WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #1:
A NOTE OF CLARIFICATION —
The holidays are upon us. That was a sneaky thing to do, Calendar. Well played. I am caught completely unprepared. You win, I lose. You’re pretty, I’m ugly. You’re smart, I’m dumb. There. Are you happy now?
I understand the science journal rules, and the “cover our collective asses in case we’re wrong” stuff. Really, I get that. So then don’t be a smug jerk and hang potential news over our heads. That’s kind of bully-ish. And we don’t suffer bullies in this country. We let our emo freak children shoot them.
Also, after letting us think it was the discovery of alien life, you got all snarky and even MORE smug about how wrong we were. And then? You finally spit it out and were all like, “Oh, yeah, well, about that. There MIGHT be organic stuffs here. We found some water and shit, so… you know. It could really go either way.”
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #2:
MY HAPPINESS PROJECT —
Assignment #15: Shield Your Joyous Ones
What an excellent time of year to come across this assignment. And yeah, I know I should be nice year ‘round. The whole point of this exercise is that I’M NOT NICE. Or “Happy is a Choice”. One of those things. Regardless, I sincerely suck at being joyful, so I was pleased to read this one right now!
As happiness guru Gretchen Rubin says:
“I want to show enthusiasm, delight, and a readiness to be pleased –
to lay aside my desire to criticize
and to indulge in puncturing humor, sarcasm, ironic asides, cynical comments,
or cutting remarks.
It’s harder than it sounds.”
Gretchen speaks true. It is difficult to stop being a bitch when it’s become such an ingrained habit that you’re actually GOOD at it. I have the horribly innate gift of seeing the worst in people, and what’s worse is, I’m typically right.
I can sum up a crap-tastic situation or a shitty person faster than you can pull up directions on your GPS. For realz.
Also? I’m no good at biting my tongue. So not only am I granted the vision of caca, I’m also propelled to point it out to everyone around me. And there’s that whole “I need validation” issue. I want everyone around me to agree that wrongness is triumphant. Otherwise I just feel like a nutcase. Which may or may not be the case.
I tend to look down smugly on happy-happy people, the ones I refer to as Care Bear huggers because they seem to fart rainbows and whatnot. The seekers of that silver lining and possessors of half-full glasses. Those people are obviously ignorant, right?
They’re just more easy-going than I am. And they keep their fucking traps SHUT. They follow Golden Rule #2 — If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I’m not too much of an asshole to admit that those people are much nicer than I am. Fuckers.
Which makes me a Negative Nancy, or Debbie Downer, or a Bitch.
“We non-joyous types
suck energy and cheer from the joyous ones.
We rely on them to buoy us
with their good spirit
and to cushion our agitation and anxiety.”
Great. Turns out I’m a joy-sucking vampire. I eat unicorns and poop glitter. I rip Care Bears and toss their stuffing to wolves.
Lucky for me, my sister and mother-in-law are both extremely upbeat individuals. They carry stakes and stab me through my ice-covered heart when I get too cranky.
“We depend on the joyous ones,
and we need to remember that
their joy isn’t inexhaustible or unconquerable.
Now I’m making a real effort
to use my own good cheer
to support and protect the enthusiasts I know.
Shield your joyous ones.”
Indeed, Gretchen. I shall endeavor to keep that in mind.
If you missed the first few weeks of my Happiness Project, or want to catch up on the Assignments so you can create your OWN Happiness Project, click here for a list of the first several lessons.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #3:
Okay, so here’s the deal. I went really strong during the month of November for National Novel Writing Month… right till I hit about 10K words. And then I stalled out. Not from lack of enthusiasm. Well, maybe a BIT from lack of enthusiasm.
But it’s not all my fault. It’s my characters’ faults. They were being adventurous assholes and didn’t stick to the script. Which is to say, I deviated from my outline quite a bit. I know, only 10K words into the project and I already fucked it up.
Not really. It isn’t fucked up. I just know how much work I need to put into the outline before I jump back into the fray.
So new plan. I’m going to devote at least two hours per week to structuring my index cards and shuffling them into the correct order. And once that is complete, I’m going to continue devoting at least two hours per week to writing the damn story. I will track my time and report it here as part of my weekly #ROW80 check-in.
I figure I promised myself a small enough time period that surely I can squeeze that in. We’re talking like a half-hour per day, four days per week. If I can’t make myself do that, then the outline is the least of my problems and I obviously have no business calling myself a writer. More like a lazy-ass potato-head.
You might have noticed I haven’t reported any running updates here for several months now. That’s because I haven’t been running. And now that I’m motivated to hop back onto the treadmill, I must sadly report that the timer thingy is broken, and the belt thingy is slipping, so it is no longer either safe or convenient for me to kill that beast. Therefore, I shall remain fat because that’s obviously the way it’s meant to be.
My Cut the Crap Challenge didn’t fall exactly flat, but I haven’t been like zealously active on it, either. I rearranged the furniture, by which I mean I moved my desk and that is all. But I also vacuumed.
I’m celebrating the little victories. Gretchen said I could.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #4:
BONUS MATERIAL —
My hubz and I recently watched the first EXPENDABLES and hated it. Our adult son loved it. We no longer trust his taste in movies. Besides, he still hasn’t watched any Doctor Who episodes, which we find highly suspicious. We are beginning to think he is a changeling.
Our daughter just had her 8th birthday, for which she received the movie BRAVE. Although she has now seen it several times, my hubz and I have not. We are looking forward to watching it soon as the reviews are all positive.
Other films I want to watch this month include both versions of the Grinch story, as well as SCROOGED starring Bill Murray, which is my absolute favorite. Another good one is TRAPPED IN PARADISE starring Nicholas Cage. Add these to your list. Do it.
- Bedside Table: Am currently reading CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell. It’s really good thus far, although I have no idea how it all ties together. I’ve seen the movie trailer and it looks excellent, as well.
Next up: GHOSTWRITTEN, also by David Mitchell. This one actually came before CA, but I wanted to finish that one first since it’s already in theaters.
Living Room: #1: in the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant, FEED. I’m about half-way through and LOVE it thus far. I see there is a sequel, so I already put it on request.
- Desk: PLOT & STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell. Have I ordered my own copy yet? No. But my birthday is this month… so maybe? I’ve taken so many notes it’s definitely worth the purchase!
Next up: Another in the “Write Great Fiction” series, CHARACTERS, EMOTION & VIEWPOINT by Nancy Kress.
- iPod (audio book): #4 in the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini, INHERITANCE.
Next up: #2 in the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, A CLASH OF KINGS. Loved #1 (A GAME OF THRONES) and my hubz says this one is excellent as well. We have #3 (A STORM OF SWORDS) on request from the library already.
With Abbie: #2 in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis — PRINCE CASPIAN.
Next up: Lots of Christmas books from the library! It’s that time of year, right? Thus far we have read the following:
BOB AND 6 MORE CHRISTMAS STORIES by Sandra Boynton
And that’s what’s up Wenzday.
Hope your Hump-Day is full of hump-ish good times.
I’d love to hear what’s up with YOUR Wenzday!
And please tell me how *YOUR* Happiness Project is coming along!