December. +10 points to you if you finished that line with “Christmas” — Lennon fans unite!
I will refrain from making this the stereotypical “OMGWTFBBQ IT’S A NEW MONTH” post because truly, time is passing at the exact same speed as it was in November. It’s hard to believe that the last month of the year is already upon us, but it was inevitable.
It’s been a rather ordinary few days for me, which is a welcome change from what felt like the never-ending parade of things to do from the last three weekends. There were no birthday parties, no trips to Victoria, and no trips to Edmonton. I went grocery shopping on Saturday, and then came home. That was largely it. Stayed in, watched The Office, and drank a lot of tea.
The last few weeks and weekends, for whatever reason, seem to have taken a lot out of me. I’m doing better than I usually do at the start of winter — the lack of sunlight really gets to me some years — but it hasn’t been enough to keep up with the pace of my life right now. I’m hoping that continuing to eat right, drinking lots of water and tea, and exercising will keep me even keel.
There hasn’t been a lot of blog content in my brain lately, but I’m sure that part of this is because I haven’t been looking. Every time an idea to write strikes me, I’ll make a mental note and promptly forget it. Or think that I can’t tackle the topic appropriately. Or get caught up with something else and think it’s too late, I’m too busy, etc. Take your pick. But through things like the Just Write idea and Grace in Small Things, I plan to make a concentrated effort to at least write the small things. This will help with the big things later.
What do you do when you get stuck in a rut? Any advice on how to shake off that sense of nothing?
Alright, so y’all know how this works now, so I’m not going to explain the rules anymore
Book - Not a whole lot of books this month, actually — kind of disappointing. I’ll have to step it up for the last two months of the year!
Song - Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-mad-mad-mad (Madness – Muse)
Movie - My friends and I went to see Sinister on Halloween and holy balls that movie is terrifying!
TV Show - Nurse Jackie, and I’ve just gotten into Mad Men. Very fitting now that I work in advertising!
YouTube Video - The Flog is BACK! Hurray. <3 Felicia Day.
Game - World of Warcraft. Thomas finally sucked me in to the game, and it’s way too much fun when we go questing together (wow, did I really just say that??)
Bath/Beauty Product - Nothing really — I didn’t buy anything new.
Article of Clothing - Very in love with my new shoes — they’ll hopefully keep out the cold winter
Drink - Found me some gluten-free beers this month (YAY) and definitely loving all my tea from David’s Tea now that it’s colder. I can’t wait for the new store downtown to open!
That phrase makes me feel even more left-leaning than usual, but I came across this post at Soul Pancake and wanted to give it a whirl:
Manifesto: a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives.
To move forward as a writer, to really stand out and be noticed, you have to stand for something. You work must be anchored to a set of truths that are important and unique to you, even if those truths change. You must have your own opinions and have the courage to share them.
You have to stand for something – this is your manifesto.
So, here’s my version of my own writer’s manifesto:
I will write about things that I find interesting, important, and relevant, regardless of their popularity. I will write about and include details on what I am comfortable divulging, not about what other people find interesting (though hopefully those two things intersect more often than not). This blog is my outlet, the repository of things that I come across in my life, and always has been for me and whomever happens upon this URL, in that order. I will continue to write because I enjoy the act of writing, and reading old entries. I will write and blog because it continues to keep my own writing sharp and on point in my professional career. I will be objective when writing about news events, and always try to offer two points of view. The truth is more important than the story.
Mostly, I will write and blog and take photos because I love it. And nothing can take that away. This is for me, and about me, and I won’t let a whole lot get in the way of that.
What’s your writer’s manifesto?