j-flamingo reflections

Inspired by the grace and beauty of the flamingo, my life reflected by my love of reading, writing and creating.

NPI: Day 10

Day 10 word count: 218, 11:55 pm CT, I'm really cutting it close but I've been edgy all day. I think this shows in my writing. I don't like what I wrote yesterday or even today but I did write something down so I suppose that it isn't a complete failure. I'll continue to do my best with the Novel Push Initiative exercise even though I will be traveling to my dear mother-in-law's funeral now. I have very mixed emotions as most anyone does in these times. I seem to feel a whole range of emotions and I have to deal with those. At times, this can work with my writing or against it. It's against right now. Words are not flowing or coming to me strongly. I need to clear my thoughts.

I'm sorry but I feel I don't have anything cool to share from my writing yesterday. Bear with me and I'm sure my muse will come back. Thanks!

NPI: Day 9

Day 9 word count: 92, 11:39 pm CT, I'm sorry it's not in me tonight - I'm a jumbled mess but I feel it will come later. I'm not giving up just give me a moment.

Words from Day 8 -

Looking forward enhanced the beauty of the experience and that’s when I had seen the flower. Yet looking back in the windows of memory had helped control my frustration that a critical moment like this with so much destruction had delivered. This had been my whole world but now it was no longer.

NPI: Day 8

Day 8 word count: 321, 11:41 pm CT. This was a bit tough to write through tonight. I admit it felt like an exercise that I wasn't super excited to do. I had wrote some things on a notepad earlier and felt it at that time but didn't finish until now so it lost its excitement for me. I should have taken the time to write more in that notepad. It reminds me that sometimes writing chooses me and I can't put it off.

A tidbit from Day 7:

A close bond formed without touch or even closeness only moments of brief conversation. Happiness in those moments were sweet. Better than candy, more like a strawberry. Still sweet but so much better for him in the end. This is what he would treasure now and cling to.

NPI: Day 7

Day 7 word count: 324, 11:58 pm CT, sorry I didn't get this recorded in time. Frantically and honestly, I'm working through this scene which is tough to convey in the way I was hoping for. It's ok but I wish that it would feel differntly as I wrote it. Sometimes I'm amazed at how emotional I can be to my own writing and then other times almost detached. I'm really learning of what a process this is for me and it truly is nice to write things down. I'm starting to feel the breathing of writing. I love it!

A little something from Day 6:

She wasn’t strong enough now. She reached out in times of need to imaginary friends. Those that felt they would help her but that was a fantasy because their realities were skewed even more than the depths of her own. Unimaginable but realistic.

NPI: Day 6

Day 6 word count: 336 11:44 p.m. CT

I'm squeaking in - whew - barely making it but I did!

Insight from Day 5:

It could be a coincidence but it is not an accident. It is in these moments that the power of purpose is felt. Lay down in the field of daffodil’s and feel a dream within you want to burst through the doors of your soul. The sun is comforting and the experience is rejuvenating. It will liven your spirit!

NPI: Day 5

Day 5 word count: 537, 11:24 pm CT

I feels to me right now that writing can be such an emotional roller coaster. I've had so much on my mind that I've had to take the time to write it out. This feels like a break in my WIP but it seems necessary for my emotional well-being. In the end, I hope that these thoughts will help a future WIP in some small way. If not, it has been great creative writing practice.

A thought written from Day 4:

In the never ending years of dreams and living, one starts to realize that all we have to share with others is our time. This is what matters. This is what we all want and desire. To share time with others. A simple act of gathering together to share a meal and eat together does more than nourish the body, it enriches our soul. The basic need of eating coupled with the basic desire to spend time with others and feel loved is precious. This is why we must reach out. We must never ignore love. In the end, it is all we have.

NPI: Day 4

Word Count: 456

Ok, so I'm frightfully close to the deadline tonight. I couldn't think of how I wanted the scene to work out. Then after talking to a friend, I realized I had to put to the written word what was really bothering me tonight. Once I worked that out, I was able to get some words to the page. Personal pain is important, even hard to deal with, but necessary to work through. Just like when I have a block, I just have to write through it. At least, that's what I hear works best and I hope that's the case.

A quote from Day 3:

More than he realized, he helped her too. She was too quiet to let this be known but her heart felt it. Secretly, she hoped that his heart felt what she couldn’t say. The few times that she had opened up would have to be enough for now. In time, things might be different.

NPI: Day 3

Day 3 word count: 1020

I have to admit that I didn't expect this many words today. Cool! I feel I'm doing alright so far and I'm learning that I really need practice writing dialogue which is not coming naturally for me. I've been afraid of this for a while. I plan to just keep writing it, even if it seems bad, and hopefully that will be enough to push through and get used to it eventually. I do admit that I like the ideas forming in my current WIP.

Here's a snipit from Day 2's writing:

Lightly - ever so lightly - the rain fell upon the grass.
It watered each tiny strand
it refreshed the earth
to nourish it
and bring to life the effects of Spring
.

NPI: Day 2

NPI(Novel Push Initiative) Day 2: 404 words, 7:22 pm CT, not too shabby today. :)

So far, so good. I wrote later in the day today which may happen on the weekends, I think. During the week, I'd like to stick to my morning writing routine. Today, I wrote more feelings from an idea racing around in my head. In the back of my mind, I hope to develop this into a WIP(work in progress) that I'd like to keep developing.

As promised, here's a tidbit of my writing from Day 1:

For when the heart is lonely, it is hard to feel anything else. She longs for the simple solution such as a phone call, a letter or could she dare even hope for the gentlest of an embrace. It almost feels like a frightened cat is tormented within her tortured heart. Musical lyrics come rushing back to soothe her angry soul. It will happen, one way or another.

NPI: Today is the beginning...

of the Novel Push Initiative. I'm happy to have discovered this through Twitter and I look forward to participating. So far, so good as I'm off to a roaring start this morning by writing 884 words. My goal is 250 words per day and out of those words I just typed up about that many are most likely quality words so I'm feeling great for today already! Yippee! I'll be updating here and on Twitter on how I'm doing with this challenge during October. Perhaps, I'll share a few samples or teaser quotes as well.

I'm also happy to have found a wonderful writer and writing partner on Twitter, Shadow, who has really boosted my spirits during September. She has given me the confidence through her efforts of inspiring me so I felt that I could finally give a contest like this a try as well. Thanks so much, Shadow! I'll be looking forward to your encouragement!

Also, my friends Robin and Carrie have once again been coming to my Scrapbooking group and their encouragement for me to write is helping so much! Even just talking about writing has inspired my imagination too. Carrie is so sweet to text the word "write" to me once a day to prompt me to remember to do so - perhaps with something I said. Robin is an advanced writer and I just found out that she'll also be doing the NPI challenge too! This is going to be great!

Wow, all of this will definitely gear me up for NaNoWriMo this year! I'm looking forward to attempting this challenge that was so elusive for me last year where Erin was my hero with accomplishing that last year. And don't let her fool you, I think what she wrote last year during NaNoWriMo rocked! Way to go and meet your goals, Erin!

I'm also hoping to participate in another writing group again. I've missed that. I hope that it will go well. It may vary how often I can go because the times they will be meeting conflict a little with my schedule but I will make an attempt to go as much as I am able.

Writing equals happiness for me!

Writing quotes:

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~Norbet Platt

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. ~Vita Sackville-West

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. ~Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow

Most of all, this is what I'm aiming for myself since I will be making every effort to write each morning:

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O'Brien

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