Okay, so I know my blog has been passive for a few months. And I did promise some of my (few) followers that I was going to update my blog soon. Here it is!
I thought I was going to finish my novel by August, but I was wrong. I postponed the deadline to October for my dad’s birthday present. Sadly, I still could not finish it. I postponed it to end of October so my writing teacher could read it, but still, I could not finish it. I disappointed my dad, my teacher, my readers, and myself. But where I failed in writing, I carried out another reason that I resigned from my old workplace. I traveled, and I traveled hard!
The following are the things that I have been doing for the past few months:
As some of you know, I did a writing month challenge with my brother in July, and I followed through until the last few days of the said month. On the 26th of July, my brother, his friend and I went mountain climbing to the third highest mountain in Indonesian’s 7 summits (which, by the way, is not exactly the third highest in Indonesia, but according to Indonesian’s 7 summits, it is). The mountain is called Rinjani, it is located in Lombok Island, East Indonesia; I have another whole update on that trip. We went up for 3 days, got to meet great people on our tour, and spent a couple days in Lombok, where my brother had a fever. He was supposed to stay in Lombok and waited for my dad to come and both of them were going to climb another mountain on a nearby island. However, since my brother was sick, we went back to Jakarta, and I thought to myself, that I couldn’t let my dad climb a mountain by himself. So a couple days after I got back to Jakarta, I flew back to Lombok and then to Sumbawa to accompany my dad climbing a mountain called Tambora. Interesting fact about Tambora; its eruption in 1815 affected the world’s climate and that year was called the year without a summer. Recently I learned that Napoleon Bonaparte lost his war with the Russian after many of his armies died due to the coldness. My dad and I spent a couple days on the mountain, and when I got back, I wrote a short story based on my experience of climbing those two mountains. I extended my trip to Lombok for a few more days and wrote another short story based on my discussion with my dad. (I haven’t posted them online).
When I got back from Lombok, I had been away from home for more than two weeks, and as if it was not enough, I had to fly to another city because my mom was sick. I won’t bother with the detail, but basically, those two weeks I did not touch my novel. When I went back to Jakarta, I tried to write, but I could not do much; I met up with ex-colleagues, friends I got to know from my trip to Rinjani, or lazed around.
A few days before August ended, I did another trip to Bali for my cousin’s wedding that took place early September. Before the wedding, I went to a small island in Bali’s region, called Nusa Penida. The beaches were amazingly beautiful. Too bad we only spent half a day on that island and we only visited one place that has two attractions called Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach. After the wedding, I extended my trip and went to a few places with my friend; the temple by the cliff called Uluwatu, a beach called Blue Point (apparently it was famous among surfers and it’s used for world championship), and two waterfalls in east Bali.
I went back to Jakarta on the 5th of September, and I experienced a little relationship problem. I had no will to write or even open my novel. I got stuck. I could not force it even if I wanted to. For about a month, I spent my days and nights watching movies, went to the mall, and tagged along with my cousin with his job. Sometimes I tried writing again, but it was hard, and I wasn’t as productive as I was in July.
My motivation came back when it was almost my dad’s birthday that took place mid-October. But, again, I did not meet the deadline and instead, I decided to travel again. I went climbing another crater in Banyuwangi, East Java, I also visited its coffee festival and beaches. I continued to travel to another city and helped my dad with his consultation job (where I got a real decent pay). The job got me to Mount Bromo, and I climbed it as well, only to realize that I’ve climbed that mountain before.
That whole trip was a week long, but two days after I went back to Jakarta, I traveled again to Bogor, where I spent five days doing a writer’s workshop, facilitated by an old friend of my dad’s, Mr. B. He gave me a book by Sol Stein (How to Grow a Novel). On that workshop, Mr. B did not consider me as a student; I was more of an assistant for him. He was teaching how to write an article; the map, the opening, the thesis statement, etc. And I realized that I had never written an article. Surely I’ve written assignments, but my assignments had no flow like how a good article supposed to be. So I asked my mom for a topic, and she gave a topic, and I wrote it in less than an hour (A Happy Jomblo). I showed it to Mr. B, and he hated it because there was nothing to improve; I was proud of myself. I showed him a couple of my short stories, but he had not seen my novels (the finished one nor the work in progress).
After we finished the workshop, I went back to Jakarta, and the following day, I accompanied Mr. B to Bali for his holiday. We were going to discuss my writing, but we were too busy visiting places (another temple, a waterfall, an ICT center) and relaxing. We did discuss my finished novel(la) on the flight back to Jakarta, though.
We went back to Jakarta on the 8th of November, and on the 9th, I flew to Jogjakarta to visit friends and spend more money (the latter was obviously a joke). I climbed my fifth mountain, which was only 700 meters above sea level, and the view from the top was amazing!
As per today, I’ve been away from home for 23 days!
I know I had more than one free month to finish my novel, but even though now I thought of the ending, I still have to think up the late mid-end part of the story. I’d say it’s about 65-75% done. So, throw a coin in a fountain, wish on a wishing star, pray, sacrifice a virgin (again, it’s a joke), or do whatever so that I can finish my novel. LOL….
On a more serious note, thank you so much for those who have been (are) reading my blog. I love you all..!!