Party Planning Committee

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My friend, Maha, called me today and asked me if I wanted to be on the party planning committee for Zeina’s birthday. I’m pleased I was asked to help. Zeina always does her best to celebrate our birthdays so it will be great to do something nice for her. We’re going to meet over the weekend to go over details, but it sounds like they have a great theme in the works. I’m super excited!

My social calendar is quite full at the moment and I’m feeling great about it. It’s a thin line between feeling great and overwhelmed for me when it comes to social outings, so I hope the good feeling stays for some time. I love being around people but it also drains my energy. I’m an odd mix of outgoing and retiring. I always have to make sure I keep it balanced or my mood turns horrible.

Dalal is having a gathering at her place tomorrow and inviting a few close friends. On Saturday morning, I have to meet with a friend for a catch up session. Then I’ll have to get ready for another friend’s wedding.

Right now I have to head over to Noor’s to go over her latest kaftan designs. Since Ramadan is early this year, we’ve had to start earlier than usual. The trend this year are lightweight breezy fabrics to combat the soaring temperatures. I’m hoping she shows me bright colors and short styles.

It’s going to be a busy few days. Somewhere in between all this I have to make time to write!

Writing Update

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I’m now 5,025 words into my 60,000 word goal. I’m happy I managed to write over 2K words but sad I didn’t meet my target goal of 5K words for the day. I’ll have to make up for the missing words tomorrow. It’s going to be tough because I’m committed to an event that will take up most of my evening but I have to make it work.

Part of me thinks it’s insane that I’m attempting to write a 60K novel in two weeks but it serves me right for slacking off for the past 15 days.

I have to make it happen. I have to commit. I have to choose self-discipline over procrastination.

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Fresh Start

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I scrapped my previous words and started fresh. It’s not that momentous, I know, because it’s not like I had many words to begin with. At this point I was hoping to be half-way through my manuscript. Instead of 30,000 words I only have 2,744 words, but that’s okay. I’m really happy with the 2,744 words I wrote today.

We’ll see how I feel about them tomorrow, but right now I’m feeling pretty good about what I’ve produced.

Most of the time today was spent outlining and I believe like I’m on the right track now, where I was waffling before. I planned another writing day tomorrow. I’m hoping the deadlines work this time. I have to finalize this MS by the end of April. No excuses. I have procrastinated long enough. It’s time to buckle down and work.

I know it doesn’t seem like I am getting much writing done but I have been reading up on plotting, outlining my MS, sketching out the characters more thoroughly, and trying to sort out my mailbox. I’ve neglected Wattpad, I hope to have another chapter up there by the weekend so I’m keeping busy.

And of course, here I am writing blog posts!

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“Where I Should Be” Vs. “Where I Am”

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It’s April 13th.

Where I should be in terms of word count is 26,000 words.

Where I am in terms of word count is 3,958 words.

I am short 22,042 words.

Needless to say, this has to be fixed ASAP, so for the next few days I have to focus on shutting out the outside world and write, write, write!

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Who Are Your Friends?

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A friend of mine sent me a message, “Dinner tonight?”

“Yes,” I typed back.

“See you in half an hour,” she replied.

I knew I should have said no. And if she had insisted, I should have made up an excuse. I had scheduled a writing day and hadn’t written a word so far. I had no business going out to dinner.

But, it had been a while since she initiated an outing with me. And I valued her company. Four hours later, I was thankful that I made the time to see her. We spent dinner catching up on our lives. I have been seeing her around in groups but I believe a one-on-one outing is vital to maintaining most friendships. It allows you to have personal conversations that you may not be able to in other settings, and opens the groundwork for deeper interactions.

One thing she asked me during the dinner was, “Who are your friends?”

On a superfluos level, she knew who my friends are. She wanted to know who I counted as my true blue friends, those who would be there no matter what.

The question gave me the opportunity to examine the current friendships in my life. I am thankful that I have a vivacious and ever-changing social circle. I enjoy meeting new people and feel revitalized interacting with interesting people with fantastic life experiences. But the downfall of living that lifestyle is that many of my friendships are transient. They exist for the here and now and are not necessarily available in the future.

I try to remain cordial with people because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my coincedence-ridden life is that everyone is connected. I have met people across the world who wind up being best friends or related to people I know. It’s a small world after all is not just some chorus line in a song, it’s the reality of my life.

Despite my attempts at remaining cordial, sometimes I can’t help it, I meet some people and I just have to be a jerk. Something primal within me responds to their attitude and behavior and I turn into a different person. I trust my gut instinct when it tells me to do that. Given enough time, I usually find out what it was that my subconscious knew instantaneously.

I can count on one hand the true friends I have. I explained to my friend exactly what made me thankful to have them in my life. The others are interwoven within different friendship layers. I’ve got the social friends, the high school friends, the college friends, the work friends, etc. Each of them represent a different timeframe of my life and may see different facets of my personality.

For whatever reason, whenever anyone asks this question (“Who are your friends?”) it sets off the desire to go and meet new people. Luckily (unluckily?) for me, I’ve got several events in the future that will give me the opportunity to do just that (and take time away from writing).