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Climbing the Mountain

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Well.

Let’s try this again…

My last post was not in March, as this blog would have you believe.

My last post was in August. I gave a general recap of my spring and summer and the (lack of) progress made on Unquickened due to pandemic brain. And then, at some point, my site went down. So did the e-mail attached to this site. Apparently a server crashed, and it took several days for the hosting company to get everything back up. When the site returned, my August post was missing. Because I do not treat this blog or this fiction-writing endeavor the way I should, I did not have a back-up of the post, so I can’t repost it.

So… to recap… Summer was fine, or as “fine” as anything is these days.

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Two Years

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It’s been a heck of a week.

My youngest had a birthday a week ago, so much of the weekend before last was spent celebrating the anniversary of her birth. Which, honestly, how is my youngest 14? In the words of Ralph Wiggum, “That’s unpossible!”

We went straight from slumber party and birthday dinner into a crazy week getting ready for my oldest’s wedding. This would have been crazy under normal circumstances, but because we always level up in this house, my husband was traveling all week and came home with the flu, both of which added a layer of stress to my week. And after the wedding, we shared grandson duty with our new daughter-in-law’s parents. (I must note here: Considering that one has almost no control over the in-laws our children bestow upon us, we could not have possibly lucked out any more than we did with this first set of in-laws. My daughter-in-law’s parents are two of the most lovely people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.)

So phew! It’s been a week. The wee one went home this afternoon, and I have been trying to get to my computer ever since to post today, because I have to share with you all…

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Welcome to 2019

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Things I have learned since the last time I blogged:

  1. I have 23% body fat. This is a good thing.
  2. Books do not write themselves. (I already knew that, but now I know it more better.)
  3. Reading glasses are no longer optional.
  4. There are natural ebbs and flows in this thing called life, and it seems like maybe when one thing is ebbing, another thing is flowing, and maybe this is just the way it is. You can’t be constantly at high tide or low tide. Maybe life is just more of a tidal thing than a scale (balance) thing.
  5. Puppies are a lot of work.
  6. Runs on the beach are amazing.
  7. There will never be a time that I am not parenting. Forever.

How are all of you?

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Sinkholes of Stupidity

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I think I finally reached my breaking point.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with social media since… well, since I started using social media. I’ve had my moments when I’ve shut it off for one reason or another–sometimes because I needed something different, sometimes because the shouting was just too much to bear–but I think I’ve finally hit the tipping point where I can see nothing useful that comes from having a social media presence.

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On Confidence and Age

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How did I manage to completely miss posting even one time in December??

You all should know that I thought of you at Christmas. I did. Promise. But between my ghostwriting gig, the holidays, and getting knocked down HARD with the flu, I guess I just sort of skipped December. (I’m well now–thanks for asking.)

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Forward Motion

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And all of a sudden, November is tomorrow.

It’s been crazy busy around here. It’s been mostly good. I’m getting actual work, which is nice–I’m not inundated yet, but I have enough work that I can actually sit down most days and do something for a client. We’re still definitely in the “ramping up” stage… I have one large contract and one smallish one. I’m working on more.

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School’s In!

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And another month down…

But it’s September, and that means SCHOOL!

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Story Problems

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Two weeks later…

I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time getting back into a blogging routine. When I had “Modicum of Talent,” I blogged reliably. Maybe I got burned out–I don’t know. In any case, it’s not so much that I forget about the blog. It’s more a combination of factors like the lack of routine in summer, the feeling that I really have nothing new to say, the reluctance to spend time during the day writing… It seems like blogging falls to the bottom of the priority list most of the time.

In any case, I have been writing. (more…)

So Much for Once a Week…

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Remember how I said I’d update once a week with how the writing was going?

Yeah, that was cute.

It’s been a little over two weeks since I committed to attempting to write 500 words a day, every day, and to update the blog weekly with my progress. Well, I guess summer happened, because I obviously have not updated the blog.

I have, however, written.

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The Why

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I’ve been thinking the last couple of days about the “why” of writing. Why do I do this thing? Why do I want to? It certainly seems to be a tortuous experience, one in which I rarely see the point anymore, and yet I do it or wish I could do it.

I have a history of telling stories. Before I was writing them down, I was making them up. I had a running tale about Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in my head for years. (more…)