During my one-on-one interview at GameHoleCon, I mentioned I’m moving from a writer who plans to one who’s present. This resonated with some folks struggling to create in light of *gestures at the world today*. Being present is uniquely personal and what that experience is like for you could be a great journalling exercise. For me? I’m sitting at a desk, typing on my laptop, trying to finish my newsletter. I’ve got a bottle of water to my left, Le Sacre du Printemps in my ears, and a sunbeam to my right.
So, here’s a confession: I’ve been avoiding this newsletter. Writing it forces me to recognize that I’m not the same writer I was before the pandemic. It still shocks me a bit when people say the pandemic didn’t change them. I lost my last F-bomb during that time. I’ve found that what was easy is still easy and what’s hard is a source of personal growth. Once I started letting things go, I felt a lot freer to be present. For creators, those “things” can be a lot and they’re valid fears.
What does all this mean? Where will this journey lead? I’m not exactly sure. I suppose I won’t know until I reach my next destination. Of this, dear Reader, I have no doubt.
I am spending some extra time this month raising money for my trip to Egypt, by fast sketching once a day in November on Ko-Fi. It’s a great way for me to start drawing again. It’s a fantastic way for you to map my progress and to get a little something in return for your support.
I am participating in #NaNoWriMo, but I don’t have a plan. This month is all about the beauty of authorial exploration. Cheers to movement and to writing because it’s something I love to do. I’m @mlvalentine over there if you want to cheer me on.
What about you? What do you hope to accomplish for #NaNoWriMo? Your writing practice?