Monthly Archives: November 2014

Interrupted

They say life is what happens when you are busy making plans. I would really like it if, every now again, life just shut up and let things go according to my plan, dang it.

I did manage to finish my nanowrimo project and it is now sitting off to the side for a while until I’m ready to work on it. It’s a decent story but it needs a new beginning and I think I’m changing the POV entirely. Basically, I just wrote a 51,000 word outline. Such is life. I like it but it needs a lot of work, especially in the finer details and stabilizing the mythology of the story so everything reads true to itself.

I am usually finished much sooner but there were a few days when I just couldn’t write. Or if I had, it would have been absolute nonsense. My brain turns to mush when I’m worried. Oldest child is 14 and has always had some vision issues. We were all due new glasses so, off we went. Unfortunately, kid had a very high interoccular pressure reading and some medullated fibers obstructing the view of his retina and we had to run off to an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologist does a different test than the air-puff test that was used and it turns out he does have a slightly elevated pressure but that his thicker cornea basically rendered said air-puff test absolutely inaccurate. As for those fibers, we have to go to a different facility in January to get some kind of pictures done so they can get a better look. So, as much as we are out of the woods, we’re not. My understanding is that these fibers are commonish and benign so, that’s something, but I’ll still worry until it’s all over and they say it’s all ok. Who am I kidding though, I’m going to worry forever because that’s kind of my job as his mother. I admit though I like my worrying much better when there’s really nothing to worry about and I’m just being me.

There were several things I was supposed to do this month that just didn’t work out the way I’d planned. Fortunately, everything seems to have gone swimmingly without my help anyway. Hopefully, December works out a little more like it’s supposed to (like I have it planned, dang it!).

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Progress and Stuff

Nanowrimo began six days ago and I’m already over 15,000 words and I think it’s the most productive I’ve been on any one project since the start of summer. I’m not sure if I like this project yet or whether or not I’ll change the POV to first in rewrites (seriously considering it though). I do know that there are words and not all of them suck so I’m ahead of the game.

I do wish I was better able to hold myself accountable for actual writing. Saying I’ll write every day is fine and dandy and more often than not, I do accomplish that to some extent but nanowrimo brings with it that lovely counter and those buddies whose very presence holds me accountable for making my minimum words daily. I don’t actually communicate with any of them about nanowrimo but I keep an eye on where they are, assume they do the same for me, and bam! instant faux-accountability. If I could write all the time like I do in November, I’d have a lot more books out there looking for homes or available to purchase. It’s something to work on, I guess.

I’m glad words are moving again – they’ve been incredibly stubborn as of late. Now, I just need to work a little harder on getting my words to people who might like to read them! Speaking of which, I have several short stories taking up space on the old hard drive that I really ought to be submitting. Maybe that’s what I’ll do tomorrow. Tonight, I need to get a few more words in before I call it a day. I hope any of you who are doing nanowrimo are having success with it!

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Civic Duty

I don’t care what your political preferences are. I don’t even want to hear about it. It doesn’t matter. If you are in the United States, please get out and vote today. It matters. If you don’t go out and vote, I really don’t want to hear the complaining tomorrow when half the country is going to be pissed off anyway no matter who wins.

I don’t talk about politics online pretty much ever. I don’t think my personal beliefs are anyone’s business but my own. I vote following candidates standings or experience or track record on the issues that matter to me. The issues that matter to me and the issues that matter to you are probably vastly different. So, read up on who supports the things you most strongly believe in and get out there and vote.

Midterm elections may not get the press that the presidential elections get but that doesn’t mean they don’t matter. In fact, many times they are more important for you on the daily. Your local governments, state senates, and the like matter so go vote. If you know someone who might struggle to get the polls, take them with you.

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