So it’s November. How utterly exciting. Plus the Timekeeper Gods have awarded us with an extra hour today, which just depresses me more, so let’s turn this misery around immediately.
How, you ask?
Well, let’s see…
I have a few reminders I need to focus on to detract myself from the meh-like existence these days. Some of you have seen these before. But maybe they will help you, too.
For instance, a mantra that should never be far from my (your) mind is this one:
If not now, when?
I can honestly say I held on to this mantra for a good portion of the year 2020. There is, of course, room for improvement, but it hasn’t exactly been the easiest year to get through…
I did it though. I took some chances, made some opportunities happen, fostered some new friendships. So there’s that to continue look forward to.
Looking back, I had probably one of the most interesting years I have ever experienced in the virtual social life department. The pandemic cemented some of these friendships further, and I am grateful to have gotten to know you. Technology is quite amazing, isn’t it?
I have no regrets for all the time I spent plugged in. I am a better, more capable and introspective person today because of technology. And I have written more words in the past eight months or so than ever before.
But that doesn’t mean I value real life experiences less. Technology doesn’t take away from real life relationships. It can enhance them, supplement during absence or void due to unforeseen circumstances, but it can’t replace them completely.
I do miss the real life stuff. The people, the activities… We all do. Those of you across the pond who are back in lock-down, or on the verge…stay sane. Reach out. It helps…a bit. At least I think it does.
Here’s another reminder to myself, especially as I embark on some new ventures and ideas:
should notdoes not inhibit my creativity.
I was on facebook the other day and asked a question to my fb friends who read me there (although I suspect most don’t, given my long absences in that app).
Erotic romance, yay or nay?
Basically I ‘came out’ to the people on fb that I dabble in erotic fiction. It’s going to be interesting to see what comes of it.
A few people who rarely acknowledge anything I post there commented, which tells me I have a bunch of lurkers. 🙂 (That’s ok, nothing wrong with lurking…)
Note: please don’t try to friend me on facebook unless I have met you in real life. I go there mostly to participate in a private writing group, or advertise dog walking, or connect with local peeps and businesses.
Years past, I used fb to stay connected with family in Europe mostly, when the kids were little; now I don’t post much, or often. Probably because most of what I read in fb irritates me… 🙄
What I’m saying is, I’m not a facebook fan, and there are better ways to contact me than though the *Zuckerberg* app. 😳
What else is going on?
Halloween was a bust. Technically they cancelled trick or treating here in Toronto, although a few kids did head out in costumes. I saw one boy – I left a few candies on the steps for the child and that was that.
Then, I poured wine and cooked gnocchi. I posted this to Instagram (which some of you have seen already):
Anyway, the gnocchi were really good despite the mess I made on the stove. Ha.
Here’s another thing I should remind myself of:
Enough with the selfies, already!
I can see you roll your eyes collectively. 🙄
I got a new phone, as some of you know, and I played around with it, including the camera function. Sorry not sorry. 🙃
Here’s one more:
November is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.
Someone asked me yesterday if I was going to participate.
I said I was leaning toward no.
I am now saying no officially.
I can create my own writing challenge without participating in an official capacity, set my goals and focus on tangible results.
I’ve already made strides in October. Why not continue during this rather miserable month of November?
What else is there to do while the politicians scream at us to stay home and wash our hands?
There you go. How’s that for taking stock?
Tell me, what is up for you this month? I realize the American elections are on everyone’s minds, but besides that?
Let’s talk about non-election and non-covid things, shall we?
Happy first Sunday in November. See you in the comments.