To coffee or not to coffee

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That is the question.

Whether ’tis better to be energized in the morning, but restless at night, and by restless, sleepless…

OK, that’s enough near-Shakespeare.

I really want the second cup of coffee. But last night I got a lot of sleep. A whole lot of sleep. Nearly eight hours of it.

Can you imagine?

So that was pretty cool. That won’t happen if I have more coffee. Decisions, Decisions.

It was one of those nights that felt like constant dreams, and in one of them, I was writing. Nearly two pages worth.

Did it have the courtesy to stick around when I woke up?

It did not.

I have no idea what I was even working on. Also, I may have been on a plane. At some point, I was on a spaceship, so I would think that would prove very inspiring.

Anyway, point is sleep is good, feeling antsy, not as good.

But that siren call of coffee.

Have a great Tuesday.


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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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Mildly Monday

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So this morning it was brightly sunny.

And then it rained.

And then it was sunny.

And now it’s cloudy but bright, possibly about to rain again.

Today has no idea what it wants to be. But we’re all like that sometimes, I guess the weather gets a turn too.

I had a weekend largely away from the interwebs, and I can’t say that I minded. I went to an art fair yesterday, out in the sunshine and the muddy, squishy fields.

Probably shouldn’t have worn my new shoes. Alas.

And here we are with a new week and a new perspective. Or sort of a new perspective. Maybe mostly the old perspective.

Hmm, it seems the weather’s mood is catching.

I hope you have the loveliest of Mondays.


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 quick and weird!
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Whew.

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So it’s May, and the A to Z Blogging Challenge is history. I didn’t to well this year, falling down on the visits, and I’m not sure if I’ll do it again next year.

But that is quite a way away, so we’ll see.

The blogging part went OK, I basically wrote mostly what I would have written anyway, given the mood, so that’s good.

It’s a quick one today, April felt long and short all at the same time, and while you’re missing me (how could you not be?) check out my books.

#MondayThoughts: Do I HAVE to?

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So. The time change.

Wow am I feeling it.

It’s only an hour, one single hour, and it didn’t affect my waking up, but I am dragging today and behind on everything. About an hour behind on everything.

Imagine that.

I’m grumpy and I want more coffee and today I won’t even have a hint of debate. Even though it’s nearly noon.

I’ll be back.

So that’s brewing. Hopefully the extra dose will do me good.

It’s gray and muddy and colder than it looks. It feels like spring should be here, but it’s reluctant. I don’t know why it would be, we’re always so happy to see it.

I’ve got Tasks ahead of me I don’t want to do, but they must be done. One of those days.

One of those weeks.

So on I go, optimistic only that my coffee will soon be ready. Have a great Monday.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts if I have to

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Yesterday the wind was fierce. So bad, in fact, a friend in town from Minnesota was left surprised and breathless from it. And today the temperature plunged into the single digits.

She has winter weather war stories that will play in Minnesota of all places. Imagine that.

I am tired enough today that, despite drinking out of a cup like a big girl for several years now, I just dribbled my much-needed coffee. Not sure which is worse: the potential mess, or the fact that between starting this sentence and ending it, I’d forgotten the punchline.

Sigh.

As I said, tired.

On this flat, gray Monday, the gears in my head failing to catch, the entire outside tired of winter, I am not heading into my week inspired. I would like to be inspired, of course. Who doesn’t want to be inspired?

But instead I am much like the weather, as though it has seeped all the way through. Which it does, around this time in February.

Spring’s got to show up at some point, right?

Anyway I hope you’re having a much sharper start to the week than I am. Have a great Monday.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#WednesdayWisdom: Drama.

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I’m late posting today because I’ve been involved in some chat room drama.

Dramatic drama.

Spurred by a dramatic return by someone who made a dramatic exit. I will spare you the gory dramatic details, but I find myself fascinated by how much like junior high things can get in the span of less than a morning if you have the right agitators involved.

Which got me thinking about writing. Which these things do. Because nothing is better writing fodder than people who act in ways that are both predictable and yet surprising.

As real people do.

Observing conflict in the wild, even conflict aimed at you (which this was) can help with plot and character development. In fiction, our characters always seem to have clear, definite motivations. People need to want something, if only a glass of water, to paraphrase the Great Kurt Vonnegut.

But.

Sometimes, the motivation we give them in a story is bigger, deeper, grander than it has to be. Think about the contrast if something huge and story-shaping comes from something small or petty. Like in life, the small things snowball, and that can make for something compelling.

So see? Even a weird, not great morning can be inspiring. Or, scratch that, weird, not great mornings can be especially inspiring.

Hope you have a great, not-weird Wednesday.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts, I guess

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Yesterday’s headache seems mostly abated, which is good. I don’t like the molasses feeling of slow thinking. It’s much better when my mind is sharp.

I like it sharp.

Behind today, though, for some reason. Got caught up in a little tidying, though there is yet more to do.

There always is.

It’s Tuesday, and it’s sunny and it feels like something is the air. If you were thinking spring, it’s definitely not spring, winter is holding fast and enjoying its moment.

An attention hog, is winter.

A quick one today, I think I’m going to have some tea and get myself ready for some writing and editing. I’m going to need an extra boost.

I hope you’re having a wildly successful Tuesday.


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 quick and weird!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.