#AccountaClub Friday, February 15, 2019

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Well, #AccountAbles, we made it to the end of the week. The very, very distant end of the week.

And it’s been a week.

Though I got a lot done writing-wise, but I’ve been trying out Fade In, a reasonably-priced screenwriting software. My computer, without telling me, decided to update itself, and somehow I lost a whole bunch of work.

A. Whole. Bunch.

I think I managed to recreate most of it, but that’s not great. So save often, people. We get so used to programs that automatically save, sometimes we assume.

Do not assume.

But it’s amazing how having a comfortable place to work can up your productivity.

As for fitness, it was a really great Daily Burn week. Fantastic workouts, I loved the trainers this week, and today’s was Barre-inspired, which I always find fun on a Friday. Five days, five live workouts. They seem to have gotten those technical difficulties under control.

So the world maybe be in shambles, but my week was pretty effective. How about yours?


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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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

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#WednesdayThoughts: Lists of ten

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My posts specifically about writing have dwindled recently, but I used a technique yesterday when stuck that was so effective, I had to share it with you.

It’s called a “List of Ten.”

It’s not my own technique; I picked it up at the writing program at the Second City Training Center, and though it was taught to us for use in writing comedy sketches, it can get you past a hump no matter the genre.

That was a very long sentence. On we go.

It’s simple. You generate a list of ten possibilities. You can use it to create possible topics; characters; plot points; situations; whatever you need. In my case, I didn’t know what happened next. I’d started with something and it just felt wrong.

So I did my list of ten and it helped me to get to the right next point. Make sure you do at least ten, as my writing instructor said, as usually your best ideas come near the bottom when you really allow yourself some wider thought.

And that’s it!

Have you tried them? Do you have a go-to technique?

Either way, I hope you have a fabulously productive 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.

Thinking inside the box

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So my new writing spot is so comfy-cozy I don’t want to leave. Took a while, some creativity, and a lot of repurposing, but it’s comfortable, the keyboard is a good fit (just goes to show expensive isn’t always better) and my chair is settling in nicely.

All I need are the words.

Typing is still fun today, for some reason there were more arms in the workout this morning, leaving me wondering if the Daily Burn people ever need to use their arms during the day? Maybe not. Maybe they’ve moved to an all-foot lifestyle.

They must have adroit toes.

Often with writing we talk about mood and frame of mind, and both can have a real effect.

So can fingernail length so excuse me, I’m going to trim mine. I’ll be back.

Ahh, that’s better. I guess with this keyboard, they really make a difference.

Back to mood. With this armoire desk, I’ve discovered we can help to create that mood by making our environment inviting. I want to sit here, I feel creative here.

Score.

Hope you have an amazing 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.

#AccountaClub Friday, February 1, 2019

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Can you believe it’s February? I can’t. At all. I would have sworn it was June five minutes ago.

Except for the ultra-frigid temperatures, of course.

Here we are, back at Friday again, and it’s been a week. My chair arrived yesterday, and I put it together with maybe a tiny bit of difficulty. And by a tiny bit, I mean I only cursed the stars for about an hour.

But it’s pretty and it’s comfy and my writing spot is very nearly complete. Small details for ease of use, including possibly a new keyboard. But the lamp has made a huge difference. It’s very cozy, it’s bright, and I like it.

And I’ve been writing. While I haven’t gotten back to the novels quite yet, I’ve been working on some other formats, and it’s been really good. It’s easier to focus in my little space; it’s almost like making an office out of nothing.

As for the exercise, five days, and I have just closed out January with a full slate of workouts. Five days a week, all month. Here’s hoping February will be the same.

So that’s me. How was your week?


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 of keyboards.

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My lamp has arrived! The only lagger is my chair. Oh my lovely, lovely chair.

And probably another keyboard because this one and I are still having issues. Many, many, many issues.

I’m trying the laptop keyboard on the keyboard shelf instead…maybe it’s better?

Not totally sure.

Perfect keyboard, I know you’re out there.

Somewhere.

But the lamp is warm and inviting, I’m a big fan. You can change the color of the light, too.

I know the perfect set-up is close. Very very close.

I did have some hand/wrist pain yesterday after using the other keyboard, and I thought maybe it’s just a matter of getting used to it, but I think the hunt is on for another keyboard.

I’m sure you’re fascinated with this endeavor.

You may or may not know, it’s incredibly cold here today, and it looks like a tundra outside. Barely any cars, ripples in the bright snow…of course it’s beautifully sunny. A sun with no warmth, but sunny.

Hopefully this will be comfortable enough to get some writing done, we’ll just have to see. I hope you’re having a warm and cozy Wednesday, unless you’re in a hot-weather climate, in which case, your foresight is admirable.


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 include why am I having so much trouble typing today.

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My fingers are all tangled or something, because I am not typing very accurately this morning. I’ve had my coffee.

I have no excuses.

Still adjusting to the keyboard I’m using in the desk, so maybe that’s part of it. It’s very fancy, but I’m not sure I like the touch of it.

Which is what happens whenever I start with a new keyboard, so…I’m fickle

At least about keyboards.

I shifted it a little, I wonder if that will be a plus or a minus.

We’ll see.

Accuracy hasn’t improved, though.

Took me three times to get through “though.”

Aside from my typing troubles, we’ve got bright, lying sunshine, as it’s about 9 degrees and not likely to get much warmer. This week, weather-wise, is supposed to be the stuff of weather legends.

Not in a good way, though.

Strike that on the sunshine, the clouds are coming in. They don’t look like they mean business, only like they want to add a little gloom to the cold. It’s not like that isn’t the right tone to set.

I’m still awaiting the arrival of my desk lamp, which will make it so much easier to work once it gets dark, but I’ve got to say, even with my makeshift chair with it’s makeshift padding (old yoga mats have many uses!) this is already a vast improvement on my previous writing situation.

Still not sold on the keyboard though.

I hope your Tuesday has fewer typos than mine. Onward we go.


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.

Can I hear a “Monday??”

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  • Snowing far more than I expected today. Check.
  • Fuzzy sweatpants. Check
  • Dalek “PROCRASTINATE!” t-shirt. Check.
  • Blogging from my newly-revamped amoire desk? CHECK CHECK CHECK.

I’m waiting on a new office chair for my writing comfort, and a desk lamp for my seeing comfort as I discovered late yesterday afternoon that once it gets dark, my black keyboard becomes invisible. Of course I spent at least 15 minutes this morning perusing Amazon for non-black keyboards, but this one is barely used and it’s very, very nice. Not sure about the action on it, every keyboard takes a little adjustment.

And this one has two tilt levels, so it offers a lot of adjustment. Go keyboard.

So I guess what I’m saying is Monday is here and I am ready for it. At least until it gets dark. Turns out, I probably need more lamps in general. The dollar store fake candles I used yesterday didn’t quite cut it.

Gotta say, it’s a cozy little nook in here. Even more so once I cut the darkness. And my fingernails. What is happening there?!

I’m inspired to write and ready to work. I think the time away from the computer was well worth it, I’m excited to get back to my imagination after being so firmly lodged in practicality.

Happy Monday to you, I hope you’re warm and snug wherever you are, and have an amazing week.


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.