Oh What A Day

Yesterday had to be one of the worst days I have had in some time – mentally and emotionally. No matter how much I tried to make things better, they got tremendously worse.

Firstly, I awoke with a banging headache and my back felt like I’d been hit by a car. It could have been due to the extensive kickboxing lessons I’ve taken. Or the fact, while overselling a joke, I tripped over the curb and took a tumble the night before. Nevertheless, these aches were nothing to cry over.

Then it happened. In my personal life I received a HUGE blow. I uncovered some really disturbing information. It was as if someone with the largest hands, pulled back as far as they could and slapped me in the face. You know, the kind of slap that is bound to leave a distinctive hand print.

At this point, there could be no possible way that things could get any worse. At least, that is what I thought. And then reality struck.

My driver’s license and debit card were missing. The last time I had them was the night before. I am very careful about things like this and came to the conclusion that the cards must have fallen out while I was overselling my joke. (I’ve been warned by friends about overselling jokes too.)

Regardless that all these issues were happening, and at a rapid pace, I was still resilient and continued with my day. It can’t get any worse, right? Wrong.

A writing job that I had been in the running for decided not to pick me for their project. Applicants had been asked to write articles of different styles and lengths to pass to the next level of hiring. I had reached the last level and was ultimately turned down. That was saddening enough, mostly because I really wanted and needed the job. It would have been the highest paying writing gig I’ve ever had. Not getting the job was bad enough but the coordinator wrote me a very disheartening email about my final article.

It said, “Thank you for your contribution. Unfortunately, the quality of the content is well below what we are looking for….The article is not up to the high standards that we have here at our company.” My ego was crushed, especially because the first couple articles I wrote were praised for their uniqueness and that I had a “desirable writing style”. Also, I worked really hard on them.

Reeling from all the bad news and bad luck, I took a moment to breathe. My emotions were all over the place and I began beating myself up mentally trying to figure out what I could have written differently.

After my moment of irritation and a bit of self-loathing, I decided the best thing to do was to work on #NaNoWriMo. This would bring up my spirits, especially due to the fact that I am working on The Langley Heights Chronicles. Fans that have been around from the beginning know that rehashing the idea for this novel is a big deal for me.

It was going great. I was typing furiously, fueled by the day’s frustrations, and determined to add to my word count. A few thousand words in, the laptop stalls out of no where. Immediately, I’m telling myself, “Oh, I have to save before this thing loses my work.” Before there was even a chance to hit Save, the words that no writer wants to see popped up – Microsoft Office Word Is Not Responding.

“No, no, no, no,” I said aloud to myself. Then I thought, there was no way that after all that typing, the program didn’t auto-save at least once. So, I calmed down and reopened Word. Scrolling down to start where I left off, I realized what I had feared. All of the work I had done, the thousands of words typed, were gone. My response, “Oh Hell!”

This is when I shut all the windows that were up on the computer, laid down and pulled the covers over my head. To be totally honest, I was surprised I had gone so long through the day before I got to that point. I’ve worked hard at not allowing things to get me down to control my bipolar reactions. It has been really working for me too.

So my long and stressful day came to an end with me laying down and contemplating all that had occurred; the aches, the emotional slap, the ego burst, and the mental break. What could I do to counteract it all? I fell asleep to this thought, not working until 1 a.m. as I usually do.

Waking up this morning, back still aching; instead of lying around and reliving the awful day that I had. I decided to get straight up, hop on the computer and begin this day with confidence. No need to allow a bad day to ruin the rest of my week.

F.Y.I. – I am riding a creative high with the determination to make today great. Be ready for a lot of stuff coming from me, not to overwhelm you but to excite you.

Until next time.



NaNoWriMo Woo!

My dear readers. Oh do I apologize for the lateness of this post. Things are so crazy, but they are wonderful and crazy.

Nevertheless, its November. Yay!

Why am I so happy about November? Well that is because the National Novel Writing Month has begun. Woo Hoo!

During this month writers take to their laptops and notebooks to write 50K words in 30 days, which estimates to about 1,700 words per day. This practice is to help release the anxiety of writing a novel by cranking out most of it in a one month.

Now, you don’t HAVE TO make 50K words but it’s fun to try to get there. Also, folks from all over are doing it. I mean, it’s less scary when the world is trying to carry out the same goal at the same time, right?

For the past five years, I have intended to take part in NaNoWriMo. Seriously. I get myself hyped and am ready to go and then anxiety sets in. Or I totally get sidetracked by life and forget until the month is already half way gone.

Well, not this year.

This year, I was ready for the challenge of putting together a novel. I even decided to work on an oldie but goodie.

Does anyone remember the Langley Heights Chronicles? A couple of years ago, I began to write entries for the novel on this very site. After some months, life got in the way and I couldn’t come up with where to go with the story.

Guess what? The Langley Heights Chronicles has a completely new twist and I am going strong with it. So far, I have only logged a few words shy of 4,000 in Word. This is only day 5 and I know that it is not nearly close to the estimated 8,500 words; however, I have more written than typed.

I am proud of myself. I set my mind on participating and I am doing it. And I’m not late on the draw this year either.

If you have that novel whirling around in your head but you are a bit nervous about writing it, join in the NaNoWriMo. It’s not too late. Like I said, it’s only 5 days in. There is more than enough time for you to just jump on it….unless you’re a chicken. Smh. Well, I hope you’re not.

Anyway, so for 25 more days I will be continuing to work on The Langley Heights Chronicles. I will also be popping in and asking you guys’ opinion on characters, plot and setting…if you don’t mind.

Happy November everyone.