Sunday Night Music: Ain’t No Other Man

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Books Read May 2021

Fiction

  • Red Queen – Christina Henry
  • Day Shift – Charlaine Harris

Non-Fiction

  • It’s All Absolutely Fine – Ruby Elliot

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Sunday Night Music: Domino

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Sunday Night Music: 90’s Dance Music

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05-09-21 Step by Step…

eBay Sales: 1 sticker, 1 GS badge, 1 book

#MilWordy Update: 136,621 words (7,641 words/day to complete)

Started working my part-time gig. I was really nervous before the first appointment. Now, it’s as though my emotions have recognized that this is something I know how to do.

I got an email from a former boss. They have a possible position open. I’m going to listen. I’m sort of enjoying the new gig, even though it doesn’t pay the best. (Especially not for the area I’m living in.) It lets me stretch muscles I haven’t used in a long time.

Creatively, I still haven’t gotten much of anything written and I don’t know why. Writing used to always be my go to for relaxation and yet, I’m still having issues putting pen to paper. Or maybe that’s it. I’ve started writing on the computre mostly and I need to shake it up by using a notepad. I’ll have to give that a try.

My new computer chair showed up and I am so happy. I can’t wait to uncrate the darned thing and get it upstairs. This Victorian chair… well, it’s nice, but I’m not wearing two layers of petticoats to sit on it, so it’s a bit unforgiving. And no, I’m not going to take up wearing petticoats just to keep the chair. I’ll probably keep it for working on my weaving because it’s the right height. But I generally don’t have to spend 6-8 hours sitting when I’m weaving. πŸ™‚

Spent time around a campfire last night and it was good fun. The marshmallows were the size of a fist though, which made the toasting of such slightly unwieldy. Tasty though. Sort of warm marshmallow fluff with the nice sharp bite of them on the outside where they charred. And to my friends who think that the burning of them is wrong – my marshmallow, my toasting method. Nom. Nom. Nom.

My new gig uses a sort of… let’s call it a business Discord forum. This is very helpful in one sense because you can ask for advice, reach out to people and it’s a BBS so you don’t have to worry about when you post something because it will generally reach the other party as needed. However, the problem with this lovely system is that it buzzes you all day. Even when you’re off doing something else, the workplace is in your pocket. This feels very boundary intrusive. On the other hand, given the nature of the work, sometimes there are emergencies/urgent items which need to be handled. I still think that downloading the app was a mistake though. It means that I don’t disconnect at all. I check it even when I’m not on-shift, as it were. That is a problem. And the stupid little buzzing bugger can break concentration at will. I’m sure there’s some way to mute it that I just haven’t found yet, but it’s a frustration point right now. There are worse things, of course.

I had a weird experience yesterday. I checked my phone and there was what amounted to an email saying “yo, there was an issue with this thing. Keeping doing what you been doing, but we’re investigating.” from the employment commission. This freaked me out a bit because I’ve been trying to navigate the evil site appropriately. And, of course, due to the fucked up priorities of this country, they are always seeking to throw people off of unemployment. Don’t even get me started on the stupidity that is our welfare system. They shamed my grandmother when she had 6 boys and a husband who was disabled. She went for food stamps when her husband could no longer work. They shamed her to the point that she left and never went back. Fuck that shit. *deep breath* Well, anyway, that’s not the oddness. The oddness is that I cannot find the message I thought I saw. Not on any email account I have. I have check the inbox, the trash, the spam, and the archive. No message. I am to the point of believing that my brain just created it out of nothing. Or, it got pulled back somehow. I don’t even know. Maybe it’s an anxiety dream. Still, it’s weird.

Goodnight y’all.

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  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 3 short story complete. 1 in edits.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — This did not happen much more than the blog posts
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — Pretty close to caught up on this one.
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — At least I can count blog posts toward it.
  • Goal: Blog every day. — And we try again.
  • Goal: Modified eBay goal: List $200-$300 per day. Got $0 worth of listings today.

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Sunday Night Music: I Want to Break Free

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05-08-21 The Triumphant Return??

eBay Sales (this will be a long list): 4 figurine, 23 books, 1 ornament, 1 record, 2 trolls, 1 Snoopy, 1 McDonald’s Toy, 1 Star Wars toy, 2 necklace, 2 kitchen tools, 1 cake stand, 1 set of slides, 1 vase, 1 belt, 1 pr shoes, 1 paper doll set, 2 magazines, 1 plush, 1 set of thimbles, 1 pair of shelves, 1 collectable keychain, 1 pitcher, 1 rubber stamp, 2 fandom collectables, 1 set of coasters,

#MilWordy Update: 133,086 words (7,339 words/day to complete)

Well, it’s been a month. I have been busy looking for a new job. And I’ve taken on a part-time gig, but I’m still looking for something full-time. It’s better to have something than nothing.

I am ramping up my reselling as well. I have a goal to pay for health insurance through the reselling. That will be my first goal. Then, enough to support my car payments as well. Slow build until I don’t have to worry about holding an external position at all.

I am still working on publishable items, but I just haven’t had the brain capacity to actually be creative. And I’m sure that’s probably a stress reaction rather than anything else. I do have an old story coming back to haunt me though. I think I’ve got the ability to write the story now, but I need to figure out where to start it and from what POV I want to show it. If I write the backstory part in full, it probably will turn into simply fodder for the real story. I don’t know if I’m willing to devote that much time to it. If I don’t write up the backstory, I will completely forget it all. And there are themes from the backstory which I’m using to inform a different character in a different universe. I don’t want the two characters to be too similar in the end. And I don’t want the only different characteristic to be the availability of magic in one universe. Which, I suppose, means I need to sit with my MC for awhile longer and get into his trauma reactions more completely. Not really a comfortable place, but I think one that needs to be explored carefully.

On the other hand, I’ve actually started a book in an old series that I’ve got plotted out. That’s a step in the right direction. I can work on that while I test play my other character. I’ve finally found the place to use a plot that I’ve been working through several times with no success. It’s always been an issue of why would the main character actually say yes to the situation she’s moving into. I think I’ve got a reason for it now. We’ll see if it works out or not, but for now, I’m going to run with it.

I haven’t even been keeping up with my digitization project. (I am trying my best to get the overwhelming amount of paper out of my life. But I swear, every day, there’s one more piece of paper that needs to be kept as proof of something. *shakes head* Modern life was supposed to make it easier to live without those things wasn’t it? Well, that and flying cars.

And seriously people, everyone who wants a flying car? I want you to think a moment about the last time you were driving. The last time someone swerved through the lane or cut you off or just about smashed into the back of your vehicle. Now, think about adding another dimension to that. Now, instead of being cut off in two directions, you’ll be able to be cut off in four. And there are enough people who shouldn’t have licenses out driving right now. Can you imagine that future with flying vehicles? And what sort of failsafes need to be on a flying car?

Obviously my practical side has had too much coffee today. I’ll convince her to take a long warm bath to calm down and we’ll reexamine the idea later.

Because flying cars are cool.

And so are blasters. Especially if the blasters are actually shooting plasma instead of light beams. Hmmm… that would mean that they would actually need clips, yeah? You’d need actual material to create the projectiles.

I’ll… I’ll be right back. I have a short story to draft.

Goodnight y’all.

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PS: Newly Published Game Review on Medium.com: Money Garden

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — 3 short story complete. 1 in edits.
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — This did not happen much more than the blog posts
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — Pretty close to caught up on this one.
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — I haven’t written a word in a month.
  • Goal: Blog every day. — First day back at it.
  • Goal: Modified eBay goal: List $200-$300 per day. Got $0 worth of listings today.

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Sunday Night Music: South of the Grapevine

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Books to Read

The Martian – Andy Weir

Are You Ready for the Yes? – Audria Richmond

Cozy Minimalist Home – Myquillyn Smith

Overwhelmed – Brigid Schulte

Grit – Angela Duckworth

Crushing YouTube – Joseph Hogue

The Minimalist Home – Joshua Becker

The More of Less – Joshua Becker

Goodbye, Things – Fumi Sasaki (trans. Eriko Sugita)

Becoming – Michelle Obama

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Books Read April 2021

Non-Fiction

  • The Killer Across the Table – John Douglas & Mark Olshaker 

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