Holiday Fears & Jeers a.k.a. How to Deal with Hump Day

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It’s almost the middle of December and I’m already planning what I’m working on in February, not to mention the rest of 2014.

WRITING:

Working on Aaralyn’s Song keeps me sane. In fact, aside from collecting new ideas in a file that I refuse to entertain, at the moment, other than for recording purposes, my writing life has been devoted the WIPs and the blogging world.

I’ve got blog hosting duties to prepare for as well as my continuing FRIDAY FORAGE POSTS.

READING:

I’m slowly building my revised TBR list to accommodate comp titles for my WIPs. Regardless, when certain things start bogging me down in the real world, it’s nice to escape to the land of make-believe. There are many stories to cheer me up or get all my emotional insides and bounce them around for a spell. I’ve always said how much words have power. 

NETWORKING:

Tweeted my love for Jennifer A. Nielsen‘s The Runaway KingI was pleasantly surprised at her quick reply and our shared insight on a couple of characters. She’s making me even more excited for the third instalment in the trilogy. I read there’s a film adaptation of the first book The False Prince in the works. Can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

I also love when authors interact with readers (and fans). I aim to have similar rapport with my readership. 🙂

LEARNING:

Looked up some exercises to help prevent carpal tunnel issues. They seem to be working, especially after long stretches of writing sprints. Even the language lessons and uke playing tend to give the wrists some ouchies.

Of course, what do I go and do? Through the wonders of internet video tutorials, I’ve decided to try my hand at knitting. Or to be specific, my arms. Do an internet search on ‘arm knitting’. For those of the non-crafty persuasion, this basically means that you use your arms instead of needles to knit. I’m thinking of giving the thirty-minute infinity scarf a whirl. And it also gives me a reason to return to Michaels. I love craft stores. But for other crafters, you know how dangerous that can be. I’ll let you know how the knitting goes.

I suppose I’m doing this as an extension of my creative outlet options. However, I think the repetitive motions also have a relaxing effect on me. It’s kind of like meditation but with the potential for hand cramping. It’s a good distraction for when I start to overthink of all the projects ahead, the items on my endless checklists that need crossing off, and the usual doubts and curiosities that creep up on me when it gets really quiet.

Perhaps that, too, is a good reason why I’m a writer and like to create new worlds with countless possibilities. It makes dealing with the turbulence of daily life more bearable–I hope.

Happy Hump Day.

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Fears & Jeers a.k.a. How to Deal with Hump Day

  1. I totally missed humpday. I mean, it happened, whether I was conscious of it or not, but in my post-NaNoWriMo haze I thought it was really Thursday when it was only Tuesday and I apparently missed Wednesday altogether. Is that what today was?

    • Yes. 🙂

      Also, it’s December. Halfway through it by my reply to your comment. Blink and it’ll be 2014. I’m not sure if I even bother with clocks and calendars anymore. Time is relative, after all. 🙂

  2. I used to loom-knit — actually, I still have the looms and a bag full of yarn. Craft stores are like the off-line version of TVTropes. You think you’re going in for just one or two things and *BAM* Closet full of yarn…

    • TRUTH.

      I went to Michael’s three times in one week. In fairness, they have amazing holiday sales. I got steals on yarn and hoarded a color that’s been discontinued. I’ll post a pic of the WIP (A WIP that isn’t writing-related. Love that.)

      Loom-knitting intrigues me. It’s my hope that I’ll be projectful (or completed) and not just a hot mess with a pile of yarn by this time next year. haha

  3. Arm knitting? Wonder if I’ll have any better luck with that than I have with regular knitting…. I do get what you’re saying about the meditative motion of it though. I use crochet that way. It’s creative, but more in a “making it” kind of way. It probably helps even more with all that planning you’re doing.

    Though, yeah… I could use a trip to Michael’s now…. 😉

    • I need to pace myself. I’m suddenly checking the site daily for whatever new deals are available. So far, using my arms instead of needles has proved more successful. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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