New podcast project and office reorganization

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’ve been a little swept up in first edits on my novel, Altar of Change.  I’m nearly finished, and then I’ll be asking some friends to read through and hack it apart so I can make it stronger, better.

While I’ve been editing, I’ve had another idea gestating in my brain.  I watched this video on YouTube last week, and I felt very drawn to try and introduce a daily devotional element into my personal practice.  Since I don’t do anything quietly, without lots of examination, writing, and sharing, I decided that this might just make a fantastic podcast.

Bewitching Your Day was born.

I’ve been wanting to do more with this blog, and this is a great reason to move it to its own domain, which will be happening soon.  I’ll make an announcement on that later.

It will not only be the home of my typical bloggy ramblings, but it will also be the home of Bewitching Your Day, a podcast dedicated to finding spirituality every single day.  I will talk about various things that present themselves to me, or occur to me, and I will release a new (short) podcast EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR 366 DAYS.

Yeah, it’s kind of a big project.

Cleaning/reorganizing my office

We all need a little sacred space in our lives.  This office (my half) has been used for hardcore, marathon gaming sessions, working from home, job searches, storage for art supplies, and everything else.  I feel like I’m embarking on a new journey in my life, and I want this space to change with me.

So it’s time for me to clear the clutter and make this space a welcoming, creative, sacred place for me to do my thing.

In the spirit of honesty, let me show you what I mean.

My dirty office 1/3

My dirty office 1/3

My dirty office 2/3

My dirty office 2/3

My dirty office 3/3

My dirty office 3/3

 

I’m a strong believer in receiving omens

The omens have been good on this one.  I keep seeing hawks everywhere I go, and they’re a symbol of finding your life path.  I’ve been searching for some time, and this just feels right to me.  Also, a tarot reading I did on Mother’s Day (Tarot and Tea 2014) was very positive.

So I have a feeling that things are about to start looking up!  I wish you luck in all of your journeys as well.  🙂

Another naNOwrimo.

I tried.  I really did.  I got to 17,451 words.  But I haven’t written in the past 7 days, and I just don’t see myself making it, even though I logically know I could just bust my ass and finish it.

There are a few reasons (excuses).

One, sitting in bed for long hours is painful.  It hurts my butt, my hip (the bad one), my back, etc.  And sitting in the living room means that the TV or loud Xbox is usually on.  So I just don’t have a great space to sit for the hours and hours it takes for me to quiet monkey brain and start writing.  I’m going to work on that.  I’m spending today cleaning my office, and making the desk a workable space again.  For the last 2 years or so, it’s just been the place where I put shit that I don’t have any other good place for (TM).  Here are some before pics.  I’ll post after pics, you know, AFTER.

Nasty messy office

Nasty messy office

 

You can see my attempts at TRYING to organize

You can see my attempts at TRYING to organize

 

Let's make this more peaceful and useful, shall we?

Let’s make this more peaceful and useful, shall we?

 

Two, stress is bad for fibro.  I’m definitely a type A personality when it comes to reaching goals and accomplishing things, and I’ve been driving myself to write around my work schedule, write when I hurt, write, write WRITE!  I’ve been causing myself so much stress, that I started having a major fibro flare.  My life is stressful enough without adding my own obsessiveness to the mix, and I needed a break.  Another thing that’s bad for fibro is not getting enough sleep, and NaNo is the great sleep-killer.

NaNo was productive, however.  I did get those 17,451 words, and I’m very proud of them, as I don’t think they’re all that bad.  I also hit on the idea of writing ritual, and I realized that I need to dedicate a quiet space to writing (hence the great office overhaul of 2013).  I also discovered some fabulous writing YouTubers, and I’ll be following them for a long time to come.  I’m also going to keep a date book where I write down a word count for the day, as I think that making less of a word GOAL, and more of a writing RECORD (to look back on and be proud of) will help my mindset immensely.  I also learned a lot about making really good coffee.  🙂

I’m certainly not beating myself up over this.  My life has taken a lot of turns over the past few years, and I can honestly say that I gave it a good shot.  I just have a lot of other shit that needs to be addressed as well.  So I’ll definitely continue writing, (I like this book SO much more than the first one), but I’m going to continue plodding away at it slowly and steadily.  And I’ll be plodding away in a new space, with candles and stones, and the right music, and etc.  Lots of etc.  I particularly enjoy the etc.

Now the question remains: What do I do with all this leftover candy??