Updates Are All I Have: NaNo, Podcast, OWOP…

Freshly made pancakes. No relation to this post at all. Just a picture for fun.

Nobody ever said graduate school was going to be a breeze. And I never doubted that either. But wow, I have neglected this blog for the past month. Luckily, I have kept a semi-regular schedule for My International MBA podcast episodes at least. Saturdays seem to be the best day to get material out.

I’m well settled into my apartment. Feng shui help from Catherine Grison is in the final stages, so soon I’ll take pictures. It takes awhile, mainly because I need to rearrange my priorities a lot.

I thought Camp NaNoWriMo would be all the “NaNo-ing” I’d do this year, but I’m going to go ahead and do NaNoWriMo next month after all. I can’t help but get sucked in every year. I have more prep material for my novel, but alas, it all sits and gathers dust as the month of October whizzes by…

One Word, One Picture (OWOP) did pretty well for three-fourths of the year. I decided that I would end my OWOP adventure at the start of September because my picture-taking had dwindled…and then came school. This month I’ve started back with near-daily picture-taking again, but I’d rather re-start OWOP in 2012 than pick up where I left off.

Speaking of 2012: anyone want to join in with OWOP next year? Let me know: helene at helenekwong dot com

Daily Post Day 14: OWOP Progress & Writing Projects

I don’t particularly like Day 14’s topic, so here I am back with my regularly schedule topics of my own projects:

OWOP is going strong with Genie and Jose contributing alongside me; of course, would be nice to have more people onboard as well! Love seeing the different photographs from my contributors and would love to see more from others.

Writing projects are steady right now; the first half of this month has been more-or-less a lot of adjusting “back to the daily grind”. It’s a bit futile considering all this will change once again in a few months.

Up bright and early today to get some writing and reading in! Oh, and one last note: finished reading a friend’s draft of his novel last night. Will get a critique together over the weekend.

Daily Post Day 9: Recent AHA! Moment (OWOP)

Montana sunshine

A recent AHA! moment for me was when I was contemplating what to do with my then-new Posterous account. I had already joined Tumblr and decided on a theme there, but what to do with Posterous? I didn’t want to get bogged down with too many personal/miscellaneous blogs…

I was lying awake in bed and then I thought of One Word, One Picture: OWOP! But at that point I didn’t want to make it public since I wasn’t sure if this was an idea I wanted to keep up with.

I let it incubate for about a week. And then I realized 2011 was on the near horizon. Oh shoot, must start promoting OWOP!

Hence, the reason why I was blasting out announcements all across my social media accounts. Am still welcoming new participants! Project is good for now, but looks like it’s just me and Jose for the time being. Genie will be back, though.

Feel free to join in if you haven’t already!

Daily Post Day 3

Topic #3 from the Daily Post blog:

What’s the single most important thing you accomplished in 2010?

Short and simple, I persevered through a near-death experience at the beginning of last year. Coincidentally, this incident occurred on my 25th birthday and gave new meaning to “Quarter-Life Crisis”.

Yes, I realize I’m writing this post a few days after; this week has involved a lot of traveling for me. WordPress for iPhone still has issues so I couldn’t post from my phone. So now I’m catching up.

OWOP update: Still going strong somewhat but it’s only been a week and interest is waning as well. Of course, it’s not too late to still jump on board for those of you who are interested.

In random news: there’s a cat sitting outside my window staring at me. Luckily it’s not a black cat.

Daily Post Day 2 & OWOP Update

Sunset

I don’t particularly like the prompt for Daily Post Day 2. But as they state on the blog, the prompts are entirely optional.

It’s not that I don’t have someone in mind who needs more credit, but there are many names that run through my head when I think about “who needs more credit”.

At this time I would prefer not to name these people because this is more personal than I would feel comfortable stating on the Internet.

So there you have it, my response.

In other news–One Word, One Picture (OWOP) is starting out swell! Have had two participants come onboard, which may not sound like much to others, but it’s exciting for me. Also, Posterous makes it much easier to have others post with me on the same blog. I’ll need to figure out if I should keep each individual post as-is or consolidate each day’s pictures/words into one daily post. For now, I will just let the posts be. When more participants join on board, consolidated posts may be necessary (so not to flood RSS feeds/Twitter/inboxes), but right now I’m comfortable with the format.

One last thing: I am so grateful for the writing friends I have met in San Francisco. One friend has announced she will do JanNoWriMo, which is perfectly fine with me as that will motivate me to get back to working on my novels-in-progress. It’s always great to have a support network, especially in person when possible. Time for more write-ins when I return to the Bay on Wednesday!

(P.S., if you missed my tweet/Facebook blast re: my short story on Scribd, here’s the link: The Million-Dollar Rupee )