Monday marches on

broken walnut branchIt’s a bit stormy through the Mid-Atlantic right now. Last night, as I was going to bed, I heard something fall. Worried about it, wondered about it — but nothing came crashing through the roof, so I went to sleep. This morning, I found this branch off the walnut tree in our backyard. I’ve been meaning to call someone to deal with it for a while now. Anyway, I now have a to-do on my list for March (better weather, I hope) to call someone to take it down — with the phone number, so I don’t have any excuse.

Today is, without a doubt, the best writing day I’ve had in a long time. I hit that “the end is sight” point (though really it’s still thousands of words away), and everything just started flowing. Very pleased about this.

Words written today: 5,051
Words written 2017: 33,786
Average words/day 2017: 1,469
Books completed 2017: none yet (getting close!)
Pages read: 1 chapter so far
Books read 2017: 1
Exercise reps: 0

I didn’t exercise today mostly because I was so busy sitting at the computer typing. Tomorrow, I’ll get different exercise — lifting many boxes of Girl Scout cookies for transport — so I’ll be counting that, regardless of whether I do formal reps of any sort.

The other big thing on my agenda is Boskone, coming up next month in Boston (February 17-19). This year, I’m going to be on programming for the first time! I’m feeling a little out of my depth, to be quite honest, but I’m hoping that’s just the impostor syndrome talking. My schedule:

The Once and Future Teen
Friday 18:00 – 19:00, Marina 2 (Westin)

Erin M. Hartshorn, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Tui Sutherland, Melanie Meadors (M), Hillary Monahan

How to Design a Game
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Burroughs (Westin)

Carlos Hernandez, Stephen P. Kelner Jr. (M), Brianna Spacekat Wu, Erin M. Hartshorn, James Moore

Pictionary with the Pros
Friday 22:00 – 23:00, Burroughs (Westin)

Bob Kuhn (M), E. C. Ambrose, Erin M. Hartshorn

The Perfect Teenage Hero
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Harbor III (Westin)

Ken Altabef (M), Jeremy Flagg, Lauren Roy, Erin M. Hartshorn

Reading by Erin M. Hartshorn
Saturday 12:30 – 13:00, Griffin (Westin)

Cutting-Edge Medical Advances β€” Science or Science Fiction?
Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, Marina 2 (Westin)

Robert B. Finegold M.D., Justine Graykin, Erin M. Hartshorn, David G. Shaw (M)

Great Beach Reads in Winter
Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Burroughs (Westin)

Tui Sutherland, William Hayashi, Erin M. Hartshorn (M), Susan Jane Bigelow

P.S. If you’re going to Boskone and want Girl Scout cookies, but haven’t found a local supplier, let me know what you’d like and I can bring them with me.

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  1. What a great word day for you! πŸ˜€ Very pleased on your behalf.

    Also glad the branch didn’t land on the house. Good luck with its removal.

    Good luck at Boskone! I’m sure you will do fabulously, as one does at such things with which I have no experience. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It turned into one of those days where I just want to keep writing and writing and writing … but instead, I shut down for family time and will get some more words tomorrow. And Wednesday. And however many days it takes to hit the end. πŸ™‚

      I think unless the whole tree falls uphill, the house is probably safe, but that doesn’t stop the middle-of-the-might worries, you know?

      And thanks for the well wishes for Boskone. I shall, of course, post updates.

  2. Yipes on the crash. Glad it wasn’t serious. I love the offer of cookie delivery. Too bad I won’t be there. Your panels look interesting, and have fun with the reading :).

    • Thanks!

      We’ll see if anyone takes me up on the cookies. I might bring some to share at my reading as a bribe for turnout. πŸ˜‰

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