC.

Holidays are meant to be restful, a time to recharge our batteries, yet I seem to struggle. It’s not a new feeling, the more I see of the world around me, the more I realize how small I am and how big our surroundings are.

Our trip from Perth to Melbourne and back saw us cover 6,760 kilometers in our energetic Suzuki Swift. She did us proud and suffered only slight damage when a rock hit the windscreen, something that still needs to be fixed. We met new people, explored magnificent countryside, even found a few restoration projects(see above) that my hubby would have loved to bring home. For now he will have to settle with the picture, as he is already working on one in his spare time.

We enjoyed a luxurious cruise from Melbourne to New Zealand, where I was treated like a princess, enjoying the pleasures of no housework, no meals to prepare and all the entertainment I wanted to participate in, at my feet.

New Zealand and its people were inspirational and somewhere I definitely want to return to. Our five port stops only gave us a taste of what the country has to offer and I am sure there is a smorgasbord to feast on.

Holidays are wonderful experiences and although I’m finding it hard to regain my creative lifestyle, I set my alarm for an early morning wake up call. Knowing that I have to apply myself to the job at hand, get up and sit at the computer, because good intentions do not produce a word count.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2013

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I’m not sure what I expected when I started this NaNoWriMo adventure. Sitting at my computer for the additional hours has certainly caused my body to rebel as joints have stiffened and my brain has lapsed into melt down mode.

There have been moments of brilliance where I have read through something on the computer screen and thought, ‘Wow, did I really write that?’. Then at other times, every sentence is hard work and I feel like I’m word constipated.

There is nothing easy about this experience, my growing admiration and thoughts go out to those who call this their career, as I recognise that this how they achieve their work. I figure that by the end of this process, I will know where I want this journey to take me. Deciding if I have the skills, drive and stamina to succeed at what has always been a dream.

Attempting my daily word count and maintaining everyday life has also been a challenge, I have to keep telling myself it is just for a month, then I remember that after this comes the editing stage. Currently, I know I am 13,000 words ahead of where I was this time last week and perhaps, by the end of the month, I will have the basis for a complete book.

Dreams are possible – You just have to wake up and make them happen.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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