Life unplugged

I’ve been enjoying time away from the computer since Nano ended. Done a little sewing, some reading, nowhere near enough Christmas shopping – but mainly spent time just hanging with the family. Depending on how desperate the Christmas shopping situation becomes I may go back to my Nano novel tomorrow. Or … I may be completely slack and leave it till January. (Anyone who knows my capacity for slackness will now be putting their money on the January option.) I still have at least another 50,000 words, probably more, to write before the first draft is finished.

I made it to 50,000 words on Friday the 28th and promptly collapsed in a heap. Heroic notions of continuing on till the stroke of midnight on the 30th to see how many words I could get done were left by the wayside. It just felt so good to stop! And it’s so much more fun to gorge on other people’s finished beautiful stories than wrestle with your own ugly uncooperative creation.

So I’ve been vegetating. And speaking of vegetation, this is what I see every week as I sit waiting while Baby Duck has his swimming lesson. It was even prettier a few weeks ago when the jacaranda was in full bloom, but I didn’t have the camera with me.

It feels like summer when the flame trees flower.

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2 Responses to Life unplugged

  1. Jaye Patrick says:

    Jacaranda and the Illawarra Flame Tree looks just so… perfect together, all that vibrant colour!

    I’m with you on the Nano gig… January’s lookin’ good for finishing, although I’ve only got maybe 10-20,000 to go.

  2. Marina says:

    20,000 words to go? Come on, Jaye, that’s an afternoon’s work for you!!