4 Years?? Really?

Time is a funny thing. Sometimes you look back at something and think ‘I can’t believe that was 4 years ago! It feels like it was yesterday!’ While other times, you’ll look back at something else and think ‘That happened 4 years ago? It feels like much longer!’

And sometimes, you’ll feel a confusing combination of both types of feelings. This is one of those times.

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The Urge

Every few months or so I get the urge to buy a new laptop and for a few days, it's all I can think about. I obsess over it, research it, even make a trip to the local Apple Store to drool over the latest MacBook. I'll make lists, meticulously go over different models, specs and deals and drive myself to a minor existential crisis trying to answer the eternal question of 'how much memory do I really need?'

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After a week or so of battling the urge, I'll start to feel guilty over just how expensive my chosen laptop is, and slowly but surely, I'll talk myself out of actually buying it.

My current laptop isn't that old, I'll tell myself, it's just seasoned. It's not slow, I'll reason, it's just got personality. I'm sure this old thing will last me a few more years, I'll reassure myself, and slowly, the urge will go back into hibernation.

Until next time it'll say, curling up tight in a corner of my mind, I'll definitely get the best of you next time.

On Starting Again

A very wise friend told me that when trying to get back into the blogging mindset after an extended absence, the best thing to do was start with a picture.
I'm sure she meant that start with a picture and follow it with an actual blog post, but I think I'll leave it at a picture for now.
Hope everyone is having a great summer!

On Shaking Off the Summer Haze

This summer, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, has been more than a tad hectic to say the least. Always being on the go and always doing stuff may seem awesome and fun for a while but after a month or so of constant activity? Well let’s just say the charm wears off soon and you actually start relishing the odd day or so of having nothing to do!

So yes, I definitely need a vacation after this summer, though I suppose a vacation would mean more activity and moving around so maybe what I really need is a few consecutive days of peace and quiet and nothing to do.

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A side-effect of constant activity that I didn’t anticipate was the mental haze that comes with it. Basically, when you’re always working or on the move, there really isn’t any time in the day to think. I like to think of myself as a wannabe writer and usually my head is always full of ideas and snatches of creative inspiration but for the first time in a long time all my head seems to be full of is a hazy cloud of exhaustion. Even when I’m actively trying to come up with things to write, all I end up with is the idea of wanting to write and nothing to go with it, and that really bothers me. Writing, or creativity in general, is an essential part of who I am and without it, I just feel slightly lost.

So yes, summer is almost over (hopefully) and I for one cannot wait for the dull routine of life to pick up again. Maybe I’ll have better luck shaking off this haze when my physical life is less demanding!

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Witness

If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it fall, did it make a sound? If you write something and no one reads it, did you write anything at all? Creativity craves a witness, if no one sees it, does it even exist?

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Nano Poblano and the Quest for more Nonsense Words

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Its the fourth day of National Blog Posting Month and here I am, already cheating. Well, sort of cheating anyway, depending on how you look at it. See, NaBloPoMo is all about writing (and posting) every single day which of course means coming up with something to say every single day. What I call cheating is where you don’t actually write a proper blog post but instead resort to going all meta and write about writing (or not being able to write as the case may be).

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What if I take a picture of my laptop screen while not writing? Meta enough?

I know I know, I’ve already done that once already with my post about it being November and the start of NaBloPoMo, but in my defence, I am actually writing about something else and not about that again.You see, since that last post, I have acquired yet another set of difficult-to-pronounce nonsense words to add to my list of things-I’ve-signed-up-for-this-month.

What am I talking about you say? About Nano Poblano of course! Yessir, I am now officially a tiny pepper over at Rarasaur’s Nano Poblano post-a-day challenge and for the life of me I can’t seem to pronounce that name without getting my tongue tired up in knots. Quite a tongue-twister that Nano Poblano, though at least it’s vaguely pronounceable, unlike NaBloPoMo. Though it probably doesn’t help that I have a slight lisp and these already made up words come out even more nonsensical when I say them..

But I digress. The point of this random and meandering post is to announce (and celebrate) my addition to the Nano Poblano blogroll and send out a shoutout to the lovely Rara for hosting! Hurray for more incentive to write daily and post daily! Hurray for  blogging communities that help inspire you and hurray for (hopefully) making it through the month in one piece!

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NaBloPoMo What Now?

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November is finally here and you know what that means: Posting every day for National Blog Posting Month! Well technically yesterday was the first day, but I already had my Halloween post ready to go so I opted to push this to today so Halloween related writing could actually, you know, stay close to actual Halloween.

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Although the day after Halloween is also pretty awesome

So who is going to join in on the fun this year? Who is going to strap on their writing boots, buckle up and ride the rollercoaster of writing, brain storming, frustration and excitement that is NaBloPoMo? Anyone?

For those of you also taking part in NaBloPoMo, high fives all around! It’s always good to have friends along on a journey. For those of you not sure, go on and take the plunge! Trust me, you won’t regret it. I did it last year as well and enjoyed every minute of it 🙂

So yay for writing, yay for posting every day and a big hurray for the start of a (hopefully) enjoyable experience!

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