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August 1, 2013

I did manage to write 100k last month which amazes me because so much of it was spent napping.  Wow.  I didn't know I could sleep that much and still be alive enough to write.

We had a little rain today, which was nice.  I, on the other hand, have been fighting a two day sinus headache from hell.  I swear this year just has it out for me.  I still can't turn my head very much without getting a sharp pain.

And writing dropped from about 6k to just over 500 words today so far.  That's not a help.  I need the second part of the serial done to post tomorrow, and I'm having trouble 'seeing' it today.

That's it.  I'll get stuff done.

August 2, 2013

It rained today.  Quite a bit, in fact.  The ground just drank it all up and we'll likely be back to dry and brown in a few days -- but it was nice to have the storm today.

My headache has been off and on.  I'm hoping all the way off by tomorrow, but we'll see. 

Writing is going okay.  Back to getting some editing done as well.  So not a bad day, though now I'm tired.

Get a bit more work done.  Then I can rest.

Got a lot of writing done today, so that's put me in a better mood.   I am going to have to do some DAZ work tonight and tomorrow, though.  But that's alright.  Getting stuff done and still managing to write is always fun.

The weather was cool again today.  And they are saying more rain this week.  I hope we get it.  I'm looking forward to more green.

Other than that, getting stuff done.  That's all.  And that's good enough for today.

August 4, 2013

There are days you just want to beat some people over the head with a clue stick.  Really.  I've seen some pretty stupid things said lately.  I'm amazed that people just let a lot of it pass, too.  I can't be sure if they don't know any better, are too stunned by the sheer stupidity, or if they have just given up all hope of sanity.

At any rate, odd few days.  Probably not going to get much better, either for a while.  Still, getting things done!  Off to write again soon!

August 5, 2013

It's late, so this will be short.  I am getting a few things cleared up before bed and I hope for a good sleep -- after some reading.   Everything is looking good.  I got a lot of writing done today, got some editing in, did a bit of house cleaning.  The headache that has been bothering me for days has eased a bit. 

And that's it.  Nothing exciting here, except for a nice rain this morning.

August 6, 2013

It is one of those days where there is a lot going on and I can't seem to stay focused on anything for very long.  Annoying, though I have gotten a bit of house work done at least.  And some writing, and some DAZ work and some other stuff.    By the end, you just want to say 'let me just finish one thing!' but my mind goes flittering off to something else instead.

(I should do another load of clothes.)

I need to start working on outlines for NaNo.  It's coming up far too quickly.  Now less than 3 months to get everything ready, and with the way I'm leaping around from one thing to another, I'm going to need that time.  I need at least two solid outlines.  I'd like four, but I think that's asking for too much right now.

And that's it for me.  Back to work.  Clothes, I think.

August 7, 2013

Today is Russ's birthday and the first one he's had home in years.  He took the day off and spent the time reading, mostly.  I took him to dinner.  So not a bad day.

I've been working on bits and pieces of stories.  Nothing outstanding, but the stuff is coming together.

That's it for the day!

August 8, 2013

Fluffy Buffy Bear Day!

It's hard to believe she's actually been here for two years.  And that crazy little kitten has lately turned into a sweet cat who wants snuggles.

I think she's a pod person.

Pod cat.

Whatever.  I'll keep this version.

August 9, 2013

Do you have any idea how close we are to autumn already?  Amazing, really.  We haven't had a bad summer.  Could have used more rain, but over all, not so bad. 

So, writing is going okay.  Not spectacular, but moving along.

Can't say there is much else to talk about, though!

August 10, 2013

Nice work day, though it started out odd.  I felt like I was drugged -- couldn't wake up, went back to bed, didn't want to get up at all.  Not feeling great, too.  But I got stuff done and all looks pretty well tonight.

We went out and watched stars, clouds and storms tonight.  That was very nice.  Car is still having major problems, though.  Annoying.  I would like to go somewhere hours and hours away from home.


But still, getting stuff done. 

August 11, 2013

One of those days when things kept going wrong.  Better now that I'm trying to write, but even that is giving me trouble.  Cats are annoyed.  I'm annoyed.  Head is pounding.

But I'm almost up to 1k in writing, so not all bad.  LOL

August 12, 2013

Doctor's appointment early in the morning.  I don't like morning.  Blah.  But it went well enough.  I did sleep too much afterwards, though.  Oh well.  It's not like I'm on a set time schedule for most things!

I am trying to work at getting my story list updated.  This is harder than it looks.  What did I write?  Ack.

August 13, 2013

This has not been the best day so far.  Slammed my arm into the door, got sick eating salad, trying to move some book cases and am running out of energy.  Ugh.  and we need at least one more case anyway.

Writing went well yesterday, but so far today I haven't gotten moving on anything.  Hate that up and down stuff!

Oh, and this week I am going to start seriously studying the new InDesign book.  I can do a couple chapters a week at least.  This is a great book and easy to understand.  I can do this.

Then I'll be setting up print books and epubs from it.  Yay!

August 14, 2013

You know, I would like to have my brain fully back and in my control now if that's at all possible.  You know, get things done again.  I swear I get one day a week and then I'm dead tired again and can't seem to get anything done.


But I am pressing forward on a couple projects, just a little bit at a time.  I would like some good, solid writing in, though.  Today I worked mostly on the Surviving Elsewhere serial, and even that fought me!

August 15, 2013

Nothing like a deadline to make you actually work on something.  That was the case with this week's serial entry.  I kept thinking that I didn't quite have the right story there yet, so don't bother -- and then suddenly it's a couple hours until midnight and I am out of time.  Amazing how I could still write the story, though.  And I liked how it came out.

Poor Mark's introduction to Elsewhere isn't going all that well.  The creature in the pond that tries to drown him and the flying motorcycle comes next.   Should be fun!

August 16, 2013

I had a breakthrough on an outline.  Finally!  Slow writing, but I finally got a lot of the big pieces of plot into place.  This is good.  It gives me hope that I am really recovering my ability to write stories again.  Kind of troubling when nothing was coming together for a while there!

Other than that, not a lot going on today.  I got housework done!  Wow.  I got some writing done, and work done on stories.  All in all, not so bad when I think about it.  Let's hope it continues for a while!

August 17, 2013

Zaphod went to the vet this morning -- he has a bump on his chest and we just want to make certain it's not anything bad.  The vet is treating it like an infection for the moment, which means he got a shot.  But he also got a ride, which he enjoyed.

I came back home and started working on moving books around.  The corner of the living room/dinning room looks great now, with three lovely bookcases we brought out of the office I no longer use.  We had two of them out here already, and finally got the third in place.  It really does look nice.

The outline is still moving, though slowly.  That's okay.  I have good ideas for it.  I'm enjoying the work.

Also moved the DVD collection the other day, and that looks very nice, too.  All in all, it's starting to shape up nicely here.

August 18, 2013

I have thoughts today.  Actual thoughts.  It's amazing.  Of course, they aren't really helpful thoughts, but still, there they are.  I have been flittering around various projects and finally got the DAZ newsletter done.  I've sent emails.  I've managed to make a decision on what to publish this month (yeah, running out of time there).  I even did a little cleaning.

This isn't going to last, of course.

August 19, 2013

I believe Playing with Fire will go up on Smashwords today.  I just want to go over it one more time and make sure everything is how I want it.  So that's good.

It means I don't have to worry about an August release any more, too.  I have been bouncing around between things for weeks and I'm glad to finally have this one done.  Yay!

Other than that?  Not much to say.  Getting things out of the way and looking at some serious writing this afternoon.  Maybe.  I just took pills and we'll see if they drop me back out of the 'awake' phase.  LOL

Overall, though, it looks good!

August 20, 2013

Eleven days left in the month.  Okay, we can deal with this.  Maybe.  Tonight another tire went flat on the car.  This besides a couple mechanical problems that make driving it iffy at best.

We wondered the other day if we could go an entire week without some crisis or another.  We've decided we can't. So that answers that question.

Writing is going fine.  Not great, but fine.  Still working at getting the last of the outline into place, but once that's done, I'll be able to move on to the next outline.  I have two others that are partly (barely, actually) done.

So that's it.  Back to work.

August 21, 2013

Not a horrible day, but I would like to get a bit more done tonight.  I've been tired, though.  I think I just want to go into bed and read for the rest of the night, but there are some things I need to get done.  A bit more of that writing stuff, for instance.

Yeah.  Sitting with this here for about fifteen minutes now, trying to come up with something to say.

I guess time to post instead.

August 22, 2013

This is being a day.  Not a horrible day and not a good day -- but a day.  Getting little bits of stuff done and just hoping to get ahead on something, somewhere.

Working on the next installment of Surviving Elsewhere.  Looking at massive update for ACOA.  Going to pound head against wall for a while.


August 23, 2013

Well, okay.  I would like to think I'm getting somewhere today, but I can't be certain of it.  Getting a bit here and a bit there and it is adding up, but there are so many other things to get done too!

I am about to redo the entire ACOA site, so that should be interesting.

Right.  We need more work here.

August 24, 2013

Someone give me back my energy.    I don't think that's asking for too much, is it?  Just a bit of energy to get stuff done.

Ugh.  Well, I did get to 1k in writing today. That's something, at least.

August 25, 2013

Well, not a bad day but not great.  The weather is awful.  Heat and more heat and humidity.  We're on a Heat Watch thing until Tuesday night, but from all I can see, it's not going to get any better afterwards.

I am getting closer to do with the Devlin book.  That's good.  I need to finish something.  I have too much just hanging on out there.


It's going to be hot like this all week.  The house sat at 82f all day and finally dropped after sunset.  I think I'll have to leave the AC on all night or remind Russ to start it first thing in the morning.

Must get back to writing.  So really close to done!

August 26, 2013

I finished the rewrite of Devlin 9.  Finally!  Something done!

And this despite the fact the computer wouldn't turn on for me and it took a few hours to get it fixed.  And I had to finish the newsletter since stuff was late.

But there. That's better.

August 27, 2013

I am having trouble focusing on anything interesting.  I need something to really cheer me up and get me up and going again, and that's silly in a way.  I have a lot of neat things around here.  But for some reason, I'm getting the 'I can't stand to face anything here' problem again.

Ugh.  I am just going to force myself to work through today's list and then see if I can't find a few fun things to do.  That shouldn't be too hard.

August 28, 2013

I am having a hard time tracking days again.  And getting things done.  I manage a little here and a little there, but overall, I can't say that I'm doing as much as I should. 

I need to get fired up about something.  Anything at this point would be nice. 

Oh and the weather sucks.  It's been horribly hot for days and will be for a few more days.  Ugh.

August 29, 2013

Two more days to the end of the month.  Really?  Right.  Must get things done. 


Have I mentioned that I finished the rewrite of Devlin 9?  That went well at least.  I have two other unfinished novels, a couple outlines to work on and some editing.  Really, not that much to do.  I shouldn't be fighting it.  Especially the outlines, which I will need for NaNo.

And that's coming too soon, too.


August 30, 2013

Ummm. . .  no, not really any closer to being ready for the end of the month.  I did, at least, finally get Issue 72 of Vision up on Smashwords.  and I did (more or less) finish an outline tonight.   So that's pretty good, really.

I'm about 1/3rd of the way through Badlands on the edits.  That's good because I want to release it in September.  Then something short for October and (I hope) the Sangre story collection for November.  Those are my plans right now.  But I have to get things done for it to work.

Outlines are top on the list of writing right now.  Just a few short outlines for NaNo so I don't go into it blind this year.  I want an enjoyable month of the madness.

If I survive that long.  Way too much to get done.

August 31, 2013

Well, I appear to have survived another month.  Working on a new outline.  Read the last Ian Rutledge mystery (won't have another for months!) though I do still have one Bess Crawford to read.

Problem is two day headache.  Inability to eat.  Can't decide if there is anything I actually want to eat.  Ugh.  Just makes the headache worse.

I can get through this still.  And I hope for some storms tonight.  That would be nice.