There are some things we say we're gonna do. Often we need a nudge to make it happen though. I'm big on talk, and happily, I sometimes get going.
Early in 2020 I was in Rome. Staying in a gorgeous 2nd floor apartment by the (insert river name). Inside the spiral staircase which provided access to each floor was a tiny lift. Not much bigger than a phone booth (back in the day, before we carried them in our pocket, there were mini homes built just for public phones). There was a courtyard out the back with fruit trees and rose bushes. The weather was mild. I walked, I gawked, I ate, I slept. And I wrote, on my laptop. Two important pieces of information came to me from my laptop, both of which would affect me for at least the next two years. One of them you know about, because it affected you too. The other was an email from Yarra Libraries. They were offering a free writing course. There was the nudge I needed. I enrolled and started writing. I mostly haven't stopped. I've taken a bunch more courses. Learnt more and more things I didn't have a clue about. Produced some drivel, revealed some secrets, surprised and embarrassed myself. For the second time since that week in January, November has come around. This time, I'm doing NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. It's a world wide event were authors write, every day (almost) aiming for a full first draft of a novel of 50,000 words by midnight, November 30. Now if I'm working 12 or 13 hour days in the bakery, I don't have energy to write. All I want to do in the evening is eat and binge on telly. So, here's the bit you might care about: I will continue to limit the baking days to Friday and Saturday throughout November. On my not-so-ridiculously-long days (theoretically 5 days a week - Saturday to Wednesday) I'm writing. Today is November 7th. On the NaNo schedule I should reach 11,669 words today. Ok, I won't do that. But if I stop rabbiting on here I might just reach 8500 before I head off to mind a couple of grandkids.
Having said that, I'll go.
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