School’s out

Such a busy day. End of school always is, as I take the kids for ice cream and to the comics and gaming store, as well as to the library. Lots of spending time with the kids, recommending things they might enjoy, and realizing just how much they’ve grown over the last year.

Late writing tonight. 547 words though, which is a step in the right direction.

Not a good shot

score cards from laser tag

In addition to lots of copyediting, I played laser tag today. Our friends had a birthday party for their son, and they wanted it to be for families. Rather amusing — our son, our daughter, and I wound up on the blue team, and my husband was on the red. Our daughter was quite indignant about the fact that her dad shot her.

On the blue team, our son was the high scorer two out of the three games. On the red team, my husband was. Me? Well, I scored better than our daughter and her best friend.

But it was a lot of fun. We all enjoyed it, which was the point.

Oh, and I managed to squeeze out 481 words at some point here. We’ll say they were Sunday words.

Now to go grab a few hours sleep before getting kids off to school and starting the last round on this manuscript!

Having a field day

Today, our daughter’s school had their annual field day, and I volunteered to help out. I ran the water balloon toss and the ball relay. It was a great deal of fun, but also fairly tiring standing in the sun that long, so I don’t think I’ll be doing Beach Day on Friday. Part of me would like to, despite having so much work to do, but it’s wiser if I do not.

Also copyedited, wrote back cover copy, and added 108 words to Siren Circle today. All in all, a very good day.

Return of the shoe diva

blue high topsWhen I was younger, I loved shopping for shoes. I could walk into any store, find the cutest things in 6-1/2, and walk out happy. And I frequently did. Any more, not so much.

But this means that when I take my daughter shoe shopping, I am not surprised that she enjoys it. Even when it’s hard to find things in her size. So a chunk of the day was spent finding her new sneakers (which she has to have for gym class) and sandals. I’d say that I envision hours spent in shoe stores when she gets to be a teen, but honestly, I’m pretty sure we’re already spending over an hour on this.

Did get words today, too. Happy with this.

Words written today: 1,783
Words written this month: 3,602
Words written 2017: 100,534
Average words/day 2017: 798 (Yeah, okay, that I’m not happy with)
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 2 chapters with daughter
Books read 2017: 8

Hope you’re all having a good weekend!

Fun day was fun

glow-bowlingThere were some meltdowns on the math fun day, as well as sulking. But mostly, it was good. I might have been a little frustrated at the shopping part. (I would have organized a list of all the prices needed to solve the word problems onto a separate sheet of paper and then moved from one end of the store to the other, gathering the info in a logical order, rather than going back and forth to look up prices in produce then sundries then back to the hot dogs, which are near the produce, etc.) Bowling was when we had a couple of the meltdowns, but also a strike and a few spares in our group, so that was fun. (I apologize for the blurry photo.)

Eventually, I added 633 words for the day, mostly on the new project (because I’m going to try to work on the novella and finish the second technowitch novel at the same time). Better than how I’ve been doing so far this week. Tomorrow, more words. Write all the things!

Still plugging away 

Very good day with daughter for her field trip. I recommend trips to any spots listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The kids wrote with ink made from walnuts and quills, put together a mini barn with notched and marked posts and beams, took a turn at both threshing wheat and churning butter, and heard a lot about basic life two and a half centuries ago. I knew a lot of it already, but it was cool watching others see it for the first time, even if they were fidgety and had short attention spans, what with being only 9 or 10 years old…

Words written today: 109
Words written this month: 10,909
Words written 2017: 91,709
Average words/day 2017: 834
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 2 for pleasure
Books read 2017: 7

New year, new challenges

As is probably obvious by now, I track years by school years as well as calendar years. Gives me twice as many new years! Of course, I’m rarely ready to start new projects when the new year rolls around, but I do have a burst of energy and attempted organization, so with luck, this’ll mean that I actually get Treachery finished this month. Helping in this are two apps, both of which I’ve mentioned before: Freedom (to keep me off the Internet) and Scrivener for iOS (so I can write even away from the computer).

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Three random things

Two-headed monster

(First thing)
Last week, I told the kids we’d do what they wanted for the last day of summer. They opted for the Da Vinci Science Center, so that’s where we spent the afternoon. (Morning was library, comics and gaming store, and ice cream shop for lunch.)

Which means that the kids are back in school now. Huzzah! This, of course, is what I’m grateful for. Continue reading

Half the year is past

hosta buds

This year really seems to be flitting by. I wish I had more to show for it. Despite not having completed projects yet, however, I feel more on top of things. My writing feels more solid. I have plans for where I want to go with my career, which was never a high priority before — I tended more to the “spaghetti on the wall” method.

Family life feels more grounded, too. I still have days when I totally lose it with my kids because they interrupt one too many times, but I’m happy to plan time with them. My daughter and I have actually agreed on one hour a day that she gets my attention, to draw or play or whatever, and because I can plan on this, it doesn’t feel like an imposition. There are still things I want to add in, but we’ll see how that goes, little by little.

I’ve managed to actually complete a craft project (I’ll post about it on Sara’s blog), and I’ve got a couple others on tap to start.

In other words, right now, I feel settled. I don’t know if I’m really as on track as it feels like, but I’m definitely making progress and doing all the things that are priorities in my life. (Well, maybe I could spend more time with friends.) For all of this, I’m grateful.

What are you grateful for today?