Positive thinking is taking that moment when it’s its 3:45 am, and the dog is pacing in the hall and thinking:
Whee! I have lots of time to write today
instead of thinking
Shit. Another day: short of sleep, with only a tiny fragment of time to chase the dream, and then it’s off to work–then bills–then laundry–and the evening gauntlet of activities; only to be followed winter, and growing old, and finally death.
And then I remember: donuts!
I interrupt this blog for an important announcement:
I won NaNoWriMo and met my goal, writing more than 50,000 words during the month of November.
I’m not here announcing this to brag, but rather to point out that if a whiny, crabby, overtired, complaining, uninspired, slacker-of-meager-talent such as myself can accomplish this, well then you. dear readers, can do anything.
Live the life you were meant to. You totally deserve it.
Oh, and if you’re in the states like me, have a Happy Thanksgiving. Be grateful and try not to think of the nasty injustice the pilgrims brought upon the native peoples of this land. Cause turkey smells goooooood.
Update #1: My novel The Kwan Factor is up to more than 27,000 words on NaNoWriMo.
Publication News: I’m proud to announce a short story/personal essay I wrote has been selected to appear on the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writes Daily Palette: http://dp.uiowa.edu/index.php?artwork=3951
Update #2: My novel The Kwan Factor is up to 27,000 words today on NaNoWriMo. I know I said that, right? But I’m so flipping amazed at my progress that it bears repeating.
The shocking tidbit: I don’t hate it! My story, I mean. Astonishing as it is, I think I may actually finish this draft and have somewhere to go with it.
Happy November 12th.
To set the record straight:
Yes, it’s true that I’m a computer programmer—but that in no way makes me a hacker. And yes, it’s true that my novel HitList is about a hacker who stole the user database of a disreputable website of nefarious purpose. And yes, after the hacking, the website users’ secrets were unleashed, and much chaos did ensue. But no no no no, I did not hack the Ashley Madison website.
Look—I saw how it turned out in HitList. I know better.
You know that feeling you get when it’s Wednesday, hovering somewhere between ten and eleven o’clock, and you can’t prove it–but you’re pretty sure the corporate overlords have stopped all the clocks in the building–or slowed them down considerably–and Saturday is only a mythical creature lurking on the other side of a forest of meetings and a swamp of chores and and a moat of to-dos, and the only thing you can think about is pulling a Netflix marathon while eating peanut butter from a jar with a soup ladle?
Okay, maybe it’s just me.
But I do have good news. Today I learned that Kirkus Reviews chose HitList for a featured review in their July issue. I even got a pullquote! You’ll just have to take my word for it for now, since I’m too tired to show you. Color me every shade of excited-happy-tired. A very good Wednesday in spite of the corporate overlords.