I AM THE UNRELIABLE NOVELIST

Things I pretend to be instead of lost and nervous

1. smart
2. right
3. confident
4. hi-LAR-ious!
5. possessing a flawless sense of direction (literal and literary)
6. able to wear six-inch platforms without paying for it later
7. completely disinterested in that bottle of pinot grigio
(you know, that one at the store that hasn’t been purchased yet)
8. not eating this cheese stick
9. leaning in
10. writing

The Last 7 Months, Abridged

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The Plot Whisperer, she understands me:

"Writing uplifts you and connects you to a higher truth. Temporary feelings of euphoria sweep over you. You are at peace…until suddenly, for no apparent reason, you feel lost, abandoned, alone, and stretched beyond your limits. Your goal of writing suddenly seems unattainable. You become angry, frustrated, disappointed, and ashamed. You have no place to hide, and so, rather than face the blank page and failure, you find other things to do and put off the most important task: your writing."

The other things I did:
1) ran away to Sebastopol
2) bought a house
3) got a husband (!!)

But the novel, she will not let you avoid her forever.

And so, like a baby sloth partaking of her weekly poop, I clutched the tree of fiction anew this morning.

And much like the sloth, it felt better than one might expect.

It’s still crap, but hey, it’s something.

I wrote something

I promised myself no Tumblrizing until I actually got back to the goddamn plot. So here I am, several months later, with 341 new words. They’re too terrible to share, of course. I’m several months rusty. But I wrote them.

It feels good to be back on the road to redemption. And not in a Mario Van Peebles sort of way. Or well, now that I’ve actually watched the trailer, maybe it is in a Mario Van Peebles sort of way. I certainly hope my road includes Luke Perry in a wife beater…

Have you seen my ambition?

I’ve looked everywhere, and I can’t find it.

This is deeply worrying. It’s been my constant companion since toddlerhood, when I first set out to out-think and out-dress my preschool brethren.

educating Mom on the emerging ankle socks trend (see Top, ZZ)

All the work, the bravado, the bossing, it was all leading up to this, the crowning achievement, the ultimate dream. Did pretty good there for awhile, got halfway through. Then summer arrived and POOFTY!

My ambition ran out on me.

I think I can hear her sometimes, late at night, knocking around the back of my skull. I predict (assume? hope?) it’s only a matter of time before she digs her stilettos into the back of my cerebrum and I get back to work. But in the meantime, this pretirement has given me a sense of the pace at which life could be lived. When you only work 15 hours a week, there is time, sweet time, for everything there’s never time for. Sleep! Love! Exercise! Baking!

Very much enjoyment! Very little rushing!

This must be why the French are so smug.

New Rules For Productivity

1) write every goddamn day at the same goddamn time

2) do breathing exercises every goddamn day

3) post to blog only when inspiration strikes

4) ignore social media ‘best practices’

5) limit facebook to 5 minutes per day

6) go ahead, continue to try to care about Twitter
(est. time suck: 0 minutes)

7) limit gossip blog consumption to weekends

8) rewrite personal mantra
(current: life ain’t nothing but bitches and money)

Things You Should Know, Week 37

Oh heyyyy, nice to see you! What you been up to the last 30 days? Me, I’ve become a blogger with mixed feelings about the internet!

Do I contradict myself? Very well then yada yada Walt Whitman.

ALSO OMFG speaking of wasted time, I’ve just spent an hour trying to sync up these f’d up video and audio tracks, to no avail. Consider this video confirmation that I am in fact a very large, very photorealistic puppet.

Let’s get this party started: spy gadgets 101

Minister Sung here, reporting from the secret underground headquarters of the Ministry of Unreliable Gadgetry. Wait — did I say “secret underground headquarters”? Lies. We’re in an undersea base at the edge of the continental shelf 200mi off the southern coast of Ireland. Wait, no — I’m writing this from the observation deck of a mobile lab slung underneath a stealthed dirigible 20,000 feet somewhere above middle America. Listen, it’s a secret and you’ll never find us. Sorry to disappoint you in advance.

I’ve gotten off track here. Let’s talk about spy gadgets. You know: those things that spies carry that help them do their jobs and (hopefully) look cool at the same time. Cars with ejector seats. Pens that conceal cameras.

Umbrellas that become swords.

Armor-plated dinner jackets.

You know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout.

There are two basic places that spy gadgetry can be concealed: on your person, or in your car. Your vehicle. Your spymobile, as it were. I break these things down further into three major categories: espionage, defensive, and offensive.

Espionage gadgets help spies do spy things: take pictures, record conversations, break into places they shouldn’t be, track people, etc.

Defensive gadgets help spies defend themselves from attack or death: armor, medical devices, threat radar, etc.

Offensive gadgets help spies do the attacking: concealed guns, knives, bombs, poisons, etc.

Make sense? The reasons for these classifications will become clear later, but right now, I’d just like to hear from you:

What’s your favorite spy gadget?

If you need a little jumpstart for your brain parts, good ol’ Wikipedia’s got your back where James Bond is concerned. Get out your invisible ink pen and let’s see some write-ins! Add yours to the comments section right here. ⬇⬇⬇