Posts Tagged ‘Life’

(writing/personal) Turning over a new leaf

I’m trying to make myself a little more accountable lately.  Hopefully, this time, the change will stick.

Miles walked today: .87 (I walked 1.07 miles yesterday, so I’m not sure where I am.  I’ll figure it out for tomorrow’s blog.)

Morning Pages: Day 63 – I’ve done two full months, and I think it’s finally become a habit.

Words written: 300 words on the Forgotten plot summary, and one and a third handwritten pages on the Time Travelers story.

(to-do/writing) Chilly, with a chance of Birthday!

First, thank you to all those who posted birthday wishes – I do appreciate them!  I’m spending my birthday at home, cleaning and waiting for the furnace guy to show up again, because that’s how adults spend their birthdays, apparently.

 

Hubby let me sleep late (yay, hubby!) and I’ve already done my morning pages for the day.  There’s baseball in an hour, and lots to do, so we’ll get to the list as soon as I update you on the novel progress.

 

I’m about 10k in, give or take.  That’s going to change, because I’m finally getting to the point where I need to sit down and outline it, which is what I’m doing.  I need to do some research too – I’m not quite in Sapph’s head yet, which is disturbing, considering the novel is in 1st person.  The part I’m having an issue with is how she thinks about being wealthy – I need to do some research on heiresses and their lives.   Luckily, when Mom and I were perusing one of the thrift shops we hit yesterday, I found a biography on Alice Roosevelt Longworth entitled Princess Alice for a dollar, so there’s a start.  I need to hit the library and see what I can find on folks like Christina Onassis and (ugh) Paris Hilton.  Folks like that.

 

On to the to-do list!

1. Clean bathroom.  Completely.

2. BASEBALL at 1:35 pm! *this will be listened to while cleaning*

3. Walk

4. Fold and put away laundry in dining room.

5. Put away dishes.

6. Make bbq pork sandwiches for dinner/lunch tomorrow.

7. Take out chicken to thaw.

 

Off to begin!

(to-do/personal/writing) Busy, busy, busy

I’ve been so freaking busy the past three weeks, I don’t know if I’m coming or going.  No time to blog, no time to really write (although I’ve done my morning pages faithfully every day – 53 days in a row and counting!), and no real time to myself.  That needs to change – I’m getting stir-crazy, and not in a good way.  I like commuting in with someone (my friend Carolyn and I have close enough shifts that we can share the hour commute in and out, which saves gas for both of us), but that used to be my “me” time, and so it’s gone.  I need to find another way to get that time in.  It’s only two weeks into this arrangement, so I’ll figure it out.

 

Need to do things today, even after the 5 hour nap I had.  My house is a mess (per usual, I’m afraid – I’m a pretty lousy housekeeper even at the best of times), I need to take stock of laundry, and I need to make food for the week.  I’ve found that doing that on the weekend means I have a bit more time to do things during the week without worrying about food.  And since as of right now, I’m in training mode, food (more exactly: GOOD FOOD) is very important.

 

Yep, training mode.  Argus and I are going to run the Nottingham Old Home Days 5k in September.  Eek!  I’m determined to RUN this one and not walk the majority of it, like the last 5k I was in.  I’ll keep you guys updated on my training.  Starts tomorrow, btw, with running at the gym.  Gotta see if I still have the Couch to 5k app on my iPod later.

 

So, here’s the to-do list for today.  It looks long, but I slept 5 hours, so I have about 5 hours to do things.  Plan is to be in bed by 11:30 pm.

– Daily Pages

– Put away dishes in the rack

– Wash dishes in the sink

– Make Portuguese Stew for dinner tomorrow night (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aida-mollenkamp/portuguese-sausage-and-bean-stew-recipe/index.html)

– Fold laundry and put it away

– Pack lunch for tomorrow

– Finish Spells galleys

– Pack gym bag for tomorrow

 

That’s a good start.  I need to get the dishes going, so I can start the stew.  Hard to cook in a messy kitchen, and mine’s a disaster.

(updates/personal) Yep, still here. Not dead. At least, not yet.

I hate Daylight Savings time.  Just sayin’.

 

Also, I can’t update my website from work.  Nor can I look at Pinterest anymore (dammit!) and I can’t read my G+ stream.  I can post from my Google Reader to my G+ stream (don’t ask, our firewall is WEIRD) and I do have my phone, so I might hop on Twitter or Facebook from work on break, but it’s not a lways on.  So please, don’t think I’m ignoring you.  I’m not – I’m just busy.

 

However, I’m finally starting to settle into a routine.  I’m getting ready for Balticon (yay!) – I’ll be helping run the Needleworker’s Tea there again, and we’ll be launching Spells and Swashbucklers – with pirates!  And rum!  I’m also doing a LOT of crocheting – lots of babies coming this spring!  It was a fertile late summer/early fall, apparently.

 

Finally, I’m writing.  I’ve done my daily pages for 44 days straight so far, and I’m working on several projects.  Forgotten, mostly, but some other things as well that I’m pretty stoked about.  More later, as I can.

(to-do/writing/personal) Sundays are days of rest. Really.

Even when you don’t get home until 3:30 am from a ghost investigation – it’s still a day of rest.  A day to catch up on Once Upon a Time (my new favorite show, next to Castle and Bones), write, do laundry and dishes, and just renew myself.  I really do like this new schedule – I feel more alive.  And the words are coming again.

The words are coming because of a few things: I’m doing the daily pages every day at 750words.com, I’m taking the time to do things like watching TV again (a few selected shows only), and I’m reading again.  I just finished The Between, by LJ Cohen, and now I’m reading Hard Magic, by Laura Anne Gilman.  Because of that, and the fact that I’m on the right schedule, I’m getting words.

Which is good, because I’ve set myself a goal of finishing the first draft of Forgotten, the book I’m currently working on.  I haven’t talked much about it here, and I won’t for a while, but it’s a totally different world than the Horseman books.  Ghost stories, in fact.  I love ghost stories, and now, I’m free to write the books I want to read.  So, first draft of Forgotten is on deadline for May 30th.

I need to post a honey do list for this year, but I’ll do that later.  The big things on it, though, are Forgotten, the first draft of Schrodinger (whatever the title will be) and getting both Spells and Swashbucklers and Last Rites onto the shelves.  And, in non-writing stuff, I need to redesign the website.  Badly.

But today, I have just a few things to do:

– vacuum the living room

– empty the drainboard

– empty the sink

– Daily pages

– 500 words  on Forgotten

– Update the calendar in the living room

 

Lots to do today, and daylight, as they say, is a-burnin’.  Good news is, I don’t have to get up at 6 am tomorrow.

(personal/writing/to-do) I’ve been quiet, but I’ve been busy

It’s been a busy week!  Go live at my new job, writing busily on Forgotten, and starting to look for a house.  Yes, we’re going to buy our first (and hopefully last!) home!  It’s very scary, but fun.

 

I’ve managed to write my daily pages every day this month (I’m going to do that after I finish this) and I’m well on my way to making this a permanent habit.  Wish exercise was this easy!  And yet, I think I know how to make exercise that easy too.

 

Today, I’m going to do some research tonight, helping out on another ghost investigation with Dark Knight Paranormal, so I don’t have a lot of time to do stuff today.  However, I’m on my real schedule (yay!!!), so I should be updating daily here again.  No more getting up at oh-god-o’clock in the morning!  I love 8 am – I don’t even need an alarm clock!

 

Okay, enough burbling.  I’ll have a more indepth post tomorrow, I hope – and I’ll be able to tell you more about what’s coming up for me!  Also, the return of the Honey Do list, and what projects I’m currently finishing up/starting/in the middle of.

(personal/to-do/writing) Lazy Sundays are cold.

Lazy Sundays haven’t been cold lately, but they are today.  Luckily, I have a wood stove and lots of wood, along with two cats who are willing to keep me warm with snuggles.  Sadly, I have to go home later today.  Which means going out in the cold!

There’s a to-do list, of course.  It wouldn’t be a Sunday without one!  But this one is less than my normal to-do list, and it’s got some important things on it: time for me.  Slow-down time.  It has been pointed out to me that somewhere along the way, I switched from a Type B personality to a Type A.  And I don’t like being a Type A.  So, I’m reclaiming my Type B – with a bit of a twist.  Lists and schedules help me be more laid back.  No, I don’t understand it either, but trust me, it does.  Maybe because when I have the schedule, I don’t worry about what I’m supposed to do?  Maybe.  I need to dig out my planner and start using it again.  Or really update my phone with Google Calendars.  Maybe that’s the way?  I dunno.

Anyways, here’s the to-do list:
– Dishwasher run
– Morning pages
– Pick up and pack laundry
– Cut out coupons
NONE! They sucked last weekend!
– Grocery list
– Grocery shopping
– Make cranberry-orange muffins
– Make baked pasta for the week (mmm)
– 500 words on Forgotten
– lavender-scented bath and chamomile tea before bed

Time to get moving!

BTW, I’ve done my morning pages every day this month so far! Even Friday, when I had to do it at 11:30 pm to make it!

(writing/letters/update) Day two of the month – on track!

Lots done today!

750 words – check.

Letter sent – check (to my adorable niece!)

Words on Forgotten – 1003 (made up for yesterday, so still on track for the month.)

Court report sent in to Brigantia – check.

Email updated – check.

Going to fall into bed now – check.

(personal/to-do) Three day weekends rock!

I love three-day weekends, because I can do something Saturday, and Sunday just relax, then do more stuff on Monday and still not stress.  Yesterday was my writer’s group, and I got some really good feedback on my stuff.  More on that later.  But today, as it’s so freaking cold out, I’m going to snuggle in here at home, do some sewing and some other stuff, and enjoy what would normally be my Saturday.  Because I don’t have to go to work tomorrow!

But I do have a list of things I need to do today, so I’ll list them here:

– Finish my underdress for Birka

– Do dishes currently in the sink

– Clean off the kitchen counters (and put away everything that I don’t use on a regular basis into storage)

– Mop the kitchen floor

– Make a food plan for the week

– Make cranberry almond bread

– Make pasta for the week

– Try waffles from new cookbook

– Put away laundry in living room

– Fix vacuum cleaner

– Make new business cards for Argus

– Vacuum living room

– World of Warcraft

– 385 words each day on Forgiven

 

Yeah, it looks like a lot, but I really think it’s a good plan for the weekend.  So now, I post it, and then I start sewing.

 

(goals/recap) In with the new, out with the old

2012 is here.  2011 has left.  While it wasn’t as bad a year for me as it was for some of my friends, I’m not sorry to see it go.  It’s a new year, and that means a chance to look at what I’ve done in the past year, and what will be happening in the future.

Looking back at my livejournal, I see I didn’t have any goals set for 2011 (or if I did, I can’t find them).  But I did accomplish a few things:

1. Finished and turned in Last Rites (Dark Horseman #3)

2. Put together Spells and Swashbucklers (the sequel to Rum and Runestones, which is getting turned in very soon)

3. Self-published Snow (a Dark Horseman Novella) at the end of December

4. Won NaNoWriMo for the first time!

Not a bad year.  I didn’t really track my number of words, but it was pretty impressive for me.

Now, to 2012.  I have goals.  And this year, this is what I will accomplish.  First, the writing goals:

1. Finish the untitled Dark Horseman Christmas story (which may become a novella, not sure).

2. Finish and sub the first Sapph novella.

3. Write the rough draft of my Secret Project Novel.

4. Finish the six-episode arc of Tales of the Scorned Lady.

5. Write the rough draft of The Strange Disappearance of Santa Claus.

6. Write 250 words of fiction every day.

7. Morning pages (over at 750words.com) every day.

Then, the health goals:

1. I will exercise 30 minutes every day, whether it be on the Wii or at the gym.  No excuses.

2. I will modify my lifestyle and the food I eat, without giving up all the foods I love.

3. I will walk/run to Rivendell by the end of the year.

Finally, the life goals:

1. I will declutter my house by December 31st, 2012.

2. I will get my finances under control by June 30th, 2012.

3. I will enjoy life more in 2012.

The last one is really important to me.  I don’t want to be just another drone – I want to live life, even if I live it on a budget.  Walks in the park cost nothing.  Reading in the sunshine costs nothing.  Sitting by a stream with a fishing pole and breathing in clean air costs nothing (don’t need a license if you don’t have hooks on your line!).

I’ll be keeping track of my books read over at Goodreads (I’m captain_hobbes over there, if you want to add me), and I’ve got a spiffy new word count spreadsheet (thank you, DC!).  No word count goals this year.  I just want to see what I can do.

I write slowly, but I will write.  Because that’s what I do.