I'm tired. I've been extremely tired for over a week, and I can't seem to shake it off. That happens sometimes when the weather shifts, but knowing that this happens regularly doesn't stop me from being frustrated. I have things I want to do, and this exhausted feeling is holding me back. It doesn't help that I haven't been sleeping well these past few nights. I wish I was one of my cats! They never seem to have this problem.
Being too tired is a real drain on creativity and life in general, though, so this week I need to make a point to take some naps, rest a little extra, and get some energy back. What do you do when you're too tired to do anything? How do you get your energy back so you can get back to your creative work? I am open to suggestions even if my eyes are not.
Still, no matter how tired I am, life goes on. It's time for a ROW80 check-in. I missed Sunday's because I was tired and groggy and just couldn't bring myself to pick up the computer.
Right now, almost everything in my world is about gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I'm keeping a watch on our regional forums, keeping an eye on our Facebook group, getting things ready for our kickoff party this Saturday. Oh, and working on plans for my own writing, too!
Part of getting ready to write is figuring out my technology. I must say, sometimes I miss the olden days when I used to write all of my stories, including my NaNo stuff, in a notebook. Portable, works wherever I'm writing, not too heavy to lug around. But I don't miss having to enter all of that into the computer for edits, so I'm going with electronics again this year.
I use multiple computers plus a tablet, and occasionally an iPod touch. I decided that this year I want to use something web/cloud based so I can write on all of my devices without having to carry a flash drive or anything extra around with me. Here's what I looked at and what I decided on:
- Yarny. This is a really nice, web based writing program. I really wanted to use this, but I ran into one problem. On my 7" tablet, the web site is too tiny to see what I'm typing. If you aren't using a tablet, though, I recommend checking this one out.
- Evernote. I love Evernote for keeping track of the ongoing minutiae I collect every day--quotes, links, pictures, story ideas, etc. Then I found out that if you download Evernote to your desktop you get a word count on your documents. Plus, there are apps for all of my devices and the website itself where you can write and enter anything you need to, and this all syncs together. I knew I wanted to use Evernote for my story planning and outlining, and I am now considering using it for the actual story writing, too.
- My Writing Spot. This is another web based writing app, but it has an advantage over Yarny because there are apps for my tablet and iPod, too. And they all sync together. I just have to remember when writing on the tablet to manually sync when I start and again when I finish so that my app and my online writings match each other.
- Write: Tablet Notepad/Journal. This is an app for my tablet, but it says it works well with Evernote, Dropbox, e-mail, and a variety of things I use. The downside to this one is that I would have to export to one of these other apps or sites.
Right now, I'm pretty sure I'm going to use Evernote and My Writing Spot or just Evernote. I like being able to use it on any device I find myself in front of. I'll also be able to keep going once I get my new laptop in the spring without having to do anything other than sign in on the websites, and I love that lack of fuss.
So what technology do you use for your writing? Do you use something different for NaNoWriMo if you participate?
As for the story itself, I have a list of short story topics. I have a main character and one of my important secondary characters starting to get fleshed out. This weekend I want to spend some quality time with my planning notebook and get my characters on the page and get the first few story ideas fleshed out. Other than that, I don't have a plan for this week except to try to get my energy back up so my next check-in will be a bit livelier!