I know I said I wasn’t going to, but I signed up for another pocket letter exchange. This should be an easy one, though – the theme is the color purple. The only problem is that it’s due to be mailed on November 20 TH, the height of NaNoWriMo, but I’ll be starting on it on my days off this week, after I get my other ones finished and ready to mail, so that should be no problem. (She said hopefully.)
One of my friends commented to me that I’ve become obsessed with pocket letters. (She wasn’t being snarky, just making an observation.) I think maybe I have – it’s something new and shiny (just like I become obsessed by shiny new plot bunnies). And it’s a different kind of creative outlet – something more visual and immediate than writing.
And it’s play – it makes me feel like a kid, playing with paper and glue and scissors and stickers and other crafty stuff. And that sense of fun and play opens up creativity on so many other levels, including writing.
Plus, I have, for a long time, wanted to start scrapbooking. I have all the stuff needed but have never actually sat down to make a page, in part because I was feeling somewhat intimidated by it. (I have no idea why I felt that way and only just recently realized that the “no time” and “not enough space” excuses were just that – excuses.) So, I think that in the new year (because, face it, I’m already overbooked for the next two and a half months) I’m going to start making actual scrapbook pages. I’ll start with easy stuff – a poetry scrapbook – and move on from there.
It’s also helping with the repercussions of being a packrat – this stuff is actually getting used!
And that in itself helps with creativity. Somehow, getting rid of clutter, and organizing and clearing space actually opens up a lot of creative energy for me. I know this, but I’m a pack rat anyhow.
I even managed to shorten my ongoing to-do list by getting my Wednesday Words and Sunday Snippets posts scheduled. Wednesday Words posts are scheduled through the end of the year and Sunday Snippets posts are scheduled through the end of November.
(I usually only do them a month in advance, but I’m starting to clear stuff out of the way for NaNoWriMo. It’s getting here much faster than I’m ready for this year, which means I really need to focus on the outline for Hedge House. I’m apparently just not in a “plotting mood” at the moment, which, considering that I have two novels to outline (Hedge House and Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord), is a major handicap. (And I just realized that I don’t even have a Word doc started for an outline for AotA 6. I could have sworn I did. It’s probably with a handful of scenes that I’m positive I wrote but which don’t exist anywhere.)
But I don’t go back to work until Friday, so…