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Where are my writing prompts this fall?!

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I’m sort of at a writing loss this fall. First, I fell behind on mindful52. Recently, I’d been trying to catch up, but noticed that the organizer lost some steam as well and posts and responses have become fewer and far between and maybe even stopped completely in October. Then, I gave up on NaNoWriMo (although I’ve kept up with NaBloPoMo).

I was really looking forward to Reverb, which last year took place during December. But today I received an email from the main organizer who has decided not to host it this year. She encouraged everyone to write our own Reverb prompts and then comment on them throughout the month, possibly inviting others to respond to our prompts. I can tell the community feels a little abandoned and irritated that she waited until the last minute to let everyone know, and I certainly feel this myself. It’s just not the same as being given a new prompt each day, with several thousand other people responding to the same prompts on the same day in a sort of collective group meditation. And tomorrow is already December 1—not a lot of time to come up with our own list. However,  there are a few people seeing this as a challenge: brainstorming ideas and posting them on twitter. Maybe I’ll end up following one of those, or come up with a list tomorrow morning…

Although it’s disappointing, I can’t really blame the organizers for petering out on mindful52 or reverb. They put a huge amount of time, energy, and resources into creating and maintaining these challenges, and who knows what is happening in their personal lives?

If not for December, I like the idea  of writing the prompts ahead of time for my February light box month.

Kindle Fire tech-geek crack, and accepting where I am

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A Year of Mindfulness: 52 Weeks of Focus – Week 29

Acceptance. It’s a big one this week, ACCEPTANCE. I am hopeful I’m not the only one who has this issue come up often. … But acceptance sure is a hard pill to swallow when you want and expect things to be a certain way. … Acceptance. I practice it each time I go to my mat. I can do this pose. I cannot do that at all. I wish I could go further in this pose. I wish I could relax more. Breathe. Choose to accept, to BE exactly as I am. I am accepting this situation as well. Perhaps life is giving me exactly what I need. Perhaps. What about you? How has the lesson of ACCEPTANCE been presented to you lately, and how well are you dealing with it?

I have been sucked into the black hole of the Kindle Fire, which is like tech-geek crack. The thing has not left my side or my sight the entire day, as I keep exploring and tweaking, and occasionally actually consuming content. (The Netflix app is fantastic: I watched the documentary, Blood into Wine, and I love that I can now load library books in a few clicks, and that I was able to use Calibre to port over my existing non-Amazon collection, and I’ve even downloaded my free library book of the month from Amazon—Bonk by Mary Roach, a science writer who makes me laugh out loud, also author of Packing for Mars). The Fire is also ADD inducing: As soon as I explore one thing, I remember something else that I wanted to look up, install, or configure, and I’m off doing that. I’m sure I’ll have some pros and cons to list soon, because it’s certainly not perfect, especially in the web browsing / Android apps / Google apps area, but there’s plenty of time for that.

This work laptop seemed old before—and now it really seems dated—hot, clunky, and buggy. And yet, I’m returning to it to post my blog, because I can still type way faster this way. Maybe there’s a more qwerty type keyboard that I can install on the Fire that will allow me to come up to speed, so to speak. Or, a foldable external keyboard for long posts, much like I used to have eons ago for my Palm Pilot. I loved that little keyboard! If I can find a way to type at a reasonable pace on the Fire, I’ll be able to use it way more frequently than my laptop for non work, and even some for work.

As far as acceptance goes: I’ve had zero desire to blog about our Thanksgiving recipes and post the photos, for some reason. I think that’s OK. I’ve accepted that things often don’t go the way that I’ve planned or desired, but we are all here together for the holidays, unlike last year, so that is what is important. And I’ve also accepted that I’m not going to finish NaNoWriMo this year. I really haven’t felt motivated to do it since about day one, and I kept trying to guilt myself into it for the first couple of weeks, but eventually I stopped beating myself up. Because the whole reason for doing it is for fun, and for personal growth, and I chose to make many other things a priority this month. Plus, I did it last year, so I know it’s possible, and I know I’ll probably do it again, so it didn’t seem like quite as much of a challenge this year. It would have been good for personal reflection, but so would a regular writing habit. Daily blog posts are what I’ve been able to stick to in 2011, and I accept that.

Fail: scones, nanowrimo

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Pretty tired after two nights in a row at the station working on our Nov 8 show. Also, have done zero NaNoWriMo yesterday or today. I really thought I was going to get a great start. But, weekends are for catching up, right?

I had an impressive baking fail today. I tried to make the scone recipe off the back of the Bob’s Red Mill millet flour package. I thought it would be easy to veganize. I used chickpea flour and water for egg replacer (even though it said egg whites), and I subbed ½ the white flour with white whole wheat flour. I’m not sure what happened, but the dough wouldn’t stick together well, the scones turned out flat, and they had this weird aftertaste, which I think is from the chickpea flour. I’ve made similar types of substitutions before, and have had success, but not today. Even Ruby didn’t want the scones. Also, it seems that whenever the weather changes (it’s finally turned winter and we had our first snow flurries today), my oven temperature has to be adjusted—the oven seemed to be running about 25 degree hot today, according to the thermometer. The bread loaf I baked after the scones was a little off too—it browned too quickly.

Ears

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I absolutely love driving up to the house and seeing ears in the high window; It makes me feel all warm inside, like somebody is welcoming me home. Now that Pip is used to it, she sleeps up on the highest kitty shelf for hours at a time, sometimes even part of the night. {She has a regular spot in our room as well, in the top curve of a cat tree the hub made many years ago.} One of these days, I’m going to get a photo from the outside.

Check ✔

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  • Huge work project 99% done that just sucked a week out of my life ✔ 
  • Showered  {hey, I’ve hardly left the home office for a week, give me a break}
  • NaNoWriMo started ✔ 
  • Keeping up with my fitness goals ✔ {I don’t know what I’m going to do when it’s too cold/slippery for Pilot Butte}
  • Most of Fantasy & Science Fiction mag Nov/Dec issue already read ✔ 
  • Survived letting my 15-year-old step-daughter drive me home from the store this weekend  {It was surprisingly non-scary}
  • Peanut butter-banana-cocoa-avocado-spinach smoothie consumed  {OK, maybe not the best smoothie combo ever} 
  • Crockpot soup started for tomorrow ✔ 
  • Fireplace turned on for the winter ✔ 
  • Going to bed at a reasonable hour … uh