Welcome back to question time! It's time for me now to take part two of the questions (and don't worry, I'm not going to stretch this out forever, this will be a three part post. Part one here.) Anyhoo, has been a pretty slow week. I spent most of it watching Scrubs, my new obsession.
Did one garage sale (see photo) which went swimmingly, as in, I sold most of my clothes and luckily, the ones I didn't sell were the ones I decided to keep in the end anyway*. Happy ending. Also bought one white, long, racer back summer dress, two pairs of shorts, one long black stretchy tunic, one black shirt with cut-out embroidery and one CD collection that I used to have somewhere in Delhi but can no longer find. Plus, made a profit, but THEN my car got towed and I spent most of it getting it back. Oh well.
(*including the colourful halter top you can see in the picture)
On to the questions! Lalalala.
First! From Pesto Sauce, who asks, "Tell me when is your second book coming out?"
Heh. Something both you and I want to know, my friend. Here's the good news. The book is happening, slowly but surely. I have approximately 15,000 words done (and I'm aiming for a 100,000) the characters are shaping themselves well and I have a good idea of where the story is going. The bad news is that discipline comes and goes, and there are some days where I do no work at all. But, rest assured, the first draft should be done by my birthday (which is mid-December) and after that, inshallah, we shall figure out the rest.
Second, from Jo (who hasn't enabled profile views so no link, sadly), who asks, "So tell me your difference in passion about blogging over 5 years?"
Good question, Jo. Goo-hoo-d question. I think I've mentioned this before, but being a freelance is pretty much living in your head all the time. Which means some of your dear-diary thoughts get verbalised during the day, even if you're just talking to your cat. Which means sometimes a blog is extraneous. OR, if you're struggling with three deadlines that you've put off till the last minute it means that the last thing you want to do in your free time is write some more. The passion? Has somewhat waned. We are like an old married couple now, me and my blog, and sometimes we have great sex, and sometimes, well, just a kiss on the forehead suffices.
And, almost a follow up question, from Touche, "Your frequency of writing would have windled from day zero to present...but still there is something which makes you go on and on. What drives you to do that?"
I guess, to continue with my old married people metaphor, because at the end of the day I come back to something I love. And blogging combines two things I dearly like doing--talking about myself and writing. It's win-win! (Yes, I'm a narcissist. Yes, most writers are, if you scratch the surface. Yes, this is also the reason I would never date another writer.) I like blogging because it keeps me connected, I can ramble on about various things in my life and because, well, it's sort of fun, no?
Another Kiran In NYC asks, "have you ever regifted a gift?"
Y'know, mostly not. Presents have a sort of sentimental value for me, I like all presents, even if I barely know the person that gave them to me, so I keep LOADS of things I have no use for. What I do do (hehehe.. doodoo. I am a five year old today) is buy something for myself and regift that. So like a book I got for a journey, or a top that doesn't fit, things like that. But those are only courtesy gifts, given when I'm going somewhere where I don't really know the host, but it's polite to take something anyway---like a friend of a friend's thing or something. And everything is new, it's not second hand stuff, so don't be scared if I give you a present!
I think that's it for today, check back again for part three, coming up soon!