Ever feel like time was running away from you?
Welcome to my summer.
Running, running… always running. At least the headlong flight seems to have stopped.
Time never runs on me–well, not the crazed flight of a mouse with cat in tow. For me, Time does that taunting dance of the cat as it tries to lead you to the food dish, but twists back just in time to twine under your feet and make you land solidly the butt.
Wish there was a chair there… I’d be halfway to BICHOK.
I have actually been doing the BICHOK thing all along (though with less keyboard and more pen and paper). I haven’t been online much lately. Intentionally. After the two WriMos that I pulled out of June, I needed to take a break and reassess (and rediscover the rest of my house and computer). I also needed to come to terms with some of the discoveries I made during that time about my writing and my own needs.
And the truth is, while I need to maintain my social networks, I need to also ditch my social networks even further.
Does that make any sense?
It’s not rocket science. I simply need to refocus my energies less on the next cute image on Facebook or Twitter or Youtube video or… I need to reward myself with those social media treats.
To quote the meme… “Damn you, Internet!”
The virtue of all of this stuff at my fingertips? My ADHD has met its match. While the whole “plug me in” concept that some have embraced of using technology to augment humanity, I do confess to a desire to “see more, do more, discover more, etc.” than my “Meat Existence” (what some call Real Life, a place that often seems to be no more or less real than the virtual worlds that I write about in my fiction) will ever allow. And yet, the essence of Me that exists in the body I use to interact with the world around me (even the virtual worlds of the computer and social networks) is too vain and self-important to simply become a Provider and start using quatloos for the remainder of my existence.
And so, I need to actually restrain myself here, so that I can fully immerse myself into the “oh so very important work” of making more virtual worlds to escape into.
Which, of course, leads into the title and the ROW80 which is it based off of….
This is Round 3 of 2012, and I am late. Not just a day late, or even a few days late… Round 3 (or ROWnd 3 as some ROWers like to say) actually started on July 3. Notice the date of this post however….
Not even close.
I didn’t even write up a list of goals for this ROWnd yet.
And you know what? I’m perfectly happy with that. I needed to take some “Me Time” (even if, in our house “Me Time” is really more “Us Time”) where I could assess my longer term goals and progress with everything I’ve learned in the last two ROWnds. I needed a break too; the 10 day pause between ROWnds seems never long enough to actually feel like a break, especially this last time. Maybe it was the impeding holiday… Maybe it was catching up after the WriMos… But I needed a bit more time off than the normal break and took it.
And as a result of all of this, now I know my goals need to be more “manageable” for a time. I have a lot going on this ROWnd that isn’t writing related, and a lot of it has fallen toward a back burner so far because I wanted to bask in the glow of the success I felt at the end of the first ROWnd.
ROWnd 3 Goals:
- write every day — test mile of 300 words
- finish beta reads in progress
- WriMo “novels” — finish working on them
- READ!!! I have three reading challenges to work on
- (maybe) participate on the August CampNaNoWriMo
And for my progress? I’m short today on my test mile, but there is time to finish it. I also need to gather my notes for one of my beta reads, but haven’t started the other. I did read today. I have not done much with either WriMo piece since June ended, but I did open the first one a bit yesterday.
It’s not much, but it’s a start. And I can work with that.