Round 2 Goals

I’ve got just one goal this round – work on my series bible for The Scrolls of Rassa. I’m working on it for Camp Nano this month, but as I’ve gotten going, I’ve realized it’s going to take more than a month.

So, here we go…

See you Sunday!

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Off The Grid

I’ve been away for a bit, but today I’ve decided to change that. Here’s what’s been going on…

Remember the crown falling out? I was all set to get it fixed, then I had to pay for an emergency car repair. Oops. Still not fixed, but the pain has become minimal. Nice…

On the 26th of August I started an upper level Calculus class. Now, this is after a 7 (Monday) or 9 (Wednesday) hour workday. Yeah. That’s not working out. I was assigned over 110 homework problems last Wednesday. Guess how many of those got done? For those with inquiring minds – I haven’t even finished twenty.

And it’s played hell with my sleep and my creativity. I haven’t been able to write a thing. Even my dreams are about equations that I’m trying to figure out how to solve.

This is in addition to picking up a major project for a new accounting client, who wants 9 months work of work, plus setting up a brand-new QuickBooks manufacturing company, with customized reports and detailed personalized manual. Basically, he wants anyone who sits in front of his computer to be able to carry the work forward with step by step instructions. Can you imagine someone who owns a company never balancing the checkbook? Wow…

And he wants all of this done in 8 hours, because that’s all he can afford to pay for.

I’m not complaining, really I’m not. I’m just detailing what’s been going on, and looking over this post, I can see that something’s gotta give. I haven’t even been able to pay attention to trying to eat healthier. I’ve been having to get crap on the run, and everyone knows how THAT affects your functionality.

I guess Calculus is going to have to go. I’m not sacrificing my writing. If I was on my deathbed today, what would I regret not doing most – Calculus or writing. Hands down, without question, writing.

Bye-bye Calculus. By Sunday, I should have something creative to mention.

See you on Sunday! Guaranteed.

I Forgot the Fun!

Before I wander into the forest of my own blog, I take time to appreciate others who have gone before me. Today, that was the best thing I could have done.

After reading AmyBeth Inverness’s offering, my eyes were caught by her “SyFy Question of the Day.” Being a huge fan, I took another detour.

Wow! Now, keep in mind I did this at work. In a math class. With lots of students. Lots of suppressed chuckles and snorts coming from my desk. Lots of amazed glances coming from my students, who were just trying to get their work done in peace.

Oops. Sorry, all.

I’m posting a link here for everyone to enjoy. And, if you’re at work, spread the love. If it’s allowable, of course.

http://amybethinverness.com/2013/05/31/scifi-question-of-the-day-your-lightsaber-is-actually-a-sonic-screwdriver/

This reminds me that I’m free to have fun with my work. Indeed, for it to be successful, I’ve got to have fun with it.

A big shout-out to you, AmyBeth, for reminding me that this is a joy as well as a job.

See you all Sunday!

First Round Final Bits

I’m here at Starbucks, coffee by my hand, ready to rip into planning. I still want to have this entire book planned and organized before I start writing again on April 1st. (Hmm…doesn’t sound like an auspicious day, does it?)

The first thing I’m going to do today, though, is look at Kristen Lamb’s post on POV. I’ve been wavering on whether I should choose first or deep third, and hopefully she’ll give me some insight. She’s always brilliant – she’s one of the people I actually keep a folder on.

Here’s to productivity!

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday – and takes a well-deserved break.

I’ve Got the Blahs…

Everything has fallen off-track for me. I’ve given in on pizza and chicken. My only triumph on the chicken was that it happened to be rotisserie, not fried. A small gain, but a good one.

Writing? Hah! I think I’ve managed about 250 words since last Sunday, and plotted about three scenes. And I’ve only figured out where to put one of them. Then again, maybe not. Hmm. Have to take a look at that again. Thank God you can reorder things easily in Scrivener. I keep one scene per chapter while I’m working and planning, to make everything easier to shift if I need to.

The only upside to this week is that I gained another private student. That’s a great thing, and very much appreciated at my bank.

Well, since my creativity button doesn’t seem to want to work this morning, I think I’ll put on my exercise clothes (t-shirt and sweats) and go to the gym. Something good has to come out of today, right?

See you Wednesday! (If I have anything to report…)

An Uneven Week So Far…

I made it to the gym yesterday! I actually took a yoga class! Wow. And guess what I discovered? I’m a heck of a lot more out of shape than I thought. And I hate floor-to-ceiling mirrors. A lot. But that’s okay – at least I made it there. And I lasted the entire hour. Woo hoo!

I’ve already missed the yoga class for today. If I’m lucky I’ll get to the gym this evening for some cardio. If not, I’ll just have to take a walk around the apartment complex after I make dinner.

I haven’t done any grocery shopping since my last post, so that goal is unchanged.

And now, for the writing portion of our evening…

I’ve done some plotting, but for “Blood, Breath and Fire”, not “Immortal Blood.” I’m thinking about taking a side trip back to Rassa for a little while. I woke up this morning discovering a couple of other things about the history of that world, so I think I need to  hang there for a bit.

My cooking is going well, sort of. I did buy Boar’s Head beef hot dogs for dinner last night, but I have managed to stay away from Publix’s Fried Chicken and Papa John’s pizza. It’s a process. I’m going to try to get more recipes from a blog called “Poor Girl Eats Well”. There’s some great stuff there. Right now I’m eager to try a quinoa recipe that has butternut squash, dried cranberries, kale, apple, and a couple of other things in it. Sounds like it might be a good thing to take for lunch tomorrow. I’m working all day this semester on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, so lunch planning is something of a priority.

See you all on Sunday!

Shoulda Taken A Left Turn At Albuquerque

I got lost this week. But, you know how sometimes getting lost can lead you to a good place? That might’ve happened. Let me explain.

I have a series – four books plotted, the first being written. It’s called “Fireheart.” I put that aside to finish the first book of the Witches and Weres series, called “Immortal Blood.” That’s what my earlier-than-beta readers decided they wanted to see finished first. Fine. I went with that.

I mentioned in my last post that I got an idea for a short story, now called “Blood, Breath and Flame.” I discovered this week that this short story takes place on the same planet, Rassa, that the Fireheart series takes place on. In fact, the protagonist, Jaelyn of Darislay, is the progenitrix of the family who turns out to be the rulers of Rassa, many generations down the line.

I also found out about a war that takes place sometime between Jaelyn and Alizaane (the heir of Rassa in Fireheart). It’s fought against those with psychic ability and the temples that support them. Some survive, fleeing the centers of population where the temples are. They and their descendants become known as “the Scattered.” In Fireheart, one of these turns out to be the hero. He’s a trained assassin who comes to Alizaane’s aid as her bodyguard.

Whew!

So, there was writing done. But not on the project I expected. I can’t even say there was a lot of actual writing done, but there was a good deal of history and notes.

Other goals:

I’m getting to the gym later today. I plan on yoga and a desultory bout of basketball.

Grocery shopping today was good. I couldn’t purchase as locally as I wanted to, but I managed to keep it in the United States. I kept to my goal and didn’t buy the fresh peaches — but I sure wanted to!

How’s everyone else doing?