Not Friday yet

I’ve spent most of the week thinking it’s Friday, then realizing it’s not. No idea why I’m in a rush — I’m not ready for it to be a Friday because I’ve still too much to do. Nevertheless, it will be Friday when I get up.

305 words today, which is better than yesterday, but still struggling along. I saw this cool card trick recommended to help get words, and I might try that. Between that for the writing and some Pomodoro for the paying work, SFWA work, and other responsibilities, I should be able to get on track. Just need to be sure I get enough sleep and the breaks between tasks are long enough to be breaks but short enough that they don’t take over my days.

Budding azalea

Azalea is getting ready to bloom. Magenta blooms later than lavender, which is most of what’s in the neighborhood. Need to feed it some tea leaves and coffee grounds when it’s done blooming.

Early to bed?

Earlier than of late, anyway. Fun fact for you: six hours of sleep a night might be almost enough for a few days or even a week if I’m starting off well-rested. If I’m starting off sleep-deprived, not so much. When am I going to remember my body’s not as young as it used to be?

Only 108 words tonight, but I made some notes on upcoming scenes that should make them flow more smoothly. Should.

Dogwood blossom close-up

Tiny flowers in the center just starting to open

And on to the next challenge!

That “not taking on new projects” thing? Yeah, I’m not so good at that. I wouldn’t even have run for SFWA’s Board last year without Maggie Hogarth’s encouragement. Or Cat Rambo’s, though Maggie was the first to tell me I should run. I wish Maggie joy, rest, and progress (and I am definitely looking forward to the third Dreamhealers book! and more Coracle! and Kherishdar!) — God speed! And I will serve SFWA to the best of my ability as vice president.

I’ve been a bit distracted today…

Words written today: 338
Words written this month: 13,161
Words written 2017: 93,961
Average words/day 2017: 824
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 1-1/2 chapters with daughter
Books read 2017: 7

lilies of the valley

From a house down near the girl’s bus stop

Onward, ever onward

If I’ve set things up right, this post should cross-post both to my LiveJournal account and my DreamWidth account (in addition to the various social media accounts). (LJ users, there’s been a bit of a gap as I dealt with setting up DreamWidth. My apologies for the missing posts.)

Today has involved much indexing and laundering and a little writing. Also cooking and adjudicating children’s use of the Xbox and a fair number of shows on Netflix absorbed second-hand because my husband has been watching them across the room.

Words written today: 612
Words written this month: 12,823
Words written 2017: 93,623
Average words/day 2017: 829
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 1-1/2 chapters with daughter
Books read 2017: 7

The progression of progress progresses

Better sleep last night. Woke up at one point, heard the rain, and drifted back off to sleep. That was nice.

Pushed forward on a few different fronts today — the freelance work, some SFWA stuff, chatting with the kids, and writing. So overall, a very good day.

Words written today: 845
Words written this month: 11,866
Words written 2017: 92,666
Average words/day 2017: 835
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 1 chapter read to daughter (but daughter fell asleep in the middle)
Books read 2017: 7

Now to sleep (and not have to get up at 6!). Tomorrow, more of everything.

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

Juggling on a tightrope

Actually quite enjoying the indexing, despite the looming deadline. Also, the English language has changed more in the past 500 years than Latin has (Yes, I understand why), which has made for some interesting reading.

Tomorrow, I’m investing a chunk of the day in time with my daughter — both a field trip and her weekly Brownies meeting — so I’m doing the burning-the-candle-at-both-ends thing again. Sleep is for the weak — or at least the weekend.

Words written today: 525
Words written this month: 10,800
Words written 2017: 91,600
Average words/day 2017: 848
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 0 for pleasure; many, many for work
Books read 2017: 7

dogwood flowers

Dogwood flowering near the library today (Note that the green centers are actually the unopened buds.)