No, I’m not talking about writing (are you surprised? I’m not). I should be talking about writing, some six week challenge that would force me to actually edit for once and not just keep talking about doing it.
As I sat down to write this post, I was trying to think what to write about and I realized that I completely forgot about the novel I am supposed to be editing. I thought, “what am I working on right now?” Editing my NaNo novel (yes, still), except I haven’t worked on it for a month.
This isn’t about writing, but I suppose it is in a roundabout sort of way. I have a problem. It’s a problem with finishing.
I’m gonna go a little not so sciency and say that I’m a Gemini (I know, everyone hates us). We can be flaky, indecisive, and have the attention span of a gnat at times. I am one of the lucky ones who is not flaky, but I am indecisive, anxious, and have a very short attention span. I get bored easily. My mood changes on a dime (but that could be my vitamin D deficiency). So I have a problem with finishing.
Sometimes, I feel like I have to finish everything before I move on to a new project, a new novel, a new something to do in the house. Case in point: I’ve been “remodeling” the guest bath for almost a year now. It’s is ~so close to being finished, and yet, it’s not. So did I finish? Um, well, actually, I started something new. But ask me if I’m going to start a new novel and I’ll tell you not until NaNo 16 is edited and done. IDK.
So my house is filled with half-finished projects, and my computer is full of half-finished novels. Someday I might get around to finishing them. I might not. I might get in a mood one weekend and do ten projects on my house to-do list. Or I might lay around all day watching Mad Men on Netflix and eating nachos.
I can’t be the only one with this problem. I wish I didn’t, but my ability to focus is not always where I’d like it to be. It’d be easier if I could just finish what I start. Isn’t that what people teach little kids? Don’t start something if you’re not going to finish it.
Well, I clearly didn’t learn my lesson as a child. I don’t like unfinished things, which is a problem, obviously. But I don’t know how to finish them half the time, so that leaves us in a conundrum. Well, maybe someday they’ll be finished. What haven’t you finished?
It’s back to editing, or well, it will be once I actually open up my document. So let’s talk about what gets cut and what doesn’t.
This month has gone by surprisingly quickly. Probably because I wasn’t home for part of it, and because I have a visitor staying with me for a couple weeks. It makes the time go by faster. So what did I do that made me miss two blog posts? Well, for one, I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yep, for the first time ever. I am quite slow, I admit.
When I was living in China, I came across quite a bit of Chinglish (Chinese-English). I’m pretty sure they relied on Google Translate for all of their signs, shirts, and whatever else. A lot of it made very little sense, or some sense if you took half of it out. I didn’t run into the same problem in France so I wonder what went wrong in China.
From me to you.