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July 1, 2013

This is a late entry. 

I did write over 10k for JulNo and I am surprised I got that far!  During the day 6 of the top 10 people were from Forward Motion, which was a lot of fun. 

The story, which I am writing without an outline, is moving along well but I fear I'll run out of storyline.  We'll see.  It's going okay right now.

July 2, 2013

I had a heart attack.  It was not a bad one, but it was very painful.   Russ got me straight to the hospital and the next hours are a real blur, but they had everything under control soon enough.  I was back out of the hospital at about 8pm the next night.  The heart itself looks good, so they think the worst of the problem might be some irregular veins I was born with.  Well, that and high blood pressure.  Going to be working on that part again.

Enough meds now to make a meal on their own, and bruises in various places -- worse for blood thinners.  Cats were weirded out, but they're finally calming down.

So all is well enough.

July 3, 2013

Most of the day was blood tests, meds, heart catherization  (sp) and finally going home.  I got a little writing done on my Nook and a bit more when I got home. That was about it for the day.

July 4, 2013

Happy to be home.  Mostly slept. Then slept some more.  Then considered sleeping, so I napped.  Took a few pictures.  Slept.

Somewhere in there I wrote about 1k in words, which was more than I expected!

July 5, 2013

So now I am caught up with the timeline and I have absolutely nothing to say.  My arm muscles ache today.  I want to get a bit of writing done, but I'm not certain how far I will go.  And I need to get the newsletter done.  Yes, that sounds crazy, but it is the last one of a six year run, and I have not missed one of them for DAZ.  So I will get it done this weekend.

I guess things are back to normal.

July 6, 2013

Not the best of days.  I had a reaction to something I ate -- figures.  It's made me tired and lethargic all day and I'm about to give up on it all and go back to bed yet again.  Sleep is good, right?

July 7, 2013

Sleep better be good because it is virtually all I'm doing.  Yeah, the days are kind of blending together here.  I have been getting a little writing done.

July 8, 2013

My biggest problem right now is an inability to focus on much of anything.  Yeah, except sleep.  I am writing a little better, but mostly I am . . . well, asleep.  I don't think the weather is helping.  It's too hot!

I think it's time for a nap.

July 9, 2013

Went to the doctor today who explained which of the drugs were making me so tired and that my body should adjust.  Good.  I hope it comes soon.

I also hope that means writing will get easier, too.  It picked up today a bit, but holding on to the strings of the story is getting difficult.

Sigh.

July 10, 2013

I'm telling myself that I feel better today.  Attitude might help.

Or maybe a nap will.

On the other hand, I've lost five pounds, so there's something good.  Since I haven't found any food that appeals to me, I'm thinking this might go on for a while.  Nothing wrong with that, at least!

But that's all my news.  I'm living a very blah life.

July 11, 2013

Okay, we're inching up to the middle of the month.  That can't be good.  The last week went by very fast and I need to get my brain focused again on work and stuff.

My stomach is upset today.  I don't know why.    Sigh.

But, other than that, I guess it's all okay.  I'm going to work on a second book, besides Connor of Northgate, for JulNo.  My Devlin book has most of an outline, and I need that right now.  Connor is going okay, but slow.  Slow isn't bad, but it's annoying me right now and I need something I'm not going to snarl at.

So that's my plan.  Haven't started the Devlin book yet, but I have both of them set up in the same Scrivener file so I can jump back and forth and have an easy way to track the word count.  Sounds good to me.

Also off to DAZ work today.

So I think things are getting back to normal.

 

July 12, 2013

Seriously?  Just too tired to work.  Getting stuff done, but still way too hard to get any energy to do much of anything.

Also hot and the car's AC doesn't work.

Blah.

July 13, 2013

Hot weather.  ugh.  But it cooled off a bit towards sunset and Russ and I went for a nice little drive around town.

Got the newsletter done.  Got some writing done.  Did more napping than I expected.

That's my whole life right now.

July 14, 2013

I've made up my mind to back off from JulNo.  I don't need to push that hard and everything is fighting me right now.  So I'll just get a 2k a day or so done and be happy with it.  Do some other stuff.  I'd like to get back to pictures again.  It's been a while since I did anything like that, other than catalogue stuff -- and I'm even behind on that stuff.

So, that'll be good.  Calm.  I like it.

July 15, 2013

Did better today.  Got work done for DAZ, did stuff around the house, got 2K written -- all in all, not bad.

Still suffering from headache stuff, though.  And the writing is very slow.  I can't seem to sit still for it for more than a few minutes.  Ugh.  But I get there.

Did some music work today, too.  I hope to get back to painting and such soon.

But right now -- sleep!

July 16, 2013

I think I might finally be getting my writing ability back.  Also not having that 'must go nap' feeling every hour, so I believe things are working out now.  Next up is more walking.  I would love to go out and walk, but it's been way too hot.  So it's walking in the house, which isn't nearly as much fun.  I need to start doing it more often, though.

Nothing more to really report.  Hope to get more writing done.

July 17, 2013

I didn't sleep last night.  Got about 4 hours (in two spurts) this afternoon.  So I'm a bit worn down.  However, I do have quite a bit of writing done today already and I hope to sleep well tonight.

There was no special reason why I didn't sleep except that I knew the Schwan delivery guy would be here before noon.  I have an odd problem that if I know something is going to happen, no matter what the time, my brain refuses to shut off for fear I'll oversleep.  It's silly, but there it is.  I slept after the delivery.

So that's my news for the day.  Feeling better, despite the lack of sleep.  Writing is going okay.  Everything is fine.

July 18, 2013

I released Waiting for the Last Dance today.  This one has taken me years and years.  You finally just have to decide that it's time and there is nothing more you can change to make it a better story.

I like the story.  I really enjoy the main character, too.  However, writers get an odd 'is this right' feeling sometimes that has more to do with state of mind than state of story.  It can linger.

But it's published at Smashwords now and at half price for the rest of the month.  I hope people enjoy it.

July 19, 2013

Got things done today! Newsletter, Flash Friday story and 2YN class posted.  Writing done.  Reading some of the Cambridge Ancient History books, which I have let sit for far too long.

Good stuff, really.  Getting lots of ideas for writing again.

Which is good.  I need more ideas.  I also need to get some of the writing done.

Over all, it's going well, though.  Next week I start a set of serial Flash Friday stories and I have a faint idea for them.  We'll see how that goes!

July 20, 2013

We went for a lovely long ride today and it stayed fairly cool until we were coming home.  Went to DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, which is always fun though there was not much out.

The rain we keep getting promised never arrives, though.  We hit some on the trip and that's the most rain I've seen in weeks.

Hope things change soon.

July 21, 2013

Another hot dry, day.  The rain forecasted has disappeared again.  Sigh.

Trying to get moving on some writing, but not getting far today.  Doing wash.  Doing some Twitter stuff.  Need to get to work on some writing, but just playing along the edges so far.

I have a great idea for my new flash fiction series, though.  It's going to be interesting to see how that works out!

July 22, 2013

Another hot, miserable day, though they say we might have storms.  I don't think so.  There are a lot of big ones to the east, but nothing heading our way.

I wouldn't mind a good storm, really.  Nothing dangerous, just wet and cooler.

I need to start my first flash fiction story soon.  I think it might take me a little bit to get it tamed to the 1k mark.  Though I just now had an idea.  Hmmm.

Nice to get ideas, of course.  I hope this one works.

July 23, 2013

I am not getting moving today.  I'm not sure why.  It looks like it would be an excellent day to get moving on a story or two.  The weather is cooler.  I actually have the AC off and the porch door open, so the cats can go out there and sit around.  Zaphod, of course, is asleep on the desk.

I think I might start the first flash fiction in the Surviving Elsewhere series.  I need to really get it settled in for the first story.  Will I be able to do this at 1k each?  I don't know.  But I'm going to try.

Yeah, time to get to work on that one!

July 24, 2013

 I am trying to get my focus back.  I'm not pushing the writing, only about 2k a day.  Doing some walking. Doing more housework again because it's way past time I get back to that stuff.

My big problem right now is simply that my mind will not focus on anything for very long.  I'm hoping that clears up soon.

In the mean time . . . ugh.  Hard to get anything done.

July 25, 2013

Wow did we have a nice storm!  Lots of clouds -- which Russ took me out to see.  This is the first time in years that I've been able to go out and see a storm blowing in!  It was lovely!

And by the time we got home it was pouring rain here.  Very much needed.

And cooler too. 

Yay!

July 26, 2013

It's actually cooler today! Comfortable.  No AC on, the windows open, the cats able to go into the glassed-in porch (which is way too hot on other days.

I have gotten odd things done today, but no writing yet.  That comes next, I think.  All in all, not a bad day, though.  Just wish I was getting more done.

Had a lovely lunch with Russ, too.  He's on call this weekend.  And the car has developed a problem, but he can't get it in until next Tuesday.  Let's hope it's not too serious.

Sigh.

But still, not bad.

July 27, 2013

Russ is on call this weekend and the car isn't working properly -- two reasons not to do much, even with the weather so lovely.  It's all right.  Things to get done here.

I keep wanting to push for the end of the month and get a higher count for JulNo.  I am not going to do it, though.  I'm worn out and exhausted already.  I don't need more words.

July 28, 2013

A bit warmer today.  I turned the AC back on for the first time in a few days, just to cool it down a bit this afternoon.  It's not hot, but it does feel kind of damp  in here.  Not good when you have so many books.

Writing has been easier the last few days, at least if I sit down and get to it. I did mostly DAZ work today, but I'm about to get to work on the stories.  I've been kind of bouncing around all month.  I hope it improves now.  I would really like to get focused on work again.

I'm going to put the Sangre book out in late November or early December.  That should be fun.  What I'm going to do between now and then?  I have no clue.  I need four more book releases this year besides that one.  Eeek.

July 29, 2013

The last few days I've been telling Russ that I need to change something around where I work.  I start getting to where I know I've stared at the same things too long and I thought that might be part of the reason I'm feeling exhausted.  Odd as it sounds, not having something different was getting boring and that leads to tired.

Moving everything -- even if I could find a spot I wanted -- didn't seem like a good idea right now, though.

Last night I chanced on something that helped 'change' things, though.

Music.

Normally I don't have any sounds on.  By doing the music, I changed the feeling at the desk.  It worked.  I hope it will again tonight.

July 30, 2013

The writing went well last night.

Today I have a horrible chest cold and can barely get out of bed.

Ugh.  But still, did okay the last couple days.

July 31, 2013

Last day.  I am going to hit 100k, so I'm happy enough, all things considered.  Fighting headache, though, so that's annoying.

But still, not a bad count for such a horrible month!