Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a better day than I am. One of my sick kittens that I have been nursing for almost a month died this morning, so it has been a rough start to the day. But, although it has been a rough day already, I do have appointments to keep, which is why I am here, writing this post. This week saw a large amount of progress on a few fronts, which makes me very happy. So, without dwelling on today’s sadness, let me update you on what happened here in the home office this week.
Writing began! I was amazed, myself. I actually found a writing group on Writing.com that does an October NaNoWriMo prep activity. Thirty-one days of questions to help you flesh out your writing project for NaNoWriMo in November. It has been an ongoing project for the members of that group for several years now, and I had bookmarked it, but I never really looked at it again. Then, in a fit of frustration because I knew NaNo was in a month and I have been participating in it since 1999, I looked up how to prepare for the month-long event. I found that list of questions.
I printed them off and stuck them in the workbook I have set up for The Road to Prosperity. I started working on them yesterday and wow, the ideas are flowing now. The Road to Prosperity is not my NaNo project, though. It will be nowhere near the 50,000 word goal for the event once it is complete, but it’s a place to start.
Hopefully, once I have gone through this list of questions once, I will be able to focus on a novel-length project at least long enough to punch out 50,000 words for NaNo. I have never skipped a year, and I don’t plan to do it this year. Even if I have to spend the whole month simply fleshing an idea out, it will be a project goal to work towards.
Reading was a bit of a hit and miss this week, but I did finish both of the books that I had assigned myself to read for the week. I assigned myself to read Brother of the Dragon and Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days this week. I am hoping that Book in a Month will get me moving towards actually finishing any one of my many novels. I don’t even care which pen name it is for at the moment. I just want to finish any of the novel projects I have begun over the years.
I drew a few concept pieces this week. My current focus is on designing stationary for the shop I want to open on Etsy for all type of writing. I worked on lettering for a long time this week, outlining and coloring/shading calligraphy and other fancy letter types. As soon as I can get my scanner and computer to agree to work together, I will scan those in, clean them up, and begin to convert them to stationary-style PDFs.
I also went on the hunt for my older artwork. I have moved three times since the last time I drew a picture, so I am fairly certain that my sketchbooks and art supplies are crammed down in a storage tub somewhere, but I have not found them yet. Art supplies I can replace eventually, but my sketchbooks are irreplaceable. I don’t know how I will feel if I never find them. I still have a few more tubs and storage closets to go through, so hopefully, I will find them.
This section has been carrying the largest amount of my focus this week. My goal is to get my Etsy shop up and running by the end of November, but I have hit a roadblock. I can’t think of a name for the shop. I know that the shop will only ever contain writing-related items, but those items do span several different types of writing. I will have bullet journal template pages eventually, stationary, and I am thinking about setting up a NaNoWriMo word tracker and a few products that pertain to writing novels and world-building. It’s a lot of ground to cover with one name, but I know I want it to be writing related.
Any name suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
So, that was my work week in a handbag. I am planning for this week to be even more productive. Hope everyone has a great week!