The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and we haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet. Whew! I will simply state that my job has been ridiculous and leave it at that. Very busy, time consuming, and stressful.
To make things worse, my husband went on business travel, so my muse was gone. Seriously. I had a very hard time getting things accomplished while he was away. There is something magical about having a person around who is encouraging, loving, and willing to help by bouncing around ideas. He's always willing to listen to my latest inspiration for art or writing and better yet, he sometimes comes to me with his own ideas about my work and his ideas are always thoughtful and helpful. If you don't have a muse, go and get one right away. Not mine though - he's already spoken for.
As you may recall from previous posts, I've been participating in NaNoWriMo. From Day One, I have been behind the gun and today, more than mid-way through the month, I've finally caught up. If nothing else, this endeavor has been a testament to the power of perseverance. My novel is currently weighing in at 33,689 words, which translates to single-spaced 61 pages. I know you're wondering - it's Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
Is this a best-selling novel? Without a doubt, no. Will it ever be published? Who knows. I find that it doesn't matter. It has taken this long and this many words to finally hit my stride. I found my voice, and that's the important thing. The novel itself is a little unorganized. I was so hopelessly far behind on the daily word count that I only had two choices - quit (and try again next year) or write like a motherfucker.
I chose the latter and I am truly glad I did. I've proven to myself that I can do this. I've written through the lazy, surface stuff, the low hanging fruit, and have been forced to dig deeper, think harder, and try harder. I truly believe I'm a better writer because of it. This book with required some serious editing, but I'm okay with that. Other fringe benefits? I connected with lots of interesting writers and read many inspiring posts and pep-talks this month.
Earlier this month, Project Permission was launched. I read an alarming blog post about a woman who'd gotten dinged for improperly using a photograph on her blog and even though I always give credit and link to each artist's primary website, I got worried.
In the middle of the other activities I mentioned above, I methodically removed all of the art photos from each of my social media sites and began an effort to contact each artist and obtain written permission to use their work. This required considerable effort and organization, and I've only begun, but it has absolutely been worth the effort. It just feels right. Artists are a gracious, generous lot. Each response I've received has been appreciative of the effort to promote art in general as well as appreciative of the exposure their art may receive.
Every person, even the two polite declines, have been kind and encouraging. I've gotten a few more 'likes' on my Ink & Alchemy page, and I've had the opportunity to interact with artists. I consider this a win any way you look at it! So, in the future, there will be plenty of art for us to enjoy on Ink & Alchemy's social platform.
I would like to wish each of you a Thanksgiving filled with love and happiness. May you spend it with someone special.