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February 1, 2013

Well, last month went very fast.  Let's see how this one goes.  I think I can keep up on the work.  I think I can keep up on stuff and maybe do okay for a while, despite not feeling great.

But here we are in February.  I need to get Paid in Gold and Blood finished and published.

And I got Painter 12 and the new Bamboo tablet so more art work again.

Yeah, this should be a fun month, if it just doesn't get too cold.

February 2, 2013

So far, I'm having a lot of fun with Painter 12.  This is probably just what I needed to take some of the pressure away from constantly writing.  Oddly, though, I am mostly keeping up on my word count anyway.

I'm working on a rewrite of Badlands and still editing Xenation.  That one is going to take a lot of work still, but I can feel it getting closer.

Things are looking good.

February 3, 2013

It snowed a bit yesterday.

Today it was up in the 50's.

This is just too weird and it doesn't give me a lot of hope for the end of the drought.  This is going to be a bad year.

I am going to hide out in the house, mostly.  But Russ is talking about trips this summer.  We're going to try to go places again.  I'm looking forward to it.

Writing is going fine.  Can't complain.  Painting is fun.  Life is good.

(As long as you ignore my back being out again!)

February 4, 2013

Russ isn't well today.  I'm doing okay, but really we'd be happier if we both felt better.  And yeah, my back is still out.

Working on newsletters and novels today, mostly.  So much stuff to get done and I can't concentrate well.  I'll get there, though.  Pushing my way through.

Ugh.  Warmer tomorrow.  Looking forward to it.

February 5, 2013

Got warmer today, which was good since I had ear problems.  Yuck.  But I did get a lot of writing done, so I'm good there.

Really, not a big day for anything, except that both Badlands and Xenation are going well and that puts me in a really good mood.

I've also done some notes on the Legend of Tom Luck, which should be my birthday novel.  I'm not certain.  It's not quite falling together the way I would like.  I might have to read some Dickens to get the feel of what I want, in fact.  Not the style, but the feel of the location and the time.

Which might be a bit more work than I really, really want to face right now.

February 6, 2013

We are having temps in the 40's all this week.  Yeah, good in one way, and very bad in others.  I hope we at least get some rain soon, if not snow.  This is going to be a very bad drought year if things don't change soon.

Always something to worry about.

On the other hand, writing is going well.

And that's about it for me today.  Off to do more work!

But at least I'm not freezing this year.  We've had a few very cold days, but over all, it's been nice as far as temps going.

February 7, 2013

We went out to dinner tonight and boy was that good. Should have skipped dessert, though.  I won't be doing that again!

It was good to get away from the computer for a few hours.  Stopped by Best Buy afterwards to look at things -- DVDs, the lovely Canon T41 DSLR and video cards for the computer.  All in all, a nice night.

I'm ready to get back to work here!

February 8, 2013

I really hope writing keeps going as well as it has lately.  Wow.  I'm getting a lot more done than I expected so far this month.  In fact, I'm already over 100k for the year, so you know things are going well!  Will it last?  Well no.  Of course not because there will come a time when words are not so easy and plots bounce around too much to catch them.  I'll still write, but it won't be at this wonderful, rush of storytelling speed.

Photography has picked up a bit, too.  Yay.  I'm having a great time with my Lightroom and Photoshop books.

Editing.  Editing is going very, very well, too.  So all in all, things are good.  Except for the odd weather.  Oh well.  Winter is only good for a few more weeks now!  I want spring!

February 9, 2013

Editing.  Writing.   Weather is nice today but it won't last.  We're supposed to have a change tomorrow again.  I the mean time, I'm just going to keep writing and pretend that things are going to be really spring-like soon.

Less than a month to my birthday.  Ack.

February 10, 2012

Yeah, the weather changed again.  We can't seem to get from one day to the next without some major changes.  And the winds are incredible! 

I hope everything clears up soon so we can get out and go places a few times.  Not far, but at least out of town a bit.  We have been driving around a bit here, like out to the Nature Center and Stone Park, but I really hope to get away from it all soon.

February 11, 2012

I am making good progress on both Xenation and Badlands, which is kind of cool.  Both will require another round when I'm done, but this is getting the big, major problems out of the way.  I have one thing coming up in Xenation that I have to completely change, too.  But that's okay.  I'm happy with what I'm getting.

I need to release something yet this month, and I'm not certain what it will be yet.  I also want to start another round of a book on my blog.

So much to do!

February 12, 2012

I am having one of those days where I can't seem to focus on anything for very long.  I'll get a bit of something done and then find myself working on something else and then jump to yet another thing . . . . It's silly.  I need to focus.

I'm coming into the last 25k of Xenation already.  This is amazing, considering how much I worried about editing it.  I think it's coming together well.  I'm not certain how long this is going to take me, though.

Work, work and more work.  But I'm getting there!

February 13, 2013

It got up to 50F today.  And it's supposed to snow tomrorow.

Is this an odd winter or what?

I'm working on Badlands this afternoon and waiting to see when Russ gets home so I can make dinner.  Writing is going better than I had expected it too, so that's good.  Back to work, though!

February 14, 2013

Waiting on Russ right now so we can run out and grab something to eat.  Probably not at a restaurant since they'll be packed today!  Maybe Pizza Hut which would actually be okay, to be honest. 

I'm getting things done today at least!  I still have to write a flash fiction for tomorrow, but I have something playing at my brain.  Might be a drabble even, which would be fun.  (100 words exactly.)

Other than that, not a lot to say today.  We had a bit of snow, which was pretty.  That's about it!

February 15, 2013

Got things done today.  Wow.  And I have to say the writing is going well, too.  I think I've stopped worrying so much over all of it and just letting things flow again.  Good.  This could be fun.

I like writing to be fun and less work!

And I have to say I adore my new NookHD.  Reading a LOT on it, mostly at night in bed.  No other distractions then.  No other thoughts that I should be getting something else done.  Just read and enjoy all sorts of things.  I've taken several magazine subscriptions for it.  Great fun!

February 16, 2013

Russ and I went out for a short ride this afternoon.  That was very nice!  I hadn't been out of town for quite a while again, and it was good to see some wider expanses of the world.  Even if the world was very brown and dry and looking not so great as far as the drought goes.

We're supposed to have more snow this week, though.  I hope it comes through!

I finished the current edit of Xenation today.  Wow.  Closer and Closer to being done!  This is great!

February 17, 2013

We went down to De Soto today!  It was very busy and there was a reason for it -- Eagles!  Unfortunately, none of  my eagle shots turned out really well, but it was still great to see them!  I like the gull shot, though.  That was a great group!

Writing is still going well.  I need to make a decision on my next paragraph at a time editing piece.  I think it might be mirrors.  That should be fun.

Other than that?  Not much to say today!  Back to work!

February 18, 2013

VERY windy day today.  Odd weather again.  They say there is a storm coming in a few days, but I don't know if I believe them or not.  And will it make a difference?

At any rate, getting work done.

February 19, 2013

Russ worked all night in Omaha.  Not good!  But he got home in the early afternoon and we went out to lunch. 

It's cold and windy here.  We're supposed to get a storm tomorrow, but really . . . they haven't been right yet.  Some snow would be nice, though.

Writing is going well.


February 20, 2013

They have downgraded our storm somewhat, though we are still supposed to get some snow.  We'll see how it goes tonight and tomorrow.

What else?  Odd things going on at work, so don't know what's going to come of that next week.  Writing is going okay.  Nothing else really to write about, though.  Cold here.  Hope we get a bit of snow, at least.  Something pretty to look at.

February 21, 2013

Snowing finally!  And is it coming down fast now!  They'd just said we were only going to get an inch today and about five more tomorrow, but unless this lets up soon, they're going to be way off on that one.

We did our shopping last night, so we're set now.  Just working away.  Russ is working from next door and not Omaha.  Yay!

But that's about it.  I'm working on the three books for release: Paid in Gold and Blood, Xenation: Draw the Line and Badlands.  I am in the mood to just start getting lots of things released again.  It's time.

So, back to work!

February 22, 2013

I, unfortunately, have a new newsletter with a new template to do this weekend.  And it's giving me trouble.  And I am about to take my frustration out on my computer, so I think it best to quit now for a while.

February 23, 2013

Day two of trying to make this new newsletter work.  Ack.  Just ack.

I need it done by Monday, but that might not happen since I also need new things I can't get and have to be sent to me.

This is going to be a problem, I fear.

Writing is okay.  Editing Mirrors mostly.  Screwed up the chapters somehow, but that's okay.  I'll get them straightened out.  Over all, I'm happy with that work, at least.

But in general?  Ugh.

February 24, 2013

Getting some stuff done.  Not enough.  I am going to go stark raving mad before long.

Just so you know.

February 25, 2013

I will be so happy to have this new template problem all worked out!  ACK!  I Just want to be able to put the newsletter together without a ton of stuff going back and forth.  We're close, at least!

Lucky for me, I've been able to do all the writing between other stuff and I have not fallen behind on that one.  I will have fun stuff ready to go in March.  Things are looking good!

February 26, 2013

Well, at least this month is almost over.  I'll be very glad to have it done.  My birthday is coming up pretty fast, too.  Russ will be here for the first time in five years.  I plan to just have a little fun.

Other than that, today looks like the first really relatively calm day I've had in over a week.  Yay.  I'm going to just relax a bit and not worry too much about anything else.  Write.  Have fun.  Maybe do a bit of art stuff.

Sounds good to me.

February 27, 2013

I went to the zoo!  Russ had to go to the main office at about noon, and I went down and wandered around in frigid weather without about 50 other people who chose to go to the zoo today.  LOL

It was great.  Now if I can just find time to work with more pictures.

Had fun, though!

February 28, 2013

Okay, despite insanity for a good part of the month, I still got my writing done.  Yay!  We are heading into March with three books almost ready for release.  Can't beat that!

I am sore today from the walking yesterday, but it was fun.  Looking forward to going again soon.

But now . . . goodbye to February!