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October 1, 2015

This journal cannot possibly be 17 years old as of today.  No.  Just not possible.  Okay, granted a lot of it is no longer online (though I could find it and put it up . . . but no.  I have enough stupid projects.)  But 17 years?  Wow.

Other than that, today was a tea day.  Two boxes of teas arrived, plus new cups, a new teapot . . . I am in tea heaven again.  And not a moment too soon given the awful weather.  Blah.  Well, not really awful.  I'm sure it can get MUCH worse.

I should stop complaining now.

October 2, 2015

I need to get things done.  So, of course, I have come down with the worst cold I've had in ages.  This is stupid and miserable.  And miserable and stupid.  I have to work, and instead, I'm sitting here shivering when it's not really that cold!

I am almost done with Kat Among the Pigeons and ready for it to go to print and the new ebook version to go up.  I'm happy about that, at least.  But mostly, I want to go curl up under covers.

At least I have some good tea.

October 3, 2015

Russ surprised me with a trip down to DeSoto Wildlife Refuge last night!  That was fun.  We went down late and it was getting dark as we were leaving, which is always a good time for animals.  I upped the ISO on the camera and actually got a few good shots.

And then I came home and finished Kat plus did the new ad pages for the back of the book.  Yay!  It's too late to do anything with it tonight, but tomorrow I'll be looking at uploading to CreateSpace.

I need to get back to work on the outlines, too.  Yeah, lots of stuff to do.

Unfortunately, the cold is wearing me down still.  I'm going to bed.


October 4, 2015

We have really entered into tea weather.  Also heater on weather.  I have a horrible cold still but at least now I'm not so chilled.

Getting back to work on the outlines.  I just got this week's newsletter done, so I'm ready to leap back into other things.  It would help if I would stop sneezing, though.  My muscles hurt for the sneezes. 

I also want to write ahead on the FF story.  I have some ideas for it, so I ought to be working towards that direction. It should be fun, really.  And if I get far enough ahead, I don't have to worry about it during NaNo.  Sounds like a plan to me!

Art?  Photography?  Not much of either lately, to be honest.  Oh, nice picture taking, but no after work.  It all just keeps getting away from me.

I have a novel ready for CreateSpace and I'm holding back for some reason.  Maybe I ought to get that on my Must Do List.

Too much to get done.  Gah.

September 5, 2015

I found the coolest thing for sale today!  A little 16 inch portable photo studio with lights and stuff.  And it was $100 off.  It has been ordered and is on the way.  This is perfect for shots of things like rocks and stuff.  It will be here on Thursday.  I'm really looking forward to working with it!

Outlines are fine.  Slow writing day, but I don't care.  I'll make it up during NaNo, right?

September 6, 2015

Still excited about the little photography thing.  This is going to be so much fun!  I keep looking around for more things to take photos of.  LOL.

Writing is slow again today.  I need to step away from the outline and do something else for a few hours.  I do have one novel that needs to be finished, and I could probably put some time into that.  Oh, and I want to do some of the Flash Fiction stories so I get ahead.  Yes, that's a good plan, too.

I did housework today.  Yeah, amazing isn't it?

October 7, 2015

My new toy should be here tomorrow.  I am so looking forward to this!  I'm not entirely sure how I will set things up with it, but it should be fun. 

Oh and writing is fine.  I have been having some up and down days this month, but that's okay going into NaNo.  Just so long as I get the outlines done in time.

October 8, 2015

It's here!  It's here and it's great, and it's going to be a real problem for writing because all I want to do is play around with it.  It's wonderful!  I just need to figure out where to put it.  Not permanently because it folds all down and sits aside in it's own case.  But when I want to set it up, I need a good, steady spot with a plug in.

But it is lots of fun.  I've had it up on my desk so far. That seems to work best.

What fun!

October 9, 2015

Oh, fun, fun, fun.  I have to get writing done, though.  Can't fall behind now, right?  But -- photo stuff! 

I will need to bribe myself with this for a while.  I don't get to work on it until I get my writing done.  That sounds wise.  Otherwise, I won't get the outlines done.  And what am I going to do about NaNo?  I suspect my photography is going to suffer for it.

I am not getting hardly anywhere on writing today.  Ack.  Bad zette.


October 10, 2015

We had wonderful weather today.  A shame I've been so ill last night and today, but still -- really nice.  We went out to Stone State Park and I got some lovely pictures there.  I didn't get much done with writing, but at least I'm still moving forward.

October 11, 2015

We had a record high of 91f today.  Wow.  This is just the oddest weather ever.  Really.  They are saying we're going to have a warmer than usual winter and not much for snow.  I would like to have snow, actually -- but the warmer weather is not bad.  Might make it easier to survive in this house.

We went out and I got more autumn pictures.

I have not played with my toy the last couple days.  Just not feeling well and having a hard time getting the writing done, even if it isn't much.  I have faith it will pick up, though.

October 12, 2015

I finished the second outline last night.  Yay!  And today I worked on something odd.  It is an older Novella that ended in an odd spot, so I decided to add to it and make it into a novel.  I'm having fun with it!  Not a surprise there.

What else?  I'm going to have time to play with the toy tonight, I think.  Yay! Finally!  But I'm ahead on practically everything. Even clothes washing.  Amazing.  Considering how awful I've felt and how my back was out,

Things are looking good.  I think I know what I'm doing for NaNo and with luck I'll get a good word count this year.

October 13, 2015

Slow start to the writing day.  I need to get focused like i was yesterday.  I did get to play with the desktop photo studio again and that was fun, but it kept me up way too late.  Now I'm a bit worn down and not getting anywhere.

Did get some work done around the house, though, so not a complete loss.

Just hope to get back to the writing stuff!

october 14, 2015

Middle of the month?  You've got to be joking.  I kept thinking it was around the 7th or so.  Yeah, I'm going crazy now.  On the good side, though, I have my third outline moving very well.  It's Amusing Grace which had given me so much grief up until now.

Living Among Them continues to move, too.  So no complaints there.  Sure, the story has gone off into an odd realm all it's own, but it's fun to write and I've made a novel out of it, so life is good.

But middle of the month already.  Ack!



October 15, 2015

Two weeks until NaNo.

Let the panic begin.

Actually, doing better than I expected.  Maybe half way through the last outline, so that's good.  Keeping up on the DAZ pages and such, too.

Other than that?  Not much.  Write and write some more.  Get ready to write a lot.  Play with photo stuff.  Start thinking about 2016.

Yeah, like I need to think about more to do.

October 16, 2015

The outline is going well again!  The story is going well.  Things are moving.

The weather is . . . well, frost warning tonight.  We took the AC out.  That means it will probably hit the 90's in the next few days.  I have heat on in my office.  I guess I might as well get used to it.  We even put the electric blanket on the bed.

But, beyond the weather, things are okay.  I had sneezy miserables most of the day and it's coming back again -- but I got writing done!  If I can keep up like this, NaNo is going to be fun.

October 17, 2015

I spent most of the day curled up in bed.  Not doing much better tonight, but I am determined to get a little bit more work done.  Oh, I hope this cold doesn't hold on for too long.  I'm annoyed already.

I am amazed at how bad a mood this has given me.  Usually I can get through them with some 'poor zette' feelings, but this time I am outright annoyed.

Still, getting outline done, so not all is lost.

October 18, 2015

I am almost prepared for NaNo.  This is odd.  I have even ordered in most of the tea (another set ordered today).  I am almost done with the last outline and I even have another novel almost done.  I need to work on the Flash Fictions for November.

All in all, it's going well.

I am about over that miserable cold, too.

So things are looking up.   I hoped they stay this way all the way to (and through) NaNo!



October 19, 2015

Stuck on a spot in the outline still.  Very annoying for something so close to the end.  I' going to do what I said yesterday, and move on with a bit of a question mark there.  Then I'll go back through and look at some of the clues I've put in place and see if I just can't make it fall into place.  Or add a few more things?  That actually might help.

I can suddenly see a scene or two that better sets this up . . . whatever this is.  I need to get two of the characters off alone, but one of them would never go with him.  Ah.  Doesn't have to.  Just has to be followed.

Oh.  I may have the answer.  Yes.  And the person who did it can still slip through.  No real evidence but obvious now, so he's not going to be popular.

Okay.  Back to the outline.  I may have this done in time after all.

October 20, 2015

The outlines are done.  I'm almost done with Mirrors edits and will have Mirrors 2 done before too long.  I need 2 more Flash Fiction pieces for November.

I am almost there.  This is more ready than I remember being in years.

I don't trust it.

Is it November yet?

October 21, 2015

I am going to take a few low word count days as we get closer to November.  I'm going to work on other things and see if I can't get a few non-writing things done.  That might be a nice change!

Only a bit over a week to go.  I am, mostly, ready. 


Or maybe I need another outline, just in case.  Three might not be enough.


October 22, 2015

Okay.  Teas are here.  All is well with the world.

Except for a blinding headache, but I'm doing my best to ignore it.  I am working on Living Among Them, which is very nearly up to 50k.  I need to write one more section for the serial to get it through November.  I am fighting the idea of writing another outline.

Everything looks good.

Nine days to go.

October 23, 2015

I am fighting with the idea of doing one more outline for NaNo.  Maybe taking an older book and outlining it.  I was thinking Shepherd Boy, but I'm not sure.

Do I need to do this?

Well, actually, I might.  I have a week with very little to write and I need something to fill the space.  This might work well enough and I need to redo SB because of a later book I plan to write in 2016.

Unless I change my mind about that one.

Too many decisions right now.  My brain is not up to it.



October 24, 2015

I am working on the final edits of Mirrors 2.  That's going very well.  It will be a good project for this last week before NaNo.  I'll be getting a few other things done as well, but this one isn't difficult.

My biggest problem is stopping myself from starting some big project -- writing or otherwise -- that will give me any stress as we draw nearer to NaNo.  It's only the first week of NaNo that is crazy for me, so I'll be good after that -- right up until the end sometimes, when I get another burst of writing power.

I just hope things go well.

October 25, 2015

Had a mostly good day, though I didn't get much done.  I see this last week as being more than a little crazy, but that's fine.  We're getting closer to NaNo.  Just do it and get it over with.

Not a whole lot let to do.

October 26, 2015

In general, I love autumn.  Yeah, I know it means that winter is coming and I'll be really sorry to see those cold temps, but over all, I like the cooler (not cold) weather and the lovely leaves.

I have gotten some really nice pictures this year.  I hope to get a few more.  Truthfully, I like to get snow pictures, too -- but that's not as easy to do.

Five more days until NaNo.  it is going fast enough now.

October 27, 2015

Oh yes, this is just wonderful.  I am not only feeling pretty ill, I put my back out as well so that I can hardly hobble from one room to the other.  Sitting is mostly okay as long as I don't lean forward and don't stay sitting for too long.  Standing is agony and walking is worse.

Right before NaNo.  Well, with luck, it will clear up within a few days.  I've had this before, so I know it does get better, but right now I am not in a good mood.

Getting some editing done.  Playing with some non-writing programs (a bit of music, some art) and trying to make myself believe that this is going to clear up fast.  Just stay in a good mood.

And send Russ out for dinner when he's free.

October 28, 2015

This whole back problem is very, very annoying.  It had better clear up soon.  I've had it.

Three more full days until NaNo. I can do this, even if I am still having back problems.  I hope it will be mostly cleared up by then, though.  If not, I'll just not do as well as I hoped off the start.  Got to be ready for that possibility.

Need to get some other things done, though.

Snarl.  Growl.  Snarl.

October 29, 2015

My back is still out, though not as badly as it was.  Annoying, though.  Very, very annoying and hard to get anything done.  Even just sitting here tonight is hard.

But I am finally getting Kat Among the Pigeons up on CreateSpace.  I don't know why I haven't done it before now.  Need to do the updated Versions for the Nook and Kindle, too.

Really trying to keep busy and hope that if I don't focus on how much my back hurts, it will go away.

October 30, 2015

We are very nearly down to counting hours now.  Both yay and ack.  Still having back problems and not feeling well.  I am starting to think about the first story, though, so I'm preparing for that midnight leap.

I'm still hoping for better by tomorrow.  This has been just annoying and I'm in an increasingly bad mood, too.

So, I guess I have about 30 hours to go?  I can stand that.  Maybe I'll go sleep most of them.  LOL


October 31, 2015

Yes, yes.  I am ready.  Let's get on with it.  What do you mean, three more hours?

Oh wait.  DAZ stuff that needs to be done.  Oh, and the map.  And --

ACK!  Not Enough TIME!