#MAYkingItWork: Get Cozy with those Manuscripts!

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And so here we are, our first full week with our choices chosen. It’s a bright, sunny Monday with the faint echoey racket of something being built in the distance, a day with muted traffic sounds and, mercifully, no hammering.

As I wrote that, the echoey construction sounds turned to hammering. Touche, universe. Touche.

All I can think about at the moment, though, is the Sally Yates hearing later today. It’s tough to focus on the fictional world when the real one reads with far more plot twists.

Artists have, throughout history, created art in the most bleak of circumstances. Creativity is also a form of escape, and when it works, when it’s flowing, you can disappear inside of it as the real world melts away.

Yes, even the sound of heavy metal tools on heavy metal beams.

OK, maybe not that.

If I stop paying attention to it, maybe I won’t notice it anymore. What was I saying?

Right. Creativity.

It’s not always a smooth road to a finished project. Actually, I’d say it’s rarely a smooth road to a finished project. So as we find the potholes where we threw our hubcaps of momentum the first time (trust me, I know, I know) consider maybe the time just wasn’t right then. Maybe there’s something about now.

Have a dusty, unfinished manuscript you need to work on? Join us in May for #MAYkingItWork! Commit to a project and commiserate with us!

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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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Z is for Zero (Hour. Ish)

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Here it is! The illustrious, oft-talked-about-but-rarely seen Z! Thirty days of blogging, and we finally made it to the tip of the tail-end of the alphabet.

How about that?

April is but a blur, and May is staring us in the face. Well, as much as a month can and will stare, given that most months are very polite. February, I’m looking at you.

It’s more of a challenge than you expect, isn’t it? It certainly was for me, even without Camp NaNoWrimo this year. Still, we zipped through it, and here we are, and we should all be very proud, however we fared this month. Because we tried it, and stuck with it (maybe) and did the best we could when we didn’t.

So yay for that.

I’ve definitely met some fantastic other bloggers because of the challenge, and how can that be anything but a win?

Thanks to everyone who came by and tolerated some pretty terrible jokes and more than a handful of puns. I can’t wait to see what you have in store next month.

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Y is for Yes (Nearly)

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Well, we’re nearly through the alphabet! I have to say this wasn’t my most successful A-to-Z Challenge, out of the two that I’ve done. Huge sample size.

I definitely lost it on the visiting part of the challenge, which, when you think about it, is the fun part. I’ve kept up the posting, though. Six days a week is a lot, even with the short posts.

But regardless of how smoothly or unsmoothly, as the case may be, it’s gone, still April has flown by, a sea of letters stacked neatly one after the other. It’s tough to believe May is right around the corner. Or is it even a corner? I mean, it’s the day after tomorrow.

Whoa.

Time is funny.

Anyway, here’s to yes: yes for trying something challenging, yes to sticking with it, and yes to it nearly being over.

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X is for X-tra (Creative)

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Yes, it’s a cheat. I admit it. I didn’t go for one of the legitimate X-words, like xylophone (why is it always, always xylophone?) or xenon. Because really, what kind of post can you write about a xenon xylophone? Also, I think there should be something called a xenon xylophone.

On the non-cheating side of things, I think I have finally kicked this stupid cold, sending those mean, irritating germs on their merry way. Or not on their merry way. Whatever it is that happens to germs when they’re forced out, I seem to have done it. Yay! So though I’m a little on the tired side (and let’s be honest, who isn’t) I am no longer in possession of a nose that, in direct conflict with at least three laws of physics, is completely blocked and yet running at the same time.

Hopefully that means I’ll be around to say hi and visit all of your wonderful blogs I have neglected, A-to-Zers and non-A-to-Zers alike. My germs were not much for blogging, I’d have to say.

So back to the challenge, and my x-tremely lax choice for the letter X. I don’t know about you, but for me, X has to be the hardest letter to find a legitimate word for. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has chosen, and how you all have solved for X.

Yes, I went through all of that to make a pretty weak math joke. Don’t judge me. It was worth it and I’d do it again.

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W is for Winding (Down)

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So here we are all the way at W, and I have to confess I’m still not feeling very well. In fact I’m contemplating a nap despite the drills and the other grinding sounds. How I’ll accomplish it, I’m not quite sure, but it feels as though in a few minutes it won’t even be an issue.

Stupid cold.

Thanks so much for all of the lovely well-wishes. I’m hoping that this is the last day for these persistent germs, they really don’t know when they are no longer welcome. Well, they were never really welcome, so they also don’t know an invitation when they see one.

And now another pretty picture.

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Now please excuse me while I go take on some germs.

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V is for Very (Short)

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Well, I still have my cold, and I also have errands that have to be done today, as tomorrow will not work. Sigh. So that means today’s post is, as promised, very, very short. I am woefully behind on my blog visits (sorry) but hopefully I will catch up tomorrow.

Let’s hope these germs take a hike relatively quickly.

And now here’s a pretty photo just because.

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U is for Under (the Weather)

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I can hear what you’re thinking already, hypothetical reader. Actually, I can always hear what you’re thinking, because that is how this works. Convenient, no?

Anyway, in a stroke of what might look like suspiciously good timing, it seems I have caught a cold. I am sneezy, coughy, and generally feeling blah. Alas.

Have I really, hypothetical reader? Why the skepticism? Because the cold seems to have blossomed on the perfect day, alphabet-wise?

I agree, the timing is a little suspect, but that’s because I think it’s the universe kinda messing with me. Because today, those men who like to hang out dozens of stories in the air are literally outside my window.

Literally.

Hmm, sorry, I should have put a label on this post. WARNING: whining ahead.

So on a day when I would like nothing better than a little silence so I could battle these germs as nature intended — asleep — instead I have the, well, you know. My brain is too germ-ridden to come up with something creative at the moment. Besides, you know the drill by now.

Ha. The drill. Get it? Drill? Because they’re…never mind.

What’s that, hypothetical reader?Am I sure there’s nothing stronger than water in my cup right now? I am completely sure, thank you. I mean no one needs to be intoxicated to enjoy a good pun. Sure it helps, but it’s not necessary.

Oh well, it’s only a cold after all. It will pass eventually, I hope sooner rather than later. And I will try to look on the bright side. The vibration from the drilling is like getting one of those massage chairs for free. Sorta.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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