Train, writing

No more excuses…a scary thought

I commute. Every day I spend more than 2 hours in public transportation. I mostly can not write in the train because it is way too crowded. However, this will change and I am facing a “no more excuses” wall.

Let me introduce you to “Commuting just became more productive” aka my new netbookIt´s scary but it´s exhilarating at the same time: I invested in my writing. I will also get monthly tickets a tad more expensive that my current ones but which should secure a seat.  I will at least have 4 more hours a week to actually work on my novel (I cannot totally give up on the reading time ;-)).

I have to admit that it makes me a bit anxious, what if I realize that this extra time does not help cos I just get stuck? But as with anything writing-related, I quiet the little worry voice in my head and just take the plunge!

Observations, Train

Week 42 – Ranting about coughing…

No I am not coughing as I am typing this. This post will not be about my writing even though I am very pleased to announce that I almost reached my goal of 300 words per day this week.

However as a commuter I urge my co-commuters to realize some basic facts: we’re in a small place together, we might be pushed against one another, creating more intimacy than what we ever intended, sitting or standing…so if you do cough or sneeze please make sure that it does not reach the other person.

I assure you there are ways to avoid these little accidents…

This was just a little rant as for the past two days I thought about opening an umbrella, carrying a mask or just anything to avoid the little drops coming out of other passengers.

I understand one has to go to work but please, not putting something, anything in front of your mouth when you are coughing/sneezing is just plain wrong.


Week 40: Finding the time to write….

This is not a new topic. After using my friend “Google”, I found several websites/blogs talking about the topic, here are a few below:’re-a-Busy-Mom

Commuting does not necessarily making it easier to write…sometimes I am not seating, sometimes I am self-conscious about the person sitting next to me and sometimes I am too squeezed between people to actually write.

I agree that it is not always easy to find time for oneself even for something one loves to do and I would dare to say that all writers love to write. They get the urge in their fingers to tell a story.

Yes writing can be difficult, yes sometimes we want to throw our computers across the rooms and sometimes we want to ask our main characters “why are you doing this to me?” but we still love it.

For me (the commuting girl without any children but a long day at work and a long commute and a dear husband I want to spend more time with…and the family/friends I want to keep in touch
with…and….and….and….) the best advices I should pay attention to are the following:

  1. Always carry a notebook with you, you never know when you may  have the time to just put down some ideas (waiting at the doctor’s office, having coffee, having lunch…)
  2. Schedule time to write (but make it realistic). If you need a least a few hours of sleep every night do not schedule it so early in the  morning that you cannot do it. Why not use your lunch break twice a week to actually go out and eat a sandwich while typing or stay at your desk  with a notepad?
  3. Set yourself a realistic goal on how many pages you want to write per week
  4. Take a look at what you can cut: do you spend some time watching a show when you could be writing?
  5. Important: keep writing fun even with when it becomes cumbersome; do not beat yourself up if you do not reach your goal (see 3).
  6. Turn to writing communities: you are not alone with this! I joined Absolutewrite not too long ago and just reading that others are going through the same thing as I am is helpful.
  7. Be thankful for what you achieve and for the small things

I know I am very lucky because of the support I receive at home:

A dear, wonderful husband who understands my passion for writing, who lets me write while he sometimes cooks on week-ends and who pushes me a bit (sometimes I think he pushes me too much but I recognize it is because he wants the best for me….pshhhh don’t tell him otherwise he will think he is perfect)…

Observations, Train

Week 39 – Delays, another perk of commuting?

Delays are annoying, sure…but let’s try to see the positive side of them.

It is quite an exercise as I get very annoyed when I leave work somewhat on time but my plans on coming back somewhat early compared to usual is flawed by things out of my power.

so maybe it is a control thing:
of course coming late to work is not a pleasant feeling especially when one gets up extra early to make sure they do make it to that particular timing but what can one do about it? Leaving earlier does not necessarily mean you will make it earlier, checking the trains’ status does help but only when the statuses are actually updated…

I simply wish I had more control over this type of situation which brings me back to the beginning of my post.

Delays are annoying, sure…but let’s try to see the positive side of them.

* If you commute with somebody you know, you can chit chat a tad longer
* You can get coffee-to-go
* You can listen to your ipod
* You can use the time to check your emails…
* You can observe people and see how they get annoyed
* You can day dream

Plus let’s face it: being stuck in traffic jam can be more stressful, yes you are in control but control does not mean it’s solving the issue…

Does it mean that I will be less annoyed next time there is delay?

Probably not but when I see the sign “Delay” (here note the emphasis on Delay…not cancellation, it may make me smile…)