Sunday Night Music: Classical Gas

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02-08-2021

eBay Sales: 3 books, McDonald’s toys, figurine, 1 play,

#MilWordy Update: 112,914 words (4,327 words/day to complete)

I haven’t really met the 15 items every day goal with eBay. On the other hand, at least I have been listing on a regular basis.

I’m considering making a habit of not doing anything “productive” on Sundays. Just reading or doing a craft or streaming a movie or something instead. I have a hard time shutting myself down most of the time. And not working makes me twitch, which is a bad sign. I think I’m losing my ability to focus and that’s a stress signal that I need to pay attention to.

On the other hand, I have gotten to the point of posting on Medium for the first time. The interface is pretty good. Mostly plug and play. I still haven’t figured out how to properly add in photos yet. I’m also parsing through the rules on fair use about grabbing a screen cap to add to my game reviews. I think it’s necessary, but I’m not sure if I should grab the start screen or if I should snap a gameplay section. Do you have any thoughts on that?

I am trying to get ready for an auction, but the auction house has not emailed me back yet. If I don’t get a response from them, I think I’ll be doing a bunch of selling on Facebook marketplace or ebay local pick-up only. The stuff needs to go and I’d rather get a few quid… erm… bucks for it rather than just giving it away. Every penny you can towards debt right?

The printer is still not working and I was not in the mood to fuss with it today. I need to figure out how to install it on my network, it seems and I do not want to carry my printer down to the basement when it should be able to connect to the f’ing wifi with no issues. The wifi sees it. My computer sees it. I don’t understand why it’s not connecting. Grrrrr…..

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 2 short story complete. 1 ready to send to beta.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — I need to catch up with this
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — a few days behind again. But not leaving the house makes it a challenge. (I do think a few I’ve taken are worthy of selling as prints though b/c they came out really well.)
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but the goal seems just out of reach for every day. But, I know that I can devote a weekend to writing soon. That should be a way to do it.
  • Goal: Blog every day. — Ha ha. that is, to laugh.

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Sunday Night Music: No One Will Save You

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02-03-2021

eBay Sales: 2 prints, 1 fandom piece

#MilWordy Update: 110,852 words (4,234 words/day to complete)

I’ve set myself a daily goal of 15 eBay listings a day. If I want to ramp up sales, I have to list more. Which, usually, means you sell more not only because of the things you’ve listed, but because consistent listing seems to bump up all of your listings in the algorithm. That’s eBayer lore at least, and while we know that the plural of “anecdote” isn’t “evidence”, it’s still good to have a firm practice.

I’ve got a business meeting scheduled with one of my business partners for Friday. And while I would love to do it in person, it’s COVID years and that’s not happening.

Managed to get myself an appointment at the DMV for my Real ID. In April. At least that gives me time to gather up all of the paperwork I need for that. You know, birth certificate, SSN card, blood of a virgin, hair of a unicorn. All that. I still have plans to check every day for cancellations and try to get there sooner.

I have been fighting with a new printer install today. I decided to walk away after about an hour. And I’ll need to figure it out before I try to install my mother’s printer. It keeps trying to tell me that it can’t connect with the wifi, but the computer can find it as though it’s connected to the wifi, so the hell?

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 2 short story complete.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — Hasn’t happened every day, but better than usual and I’ve actually added time for it into my planner. (Hoping the planner gets me back on track for everything this year.)
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — Almost caught up with this
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — Cautiously optimistic here.

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02-02-2021

eBay Sales: 1 tin

#MilWordy Update: 110,447 words (4,216 words/day to complete)

Received 1 story back from beta and have turned it in. So, that’s 2 stories down and 10 to go!

Listed a bit on eBay today. But I am also getting ready to do a local estate auction. That’s going to take some serious prep time. But it will let me get rid of larger items that I don’t want to ship. And it will let me get rid of some glassware that just makes me cringe when I think of trying to wrap it up and ship it. It’s enough trouble keeping it safe in the house!

I’m considering starting a review series that will be posted over on Medium. It will be for casual games — the sort you play on your phone. If nothing else, I want to do something with a consistent format for awhile. It will round out my portfolio. And it will let me get the hang of using Medium before I try to get into the curated section of the site. I’ll let you all know that goes.

Watched a fascinating video over on Wired’s channel about accents in the US. It was especially interesting because it took into consideration Lantinx, African American, and Native American accents as well as white accents. And it discussed a little bit about socio-economic differences in accent as well. I can see a rabbit-hole in my future, but I am resisting the YouTube spiral for now.

Applied for a few freelance editing gigs to supplement my income. We’ll see if anything comes of it. Throw enough spaghetti against the wall and someone is bound to give me a second look. Of course, building a portfolio will help.

I’ve actually created a good schedule for my day tomorrow. We’ll see if I buck against it if I’m the one setting it. I know I get grumpy when other people tell me what to do, even if I don’t show it. 🙂

Well, I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 2 short story complete.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — Done pretty well on this actually.
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — Caught up with several pictures today.
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — haha. Nope! I think I’m getting better?

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Sunday Night Music: Brass Against

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01-30-2021

eBay Sales: 2 boxed sets of books, 3 doll outfits

#MilWordy Update: 110,225 words (4,158 words/day to complete)

Sent 2 stories out for reading. One as a final look over, one as a first beta. And I finished up the final edits to another story. That’s still only 1 completed. But that’s better than zero.

It was a relatively busy eBay day.

But I had an appointment cancelled for tomorrow, given that 2-5 inches of snow is presumably a blizzard in this state, which means I’ll have the day to finish listing some more items and packing up the last of the ones to go. And I will be able to finish the edits on another story. It’s currently a reasonable story, but it needs more details to make it really feel right. It works fine as a comment!fic type of thing, but not a proper story. I should be able to finish it sharpish tomorrow.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 1 short story complete.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — Done pretty well on this actually.
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — I’m a few days behind on this
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — haha. Nope! I think I’m getting better?

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Books to Read January 2021

The Greta Helsing Novels – Vivian Shaw

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia C Wrede

Zoo City – Lauren Beukes

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison

The Midnight Bargain – C. L. Polk

Recognize Fascism – Huff

The Book of Lamps and Banners – Elizabeth Hand

The Last Sun – K. D. Edwards

Trail of Lightning – Rebecca Roanhorse

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01-29-2021

eBay Sales: 3 back issues of a magazine, pair of sneakers

#MilWordy Update: 109,979 words (4,159 words/day to complete)

Today was simply a day. I don’t feel that I’ve accomplished much of anything.

I did end up sweeping around my desk because I dropped 2/3 of a bowl of popcorn. I was … salty about it.

Working my budget and suspending/cancelling subscriptions that I’m not using. I still had the DVD Netflix teir, so I dropped that because I have been holding the same three DVDs for months. I paused subscriptions that could be paused and cancelled one. (but I know that I can resubscribe without losing any of my information, so that’s good.)

I have a short story open that just needs a tiny touch to finish it up, so I’m going to count that one as done today because my plan is to pop over to finish it as soon as I get done publishing this. I also have one to send out for beta reading. That’s not *finished*, but it’s a step in the right direction.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 1 short story complete.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — Done pretty well on this actually.
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — I’m a few days behind on this
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — haha. Nope! I think I’m getting better?

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Books Read in January 2021

Fiction

  • The Refrigerator Monologues – Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Invention of Sound – Chuck Palahniuk

Non-Fiction

  • Nature Fix – Florence Williams

Short Stories

Comics

Long Form Journalism

Manga

‘Zines

  • Shit’s Fucked: A Positivity Guide – Gina Sarti
  • Ephemera Issue #1: The Debutante Issue – Quinn Collard
  • Every Reason #12 – Various

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