Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/31/18

Wednesday check-in time.  A tiny check-in.  I finished the read-through of Always & Forever.  That's done.  Next is ... I'm undecided.  Do I go back through with the edits I made notes of, pick up where the story left off and keep writing (I know what I want to happen in the story, I'm just reluctant to finish it), or do I close it up for a span of time once again?  It was nice to go over it with fresh eyes.  I think I found more in it than I would have if I had kept editing as I wrote.  Then again I remember getting frustrated with it and putting the story away.  I'm a little slow to decide what to do with it. 
What do you do when you stall out in a WiP?  Do you push through?  Or do you give it a rest?  How do you decide?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/28/18

Sunday check-in time.  Not much happening again.  I didn't do the writing prompt yet, but I am wanting to.  I'll have to sit still and do that before too much longer here.  I've been reading over A&F.  That's pretty much it.  I've done a little editing here and there in A&F, but I'm trying to wait until I've done a complete read through. 
And the fish tank has gotten bigger.  I found some fish this weekend at a pet store and graduated to a free standing tank.  Now I have room for my pygmy puffers.  They are so much fun to watch.  The office is feeling better already.  Now to actually use it as an office and not just a desk and fish room.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/21/18

This post will act as a double check-in since I missed Wednesday.  Writing hasn't happened, but I have been reading over Always & Forever.  I haven't looked at it since 2016.  I've found things I want to edit, but I'm just making notes of it for now.  I'll do a full read through, then work on some edits.  I'm trying to not get too distracted from the reading of the story.
I'm glad to be looking over it.  I had closed it in '16 because I was frustrated with the character Skyler.  Hopefully I'm looking at it with fresh eyes and will be able to write up an ending this time around.
Where to Belong was the same way.  I wrote most of it and then put it away for a while before finishing it.  Maybe that's what I have to do to finish these WiPs.  I'm good at spending too much time on them.  Some time away is good.
I've set up a fish tank in my office.  Two fish call it home so far.  It isn't a large tank, so I'll probably stop with these two.  It's nice to have some life in the room.  Hopefully I'll get some writing done instead of staring at them too long.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/14/18

Another small and simple check-in.  I threatened to go to the notebook instead of the computer to write.  Not a lot of writing has happened, but the notebook theory is working.  I'm not sure why that is, but I'll go with it.  I'm just glad to get any writing done at this point.  It is very forced and in no way reading material, but that's fine. 
Not much is happening outside of writing.  Still going with the Pilates.  Still out of shape.  But there is a grocery run needing to happen so this is all for now.
Rock on.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/10/18

So, Row80 check-in time.  I haven't accomplished anything in any of my WIPs this time around.  I think I'm about to ground myself to the notebook to get back in line with writing.  I can't focus on the computer.  The blinking cursor can be a lot of pressure at times.  The notebook is forgiving and lets me wander with my writing a bit more.  I think I'm taking Scrivener too seriously at the moment. 
I'm trying to bring back my existence on FB and Twitter.  I used to be better about it, then took a break.  I've had trouble getting back with it.  Maybe I just need more practice.
I've started working out again.  I stopped with my Pop Pilates a while back since I felt I wasn't progressing any longer.  Now I'm getting winded on the Beginners video.  So out of shape.  I have to get that fixed.
So, there it is.  I need to write in my notebook, beef up the FB and Twitter action, and defeat the Pop Pilates for beginners.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

#Row80 Check-In 1/7/18

This check-in is better than the last one.  I cleaned up a plot hole in Oneiros and worked on some editing.  It may not sound like much, but it is something.  I also did a blog post this past week.  It was lacking, but I got it in there.  I'm hoping to be more creative from here on with the posts.  Boring posts can be as bad as no post at all.  That means I need to get out and do more so I have something to write about.  That will help more than just content. 
Other than that, I'm going to rearrange my office ... again.  I can't decide on how it should be.  I'm at the kitchen table ... again, so I guess the last adjustment didn't do the trick.  Maybe I'll move my desk into the kitchen.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter & Warm Cookies

We had our first 70 hours straight of below freezing temperatures this week.  It may not sounds like much, but around here, that's cold.  For the first time ever, our pipes froze up.  It was a real "Duh" moment when I realized what was going on.  I didn't leave the faucets dripping.  I did cover the outside faucets, but I don't use the outside water often. 
We ended up getting a shop heater and warming up the garage.  The wall with the pipes got a concentrated dose of heat.  It took half the day, but they eventually thawed.  I'll be paying closer attention to the pipes when the temperatures drop again.  Now I know our house can get that cold.  At least we don't have frozen iguanas falling out of trees here.
I spent the first part of the week in Dallas with friends.  It was a nice, long weekend trip.  One day was set aside for checking out sales at a few stores.  I didn't expect to find anything, but ended up buying new oven mitts for the kitchen.  We needed new ones anyway.  It's nice to not have to watch for holes when using the mitts.
It was freezing in Dallas.  Thank goodness the area we stayed at was dry for the most part.  The cold was still biting, but ice wasn't too much of a worry.  It was a fun trip.
Tonight was grocery night for us.  I haven't tried the online orders yet for groceries.  The local stores offer the service, but I'm chicken.  I'm not sure what my hold up is.  I should just give it a try.
After groceries was a side trip to the Warm Cookie Factory.  I've heard lots about it from friends.  So we gave it a go.  They're good.  Warm cookies are awesome on a cold night.  I'm a regular at the cupcake shop, so this is a change for me.  I'd go again, but the cupcakes are still my favorite.
I've been working with Monat Hair Care for the past few months.  I'm loving the products.  I have thick hair already, but it's much healthier now and way easier to style and care for.  I've never liked my hair and have kept it short for a few years now.  With it the way it is with Monat, I'm hoping to let it grow and give long hair a try again.
Now the washer has stopped and I need to get back to laundry.  Coffee will happen, and hopefully some writing.  It's quiet right at the moment.  Let's see if I can get anywhere with Oneiros.