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February 1, 2017


Yeah, that's about all I can say about the day.  Writing is not moving along very well.  Programs are acting oddly, too.  Things that worked fine yesterday are not working well today.

Ugh.  There are times when you just have to wonder.


February 2, 2017

The weather has gotten colder again, but I don't think this is going to last for long.  We're not in an arctic wasteland like February sometimes is, so that's good.

And writing, despite everything, is going okay.  Editing is not, but I'm working my way up to that problem.  the new novel is still moving along and is going to be well over the 70k I had predicted.  I don't know if that's good or bad -- but at least it's been fun to write!

Zaphod and Edmond

February 3, 2017

I've been hiding in my office mostly.  I get that way in the midst of winter.  I'm watching a new Great Courses Plus course.  This one is on Ancient Egypt and it is great.  I'll admit that Egypt has never been an ancient land I've been particularly interested in, but mostly because the whole chronology is maddening, with the New/Middle/Old Kingdoms, too many dynasties, and don't forget the Intermediate sections.  I leapt in to this one specifically because I don't feel as though I have learned enough.  46 half hour lectures.  Let's see what I know after 23 hours of this material.

I'm enjoying it so far.

But really, I could stand spring to show up about now, too.


February 4, 2017

We took a nice drive out and around a bit today.  Nice Saturday drive in weather that was not too bad.  I was glad to get out and do a bit of photography again.

I want to get back to working on other art stuff.  I really want to learn how to work with Adobe Illustrator.  That, I hope, is going to be one of my projects for this year.  I've gotten fairly good with Photoshop (though there is so much yet to learn!), but I would like to be able to work with the other program, too.  It's designed more for graphic design stuff, and that might be a good thing to learn.

I've been doing the Writing Comes First stuff and doing pretty well with it.  There are still days when it drags, but for the most part going straight to writing without playing around with the Internet and other things has been good.  I hope I can keep it up.


February 5, 2017

We had a quiet, lazy Sunday.  I got a fair amount of writing done, though not the 3k I would hope to write.  That's all right, though.  I need to let this story flow, especially since I don't have an outline.

Or at least not much of one.  I did finally write out a list of eleven things, none of them more than 3 words, that just keep me focused on the steps as I've seen them.  I think that will help get through what should be the last third to half of the novel.  I can't tell yet.  It keeps getting to be larger than I expected.

tea stuff!

February 6, 2017

When I started Journey of a Thousand Truths, the idea was that the MC was heading for a place called The Court of the Tiger.  Okay, that's pretty straightforward.

70k words later and he might almost be there -- but that's only the halfway point of the novel. 

Amazing how these things work sometimes.


February 7, 2017

It is supposed to snow a bit tonight.

And then up in the 50's on Friday.

This has been an odd winter.  Just odd.  I don't think it's going to get any better, either.  I don't mind so much, though I would like to see a bit more snow.  Yeah, I'm odd.  Still....

The novel is just short of 76k.  I got a good run at it today, so I'm happy.

The cats have been trouble.  Headache sort of trouble.  I hope they all settle down soon.


February 8, 2017

We got a bit of snow last night.  Cold, cold, cold today -- but tomorrow up into the 50's.  Oh yes, that will mean a headache from hell, I'm sure -- but still, looking forward to it.  After that we'll have days in the 40's and 50's for at least a week.

No, not your normal February, but here we are.  I'll be glad to turn down the heaters and save some money.

I need to figure out a schedule of things.  I'm doing pretty well on some stuff and not so well on others.  Writing is fine, of course.  Today I spent some time learning some basics about Adobe Illustrator.  Give me a year or so and I might be able to make nice circles or something.  LOL.  Really, though, it's been fun so far.

Sunset on the river

February 9, 2017

We had a lovely little ride and pictures on the river at sunset tonight.  I wanted a shot of what is probably the last ice we'll see on the Missouri this year, and I got very lucky with the pictures.

The writing is going well still.  Can't complain there!

But what odd weather we're looking at for February. 


February 10, 2017

There was an eclipse tonight, but it was too early to really see it.  And the comet is very late, so I'll miss that, too.  But still, not a bad night.  Lovely weather. 

I'm worried about all this lovely weather.  I don't trust it at all.  Something is going to come our way, if not this winter, than in the spring.  Or summer.  That something could be a drought and this is the start of it.  That's not a pleasant thought.

Still, I suppose I ought to enjoy this while I can!

Plot Bunny!

February 11, 2017

I am going to Squaw Creek (now called Loess Bluffs) Wildlife Refuge tomorrow.  Yay!  I can't wait!

The weather will be fine, though not as good as it had been the previous couple days.  Supposed to be up to around 50f though, so can't complain.  It will be fun to get down there again, and we've never been there in February before.  Yay!

Snow Geese!

February 12, 2017

Wow. That's all.  Just wow.  What a wonderful day at the refuge!  We have to go down in February again if the weather is even reasonably nice next year.  Snow geese!  Swans!  Eagles!  Ducks everywhere!

Had a really wonderful day and about 850 pictures to sort through.  Yay!

Immature Bald Eagle

February 13, 2017

I am sorting through pictures still.  Sorting pictures has taken my attention from writing.  Honestly, I'd dropped down to about 1k a day for the last few days anyway.  It will pick back up again.  In the meantime -- I have pictures!

I feel as though I am getting my feel for photography back.  I think I lost some of it in the years Russ was in New York.  I'd take pictures, of course, but there wasn't much of a challenge, except when he'd be home and then it would be a mad rush to go places and take a lot of shots.

This was far better.  Even though we won't be back soon, I still had a feeling like I didn't have to worry -- we'd return.  The pictures show more calm, especially the hour I spent just watching the Snow Geese.

Fun times!

Snow Geese

February 14, 2017

And today some soup made me ill.

There's no hope of winning sometimes.

In other news, I'm watching a Great Courses set on Ancient Egypt and I don't think I've ever enjoyed Egyptian history so much.  This is just great.  I've done 14 classes, which means 7 hours of material, and I can't wait to do the next one!

Oh, and still sorting pictures.  LOL

Belted Kingfisher

February 15, 2017

I think I am finally ready to go back to the zoo again.

I haven't been there since 2013 (?) and a trip when I got very sick while I was there.  I had to wait it out for Russ to come to pick me up and I was miserable.  I've been really afraid that would happen again.  I've also wanted to spend the time with Russ more than I wanted to spend the time in the zoo.

But last night I was looking at some pictures from my last zoo trip -- the one where I was miserable.

They were gorgeous.

I want to go back.


February 16, 2017

Lovely ride tonight!  The weather is incredibly nice.

I don't trust it.

And I'm right.  Checking the weather coming up -- snow a week from today and back into the 30's for a while.  It won't last for long, though, since it is inching up on spring.  Yay!

The novel has finally reached dragons.  I don't know what to do with them.  LOL.  That's going to slow me down a bit.