17 June, 2012

Happy Father's Day! (+ Why I Haven't Been Blogging And Other Random)

To all the dads in the blogosphere and elsewhere: Have a wonderful holiday!


(Note: I don't often post random stuff, but I feel like doing it today . . . so I am. Hope none of you mind.)

As some may have noticed, I haven't blogged in a couple days, and that's if you count the little I did on Thursday. Last week I had a series of end-of-school-year tests (9, to be precise; did okay) and a dress rehearsal/dance recital (went better than the last test I took--hooray), so things were busier than normal. My apologies for disappearing without prior announcement; I didn't even get around to replying to your comments on Thursday's post (which I will do once I've published this!).


My writing's also been dragging the past few days. I'm behind 3000 words for reaching a goal of writing 30,000 words in June, so I have to hustle with that one. I'm still pantsing the story, as I mentioned in "I Though I Was A Plotter", and it's . . . interesting so far. LOL. Still making better progress than I was a couple months ago.


On a slightly-related subject, I was never particularly big on the whole "listening to music on your computer" thing, preferring to play CDs on another device, but I've found adding favorites (especially movie soundtracks; Sherlock Holmes and How To Train Your Dragon are current favorites) in YouTube playlists has been quite conducive toward word count.

Unless it's The Piano Guys, in which case I find myself stopping every minute or two to watch and not just listen. (Hey, who wouldn't want to see someone skydiving with a cello? Or playing musical instruments in gorgeous locations? Really, if you haven't seen them before, go check out their videos.)


When did you last take a break from blogging, social networking, or writing? How are your current projects? Do you ever listen to music while you work on creative endeavors? If so, what kind?

-----The Golden Eagle


The Dandy Lioness said...

I listened to the How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack so much in November, that when I rewatched the movie a few months later, I could hum along to the majority of the songs. xD

I took a month-long break from writing seriously, and then two days ago I wrote 1k, and today I wrote about 900 words. :D So my writing is finally coming back a bit.

Glad to see you're back!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm behind on everything you mentioned. I've been doing graduation things with my daughter, for my daughter and everything else is second.
I expect to continue to be behind for the next two weeks.

Elise Fallson said...

I bet you're happy to get the exams out of the way! At the moment I'm super behind on my wip. Part of the problem is the writer's block. grrrr. But I'm determined to get the last 40 pages of my book finished by next week. After that I'll be doing a lot of traveling and it will be even more difficult to write/blog. I've only been blogging since February so I haven't taken a blogging break yet. Take care and recharge the batteries! (:

Christine Rains said...

The last time I took a break was when I had to go visit family. I should honestly take a break from the internet and just write. I'm behind on what I want to do too. I never listen to anything while I'm writing. I need silence. The noise in my head is loud enough as it is!

mshatch said...

I usually only take breaks if I go somewhere and that's only because I don't have a laptop. I am currently writing the last two chapters of my current wip, and I may have something waiting in the wings...we'll see :)

Elaine Smith said...

You must be post-exam happy by now! I'm determined about 1/3 of the way through my wip - I wanted to finish the first draft by next week. Oh woe! ;)

Nas said...

First time in a while I'll be on a break from July for my upcoming visit to USA! Yay! Happy for the trip but will miss connecting with people- will carry laptop though!

Donna Hole said...

Sometimes I get lost in the music too :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Golden! No worries. Those tests are important. And you still have two weeks remaining in June to write.

Pat Hatt said...

All need a break once in a while, I haven't took one since I started a year and a half ago, one day maybe.

Matt said...

Woo hoo congrats on finishing the exams :). I like to listen to music when I'm doing anything besides something like reading.

Trisha said...

I always listen to music via my computer, 'cause I am obsessed with the website Last.fm and must have all my listens 'scrobbled' to the site so others can see what I'm listening to ;)

Adam said...

happy father's day

Lydia Kang said...

I have youtube lists that I play while writing.

I also took an almost 3 week blogging break last month for an editing deadline, and it was great. I came back really missing blogging and enjoying it much more than I had.

Ash-Matic said...

Agh. I took a break from blogging to finish my studies, and it was SO hard to get back into it. And for my writing... ehm... it's more like when am I NOT on a break from it :/

Simon Kewin said...

Speaking as a father .. thanks! I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front myself of late. Never taken a formal break but sometimes I'm, less active for various reasons. Which I think is absolutely fine ...

Nick Wilford said...

I don't take breaks on purpose, only for planned holidays. The last one was at the end of A-Z so that was good timing, I needed a rest! Also, school holidays tend to slow up the writing a bit. I've not taken a proper break from blogging as I've only been doing it since October.

In terms of my WIP, I'm just about on track to finish before school breaks up on June 28th (might be 1000 words behind). Like you, I need to keep on top of it. Good luck with your book and your test results!

Anonymous said...

Thanks GE. I had a nice day.

I'm in a taking-a-break from constant blogging this entire month. Just the few posts here and there...and it is refreshing.

I'm sure you aced all your tests.

Brinda said...

I'm on a beach vacation right now, so I'm trying to stay away from the computer but failing. :) It's an addiction. I am reading some good books.

Connie Keller said...

Okay, I haven't seen the skydiving cello yet. But I love their other stuff.

I don't listen to music when I edit, but I frequently listen to Thomas Tallis's "Lamentations of Jeremiah" when I'm working on a first draft. (My kids call the music "The Moaning Monks.") It's strange, but the minor polyphony really stimulates my creative thought.

Traci Kenworth said...

Hope you enjoy your time off, I know I've done so myself quite a bit already this summer but then with the kids out of school and so many things to do, time just flies.

....Petty Witter said...

What a busy life you lead, I'm amazed that you fit in as much as you do.

Full of wander-lust at the moment, I don't seem to be able to settle to do much of anything.

David P. King said...

Those soundtracks are amazing, and a belated thank you! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I've taken quite a few breaks this year. Health issues and all.

The Golden Eagle said...

The Dandy Lioness: It's a great soundtrack. :)

Hooray for your writing progress!

Thank you. It's nice to be blogging more.

Susan: You have your priorities set out! Definitely a good thing.

Elise: Indeed. :P

Good luck finishing your book!

Thanks. :)

Christine: LOL. Sometimes I feel that way; who needs more noise when there are characters chattering and plot twists brewing, right?

Mshatch: Oh, a Shiny New Idea? Those are so much fun to play with. :)

Elaine: Yup.

It sounds like you're still making progress, though. Good luck with your WIP!

Nas: Hope you enjoy your visit to this country. :)

Donna: It's easy to do so, that's for sure.

Alex: Yup. I'm sure I'll get caught up sometime between now and the 30th.

Pat: You certainly are dedicated to blogging--and I mean that in a good way. :)

Matt: Thank you!

I usually have trouble focusing on reading if there's music in the background, too. Unless it's non-fiction--then it can actually help sometimes.

Trisha: I'll have to check out that site.

Adam: Thanks! Hope you had a good one. :)

Lydia: That's good. It kind of makes you appreciate being able to blog if you can't for longer than a day. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Ash-Matic: Sometimes I feel like I'm not writing more than I'm writing as well. Can be hard to make time for it.

Simon: You're very welcome. I do hope you enjoyed your day!

I agree. We all have lives outside of the blogosphere!

Nick: You've only been blogging since October? Wow. Your posts are so well-written I would have guessed longer.

Thanks! Actually got the test results just after I'd taken them--didn't do too bad, except for the last computation test. I need to focus more. :P

Good luck with your WIP as well.

Stuart: That's good to hear.

It's nice to post less often and off of a schedule. I've been trying to hold myself to at least a couple posts a week--summer's when I fall into a schedule the best, for some reason.

Brinda: I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation! :)

Good books always help.

Connie: Hope you liked watching the video!

I've never heard of that piece before. Will have to check it out.

Traci: That it does.

Petty Witter: Eh, the rest of the year is usually pretty un-busy. Relatively.

David: You're welcome! :)

Charles: I hope the rest of the year is better for you--and Lana as well.

Liz said...

It's the crazy, busy time of year. It seems like just about everybody is apologizing for missing something--a couple days of blogging or visiting.

I prefer to work in silence. I guess I had too many years of musical training.

Deniz Bevan said...

Hope the tests went well! I've really gotten into the habit of listening to music on the computer, especially with all the YouTube playlists I've made...

The Golden Eagle said...

Liz: Yeah, a lot of bloggers seem to be taking a break right now.

Deniz: Thanks! They did, overall.

LOL. I always feel a bit weird creating a new playlist--I usually end up asking myself just how many do I need, precisely? :P