Monday and closets.

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I should save this for #AccountaClub, but I cleaned out all of my closets. How crazy is that? All of them.

My one remaining problem spot is my file cabinet. The drawer came all the way out and as of yet I can’t get it back in. I’m going to have to empty it completely to do it, which should be fun. And by fun I mean not really something I want to do right now on the heels of cleaning out all of my closets.

I’ve donated about four bags of clothes and shoes so far, maybe five, and I have another one ready to go. So there’s that.

It’s like I had a NaNoWriMo, but with cleaning. Which would make it NaCloCleMo, but who would understand that?!

Well, you would. So thanks for that.

Aside from that, it’s a very Monday Monday. I have to straighten out my health insurance for next year, which is always a total delight, and other such non-cleaning tasks which get shoved aside.

And who knows. Maybe there is some writing and editing in my future. Without the distraction of the insides of my closets.

Eh. It sounded better in my head.

Happy Monday.


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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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#AccountaClub Friday, December 7, 2018

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I nearly dated this post 2008, so that says something about this week. 

But, the organizing is going like gangbusters. And here’s the thing: when an area is organized, it’s just so much easier to navigate. I’m talking deep system revamping, space reconsideration. Looking at the things that don’t work and finding ways to make them work.

In some ways, it’s fun.

I decided to look at each issue as a puzzle, and I love puzzles. How can I solve the problem? Can I solve it with something I have on-hand? If not, what do I need?

Earlier I shared the tip on how to fold reusable bags. Paper bags were another problem. So I looked around, saw a large cereal box, sealed the end, cut out the top using a straight-edge and a razor and put the folded bags inside upright. I had some pretty contact paper, so I covered it. Instant paper bag storage that cost me nothing.

A shoe rack I’d bought needed rails screwed to the top wooden shelf, but the holes were not drilled properly. I knew the wood would fit a different shelf I was using for boot storage, so I put that on the top, used some dollar store canvas storage bins below and it looks great. 

As for the rest of the shelf, before I took the wooden piece, I made sure it could be assembled without it, and now I have a separate 2-tiered shelf.

It’s like I have puzzles everywhere. As with any game, some are more fun to solve than others. Unfortunately I can’t skip any of these.

Now the exercise.  Five days, five workouts, but I didn’t do them all live. Again there were technical issues, this time this morning. So that put me behind. I ended up doing an old one of Erika’s, one of the trainers I like who left. I figured out how the back catalog works under “Library,” so I guess that’s another win.

It’s been good for my brain to tackle something completely different. I’m looking forward to utilizing all my new systems. You’ve got to revamp now and then.

How was your 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

Blog Dreams

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So I think I dreamed that I’d written a blog post, or at least had a great topic for one, and it was an easy posting day. Of course now I have no idea what that perfect topic could have been.

I think I need to learn how to type in my sleep.

Especially given I don’t think I slept that well last night. Could have used the time for my benefit, I guess.

Along with the blogging, I had dreams of other timelines and disappearing timelines. My subconscious is nothing if not creative.

I really want another cup of coffee. I had a second one, half-caf yesterday and that might–just might–have had something to do with my not sleeping well. Such a vicious circle.

Additional coffee made, and far too much time spent away from this post as I contemplate my shoe problem. I have many shoes. They need storage.

Pretty sure my dream post didn’t involve shoe storage, but you can’t be completely certain. In a dream, shoe storage can be fascinating.

Shrug.

Not sure why my posts have started to sound like telegrams from 1926, stop. Apparently I’m having staccato ideas, stop.

Anyway, I have many non-writerly things to do, including some major shoe wrangling. I’ll thank me later.

Have a spectacular Tuesday.


  

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

A way editing can be fun. No really. Seriously. Please stop laughing.

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Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid by Johannes Vermeer, National Gallery of Ireland

So a while ago, I had to replace my computer. I was pretty irritated about it, it wasn’t that old, but it had always been a kind of reluctant co-conspirator, not terribly interested in my computer-usage schemes. Even though I got it new, it had a crotchety-ness about it. It groaned and grumbled; it rejected my shenanigans.

We had to part ways.

In replacement, I got one of those 2-in-1 computers (3-in-1? What would the 3 be?) that can function as a tablet. We’re totally besties.

In the morning, as a tented tablet, it streams me my yoga. When I’m writing, it sits up, prim and proper, as though it hadn’t just done the splits. It’s got a much nicer touch than my previous keyboard.

BUT.

Yesterday, I got the best part. The BEST PART. It’s a part so good I had to just yell about it, as you can see. Yesterday I got a stylus.

And suddenly my childhood visions of marking directly into a computer have nearly come true. I don’t think I could write on the screen like a notebook and have it convert to type (though maybe I can, any suggestions? Google would probably know. Google knows all), but while reading though, I can mark a red line through a word and POOF! it vanishes.

IT VANISHES.

I have the benefit of typing on the onscreen keyboard when it’s in tablet mode, so instead of my chicken-scratch handwriting, I can put in something I can actually read later. Mark up a page as I would if I printed it.

You guys know. There’s nothing like marking up a page that’s printed. Except this.

You can circle to highlight. That’s all I’ve learned so far; I’m sure there’s a guide to the editing symbols it will accept. It’s definitely helping as I work through my #MAYkingItWork goals. Only wish I’d done it earlier.

Wow, I’ve gushed a long post. That’s how cool it is. See? I told you.

Editing and fun in the same sentence. Who’da thunk it.

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.

#MAYkingItWork Friday Update Post

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Well, fellow MAYkers, I’m going to be honest with you. Super, super honest with you. I’m MAYkingItAppearOnMyComputer, but not so much MAYkingItWork.

Ugh.

As we know, the point of this challenge isn’t so much the challenge, but still, I was hoping it would help to propel me, at least a tad. This week, not so much.

I did get a flash fiction story done with a nice little nudge from Breaker of Things and his prompt with Debs at Fiction Can Be Fun, and it got me thinking about prompt exercises and how useful they can be. A concert pianist practices scales; we writers (those among us this month who are working on our writing) should be practicing our writing exercises. So I’m going to keep that in mind, that maybe a warm-up will help. Who knows.

But we’re locked in a three-way battle of wills, me and my manuscripts. There’s always next week, right?

How’s it going everyone?

#MAYkingItWork Blog Links:

Donna B. McNicol

The Spectacled Bean

 

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.

#MAYKingItWork has a logo!

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Here’s the link if you want the logo: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcj0gjlXkAIBshn.jpg

So check it out, fellow MAYkers and MAYkers to be (you can jump in at any time, we’re not fussy)! We have a new logo courtesy of Donna B. McNicol! And isn’t it beautiful?

Doesn’t it just MAYke you want to jump into your chosen May task?

What’s that, hypothetical reader? Do I plan to cool it with the May-not-quite-puns?

I wouldn’t MAYke a bet on it.

If you would like to grab the lovely logo for yourself, you can right-click on the image or you can just copy the link in the caption. I have no doubt you can MAYkItWork.

Now I’ve stumbled into a stylistic question. Is it MAYke or MAYk? Let me know what you think.

Off we venture into a brand-new week of addressing what nags us, and I wish everyone the best of luck. Though how can we not have it with this beautiful logo?

Wondering what this is all about? It’s super simple. Pick something you need to get done and promise to MAYkItWork in May! You can let us know what you’re doing in the comments, or blog about it and come here and leave a link. On Fridays, we’ll chat about how it’s going for everyone.

It’s like a support group challenge, heavy on the support, light on the challenge. Want to vent before Friday? Better yet, doing so well you need to tell the world? Well, you’re welcome at any time!

Thanks again to Donna, and happy goal-reaching!

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.

#MAYkingItWork Friday: Declaration Day

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OK, friends who have decided to take something languishing and make it work during this month, today’s the day you say it loud and say it, if you’re like me, a little hesitantly. Just kidding!

Today we declare what nagging bit of unfinished work we’re going to dust off and attack. But in a nice way. No pressure; this is the gentlest of challenges. As co-host Breaker of Things said, it’s more of a getting-back-on-the-computer-or-sewing-machine-or-whatever support group. Well, he didn’t say it exactly that way, but there’s nothing pedantic about #MAYkingItWork.

Unless you want it to be.

What’s that, hypothetical and non-hypothetical readers alike? I haven’t declared anything so far?

How very astute.

OK for the month of May, I will set my sights on finishing the first draft of the Aunty Ida book that’s been lying around (and we all know Aunty Ida hates lying around) and finish this round of edits on a completed stand-alone novel.

Your turn! Feel free to discuss in the comments, or blog about it and leave a link. Happy MAYkingItWork!

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.