I’ve been gone for…how many months? Probably all year, or there abouts, but I’m not going to go into the why of it because I already have to a certain degree.
This year hasn’t been all bad though. I still have family and friends in my life that love me. I’m successfully living in an apartment by myself, which I’m currently enjoying decorating for Christmas. I have a full time job that I love with crazy people that have become family. And, last month, I rediscovered the thrill I’ve always had in words.
As you may already know, every November since 1999 is National Novel Writing Month, lovingly referred to as NaNoWriMo. This is a challenge that many writers elect to give themselves in which they attempt to create an original novel that is 50,000 words long in the measly 30 days of November.
I was not among this year’s winners.
But I don’t consider myself a failure in this endeavor. I stopped working on this novel when I had reached about the halfway point–24,731 words. Why did I stop? Because I realized that my brain wasn’t as invested in the story anymore as it was at the beginning and I was tired of living in the mess that I had let accumulate. I decided to wait a while before picking the novel back up as I attempted to clean my home.
Other than jump starting this novel for me, the NaNoWriMo challenge helped to revive my love in words.
- I’m reading again
- Poetry is freely floating around in my head again
- I’ve started a new short story
- I’m blogging again
- And, I’ve started studying the Bible again, journaling while reading
I’m so excited with all of it and with life in general. And, it’s December; I adore this month. But the holidays aren’t the same without Grandpa. But I know with my God, family, and words, I will make it through.
Now, back to this darling blog of mine.
No matter how many different blogging and social mediums I’ve experimented with, I always come back to I Breathe Words–it’s my baby. And, now that I’m returning to it after so long, I’m excited to start fresh.
Naturally, there are going to be some changes, which are hopefully for the better. My number one thought, which I’ve claimed to be in the process of doing several times now, is buying my very own domain name. Also in regards to the cite itself instead of the content, I finally finally added that darn “e” to the url. I’ve also changed the theme (or background) and a few of the widgets. What do you think of said background?
I’m also contemplating on changing the content, specifically, the weekly posts. Well, the posts in between will also probably change, and, you know, just everything about this place…
Can you tell that I’m super excited? Because I am.
I don’t know how quickly all of these changes will be happening. More than likely, it’ll be a slow process. I doubt the new domain name will take place before the beginning of 2014, which is fast approaching, because that costs money and I still have more shopping to do this season.
While scrolling through my most recent posts, I saw that one from August consisted of a list of what I’ve been doing this year. At the risk of being annoying, I’d like to complete that list now.
In September, Mom and I did go to Disney World as planned. In addition to that, I moved out of the house and into my one bedroom apartment.
In October…I can’t think of anything too eventful happening…Halloween? I did survive my first month living alone.
In November, we had our first major holiday without Grandpa–Thanksgiving. It wound up being a good day, in part because I didn’t really allow myself to do much thinking. There was also NaNoWriMo.
And December has just started so I don’t yet know what it’ll hold. But it’s usually my favorite month because I love the Christmas season.
I’ll attempt to stop rambling now. Please let me know what you think about these potential changes.