Saying Goodbye To the Non-Writing Writer

This is the saddest recent picture of myself I could find to say goodbye...

This is the saddest recent picture of myself I could find to say goodbye.

Yep, you heard me right. It is time that I say goodbye to this blog, to the inaction that spurred its creation, and to the guilt I feel from neglecting it for so long as my writing life has begun to take on a burgeoning life of its own.

But, the good news is this: that guilt that I felt is a good guilt, and this is most certainly a happy goodbye.

You see, I started this blog because I wanted to start writing. I was eager and willing to write anything, and I was tired of years of wanting to write but struggling with what to write, when to write it and where the hell I should start.

However, starting this blog and committing (at the beginning) to write a certain number of words a week got me in the habit of writing. I soon got the confidence to start the novel I’d been planning for years, and then I started entering writing contests, and then I started focusing in on what types of writing I wanted to do…and before long, I stopped writing posts on the NWW as often.

And now, this blog just sits, lingering in the back of my mind, quietly nagging me to pay it a little attention, to show it a little love, but I can’t find time to give it because I’m spending all of it thinking about and working on other writing projects. And when I do sit down to write a post, I have a hard time finding something relevant to say about the struggle to write because, well, I’m no longer struggling to do so. What the hell content am I supposed to write then?

So, this blog has served its purpose. I am no longer the non-writing writer! I work on my novel regularly, I enter writing contests (the NYC Midnight Competition starts tonight – I get my prompt at 9pm!) and I have started brainstorming and planning online content that is more focused and better fits my interests and goals in life. Which brings me too…

My new blog! I’m happy to announce the launch of my new blog, An Adventure A Week.

LOGOFINALHEADER2An Adventure A Week is a travel and lifestyle blog that is about seeking out adventure in everyday life. I am challenging myself, once a week, to seek out something I’ve never experienced, either here in LA or in places I travel to for work or pleasure, and throw myself into them full force – with an open mind and an eager heart. For me, this blog is more focused, has the potential to attract more readers, and most importantly, will add a lot of fun to my own experience of this world! I have already started planning my first few months of adventures, and they range from the active, the culinary, the cultural, and even the dangerous, and I cannont wait to see where this new challenge takes me.

I am forever grateful for my very first blogging experience here at the Non-Writing Writer. I learned a lot about blogging, about the self-discipline it takes to become a writer, and about what kind of writer I want to become.

Thank you all and cheers to adventure!

Getting The Eff Out of Here!

I’m about to board a flight for London for a vacation with my mother in Europe. If we manage to not kill each other, over the course of the next 2+ weeks we will be visiting London, then Spain, France, Monte Carlo and Italy on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise, followed by four days in Rome.

It has been 2 years since I was last in Europe, and nothing inspires or excites me more than trouncing around centuries-old streets, ancient ruins, and world-class museums with a bottle of delicious beer in hand (because I can!) and I’m PUMPED.

However, I’m not sure how I’m going to cope with the limited internet access I will have over the next few weeks. The cruise ship has wireless internet, but I think it costs something like five grand per 3 minutes of use. So, unless some of the shore excursions we’ve planned include trips to internet cafés, it looks like I’m going to be cut off from the online world for a while.

Actually, come to think of it, this will be the first time in years I’ve had to survive without a smart phone and the internet for an extended period of time. I know, I know, #whitegirlproblems. Maybe it will keep me less distracted and allow me to really experience the awesome places I’m going to. Or, maybe I’ll end up foaming at the mouth, stuck in the fetal position muttering to myself because the lack of communication with the outside world has rendered me catatonic. Who knows?

Anyways, I’m telling you this because, while I plan to do a little writing every night, I’m not sure I will be able to post anything here without it costing me a small fortune.

I know, you’re crushed.

But don’t worry – I’ll be back on the 28th, hopefully with some good stories, a lot of inspiration and tons of booze from duty-free in tow.

Wish me luck.