#nanowrimo or not

You know you are sunk when you get to 28,000 words and realise you just don’t want to be writing the story you are. So although practically I could finish nanowrimo this year, I won’t.

Life is too short to be writing stuff you are not interested in. However I will keep on writing.

I have been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird  and she talks about writing because you want to write, not because you want to get published. That, is a very liberating thing, because it means you can write what you feel drawn to, not what you feel you “should” be.

And nobody likes shoulds.

So today I will write… Something. And when it isn’t an awful first draft, I shall post it ❤

Beautiful & interesting things from around the net

It has been a busy week, so a number of cool and interesting things have been sitting on my phone ready to read or watch. I finally caught up with them all today and these are the best:

From TED, the most lovely visual performance from Miwa Matreyek described as:

 “a gorgeous, meditative piece about inner and outer discovery

And a thought provoking piece about motivation and apathy from Dave Meslin identifying seven barriers to motivation.

Elsewhere I came across Faith Street which has articles from people of all sorts of faiths, including a lot of christian writers including:
Philip Yancy
Shane Claibourne
Tony Campolo
Rick Warren

In the Guardian, Katie Carter explains why she loves running so much… I wish I loved it enough to be this motivated!

And back on TED there is a whole list of videos just waiting to inspire us all to better writing. Enjoy 😀

Photo’s and Thanks 11_09_2013

I had a very helpful advice from Instant Apostle today, having had a rejection letter for my book yesterday. They pointed out that it sounded like a blog post or a preach – which when I thought about it wasn’t at all surprising as those are the two things I have most practice at when it comes to communicating to a lot of people at once.

Of course I was disappointed, but i have decided to learn from it… and do what I know best.  So starting tomorrow, I shall be serialising my “preach” here on my blog – the intro and first bit of “The Zedonk Christian”.

I am thankful to Instant Apostle for taking the time to write back to me – they didn’t have to! I’m also thankful today for the time to catch up with my dad, do the shopping and go to the cinema with R this evening. In the meantime, the park was as beautiful as ever, autumn is creeping on, and a quote I read today has been rattling around my brain:


A hidden talent

Who would have known? 

My dear friend has decided to take a photo a day all this year and in order not to forget what they all mean, has started blogging with it.

It turns out the photos are just the appetiser.

Her writing is proving interesting, funny and heart warming, and as such, dear followers, I thoroughly recommend her blog – please follow it as well as reading it, how else is a blogger to know people read what she writes?