Going Out With a Bang

I had a post idea for today, but I never wrote it.

Kris, our friend, and I were supposed to have a Harry Potter marathon. The full eight movies right in a row, with comfy clothes, food inspired by the movie, etc.

I made butterbeer cookies, Kris made sorting hat cupcake, and our friend made chocolate frogs.

I was going to have pictures for you all, but I never ended up going.

I woke up Christmas Eve morning with a terrible head cold and I can’t get rid of it.

So that’s how my winter vacation from work is going… the kids got me sick and I had to cancel all my plans. I’m supposed to go to Disney on Ice tomorrow and I won’t be going to that, either…

I haven’t gotten sick once throughout 2016 and it’s been a weird year. I’m ending it with a bang, apparently.

So, if you’re wondering why I haven’t commented on your blog or respnded to comments on my own blog, this is why.

I’m writing this on my phone as my head has been throbbing too much to go to on the computer.

At least I’m getting the sickness over now and I’ll be starting the new year fresh as a daisy!

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Plans Change

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I was super productive during the month of September. In my October Goals post I decided to be just as productive, if not more.

Well, I have been sick for the whole month of October so far. I’m better now, but I missed work all last week. It was nice being home, but I spent it on the couch resting so there was no reading, no writing.

We’re about halfway through October and I had hoped to finish my outline for NaNoWriMo by now, but oh well. Things happen.

You always plan for what you want to accomplish. You plan for what you want to happen. You assume it’ll happen because you planned it and nothing could ever go wrong or get in your way.

Well, plans change and when that happens you need to be flexible and work something else out. Because let’s face it: Life doesn’t care about any plans we’ve made.

So I didn’t get much work done, but because of that I think I’ve come up with a better solution to balance writing, reading, blogging, and real life things.

All I have to do is stick with it the best I can.

So, update:

1. I will not be writing one Short Story Sunday a day. I’m going to save that for December.
2. I am not going to “cheat” during NaNo anymore. I’m going to finish my outline and leave it until November starts. I was originally going to start handwriting, but I changed my mind. Computer it is.
3. My reading list for October changed. There’s no surprise there; especially since I had to skip a week.

That’s where I stand at the moment. I hope everyone else is moving along nicely in their own writing worlds.

Writing Weekend

Friday: I didn’t do much. I’ve had a head cold for the past week so after work on Friday I didn’t do much of anything. I had the opportunity to go to the movies, but when you have an off-and-on headache that doesn’t want to quit, a dark, loud movie theater is the last place you want to be. Instead, I took a bath and started reading a new book.

Saturday: I felt much better, but still under the weather. I managed to get a few things done, though. I started editing the first part of Detective Florence‘s second draft. The edit was due on Sunday for my writer’s group. Of course I left it until the last minute. It was in my mind all month, but the 15th of the month always seems so far away until it’s staring you right in the face.

I also continued to read the book I started on Friday. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, yet I couldn’t put it down at the same time. Go figure.

Sunday: I skipped church due to my cold. It was nice to have an extra day to stay home and do nothing. I finished typing up the edited second draft of Detective Florence and sent it off to my writer’s group. Then I spent the majority of the rest of the day reading that book.

Kris is house/pet sitting this week for our neighbors so I went over to their house for a couple of hours last night just to hang out. A new episode of Once Upon A Time was on, so we watched it in their gorgeous living room.

On a side note, I finished reading that book this morning. I’m going to give it a review once I finish reading the trilogy and do all three books at once. Given the ending of the first book, I think that would be a better way to do it. I have a love/hate relationship with that book, so I have no idea how the rest of the series is going to go.

This Week: I plan on starting my outline for Camp NaNo next month. It’s something I should have already started, but of course I didn’t. It’s spring break this week for school, so at least I won’t have any homework to do.

I also plan on getting some of my April posts done so I can focus more on NaNo next month.

In addition to that, I need to continue writing and editing Detective Florence 2 as well as read and edit the stories my writer’s group submitted. There’s only four, so I think it will give me a chance to really take my time with each one.

How was your weekend?

A Day Of Nothing

I called out of work again today. I was giving myself another chance to get my appetite back. I’m still not 100%, but it looks like I will be going to back to work tomorrow; especially since I was capable of walking around today.

However, even though I had the day off, I figured I should continue resting. Then again, because I was able to wander around without getting too dizzy I wanted to do stuff.

I didn’t get anything done. Resting won.

Kris pet sits for my uncle’s dog, Cookie, three days a week and today was one of those days. As you can see below, Cookie and I were content cuddling on the couch… when she wasn’t running around like a mad man, I mean.

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Since I was in a decent state of mind and Kris and I put eight computer players duking it out on Super Smash Brothers Wii U for background noise (in other words, we were doing nothing), I got to thinking. I thought about everything I did not get to do this past weekend because I was dead to the world.

1. Query Nature According to Bobby — I was going to do one final look over for my childrens book manuscript and then send it out to a few agents this past weekend. Since the start of 2015, I’ve been slowing gathering agents’ information with the help of the Writers Market. This was going to be my weekend to officially get Bobby on his way, but… that’s going to have to wait until next weekend.

2. Shopping spree — I’m little. I’m short, skinny, petite, whatever you want to call it. I stopped growing a long time ago and because of that I have the same clothes I wore in high school (I’m pretty sure two of my sweaters are from middle school). I don’t particularly mind this because the clothes I wear are nice and comfortable. Plus, I can’t wear anything too fancy because I spend most of my time at work… I work with preschoolers. Enough said.

However, as nice as my clothes are, it would be nice to get some new ones for a change. I found a gift card that was a class gift from the parents at my old preschool. I’ve had it for over a year and still haven’t used it. It has a good amount of money on it, so I thought it would be nice to go through my clothes, donate some, throw away others, and then go shopping.

3. Clean — My bedroom, my office, and the bathroom need to be clean. They need a good dusting and vacuuming. Plus, I want to organize my video games, music, and movies. Also, we just got two new cabinets for the bathroom so I need to organize all that stuff because right now everything is currently sitting on my dresser.

4. Barnes & Noble — I can’t stress this enough. I didn’t get to go to Barnes & Noble this week. That’s what I look forward to every week. Sure, there’s next week… but it’s the principle. Also, I needed to go to Staples. I need more red pens. I have one red pen and it’s running out of ink from editing Detective Florence 2. I have many black and blue pens. Heck, I’m pretty sure I have pink, purple, gold, whatever, but I like red pens for editing. It just makes it more “official” to me. You agree with me, right? Say yes.

I think that’s all I had planned for the weekend. I know it seems like a lot and I didn’t expect to get through all of that over the weekend, but it would have been nice to get a few of those things done.

It is what it is. Tomorrow’s a new day and I’m feeling better. So I’ll start fresh after work tomorrow. Plus, this weekend is a long weekend thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr. So I’ll have Monday as an extra day.

I guess everything does tend to work out in the end, doesn’t it?

Sick Day, Anyone?

I have three sick days total at work. Yes, just three. One would think that someone working with preschoolers all day five days a week would get a little more than that; especially considering that preschool teachers constantly sit on the floor, change diapers, and wipes noses.

I don’t usually care about that. I never use those days because l never really need them. Except now l’m sick.

Friday night l woke up in the middle of the night with the stomach bug. I stayed in bed and slept all day on Saturday. Kris and l did not get to go to Barnes & Noble, which was sad.

Sunday, l did not go to church because l was still in bed attempting to eat toast. Today I did not go to work. I have very little energy and still have no appetite. I will not be going to work tomorrow, either.

Long story short (after this long ramble), l haven’t been getting any writing done in the past few days.

Good news is, l don’t have a boss to call in sick when it comes to writing. Bad news is, l didn’t get anything done.

How do you take a sick day from writing? Is there such a thing?

October 1st

It’s October Already?

 

Oh, dear Lord…I can’t believe it’s October already. Yesterday when I left work, right before my co-worker got into her car I shouted, “We survived a whole month with these kids! Only eight more to go!”

It’s said because we have very low enrollment. We’re a small, private preschool and have two classrooms. One room is for two- and three-year-olds and the other room is for four- and five-year-olds. We have three kids in the younger room and 12 in the older room leaving our enrollment a total of 15. I was promoted–I have way more responsibilities and I’m also working 40 hours a week now. However, I am still making the same amount I was because we can’t afford to give us raises…we even had to lay one of the teachers off (which is basically the main reason I got bumped up to lead teacher). My paychecks are much bigger than last year, which I am hugely grateful for, but if I was paid what a lead teacher is supposed to be paid…well, I would have an easier time paying for school, wouldn’t I?

Ah, school…one month down, three more to go. My teachers are stupid. Have I mentioned that? All five of my classes end on December 14, but at the beginning of the semester, one professor thought it was a ten-week accelerated course. Do you want to know why he thought this? He thought it was the summer semester, not the fall. Um…I can see mixing up the days of the week, like thinking it’s Friday when it’s really Thursday, but mixing up the months? I mean, there’s a big difference between June and September. Does he not own a calendar? And he (and a couple of my other teachers) re-use lesson plans. I’m all for that, I’m a teacher, I understand what a pain it is and make a new lesson plan. It’s perfectly okay to re-use the same material, but…can you at least proof-read? I mean, this is an English degree, these people are English professors, don’t we know how to proof-read? In one class, the class that was an “accelerated course,” everything is supposedly due June 2013. For another class, this week’s assignments are apparently due in February 2013. I am paying 6,000 dollars this semester. I feel like I’m being ripped off somehow.

But it’s October. And I’m sick. Tomorrow will mark me being sick for a full week. I thought my sickness would start and end in September, but apparently not. I had a really bad cold and from that I got laryngitis. I still can’t talk all that well, but I am doing much better than I was. I know when you get laryngitis the best thing to do is not talk. Yeah, well I’m with a bunch of preschoolers for eight hours of the day. I can’t really rest my body let alone my voice. But as I said, it’s getting better. It’s all a matter of time now.

But I have to admit that I’m sick now rather than later because, well…it’s October. And we all know what October means, right? 30 days (31 days? I was never good at math and never will be) from now it will be the start of…

NaNoWriMoOh, yes! I have been waiting a long time for this. I would rather be sick now during NaNo Prep month rather than NaNo itself. I’ve been sick during November before and it sucked. I wasn’t able to get anything done.

But then I think to myself, “Crap…it’s October 1st.” How am I going to plan? How am I going to make the time with school and work? More importantly, what am I going to write?

Now I have tried to write two novels at the same time before. I’ve tried this a couple of times. It does not work. Not for me, anyway. Especially since I’m at work eight hours a day five days a week and then trying to get homework done in between. Oh, and I have to attempt to have a social life. That’s important…but maybe not for November? I don’t know.

Anyway, I have tried thinking of what I should write. I started this thinking process a couple weeks ago. I thought of something to write, but of course I’m beginning to change my mind. So I don’t really know what’s going to happen because I’m at a loss right now. All I know is that my time is limited because I need to do some serious planning if I want to win. If I don’t plan, I’m most likely going to fail due to being smothered by school and work. At least if I plan, I don’t really have to think. The point of NaNo is to not think and not edit, right? Then again…if you think you’re going to fail, aren’t you setting yourself up to fail?

Oh, well. I never listened to wise quotes like that.

Day Eleven

Womp…

So I’m at school right now and I still have about an hour to keep on writing. Am I going to keep on writing? No. Why? I don’t know. I just don’t really feel like it right now.

Since I finished Saving Each Other, I started writing Seeing Things, which is the next part. Of course I then realized (thanks to Kristen) that I said I was going to finish Take Over when I finished Saving Each Other. So now I’m in the mood to finish Take Over and not write Seeing Things.

So this morning, I wrote 1,669 words of Seeing Things. I am done for the day because I have class, then I have to babysit, and then I have to watch my cousins because my mom has a meeting. This means I have to make dinner and clean up after dinner and fun things like that. Then my boyfriend has to come over and help me with stupid math homework. It’s not going to be a fun night.

But for 50,000 words, you’re supposed to write 1,667 words a day and I made sure that I got at least that much. Because I’m so far ahead, I only need to write about 747 words a day or something like that, but I wanted to keep up with the pace.

I now have a total of 36,748 words for the Three V’s Prophecy series for book one, which is also my Camp NaNo total. I plan on making it to 50,000 by Sunday. It’s going to be difficult, though. Tomorrow, Friday, I have class 9-10:15 and work 11-5ish. Then I’m probably going out with my boyfriend. So I’m going to try to wake up early tomorrow so I can write. I have all morning on Saturday to get things done and all day Sunday to get some writing done. So I think getting 50k by Sunday is doable, but it just might be a little difficult. I can always pull a late night here and there, I don’t mind. I think that would be fun!

When I hit 50k, if it’s by Sunday, I will still have a little over half of the month to go. So I’m thinking I might change my word count goal to 75,000. I’m not going to change it until after I hit the 50k, though because knowing my luck something will come up and I won’t be able to make it.

In other news, I have my first vlog video all done. I have no idea when I’m going to post it, though. I’m thinking I might post it on Sunday. I decided that, if I have the time, I’m going to try to post one vlog post every two weeks. So that’s twice a month. I thought that seemed fair so I can continue on with life while you guys won’t get so sick of me that easily. I don’t know if I’m going to have a set schedule for when I post these things, but as long as it’s twice a month, I guess that’s all that matters.

All you Camp NaNoers out there, keep going! And if you’re not doing Camp, keep writing anyway! For those of you who do not write or just read this blog because you have nothing better to do…hi!

2013: 118,527/350,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

Day Five

Sad Day….

HunterThis is Hunter. He seems to think that he and I are in a relationship with one another. He constantly wants to cuddle, he follows me into the shower, and he waits up for me when I’m out and don’t get home until midnight. He sits in the window sill and waits for me. When he sees me pull into the driveway he runs over to the door. He’s better than Chip, my dog. She runs up to me with tail wagging and before I can even touch her, she runs away and goes back to bed.

Even on the nights I stay home, but my boyfriend is over, Hunter still waits up. My boyfriend and I will be saying our goodnights for the night and Hunter will just be sitting directly behind the two of us. Just waiting for me to shut the door behind my boyfriend as he leaves.

This morning, I was trying to get some things done the computer. I was eating egg salad and coffee while he sat on the table right behind the computer. I’m typing and I hear little licks. I look to my side and what do you know…Hunter thought that we’ve taken that step in our relationship to share food together.

“NOO!!” I screamed mostly because egg salad isn’t good for him. So I take it away. While I’m rinsing the bowl in the sink I turn back around and he’s drinking my coffee. Like, really? That’s my coffee, man…

So I take the coffee away from him. He won’t stop meowing at me…it’s been a half hour.

I thought I would share this story with you because usually when I’m writing, he tends to be right up my butt along with Raph, my turtle. So I thought this was appropriate. Also, I knew I was going to have nothing to say because I am not going to be writing today. If I don’t write, then I have nothing to say on my blog and I wanted to update this thing.

The reason I am not going to be writing today is because I am just simply too busy. I have homework that I have not done in a very long time because…well, homework is stupid. I have work in about two hours and my sister is sick so I might have to take her to the doctors before I go to work. That, and the kitchen is a mess…someone should clean that up.

So I probably do have time to write a little bit right now, but I don’t want to get interrupted. I have work 11-6 today and then my cousin’s birthday party is 7-9. It’s her friend party and she’s turning 11, so she’s excited; therefore I have to go. So if I’m going to write at all today it’s not going to be until late tonight. In which case I will just update my word count tomorrow in my blog post.

Tomorrow is my cousin’s real birthday and I have no idea what we’re doing for it. I don’t know if we’re celebrating it tomorrow or Sunday or what, but if I’m not doing anything tomorrow and if I’m not too tired, I might as well write straight through the night tonight, I don’t care. I think it would fun.

Anyway, we’ll see if I get any work done tonight…I hope everyone else isn’t too busy today!

2013: 96,336/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

 

Day Two

Like A Snail….Donny

Today was kind of a dud. I hoped to get a lot more writing done because I had a lot of free time this morning. However, I am not going to complain because I met the word count for the day (1,667) and I am way ahead of the game anyway.

Today I wrote 2,635 words bringing my Camp NaNo novel up to a total of 8,985. About 1,000 of that 2,635 words was written in school. As you can see from the picture, I did not have any post-it notes so I used my iPod to block the word and page count. Yes, my iPod case is a turtle. His name is Donny. Yes, he is named after the ninja turtle.

I had four hours before class to write today, but I never did. I have a really bad cold which I have had for about a week now. I tried to convince myself to stick it out, but I said screw it. I ended up going home, wrote for another hour, and ever since then I have just been in a daze. I haven’t done anything productive.

Tomorrow will be a better day, though. I hope everyone else is doing just as well.

 

2013: 90,764/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read

Grumble…

Annnd We’re Behind Once Again…

I believe I told you all that switched Internet providers, yes? We have Comcast instead of Verizon. I don’t mind this, but when the guy hooked everything up he definitely messed something up around somewhere.

We have four boxes: the basement, my room, my sister’s room, and the living room. The boxes in the living room and my room are the same and the boxes in the basement and my sister’s room are the same, but different than the living room and my room. However, even though the. Basement is the same as my sister’s, the basement box is the main box. And that just happens to be the messed up one.

We’re supposed to get On Demand and the HBO and Starz channels. Every box has them except the basement TV doesn’t get it. It just tells us that it’s not hooked up, but we get it in every other room. So we need to get that fixed. On a random note, the box in my room and the living room don’t show the time or channel number on the box. Not that that’s important or anything, but I’m just throwing it out there because I’m used to sitting up in my bed when I wake up in the middle of the night to look at the time and now I don’t see it. Then I get confused because I’m still sleepy and not with it at all.

Here’s the good part of this whole thing: he Internet is now all screwed up. Well, not really…it’s just my computer, o course. Aside from my sister, I’m on the Internet the most and this is what I get. The Internet is obnoxiously slow on my laptop now. I can still get on and do things, but I don’t because the slowness just makes me so frustrated.

This is why I have now written in a couple days. No, you do not have to use the Internet to write, but I have been planning out the novel on my writing app on my iPod. Also, I am unable to post on here which is why I have not posted in a couple of days. I’m posting this through my iPod right now.

The other reason as to why I have not been writing is because I’m sick again. That’s right…my immune system officially hates me. So I can check off pneumonia, laryngitis, mono, and stomachs bug off my list. Those are all the things I had from October 2012 through December 2012. And it’s continuing through January 2013…it’s just a cold, but it’s a pretty bad one. I’ve got a terrible cough, my nose is all stuffed up to the point that I can’t breath, and if I had a dollar for every time I sneezed, I would be a millionaire right now. I am back on my inhaler and he humidifier is back on when I sleep.

Anyway, I will continue to try to post on here as well as write some more and read. But I don’t know when my computer is going to be fixed and I don’t know when I’m going to be feeling better…we’ll just have to wait and see.

2013: 14,193 Words Written
2013: 358 Pages Read