The Challenge That is April

Well, I’ve done it again.

I’ve overloaded myself during a time when I should trying to simplify my life.

What I’m talking about is April and all of the challenges that seem to present themselves during this month.

A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvibAs I wrote last week, I am participating in the A-Z Blog Challenge again this year. You will be hearing from me often, and I am looking forward to this. The cool thing is I get to see a bunch of new blogs and “meet” new bloggers.

I have also decided there will not be an actual theme this year. I will attempt to write about one of the three subjects I presented in this post along with a few others ideas. I can’t wait to see what happens. Even though I knew this was coming, I am not writing posts ahead, at least not very far.

Another challenge that I wasn’t going to do is Camp NaNoWriMo.CNW_Participant_Facebook

Camp NaNoWriMo is part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but on a smaller scale. Camp happens in April and July. It is one way to keep some momentum going throughout the year. Fewer people participate and, this is the cool thing, each writer gets to choose their own “goal”. There is no race to 50,000 words which makes it just a bit less stressful.

The story I am currently planning may or may not be a full-length novel. We’ll see. I’m still in the planning stage and won’t know until it is finished.

Camp NaNo includes many of the same components that NaNoWriMo does; it has one thing that November doesn’t: Cabins. Participants have the ability to sign up for a cabin of friends or strangers as support. Since I am a late arrival to Camp, this will be my only writing companion:

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Writing and my life should be fun this month.

Both of these challenges are on top of an incredibly chaotic work load including critical deadlines. My only release will be yoga and perhaps walking. I may need both.

My life will be overloaded but that is okay, I can deal with that. Once May hits, I will probably wonder what to do with my time.

Wish me luck.

Writer at Work

img_0888Spring has come to Northern Michigan, and we have begun to enjoy the longer days and mostly nicer weather. The sun is returning, and the light is wonderfully warming after the cold winter.

With the coming of the light, comes another of the great warm weather traditions: Projects.

I’m not sure how it is in other states, but here in Michigan, spring also means the beginning of road construction. Once cannot drive anywhere without running into the orange cones and guys in hard hats.

We do the same thing at home. Once the snow recedes the desire to dig in the dirt increases as does the need to make repairs and changes around the home.

My Writing Shed has been quite high up on the list of unfinished projects, and we are gaining ground. The walls are paneled and painted; they only await trim. The floor isn’t in yet, but that will come later this spring.

I’ve spent some beautiful days in and out of the shed, enjoying the warmth and light. I’ve found pleasure in hanging the decorations I’d been collecting all winter.

Sitting in this clean space with pictures and other decorations on the wall is stirring the creative juices. I can feel the excitement of holding a pen and putting it to paper.

Of course, I must find a balance with the rest of the projects that are in the planning stages. We’ve been brainstorming on how to transform our yard from just grass and trees to something more fun and functional. We have lots of space to fill, and there may be a rock garden in my future.

Spending this time in my writing shed and writing has been a balm to my soul. I have needed this space and look forward to more days spent in solitude.

Here is what’s been happening:

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Life is always a work in progress, and my building reflects that. I doubt I will ever truly finish it regardless of where the construction goes. Life grows and changes too much.