If We Were Having Coffee // Writing the Best Pile of Crap I Can

Hello, friends! Thank you for stopping by for a big cup of coffee and a bit of catching up.  This past week was a pretty good one. I had hardly any work-work to do at all, so I spent it doing research for my nano-novel-that-might-never-be and getting my editorial calendar into something that looks a little more like order than chaos.

I wish I had gotten more reading done, and I wish I had written more blog posts, but overall I think it was a pretty good week.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the highlight of the week was a live show put on by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Friday night on bats. Yes, bats! It was so, so good. Rob Mies, the director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, gave the talk and him and his assistants walked the bats around the room so we could all see them up close and get some pictures.

When I bought the tickets, I had no idea who Mies was about the problems facing bat colonies all over the world. I didn’t know how bats helped us all or how many of them there were. I learned a lot, and I have a better appreciation for these little, and sometimes big, flying mammals.

I would like very much to attend more events like this. As an adult, you forget what how much fun it is to go somewhere just because you want to learn something.

It’s a welcome change of pace.

Malaysian flying fox :)

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have Christine at Better Novel Project and Chuck Wendig of Terrible Minds to thank for making so much progress on my novel’s outline this week. To be honest, with you I have very little idea what is going to happen or what this book is going to be about, ultimately, but I have some places to start. I have a list of the kinds of scenes I could write, a list of dos and don’ts, a list of character types, and a ton of world building information to work through.

I might just write a big pile of crap next month, but I am trying to make it the best pile of crap I can. Hell, even if that pile of crap does nothing but show me what I don’t want to write it will have been an invaluable learning experience, right?

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If we were having coffee I would remind you that last week I mentioned I was starting to cook more often, even though I don’t enjoy it, nor am I very good at it. I’m doing it because my girlfriend works incredibly long hours now and it’s not right that she should be figuring out dinner too, even if she wants to.

For her part, she is reluctant at times to give up an activity she enjoys but admits it would help with her stress levels, so she relents. I told her just two nights a week and one good breakfast on the weekends. I’m beginning to enjoy it a little when it goes well, but when it doesn’t, it’s awful.

I’ve made both lemon pepper and hot wings, and some sweet potato waffles and each came out pretty good. I’m hoping to make these beyond delicious looking tacos al pastor tonight if I can find the ingredients.

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If we were having coffee, I would ask you if you have checked out the show Black Mirror on Netflix? I watched season 1 and 2 a long, long time ago and had been hoping, praying, for more. When I heard Netflix had taken over the show I became even more excited and hopeful, and finally this weekend my dreams of more Twilight Zone-esq psychological thrills centered around questions of our dependence and trust in technology were realized. Season three was realised and so far it has been amazing. Check it out!

While you’re at it make sure to check out 13th, a documentary on mass incarceration in the united states. It was informative and brought me to tears more than once. This film put the whole damn system, from slavery to the prison industrial complex, into words and brings to light some behind the scenes law making tactics I am sure most Americans don’t know about.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that next week is going to be a busy one so if you don’t see me around her very much don’t worry, I’ll be back. I will be doing some training at work and I still have some cramming to do before NaNoWriMo, so blogging will have to wait. I’ve been slacking on the comments around here—I’m so sorry about that—and on reading all your great blogs—I’m so sorry about that too—so I may use whatever free time I have to correct those oversights.

I also wanted to give some Yeah Write! challenges a try and work on something for fēlan zine if I can squeeze it in.

Whew!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had better get going, the laundry needs washing, the dishes need scrubbing, and I’d like to get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine and freedom before I return to the work week.

I hope you all had a wonderful week and I wish you nothing but productivity and good vibes in the next. Drop by the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to. I do love hearing from you all :)

Curly dreads :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

5 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee // Writing the Best Pile of Crap I Can”

  1. I had not planned on doing NaNoWriMo this year. No time. But now I feel bad. It has become a tradition for me. This will be my 10th year so I have to do it At least I have to give it a try!

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  2. NaNo is not in the cards this month, but I am working on writing short stories during the month. Specifically, finishing them. Right now, I’m trying to gather a premise for a story that already has a title. The story before that was attached to a title, I decided to scrap. So I’m working with a blank slate. I have one writing friend to keep me on my toes, but my writing hasn’t been lately. I’m going to work on it this week.

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  3. Hey. I am new to your blog but you just popped up in my reader so I decided to visit. I had coffee today – iced coffee because it was hot and I was walking alone so it would have been nice to share my coffee-break with you.
    If we were having coffee, I would’ve told you about bow proud I am of getting to week 5 in my running challenge (I talk about it on my blog), about the cool video ideas I have for my BookTube channel and that today is my mom’s birthday and I wish i was in Jamaica spending it with her so I could spoil her.
    I just followed your blog. I hope you’ll check out mine too.

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