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June 1, 2013

On May 1 we had snow.  It's June 1, and the temps are back down below 60f.

This is just odd weather.

My head does not appreciate it, either.

I have things to set up for the new month.  I hope I can get my brain to kick over and do them.  That's about it.  Ugh.  Must get moving.

June 2, 2013

The weather is somewhat better.  I hope that means my brain will come round today and I won't have to fight for everything.  I can't say it will happen.   I did a good amount of today's writing after midnight last night and before I went to bed, so I shouldn't have trouble getting to my 3k for the day.  Then after midnight, work on tomorrow.  Get some words built up so that when I do have other things that MUST be done, it doesn't drive me crazy.

I'm working on Tom Luck.  It's sweeping in towards the end of the book  which is something of a problem since I don't have a next one lined up yet.  I'll likely do a rewrite of something older.  I'm in that mood again.

That is it, though.

June 3, 2013

Russ got done with work early today and we took a nice long ride out in the country.  We both needed to get away for a bit.  It didn't help my writing, but I don't care.  We had dinner at a favorite Chinese place about 60 miles away.

I am somewhat stuck on Tom Luck.  I'm not sure why since I have an outline.  But I can't seem to make the story stand up and do tricks.  It's a little annoying.

June 4, 2013

Yesterday it was warm and sunny.  Today it's cloudy and cool again.  Honestly, this is starting to get very odd.  And damp.  I have had the dehumidifier going for days in this house, dragging water out of the air.  Too many books here to let it stay this damp.

I'm going to be working on Tom Luck in a couple minutes.  I have every intention of getting at least 1k more into it before I look at anything else.  I think it won't be as much trouble today, at least.

June 5, 2013

Today's work has gone pretty well.  I've gotten pages edited for DAZ, which is always more work than it should be.  I think that might be an attitude problem on my side.  But I got them done and all is well for a bit.

I did some house cleaning and now I'm going to do some writing.  And more house work as they day goes on.  Just bits and pieces and things will look so much better!

That's it.  The weather is still cool here, but not cold.  I can live with this part.

June 6, 2013

Today's work went well enough, but I just feel like I'm not getting very far on anything specific.  I suppose if I just keep pushing on things, eventually I'll get something done, right?

A good part of my problem today is just wanting something to come together.  Instead, one story is fighting me and the other keeps needing additional edits.  I know I'll get there eventually, but it's annoying.

Or maybe I'm just not in the best mood.  Let's see if I can get that cleared up.

June 7, 2013

I got up and wrote a flash fiction piece that turned out very well. Then I had lunch with Russ and a friend of his. 

Then I got the rest of my stuff done on my list for today.

And if Russ hadn't had to work until 8pm, it would have been a really great day!

June 8, 2013

We are having another rainy day.  Grey, cold and rainy, which is not what I wanted.  Trying not to snarl at everything, but I could use something a little more akin to warmth around here.  Doesn't help that I have a cold.

I have been tagging pictures again and I have over 30,000 done now.  That is almost a third of them.  So, really, doing okay.  Just need to keep at it.

Redoing Xenation.  That's going well, too!


June 9, 2013

The weather is going to get better again.  I keep hearing this and I have to believe it.  What an odd spring so far, though!

I'm doing well enough on Xenation, but there are parts of it where I keep getting stopped and wondering if I'm doing the right thing.  Yes, that's normal for writers.  Yes, it's happened often before for me.  But each time it feels new and different and worrisome.

But I'm getting there.

June 10, 2013

Got bogged down with odd stuff today.  I should still make my 3k in writing, but still, just kept getting sidetracked by all kinds of odd things.

And now it's late.  I want to go out and try some night sky photography.  It's a great night for it.  Not much in bugs yet because it hasn't warmed up.  Very nearly clear skies.

Other than that, can't say there's much going on here.  Found a box full of books to catalogue on LibraryThing.  Cleaned them up, catalogued them, boxed them in a new box to air out before I put them in plastic bags.  I only opened one book in the entire box of about 100 books, and it was The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs and this was the opening line:

I met him in the Blue Room of the Transoceanic Liner Harding the night of Mars Day -- June 10, 1967.

Pretty funny, given the date.

June 11, 2013

We are inching up to half way through the month already.  Wow.  This is going fast.  And no, I am not getting enough done.  Oh well.

Been having headaches and most of it is this weather.  Up and down, up and down.  And the problem is that at some point it's just going to go UP and things will not be pleasant.  LOL

But that's it.  Not much going on here.

June 12, 2013

JulNo is coming up -- another of those NaNo type things.  I am stripping down the 9th Devlin book to an outline and rewriting it.  This is the last of the series I have written, and I hope it's going to get me moving on the last three or four novels which I haven't even outlined yet.

Well, that's if I can even get this one done.  I am not getting anything really moving lately.    Both a lack of energy and lack of ambition.  Focus.  Caring.

Must get into a better mood again!

June 13, 2013

Okay.  Today it's DAZ work, Xenation and the outline.  I can do this, right?

Except I still haven't gotten going.  But I can. Really.

Just have to, you know, start doing something.  Anything.

June 14, 2013

I went to the zoo! And to DeSoto Wildlife refuge.  And didn't sleep more than an hour the night before.

Oh yeah. Tired.

But had a good time with the new camera.

june 15, 2013

I survived the zoo better than I had expected.  I have been doing a bit of walking, just not all that much at once.  I took it easy, though, and didn't try to see too much.  I also rested often.

I'm taking a mini-writing vacation and cutting back to about 1k a day for a while.  Just so I don't feel as though I am under more stress.  it's stupid to stress over some of this stuff.

Published the Writing Short book today, too.  Things are looking good.

June 16, 2013

Things are going well enough.  Getting bits and pieces of work done all day.  Played around on Twitter for a little while as I did other stuff.  Got Chapter 10 of Waiting for the Last Dance up.

So now I need to get to writing, and I really am not certain I feel up to it.  Just not.  Good thing I decided to cut back for a few days.  I saw this one coming.  My brain has ideas, but I'm not fully connecting to them yet.

Should be fun when it does connect, though.

June 17, 2013

Warmer day.  82f, so it's looking good.  The AC is in so if it gets too hot, I can cool it down.  Much easier than warming the house up.

I am going to focus a lot on Xenation: Draw the Line this week.  I would like to get it done.  The cover is done for it already.  I have the ISBN set up.  Just need to get the last edits done and let it go.

Sounds like a good plan.

June 18, 2013

Waiting for Russ to get home tonight, then we'll have a quick dinner.  I'm guessing work went badly for him today.  He would have been home by now otherwise.  And no call, either, which might mean his phone went dead as well.

Other stuff?  Getting very close to done with Xenation, though it keeps growing.  I think this is going to be an excellent book by the time I'm done, though.

What else?

Nothing at all.

Really.  Nothing.

June 19, 2013

Oh yes, this would be summer, right?  Ack.  Well, not too bad so far.  Nice AC. Clouds coming in now, too.  So I think we'll survive the 88f.  We'll see what I think in another week or so, though.

Working our way towards the end of the month.  I would like to think that it will go better soon.  Not horrible stuff, but really -- Russ's work could go a bit better.  That would be helpful.

Writing is so-so.  I'll get there.

Wish I had something interesting to say, though.

June 20, 2013

Allergy attack pretty much put me out for the day.

Warmer weather at least.  But wish I was getting something done.

Oh, Published Xenation.  So that one is done!

June 21, 2013

We might have storms today.  It has that feel out there, but I can't really tell if it's going to happen.  Wouldn't mind if it did storm, as long as it wasn't too drastic.  Been feeling just too humid the last few days, which has not helped me at all.

Today I have to work on the newsletter and finish it up.  Just do it and be done.  Don't know why this is causing me trouble.  Bad attitude, I think.

So, that's it for today.

No, I don't have much of a life right now. 

June 22, 2013

Our 34th anniversary!  Unfortunately, Russ had to work -- on call this week -- but at least we got to go out for a short ride and had a nice dinner.

It rained and stormed a bit, too.  So it was cool, which I appreciate.

June 23, 2013

I really have to get my brain back around the idea of working again.  Lately, all I want to do is sleep.  Really.  I have to force myself up out of bed and then I want to go back and take a nap every few hours.  Part of it is because I stay up reading until 4 or 5 in the morning, but still -- just tired.

And nothing really exciting is calling to me, either.  Must get brain working.

June 24, 2013

I have a cold and it is sapping all my energy.  Really, I could barely crawl out of bed.  If I take meds, that'll just make me more tired.  Ugh.

I am seriously in trouble for getting the outline done, though.  So I need to concentrate on that for July.   I think that's mostly what I'm going to do today, too.  It might help since my brain is not going to be doing anything too hard.

Ugh.  Off to work.

June 25, 2013

Felt well enough today to get some work done at least.  I wish I could get stuff moving a little better because really running out of time now.

I would like another week for this month, if we could manage that one.  Thanks.

I'll just pound my head on the desk for a while instead.

June 26, 2013

So. Running out of time.  Trying to get a clue what I need to do next.  Driving myself nuts.


I need a break here.  Not going to get it though.

Back to work.  Vision stuff today.

June 27, 2013

I am not going to get this outline done in time.  Not with everything else that I need to get done.  I almost went to the zoo tomorrow, but we decided not such a good idea with the heat, no AC in the car, and no assurance Russ would get done on time.  Maybe this weekend.

Other than that?  Work.  Work and more work and nothing seems to want to together right for me.


June 28, 2013

Oh yes, summer.  Not as bad as it could be, but still summer-like around here.  Grateful for the AC this year.  Poor Zaphod is ill, though, so not running it all the time in case he takes a chill.  Hope to get him to the vet tomorrow.

Other than that, not a lot to say.  Almost done with the newsletter.  Yay!  Vision not so much.  Outline?  Yeah, right.

I better get back to work.

June 29, 2013

I am adding these things in late because Of the July 2nd event.  LOL.  But plainly, I was not feeling well leading up to it, and a lot of stuff got past me.

On the good side, Zaphod got better.  I think this weather has really been getting to him.  But he's fine now and back to his old self, except he seems to get in a bad mood now and then.

Writing is . . . writing.

June 30, 2013

Russ surprised me with an early morning trip to the wildlife safari place down between Omaha and Lincoln.  That was great fun, though it was too hot on the drive back home.  Hot and I don't agree.

but I got a lot of nice pictures!