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Diary Post 26: The Struggle Is Real

The Struggle Is RealHave you ever felt like your flag is flying at half-mast? I swear that has been me for the past few months. True, I have and have had a lot going on but who doesn’t? I wake okay (late); once I have my coffee I’m good for a couple of hours. Then comes 1 pm. You see that dog in the picture? throw some long black hair on her and that’s pretty much me for the rest of the day. Don’t get me wrong, give me a remote and a comfy couch and I’m in heaven. Lazing around is one of my favourite pastimes. However, when you have a life and a busy one at that, chilaxin‘ all the time is a big no no. Actually, it’s not chilaxin because all I do is worry about all the things I am not doing or not doing well enough. Never mind other people’s standards; I like to be fabulous at whatever I do.

In my efforts to ‘pull myself together’, I had a long talk with my maker. One of the things I wanted to revive was my diary posts. Writing is something I love to do but I’m always too tired or I can’t concentrate or  I’ll use the most common phrase used by all my fellow procrastinators – ‘I’ll do it just now’.

I had a slight improvement this week, nothing to talk about because I still have a lot of outstanding work. It is Friday night as I write (I’ll most likely edit this tomorrow). I’ve done my laundry, tidied my house and now, I’m writing my diary post which I’ll be posting every Saturday. Not bad. I’ve also been reading a hilarious book, The Duppy by Anthony C. Winkler. I literally laugh as I read. My mission is to finish it on Saturday while I’m under the dryer. Maybe I’ll pick it up tonight again if my eyes stay open past 10 pm. Slowly but surely I’ll be the ole Vanessa again. It will take some repetition and scheduling but a girl’s gotta to do what a girl’s gotta do.

Book Review: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

SkippingChristmasWhen I visit the library, I have an idea of the books I intend to borrow. I’ve never read any John Grisham though I have enjoyed many of his movie adaptations.

Skipping Christmas is one of those books that caught my attention because of its title. When I looked at the author’s name, I was very surprised to see that it was John Grisham. Isn’t he the legal thriller guy? (A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client). I quickly read the blurb and took the book to counter with the other four books I borrowed.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a comedic read that explored an option I’m sure most adults have pondered but would not dare do. It tells the story a couple, Nora and Luther who decided to forgo the usual Christmas hustle and bustle to take a cruise.

Grisham wrote an excellent scenario of what a couple could encounter if they were in a society that focused on the commercial and competitive aspect of Christmas. The ridicule Nora and Luther faced because they made a decision in their personal lives was astounding but expected, since we are often reprimanded if we do not follow the predetermined social convention. Fortunately, hidden in all the commercializing of Christmas the spirit of Christmas prevailed. I didn’t know that the movie adaptation of this book was Christmas with the Kranks, I haven’t seen it as yet. I love when I read a book before I see the movie. This was a pleasant coincidence.

Skipping Christmas is one of my favourite books thus far this year. It made me question how many things I do strictly because people would disapprove of me or my lifestyle if I did otherwise. Also, though many people enjoy the commotion of the season, it doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate the message at the same time.

Camp NaNoWriMo – First Check-in, Day 6

camp-participant-2015-web-bannerThis challenge didn’t start off positive for me. To be honest, I only got my feet wet today. Yes, I started on July 1st but I didn’t put in significant work until today. I got stuck very early in the game because I was unfocused. Then I remembered that I have a major part of the story figured out, almost from beginning to end. I don’t like to skip ahead of chapters; that’s why I was stuck. Incidentally, the style I am using for this book allows me to focus on two different storylines before they merge and continue together, so it is safe for me to proceed with what flows smoothly, for now.

I changed my word count goal from 50,000 to 30,000 words after I corresponded with a few other participants and realized that I set the bar outside of my comfort zone for no reason (hence why I’m behind). November NaNoWriMo is a 50,000 words challenge, I guess that’s where I got that figure. This July challenge allows participants to set their own limits.

I wish I could say this challenge is a warm up to November’s, but I know I won’t be able to participate. Nevertheless, I’m glad to attempt this challenge because I’m starting to feel that feeling I had when I was writing Selima and the Merfolk – Absolute pleasure.

Organization Is Essential For Productivity

20150701_123921Today I start writing book two of Selima and the Merfolk. Tentatively, I have named it Corallian, you will see why when I release the cover. I have signed up to Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is a challenge designed for participants to write a specific amount of word in one month (July). Your account allows you to create a project, tracks your progress and join camps/groups for support if you like.  My goal is 30,000 words which should bring me to about half of book two.

I am using these beautiful chests that Moruga RC Primary School gave me to organize my desk. For me, order is paramount for productivity.

I tried the November challenge before and got nowhere. This time I am more determined to challenge myself. For the past few months, I have been fortunate to visit many schools and get feedback from several persons who have read Selima and the Merfolk. Everyone asks if I’ve started writing the sequel. Since I have a little experience under my belt I hope to get this book published faster than the last. However, I will not rush because at end of the day my primary goals are to write a quality book that I would enjoy and remember forever, even if I was not the writer.

Wish me luck!

School Visit – Belmont Boys’ RC Primary School

20150629_113511[1]I feel so lucky, every time I visit a school I have such a great time. In that hour, it’s like I’m awake in a dream that I orchestrated because everything I want to happen happens.

The standard four boys of Belmont Boys’ RC Primary School were as entertaining as I expected them to be. They were familiar with Selima and the Merfolk because a few of them won books at my book launch and their teacher, Mr. Monsegue recently started reading it with the class. The boys were very enthusiastic,  they asked me questions that I have never been asked before, like:

“Miss are you a mermaid?”
“Where is your tail?”
“Can we wet your legs?”
“What would you do if you saw other mermaids?”
“Can we come see you in the river?”

Some of the boys seemed genuinely serious and wanted a straight answer while others appeared to be playful and in their glee to be free to explore their imagination without judgment. I of course, love to talk about mermaids and other folklore characters, so I was all to happy to indulge them.

I did my usual reading and though they took a while to settle down, they were as quiet as can be while I read. Honestly, I didn’t mind the initial over-zealousness of the class; they were excited and there isn’t anything wrong with that.

Five boys won Mario’s pizza vouchers and one boy won a Selima and the Merfolk T-shirt. Something tells me those vouchers will be redeemed very soon.

These boys were great. I had a wonderful visit. I can’t wait to read their messages and reviews on my blog and their short stories for the competition in September/October.

Thank you standard four boys of Belmont Boys’ RC School, you made my week!

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Melville Memorial Girls’ Anglican School Graduation

Congratulations to another successful graduating class from Melville Memorial Girls’ Anglican School.

I had the great pleasure of attending their graduation last Tuesday. It was so refreshing to witness that Melville still produces talented, intelligent young LADIES. I also had the pleasure of spending time with several of my past teachers.

Keep it up Melville princesses and thanks for inviting me !!!!!

 

 

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