#MondayThoughts on, surprise, a Monday

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I am finally, finally on the road to recovery from that new plague. I worked out this morning (yay!) only to discover another favorite trainer is leaving Daily Burn (boo! But good luck to Cece, she deserves only good, she’s worked hard and is amazing and I hope this opportunity is wonderful).

Last night, my DVR recorded absolutely nothing, there was some kind of glitch with it, so all the things I’d looked forward to, including my much beloved “Doctor Who,” were everywhere but in my queue. Bummer.

Luckily we live in a magical age where I can watch everything I missed today through various glorious means. Nowadays no TV shows are lost, only transformed.

Also you have to wait a day, but I already did that.

As for NaNoWriMo, my lack of writing over the last week and this weekend would definitely imply that I’m out. This year just wasn’t my year. Am I going to stop working on my project?

Nah.

And who knows how the words will shake out in the end. But sometimes the world gets in your way, and that’s just how it is. It’s OK.

Anyway, happy Monday all. I hope you’re off to a nice fresh start.

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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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NaNoWriMo Snafu

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So I’ve got a cold. One of those awful, dragging, persistent colds that makes the words swim on the screen and my voice sound like a layer of dusty gravel.

And it’s put me behind at NaNoWriMo.

I don’t know if I’ve ever been behind at this stage of the game, only 5 days in. The words pile up quickly, unwritten.

My little brown line in the graph sits far, far below the diagonal gray line. Behind.

So behind.

OK, about 3000 words behind. Not the end of the world but if I don’t write some today, it could spell the end of NaNo.

In all the years I’ve done NaNo, I think this is the first that I’ve been sick. It really adds another, not fun, layer to the whole exercise. Especially since all I want to do is lie down.

The cold also killed my workout streak, but I’ll whine about that on Friday.

OK, I’m going to go get in some words. Or take a nap.

Smart money’s on the nap.

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing

NaNoWriMo: The Final Decision

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No hesitation about the second cup of coffee today. It’s brewing as I type.

And it’s done. After a whole lot of thinking, I’m in for NaNoWriMo this year! But I’m going to be a rebel about it.

Not sure that this decision bodes well, given I spent half an hour trying to find the banners on the site, and then finally gave up and just used my BFF Google, who found them immediately. I’m sure there’s a lesson in it.

That lesson could be Google knows all.

But back to being a rebel. Traditionally for NaNo, you start a new novel on Nov. 1, fresh and clean.

And I would have liked to do that.

But I’ve decided words are words, and I will finish up the one so I can start the next. Is it a perfect NaNo?

Probably not.

But.

Letting go of things having to be exactly right and exactly perfect is a big part of this year. Because most things aren’t even marginally right or in the same universe as perfect.

Why not NaNo?

Are you doing NaNo this year? Let me know!

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing

#AccountaClub Friday, October 26, 2018

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In writing the title of this post, I typed “Frieday,” which I think pretty much sums up how I feel about this week. It’s been a long one, given the assassination attempts on public officials.

Assassination. Attempts. On public. Officials.

So. My goals don’t feel so big or important in the scheme of things. Still, nearly done reviewing the manuscript I need to finish before NaNoWriMo. I got distracted hugely yesterday when my same-day shipping from Amazon turned into a “never show up” package, and I spent hours trying to figure out what happened.

Fun.

So it will be down to the wire, but the concept for the next book is really calling to me and feels fun. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Fitness, another week, another five workouts! I’ve also focused on getting more protein into my diet, and I feel a lot better. Worlds better. I love the idea of being a vegetarian, or a pescatarian in my case, but my body just doesn’t work on that diet.

So that’s me. How was your week?

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing

 

Thinking Tuesday

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Online can be such a magical place. I needed a birthday gift for a friend, and in no time, boom, I had one ordered.

Easy peasy.

We can communicate with one another across the country and around the world; around the world is a common distance on this blog. Imagine that. Casual conversations thousands upon thousands of miles apart.

It’s like another realm, another kingdom where distance is irrelevant.

And it has its downsides, of course. People find it’s a great outlet to release the worst sides of themselves. Groups exploit it for their gain, hiring people to pretend to be something they aren’t really, but are solely for pay. One person can have thousands of accounts, and while mimicking a crowd, is only a lone soul typing very loudly.

It’s difficult to imagine what someone who’d never seen the internet would think of it. I wonder if its virtual state is part of what makes this period of time so unbelievable.

Or maybe it’s the period of time that makes it unbelievable.

But I’ve got to say, gift shopping has definitely benefited, no question. Almost anything in the world, here before you know it.

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing

 

Monday Thoughts when Monday goes sideways

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It’s funny how your schedule can change instantaneously. I’d planned to get out of here today, there was going to be an emergency repair requiring the shut off of water throughout the building.

Always a fun thing.

So I’d prepared for a day of errands, of running around, of getting things done.

And then they cancelled the shut-off. And moved it.

So same dilemma, different day.

Like shuffling blocks, I changed my plans. I’ll take advantage of the altered water situation, and do the errands on the new waterless day.

Cool.

Flexibility can work in our favor. No, that’s an understatement. Flexibility is necessary to keep forging ahead. Even if we have to move sideways to do it.

True, there are things I won’t get checked off my list today. But there are things that wouldn’t be checked off that I can manage now.

The planet never stops turning, no matter how we may want a slow-down now and then. And so many factors are beyond our control. Rolling with it isn’t always easy, but it can make the changes all the more useful.

Awfully optimistic for a Monday, don’t you think?!

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing

#AccountaClub Friday, October 19, 2018

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Not sure how, but it’s Friday again. Waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy back on Monday, I said I had an inkling of something I wanted to do, and we’d see how it went on Friday.

Well, we’re here.

And how did it go? Shrug.

I’ve made progress, though I’m not sure it’s enough progress to get ready for NaNoWriMo. And I have some other complications; there some emergency work being done next week in my building, and it’s going to impact where I can work.

So there’s that.

But I have made progress. Can I do it? I really want to do it. Maybe it’s time to invoke Yoda.

He’s so wise. For a puppet.

Apparently I can only work on one writing project at a time, though. Alas. So the other one hasn’t been edited this week. But did I mention I did make some progress?

Exercise status: five gold stars AGAIN! It was another very intense week, but I made the workouts, and I did them live. I’ve also improved my eating this week, with an emphasis on getting more protein. I tend to drift toward vegetarian, I’ve never been a huge fan of meat, but in the kind of irony of, well, irony, my body doesn’t do well on a vegetarian diet. I can’t eat many of the newer protein substitutes because of the additives, so I end up lacking in protein (and probably some vitamins and minerals) and often lacking in energy.

So I made an effort to get easy, already-cooked, sources. And I think it’s made a difference. We’ll see next week how that’s going.

And that’s my week. How was yours?

Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing