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January 1, 2015

Well, writing wise this has not been the best start to a year for me, and yet . . . I am really happy with the 2k or so I have written so far.  I spent a lot of day setting up things for 2015 (Excel sheets, Lightroom, etc.) and really just not working all that hard.  I am washing clothes, so at least something practical for the start of the year.

I have started the new novel, Home Year 1: Crash. That's the sf novel.  I've also started rewriting A Plague of Rats, which is a fantasy -- and I'm really pleased with the amount of detail I'm getting into it already.  I hope I can keep that up.

So here is hoping 2015 is a good year.  A serious writing 2015.  I think I can do this.

January 2, 2015

I am having a slow start to the writing year.  Barely about 1200 for the first day.  Doing better today, but still slow.  I don't care.  I am enjoying what I'm doing and I like the end results, especially on A Plague of Rats.  It's going nicely.  Great opening.  I hope I can hold on to that feel throughout the book. 

Slowly, slowly -- don't rush this one.

That's about it.

January 3, 2015

We are having weather tonight. Winds, snow, blizzard -- Haven't had this kind of stuff in a while.  I'm hiding out in my WARM room -- two heaters in there and its actually too warm right now, so I'm shutting down the one for a bit.

The writing is slow, slow -- but I really like what I'm getting right now, so there's no reason to rush.  500 words a day on the new novel -- they've barely left the big ship and heading for the world.  The rewrite of A Plague of Rats is fascinating.  I'm really enjoying that one.  It was a last moment choice, but a good one.

So that's it.  No complaints.

January 4, 2015

This is going to be a cold winter by the end.  I hope that everything holds up because this is looking like bad weather coming our way again.

It's cold enough I don't even want to go out, to be honest.  Spring is going to be nice this year. We have may 8 more weeks to go.  Let's hope it passes quickly.

January 5, 2015

The new novel is going slowly, but I'm partly doing that on purpose.  I am only writing 500 words a day on it for the moment and then spending the rest of the time on the rewrite of A Plague of Rats.  That one is going well.  Not fast, but well.

I am having trouble connecting this year.  I'm not sure why yet, but it's not as though I'm not writing at all, so I'll count this as good.

Lots to get done, really.  I've moved Vision to February.  I'm going to do three issues a year, I think.  Or four and two of them mostly showing some of the older stuff.

Decisions to make.

January 6, 2015

Cold day.  Going to be much colder before it gets better.  It's kind of sad when I can look ahead and see that we're going to be up to 25f in about a week and I'm really excited about it getting that warm.

Yeah, not a good winter.  We're at -1 with a -16 wind chill right now.  It's going to be horrible by morning.

I'm just going to write, read and sleep.  I don't see any reason to work at anything else.  My brain just won't get around anything right now.

January 7, 2015

So today I have a new story idea.  One that is just nagging at me.  I wrote down some notes.  It's still jabbing at me.  Go away!  I have other things to get done!

Not real happy with the weather still.  Weeks and weeks of this to go.


January 8, 2015

Windy, cold day.  Odd stuff -- was warmer this morning and then dropped down tonight.  It will be cold tomorrow.  I think, really, it's going to be cold forever.

The new story is still working at me.  I'm still working on other things.

Kind of an annoying start to the year, but it should get better soon.  I hope.

January 9, 2015

Not a good writing day, but I got over 1k finally.  That's all I'm asking for out of my poor little brain.

I am playing with the one month free download for Topaz Labs picture stuff.  That has been fun and diverting, which is what I've needed for awhile anyway.  Not getting out of the house, between the cold weather and the bad car, so kind of need other things to get my attention.  This is a lot of fun, but also expensive.  I might buy it for my birthday. We'll see.

Getting notes done on new fantasy story (Outcasts?  Others?) and working on the other stuff.  Just jabbing at things. Something will leap up and start running soon.

January 10, 2015

It is going to start getting warmer again soon.  That's good because I simply cannot deal with cold weather these days.  My brain cells refuse to let me do anything helpful.  I sit in my little warm room and I can't even concentrate enough to write, even though I am warm.

Ugh.  Spring can't come too early this year.

January 11, 2015

The graphic programs from Topaz Labs are just wonderful.  I hope I can afford to buy them when the time comes.  It's going to make a tough month afterwards, but oh my -- this is lovely.

Yeah, it's what I need right now.  It's helping to keep me occupied and not making me think of words.  Words are not my friends right now.  I'm barely getting 1k a day at the moment.

But it is going to warm up soon.  Yay!

January 12, 2015

Writing is odd this year.  Not bad, just odd.  I'm doing bits and pieces and nothing is flowing very well yet, but I'm still up to about 25k for the month/year.  Not bad when I think about it.  If I were on schedule it would be about 36k, but still not too bad.  I can handle shortfalls at the start of the year.

And that starts me thinking about what I really need.  More words?  Why keep aiming at the high count?  Well, yes, it does work for me in the long run.  I end up with more material to work with later, which is always good.  So I guess I shouldn't second guess myself too much.

January 13, 2015

So here is the fun for the day.  I've been reading the Chanur novels by C. J. Cherryh on my Nook.  Finished #3 today.

#4 is not available on the Nook.  Not on Google Play.  Not for Kindle.

I am going to have to read the hard copy!  LOL

Other than that, just waiting for the promised warmer weather!

January 14, 2015

Warmer today.  Going to be in the 40's this weekend.  We will survive!

The snow won't which is almost too bad.  I haven't gotten many pictures this year, being locked up in my little room.  The warmer weather is helping out already, though.  I wrote 3k today, which I haven't done much at all this month.  I hope I can keep it up.

I've started reading Chanur's Homecoming in the hardbound version.  Of course, the only copy I have on hand is the $45 slip case edition.  LOL.  And why can't you adjust the print size on these things?

Doing well, though.  Going to get back to it and read for about another hour!

January 15, 2015

The snow is not going to last for very long. We're looking at temps in the 40's over the weekend and maybe longer.

In the middle of January.

So yeah, there is definite oddness going on here with the weather.  I wish I could enjoy it more, but at least I'm not freezing.  It's helping my brain get to work, too.  Getting things done. Well not done -- but moving!

January 16, 2015

500 words here, 500 words there -- it does add up if you keep at the work. That's kind of where I am. Things are moving, but it's like my brain still doesn't want to focus on any of it for too long.  I don't quite have the link into any of the stories that I really need.

I'm having fun with the art stuff still, though.  I have about three weeks to decide whether to buy all or part of it.  Going to be a touch decision.

And that's it.  Really.  Nothing going on here.

January 17, 2015

Today I began the last read-through of In the Shadow of Giants.  No rush on it.  I am very happy so far.  Found some missing words, a couple words that could be replaced, and some general clean this up things.  So far, Chapters 1-3, look good.  Introduced all the main characters and set up some of the trouble.

The other books are going fine, too.  I have no complaints about any of it.  I am enjoying the stories, and even if things are not moving as well as they could, it's still going fine.

Still doing art, too.  So this is a creative winter, if nothing else!

January 18, 2015

So here I am, preparing to attack yet more stories.  Just leap in and write on all kinds of things and jump around until something fully catches my brain.  I've done this before, and it works for me.  Fun, really.  It makes me really think about the stories as I switch from one to another.

Photography this winter hasn't been good.  Our car simply can't get us places, so we pretty much stick with a few blocks of home, except for Russ back and forth to work.  I have to avoid it as much as I can because the lack of shocks are giving me bad problems.  Ugh.  There is hope of another car at some point -- I hope soon.

But still, not doing too badly.  Back to writing. And maybe some art!

January 19, 2015

I can't believe how nice the weather has been.  And I certainly don't trust it.  I suspect we're going to regret this come spring/summer when everything is dust and we're in a worse drought again.

But still -- nice for a while.

Writing is fine.  I need to focus a bit better, but it's okay overall.

Yeah, that's it.

January 20, 2015

If we don't get a car that works soon, I am going to go crazy.  I so want to go see things.  I'm hearing about eagles everywhere, but we can barely get five or six blocks away.  Argh.

Well, just something to look forward to, I guess.

I am on the final Chanur novel now -- this is Hilfy's story.  I can't say I really like her character very much right now, even though I understand why she acts the way she does.  I'm going to regret being done with all of them, though.

I have a Charles Todd novel waiting patiently for me to get done with this run of books.  Soon!

Not getting anything actually done with writing, though.  Keep starting new things -- editing things -- which is probably not good.

January 21, 2015

I believe today is squirrel appreciation day. So there you go.  One of my favorite shots.

It's cooling down a bit again.  No sign of snow, though, and I think it is supposed to warm back up again soon.  No real complaints.  Honest.  Even if I would like to see some snow.

Writing is writing.  it's picked back up again.  A Plague of Rats is really moving now, but it's going to slow down again as soon as I get to the part where I really only wrote notes in the original.  That will be interesting.

Other than that, nothing going on here!  It's winter -- what do you expect?

January 22, 2015

Decisions to make soon.  Difficult ones.  I could buy all the Topaz programs at once for half price  (But still over $400), or I can buy them one or two at a time for full price, but spread it out over several months.


I am tending towards the second answer.  I think it would be the best over all so that I'm not broke all through February when we might need a little extra income.

I will end up with most, if not all, the programs.  I've been playing with them for a couple weeks now (still a couple more weeks on the trial) and I am impressed with everything.

They've been a distraction from writing, which is something I actually need now and then.  I've been using them as a carrot, holding it out as something to play with if I finally apply myself to the writing.  LOL.  Yes, even I need that now and then.

But . . . decisions.

January 23, 2015

Woke up today with blinding headache and it has just lingered.  Pills, tea, chocolate -- nothing is really touching this one much.  So I've pretty much give up on everything for the moment.

That's it.  I have nothing else to say.

January 24, 2015

Got out for just a bit tonight, which was nice.  I live too much in this room. 

I've been working on all kinds of odd things today, though.  Lots of picture stuff.  That's been fun.  Not so much writing, but I'm still doing okay there, too.

Yeah, exciting life.  Not much more to say!

January 25, 2015

I am moving forward a little bit at time on the stories.  It's not like they are stuck or anything, it's simply that I don't feel like working that hard.  Makes sense to me right now, but I'll probably start panicking over the lack of word count before too long.

I am having fun with photo stuff, though.  I just don't do enough with it these days.  Take pictures, shove them into Lightroom and get back to writing.  I want to go out and take interesting shots and go some fun places.  I hope we have a car that can handle it this spring.

January 26, 2015

I am about a third of the way through the rewrite of A Plague of Rats.  I am not to the spot where I'll need to do some real writing (I only put notes in the original), but I think I know what it needs and the feel for it, too.  So that's good.

The new SF novel is going okay.  Not outstanding, but I am starting to see some interesting pieces coming out in a group facing survival problems.  I revisit this theme every few years, but I have yet to do a story that works for me.

Having fun with pictures, too.

And that's it!

January 27, 2015

This is just an odd month for me.   I would like to think that I'm making progress on some stuff, but honestly, I feel like I'm falling behind rather than getting ahead.  It's an odd feeling when you are sitting and working and working and working.

I am getting some stuff done on Vision.  It shouldn't be a problem to pull the last of the ezine together.  For some reason . . . just not getting there.


January 28, 2015

I had every intention of getting Vision done today.

I don't think I touched it at all.

I don't know what I did instead, but it certainly wasn't Vision.  Didn't do a lot of writing, either.  As far as I can tell, I mostly sat here and stared at nothing and thought about work.

January 29, 2015

Just little bits of work done.  Newsletter, mostly.  A little bit of writing.

I am coming down with something and it just keeps knocking me down.  Ugh.  Hope this doesn't last for long.

January 30, 2015

Feeling worse than yesterday.  I got the newsletter done and sent off.  I wrote about 1k.  All I want to do is curl up in bed, but I know if I do that, I'll be awake all night.  So, here I am.

It's the end of the month. Tomorrow I need to put the last of Vision together.  That shouldn't be hard.  That's about it.  Really, it's a nice calm end of the month, so I'm good.  Just wish I felt better.

January 31, 2015

Snow!  We have snow! We have a winter weather warning, so. . . .

We ran out to get groceries.

Car serviced.



New weather station

Chinese for dinner.

When we left it was raining.  When we came back, we have lovely white flakes.  We're snuggled in for the weekend now and dinner was great.  I am feeling mostly better, so this is good.

Right now I have to work on Vision and get it done.  It's almost there.  I think things are looking okay for the end of the month.