On October 1st, the online writing group that I was apart of disbanded. The leader of our group said that I was the only one who was participating, therefore, the only one achieving anything. She called me a Rockstar! She agreed to keep on helping me. So I still get to have a video call with her every two weeks and any time I have questions I’m free to contact her.
I still think of Florida. I’d love to become a snowbird. I have a place to stay in both countries. I have my own car. I just need to find a summer-only job in Canada and figure out how to be allowed to work in the USA for a few months over the winter. I’d like to know how hot it gets in the middle of summer in Florida before I decide to stay there all year long.
Rural NS is getting boring. Like that song goes “You can only drive down Main Street so many times”. I think I’ve been on all the roads in NS too many times. I know where everything is, how long it takes to get someplace and what’s going to be there when I arrive. Change is slow around here. I just want to see new to me things, go places I’ve never been. I feel like I’m going out of mind with the monotonous of Nova Scotia and I know it’s only going to get worse.
Winter is coming and I’m going to be trapped inside once the snow starts. At least now I can go for a drive, even if it is to see the same places I’ve already seen a thousand times before, at least that is better than the same 4 walls inside my house. Without the snow and extreme cold, I can go for walks outside. I can sit around a campfire or lay in a hammock. All the things I can’t do in winter.
I bought some new books and that is how I will escape my boredom these coming winter days. Try a new video game once in a while over winter too, that helps break things up. In winter, if it’s sunny, it means it’s freezing outside so if I bundle up to keep warm it means that it’s difficult to move and exposed skin still gets frostbite. Raining means it’s warm but then the snow is slush so I can’t really do any outdoor activity in the slush. If it starts to snow, I don’t want to be stuck out in it in case it turns into a snowstorm. Winter Sucks!
The evenings have been getting down to the single-digit frigates, nothing below 0 yet by mid-month, but we have had frost warnings. The morning of Tuesday, October 29th was the first morning I had to scrape frost off the windows of my car. Soon I’ll be having to get up earlier to clean the snow off the car before I can drive to work. I now live so close to work that by the time I get to work my car won’t even be warm yet. UGH!
Here I am thinking about winter already. But that’s because I’m stuck behind a desk. The learning curve for the new job has ended and monotonicity has set in. Some days there is more to do then I can fit in one day at work and other days I’m a clock watcher. Altho there is hope to learn something new once in a while, on the 31st I answered the phone at work and 10min later when I was done on the phone a co-work said: “So now you’ve met so-and-so…”. It was like an initiation, to have to speak to certain people that are regular callers and want the same thing every time. It gives me hope that there are still new experiences to be had at this job.
Writing My WIP
I hit a snag at the beginning of the month. First it was a downer that the writing group got canceled, I tried to not be depressed over that, I continued to transcribe and then came across some notes I had left myself in my scribbler, 2 pages of 8pt printed notes to be exact, that I now had to type over and edit and expand upon to make fit into the story I’m trying to tell. When I do meet with Tish on the 15th we’ll both be disappointed that my page count didn’t reach my goal but I’m stuck working on these notes, which will result in more pages typed than pages handwritten. For my page count with Trish, we were counting the pages in the scribbler, not the pages I typed. I can see a compromise coming up because of this.
At work, they needed someone to watch over the place on a weekend when they hired cleaners to come in and strip and wax the floors. I volunteered to do that in exchange that I be allowed to use my work computer to work on my writing while I was there, the boss agreed. I was able to get within 6 pages of being finished typing up the 2nd rough draft!
On the last Friday in the month I was finished typing up the 2nd draft. Time to open that pack of Marlboro Reds I thought but the opportunity to do so hasn’t hit yet. I’m glad and proud that I got this far but I still see a long road ahead before it is completely finished and published.
It is still a very rough piece of work but it is all on computer now and now I can start to edit and work on the intro and epilog that I want to put in.
My short term WIP goals are now:
November – write in my red scribbler and make a word doc for what to look for when editing and how to edit and the various professional editor costs.
December – continue with editing notes from November if needed. Look into some of the next steps of self-publishing, including, cover designer costs, audiobook recording costs, gorilla marketing and whatever else I might need to know if I end up self-publishing. And to also look into how to get an agent.
January – start seriously editing and rewriting. In my favorite writing metaphor, the sandbox, I am now where I have a box full of sand and I get to start forming it into something recognizable and hopefully enjoyable to read.
On October 8th I finished reading Insomnia by Stephen King and started rereading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, again. I did pick up another Stephen King book at a thrift shop but felt that right now would be a good time to reread the book that inspired me to write the book I’m working on right now.
I needed to read an actual story, something that I could get lost in in the evenings before bed so I started reading the new to me Stephen King novel Leslies Story. The back cover makes it sound boring, maybe that’s why I never heard of it before, but I like his writing style, that is why I’m reading it and thinking about his characters and how they have been developed.
My other WIP’s
It’s the time of year when my WIP Liquid Paper takes place and I so want to work on it. I keep thinking about the characters and what they are about to do and go through. I might sneak in a bit of work on it while researching editing in general over the next two months.
I think it was back in 2014 when Mr. Bourdain was a guest at the Devour Film Food Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and this year is the first time I attended. I went to the food truck party and the chicken bbq dinner. Ate Veg Pad Thai with shrimp for the first time in my life and dumplings for the second time in my life. I got to make my own Beaver Tail and then eat it, I hadn’t had one since I was a kid. It was a great time and I couldn’t stop thinking about Tony while I was there. And it was good to see all the packaging and utensils were compostable.