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I’ve hidden you in a box
Down in the darkness
Where only I can find you
The path to the box is hidden too
By unspoken dreams
And lost words
Don’t go looking for you
You won’t like what you find
You’ll get lost in the darkness
I hid you away for a reason
You have been warned
©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven
Right around the transition into 2016, I watched a video that gave some tips and tricks on how to become a morning person. I’ve never been a morning person. It’s not that I’m grumpy or angry in the morning, I’m generally a happy camper most of the time. It’s more that I struggle to actually get up.
I’ve thought about mornings and early birds from time to time, with envy, but I never even considered making an effort to become one myself. Until now.
I’ve decided that 2016 will be the year when I get down to business, for real. The year where I do everything in my power to pursue my dream of a published novel. I’m tired of looking at my dream from afar. I’ve been slacking off and making excuses, and it’s not okey! So, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and I’ve started the year with a change of routines.
Instead of just writing whenever that creative flows comes rushing, I’ve set myself a goal: To write a minimum of a thousand words a day. I need more consistency in my writing, and this is a great way to start.
I’m working on becoming a more productive morning person. And here are some of the changes and routines I’ve added to my mornings:
- I’ve changed my alarm to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”, to start the day with a happy wake up call.
- After waking up, I take a couple of minutes to read the latest news on my phone.
- When I get myself all pretty, I listen to music that I love, or an audiobook.
- When I’m satisfied with my paint job, I make myself some breakfast and a cup of warm lemon water with honey. The writing machine needs fuel!
- I start my morning office with writing in my gratitude journal. Start it all with a smile and sense of bliss.
- Then I sit down and I write. I have about an hour to do so before I have to get to work, and I’m amazed at how creative and efficient I can be. Who knew mornings could be so much fun?
I’m hoping to really get this routine on from now on, and when I do, my first draft could be done a lot quicker than what I first anticipated. Can’t complain about that!
While we’re on the topics of routines, I just want to mention a few other things that I’m being consistent with these days to make the most of every single one.
- I listen to a lot of motivational speeches. I find that they really do get me motivated and pumped up about what’s to come.
- I meditate. Not for long periods of time, but it really helps me calm down and let go if I have trouble sleeping.
- I’m working hard on getting more organised. Anything to avoid stress and unnecessary dilemmas that could’ve been easily avoided.
Small changes, that in a very short amount of time has made a big difference.
It was time for a change and I’m so glad I made it! Now I just have to stick to it, and listen to what my Mac background image tells me:
“Stop messing around and finish your novel!”
Wish me luck!
His eyes. Dreaming. Lost.
The first thing I noticed.
He was standing there.
Looking out of his window.
Staring into forever.
He didn’t notice me.
Or so I thought.
A flower. Blooming. Beautiful.
The next day it was there.
Bright yellow. Alone.
A yellow face of petals.
Waving to the world from his window.
And I couldn’t stop smiling.
Red. Intense. Inviting.
Third day I put it there.
My own flower inspired by his.
Response to an unspoken wish.
A never said promise.
A dream placed perfectly
In his window. And in mine.
Burning. Romantic. Two.
The fourth day he lit them.
One on each side.
Lighting up the flower.
Making it beam after sunset.
I kept going back to watch it all night
Until the candles burned down.
Smiling. Waving. His eyes.
Day five and for the first time
They met mine.
Frozen in place and unsure.
Could this be a dream?
His hand rested on the glass.
I smiled and waved back.
Awkward. Exciting. Nervous.
Day six and there was darkness.
Nothing to see in his window.
He wasn’t there.
I put on a dress and left.
My window turned dark as well.
None of us home. None alone.
Memories. Time. His touch.
Days and days and days.
I look out my window
To where it all started.
Other flowers. Other faces.
He doesn’t live there anymore.
Our window. Two flowers. One yellow and one red.
©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven
For many years I’ve been intrigued by the concept of NaNoWriMo, but haven’t dared to participate. Well, 2015 is the year that’s going to change!
For the very first time I’m going to do National Novel Writing Month and I’m beyond excited about it!
I’ve been working on a novel for quite some time, as many of you do know. It’s getting there, but I needed to get some distance from it to let it process a little, so for NaNoWriMo I’m going to write on my recent Horror project.
It’s something that came to me late one night and for some reason I just can’t get the idea out of my mind. And when an idea as strong as that shows up, I just have to roll with it. So in a way the timing was just perfect!
I’ve started some notes and plot planning already just to keep the fire blazing and when November 1st comes around then I’m all in and there will be no turning back.
I’m hoping to document as much as I can throughout the month of November so that I can share my NaNoWriMo experience with you guys when it’s all over and my story will have hit over 50,000 words.
There’s no if here. I’m going to do this and I’m going to win!
Are you participating this year?? Let me know so we can cheer on each other 🙂
Let’s do this!