The Grab Bag of Thoughts #5


The last week has been incredibly hectic!

The fourth installment of my GRAB BAG OF THOUGHTS. For times like this, I’ll string together separate things that have been rattling around in my head but are nowhere near long enough to write full length posts about….yet. Maybe that will come later. Who knows what the future may bring. The topics are below.


I unfortunately was unable to post anything on last Friday or Monday due to a personal issue that arose. Let’s just say it demanded IMMEDIATE attention. Against my best efforts, I will not have perfect attendance on scheduled posts for this blog; and for a while I was pretty upset about that. I’ve mentioned before that I try to take my goals and accomplishing them pretty seriously. I verbally drew a line in the sand right here on this very blog.

But I can’t predict life. Sometimes no matter our best efforts, things just can’t happen. I think how we handle these roadblocks is what really determines who you are as person. You can continue to beat yourself up for the past mistakes made or you can own it and figure out how to bounce back and move forward. I’ll definitely be doing the latter and continuing on my regular scheduled posts


Luke Cage came out on Netflix and I had the chance to watch all thirteen episodes. From a 10,000 foot view of the entire thing, I loved it. But there were certain aspects of it that I can critique; and even though I’ve missed the timely window for all the different think pieces and click-bait articles that were uploaded prior to the show becoming available and immediately after, I still feel that I can provide some interesting perspective. Especially considering that I also finished watching The Get Down on Netflix two weeks prior. I noticed an interesting theme between the two. That write-up will be dropping on this coming Monday.


I wouldn’t say that I have a passion for editing but I’ve done it enough in my life that I enjoy doing it to some degree. As early as high school, my friends would come to me to proofread their reports before they turned them in to the teacher. This continued through college where I actually had a chance to work with my school’s newspaper and eventually become editor-in-chief. I even served the copy editor role when we were lacking it and deadlines arose.

The reason I bring all this up is because I’m seriously thinking of taking some training courses in it. My hope is to maybe do something with these unused skills in order to further refine them. Even more so, maybe I can use them to generate some side income?


With NaNoWriMo now only a few weeks out, I think I’m really starting to get the feeling that this may be my most difficult year attempting it. I plan on visiting one of my best friends who will be getting married the first week of November and I have no idea how I’ll be able to balance both the writing and everything else. If there are thirty days in the month and I need to have a minimum of 50,000 words by the end, to consider it a success, that means I’ll have to write, on average, 1,666 words per day. Being on the go for seven to eight days means that I’ll be down 12-13,000 words if I don’t do anything before coming back. That’s a huge number for me to spring back from.

Furthermore, I’ve done absolutely nothing towards outlining my NaNoWriMo idea. Which is an even bigger problem that I need to address if I’m going to have any chance at doing this at all. Let me be clear that I DO want to do this. But this whole thing is growing into a more insurmountable monster by the day. But it’s not stopping me from trying. I’ll admit, my resolve is a bit shaky though.


That’s it for this month’s grab bag! See you next month.

Until next time.

Author: Mr. Nifty

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