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Priorities and NaNoWriMo

November 15, 2011 2 comments

Tags: Writing, Lynn gilmartin, Marathon, Stay stacked, Nanowrimo.

Today I woke up early, drove my Toyota Prius (half electric, half gas car) to Whole Foods, bought all organic produce and grass fed steak, spent the birthday money parents gave me on sustainable clothing, came home, and cleaned my condo with naturally derived solution. When I was done, I stopped to think about what I'd done so far today, and I laughed. I think it's funny how much I've changed in the past couple of years, and how my priorities are so different now. I'm all grown up, and I'm kind of a hippie! Eating well and keeping my life organized are important to me. I'm sitting at my desk, feeling great about completing the work I have ahead of me because other things are taken care of... haha I remember when my mom used to make me clean my room and eat my vegetables and then say, "See, don't you feel better now?" I'd always answer no. When did I become my Mom?

I'm not writing about poker today because other than a $350 Venetian Deepstack and a couple cash-game sessions, I haven't really been focused on playing. By the way I played the tournament, it was clear my mind was elsewhere. I was out in the third level after playing like a real a-hole. I think I was feeling restless. I felt like there were so many things I needed to do, and the second I started played the tournament, I felt trapped with everything weighing on my mind, bringing me down like an anchor. I felt a little releived when I busted which is never a good sign.

Aside from miscellaneous errands and housework that needed to be done, I knew that what bothered me most was that this month, I've been half-assing my goal to complete NaNoWriMo. For those of you guys who don't know, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 in the month of November. It's for people who want to write a novel but have succumbed to obstacles. The point is just dedicate yourself for one month, put your head down, and write. No editing is allowed! It's easy to get caught up editing and re-editing which can lead to frustration and ultimately quitting. I signed up two years ago, never started, signed up last year, never started, and this year I started... but haven't really made it a priority. The month is halfway over, and I only about 6,000 words written. I should be at 25,000.

Writing a novel is something I've wanted to do for the past four years, and obviously failed to do anything about it. I'm proud of myself for starting at least, but that's not enough to finish it. I have to make it a priority. I've been trying really hard lately to organize my priorities and make sure that the time I have during the day are dedicated to those things. Doing well at my job, staying in shape, eating healthy, and writing this book are at the top the list right now. So, for the rest of this month, I'm going to let poker take a backseat. I'm going to try and reach 50,000. That's a little more than 3,000 words per day.... which is a lot! So, if I'm not on Twitter or Facebook... it's a good thing!

As I get older, the harder it is for me to play poker when other things are left uncompleted. If you're going through a downswing or don't know why you're game is suffering, maybe try to step back and get some things done that have been nagging you (clean, organize that damned junk drawer, detail your car, run that thing to the post office, stop by the bank and cash that check that's been sitting on the counter for weeks, or dedicate some time to strengthening your relationships) Doing those things may help your game, and if it doesn't, at least you got that shizz done, right? Anyway, Lynn writes an awesome series called Stay Stacked which has lots of other great tips on how to bring your best to the table.

Another goal of mine is to run a marathon. That's next after this novel Smile




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