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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 43: The death and rebirth of creativity in a man, and Hey, San Antonio doesn't suck so bad anymore.


The Good, The Bad and The Writing

The Good
As inspired as ever to complete the NaNoWriMo.  I will not be Week Two'd.  I am going to complete my Zombie novel this month.  And then I am going to let it sit for one month, then I am going to edit the shit out of it.  2011 is going to be the year you all see my name on the cover of book, that you all may purchase.  2011 is going to be the year I finally make the most of my talents.
     I used to think those talents were limited to academia type stuff.  I excelled in school.  I really enjoyed learning.  Then I discovered that I was good at accounting.  Which is again a very non creative aspect to my talents.  There my life stagnated for fifteen years or so.  Then I picked up a speed pourer and learned to make a few drinks.  And in Vegas I thrived emotionally as a creator of drinks for the free spirits, and those that have temporarily decided to become free spirits.  It was in this profession that I discovered a lot about myself.  The biggest thing I learned was that I am a social person.  An accountant by day and a bartender at night and on the weekends.  I don't think I need to tell anyone which of those professions I preferred - and still prefer.  I love interacting with people.  I should know that.  It is what I got in trouble for all the time in school.  But somehow sitting in a cubicle killed my spirit.  And I rediscovered it.
     Then I moved to San Antonio 23 months ago.  And I can't say it has been a particularly positive experience for me.  It has taken me until just this past month to find the positives.  I've learned a lot about classic cocktail making and how to craft a great drink.  Before, in Vegas I learned how to get people shit-faced.  Here I learned how to understand the drinks and the spirits and appreciate them for what they are - finely crafted pieces meant to be showcased just like any great chef's great dishes.  I feel knowledgeable enough to take on a cocktail project or two.  Once my novel has been written that is.
     One of these projects would never have come about if I hadn't moved here.  I am now asking whatever god there is to grant me the endurance to see first this month through, and then next month.  I want to have one novel first draft completed by the end of this month, and all the material I need for the second project by the time my birthday rolls around.  And by the by, that would be the middle of January.

The Bad

The Writing
I am going to cease posting my zombie novel in the blog as I write it.  If I want to get it published, I think I need to stop where I am.  I may even have to take what I have posted down.  I need to do a little more research on the subject.  I really would hate to not be able to publish this because of some stupid technicality.
If any of you would like to read what I have written in it drop me an email and I'll spill my heart out that way.

So now as my friend said about fifty times Monday night, "Without further ado", I am going to sign off and get to some real writing.  I just had to get all that stuff out tonight, since I am really feeling blessed for a change.  And I don't HATE San Antonio anymore.  I don't love it yet either, but give me time.  Who knows.  I think it is going to be the first stepping stone to great things.  And for that it will always have a place in my heart.

Stay scared my friends,
My Little Demon



MyLtlDmn said...

Ok, time to kick it up a notch. I should be at 18,337 words, and I am now at 18,821. I am now only 484 words ahead of the minimum pace to complete and "win" the NaNoWriMo. At one point I was +4,012 words. I want to get back to that point by Sunday night. THAT is a lot of writing. Not a bad bit of writing tonight if I do say so myself. 1673 words. Goal is 13,000 more words before bed Sunday night. Wish me luck.

My name is John said...

I'm excited by the mood your writing exudes. There is passion there that makes the product good. I will be in the background, a spectator watching anxiously for your success. Charge Forward!!!

MyLtlDmn said...

Thanks My name is John. Exciting others as well as myself is the half point of the blog. Keeping myself in the writing habit is also the other goal. I tend to use it as a warm up to "real" writing. Helps to keep the writer's block at bay. Also, if I feel there may be someone reading what I am writing, then I feel obligated to write everyday. Very much a winning situation for me.