Day 1 of NaNoWriMo went a lot better than I had intended, on November 1st, there I was ready to write and I made it to 3000+ words! The words flowed and inspiration came, it is a great feeling. In fact, sometimes you can even get the feeling that you are a writing genius while still being incredibly aware that what you’re writing is very much in “first draft” mode. I wrote 3000+ magnificent pieces of rubbish.
November 2nd arrive, and there I was with my netbook in McDonald’s. I let my daughter go play in the playplace and I set off to write. What happened? well, mostly air conditioning happened. It was FREEZING. I am very prone to being cold but even other patrons were commenting on it. A few of them actually left. I attempted to go into another section of the McDonald’s which helped slightly, but even in my hoodie it was chilly and as 5 year old kids tend to do, there were frequent interruptions.
I wrote a paragraph. Roughly, 100 words. You know what I did accomplish instead? 3 spreads in Project Life are complete with stuff, photos and journaling. I had a few bits and pieces in there, to start with, but now they are complete.
Sometimes you don’t complete what you set out to for the day, I am okay with that as long as it wasn’t a total bust.
I am someone who likes a lot of different things. I enjoy writing, scrapbooking, photography, cooking and a few things in between. I find that projects and challenges are incredibly appealing to me. I suppose I suffer slightly from “everyone else is doing it, I bet I could too.” when it comes to creativity. I go to a blog and I see someone post about doing “30 pieces of jewelery in 30 days”, and I think “I bet I could do that!” (even if I don’t know how to do anything relating to jewelery making aside from stringing beads on a string) and often times I will.
In 2009, I someone saw a post titled “Project 365” and the posted asked if anyone was thinking about it for 2010. She basically assumed that people knew what the project was and from what little information she did give, it sounded like doing a scrapbook layout a day for a year, so I posted “No way!”. Later, it was further explained that Becky Higgins (a well known person in the scrapbooking industry) had done a project in 2009 through Creating Keepsakes Magazine, where you take a picture a day for a year. Now THAT was something I can do!
Becky Higgins was selling a kit through Amazon.com called Project Life, it came with a 12×12 binder, divided page protectors and everything that went inside, all you needed to do was take the pictures and get them processed. I ordered mine at the tail end of December 2009. Now it is 2012 and guess what, I am still taking a picture a day. I surprisingly have a perfect record of no missed days!
I love projects! Stay tuned, I do intend to share more about my Project Life process and my weekly spreads.
You can also see more projects starting to pop up on this blog. Starting November 1st, I will be participlating in NaNoWriMo, where I will be writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.