Like most of the other Ferrets, 2017 was a hell of a year for me. 2016 ended in true end-of-season sweeps week cliffhanger fashion, with my roommate (Ferret Jessica) getting pregnant and she, her husband, and I standing around the pregnancy tests she’d taken going “…well damn.”
Thus, 2017 went something like this:
Every creative person hits that infamous wall at some point – where your brain is drained and you find that no matter how hard you try you just can’t create. Sometimes you even lose the desire to create. So what’s a writer to do then? Continue reading
Welcome to our next series! Did you miss us?
When we sat down to our business meeting last month we all decided this was probably a good series for kicking off 2018. After all, we’re about done recuperating from NaNoWriMo, the Christmas holidays, and the winter doldrums, and it’s time to get back in the flow of things.
So how do you refill that creative well when you’re getting burned out? We all hit burnout, whether it’s thanks to life obstacles or overwork. No matter who you are or what you do in life you can hit burnout, but creatives seem to hit this especially hard.
Stay tuned! Next week we’ll start revealing our own strategies and we hope you’ll join in on the conversation and tell us yours.
The Ferrets should probably come to the realization that every year in December/January we pretty much hibernate. We’ve survived NaNoWriMo, in whatever capacity we each participated, then it’s diving into the deep end of holiday things and trying to recoup at the start of the year.
Pretty much I’m saying that we’re still here. In fact we have one of our semi-yearly business meetings coming up just next week, where we’ll be talking about this blog and all the things we plan to bring you this year.
Anything in particular you want to see? Now is the time to suggest it and get our brains thinking it over. We’ll see you all soon.
*Photo by user skeeze at Pixabay, creative commons usage
Well, that’s it. The final write-in is finished, the Thank God It’s Over party has been held, and NaNoWriMo 2017 is officially over and done. This year was definitely a struggle for all of us in more ways than one, but we’ve made it to the end, and we’re all celebrating surviving another year of NaNo, no matter where our final goals ended up.
Here are our personal wrap-ups for the month:
As of today, we have less than a week and a half left before NaNoWriMo is over for another year, and validation has officially started on the NaNo site. And, just as we have pretty much every year, we’re all looking up from our projects with bleary eyes going “Wait? What do you mean week three is nearly over? What to you mean it’s almost Thanksgiving?”
We’re all a bit (a lot) frazzled, but we’re also at the point that we can see the finish line. Just ten days and four write-ins remain…
Wait, what do you mean we’re almost halfway through the month?! Some of the stress of the beginning of the month has tapered off, and we’re finally finding our grooves (or, in some cases, seeing just how much we bit off with our goals for the month). The 6-hour marathon write-in on Saturday certainly gave most of us a huge push in the right direction, and now it’s just a matter of keeping the momentum until the end of the month. We’re getting very close to being on the downward slope!
We’re a full week into NaNoWriMo, and to say we’ve been struggling is a bit of an understatement. With unexpected life circumstances hitting us (Ferret in the hospital! ALL HANDS ON DECK!) in addition to the regular busy-ness of November, I think pretty much all of us have been fighting to keep our heads above water.
But I’ll let the other Ferrets tell you how it’s going… Continue reading
It’s that time of year…NaNoWriMo is upon us once more!
As those of you who’ve been following us for awhile know, National Novel Writing Month is what brought the Ferrets together (Michelle, Serena, and Rebekah met in 2009, then met Lissa in 2010 when Michelle and Rebekah took over MLing duties, Michelle pulled Jess* along in early 2011, and then Eris joined up in NaNo 2011).
Since then, we’ve all participated in some form or fashion, although this year is going to be a little more rebellious** than others! As usual, we’ll have weekly updates during November as we check in on our projects, and you can follow our daily progress on the NaNo site itself.
If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but just can’t find the time, I cannot encourage you enough to sign up for NaNo and get involved with your local region. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, which is why I come back to do it every year not only as a participant, but as an ML as well, so that I can help other people achieve their writing dreams.
There’s still time to sign up, so why not give it a go?
And without further ado, here’s what we’re working on this year!
It’s been a busy year. It’s been a busy few years honestly. Not to mention physically and emotionally draining. Sometimes the Ferrets don’t always get to run away on our coveted writing retreats, so from time to time we steal an afternoon to ourselves closer to home.
Back in February we loaded up in my car and headed to downtown Claremore, OK. A short drive from Tulsa, it was the perfect afternoon getaway for lunch and a bit of quirky shopping.
Lunch was at The Pink House, which has since moved from it’s own (yes, it was pink) house down the street to a spot on the first floor of the Belvidere Mansion. What a perfect place for an afternoon lunch with friends! If you are a tea-lover there was a very long list of teas you could order. It was hard for some of the Ferrets to decide! And while we were there we enjoyed watching a large table of little girls come in with fabulous hats and their best attempts at fancy-lady manners for their own tea party.
See this food? Yum! Their menu had a great selection and there were other things we’d love to try if we go back another time.
Make sure to leave room for dessert! A few of us did and it was well worth it. Mmm… thinking about it makes me ready to return!
The next highlight of the afternoon was Continue reading