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August 1, 2014

I ended with 125,025 words for JulNo. Yay!

But I am having massive computer problems.  It may finally be settling down now, but yesterday was hell trying to get the last of JulNo done.  I think I might have most of the problems solved now, but there was no way I could stop on the last day to mess around with it.

Computers will drive me crazy.

And that's about it, really.  Time to get some rest now that I'm almost caught up with everything!

August 2, 2014

Continued computer problems.  But I got a new keyboard and mouse.  It's not helping with the big problem, but I like them.  Logitech wireless set.  They keyboard is pretty nice, though not as big as the Natural Keyboards.  Still . . . . since they stopped making the ones I like years ago, this is good.

Story wise, just poking along, but that's okay. 


August 3, 2014

Massive amounts of work on the computer today and it may finally be working well again.  Most of the time.  We'll see how it goes.  I, unfortunately, had a massive headache all day and it is still fighting me.  I want this to go away now.  I need a break.

I need to work on a new cover and I can't quite get my brain around the idea.  Ugh.  I have to get my brain and my computer working at the same time.

August 4, 2014

The computer is a bit better today.  We're still hitting some bad spots, but overall, I have hope for a recovery.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure the same is true about me.  Not had the best of days here.  I hope it gets better soon.

Writing is very, very slow too.  That's okay.  I am almost done with Eye or Orantis, which is only going to be about 50k.  I have no idea what I am going to work on afterwards.

Getting Resurrection: Chance and Change ready for publication.  Nice cover for it, too.

August 5, 2014

The computer seems to be running a bit better.  We'll see how this goes.  I need to have it back up to speed by this weekend.  Work to do!

There is not much else going on.  I need a break I think.  Way too much time at the computer again.

August 6, 2014

We are having such odd weather that I'm already thinking about winter.  I think I have a plan for having one small room I can heat, which should be both warmer and cheaper.  Also heat the bathroom and that should be it.

I may even finally have an idea of what to do with the boxes of paperbacks!  I took most of the shelves of hard bounds out of my office when I moved into a larger area.  We could put brick and board shelves in there and take care of a huge amount of box stuff.  I like this idea.

I have a lot of work to do.  I am editing at one piece and it's going well.  I'm looking at what I need to do for something else that might take a bit more work than I expected.  We'll see.  Right now I just want to get caught up with stuff.  I'm having a hard time focusing on anything in particular, which just annoys me some days.


But I'll get there.

August 7, 2014

Russ's birthday.  We didn't do anything special, but it was a nice quiet day.  Russ even had it off from work.

I'm getting things done, a little at a time.  The computer is running better, too.  I hope the rest of the month goes as well.

August 8, 2014

Buffy is three now. What a silly little cat.  She is still upset about the dog, though.  I had hoped she might find Dusty kind of fun since she liked to chase the other cats through the house.

Working on the novels.  I might get done with Eye or Orantis tonight.  We'll see how it goes.

Other than that -- not much going on.

August 9, 2014

I love doing photography of insects.  I've gotten pretty good at it, too.  Wish I could do more lately, but I have been so busy, I just don't get time to do a lot of stuff for some reason.

I do keep up on the writing.  I'm almost done with the work on Resurrection: Chance and Change.  I am looking forward to publishing that one.

Quiet weekend!

August 10, 2014

I am helping a friend get her book ready for publication.  It's not hard work, but there are a lot of things that have to change in order for it to work in ebook format.

So that's taking a bunch of time.  I'm getting it done, though!

August 11, 2014

We are having very nice weather.

I don't trust it at all.

At some point soon, the weather is going to turn on us.  It'll go way too hot or way too wet -- or we'll have the earliest winter on record.   I just know it.

I should be preparing for this, right?

Oh well.  Live dangerously.  And make sure you have a warm sweater nearby.

August 12, 2014

We drove up through part of Stone Park yesterday, but the car was acting a bit stranger than usual, so we didn't go through the entire place like we usually do.  It was lovely, though.  I did not go walk on the trail where I fell the last time.  I just didn't trust my luck.

Writing is slow again right now.  I'm between major projects and getting a lot of odd things done.  Still working on stuff for my friend, too.

I need to start looking at outlines and get those done for NaNo.  That should be my main project.  But I'd need a brain for that kind of work.

August 13, 2014

The computer has been giving me fits for a few days.  Sometimes it's fine, and other times it will let me write two word and then wait half a minute before I can write two more.  I have kept from completely destroying it, so I'm better at controlling myself than I would have thought.

Almost done with Linda's book.  It should go up tomorrow.  Beyond that, I don't know what I'll be doing.  Work and more work, I guess.

August 14, 2014

Got Linda's book up on Smashwords tonight.  Amazon tomorrow, I hope.  Then I'll go back to work on my novel and get it up.  Yay!  We're getting somewhere!

The weather is still odd.  It was cool and humid today.  Ugh.  You can't win in weather like that.

I think my brain wants a vacation and has taken it without me.  We need a break.

Or maybe a new story.

August 15, 2014

I have been fighting hard to get some stuff edited.  I am working on Rat Pirates for the next big book, but that's going to take quite a while to get done. I will likely work on something shorter for the September release.

Providing I get Resurrection: Chance and Change done this month.  Right now I can't even be certain of that one being done in time.

That's about it.  I'm in the mood for an odd project of some sort.  I'll have to come up with one soon.  But right now -- later and later and I need to get to bed and do a little reading before I go to sleep.

I need to find out when I bought my Nook -- the first color one.  I have read every single night since then.  I made it a rule.  I'm good at sticking to those.

August 16, 2014

Odd long day with bits and pieces of stuff done, but not enough of any single thing.  Writing went well, I guess.  I shouldn't complain about that.  I need to work on the Newsletter again, though.

I'm doing okay on Rat Pirates.  No reason to rush it.  Or maybe there is.  What am I going to put out next month?  I think maybe it should be a shorter work month.  Too many novels in  a row, and I need more time with Rat Pirates.

And I think that's about it today!

August 17, 2014

Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day -- or is that tomorrow?  I'll have to look it up.  At any rate, we appreciate the boys all the time.

I'm dragging on work.  Dragging on a lot of stuff, to be honest.

But eventually I'll get stuff done. 

August 18, 2014

I got a major project done today -- just not one of my own.  But it is finished, except probably for some tweaking here and there.  I'll get that done.

I need to start getting my novel ready for publication this month.  It should be done soon if I can just focus on it and not twenty thousand other things.  Ugh.

august 19, 2014

I keep hearing rumors of storms coming, but there hasn't been anything so far.  We could use a little rain again.

And I could use a break away from the house, but the car is not getting fixed any time soon.  Sigh.  I'll survive, but it does start driving me crazy.  It's like all the years while Russ was in New York -- you start thinking of places you'd really like to go (DeSoto, the zoo, the wildlife safari place by Lincoln -- the mountains, Chaco Canyon.  Might as well think big) and it gets annoying, even though I know that even with a car you couldn't go to these places. 

So I do breaks in a different way.  I'm working on timeline stuff.  That probably sounds odd, but it works.  I can play around with my own personal universe.

August 20, 2014

Working on things.  Working on other things.  Getting friend's book up and ready to go.  Editing.  That's about all my life right now.  I really need to get involved in something else.

I have other things.  Just don't seem to get time to get to them.

August 21, 2014

I think I have the most boring life ever.  Really.  Write and write and edit and write. Take some pictures.  Read.

And really, there's nothing wrong with that.  I like the calm and quiet, and the chance to do whatever I want each day.  I am lazy.  I know it.  I need to change my attitude towards stuff and get things done like cleaning and such.  But you know . . . there's writing to do.

August 22, 2014

Stuff going on.  Russ picked up another cheap car to get us around for now.  If the Subaru people had taken in the other car when they said they would, we wouldn't need this.  But there it is.  Looks nice.  I haven't even sat in it yet.

My father is not doing well, but this is not a shock.  He's been having problems for about a year and is increasingly unhappy about not being able to do stuff anymore.  He's gone into a Nursing Home last week -- his choice -- and he was not happy about it.

Other than that, not much more to say.  Need to get back to writing.  I'm falling behind on stuff.

August 23, 2014

Father died this afternoon so everything is in a flux right now.  We'll see how things go over the next week or so.  Me?  I'm going to do some writing and escape.

August 24, 2014

Getting things done.  Going to be a long week, I suspect.  But we'll get through it.  Having to deal with a lot of things right now.

Writing, of course, is just coming in at a minimal amount of words.  It's going to be that way for a while.  It's okay.  Just get through this.

August 25, 2014

Everything is set for the burial tomorrow.   Today we spent some time at Bacon Creek Park just sitting and looking at the lake.  A heron came by!  That was really nice -- hadn't seen one in a while.

Trying to just stay calm and avoid stress stuff.  Seems to be working.

August 26, 2014

Okay, made it through the burial today.  That part is all done.  I am drained and exhausted and napped this afternoon, and I'm still tired and feeling increasingly worse.  Russ thinks I might be coming down with something.  maybe so.

I am going to focus back on my writing soon.  My escape. 

It will be better soon.

August 27, 2014

Starting to head into calmer times now.  This is more about acceptance than anything.  This is the way things are, and now you have to work with it and stop stressing over everything.

I can do that.

I have an idea for a new story.  Actually, a new series and when I talked to Russ about it, he got very excited.  I'd already talked to Simon Batt as well, and he thought it sounded great, too.  Now I am working out the basics, mostly in my head, but I'll be starting a new Scrivener file today, I think.  I had hoped to finish off stuff first, but you know -- sometimes you don't have the choice.  This one is too strong.

So see, there I am, back to my writing.  Good.  There are tons of other things that still need to be done, but at least I can start looking at the things I need to do for my stuff again.

August 28, 2014

Yeah, end of the month panic again.  How does this always happen to me?  At least there is not as much to get done as usual.  Next month -- well that's going to be difficult.  I need to find a short story to publish because I'll never get a novel done in time.

Ack.  Too much to do.

August 29, 2014

I've been feeling off and on bad for a couple weeks.  And just totally without any kind of energy.  I keep trying to get moving on a new project, but I can't get past the 'oh that sounds interesting' stage and get anything written done.  Should I try to get the basics and outlines done before NaNo?  Amazing how close that is already.

Ugh.  Let's not think about making this worse.

End of the month.  Ack.

August 30, 2014

I have gotten my book published his month, at least.  I do need to go market it, but that can wait for a bit still.  Resurrection: Chance and Change is up and passed all the tests so far.  I need to figure out the whole idea of marketing.  I keep getting worse at this then better.

Otherwise, things are actually okay.  I'm not going to panic about end of the month.  Really.

August 31, 2014

I've been having odd computer problems again.  Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't.  Uploading to the site has been a problem lately but I'll get there.  I may just have to take a different approach.

Writing?  Oh I remember that.  Right. 

I have a new idea.  I'm going to start it next month.  I hope that I can stay enthralled with it long enough to get really moving on it.  I did fight my way through one outline today and finished it off.  That's good to get something off the list.

End of the month.  I will not panic.  I will not panic.