It’s that time again, and I give you fair warning. November is National Novel Writing Month, and it begins this Saturday. I am very excited this year, however I had oodles of time to participate last year – I was unemployed! And this year, I’m employed full time and wondering when I will have the time to write 50,000 words in 31 days…
Therefore, I may not post with any sort of regularity, although I will attempt to prepare some posts in advance. If you try to interact with me on the blog or social media, please understand if I don’t get back to you right away. NaNo is a crazy, tortuous thing that is so rewarding and creative that I can’t imagine not doing it again.
This year, I have a killer story and I’ve even done some planning and research (unlike last year, when I completely “pantsed” the whole thing)! I’m not giving any spoilers yet, but I really, really want to do this, so please, dear readers, bear with me.
I can’t wait!
Last year’s book cover…
I am so completely unused to having time in my day. When I was a teacher, and a working single mom, coming home and being able to sit down was a treat. Now I’m much more of a homemaker, something I never envisioned myself doing, but I enjoy nonetheless. I just wish it paid better 😉 I shop for groceries, do laundry (including the folding!), clean things, etc. And I still have time left over. I’m really hoping I can pick up some more tutoring students, and that there is so much interest in my classes at Michaels that I have to schedule more… but until that happens, I have a lot of time on my hands.
But I don’t like being idle.
I’m not the type to watch the afternoon “shows”, and there’s only so much Good Morning America one person can take.
I’ve decided to take some of my hobbies to the next level, possibly.
- I’m going to use my camera more, really get to know the settings again, so I can confidently have my way with a camera, and maybe, just maybe open up an Etsy shop. I’ve sent a few of my shots to a professional printer who will make some free prints and send them back to me so I can check out the printing quality, and we’ll go from there.
- I’m thinking about doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve been told a few times that I should write a book, and since November is right around the corner, and I have nothing else pressing… Why not?
- I’ve been checking out Zentangles, and I’m intrigued. I’ve tried it out, and it is very, very soothing. I looked into it because I thought it might help me with some of my demos at Michaels, but this may have income potential, as well.
- And I keep thinking about taking this little blog to the next level, transferring to wordpress.org, and selling some ad space, too.
The best part of all this, is that it helps me to feel like I’m at least doing something that could earn money some day, and it keeps me occupied, rather than sitting on the couch, watching TV, bothering The Boy’s teachers, and worrying.
My first attempt at a Zentangle design
How have you been filling your time lately?