I was going to put off all further blogging until Dec., when National Novel Writing Month will be over, but I find myself ruthlessly procrastinating today anyway, so I may as well be procrasti-writing.
First, a sincere and heartfelt thank-you to those of you who expressed sadness or frustration that the blog fell asleep for so long. I’m touched. Really. Thank you for reading.
Second, here’s some of the stuff I’ve been up to in the meantime:
1. Ahem. I wrote a little play. It’s called Her Story in Blood, and it revisits and reimagines the story from the synoptic gospels of the woman who bled for 12 years. You are more than welcome to read it while you are waiting for the next blog post. And, you know, pass it around to your friends and plaster it over social media and let me know if you know anyone who wants to stage it. ;) [BONUS: You get to see who I really am! With my real name and everything! Well, my professional pen name anyway. More professional than "Fairy Bear."]
2. It’s National Novel Writing Month! And I have a little over 5,000 words to WIN! So I am seriously going to be buckling down and writing for real. Write* after I finish procrasti-writing this post.
*I was going to go back and edit that last sentence to read “Right” at the beginning, but I decided to leave it. That’s where my brain is. That’s where it should stay.
3. I finished shooting a short film with a friend! I have a few still shots, but I don’t think I’m allowed to show them to you yet.
4. I started teaching again! And I also have made peace with it. More or less. I think. We’re starting with a fun social studies unit, anyway, in which I get to bring in my friend’s TARDIS and take the kids time-traveling to ancient Greece. Yes, I brought togas. (Properly, peplos, as togas were Roman, but essentially they’re togas.)
5. Traveling! I went to visit my sister for a week in Florida to help her pack up her apartment. And also to help me say goodbye to the apartment, which really was heavenly. Two words: Rooftop pool. Okay, two more words: Harbor views. She will very happily be staying with me for much of December, so I don’t have to say goodbye to her just yet, but leaving the apartment was hard. Even though it wasn’t actually mine. Not gonna lie.
PS – I took some photos of the amazing sunrises I got to see in Florida. They’re posted on my Instagram. Which is named after my professional pen name. Which you can find if you link to my play. Hint.
Then of course there’s been all the regular life stuff. Like grocery shopping, burning eggs to rubber because my brain starts to atrophy with boredom when I cook, mulling endlessly over emotional obstacles because I’m *that* kind of person, and getting a paper cut that made my whole hand swell up. I am also slated to visit with three families this weekend – my nieces, my hubby’s family, and my best friend’s family.
All that together in a 30-day month makes this a Thankscrazy season! And I am crazy thankful, emotional obstacles not withstanding. Here are a few things I’m thankful for this month:
1. My patient and dedicated hubby.
2. 8 perfect St. Pete sunrises.
3. Being able to quote the entirety of whole 80′s and 90′s movies with my family.
4. Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Lattes.
5. The dedicated and fabulous early-morning crew at my favorite Starbucks, who are ludicrously cheerful and efficient at 6:30am.
6. Hubby driving me to work in the mornings.
7. If I have to teach, at least I get to do cool stuff. Like travel in a TARDIS.
8. Heat. Especially on days like this.
9. Enough money that I can eat breakfast at Starbucks if I choose instead of burning eggs.
10. This wonderful computer.
11. Scrivener software. Seriously, where have you BEEN all my life?
12. Wine and beer.
13. This song. For real. I can’t stop watching this.:
14. My mom, who is awesome.
15. Pottermore, even though I’m suddenly spending waaaaaay too much time on it. So much so that I’m embarrassed to tell you how high my dueling score is after a mere week of practice. (Ravenclaw in da house!). Still. There’s something kind of meditative about the dueling format – it forces me to be totally in the moment. I find it very calming.
16. My spiritual community. Especially Transmission, and my two book clubs, and my writer’s group(s).
17. All the pep talks from NaNoWriMo people who keep me writing this novel down. And the ones from my sister. And my hubby.
18. The opportunity to catch up with my brother and talk business and marketing and all kinds of other things not normally related to my day-to-day.
19. A perfect Sabbath this past Saturday, which included the 50th Anniversary global simul-cast Doctor Who special.
20. The Whodle created by Google for the occasion. :) I can’t find a working one archived anywhere (please let me know if you know where to find it!), but here’s a most impressive round by someone who was definitely not me:
21. Nerdy friends with whom to bond over things like Doctor Who and Pottermore.
22. Twitter. I love Twitter. Who knew?
23. Wine and beer.
24. Yoga. Hot yoga. Vinyasa yoga. Ashtanga yoga.
25. All the books who walk with me through my life, keeping me company and carrying hope. A Secret Garden. A Little Princess. Heidi. Harry Potter. Narnia.
26. New books that offer me hope. Pastrix, by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Also Occupy Spirituality, by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox, which I was supposed to review on this very blog probaby weeks ago, but I keep crying every time I pick it up, so it’s slow going. Crying in a good way. It’s very beautiful to me.
27. The opportunity to see my nieces in two days.
28. Being cozy on a rainy November night like tonight.
29. My facebook community. Seriously. I love Facebook. I don’t think it replaces face time in pure quality, but it’s wonderful for keeping in touch with people who are very far away, especially for someone like me who is even worse at letter-writing than at cooking.
30. You, dear readers. I know, I’m getting squeamish at how that sounds too, but really, if you read this, I’m thankful for you, because you remind that I’m not alone, and that perhaps my many words are not completely wasted. Cheers.