Productive Days

0 fiction words, 569 total words

Of all the things I got done yesterday, writing fiction was not one of them.

0 fiction words, 569 total words

I did laundry, which involved picking up my grandma’s laundry on the way and then dropping it off on the way home. We washed sheets, too, which added another bag to lug clean laundry home in. I can’t leave my car behind the house because it blocks the alley, so I had to move the car again after getting home.

Oh, and I went shopping for produce and came home with a good quantity for $14 and change. I was very pleased with that. I’m so grateful we have good produce markets with reasonable prices where I live. I’m very lucky that I can take advantage of those.

Today the car is getting the rear brakes looked at, and an oil change. I think DH is taking care of both that and the grocery shopping, so the rest of my day is going to be finances and trash. It doesn’t sound like much, but I’m trying to find budgeting software that works for my budget (ha ha – I don’t have one, thus the problem) and doesn’t put my information online. It’s not that I don’t trust the Internet, but…

I’m off, now, before I forget to publish this.

Simmering Hunger

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

That subject reads like a romance novel. It’s better than my first subject, though, that was just “Waaah.” Yeah, I don’t know.

So it’s laundry day. It’s taking more time lately because we’re also doing my grandmother’s laundry. I woke at 7 this morning, though, and we got a nice and early start. Hopefully, that will help and we’ll get back home while people are still awake and able to help with bringing things in.

Yesterday was a good day, right up until it wasn’t. I had an amazing smoothie experience for my morning snack, I had a good lunch, and I was going to go to a friend’s party.

And then the time came for the party, and I was scared (I have a little bit of social anxiety), and then I remembered I was supposed to do something with Elder Youth that evening, and he’d been really excited about it, so I was not only scared but sad that I’d disappointed him.

I told my friend I couldn’t come to the party and went home to find a minor plumbing issue in process. I helped deal with that, then did the thing with Elder Youth (which was fun.

My day ended with a considerable amount of stress over household finances, and yeah. Quite ugh.

But, I wrote a few words:

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

And I blogged over at the other place (veg*ism).

And I just figured out that I hadn’t had my spreadsheet set up correctly for the past few days, and so I wrote a few more “total words” over the past day or three than I actually reported. (It’s okay – it’s the fiction words that really count.)

That was a completely rambly post, but I think I’m done now. Today has been better so far, although I’m starving right now. I’m going to go visit a place with lots of produce and buy a bit of food. Kale, since I’m out now. Bananas. Sweet potatoes. And maybe that’s it I think. Parsley, I think, because I’d like to make some Tabouleh. I’m armed with my mom’s recipe.

Yesterday and Laudry

0 fiction words, 214 total words

Yesterday I was so very tired, so I went to bed with everyone at 9 p.m. That meant no writing.

0 fiction words, 214 total words

It also meant like 12 hours of sleep, which was rather fabulous. I did love that.

Today meant laundry with Junior Youth, who was not terribly thrilled with the idea of doing laundry, but did enjoy films – both Catching Fire and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Good choices, really. Strong women.

I am about to watch Center Stage, myself. Sometimes Vudu has $6.99 movies that aren’t in your library, and I took advantage of the offer to patch that hole.

Let’s see – today I discovered Elias Market with my mom. I managed to get out with only $20 worth of produce, and I found both chia and flax seeds, both of which I’m not entirely prepared to deal with quite yet, but I will be soon. Also more bananas, replacement sweet potatoes, massive cucumbers, grapes (delicious grapes), baby carrots…

I’m not practiced enough to know whether it was a good deal, but I trusted my shopping partner to say it was.

Now that laundry’s done, I have some relaxing to do. I’m going to get some fiction in, too. It’s necessary and has been badly neglected. Which is actually how I tend to always feel (that it’s been neglected). I think I’m going to stop feeling that way. While I do want to write more daily, beating myself up over not writing enough isn’t helping. I’m very happy with myself for writing nearly daily for the entire year. I look forward to finishing this story before November and NaNo.

Making the fabrics clean

332 total words, 1.5 hours formatting

Another day, another load of laundry.

I’m a little foggy today, needing to work harder to make my brain work to do the things I usually don’t have to think about. Don’t like it, I don’t.

Yesterday I got quite a bit accomplished in the way of formatting the interior of Space Cats. So with The 27th Letter, I did quite a bit of odd formatting to the book. I had a large bottom margin and wide edges, mostly because I could. I’m not doing anything like that this time. Normal margins, putting my name and book title at proper positions and such. That, of course, makes me want to sneak in something really special design-wise. Drop caps are nice but aren’t doing enough for me.

I’ll start flipping through some of the books on my shelves and figure out something nice.

I wrote 332 blog words yesterday and spent 1.5 hours on formatting for the print book. The formatting for the ebook has been done for quite some time, so the current plan is to finish print book formatting, do print cover, take ebook cover from that, and then publish. I was hoping to be done by May 1st, but I don’t think I’m going to get there. Especially because I must order a proof copy. I always find things in the proof copy to fix.

I may start working on a new piece of writing today, too. I’ve brought Elder Youth to do laundry with me, and he’s interested in the computer. In order to stay productive, you know.