Thursday Three #59

  1. The novel coronavirus (AKA COVID-19) has reached North Carolina. Naturally, everyone is freaking out and buying large quantities of sanitizing items and possibly building underground bunkers to stock with canned goods. My concern is that with all the sanitizing, the viruses and bacteria will eventually mutate to the point that they will develop immunity.
  2. I checked out Cardinal Robert Sarah’s The Day Is Now Far Spent at the library, but I doubt I will finish it because it is hard for me to read anything substantive these days because I rarely have time to sit down and get absorbed like I used to. My three observations about the book, mostly from skimming it:
    1. It’s written in a question-and-answer format. This breaks the book up into shorter sections, which is nice.
    2. Everything I’ve read so far is frighteningly accurate. Our society is in decline, and only prayer and silence will save our souls.
    3. All of you who are reading this and are Catholic… keep on keepin’ on. We’re doing something worthwhile, despite what the world thinks. Remember, the devil has a great deal of authority over the world.
  3. I have not started any new fiction since my attempt at NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNo is starting on April 1, but I doubt I participate. Like I said in #2 above, I hardly ever have time to sit down and get absorbed in something. So in the meantime, THE ARCHIVES will still be posted. There are only about 128 chapters to go until it’s all done. Thanks to all of you who are reading it!

Thursday Three #58

  1. I heard a good quote that also happens to be the title of a book (haven’t read it): Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them. How true is that? Makes me feel better about my own weirdness and that of those I know.
  2. Almost all my favorite music from the 90s has now been relegated to the classic rock station. I wonder what the criteria is for something to be considered a “classic.” For cars, I thought it was 30 years old. A one-year-old cell phone is probably a classic, too. So it stands to reason that 20-something-year-old music would also be classic. Still… it is weird to think of Green Day as “classic rock.” 🙂
  3. The “noonday demon” (also the title of a book I have not read) is a real thing. He is the reason why we get tired at 1 or 2 in the afternoon and find it hard to take off on that second wind. He is the reason we’re tempted to slack off and the reason we fall into temptation more easily when we are tired. Caffeine alone cannot defeat the noonday demon. Instead, it takes prayer and discipline.

Thursday Three #57

These are my thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019 so far:

  1. I’m writing the entire novel on WordPress because I’m writing mostly on my breaks at work, and we’re not allowed to plug in flash drives unless they’re for work. I’m on WordPress anyway, so I figured I might as well start the novel there (also, WordPress has auto-save and word count features). So the novel is on this blog as a private entry, but I will never make it public because…
  2. Like all first drafts, it is appallingly bad. Not only is it bad, it is incredibly boring. I am bored with my characters but not with the plot. I wish I could recycle some of my old characters like I normally do (and I miss them terribly), but the plot wouldn’t work well with any of them. This particular story takes place in another “universe.”
  3. The other reason this story is bad and boring is because I didn’t do enough planning. My rudimentary outline is just a list of stuff that’s supposed to happen, and it’s not even in order. I didn’t flesh anything out, and now that I’m hammering out words mindlessly, I don’t feel like I have time to flesh it out. I’m actually planning the second draft as I’m writing the first. Not sure if that’s a proper way to do it, but it’s new to me. And that keeps the whole thing somewhat interesting.