It’s not about how fast a person finishes a race, but that the race is finished, and sometimes, just sometimes, the ending results might be a surprise…
Over the summer I decided that I would do something I always wanted to do, but never had the courage to commit to. I wanted to run a 5K. It started as a this-is-what-I-want-to-do-and-hope-I find-the-time-to-do-it to a this-is-going-to-happen-no-matter-what. The change happened gradually.
At first I trained when I could, but then I had to put the money where my mouth was and actually set a date to run a race (thanks to the gentle but firm prompting from my friend and racing cheerleader Denise Wyatt). And so I did… August 8th.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this problem in a terrible way every single year. I call it the January Blues. Some call it a bad case of writer’s block, but its more than writer’s block. It’s a mental jam and physical debilitation that leaves me with no motivation whatsoever. I always tell myself it won’t happen next year, and then next year arrives and guess what? Yep. Never fails. It really starts in December and sometimes even overlaps to February, but I spend weeks (months even) in a terrible writing funk. It usually ends up being my least productive time of the year, and it’s infuriating. Sound familiar?
What causes this state of “January Blues”? It’s a combination of weather, shorter days, getting less sunlight, getting over the stressing holidays, changes in diet, changes in sleep patterns, new year goals (some that even might be unrealistic), ect. It’s a state of depression that’s hard to break without a little extra help. People from all walks of life get it, but it can be crippling for those in the creative profession.
It’s the time of year when the weather gets cold, the days get shorter, and the leaves become a brilliance of color. It’s a time of pumpkin carving, hot chocolate, and ghost stories. And it’s also time for NaNoWriMo to begin again.
I’ve been taking part in NaNoWriMo on an unofficial capacity for the last four years. I say unofficial, because I don’t follow the regular rules of NaNoWriMo, which requires a newly plotted novel to write on. I usually use pieces of work I already have in progress. For one year I wrote on four different short stories I had in the works. The other two years I worked on already started novels. This year I will be working on completing the third draft of my novel Blood Feud.