It’s November 30, last day of NaNoWriMo and last day leading to the first day of the final month of 2015. Might as well write something after spending time with the family and out-of-town relatives last week and then leading towards a very busy month for me at work. Darn you online
Christmas holiday1 shoppers.
So, here’s what I’ve been up to these couple of weeks and the hiatus-like reasons why I haven’t been writing as often:
- Life happened. That is, life outside the internet.
- Work, work, work, work.
- Inspired by literature and arts. I finished my NaNoWriMo novel2 two days before Thanksgiving and I’ve indulged myself in to buying some cheap books on sale about DIY arts and crafts for Christmas. The handmade gift wrap styles and the handmade greeting cards are my aim.
- Online shopping at Amazon. I’m not just shopping for myself or for the gifts I’m giving for my family and friends. I’m also shopping for the parents for their gifts to others because they just don’t have the energy to tackle the nuts of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and that they know that I have an employee discount.
- Indulged myself on various writing tools for endless inspiration. This includes blogging and fiction writing too. Check out the Writer Emergency Pack, The Storymatic (and one of its sub-products called The Storymatic Rememory), and The Writer’s Toolbox. I still have my old (but classic) ones that I got as gifts from friends too: No Plot, No Problem (both the book and the writing kit and its workbook), The Observation Deck, The Writer’s Retreat Kit, and You Can Write a Novel Kit. Majority of these writing tools are prompts, but No Plot, No Problem kit and the You Can Write a Novel Kit actually has the tools for you to build up and organize all your story elements first, from characters to settings to the sequence of events, as well as calendars for you to follow (if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo). I recommend them if you love writing.
- Writing tools software – I have been using Scrivener for many years now to write my stories which also includes my countless unfinished (anime) fanfiction. Last month I purchased Scapple, a brainstorming tool where you can jot down all your unorganized, chaotic ideas and simply create charts, just like how you would brainstorm for ideas for your essays and research papers and creative writing back in school. I’m currently using a trial version of Aeon Timeline and create organized timelines for plot events that would make up a story3.
- Black Friday Advantage – I gave up trying to get my Adobe CS6 to work properly on my new laptop. My laptop’s “way too leet” resolution4 really shrinks everything to microscopic-sized text and icons and what not that I finally succumbed myself in to using a subscription program. It sucks that I can’t really have a custom subscription and pay for the price based on my frequent usages of certain programs,5 so I have to pay the subscription for all of the software included in the CC suite. At least I don’t feel so empty with the graphics/designing part with this laptop anymore.
- I’m seriously planning on changing my themes for both this blog, my writing blog, and finally getting my butt off in putting up my portfolio and even my DIY arts/crafts/etc. blog. Soon.
That’s about it for the month of December. What a way to end this year with something completely productive yet creative and inspiring at the same time, right?
On the sidenote...
- you know what, screw “political correctness.” I understand about equality among Americans, but we have the right to exercise our religious rights and say “Merry Christmas,” just like how the Jewish have the rights to greet with a Happy Hanukkah as well. [↩]
- which is horrible by the way, I’m pondering whether I should go through the post-NaNoWriMo period and proceed with the editing and rewriting and what not. Besides, I got up past 50K but the story’s not finished. [↩]
- still waiting till December so I can receive my NaNoWriMo winners’ discount code to purchase the actual software [↩]
- 3840 x 2160 … whuuut?! [↩]
- I mostly use Photoshop and sometimes Illustrator, and in some cases, InDesign and Dreamweaver [↩]