NaPoWriMo – Already?

March feels like the never-ending month/year with everything going on. Last week, I realized it was almost time for NaPoWriMo and signed up. Maybe a smart move, maybe a stupid move. Only April can tell.

Hard to believe tomorrow is April 1st. Part of me is glad to finally be done with March yet the worst of what March as wrought has yet to materialize.

I suppose NaPoWriMo, this year, will be a means of escaping the horrors of the day to day as I continue to stay at home with my high risk factors and “quirky” immune system.

As I type this, I come to harsh realization that I’ve neglected this blog since the start of the year. Unfortunately, the year did not start out well for me (and for many others given their posts to social media & blogs) so it led to many things being put on the “back burner” as I focused on the necessities of day to day functions.

Finally, finally, starting to feel more functional and human so back to the things I want to do in additional to those that I have to do despite the ‘have to do’ list being longer nowadays.

To everyone: please be smart, be safe, be healthy, and stay home if you can. If you are worker in an essential field, thank you for your service.

NaPoWriMo Review

And another NaPoWriMo is done. This was my sixth NaPoWriMo. This year wasn’t as successful as other years but it certainly was not the worst. I ended up with 45 new poems across 4 different poetry books. I had intended to write more for Written & Whim so it would be done and ready for publishing soon.

However, life had other plans. An emergency tooth extraction on April 11th made the rest of the month kind of odd as things aren’t healing, recovering as quickly as I would like. Prior to the extraction, I had been more tired than what is typical. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so for me to notice this, the exhaustion was WAY intense. I suspect, now, it was due to my body fighting the infection that led to the tooth extraction. Worse than usual exhaustion remains – though not as badly – through recovery. I only have so much energy to give things, anything, in a given day. The infection, the extraction, and the recovery have been consuming most of it.

I had hoped to go to a concert during the month but fatigue vetoed that. I wasn’t a total recluse during the month though. I managed to go to the coffee shop a few times to write even if I didn’t really want to. The days I want to spend the entire day in bed, I force myself to get out even if it is for an hour at the coffee shop and I make myself write. I may go back to bed when I get home but, at least, I did something productive with my day.

I spent Easter with my niece and nephew. On April 6th, I worked a craft & art show. Sadly, the crowd was minimal at best. I sold nothing. My friend sold 2 items. It was very disappointing yet we forge ahead with getting our art out to the people.

I did quite a bit of sewing prior to the show as I constructed more drawstring backpacks out of my fabric stash as well as create an Easter-themed mixed media piece and an Easter-themed mosaic.

I started figuring out how to make things from polymer clay which was prompted by an idea for a mixed media art project but being unable to find the components in order to make it a reality. I need to finish constructing the clay components this coming week so I can start on the project. I also have several mosaics in various states of creation. Working hard to motivate myself to finish them. A few have been languishing, unfinished, for a while.

My hopes for May are:
– Complete most, if not all, of my mixed media art project
– Finish off at least 3 of the 6 mosaics I have in progress
– Finish the sewing project I have sitting on my cutting table
– Finish the clay pot art project I have sitting on my work table
– Finish Written & Whim while making more progress on Doll & Discarnate, Letters & Locks, and Tincture & Thorn
– Finish the healing process of the tooth extraction site
– Have a very successful craft show on May 11th

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day Off

The Anubis being cute on the sofa.

 

Had an emergency tooth extraction yesterday late morning so not in a writing mood today. The headache pressure is intense. Anubis isn’t a very good nurse though. He just wants attention all the time, cares not for my discomfort.

March Into April

National Poetry Writing Month aka NaPoWriMo starts tomorrow. Am I prepared for this? Well, no. Not my version of it at least. I usually write, at least, one poem a day so typical NaPoWriMo isn’t a stretch for me so I challenge myself to write five or more poems a day. Not sure I am mentally prepared for this as I’ve been dealing with a lot of things lately, some of which will end up spilling into the first week and a half of April at minimum. Been so overwhelmed in my thoughts to the point of one poem being a struggle to write. I managed two poems today. I am so delighted especially since they arrived easy with a flow like water. Love the “water” poems.

Since my last ‘On The Blog’ post on February 22nd (a bit surprised it has been that long), I’ve gotten thrown down by an absolutely horrific cold, dealt with a blizzard and other home-related shenanigans, was without a computer briefly due to power cord failure, created a new mixed media piece, began a new bead mosaic (it is almost done), started cutting out a few more drawstring backpacks, struggled to figure out how to help my feline overlord function despite his increasing digestion issues, gained another first cousin once removed, got in a minor car accident that – fortunately – only scraped up some paint when someone backed out into me in a parking lot, stressed out a great deal about matters involving my chronic health conditions, and went on an adventure to upgrade Patchwork Chicken Studio’s show displays after many discussions and layout tests. March has been busy.

I ended up missing the Fleshgod Apocalypse show due to my cold and the flare up of the chronic health conditions that it triggered. I was/am heartbroken over it as I missed them the last few times they had been in Denver too because of my health. Beginning to suspect that life doesn’t wish me to pay live homage to Italian Metal Gods. I did pre-order their forthcoming new release, Veleno, to appease some of my sorrow while listening to the first single, Sugar, in semi-obsessively constant fashion.

For April beyond NaPoWriMo, I have home-related shenanigans to finish/deal with, finish the bead mosaic, and put together the drawstring backpacks. Patchwork Chicken Studio has a show on April 6th so there will be some prep work beforehand. It is shaping up to be very busy too. I just hope it is busier to the creative side of things.

The Anubis

It has been an odd two weeks. Very busy as I finished up and prepared Altars & Avatars for release next week. The preparations became consuming of my time as I also battled a fibromyalgia flare-up which intensified on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. But all of that pales in comparison to last Thursday. Last Thursday…

Last Thursday, Jan. 31st, was an absolutely horrific day for Anubis. While I was out running an errand and an impromptu coffee shop writing session, Anubis had what appears to be a stroke. He was fine when I left around 6:30am. When I returned about 90 minutes later, he was a very different cat. He was really struggling to be mobile, to do things. It was extremely unsettling for both of us. He spent the day sleeping – mostly on me once he figured out how to get his limbs into a comfortable position – and as evening approached, he started to become more functional and started eating and drinking.

By Friday, he had resumed purring, grooming, moving around without limping. By Saturday afternoon, he started jumping up into the living room window and getting into things as he normally likes to do. The stroke did take a long-term toll on him.

While he is mostly back to normal, there are moments where he hits a mental glitch and he acts out of character. Random acts of aggression, momentary confusion about what he’s doing, slow response time to stimuli such as me calling his name, and the occasional limp to a limb.

I love my feline overlord immensely. I feel horrible that he’s going through this. I also feel horrible about me feeling like I am living with a stranger sometimes because his glitches make him such a different feline.

We’re learning to adapt. It is a slow process.