As a number of you might have noticed, I was forced to take a mini-hiatus from writing this past month of October as demands of the real world seemed to have caught up with me again.
By contrast, I have hit the November pretty hard as far as what I seek to accomplish. It appears that my muse and my mind crave the pressure generated from extreme challenge and equally appreciate a break at the end of a long sprint. Perhaps, that is my cadence. Regardless though, I am happy and grateful that I am back to writing.
I felt like I should share with you what is on my plate this November prior to giving a couple of quick updates. In no particular order, here are November 2012′s challenges:
- NaNoWriMo 2012: For those unfamiliar with the acronym, it is National Novel Writing Month. 50,000 words in 30 nights.
- 2012 Writer’s Digest November PAD Chapbook Challenge: PAD stands for Poem-A-Day.
- Transformational Fitness Plan: A grueling 6 day-a-week fitness plan targeting core strength, major muscle groups in the upper and lower body and cardio. Did I say cardio? I meant loads of cardio.
- 21 Day Meditation Challenge: A 21 day meditation challenge hosted by Deepak Chopra focusing on abundance. It started on November 5.
I have also decided that on 6th of November and every Sunday after that to do a quick challenge check in.
- NaNoWriMo 2012: So far so good. I am really enjoying the writing process along with the absolute minimum lack of planning. My novel “Wynter’s Fury” so far is structured in 12 parts which use a character driven plot to move the story from A to B. Along with the sections that I have identified, I also allocated a percentage of the words towards each section in the hopes of moving the story at a decent pace. The idea is for me to write a steady 1667 words per day. Of course, that has not always happened. For each day that I miss my target or do not contribute anything at all, the number of words per day would climb. Currently, I am sitting at 1826 words per day to reach my goal. To read an excerpt and follow my progress to date, you can click here.
- 2012 Writer’s Digest November PAD Chapbook Challenge: So far, I have managed to stay on top of this challenge. All my contributions have been posted to this site. November PAD will forever remain special to me. I cut my poetic teeth on the 2009 November PAD challenge. Prior to that, I did not write any poetry. To read along, you can click here. For April’s PAD and NaPoWriMo contributions, you can click there accordingly.
- Transformational Fitness Plan: Technically this plan started on October 27. I can only share that I am blissfully sore. When the intensity for cardio goes up and I start to feel that burn in my muscles, I simply escape to Wynter’s Fury and imagine what sort of things would work well for the story. During strength training, as I drip sweat from all the hard effort and come close to throwing in the towel, I chide myself “How do you expect to write an EPIC hero if you give in so easily?” So far, I am blissfully sore yet very content.
- 21 Day Meditation Challenge: The meditation challenge kicked off yesterday. It is hosted by the Chopra Center. Even though, I performed this meditation late at night (11 pm), I was able to really relate and respond to the audio meditation prompts. This has culminated in a brilliant re-affirmation that “Yes, I can do all that I have set out to do in November. I have an abundance of creativity, spirit and determination to see it through.”
All in all, this has been the first month where I have challenged Mind, Body and Soul all in one go. So far, I am loving the synergies of how the challenges are supporting each other as opposed to competing for my attention.
Signing off for now to get the Day 6 PAD Challenge under way.