#AccountaClub Friday, July 13, 2018

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accountaclub-woodWell hello #AccountaClub friends! And new friends! Did we decide on a name? AccountAbles? Other? Ideas very welcome.

So here we are at another Friday, and my week has been pretty hectic, which you likely know if you’ve been coming by. Not much writing done, but a lot of prep blogging, including this post.

Why, you ask, my dear hypothetical reader?

I’m taking a technology break! Yep.

Or let’s call it a technology diet. A skinnying if you will.

I hope you will.

Anyway, starting today, and for the next little bit, I will be spending less time with technology. I’ll try to pop in to chat on the comments (now you know why it’s not a fast, but hey, baby steps.) And I have something fun scheduled for you while you’re not getting my daily thought dump.

So let’s see how well I do. I think it’s going to be relaxing, but who knows!

How did your week go?

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.

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Mellow Tuesday? Ha!

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Am I less frazzled than yesterday?

Eh.

Still trying to get a bunch of stuff done. And still trying to do it all at once. And this may be where all that yoga can prove helpful.

To slow down. To be in this exact moment when all I need to focus on, all I need to do is this blog post. Only the other part of my brain is doing that banging on the fish tank thing: “Uh, HELLO? What about the software you have downloading on another device right now? Don’t you need to see about it? And how about the laundry, huh? THE LAUNDRY. Forget your pesky words. LAUNDRY.”

That glass tapper sure loves to think about laundry.

If the meditations have taught me anything, it’s that I’m supposed to be able to recognize those thoughts, acknowledge them, and let them go.

But the letting them go is so much harder than it should be, when I could just, you know, get them done. Well, not the laundry, the laundry is a process, but you get the idea.

I will take a moment to breathe, yoga taught me that, too. And ah, that’s better.

Part of the problem of life is this desire to make the stress go away, to tame it, to control it. But we can’t do any of that; stress is a wild beast that always finds a way in.

Always.

The only thing we can change is how respond it it. Huh, maybe I’ve learned something from that yoga after all. Now, about that laundry…

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.

And we’re off to the metaphorical Monday races

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Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like you tumbled into it out of a moving car and not even a to-do list can keep you on task?

Welcome to my Monday. And maybe your Monday too.

Example: I just interrupted myself writing this post to do two other tasks. Told you. It’s going to be that kind of a Monday. Still working on task number two. Who says you can’t do two things at once?

Basically everyone.

And now I’m ping-ponging back and forth, which isn’t great for the writing flow, but somewhat helpful for the feeling that I need to get things done. No doubt there’s a balance.

It probably requires coffee. So much more coffee.

Also I know I have a cell phone. I just couldn’t tell you exactly where it is at the moment. Ah, found it. Good thing my head doesn’t have a tendency to wander off. I mean, at least for now.

So much Monday.

I’m not sure if it’s being here in the apex of summer, knowing how quickly it all goes; I don’t know if it’s a break in the clouds of all that’s happening right now; but whatever it is, I want to do everything, and I want to get it done NOW.

Meanwhile MSN is offering a story on its scroll titled “Subtle signs you might have cancer.” Uh, no thank you please, I’ve got enough going through my mind right now.

I’m going to get going on it. Hope you have a marvelously productive 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.

 

#AccountaClub Friday July 6, 2018

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It’s another week down, friends! And I mean down, because it wasn’t great. No political piece again, but that’s because I started writing one yesterday and just couldn’t get it to work.

And then I realized I had a migraine.

So I may revisit that one today and see if it’s salvageable. Migraine writing is interesting, it usually sounds like I’ve dropped to writing at a third-grade level. So we’ll see.

I’ve made a little planning progress in a group project I’m involved in, I need to do some more background research, but I can feel the story idea percolating in the background as I go about everything else. Anyone else work that way? It’s like my subconscious is constructing it and I have nothing to do with it, I only need to feed it some facts.

No editing, but given the migraine situation, I think we can all agree that’s for the best as it would leave me with more to undo rather than anything done.

So that’s me this week. How about you?

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.

#ThursdayThoughts have me thinking. Um. Yeah. Sticking with it.

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So I was going to do a post about the painting of the nightstands (I know, extra exciting!) but this week is just too hot to get the second one going. Stay tuned for that scintillating future post!

I’m waiting for Cup 2 of coffee to finish brewing in an amount of time that could be studied by scientists for its unusual viscous quality, and thinking about doing things the “easy” way. I’ve always felt like I’m constantly off the path. I can see it, sometimes, and it looks so smooth, so casual, so breezy.

In the way that a path can be breezy.

And here I am as though I’m running an endless marathon with a pebble in my shoe. Or several pebbles in my shoes. Over unstable ground. With huge holes. And snakes. Probably snakes. Also wasps. I hate wasps.

Probably one of the biggest drawbacks to being a writer is having the ability to express how it feels to be a writer. Nothing is certain, not the ideas, not the words, not the audience.

Cup 2 is ready. Hope it works, because my brain is currently a tangle of damp cotton candy. But you could probably tell.

Often when people talk about “easy,” they say it like this: “taking the easy way out,” as if there’s an inherent wrongness to eschewing the hard way. Easy can refer to cheating (which always seems like more trouble than learning, but whatever) or crime, but if you ask me, which you didn’t, but you’re here, so let’s pretend you did, also seems like a lot of effort.

Is there an “easy” you’ve chosen over “hard?” And no egg jokes, come on, we’re above that.

Hope your Thursday is going well.

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 and #JUkNOWUCanDoIt! June 29, 2018

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So here we are at the end of #JUkNOWUCanDoIt! and to be honest, this month, I simply couldn’t. Reeling from the news I couldn’t even gather my thoughts to write about it yesterday. But #AccountaClub goes stalwartly onward, as it will be a regular feature.

Some weeks work; some weeks won’t.

My editing has stalled. I will get back to it, no question, but right now I needed to get away from the computer, which, these days, is away from words.

I did get onto a project I’d been putting off, painting two nightstands I use as coffee tables. They are/were a hideous, hideous dark wood, and they have every kind of trim you can imagine. I picked them up years ago in a thrift shop for about $5 each with the intention of painting them something bright.

Well, I finally got one painted, one to go. It came out really well; it’s a sunny sky blue and the paint has a nice even finish.

That’s something.

Thanks to Donna B. McNicol for her hosting of #JUkNOWuCanDoIt! and the extra hits of motivation this month!

How about you? How’s it all going?

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.

 

Fascism/life balance

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Well. So here we are. Children are still separated from their parents and now used as bargaining chips; if the parents drop their bids for asylum, they’re told, they can have their children back.

Of course I wouldn’t trust this regime on either front.

So now comes the question. How does one resume life while under the thumb of fascism? It happens all over the world, though in those countries, they are, unfortunately used to it.

I don’t ever want to be “used to it.”

Art, of course, is protest, and I suppose that too can be a means to resume work. I don’t know.

I’ve never lived through a regime that rips parents from children for reasons still unclear and uses them as hostages. At least not in this lifetime.

Meanwhile, life has not stopped, it does not stop, and that is another thing. So I’m trying to find that elusive fascism/life balance, and we’re back to normalizing.

How are you coping?

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.