I’ve become lazy. Seriously, I might have a little bit of a problem.
Just two weeks ago, my DVR and HULU queue were full. Overflowing. I follow quite a few tv shows, more now with the start of the new fall season and pilots debuting left and right. Seeing all those episodes stacked in my queue was slightly overwhelming. I would look in from day to day and it was like they had multiplied, had babies, their babies had babies, with no end in sight. Shows after shows after shows that I needed to catch up on. And yet, today?
I’ve seen the end. I got it in my sight and ran past it a little. And no, I’m not going to tell you how many hours of TV that adds up to over the past two weeks, because, frankly, it’s a little sad. I’ve just had so much free time!
With Jaded finished (minus the ending), my sister and I officially moved into our new house, fully unpacked, work slowing down a slight millisecond…I have ME time again. BY MYSELF! I can’t remember the last collection of days I had All. To. Myself. With nothing to do! It’s like summer vacation back in High School before I turned 15 and had to get a job. Honestly, I think I had forgotten what it was like to NOT be running around 90 miles an hour with a To-Do list a mile long. So, naturally, with that little memory lapse, I decided to fill up my time with TV. Totally healthy, right? Yeah, whatever. Humor me.
But I get it. I do. I should probably find something to do with my time other than glue my eyes to my television and/or giant iMAC. So, I have.
Anyone heard of NaNoWriMo? That would be short for Nation Novel Writing Month, a novel-writing challenge every November where participants begin writing on November 1st with the goal of completing a 50,000 word novel—from scratch—by the end of the month. That averages to 1,667 words a day. Anyone ever heard of “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen? She wrote that novel for NaNoWriMo. And then got published. And then became a New York Times Bestseller. And then…I think you get my point. It only took me 2-3 years to write Jaded (which currently sits at 122,000 words, give or take a thousand). Why not 50,000 in only a month? Totally attainable.
I know. You’re back to thinking I’m crazy. I’ve already signed up, though, so there’s no going back. But, considering it’s only October 13th, that still gives me 18 days to fill my head with useless TV shows and losing football games.
Here’s to NOT being lazy, come November 1st.
– lindsey archer