January 2010 Wordcount Goal: 73,000

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Janowrimo 2010: Day 17 A change of scenery?

Writing pales when the day is gorgeous, Sunday, and has a bright sun beckoning. I did try to do some writing when I first woke up this morning and accomplished just under two pages but I sure wouldn't show them to anyone. The words didn't click, the hand moved in spurts, the thoughts refused to come together. Not a pretty thing at all and It's left me with a bad case of the blahs. I suppose it doesn't help that bright sun flashes its come-on enticing me outside. Perhaps a change of scenery would do me good. It's been nearly a week of sitting at the computer with the curtains parted only to reveal dismal wet rain.

The more I think about going outside the more I reflect on how my environment impacts my writing. Maybe that's what I need to do this week. In addition to the daily 100/100 early morning writing gig, maybe a new writing place is in order. Maybe it will stimulate my brain and kick it into cooperation. Panera seems to be the hot writerly place nowadays but I may include a trip to a local Borders, too. And La Madeleine remains my favorite public writing spot. Until then the dogs and I will play in the sun, then I'll join in on the Scribblerati's Sunday afternoon write-a-thon.


Anonymous said...

Hi Vikk ~

Janowrimo!! What a fabulous idea!

This is just a quick note to let you know I left you an award at my blog:

from the desk of a writer

All the very best,
Corra :)

Christine H said...

We've got your cold, wet rain. And smelly dogs. It's too bad I can't put soap on them, send them outside, and let the rain bathe them for me.

Christine H said...

I think I'm back on target with 9,233. If I keep up a pace of 1500 words a day, I should have 30K by the 31st. Here's hoping!

Christine H said...

PS I envy your ability to write in public. Are you using a laptop or a pen? If a laptop, what kind do you have? I'm debating purchasing one.

vikk simmons said...

Corra, thanks so much for the award. Yes, Janowrimo is good and there are other months during the year when Nanowrimo-like fever strikes.

vikk simmons said...

Christine, Good idea on the mini-shampoo but I bet my boys would balk, too. Great news on your wordcount. That's fantastic!

No one sees your writing so it's not that difficult to write in open places. I got a little Acer Aspire 100 about two years ago and use that when I travel or need to take one with me. It's really light. I also have a regular-sized keyboard that goes with it. (A friend of mine has one of those flat ones that roll up and are good for traveling.) I actually love the Acer and had to use it for about 5 months when I first got it because my old laptop was down.

My main laptop is a Sony Vaio and I have really enjoyed it. In fact, I'm using it now. Several of my friends use the Vaio and most have bought them online, although I did pick mine up at a store. I love laptops. I do have a regular desk computer, too.

I keep my Acer in the bedroom to use at night or in the early morning hours. I can also use the Sony the same way or even in the sunroom. So the portability even around the house is nice to have now and then, especially in the spring.

The majority of my writing the last two years has been on the Sony. For large laptops, Sonys are lightweight and that's what I like.

Christine H said...

How is the battery life on those, Vikk?

I can't write in public because everywhere I go, they have music playing over the speakers and I find it very distracting. My only hope is the library, but only if I'm using a real notebook (paper), since I have no laptop.