Extreme Life Update

Oh boy, this is going to be a massively longer update than usual, and I’ll try to divide it up pretty clearly so you can skip to the parts you want to read.

There will be discussions of Mental Health, Author’s Technology, Writing Goals, and basically whatever else I ramble to. The banners will be the color of the text here, just so that you can simply skim for the color if you want to.

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Life update!

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted a blog! I know, I’ve fallen off any sort of schedule again, but hey, life happens. Speaking of life, I’ve discovered that my book collection is both larger than I mostly remembered, and yet smaller than I distinctly remember.

I distinctly remember having almost all of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, from 1 to 56 each, but after a minor disaster in my home, I can only find something like 6 of the Hardy Boys books and there are serious gaps in my Nancy Drew collection.

Either way, I recently had to move all of my books out to the middle of the house, bookcases and all, because the bathroom next to the library had a critical failure and flooded. I both caught it early and not early enough. It managed to flood from the bathroom into the hall and a good 40% of the library, but only just reached inside the door of the guestroom on the other side. It stuck fairly close to the walls, and I managed to get everything out of the way and vacuum up most of the water with the carpet shampooing machine.

Thanks to this disaster, I’ve decided to absolutely push myself to try and get something together to be able to publish within the next 3 or 4 months. Just to try and bring in some extra money, essentially. I spent a few hours looking around my various works in progress and half or more completed manuscripts and decided to work on the one that’s basically short tagged as the steampunk serial killer story (part I’m working on at the moment is called Indigo). It’s got a lot of the world building done, and doesn’t require me to learn new writing skills so I think it’s the one to work on. I’ll be making an announcement about it on May 12th, come hell or high water. With luck, that announcement will be a definite(hard) publication date announcement, but at the very least, I’m hoping for a cover announcement, with a soft publication date announcement. Originally I’d set myself the goal of having it live for purchase by that day, but that’s just inhuman for me at this time.

I’ll also be trying to get back into the goal of publishing a blog post at least once a week, if not more, but they may or may not fit whatever theme I had originally planned to keep for that day. Hopefully, this will get me back to posting regularly enough to possibly grow the blog some.

Anyways, I’m going back to working on Indigo, and with luck, I’ll manage 2k on the story tonight.

Truthful Thursday 0003

Hey folks! It’s a bit late night, but it’s still Thursday so I thought I’d throw a little Truthful Thursday out there! Well, ‘little’. If you’ve been around, you know that sometimes I’m extremely brief, and sometimes “long post ahoy” doesn’t even begin to express that the post ahead is long.

At the moment, I have no idea how long this post will be, but I can say with certainty that it’s not going to be brief.

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Okay, so, TRUTHFUL THURSDAYS.

This week’s Truthful Thursday is going to be about why I was silent for ages. If you’ve been around for a while, or read back in the archives, my TERRIBLE MUNDANE JOB as an old person caretaker was considerably short staffed. And I was expecting them to stay short staffed until at least mid-march. Well here it is, partway through May, and we’re finally staffed correctly. Well, mostly. I had put in a two weeks’ notice of resignation about two weeks ago.

I have been working two jobs nearly daily since the end of March, and am so glad that it’s over. While I will miss some of the people I took care of, I honestly won’t miss the job at all. Most importantly, I’m glad to have a Monday through Friday job where the schedule doesn’t change on a whim. It’s not as much money as I’ve been making, but I expect to be able to get some serious writing done from here on out. (Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my shit in gear and actually get a publishing schedule locked down and going.)

I now have this lovely mundane job that allows me a full 40 hours a week, I can pay my bills and it’s closer to home as it stands now. This awesome mundane job allows me a bit of down time, where I’ve got nothing actually going on during the shift but can’t leave the desk. I’ll be setting up a schedule of how I’m going to be doing things (writing, studying, research, etc) during each of my shifts once I’ve gotten the hang of how the actual shift is going to run. (I’m currently studying French on Duolingo and working through math on Khan Academy – and I’m planning on dedicating at least an hour a day to each once I’m settled.) I’m hoping to be fluent enough in French by the end of the summer to go ahead and purchase and read a couple of books that I’ve wanted for ages and ages.

Remember, for TRUTHFUL THURSDAYS, you can always ask me a question. Put questions in the comments below, send them to me on twitter, comment them on Instagram. I will answer as many questions as I can in 500 words. (This will probably be 2 or 3 questions at a time.)

 

Totally missed February…..

And I’m not surprised. Not in the slightest.

The mundane job went from fully staffed to being not even half staffed in less than a week, and it was with little to no warning. There’s just enough staff to give everyone a single day off a week, unless they had already asked for it earlier.

We’ll be short staffed until at least mid march.

I’m honestly not doing much but working, eating, and sleeping. And a bit of WoW, because that’s really the only way I can keep my stress levels down. Other than that, nothing. Everyone at work is so tired that we’re rather zombie like, and it’s rather terrifying.

Either way, I’m going to set aside myself about two hours every single day that I work this job to sit down and word. From 8 to 10 most days. I’ll aim for at least two windows of word time on the daysnights that I have off.

On the other hand… I’ve applied for a new job, and am emailing them this morning to just touch base (got that email back way fast – I didn’t get it). I’m also applying for another job, because I’d like to get out of the current mundane job (which is part physical labor and part wiping butts, literally) due to the fact that I’m all but popping pain pills like they’re candyTic-Tacs. And I’m currently looking at the app for a third job, because honestly, there are something like 18,000 jobs available in town, and almost 80% of them are nursing or trucking. 18% are either specialized jobs that require serious degrees or a decade of experience, and the last 2% are jobs that I can actually apply for.

Hoping to write 2k words today. To get myself out of the funk of painful exhaustion. Here goes.