Well, hi there! My April hiatus is over, and it’s time to resume our weekly cuppa and chat! I missed you all, while I was away, and I’m glad to be back! In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a bit about what I’m doing here today…
When I was six, my family was driving on a highway late at night. Streaks of headlights and taillights painted the dark. For the first time, I realized that each car held people living lives as important to them as mine was to me.
I wanted to know what those lives were, and to share my own.
So, what was I up to, while I was away?
I could tell you that I was off doing a top secret mission, or had a month-long family emergency, or something else….
But the truth is, I was playing.
Yes, that’s right.
For those of you who don’t know, we take play very seriously, around here, in the Land of Lovely Chaos. In a silly way, of course!
April, for me, was a month for indulging in rampant wordplay. I treated myself to not one but two writing challenges:
- Blogging From A-Z is an alphabetical jaunt through – well, whatever your want, every day in April, excepting Sundays. I decided to do something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now – I ambled back in time and personal history to the days when my Accomplice and I were much more newly married, still childless, and working in national parks as seasonal employees. Between paying gigs, we traveled, collecting stories and experiences along the way. Explore my 2015 A-Z posts.
- April CampNaNoWriMo is another incarnation of National Novel Writing Month. I played with a world I created for last year’s A-Z project – a series of short stories set on Kifo Island, a near-future hospice island resort. Word count goals are flexible for Camp – I made mine 60,000 words, which was room enough to completing the rough draft of Transitions, the first volume in the series, and to start the second, Generations.
And this month?
Well, I’ve got a new playground – Story a Day May. Yes, I’ll be writing a short story every day all month long – no Sundays off, this time! – using a variety of prompts.
This doesn’t exactly sound like playing to you?
Well, what if I told you that I also look at raking my front yard as play? That I love yardtending because it’s repetitive and gets my blood moving, because I can do it at my own pace, and I’m usually alone? That it gives me space to sink into the worlds that spin in my imagination?
And this challenge? Writing a story every day for a month doesn’t thrill everyone – I get that. But it‘s a party for me! I love to write; I love to play with characters, plots, settings, the little inside jokes and tiny details that make a story something more than just whatever happens between “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after” (neither of which I’ve ever used as the beginning or end points of a story, by the way…).
Here’s some things you might not know about me:
- I love the humans who love them.
And I especially love relationships involving Vulcans and humans…which is why I love love love Star Trek: Enterprise, and its ‘power couple’ – Trip Tucker, the extremely human Chief Engineer, and T’Pol – the Vulcan scientist who fascinates and infuriates him as much as he fascinates and confuses her.
I love them – and I get to play with them every day, all month!
While I do that, I’ll be building discipline, engaging my creativity in new ways, refining my craft, stretching – and having a fantastic time along the way.
Now, that’s a playground! =D
And how about you? Have you been to a playground lately – literally or figuratively? Do you delight in things that others might find less pleasant that being swarmed by fire ants? Please drop a comment in the little box below while I get you another cuppa, so we can all have the chance to share playtime with you!
And, as a treat, here’s a prime playground of mine!