Monday, May 23, 2016

Whereby Life Has Gotten Away From Me Again



You may or may not have noticed I didn't manage to blog last week. I will just say day job and leave it at that. We get crazy in summer and I was given a last minute project finishing somebody else's thing, then my own thing, and erm... yeah.

And then there is life...

LAST weekend was AWESOME. I went to Chicago and got to meet a few writer friends in person...

Back: Leigh T Moore, Dawn Ius, Jessica Belle, Bryan Wilson, Susan K Quinn; Front: Me, Rebecca and Samantha

So much fun to meet people in person that I've known for years. Jessica and Leigh, in particular, are some of my original writer friends. Also met with my long time friend Andie who I hadn't seen in probably 20 years.

And then...

My son was at Leadership Camp to prepare for college this weekend. It is just the first of a string of prep things for graduating high school and leaving for college. I am sad and excited for him and a little nervous about how life will change.

In the mean time my daughter, an adult, but still navigating life on the long road, got her wisdom teeth out Friday, so instead of near maintenance activities for my baby who doesn't want to be a baby, I got to pamper and baby the grown up. It was so nice to have time with her—the swollen face the only thing that could keep her from being off acting the social being that she is. Instead we binge watched this season's Orphan Black, caught her up on Game of Thrones and rented three movies via On Demand. I made mashed potatoes for the first time (hubs is normally our cook but he was off golfing) and sold her on my favorite soup (a tomato-red pepper soup from Pacific).


Writing

So while I had been baby stepping my final edit of Medium Wrong, I got stopped up in a new scene that needed writing. I'd gone through the full hard copy edit and was just entering, but “Write this” really stops up momentum. There were two of those, but yesterday I finally hammered them out. It is done... query and synopsis next... 9 days to get 10 query letters sent.

In addition, I really need to find all my plotting notes and organize them... 8 days to BuNoWriMo...


Home? What spring cleaning? That is what I have to say about that. And what gardening? I already gardened this year—two days in a row—total of a half hour. Nobody can say I didn't. And I am trying to learn some new cooking stuff...


So those are my excuses and my “well I'm neglecting everything else, too”s...


But the entertainment has been excellent! Season Finales, shows I really love... that doesn't help my blogging time, but it keeps me from being homicidal at work, so I will take it.

Anybody else feeling overwhelmed?  Got a time turner you can spare? How's everything going?

16 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Hart - sounds like you've a lot going on - with some fun too. Great you could look after your daughter and enjoy the time - wisdom teeth are a pain ... hope all heals well. Love seeing your friends and seeing some faces I know from blogging ...

Good luck with the week - I'd better get to it too ... cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Meeting writing friends is always fun.

Sitting around and watching tv was all I could do after getting my wisdom teeth out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, you met Jessica! Too cool.
Now, get those query letters out.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Oh my you have been busy. Meeting your writer friends must have been awesome. My kids were so funny when their wisdom them came out and they recovered in my house. I still tell stories.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Glad you spent some good time with your daughter! Hope she got through the wisdom tooth recovery well. :)

That's very, very busy. I did feel overwhelmed in April/early May, but so much better now. I really hate to feel swamped.

Libby Heily Author said...

I think not being homicidal at work is worth a blogging break. If a good season finale keeps you calm, go for it. Just one woman's opinion.

Arlee Bird said...

Your full schedule makes it understandable why you didn't post. If I were working a day job I might not post either let alone having all of those other activities. I've been trying to organize posts for my upcoming summer travels so they'll go up even when I'm traveling which is something that can interfere greatly with composing blog posts. I'm trying, but it's been slow going. Hope I finish.

Sounds like you've got lots to do ahead of you, but you'll get it done.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Andrew Leon said...

I am waiting to, one day, just feel whelmed.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Being busy with good things is wonderful. I did a college graduation weekend for my daughter and then a writing conference weekend so my gardening and cleaning hours have been almost zero. Not really caring about that either. LOL

S.A. Larsenッ said...

I honestly just cried. You got to hang out with Jess, Susan, & Leigh!!! You all are so amazing. That must have been so cool. Thrilled you met up! Thank you for sharing, Hart!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

So cool that you got to hang out with those awesome gals. Be glad you're busy. I relaxed this evening and somehow hurt my lower back. Still killing me even after rubbing something on it. Relaxing is the devil.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I worked 24 of the 48 weekend hours so I know how work can blow your writing schedule all to bits. Great that you got to meet some author friends. I have to settle for meeting the ghosts of my writing mentors! :-)

dolorah said...

Always fun to meet bloggers in person. Life seems pretty exciting around your house, how can blogging compare?

Helena said...

I'm jealous that you had so many wonderful writer friends to meet and hang out with. Hope there was much beer drinking! And yes, I noticed you were gone last week but figured you just got crazy busy.

Do I feel overwhelmed? Oh, hell yes! Every day and all the time anymore, and I don't get half done that you do, you amazing person!

Crystal Collier said...

Wait, you need excuses? I thought "Life" was a good enough excuse. ;) (Hey, I know of couple of those people you met up with!) Here's to doing what we can as we can, and eating cheese the rest of the time. ;)

Tamara Narayan said...

Family stuff has been eating away at my writing time as well, but I won't knock it. I got to spend a week building sand castles, swimming, biking, and eating stuff my mom made. Talk about heaven. In a few weeks my kids will be home from school and at least one of them is refusing to participate in summer camp this year. Oh boy. We'll see if I actually get my short stories back up on Amazon and if I can finally finish my historical novel. No promises.