#MAYkingItWork Friday Update

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Brace yourselves, MAYkers and non MAYkers alike. Brace yourselves. Are you braced in there nicely and tightly?

Good.

Progress has been made. More to the point, progress has been made by me. After my escape in the middle of the week, and after an extensive wrestling session with my cursor, I wrote yesterday. Words. 826 of them. Not my most productive word count day, but I’m back in it.

With a slight problem.

I’ve let it sit so long, I have no idea what’s happening in the broader story. The scene, sure. But the broader story, no. So I have to go back and reread everything I have so far. Nearly 70,000 words in.

So there’s that.

On the editing front, I just left that manuscript to come write this update. So it may have taken more than half the month to ummire me from the extremely sticky molasses of inertia, but I’m unmired.

And I have a little insight as well. Sometimes, if you take the break, if you get away from it, you can get to it.

How’s it going for you? Doesn’t Speak Klingon has a great update I’ve reposted in the comments!

#MAYkingItWork updates:

Donna McNicol

 

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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Juggling

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This bizarre little rodent, who looks like he’s juggling multiple species, is called a jerboa. By Elias Neideck [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

When I was a kid I decided I wanted to learn to juggle. I bought a kit and tried for a while but soon lost interest. Maybe it was my lack of coordination; it’s possible I’ve tripped over flat ground, though I have my suspicions about tiny little pranksters with the ability to raise and lower concrete.

But I digress.

As an adult I’ve discovered juggling is a vital skill, but not in the literal sense. In the literal sense it’s the fun trick people who are not me pull out at parties.

And we’re off track again.

Sometimes it’s impossible to keep all your objects of juggling–be they balls, pins or chainsaws–merrily dancing through the air, no matter how you keep your hands moving and your eyes on them. That was me yesterday with a roaring headache and the inability to wander away from my blog to go visit. Sorry, fellow A to Zers, I’m going to try to catch up, but the problem with putting the chainsaws down for even a moment (or a day, whatevs) is that you have to get them all back in the air again.

Fun times.

I really should have made it through that whole juggling book.

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.

Ergh

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This is an echidna. It’s an egg-laying mammal (called a monotreme). It looks like it’s also feeling ergh. Taken by fir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.au Canon 20D + Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

In all fairness, you may say “ergh” is not a word, though it does, I might point out, start with “e.”

Valid point.

And yet don’t we all feel a little ergh now and then? Or mostly now? Anyone else? No? Just me?

The ergh, as I see it, is that mounting, aimless frustration at many things in many directions. I believe one of the scientific names for it is a Case of the Grumps, but I don’t want to get too technical.

I’m definitely ergh today, and I couldn’t even tell you why. It’s bright and sunny, though still cold, we’re in the midst of my favorite blogging challenge of the year (though one could say it’s pretty much my only blogging challenge of the year. I should fix that. Ergh). I had a great breakfast and my coffee is settling in.

And yet ergh.

I even did yoga this morning, and yet my chakras remain stubbornly misaligned. Well, probably not that, but you get the idea.

Maybe I can channel all of this toward a character and make her life miserable.

Ah.

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.

#AtoZChallenge: Cruising

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You know, it’s funny, “cruising” can have many meanings, including sailing along the ocean in an Edith Head dress on a ship filled with romance and intrigue in a black-and-white world. OK, that’s one very specific idea of cruising.

And not what I meant. So I digress.

No, I mean the kind of cruising where you’re going along well at a good pace. Here, today, for C, I feel like I’m cruising, especially with the blog visits. So to our fantastic hosts of the A to Z Challenge, I have to say I’m a fan of the daily list. I feel I’m visiting more blogs and spending less time trying to find people who didn’t just sign up and forget about it.

We’re all cruising.

Though apparently the list isn’t a hit with everyone. Still, I’m glad the spam is gone and I don’t have to click on any “blogs” that have miracles for sale for the low, low price of $19.99

So onward we cruise toward D, and with that, I say “C” you tomorrow.

Sorry.

Well, not that sorry. Apparently my puns also reside in that other half of the caff, because I went full octane today. May the universe have mercy on us all.

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.

 

Ah laundry

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I’ve had some laundry issues this weekend. Oh the saga.

Which is probably not the kind of saga you’d enjoy reading, so I’ll spare you the details, but it invovled a mouse, a dryer and a not fresh smell.

Maybe I should have spared you that detail.

Anyway, I’m on Phase Two of Destinkification, and who knew the laundry room would be a high traffic hot spot on a Monday?

Advantage of working from home: 0.

It’s been a thing.

But all of life has its laundry. Editing, for example, is the laundry of writing. Sometimes it involves a not-so-fresh hassle, but one way or another, you’ve got to get it done

Putting trust in the signs

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So it’s one of those days when you finally think yes, spring, and even summer are possible. It’s sunny and blue and not that cold. I parked where there were no parking signs that don’t kick in until Monday, but prepared for possible injustice.

I took photos.

As we lurch into the weekend, after a very strange week, we can’t imagine what will come next, but like the weather, it feels like things have turned.

Or so we can hope.

We are living in interesting times, and can see now why that’s a pretty effective curse. I’d take our contented complacency back any day, but now we know what we have to lose and what some are itching to seize.

Big thoughts for such a bright day. Just for now, I’d rather soak in the sunshine.

Check out my recaps of the hit new show “All My Traitors.” Recap of episode 2, “Lock Him Up” is available now!

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.

Turning tides, perhaps?

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“Mike” Michael L. Baird [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Gray again today,  more rain and it’s not even spring, not yet. Though we do seem to be on the upswing.

Yay for that.

Change is in the air, maybe faintly, maybe not quite now, but change is in the air. You can feel it on the back-end of the breeze, something is coming, something different. Things are heating up in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, threads pulled in so many different directions, and like a poorly-made sweater, it’s all coming unraveled.

Perhaps that change should come with seat belts, because we’re probably going to need them.

Maybe he will right this ship. Or, more accurately, maybe he will right this reality. I just learned he’s the one who put a different “Teflon Don,” John Gotti, away for life. Organized crime is kinda his thing.

So we may think it’s Tuesday, but really, it’s history, right here, right in front of us. And should it all be tumbling down, let’s make sure we tell the next generation that eighteen months sounds like a short time, but when you’re living it, it can feel like decades.

Speaking of righting reality, I’ve got to write reality, though probably not this one.

Check out my recaps of the hit new show “All My Traitors.” Recap of episode 2, “Lock Him Up” is available now!

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.