11-14-20

eBay Sales: McDonald’s Toys lot,

Craft Projects Completed: No

#MilWordy Update: 92,481 words (3,129 words/day to complete on time)

#NaNoWriMo Update: 10,686 words (2,313 words/day to complete on time)

Part of me wants to dive into the MAGA idiocy that happened today. But most of me is just tired. I want there to be a smooth transition of power and I call on the organizations which are in place to see that it happens. I want the administrations to turn-over peacefully. And I want the rest of the world to stop looking at us as though we’ve got an unstable toddler as our president. (I mean, it’ll help that we don’t any more, but still.)

I’m trying to use this weekend to decompress and do pretty much nothing. But it turns out that I’m really not good at that. I am good at watching YouTube and wasting time on my phone, but I’m getting antsy and I will probably actually get productive today and tomorrow. I need to at least get in my MilWordy words, even if I don’t focus on Nano right now.

I’m finishing up a short story. Then, I have two short stories which are back from beta and need to be cleaned up. Then I need to figure out how to login to Patreon and offer the rewards that we’re supposed to be offering. (http://Patreon.com/GoldenFleecePress if you’re interested in seeing what I’m talking about.)

I also need to figure out how Ko-Fi works and get that put onto the site. It’s worth figuring that out at least. I will be able to write something up about it.

I had this vague urge to review casual games. I am a casual gamer par excellence. A review of games which I’ve liked, disliked, or didn’t match their ads could be an interesting sideline. If you have any strong feelings, drop me a comment below.

I suppose that it’s it. It’s been a quiet day and I’m gearing up for a sprint at 2000. I’ll talk to you tomorrow. We’ll see what gets done off of my list above yeah?

Love, Luck, and Lollipops!

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11-13-20

eBay sales: a book

Craft Projects Completed: 0, none even attempted

#MilWordy Update: 91,019 words (3,124 words/day to complete on time)

#NanoWriMo Update: 10,686 words (2,184 words/day to complete on time)

Spam Bot Role Call: gibberish, “can I add you to MySpace,” and something in Spanish I didn’t bother to translate. Looks like I’ve lost my puppy facts and Russian bots for now. We’ll have to see if they come back.

Met up with a friend today and just talked. It’s completely different from talking on Zoom or the phone or Discord or whatever. The topic shifts are more organic. And it’s much easier to mirror body language or read it in real time. It’s been fun and it’s not been directed toward a purpose, which is also rare.

It hit me today that we are on the very short side of the month and we’re heading swiftly toward Thanksgiving at a pace that makes me already go “we don’t have a turkey yet!” before telling myself to relax for Hestia’s sake. There’s plenty of time. And I’m going to have a few days before we have to make the food.

The news still makes me want to punch something, so I’m avoiding it for a little while longer. At least for the rest of the weekend because it makes my blood pressure boil.

On the other hand, I have managed to remember to scuff up my nails before trying to do the whole polish routine on them and they haven’t chipped off yet. I was having the entire bit of polish slide off as though I was wearing press-ons or using peel off base-coat. It was most annoying. I’ve got a full two days with only minor chipping. I have hope. And I am loving the color, so that’s good too. Green is one of my favorites to wear because it’s a strange neutral. It goes with almost anything, but people don’t tend to think of it that way.

Well, this has been your random moment in 2020. Go forth and have a peaceful weekend or a protesterly weekend or just… do something nice for someone or something okay? Love y’all!

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11-11-2020

eBay Sales: lint shaver, McDonald’s Toy

Craft Projects Completed: 0, but several rows of knitting got done

#MilWordy Update: 89,590 words (3,107 words/day to complete)

NanoWriMo Update: 10,682 (1966 words/day to complete on time)

I uttered words I hope I never have to say again. “It tastes like a petting zoo.” I mean that quite seriously. I got tacos as a treat today and it was bad. Bad. It had the deep earthiness of dirt and the overtones of the dust with manure flavor that catches in the back of your throat when you’re petting a flock – school – herd of goats and alpacas. I really don’t mind it when it’s the smell, but as a steak flavoring? No. Not good at all.

Anyway, moving on from that. It’s been a day of rain and dullness and grey and it’s not been the best for my productivity. I’ve gotten nothing written, but I’ve watched a lot of youtube videos. That’s something I suppose.

I’m supposed to be doing my coursework for my PMP today. Especially because I want to finish the test in December, but oy. I just have not been able to concentrate. A note for those who are working on their PMP certifications — the test changes in JANUARY of 2021. So, if you’re studying Version 6, you’ll need to do your test by the end of January or start with new books and new classwork to get you up to speed. All of the PM’s I’ve worked with recommend doing a one week bootcamp: 4 days of studying and pass the test on the 5th day. I’m just doing that on my own with on-line coursework rather than sitting in a classroom. Because I really don’t want to be sitting in a classroom with strangers right now. It feels contraindicated and scary.

Most of Project Management in a nutshell is common sense, but you need to know what things are actually called. I’ve been doing long-term projects for ages; for my businesses and for other businesses. It doesn’t surprise me, but hey, I’ll get the piece of paper at the end that makes people more comfortable and I’ll have something else I can sign at the end of my name.

It’s been a strange November for me. I blinked and suddenly it was Rememberance Day. I mean, Veteran’s Day. My brain is looking for poppies, but then, I haven’t actually been out and around to buy one this year. It’s been a tradition for my entire life to pick one up from the VFW or one of the street vendors who are selling them. A quick donation and a poppy to wear on my button. I broke down and ordered a metal and enamel one on-line. It didn’t make it in time, but I’ll have it for next year.

Quickly, for the kids who may not have heard: 11-11-11 (That’s 1911) is considered the last day of World War I. This is why it is Remembrance Day. The poppies thing comes from a poem “In Flander’s Fields”. (LINK HERE)

The “War to End All Wars” did not. It was a glorious thought, but it didn’t come to pass.

And here is where I become slightly soppy and send out a thankful heart to all the veterans in my life. Including my own father who served in Vietnam. He has been active in reaching out to his fellow veterans when we’re out. Shaking hands and welcoming his fellow Vietnam Vets home. It meant the world to him a few years ago when a bellhop at Old Key West down in Disney organized a small Welcome Home event for him. We have the signed poster hanging in the library to remind him that people actually do care and remember his service. He didn’t have that when he came back. And it wasn’t until a few years ago that he actually expressed that it hurt. (Any of you who are my age, with parents who were in that conflict know that admitting to emotions is probably the last thing that our fathers have ever wanted to do.) I’m glad that there was a little healing there.

So, to the veterans: “Thank you for your Service.”

To the Vietnam Vets: “Welcome Home.”

And to the Korean and WWII veterans: “We’ll fight the good fight for freedom and democracy. We haven’t forgotten you.”

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11-09-2020

eBay Sales: book

Craft Projects Completed: 0, but I managed 2 rows on my scarf before my hands went “oh hell no”

#MilWordy Update: 89,233 words (3,077 words/day to complete on time)

#NaNoWriMo Update: 10,682 words (1787 words/day to complete on time)

Ended up not getting much done today beyond a good dinner. I got to use up a bunch of things from the freezer: Fried rice, brussel sprouts, and pot stickers. It’s a family goal to try to eat out of the freezer rather than eating out.

I also boiled up some elderberry syrup. We picked it up at a craft show last year and I just got around to boiling it and mixing it up with some honey. It’s supposed to be an immune booster, but even without that, it works really nicely as a sweetener in your tea or a nice topping for pancakes or waffles. (Some of those are in the freezer too. I always wrap up pancakes when we make too many.)

Tried to balance my checkbook today, but I need a new register. I have a tendency to use PayPal often, and I need extra lines/ registers compared to the numbers of actual checks I use. (They have 1950s pin-up girls on them right now. They used to have some chibi-goth illustrations. I was sad to see those go.) It’s okay. I buy the registers in bulk. I used to use them as sub-savings accounts in my checking. Now, I just transfer into my savings account and remind myself that in times of emergency, I can actually *use* that money. That’s what it’s for. For things like the time my tire had a slow leak or the urgent care visit in Florida. That sort of thing. Or even, “damn, I need to pay for a certification test.” (AKA — you need the cert to keep your job. So you do it.)

I suppose that’s enough of me rambling for today. It’s been one of those weird days when I don’t feel as though I accomplished anything, but I’ve still knocked things off of my to do list.

I’ll talk to you tomorrow and hopefully it will be something a little more focused.

Love, Laughter, and Pumpkins, my sibs.

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Sunday Night Music: Morrigan

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11-8-2020

eBay Sales: alarm clock, action figure, earrings, computer disk

Craft Projects Completed: 0

#MilWordy Update: 87,169 words (3074 word/day to complete)

#Nano Update: 9042/50,000 (1781 words/day to complete on time)

I was taking my very relaxing Sunday bath, when I looked at the clock and thought, “Oh! It’s almost 745. I need to get out so that my father can go to bed.”

Thing is, it turns out that the clock in the bathroom with the good tub and not just a shower, has not been set back for Daylight Savings. So, bugger. I got out an hour earlier than I needed to. I feel cheated.

On the other hand, I’ve been able to decide that I don’t like the brand of bath bombs I’ve got right now and I need to go back to the other ones. This brand has too many essential oils in it and it leaves me feeling as though I have a slight film on my skin. Ah, well. I will work through the stash of them I have and then move on to the previous brand.

My rent is going up, in order to try to stymie my father’s insistence that we need to refinance the house again. Seriously, he’ll be dead. I’ll have no choice but to sell it, and the likelihood that that will end up with me being upside right on the property is low. So, seriously, he needs to let me take on something more of the bills. Okay, that’s just a general whine at this point, so we’ll see how things go when Mom and I put our minds to the task of actually getting a functional budget going. Enveloping is the way to go at this point, I think.

I’m trying to find all the little things I’ve already picked up for people’s Christmas presents and get them packed and ready to ship. “Grandmother Express” is not going to be a functional model this year. I’ll have to ship directly to the different families. Luckily, my cousins and I have never actually exchanged gifts, and the aunts & uncles have quietly agreed that 18 is the cut off date for giving gifts to the kids. And yes, I’m sorry for talking about Christmas before we’ve even hit Thanksgiving, but it’s important to get these things sorted before the shipping madness of the holiday hits the USPS.

Well, while I have an extra hour I wasn’t planning on this evening, I’d best go work on Nano.

TTFN – Ta Ta For Now!

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11-4-2020

eBay Update: lot of mugs

Craft Projects completed: 0 Progress made on a mixed-media piece

#MilWordy Update: 83,699 words (3,044 words/day to complete)

#Nano update: 5800/50,000

There’s an elephant in the room and I don’t plan to address it.

So, let’s talk Nano and eBay and submerging myself in the practice and the love of writing. I’m getting to know a new character and it’s so much fun because she is so very different from me. And I am getting to know, if not the antagonist, the instigators of some things. I’m seeing where the character and the magic system are going to intersect in this book.

The magic in this universe is small and not public. It interacts differently with different people and they don’t compare notes, so no one is noticing that it exists anymore than someone today would believe you if you started talking about a book who unwrites itself or using a cantrip to fix a torn suitcoat.

People don’t talk about magic or miracles because they don’t want a handful of pills and a nice self-hugging jacket. Or if they do, it’s only with a small handful of people that they trust and they know will not commit them. So magic gets missed or ignored or assigned to coincidence.

It opens up the questions: What sort of wonders are you ignoring? What miracle happened that you didn’t notice?

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Sunday Night Music: Rot Next To You

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11-1-2020

eBay Sales: None

Craft Projects Complete: 0 — but do I count integrating a piece of furniture here?

#MilWordy Update: 80,046 words (3036 words/day to complete on time)

#NanoWriMo Update: 2420 words on Changeling Sunrise

I have actually finished my Nano words for the day, but I’m still behind for my MilWordy words. I still need another good 600 words before I’m done for that goal.

If you’ve never heard of NanoWriMo it’s goal is this: write 50,000 words in one month on a new project. Some folks do novels. (Like me.) Some do short story collections. Some use it for screenplays. No matter. The goal is the same.

Are these the best words you’ll ever write? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing is true, if you don’t set an outrageous goal, you’ll never know. And if you do work at the goal, even if you don’t achieve it, you’ll be further ahead than if you never started at all.

If you want to join in, most of the events will be virtual this year. NanoWriMo.org is the happening website and you’ll be able to find folks in your general environment to work with, cheer on, and generally find a community with. The writer friends I’ve made with Nano are now some of my best friends.

I’ll talk more about Nano on and off through the month, but I do encourage you to give it a try. Maybe you’ll find out something about yourself you never knew.

A crazy goal. A crazy month. And lots of fun.

Off to sprint and finish off my goals for today.

TTFN!

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Books Read in October 2020

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Short Stories

  • Ten Tales Calculated to Give You Shudders – ed. Ross R Olney

Comics

Long-Form Journalism

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