I had a great writing night tonight. I finished the day with 2229 words to bring my NaNoWriMo total to 55,025 words. I also finished the first draft of one of my short stories which I am really happy about.
Unfortunately, the night finished with a bit of a sour note.
Without going into any details, I was accused (in jest or not it was still an accusation) of being anti-social because I haven’t attended any meet-ups the past two years. I thought about that trying to understand if the accusations were valid or not.
I thought about my several recurring weekly commitments that essentially eliminate my availability Monday – Thursday. Monday is often a meet up day as, I believe is Wednesday so I can’t help those. This week there is a Saturday meet up from 1PM to 1AM. I have a Children’s Book Fair and Conference I have volunteered to help at from 10AM to 4PM. That kills 3 hours of the 12.
Then I have to pick my daughter up from work and get ready for the office Christmas party that goes from 6:30PM until ???. That pretty much eliminates the rest of the 12 hours. Sure I could TRY to get half an hour or so in between, but the meeting place is almost 20 Km from where I live. Just looking at the time, I don’t see how I can make it.
Am I making excuses? I don’t think so.
So what is the problem? Quite honestly, I have quit taking anything else on because I simply can’t add any more to my schedule. I would love to go and meet all the people I have met virtually, but I just can’t.
Does that make me anti-social? I hope not. I know it has made some of my NaNo friends angry. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything to fix it short of making someone else mad at me.
So I am essentially stuck between a rock and a hard place. So, who do I leave angry? My virtual friends or my family who I live with. If I am forced to make a choice, guess who it will have to be.