“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Sometimes the wish is real. In my case, that author is Natania Barron.
I’m biased, being linked to her through possibly a few lifetimes of friendship… but her book is delightful, full of wonder, and charged with characters worth meeting. If you’re looking for a new book to lose yourself in―this is the one.
Pilgrim of the Sky ~ a novel by Natania Barron
This month has turned out to be busier and crazier than the last, even with me having written a novel(la) in November. I have several paid projects right now, family here for holidays, and everyone is getting the seasonal sniffles. Good times, all the same. Wouldn’t have my life any other way. I hope all of you are having a fantastic holiday time—whatever or however you celebrate.
Winter here in Arizona is truly beautiful. This is a photograph I took last year during Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden.
Filed under Journal, Life
Portrait sketch created in Corel Painter.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
— Edgar A. Guest, It Couldn’t Be Done
I’m now a first-time NaNoWriMo winner. 50,232 words. My finished novel(la) is one of those bad first drafts that I wouldn’t dare show a soul, but I’m proud of it all the same. NaNoWriMo is really about giving yourself permission to just write and not stop and judge.
It was a difficult month to take such a task on, given that I was out of town enough that it was more like 20 days than 30. Still, I quickly learned that I can write a lot more in a day than I’d ever thought. Some days were over 4,000 words. I’m going to try and keep up a similar writing schedule now that November is over. Maybe I’ll even try an artwork-a-week idea for the times I need a break from words and want to go visual.
Things I discovered while NaNoWriMo-ing that are useful with any kind of goal:
- Surround yourself with like-minded folks. When you’re all driving toward a goal together, the trip is a lot more fun.
- Realize you don’t need hours to get things done. Ten or fifteen minutes here and there, if you focus, can accomplish a lot.
- Find inspiration. Yep, that might mean carving out a little time to read or go for a walk or listen to music. Odds are you’ll return fresh and with new ideas, thus making the time well spent.
- Tell yourself you can do this and imagine it done. Don’t doubt you’ll reach your goal. Only focus on the positive.
Congratulations to those of you who won this year and also to those who made the attempt, whether you finished or not. Here’s to the year ahead—may it be filled with good news and great things!