My days lately consist of:

  1. Work
  2. Japanese study
  3. NaNoWriMo

and that seems to be about as much as I can manage. I do slip in dinner with friends or a walk, or yesterday I babysat for 10 hours, but these three things are my focus.

I feel pretty good about that.

Work is still not the smooth rhythm I would like it to be, but it is a relief to be able to focus on only one “work” at the moment.

Japanese. This weird little thing that I started doing for no particular reason in June, and I’m still at it. にほんごをはなしません。I think that’s “I don’t speak Japanese.” I’m not looking it up. Just in hiragana too. Kanji is… well. I’m trying.

NaNoWriMo. This is my third attempt. I’ve never completed it. But I’ve got two groups cheering me on right now, a local writing group and a NaNo-dedicated Slack group. If I just stick to pumping out 1666 words every day, it’ll happen. It usually takes me just over two hours. That’s a lot when you save it to the end of the day, and your eyes are closing on you.

The image above is part of a little book I wrote and illustrated for my oldest nephew when he was a lot younger. It’s about a little dragon who finds a map of the world and gets distracted from his dragon lessons. We share a birthday, and I wanted to make him something really special. I’m still super proud of it.