My “little Pumpkin” might be a teen, but he doesn’t feel like he’s too old to go trick-or-treating, so last night we enjoyed another year out as a family.
We did a lot of walking last night, and my feet are paying the price, but I loved it! We went with a big group. So much fun!
Hate, Politics, and Depression
I’m still limiting my screen time, especially with the election next week. This is the first year I’ve had people harassing my cell phone with text messages regarding candidates. Seriously? As if an unwanted text, pestering me at odd hours, would do any good??? All those commercials and the PILES of political junk mail…it seems like such a waste of resources. I’d be more likely to vote for a candidate if they used the millions earmarked for self-promotion and put it towards something good, something tangible, something that helps other people. I don’t even look at the junk mail these candidates and their organizations are sending. I don’t even allow it inside my house! Why would I allow all that negativity inside my home, my sanctuary??? It’s not healthy.
Hate floats in like weeds in a garden. Uninvited. However, we don’t have to water and nurture them!
We don’t use regular television in my home, only Amazon Prime and Netflix, so at least I don’t have to watch all the hate with every commercial break. Even still, I find political posts leaking hate on my social media accounts.
As human beings, I feel like we should be coming together, to become the very best versions of ourselves. It’s a LOT easier to do this if you surround yourself with things that uplift you: music, books, things that bring you joy. Add family and loved ones to the mix, and who knows what can happen, what we could do, who we could become?
I’ve decided NOT to worry about writing 50,000 words in 30 days for NaNoWriMo. I’ve participated in the past. I think it’s a fun challenge, but instead of focusing on word count, I’d like to practice writing something, ANYTHING, every day in my current work in progress for the next 30 days. I’d like to practice letting go of my perfectionism and practice writing when I don’t feel like writing, just to see what will happen. I’d like to try to write at times I wouldn’t ordinarily write, in places I wouldn’t usually write in, just to prove to myself that I don’t need the “perfect” conditions to write a novel. I’ve got my novel plotted. I’ve been sending each new chapter to my Beta Readers as I finish them. It’s just a matter of consistently getting the words out of my head on a regular basis.
What are you working on?
What’s going on in your life? Let me know in the comments.
Take care of yourselves and each other,