Halloween and NaNoWriMo

Hey!

How are you doing? We just finished removing our Halloween decorations. I wonder how long it will take Eva to give in to her urge to decorate for Christmas. A few years ago, we already had our tree up and decorated! She’s nuts.

Anyway, on Halloween, we had some friends come over for a party before we took all the kids around the neighborhood. The party was fun, with some amazing homemade food, and everyone seemed to enjoy the conversations. Half of our effort went to keeping the kids fed and occupied, so they wouldn’t keep begging to go Trick-or-Treating.

After we finished eating, we took the kids outside to get ready to go. It was raining, so the adults grabbed umbrellas, and the kids didn’t care. On one hand, it’s not fun to walk in the cold and rain; on the other hand, there were far less people than usual, so the houses handed out more candy!

Our costumes this year didn’t have a theme like we usually do. Talon was Mal from Disney’s Descendants, Atlas was an astronaut, Eva was a wolf, and I was the milkman.

If my costume doesn’t make much sense, let me explain. Eva insisted that she and I have a couples outfit this year. After looking through several, we decided that I was going to be the milkman and she would be the pregnant housewife.

At one point, I asked Eva if I could change my costume, but she said, “Absolutely not. Then I would just be a pregnant wife. It wouldn’t work.” So I moved on. Then, a couple days before Halloween (after my costume had already come in), Eva decided that she couldn’t find the right outfit to make her costume work, so she was a wolf. I just shook my head and moved on. Sometimes, she drives me crazy.

As one of our friends put it, we were a “…scandalous pregnant house wife wolf who had a astronaut baby with the milk man.”


In other news, I started NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which is a personal challenge to write 50,000 words of your novel in November. That comes out to 1,667 words per day. I’ve been writing, but I’m far from keeping up with the pace. I’ve written just over 2,500 words, when I should be over 18,000.

The point of the challenge, though, is not so much about making the goal, but to focus on writing your novel. And it’s worked! I’ve been writing far more than I’ve written before. Most of my novel attempts only result in a few hundred words before I lose momentum and motivation. Granted, a few hundred and a couple thousand aren’t far apart, it’s still a big accomplishment for me.

I’ve always wanted to write a novel. It’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I’ve started several times, but planning all the details always got in the way. With NaNoWriMo, you are encouraged to send your “inner editor” on a month-long vacation and simply put words on paper. It’s been really hard for me to fight perfectionism, but sometimes you just need to tell yourself to shut up.

I read the intro to my book after finishing the rough draft, and boy is it rough. I’ve never written so sloppily (by my standards), but It’s a rough draft. I found that I always try to turn my rough draft into a final while I’m writing it. NaNo has really opened my eyes, though. It’s helped me realize that writing a long text requires a lot of work and many revisions. It can’t all be done at the same time. Patience is key.

That’s all I have for now. What have you been up to? Anything interesting happening in your life?

-Ryan

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Hello, world!

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but for good reason.

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Atlas was born healthy and strong on July 29, 2014. Ever since that day, I’ve been busy with everything that comes with baby-raising: feeding, burping, changing diapers, and giving mama foot rubs. The first couple weeks we’re fun, but then I had to go back to work. I wish I could be home all the time, but the bills must be paid.

Anyway, I’m excited to see what the first couple of years of a kid’s life is like. My wife tells me that there’s a lot of progress and milestones that happen quickly. I keep asking her, “What is he gonna learn to do next?”

So far, he’s starting to see about as far as the TV, which is perfect for introducing him to things like NASCAR and hockey (when the season starts). Unfortunately, my wife keeps trying to brainwash him with other shows like all the Housewives of NY, LA, NJ, etc.

On the bright side, he might turn out to be competitive, yet sensitive.

One Year Later [Almost]

I’ve definitely fallen short of my goal of writing on here frequently. I believe I said that I wanted to write every week or so. When I signed in, I noticed that it’s been nearly a year! Sorry everyone.

My lack of writing has not come from life being boring. Quite the opposite actually. I’ve had time to write, but always seem to be too tired or focused on something else. My life is still busy, and there doesn’t seem to be a calm moment in my near future, BUT I will try to get back to writing to you.

So, what’s been going on that’s kept me so busy?

Our daughter leaving for her first day of Kindergarten.
Our daughter leaving for her first day of Kindergarten.

Not long after my last post, my daughter started Kindergarten, which officially marked the beginning of her “growing up” years. It was both exciting and stressful. I love watching her grow up, but I don’t know if I’m ready to see her grow up completely. I know there are still 12 years of fun ahead until she’s all grown up. And I look forward to it all. However, I still can’t help but look into the future and worry a little.

Along with that, I tried to start a YouTube channel, write a couple books, I read a few books, we went to a bunch of hockey games, celebrated birthdays, and went to Texas for Christmas.

The biggest news of all, though, happened around November. My wife and I found out we’re expecting! We didn’t think we were able to conceive, so it came as a bit of a shock for both of us. I was a little nervous, since the age gap between our two kids will be almost 7 years. Plus, we had already grown comfortable with our family of 3 just the way it was. Of course none of that makes me any less excited about this incredible turn of events. My wife and I talked about how we are going to have to readjust our lives completely to accommodate an infant. So, for the past several months, the three of us have been focused on preparing for our new little one.

It’s amazing how simple things like looking for a pacifier clip or deciding what shade of paint to use on the nursery walls is so exciting. I never thought I’d have so much fun shopping for outfits. After all, I don’t even like buying jeans for myself, but the thought for buying them for a baby just feels so different. The new baby isn’t even here yet, and the little one is already making my life even more fun and exciting! I can’t wait to see my daughter become a big sister right before my eyes.

Our newest addition!
Our newest addition!

SPOILER ALERT: If you’re curious about what we’re having, let me just say that we’re evening up the odds in our house. It’s gonna be a fair fight now with a little guy on my side. We have decided on a name: Atlas. It’s a strong name with a bit of a double influence. My wife likes the mythological origin of it and I absolutely love space, so a throwback to the Atlas rockets was kinda nice for me. 😛 His full name is coming soon, so stay tuned!

I’m almost to work now, and I feel like this is a good place to stop. Plus, my post would be way too long if I recalled everything, so I’ll leave you with just the big things.

Take care. 🙂