Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Back To It
Thank you friends, for being so amazingly patient with me and my summer of maladies. I really needed that time, especially my August time with my aunt and sorting her estate. It was good, as processes go. I feel like I know her better now for the time I spent with her friends. And it was a few days of time travel as I ran into things from my grandparents' house that I hadn't seen for decades. There is still the probate piece, but I have a lawyer who I've given everything, so I will follow her lead... mostly it is just a long waiting process, I think.
But now... Low and Behold... my life NEEDS me again. My writing has been neglected. My job has been neglected. A few tasks for friends have been neglected. My family... well, mostly I've been on top of that, except the school shopping piece, but they knew that would drag into football season anyway (whereby we earn parking money to dress the childings). And the REALLY big neglect... I haven't managed to take care of myself physically since my husband's health problems started last January. So I've got some stuff to get back on top of.
I am leaving the last few scenes of A Shot in the Light for the rewrite. I just really am not yet in a writing frame of mind. But I DO want to be in an EDITING frame of mind and think I can. I have a week worth of READING to do first, then I plan to start first edit on Medium Wrong. Remember for me first edit comes in three rounds—a read and comment, fixing small stuff, a BIG FIX (based on comment) then a polish. I figure that puts me into mid-October and I will send it to first readers.
Then I will finish TYPING What Ales Me and planning for NaNoWriMo.
In December and January I will take my next crack at Medium Wrong and submit it for ABNA.
MEANWHILE: September I will research agents, make my list and prioritize. October I will query.
During this, I will blog 3-4 days a week, I think...
My home is a disaster. I have a couple new (to me) computers from my aunt, so a process needs to occur of getting them checked and rearranging the office space. In the end, it will be good. The new computer is much smaller than the old.
I also have some special family things so our storage needs to be rearranged and I'd like to find some space to have some things out.
I dread this part. I hate cleaning and organizing.
I desperately need to do this. Yet each time I hear an option, part of me cringes at the idea. It just is so TIME-consuming to obsess about eating and exercise all the time.
Finally, though, my Couch-to-Keg buddy Jackie started talking about nutrient rich foods and this plan she wants to do. Now she is going to be paying attention to some index that rates foods (and you saw the work work work, bit, yes?) but the GIST of it is LOTS of fruits and vegetables. And when I've been really successful with Weight Watchers in the past, this is part of it. I'm a volume eater—I just feel really unsatisfied on miniscule portions, but a big plate that is mostly veggies and just a little caloric other stuff—THAT works.
So I am going to follow Weight Watchers, but using that super-dose of fruits and veggies and call it good.
I ALSO am going to add in some stretching and muscle work on top of the tons of walking I do (that is clearly not enough).
The Bad News...
I am going to make a serious effort at getting around to blog friends, but my day job is on high pace right now, so I am TRYING, but there are only so many hours in a day. I will keep a list though, and make sure I get to folks at least somewhat regularly.