The 2014 Directive // December

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I spent time with my family and started decorating for Christmas already. I also did some reading and writing, which is one of my favorite things about the holidays. I might venture out today, because I have a few things that I need to pick up, but I don’t have plans to do any Black Friday shopping. I try to avoid the crowds on this day.

Can you believe that we only have one month left for the 2014 Directive? It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve had some successful months and some unsuccessful ones, but I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them!

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving week is that I usually have some extra days off of work and I like to spend those days curled up with my computer for writing and a book to read. That’s why I’ve always thought that November is the perfect moth for NaNoWriMo. I always fall behind during the month. So behind that I don’t share my word counts. (have you noticed that I’ve been dodging questions about my word count all month? I don’t even check because I know I’m behind.) And then at the end of the month I hunker down and catch up. I am at approximately 35,000 words right now (not including what I wrote the last two nights) and am on track to spend the rest of the weekend writing to be at 50,000 words at the end of the day on Sunday to complete NaNo and my 2014 Directive for November! If it seems like I’m a little far off, I do very well with sitting and writing around 5k words (at least) in one night. I think it’s leftover from college, when I was a full-time student and worked almost full-time. I would get most of my writing done in long, nighttime sessions over the weekend because I didn’t have time to work on my novels every day.

I want to get back into the habit of regularly pulling out my sketchbook, so for the final month of the 2014 Directive I would like to pull out my sketchbook every day. I don’t have to spend a lot of time with it if I have a particularly busy day; even five minutes of sketching during lunch on those days will help a lot. I just need to start to sketching on a regular basis again. What I’m most excited about is that I’ve had a project in mind for a few years now. It’s not a big project, but one that I have wanted to do, and one that I had a very specific vision for. I’m hoping that some of my sketching in December will bring me one step closer to achieving my vision for the project.


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