Today, Part 5

Today was a rush of lukewarm, cold, and comfortable–a pleasurable mix of love, life, and work.  Today my song dimmed to a hum, but the melody remained.  I smiled, and I meant it.  You laughed.  We sat in warm silence together, the two of us, separate and joined.  I saw your light, and it made me feel new again.

 

Millie

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What Happened to Millie?

Hey all,

It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?

The truth is, since the new year began, things have gotten insane–in many ways.  I won’t discuss the specifics of anything because I feel it would detract from the focus of the blog, but suffice it to say, there’s been so much stuff going on that writing has become, annoyingly, a relatively low priority.  I’m trying to change that and find more time to write, but it’s difficult.

In light of how long it’s been since my last post, I’m going to share my progress in different areas of my artistic life and my ideas for the future.

#1: The Screenplay

This is sort of a good news/bad news situation I suppose, but I have a very optimistic view of it.

The good news: my ideas for the screenplay have been even more solidified since winning NaNoWriMo 2016, and I’m confident that I’m on the right track.

The bad news: like I mentioned before, it’s been very difficult to write recently, so actual progress on writing the screenplay has been put on hold.

In general, I’m excited for what the screenplay will become.  I’m planning on making it into a web series (instead of a full-length movie, as I had initially planned), and I have been embracing more non-traditional methods of storytelling and applying them to my writing.

#2: Writing in General

As stated over and over again in this post, I have had NO TIME.  It is actually crazy how little time I have had.

In the few moments I’ve been able to steal to write, I’ve been working mostly on poetry and flash fiction–basically, anything I can start and finish in a small amount of time.  I am planning on participating in the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo, but with my schedule being the way it is everything is still very tentative as far as writing is concerned.

#3: Visual Art

It’s been pretty “meh” on this front since October or November, but I’ve been trying to step it up recently.  I’ve been working on a few portraits using acrylic paint, a medium I usually shy away from.  It’s been fun to try new things.

I also invested in a large set of Prismacolor brush-tip markers, something I have been fantasizing about for years.  I’m still getting used to using them, but I’m sure with practice I’ll learn to adore them as much as I do my Prismacolor colored pencils.

#4: Music

I have a complicated relationship with music, and in the past few months I’ve been intentionally avoiding music-making.  However, several instances over the last month or so have shown me that I should probably start composing again.  I never thought I’d see the day.

I’m going to try to work on some new pieces to hopefully be used in the soundtrack of my screenplay.

 

That’s basically it.  I’m very tired right now, so I apologize if this post was a little less eloquent than it could have been.  I hope all of you have been coping well with everything that’s happened worldwide in 2017.  I wish you all the best.

 

Millie

NaNoWriMo: WON

After a month of tireless writing and constant panicking over word counts, I officially crossed the 50,000-word threshold at around 5:45 this morning.

I have participated in a total of eight NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo sessions, and of those sessions, I have won six times.  But never have I felt this proud of myself at the end of the month.

I have truly immersed myself in my screenplay this month and learned more about myself in the process.  I have spoken more to my characters than I have to real, physical people.  I have been slowly going insane.

So basically I’ve just been doing normal writer stuff.

I feel a strange sense of freedom now that I’m not tied to a prescribed word count quota.  I find that writing about 500 words a day (as opposed to 1,667) generates the best quality of writing from me, even if the total project word count does go up slower.  So I think I’m going to stick with the writing schedule I developed during this month, but I’m going to give myself a 500-word daily goal instead.

I apologize if this post was a bit messy, it is still very early in the morning and I have post-NaNoWriMo adrenaline.

Congratulations to all you NaNo winners!  And if you didn’t reach 50K this month, don’t despair!  Stick with your story and you’ll get there!

More later,

Millie

NaNoWriMo, Week 1

Due to my fabulous time management skills, I have about five minutes to write this post.

So I apologize in advance–to all of you.

A week into NaNoWriMo 2016, I am less than impressed with myself.  I have spent way too much time doing non-writing things and way too little time doing actual writing.

Ugh.

This happens every year at some point, I know, but I really thought it would be different this year.  I just put my two year-long project on the shelf to work on this screenplay and now I’m feeling like the guy who left his wife for another woman only to discover that this new woman is certifiably insane.  Which, coincidentally, is something that actually happens to one of my characters in this new NaNo project.

The reason this NaNoWriMo is so difficult this year is the same reason I temporarily stopped working on my novel–because writing just doesn’t feel fun anymore.  It feels more like a chore than something I enjoy, even though I know that it’s not.

Writing is hard.

And…my five minutes are up.

Anyone else in the same boat here?  What gives you motivation to keep writing?  Please, help!

Millie

And So, It Begins…Learning Swiss German and Canadian French

The main character in my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel hails from Zürich, and, in doing research of that city, I’ve found I’d quite like to visit someday.

So I’ve officially decided to start learning Swiss German.

And I just know I’ll find myself in Montreal someday, so I should probably brush up on my French as well.

My posts on here have gotten more and more erratic in the last few months, but I’ll try to update more, especially with NaNoWriMo coming up and this new language-learning journey about to begin.

So, if anyone knows of some really great online Swiss German and Canadian French learning resources, please let me know.

Also, exciting announcement: the rough draft of my novel is officially done!  Actually, it’s been done for quite a while now, but today was the day I decided would be the deadline several months ago.  I’ll admit, when I wrote the words “YOU’D BETTER BE DONE” on October 28th in my calendar I didn’t really believe I’d be able to do it.  But I have.  And it feels wonderful.

I purposely took a little hiatus from my novel about a month and a half ago, after I finished my rough draft.  I had a new idea for a completely different type of novel and I wanted to explore that a bit before I returned to the mind-bending work of editing a 150,000-word monstrosity.  I’m planning on writing my new novel idea this November, and after that, who knows?  I’m really excited about both ideas, I guess we’ll just have to see which one develops into proper book form first.

Whew, this blog post is kind of a mess.  That’s okay.

Bye for now,

Millie.

Day 1: Why?

 

Why start this website?  It’s simple.

As humans, we are living in one of the most confusing times our species has ever endured.  Opinions have never been more diverse, tragedies more documented, or lives more mourned.  Everyone has, to some extent, been witness to demoralizing, traumatizing, and altogether awful things–be it on the news, the Internet, or in our own lives.  I am no different.

However, we have also seen a great many beautiful things.  We have seen the sun rise and set.  We have traced constellations through midnight skies.  We have held babies, hugged elders, and grown plants.  We have loved truly and deeply and we have done everything possible to make that love known to the world.  There is good within us, there is joy; and while that joy persists we have nothing to fear.

 

So I am starting this website with the hope that I will help you realize humanity.  I hope that through my stories and through my art, you will realize the strength, the power, and the love that humanity is capable of.  I hope you will realize that you, as a human, are capable of that, too.

Philosophy aside, I do hope you enjoy my work.  I have worked quite diligently at it and I love sharing it with you.

Many thanks,

Millie