If I could sum up how I feel today:
Perfect. Rinse, lather, and repeat next Monday.
I spent 90% of my weekend in bed, passed out, trying to get over the Ebola I seem to have contracted somewhere over the past week. And by Ebola I most nearly mean ridiculous level of exhaustion. I don’t have other symptoms really, so, ignore my drama.
But today marks the start of a new month and that means today is also the start of the October Photography Challenge. I know many people do these on Instagram every month and I did one of those successfully exactly one time. But for this I’m challenging myself to use my actual real camera instead of my iPhone. You know, the one I drag everywhere and rarely ever use. One picture a day for 30 days. It’s not hard but I didn’t finish last year so I’m hoping to redeem myself.
I don’t really know what it is about 30-day challenges that is so appealing to me. Because 30 days seems more possible than any other time span? It’s a finite amount of time? I watched a TED talk on it once, actually and don’t remember there being any extremely compelling reasons for the 30-day time period but at least I know I’m not alone in that attraction.
So for the month of October, it’s pictures. 30 days of photography.
And for November? Dare I say it?
There’s a big part of me that wants to do National Novel Writing Month again. 50,000 words in 30 days – roughly 1667 words a day. I actually did this successfully one time but didn’t do it the second time I tried. I took last year off – and I’m tempted to make a comeback this year.
I know there are a few of you who lived through the past editions of NaNoWriMo with me and you’re already yawning and rolling your eyes and hating on the acronym. And I don’t care because that means I get to pull out this gif I’ve been dying to use since I first found it:
What’s that? Can’t hear you over the sound of my Pikachu!
I guess what I mean to say is I’m still thinking it over and I’ll let you know. I won’t blog it like I have before but I would love to produce something I can share with anyone who’s interested afterwards. The biggest thing standing in my way right now is that I don’t have a story idea.
I don’t have a 30 day challenge for December but I think it should be something along the lines of “don’t let this December be anything like last December.”
So what do you think, friends? Am I just a hopeless bandwagon-er for jumping in with these 30-day challenges or are you as drawn to them as me? Are you doing the October Photo Challenge or NaNoWriMo? Or another 30-day-challenge I should know about??