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They're Dealing With Someone Who is Over the Brink


Monday, October 14, 2013



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I have not blogged for a good six weeks, and chances are very, very good that I won't be blogging again for another six or more.

Why?

Lots of reasons. One of those is that I had been feeling less than optimal, and blogging can be a bit of me entertaining people. The truth was, I didn't feel particularly entertaining. And so the blog sat, as I did other things.

I also didn't have a lot to report. The same few pounds were traded, over and over again. It was repetitive, it was boring, and I doubted anyone wanted to read about it. I certainly didn't want to write about it.

Today, though,, I want to tell you about why I will not be blogging for over a month, and what that means, not only to me specifically, but also as a dieter/lifestyle changer/whatever the hell you want to call me these days.


The difference is that I am going to attempt to do NaNoWriMo ( nanowrimo.org/participan
ts/jespah
) this year. Yes, I am going to try to write a full novel during the month of November, of at least 50,000 words.

I feel it will get and keep me disciplined and focused. It won't be quite so easy to just while away a few hours every day playing Words With Friends or otherwise messing around. I will have to get a good 1700 - 2000 words written every day in order to get there. So that means that messing around is not something that I can allow myself to do. I will need to write.

Fortunately, I already have an outlined plot in mind. I am already thinking and dreaming about it. Dialogue is already forming in my brain. So at least the first few days will be a bit like taking dictation. That's the best time when you are a writer. It's the taking dictation part, where it feels like the characters are just commanding you to get it onto paper or pixels. You listen, they speak, you copy what they said, and that's that.

I am also doing this, and I am telling you, because it is a *scary* thing. Halloween is coming in 17 days and I don't dress up anymore so this is, instead, my scary thing to do.

I don't care if you are a writer or not. But my suggestion to you, my challenge to you, before the end of this calendar year (and you have some 78 days to go) is for you to do something that scares the tar out of you.

Ask that amazing person out. Skate board. Sky dive. Do some public speaking. Hell, do stand up. Climb a mountain. Show somebody your diary. Take karate classes.

Scare yourself. Shake up your world. Be different.

What have YOU done to scare yourself?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MISSROCKABILLY 10/22/2013 11:44AM

    Way to go on attempting NaNoWriMo this year! I know a few people who do it each year and find it very rewarding, even if they don't finish a novel every time. Enjoy stretching yourself and growing.

Going back to school last year was a super scary and yet enriching thing for me to do, and it's not over yet. The last year and a half I have been at the local community college, but next semester (hopefully) I will be at UW-Madison, a much bigger and intimidating school. I'm absolutely terrified, but exhilarated too. Can't wait to hear if I've been accepted, although they have until the end of December to tell me if I'll be going there mid-January.

Best of luck to you!
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STRINGS58 10/21/2013 3:14PM

    This is VERY cool! Enjoy the process!! Write On! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 10/17/2013 8:42PM

    I'm not very good at doing things that scare me. Just knowing I have to get on a plane next week to go on vacation has me on edge already.

I know you will do great with your writing. I hope we get to read it!

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MS.ELENI 10/15/2013 2:26PM

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DDOORN 10/14/2013 7:22PM

    Ouch...LOTS of fears which hold me back, despite my reminding myself of this terrific quote I found on SparkPeople:

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Kudos to you for tackling head on YOUR scary stuff!

Don

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CDCSMITH2013 10/14/2013 4:51PM

    I LOVE doing NaNoWriMo! It ain't easy, but as crazy as November is when I do it (also my anniversary month, the boy comes home from college for Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving... (you get the idea), it is also the one month that it sort of becomes all about the writing. Good luck!

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PHEBESS 10/14/2013 4:43PM

    Wow, yay for committing to writing a book!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!

I challenge myself a lot with heights - I have vertigo, and so now I'm afraid of heights because I know I get dizzy and it feels like I'll fall over the edge. So I force myself across hanging bridges, or up in a helicopter (with my dad, it was horrible!), things like that.

And, oh, arriving in foreign countries where we know nothing and don't speak the language.

Over and over again.

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MARCHMAIDME 10/14/2013 3:59PM

    This is inspiring! I've been trying to write and letting everything else get in the way, too! That is also one of the reasons I haven't been here. Just maintaining pretty much but mostly not pigging out or behaving really badly--just not so focused on self deprivation. More focused on enjoying life and doing things that matter more to me.

Here's to success for both of us in getting stuff down on paper! (Or at least into the computer!)

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MALCONTENTION 10/14/2013 2:20PM

    Awesome! Good luck!

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ADARKARA 10/14/2013 1:31PM

    Have fun with NanoWrimo! I love my Boston, but he IS full of DERP! emoticon

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DISCOVERLLH 10/14/2013 11:39AM

    My daughter did Nanowrimo last year and is doing it again this year. She has been trying to get me to do it. You're right...it IS scary! I just may give it a try....
Good luck!

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WHYNOTJ1 10/14/2013 11:05AM

    I agree--I also need to scare myself sometimes! I took up swimming a few years ago and eventually passed the Red Cross lifeguarding test. (I'm in my late 50s.) Now I'm keeping my lifeguarding certs. current and trying to make my swim skills "prettier" and get faster. In addition, I've been trying to master a few YMCA lifeguarding skills that are tougher than the requirements for Red Cross. Just to say I am able to do them...

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WHYNOTJ1 10/14/2013 10:58AM

    I agree--I also need to scare myself sometimes! I took up swimming a few years ago and eventually passed the Red Cross lifeguarding test. (I'm in my late 50s.) Now I'm keeping my lifeguarding certs. current and trying to make my swim skills "prettier" and get faster. In addition, I've been trying to master a few YMCA lifeguarding skills that are tougher than the requirements for Red Cross. Just to say I am able to do them...

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/14/2013 9:57AM

    Good luck with your novel. Great goal!

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