I haven't spent any time on the novel this week. The "not writing"is making me antsy. I've spent time journal writing but that doesn't seem to be quite enough.
Journal writing helps offset some of the stress of being out of work. It's a place where I can bitch and whine and get that angst out of my system. It helps me from acting out impulsively. It steadies me in the face of this new reality. So it does help somewhat. But it's up against that part of me that wants to be MORE productive. Notice the capital letters...the same emphasis happens in my head.
I've been reading books and articles on a new way of looking at the world economy and taking ecological factors into the equation. Finite resources are impacting the way we think of GROWTH in this world and there are some countries who are looking at a sustainable steady-state economics instead of a growth economy as a possibility. It's A LOT of new information and I'm trying to take it in and process it but I have to write it out. I want to use this new information for my next novel but how I'm going to integrate it into fiction...I'm not quite sure just yet. Makes my stomach churn with nervous energy. Perhaps that's what I'll start working on while I'm down in Mexico. Just hash it out in some free-write exercises to see what comes up and out onto the page. Oooo now I'm excited.
Anyway, I've been working at eating better and exercising more. The healthy diet is coming along. I've lost a couple of more lbs. Yay! The exercising is still a bit rockier for me. I just have an unbearable block about it. I'll be good for a series of classes and then I quit. No rhyme or reason...just quit. Ergh! It's a bit annoying.
Let's see tomorrow I'm going to be baby-sitting my nieces for the weekend. Heaven help me!! I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old to entertain for two days. Eeeek!! Hehehe. I'm sure it will be fine. I've just finished picking up foods and snacks for them. I also picked up a slew of markers and drawing paper so we can have some creativity time. I keep having to remind myself that I need to pick up more children's books because they like a good story time. Perhaps I need to go relish the quiet apartment because tomorrow it will be mayhem.
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