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January 1, 2017

I have started writing Journey of a Thousand Truths.  I am having fun with it, just dancing along with the story and no idea of everything that's going on.  Soon the basics of the idea will fall into place.  I might end up doing an outline at that point, but we'll see.  So far it's just been enjoyable to work on, though.

We went out to dinner at our favorite little Mexican place here in town. That was nice.  Russ had company for most of the last two days, so we didn't spend a lot of holiday time together.  At dinner I got to discuss a plan.  I am going to do the 2YN class on FB.  This should be ... interesting.

January 2, 2017

Zaphod decided I needed to update my computer today so he turned it off for me.  Over two hours later, I finally got control back.  There are days when stuff like this will drive a person crazy.  it cut right into my prime writing time and I never did get going again.  So I ended up with just over 1k for the day.

I hope this isn't a sign of how things are going to keep up. Ack.

January 3, 2017

We are back to the bitterly cold weather.  How wonderful.  I keep rushing from one heated room to the other.

I do not do well in cold weather.  I just don't.  We have about three days of this in store, though, so I had better work through it.

January 4, 2017

Just too damned cold. That's all.

I am getting some writing done.  Have to look forward to when the temp is up in the 20's again.  Right now even the rest of the house is dropping down near freezing.

Two months and all of this will be pretty much over with again.

January 5, 2017

Still cold.  Colder in fact.  House as dropped down to 33f outside of the bathroom and my office.  You can't imagine the fun of going from one room to the other.

Tomorrow the temp starts going back up, though.  It's about time.  Yeah, it's only been 3 or 4 days of this, but they always seem far too long.  I do not do well in really cold weather.  Especially when we don't even really have snow on the ground.  Just a light dusting of white, and not enough to cover anything. What good is that?

The new novel is over 10k.  This is kind of fun.  It's the first time in a long while that a story without an outline has seemed to work for me.  I'm having fun.

January 6, 2017

The temp has come up, but it's not enough to heat up the rest of the house yet.  Oh, a bit -- but I don't consider 38f much better than 33f.  The next couple of days should help, though.

I haven't gotten much writing done today.  I'm going to throw myself into it here in a few minutes.  I think I should be able to get a good run at it tonight.

I am happy with it so far.  It has actually drawn almost all my attention this week.  That's nice.  I love the books where I fall into the story and the characters.

January 7, 2017

We went for a lovely ride today.  Saw about six hawks, but none in the places were we expected to see them.  How very odd.

Other than that, it's been a quiet enough January.  Some wild winds now and then but very little snow.  Not much to take pictures of yet.  We'll have to see how it goes!

January 8, 2017

We had a lovely sunset ride tonight and dinner out --

And somewhere along the way I hurt my wrist.  Difficult to type.  Ack.

January 9, 2017

Wrist still hurts.  Barely getting 1k done a day.  Ugh.

January 10, 2017

Still having wrists problems.  What did I do?  ugh.  I need to get things done!  This is annoying!

Ugh.  Just ugh.

January 11, 2017

We had a little snow tonight.  Not much, but at least it was something.  They are calling for dire weather this coming weekend -- we'll see if it actually hits.  They're so rarely right.

Writing went much better today.  My wrist and hand is still a little sore, but nothing like it was.    A nice 3k day for a change. 

The weather is cold again, though not so bad as it has been before this.  I'd like to see it warm up a bit again.  I'd like to be able to step out of my office and not feel like I've gone into the arctic zone.

Well, at least my office is warm and the cats are happy in there.  The dog sometimes goes and sleeps on the bed instead, especially if I've turned the blanket on.

January 12, 2017

And back to a 1k day.  It was one of those days where it hardly mattered what I did, I was not going to get to the writing.  Well, the outside projects are done and we'll see how the rest of this goes!

I've kind of lost my way on the new novel, I fear.  I think I can get it back, but right now it's just sitting there staring at me.  It's about 23k.  That's not too bad, all things considered -- but they are still in the city.  I need to get them off onto the journey itself.  LOL

January 13, 2017

In a couple days we are supposed to be hit with a bad storm.  Ice storm, snow, etc.  I have my doubts because they things never actually hit us, but it could be a problem if they are right for once.

Writing is going well.  2k at least today.  Did some grocery shopping, too.  We're set for the weather.

Of course if the power goes out, I'm in a bit of trouble.  But we'll see how it goes.

Back to work!

January 14, 2017

We went to DeSoto today.  Outside of the refuge we saw 14 different hawks, but not a single one inside the place!  However we did see 7 eagles, some geese -- and a barred owl! 

I have been trying to get a picture of an owl for YEARS!  Really, for years and years.  We saw him just as we were leaving, so the light wasn't good -- but I got the pictures.  It was wonderful!

January 15, 2017

We are supposed to get a really bad ice storm.  I don't think it's going to happen and I've been saying so from the start.  Right now we're actually a few hours into the 16th and there's still nothing more than a slight mist.

My fascination with watching for the storm took most of my attention for the day.  I couldn't get writing done.  I really didn't do much of anything.  Maybe I needed a day like this one.  Maybe tomorrow I will get back to work.

Or maybe not.  I think maybe I'll like a few days of not pushing for anything.

January 16, 2017

Russ came home at noon and worked from home after that.  We did not get a lot of ice, but it is very slick out there.  I am hiding in the house until all of this is past.

The writing has slowed down. There have been too many things going on that distract me.  Now I need to get focused again ... though not today, I fear.  Or tomorrow, which is when I need to get a lot of other stuff done.

The winter has not been too bad so far.   Looks like snow in a few days, but I doubt that will be much if anything at all.  We are about six weeks from March and the start of spring.  Half way through this already!

January 17, 2016

Today's work was mostly paying ACOA people.  That takes a bit of time.  I've really not gotten much writing done in the last few days.

Journey of a Thousand Truths has slowed down, mostly because I have lost focus on it and my characters are just making little moves with nothing really happening.  I need to change that soon.

What an odd January.

Russ couldn't get the car doors open because of the ice today, so he worked from home.  Tomorrow it will be in the 40's.

Odd.

January 18, 2017

I think I have most of the odd things done now and I could concentrate on the novel -- if only I could concentrate.  That would be helpful.  I need something to happen in the story --

Ah.  Yes.  That might work.

I'm 30k into the novel, though, so can't complain too much!

And the weather today was lovely.  It will be for a couple more days.

Then rain on Friday and maybe some snow sometime next week.  I'm curious to see how all of this goes.  We have not had enough snow to cover the ground yet.  I like weather.  Just not cold.  LOL

Okay, back to work and see if that idea will get things moving!

January 19, 2017

We had a lovely foggy night.  I went out and took a few pictures, tripod and all.  I don't do that often enough any more.

I also had a nice 3k day for the novel.  It's moving along well, but I have the feeling that I'm missing some depth to it.  I need to make the cultures more apparent, I think.

I will think about that more as I move on in the story.

January 20, 2017

We took a nice ride out to the country.  It was VERY foggy and lovely to drive in.  I got a few more nice shots, too. 

The writing has slowed once more, though.  I don't mind so much.  I know I'm looking for a link here that I haven't quite found.  Part of that is because I need to see the next step and it hasn't quite appeared yet.  I think it will be fun, though.

January 21, 2017

Another wonderful trip to DeSoto!  I saw all kinds of things, though no owl today.  At least one I could not positively identify.

Over all, a nice day.  Not so great for writing, but still not bad!  Lots of pictures to work with!

January 22, 2017

I think I have stuck a plan for changing how I work that I hope I can hold on to for a while.  I need to change things around now and then, and this is quite a simple little idea.

I will not spend time online until I have written my words for the day.

That sounds reasonable.  It worked well for the 3k today.  It also kept me away from the insanity of this election/inauguration, etc.  People are just gone crazy and it is difficult not to leap in.  I have done so a few times.  I need to back off.

And write.  And work on whatever novel I'm going to publish next.

That sounds like a good plan.

January 23, 2017

Day two of the Writing Comes First Campaign.  I had done this sort of thing a few years ago, and I'm glad to say it's working well for me right now.  Journey of a Thousand Truths has topped 40k.  I have two huge, long events that I vaguely see in the future for these characters, so I have quite a ways to go.  It's fun.

I think we might get some snow tonight and tomorrow.  I don't know.  It's not like they've been right so far.  It is colder, though.  That's unfortunate.

Watching 'Books that Matter: The Analects of Confucius' on Great Courses Plus.  I'm half way through the set of 24 and I'm going to try to push and get the last half done in the next 8 days.  I'm finding it fascinating and I don't think I ever truly realized the depth of difference between Taoism and Confucian thought.  I really find this kind of stuff fascinating.

Who knows how it might appear in my work?

Lots to think about there.

January 24, 2017

The Writing Comes First stuff is still holding in there.  I've gotten 3k a day and gotten it early enough that I have considered going on to another 3k that night.  I've not done that yet because I really want to start spreading out into other stuff.

We had snow today, finally.  Enough to cover the ground.  Not as much as they were getting north of us -- wow, that was crazy! -- but we still did okay!  I'm glad to see some white around.  The grays and browns were just getting annoying.

The Analects are going well, too.  I think the material would apply more to Russ than me, but I still find it fascinating and a few things that sort of click into place.

January 25, 2017

More snow!  More writing!  More Analects!

And now it's late and I'm tired.  Long day!  But I got a lot done with various things.  The novel is moving along quite well.  I'm almost up to 50k.  Nothing to complain about there! 

Editing the 4th Devlin has been annoying, though.  I think it feels lifeless off the start and I can't tell if it is picking up or not.  I am trying to figure out a way to bring a bit more fun to it, but nothing is really going well there yet.  Maybe my brain is just too tied to the new novel.

Which I will be back to in a few hours.  Now it's time to sleep for a bit!

January 26, 2017

Studying the Analects of Confucius has been fascinating this month.  The course, from The Great Courses (plus) site covers not just the Analects, but how they were put together, their place in history, and how other groups rose around them.  The amount of influence this little book has had on history, especially about 2500 years of Chinese history, is amazing.

I'll have the class done by the end of the month.  I'm not sure where to go next.

This will, at some point, be intertwined into a story even if I don't give it the Confucian name.  Learning things is wonderful story fodder.

January 27, 2017

It is nice to have snow on the ground though it looks like we're going to be up in the 40's in a couple days and it will go away again.  We got nothing compared to people around us.  Very strange winter so far.

The story is still moving.  I'm amazed and pleased.  Need to get the characters to the ocean, though, for the next big step.

January 28, 2017

I think I have finally found the problem with the 4th Devlin novel -- really found it and started truly correcting it and not just rewriting stuff.  This is good.  I might yet have it done before the end of February. That would be fun.

Journey of a Thousand Truths is still moving as well.  Unfortunately, I'm not moving so well.  Massive headache the last two days.  Hard to focus on anything at all.

Ugh.

January 29, 2017

Headache and ill.  Spent most of the day in bed.  Getting my minimum of writing done and then will probably crawl back under the covers.

Hope to be better tomorrow.

January 30, 2017

Headache, ill, and computer problems.  I'm pretty sure it is not supposed to go this way.

January 31, 2017

Still not feeling great, but I did get my computer working better.  Yay!  So there is a good note to end the month out on.

I also came up with something pretty cool for the novel..  So yeah, not a bad day after a few that were just miserable.