Time why you punish me?

 

This is one of my favorite songs.

The years keep going faster it seems as time goes on. This has been something I been saying for a few years now. Well, one day I mentioned it to my mom and she said this. When you are younger you have so much time ahead of you. You are young and not thinking of time. You are thinking of school, marriage, work and friends But as you get older you have more years behind you than in front of you and that is when you notice that time is going by faster than ever before.

When she said this it just clicked. It made perfect sense once I heard it explained that way. And that is what it is. As we get older we pay more attention than ever before. As I round another decade a few years ago it seems the years are speeding.

We need to make good use of our time regardless of our age. And in the grand scheme of things we are really not on this planet a long time. When you think of the trees, land and various architecture around the world we are just a small drop in a big ocean. What we do during that span is up to us.

As we wait for Christmas and what it means to us and the New Year may it be a great season for you all. I’ll be back next year.

The lyrics:

Time why you punish me
Like a wave bashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams

Time why you walk away
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

Time I don’t understand
Children killing in the street
Dying for the color of red

Time there red and blue
Wash them in the ocean, make them clean
Maybe their mother won’t cry tonight

Can you teach me about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free
But tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time
And if I die tomorrow
Just lay…

Time is wasting time is walking
You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind
Thinking about time

Time you left me standing there
Like a tree growing all alone
The wind just stripped me bare
Stripped me bare

Time the past has come and gone
The future’s far away
And now only lasts for one second, one second

Can you teach me ’bout tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow, running free
‘Cause tomorrow’s just another day
And I don’t believe in time

You ain’t no friend of mine
I don’t know where I’m goin’
I think I’m out of my mind

Walking, wasting
You ain’t no friend of mine
And I don’t know where I’m goin’
No don’t know

Time without courage
And time without fear
Is just wasted, wasted
Wasted time

Time why you punish me

Songwriters: Mark Bryan / Dean Felber / Darius Rucker / Jim Sonefeld

Time lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

 

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NaNoWriMo 2018

 

 

I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have done this competition three times and have won three times But I took a break since it is high pace and can be stressful especially if you are odd like me and take it seriously with winning being the only outcome. Writing 50,000 words in one month is crazy and thousands if not millions of people from across the world compete. Some meet in real life while others meet in online events.

One reason why I stopped is with winning three times meant I had three manuscripts that needed me to go over, fix and revise. I had manuscripts that had over 50k words. Those three have still not see the light outside my house for that takes a lot of time to get it in the best shape possible.

So, why try again? Well, first of all bragging rights in a good way. The prizes they give winners are not extravagant but cool. Plus I been working on an idea where the timeline was so messed up with an ending and beginning but little meat to the story line. I decided three days before Nov 1st I would make this project my project for the month. If nothing else it would be in decent shape for revising once the month was over.

To get my words in I do get up an hour to two hours earlier each day. We all know once the day starts life gets busy and the day goes by so fast. Before you know its evening and your words have not added up to the daily suggested words.

Granted my fibro is loving me so much right now, not. But at this pace I should be done, if I can maintain that is, in three weeks instead of four weeks and three days. That is worth it to me. I now just have to convince my body.

My word count as of today is after nine days is: 22,616 

Editors: An expensive part of your book

 

Editors are expensive. If you are a writer and have not checked this out I suggest you do to avoid the ticket price shock. When my first draft of my first book was done I was in for a big awakening.

So I had to get creative. Joining a writing group helped as they tore apart my manuscript when it came to past tense, loop holes and a host of other things. But we can’t rely on a group to do all of our editing. Some members think that unfortunately.

There are a few types of editors. You have line editing, copy editing and developmental editing for starters. Each play a role in making one’s manuscript in the best shape it can possible be. For example I am a developmental editor but I still have my line editor and copy editor to go over each manuscript I finish. If you can’t afford these there are ways to still get it done.

English teachers or students, editors who are just starting out, writing groups that do editing and beta readers and writers are some ways you don’t go broke. But it is a necessary evil to get it done. The slush pile that publishers have are incredibly high. They just need one reason to toss it in file 13 and move on to the next manuscript. Getting editors is a good start on helping your work move on to the next stage and perhaps out of the trashcan.