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01-24-2021

eBay Sales: tinker toys, napkin rings, figurine, heart monitor

#MilWordy Update: 108,585 words (4,052 words/day to complete)

Quiet weekend. Quiet week generally. Actually got a haircut the day before my birthday and it was very odd to be out of the house. I tried out ordering groceries and have been pleasantly surprised by it. It’s also allowed me to properly plan meals.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — NOT YET
  • 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! But I didn’t procrastinate about it today, so there’s that.

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01-10-2021

eBay Sales: paper dolls x2, DVD, book, GS badge,

#MilWordy Update: 106,968 words (3,8933 words/day to complete)

It was a pretty quiet weekend. Ended up playing the Sims rather than doing anything really exciting. Nose down and back to work tomorrow.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — NOT TODAY
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — Missed yesterday
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — YES
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — haha. Nope! But we’re getting back on track right?

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01-05-2021

eBay Sales: blown glass ornaments, mini food processor

#MilWordy Update: 106,592 words (3,738 words/day to complete)

Shout out to my niece who received her Girl Scout Silver Award! Great going!

Finding it hard to come up with interesting topics to talk about or even things to whine about today. I’m feeling rather uninspired on all fronts. That means, of course, that I just have to sit down and write something, even if it’s not the best thing I’ve ever written. I *did* get a lot done for my day job today, so that might be part of it.

Maybe I can just finish up some editing bits and call that good. Or finish reading a book.

Casual puzzle game recommendation: Water Sort Puzzle from IEC Global Pty Ltd. (Not sponsored). It is worth the like, three dollars, to get rid of the ads. Basically, you need to sort out the different colors. The conceit is that you’re pouring layered fluids until they’re all in the correct test tube. I’m in the late 200s of levels and I have no idea how many layers they have or if they’re randomly generated. Still, I enjoy it greatly. If you like actual logic puzzles, I think you’ll like this one. It’s on Apple ios, but I’m sure it’s probably on other platforms, given the relative simplicity of it.

I’m reading The Refrigerator Monologues by Cat Valente. Is it good? Yes. Definitely. Especially if you’re a comics person. Is it hard? Yes. I will offer trigger warnings for sexual violence, death, and plain old violence. And well, if you’ve got any idea of the derivation of characters being “fridged,” then you will understand when I say that these are first person stories about female characters who were “fridged”. They are analogs not the actual characters because copyright is an issue. But if you’re in the fandom? You know who these women are. Really, you do. Trust me. There’s only one where I’m not actually sure who she’s an analog for, but I can guess what fandom she’s from. It’s good. And hard. And I will be glad to have read it, but I don’t know that I’ll ever re-read it. I still will recommend it. The same what I recommend Handmaid’s Tale.

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — NOT TODAY
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — YES
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — YES
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — YES

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01-04-2021

eBay Sales: None

#MilWordy Update: 106,242 words (3,740 words/day to complete)

An open note to the female-presenting personage who shills for about a bajillion of the games that regularly have ads in the middle of my casual gaming games: Not only am I “sick of hearing you talk about XXX”, your voice absolutely grates on my nerves to the point of hatred. I am not only sick of your voice, I am sick of the fact that your ads do not abide by the silent mode of my phone. In summary: I will never click on one of the ads that pokes through my silent bubble and makes my teeth grind. Your voice is more annoying than the “tiny classified ads” people.

Got some of my meds today. Oy. I forgot how expensive they are. I believe it counts towards my deductible, but I’ll have to call and talk to the insurance company to figure that out more clearly. It could just be that they don’t have a deal on that brand. It’s odd, but there’s two main meds from two different companies. Some insurance likes company A, some insurance likes company B. And if we had single-payer insurance or a national health-care system then I wouldn’t have to play “which one of these meds do you want me to take, you fuckers?” every time my insurance changed. *deep breath — which I can actually take because I have meds* *release* Wow, breathing. What a concept. Now, I just need to hold out until Wednesday for the rest of them. Meh.

I don’t really have much to relate, but I am going to start tracking my goals more closely, I think. Mostly just sort of a check-box thing. Did I take a step closer to this goal today?

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories — NOT TODAY
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day — YES
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year. — YES
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy. — Progress, but I’ve not hit goal for the day
  • Goal: Blog every day. — YES

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01-03-2021

eBay sales: salesman samples

#MilWordy Update: 105,676 words (3,726 words/day to complete on time)

Spent most of the day finding things to donate. It’s like a mini-marathon of decluttering and minimalism videos right in my own home. My Dad took a load over to Goodwill this morning and it’s already full up again. LOL. We even found some things which are just recycling or trash as we were pawing through random drawers in the basement. I discarded a lot of little things from the gardening area which were expired. And then I donated a bunch of starter stuff that we’re never going to use here. I really should put on some shoes and venture into the Garage for more things like that. Easy decisions.

The kitchen and pantry are done. The videos are sorted. Though, I have a feeling that after I watch a few of the DVDs they’ll be either sent off to a new home at the thrift shop or I’ll sell them. There are movies that I “must” see or movies that I want to watch so I’ll actually understand the references. We all have those. I have seen a good number of the movies on the IMDB top rated movies. Many of the “top lists” give me points because there was a time in my life where I steadily worked my way through all of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. That stands you in good stead when you’re looking at lists with older movies. My tiny squish on Cary Grant served me well too.

Did a load of inventory for the press today. I’ve got the annual report to sort out and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be counting those words towards my MilWordy numbers. I’m tempted to count the words from my work documents too, since I’m drafting them all from scratch. And if I didn’t have a day job, then I would be counting words of that nature during the day. Any thoughts on that folks?

I hope to start doing at least one flash fiction per week. That’s not a goal I’ve set in stone though. I want to get through at least a month of blogging every day and writing a sentence or two in my journal before I add in any new goals.

I did set up my Goodreads goal for the year: I want to read 60 books this year. Or, I suppose, finish reading 60 books this year. I’ve got a few which will count towards this year which I started reading last year. But at least I’ll have finished them. That will let me drop the little plot hooks which remain in my brain. (I read many books at the same time. I am a biblio-slut. I generally have no issues putting them down and picking them up either. That means there’s a bunch of processing somewhere in my hemispheres which is devoted strictly to keeping track of where I am in certain books.)

On the other hand, now I have to resist adding books to my TBR. Do we really think I can do that?

No. We don’t. If you answered differently, you obviously haven’t been around me long. Books are one of my greatest pleasures. They are my addiction.

There are worse addictions.

Anyway, I think I’ll tie this up so that it actually goes out on time.

Love, luck, and lollipops, my lovelies.

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01-02-2021

eBay Sales: book, pattern

#MilWordy Update: 105,088 words (3,713 words/day to complete)

Craft Projects completed: 1 Finished an ornament! So pleased with myself. (Photo below: dark blue ornament with gold and pearl beads with a gold ribbon hanger. Victorian or Russian style.)

Happy New Year, y’all.

It’s 2021 and I’m trying to be organized. I’m not failing at it.

Yet.

We’re also starting what we refer to as “Italian New Year” in our household. That’s basically a purge of items in the house that we no longer want/need. We’ve gone through most of the kitchen and it’s surprise how many water bottles one family can connect. we’ve narrowed that down to the ones we actually want. Similarly, travel mugs. We have Disney mugs which we are more than happy to use, so we don’t need random mug three from some home-show or other convention type thing we went to.

I’m starting to list again on eBay. I’ve been just coasting for a few weeks, so slow sales are all on me. I got a bag worth listed yesterday, and three items today. I’m trying very hard to just pick up and item and list it. I’m trying to get out of the “not in the mood” rut and just do it anyway. I’m only forcing myself to do half an hour a day, so it shouldn’t kill me. It’s better than just having boxes and boxes of stuff laying around.

I did win three items at the auction, though I didn’t end up going in person to bid. It was just… too cold and the possibility that folks would not wear masks or physically distance was a concern as well. I sort of miss the fact that I didn’t get any of the free food, but in exchange I got to sleep for two more hours. And I do love my sleep.

I have had the dubious pleasure of running out of some of my meds. It’s been the “time between” insurance cards and doctors. I’ve got an appointment for next week. But I’m hopeful that the doctor will do me the kindness of calling in the meds on Monday as opposed to waiting until the appointment. That being said — it’s going to be interesting. It means that my blood sugars are going to be high for a few days and I’ll need my inhaler more often until I get them back.

I just lost 2K words on one of my books.

No, I haven’t been able to find the temp file.

Yes, I did save while I was writing. I’m compulsive.

The program shut down incorrectly and reverted back to an old file.

I am sad. And now I have to rewrite the damned scene which is more annoying. At least I remember the antagonist’s first name now. And it’s not MS Word as much as I wish that were the case. I’m sensing I might need to do some sort of Crack!Fic about that.

So, New Year, New Goals. Let’s see how we do yeah?

  • Goal: Finish 2 books & 12 short stories
  • Goal: Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line per day
  • Goal: Take a photo every day and make myself a book at the end of the year.
  • Goal: Complete MilWordy.
  • Goal: Blog every day.

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12-29-20

eBay Sales: 1 pr shoes, lemon squeezer, slides, McDonald’s toys, DVD, alarm clock, capgun, and a necklace

#MilWordy Update: 104,602 words (3,655 words/day to complete)

Craft Projects completed: 0, but I got a few rows on my scarf and started a beaded ornament kit

I am beginning to think that I need to count all of the words that I write at work in my MilWordy numbers. It would make me feel better at least. I have professional emails and processes that I’ve written up in the past week that would make that number look a lot better, but that doesn’t feel right. I’m counting creative writing, blogs, and … well, things that are related to my personal business needs as part of this adventure. I am falling behind and that worries me a little bit. On the other hand, at least I’m attending a weekly sprint stream and getting a few words every week from that. And hey, while I haven’t achieved the “blog every day” ideal, I have been blogging more than usual. I’ve made progress, and that’s what I wanted from this projected.

The spam bots have become boring again. It’s just a bunch of ads for drugs and the “comments” aren’t even interesting. One bot didn’t even *try* to make a generic comment. It was literally just a keyboard smash. Where’s the pride? Where’s the attempt to fool the human into okaying your comment when it’s caught in the spam filter? The art of the con? Such a slip in standards. In my day you had to *work* for your spam comments. (Disclaimer: I’ve never actually written spam comments. But they used to be done by hand in the dark days of the web when I first started.)

It’s been a quiet holiday season and that’s fine by me. My friends though, they have had much harder seasons. Too many reports of ill family members and the passing of such. My heart goes out to them. I’ve got an uncle who’s had exposure to C-19, but no word yet on his test results.

I am looking forward to the new year. And in particular New Year’s day. There’s a local auction house I’m planning to visit. This is the first auction I’ve been able to attend in person for a long time. And the auctioneers have done their best to enact social distancing. You had to call for reservations even. I’m hoping to find a treasure. Or at least have some fun while I’m there. I am promising myself that I will not be buying anything for resale. This is a very firm note to myself that I have a huge amount of items that I need to list for sale and I cannot add to it.

(I’m totally gonna add to it. You know that right?)

Anyhow, I’m working through the end of year business delights, like annual reports and royalty statements. Wish me luck.

TTYT.

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12-20-20

eBay Sales: 1 pattern, 2 honey dippers, purse

#MilWordy Update: 104,463 words (3,512 words/day to complete)

We’re on the countdown to Christmas and in a bit of decorating frenzy. We’ve managed to get the lights on the trees and brought up about half the boxes. There’s more to happen in the next few days. My body is not happy with the up and down hikes. Found 3 ornaments we’re going to let go and 1 santa figure. New Years is for downsizing though, so that’s what we’ll look towards.

The water in my bath today was a beautiful sea-green color. And I had a lovely time reading a new book.

And with all that elliptical speech, I mean to say, it’s just been a day. Though a winter day and a Sunday, but still just a day.

Documentary watched: “Leap of Faith” (about the Exorcist)

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12-15-20

eBay Sales: none

#MilWordy Update: 104,832 words (3,445 words/day to complete)

Today has been completely unproductive and I’ve been randomly emotional. Picture of a kitten? tears. Picture of an old man being helped home by a pack of teens? tears. Picture of Mickey Mouse in a Santa hat? tears.

Is it stress? Is it a side effect of a med? Is it my blood sugars? The world (and I) will likely never know.

Just, one of those days. Here’s to tomorrow. Peace, dear-hearts.

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12-14-20

eBay sales: Precious Moments figure, Wodehouse audiobook, vintage batteries, rubber stamp

#MilWordy Update: 103,595 (3435 words/day to complete on time)

Today was one of those very strange days when you feel tired, but know you have things to get done.

Then, there was a lovely adrenaline spike when the house alarm went off while we were out of the house. The security company called me and asked if I needed a dispatch. Um, yes, lovely, I need a dispatch because there’s no one home and I can’t get there in the next five minutes. That was a beautiful moment. Not. Then, there was the waiting for follow-up, even as I obsessively stared at the app screen for my alarm system and noting that only the motion sensor in the garage went off. None of the doors, windows, etc registered anything. Which, wohoo! that’s a good thing. But also — worry — are they installed properly? Are they registering? Oh gods, did I forget to arm it? No, no. See where it says it was turned on. So, an hour later, I called the company back and got the “cops found no sign of attempted entry and no persons onsite.” Yeah. Good news. Now I can have an adrenaline crash in peace. And stuff my face with some stress-eating chips and marshmallows. (Don’t judge me. *squints*)

On the other hand, I have things to do which I have not done yet, but the new Focus tool on my phone has reminded me of the fact that they are not yet done. In the interests of satisfying my new robotic overlord, I am attempting to catch up on some of these things before I go to bed. Does that mean I will actually finish all of them? No. A thousand times no. Does it mean that I don’t want to get any further behind? Yes.

In an attempt to make myself productive (home/work/business), I have been trying to do the Pomodoro method. To whit: 25 minutes on a task. 5 minute break. It works a treat so far. The app I’m using (and paid a whopping 8.99 for) has built in times, task reminders, calendar, and keeps reports. I used up the free trial and liked it well enough to actually pay for it. I count that as good. I might even bend enough to do a proper review of the think of the Apple store.

I got positive feedback from a reader of my latest book (To Market) and I am thrilled. They wrote to me, even though they’re only on chapter 6 because they were enjoying it and loved my main character. It’s a good thing because I do plan a follow-up book, if not more because I’m not done with her. And I left some things that were unfinished in the last book that really do need to be followed-up on. I just needed to figure out all of the consequences.

That brings me to my next piece of software: an organizing software for characters and timelines and plotting. I’m using it for universes and world building rather than just a single story. That seems to be the best use of it to me right now. It might be different later, but for now, I want to keep my characters straight. They don’t interact with each other often, but there are connections. And things that happen in one book might need to be referenced in another, so the timeline feature is really what I’m all about. I want to invest some more time in it before I formally review it though.

Open question to authors out there: What software to do you really love? Scrivner? Written Kitten?

I was/am in love with Write or Die. It’s excellent sprinting and it keeps me focussed because it starts yelling at you if you stop writing. I’ve never tried it on the setting that will start erasing your words if you stop because that would just make me too anxious to function. I’m hoping that I fall in love with my new software soon.

Another open question to authors out there: What is your “always do it” writing practice? Do you write at a particular time? Write only to deadlines? Need an outline? Need a slug of whiskey. (Remind me to tell you about my time at the writing convention with the booth that gave me a free slug. It was one to remember. And it was before noon, but… that’s a story for another day.

And one final question to my readers: Would you be interested in reading a 1996 paper on Nazi Propaganda?

Now, I’m off to actually see if I can drop a few more items off of my to-do list tonight. Stay safe, dear-hearts.

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