December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

The last thing I made was a decision to be proactive. The last thing I made was 50,000 words of a novel. I made a decision to use my excess of time to do something worthwhile. Something other than watching seasons of TV shows and talking to cats.

I used one very buggy copy of Microsoft Word for Mac. Which, in keeping with the tradition is established while I was writing my dissertation, completely stops working after the first 10,000 words. I desperately need to switch word processors on a permanent basis. I used Pages for my dissertation after the night it self destructed. But I stuck it out with Microsoft Word of a laziness for NaNoWriMo.

I also, inevitably, used my MacBook Pro. This beautiful creature (whose key’s I’m stroking right now) has been permanently attached to me in the last year and a half, and I love it so.

And, of course, I used Wikipedia. Because who doesn’t? I started all my research on Wikipedia, and rounded it out with further internet searches and some guidance from Kitty, Irish history expert extraordinaire.

I would like to make a conscious effort, in the future, to write more books. Always. Because I love it. Some days it’s the hardest thing in the world to sit down and stare at that blinking cursor. But other days you can’t wait to get home to write the scene that’s been playing in your head all day.

I hope that someday soon I’ll have less time to write, simply because I desperately need a job. But I hope when that does happen I’ll be able to remind myself to keep writing anyhow.

1 Comment

  • By Taylor, December 6, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    I really love this, and I can relate. I find myself wasting time so often, and I want to see less of that in my life for 2011. Congrats on the book-writing as well, that’s amazing!

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