Posts Tagged ‘daily update’

(tgif) The day after…

No writing yesterday on Forgotten yesterday, but I wrote all the emails I needed to (now I just need to actually send them) and wrote the back cover copy for Spells, which I also need to email.  By the time I got home yesterday, my hands hurt so badly that I took some muscle relaxants and watched the Red Sox win their 4th game in a row (yay!) before going to bed.

Today, my hands still hurt, but I’m going to see what I can write.  I’m listening to a podcast now, and then I’ll do my Daily Pages (I need music to write to that) and then work on the plot summary.  Later today, I’ll type up the poetry and stuff for writer’s group tomorrow.

Such is the life of a working writer.  Glamorous, no?

(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 (

– 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.

(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, 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.

(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/writing/to-do) Deciding to take Sunday off

Well, in the sense that I’m not going to Williamsfaire. I feel like I SHOULD, but you know what? I need to do laundry, I need to cook for the week, and I need to keep writing. And I wasn’t going to really do anything at Williamsfaire anyways, other than write. So I feel better about staying home to get the other stuff done.

I’m only 7.5K behind on NaNoWriMo! If I get my butt in gear today, I can totally catch up! Not all today, of course, but I’m finally feeling like I know where the story is going. Sort of. 🙂

To-Do list for today:
– Put away laundry in living room
– Fold laundry from dryer and put away

– 2 more loads of laundry washed, dried, put away
– Dishes
– 2k on Strange
– Make egg quiches
– Make chicken-apple burgers
– Roast veggies for mac and cheese tomorrow
– Make mac and cheese? Possibly.

I need to do some editing too today, and maybe some other stuff. We’ll see. These are the major things to do.

Now, off to put away laundry!!!

(metrics/nano/writing) Day 3 of NaNoWriMo and I’m still pacing myself!

Current NaNo wordcount: 5045
To be on Target: 5001

It’s not much of a cushion, but the fact that I’ve written 5k in the last three days is amazing to me, so I’ll enjoy it. I need to catch up a bit more with my outline, so I might not get a bunch done tomorrow, but we’ll see. I’m being mean to Molly – just slammed her up against her door. Did I mention this book is a little darker than last year’s?

I found a great outlining post while I was wandering through the NaNo boards before NaNo started, and I wanted to share it. It has really helped me work out some things with this book, and I can’t wait to use it for some of my other ones. Especially the Sapph books. Who am I kidding? All my books. :p

This post and the post after it is what I used to start outlining. I was having a devil of a time getting into this book – I just couldn’t figure out WHY things were happening. Worked through this post – and I started getting ideas. It was awesome.

If you try it, let me know. I’d love to see what you guys think.

(to-do/personal/writing) Recovery, Day 2

Yep, came home with con crud despite my best intentions. It’s a good one too – knocked me for a loop this week, and I’m just feeling human today. Sort of. I’m going to take it easy and not do everything I was planning on, just so I don’t end up sick again. This means that I may not make it to Beth and Allie’s this weekend, although I really want to. *pout*

Today is a cleaning day. I need to find my work badge, and the only way to do that is clean the areas I think it’s in, so I can find it. I also want to write, and I need to re-record something if I can manage to go more than 5 minutes without hacking up a lung. And I have to run out to the grocery store – although I think I’m going to the little one down the road rather than the big one. We only need a few things, so I can get by with that.

So here’s the to-do list for today, sick edition:
– Put away dishes
– Wash dishes in sink
– Put away laundry in living room
– Clean off dining room table
– Put bagels in freezer
– Go to grocery store for tuna fish, cat food, soda and oj
– Pay bills
– Balance checkbook
– Write 250 words in the new outline for Novella #1
– Record Rebirth again
– Clean up living room
– Clean up kitchen
– Clean up bedroom
– Write up con redux
– Post to writersweighin

In no particular order, of course. Time to get moving.

(personal/writing/to-do) Waking up, mentally and physically

I WILL get back into blogging regularly. Although I suppose every Sunday is regular, right? Anyways, I will be posting more, once I get myself back onto an even keel. Things have been progressing, and progressing WELL, for once.

I turned in Last Rites last week. Other than Spells and Swashbucklers, which I’m still working on the rewrite of the contract for, I have NOTHING contracted. NOTHING.

You have no idea how freeing that is.

Seriously. I don’t have an agent, so I don’t have to consult anyone on what to write next. The sky is the absolute limit. I can write whatever the hell I want. Which might be why, in that twilight state between awake and dreaming, my subconscious presented me with a kernel of an idea for the plot for FaeryTale Princess, which is a fantasy romance (kind of) that I have been playing around with writing for a while. It’s the story of a professional woman (she’s a paralegal, I think, or a researcher) who gets snatched by a fantasy Prince Charming from the ladies’ room at her work and taken to his kingdom, where she has to save the entire kingdom. I just didn’t have a plot. Now, I have an idea. And no, not sharing it yet. It’s pretty rough.

That being said, once I write it down, I’m putting it aside. Today is a cooking/cleaning/contract writing day, adding in a jaunt to Mom and Dad’s to get the CSA for the week. Man, that’s going to suck when it goes away. Gotta start putting money aside for next year’s half-share.

Things to do today:
– Put away dishes
– Wash 2nd load of dishes
– Cut coupons
– Make dinner list for the week
– Check out the sales and make shopping list

– Fold and put away laundry
– Clean out the container shelves and toss anything that has no lid or bottom
– Create new contract and send to Gwen
– Vacuum

I’m cooking today too, and making something yummy for tomorrow’s dessert potluck at work, but I’m not sure what yet. I’m contemplating pumpkin something – maybe biscuits? Dunno yet.

And quite possibly there will be writing. Quite possibly.

(personal/to-do) Domestic Goddess Sunday

Ah, autumn. Where the days get shorter, the nights get colder, the apples are crisp and Val, sadly, starts to get a bit cranky, because while fall is beautiful, she hates winter and knows it’s just around the corner. It gets harder to get up in the morning, and the cats don’t help, because despite their fur coats, apparently they get colder than I do (who knew???) and so they snuggle in with me in the mornings and whisper, “Don’t get up, Mom.”

I’m trying something new this fall – making certain everything I have to do the next day is laid out, so I can lay in bed a bit longer. I’m hoping that I can deal with the change in seasons by getting more active, not less, and although I know it’s going to be hard, I’m determined to make a change.

Took me a while to get moving today – there was a headache brewing, and I needed to sleep a bit more. Sleep has been odd lately – not quite sure if it’s not enough, too much or too light, if you know what I mean. I’m going to make sure to take my vitamins and hope that helps. But I made my to-do list yesterday evening before bed, and I’ve already started.

I REALLY want to get to the gym to at least swim, and I’m blocking it into my schedule for today. I WILL make it two times this week. I made it Wednesday – I can do it today.

To-Do for A Sunday of Domestic Goddessness:
– 4 pm – hit gym
– Meal plan for the week
– Grocery Shopping (after gym)

– Laundry
– Dishes
– Put away CSA
– Clean car out
– Drop off library books
– Vacuum downstairs
– Bake banana bread
– Finalize Rebirth and record

Laundry is started – already got one load folded and put away. About to start on the second. I WILL be at the gym at 4 pm. I WILL.

More updates as I get stuff done.

(metrics) Still plugging away

299 more words on the Advent summary, and the final edits FINALLY started on Spells. It’s about damn time. Oh, and morning pages done too.

Now, bed.