Busy Bee!

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I meant to post this on Monday, May 7th but I guess I forgot to hit ‘publish.’ Oops! 😀
We got back from our exploratory trip to Texas late Saturday afternoon (5/5). The meeting and evaluation at the school went really well. As did the house hunting.
Friday, we got calls from mortgage lenders letting us know we were pre-approved for the house and five acres just north of town in Victoria, Texas. Its about a 20 minute drive to the school.
Today, I signed the tuition contract for Little Man to attend the school starting in September. We’re still slogging through getting all the paperwork completed and turning in documents to the mortgage company. Oy, what an endless process that is!
Book related: I’m working on something that could be very exciting.
So, bottom line: Everything is falling into place and I’m crazy busy/happy. *fingers crossed*

 

How do you catch a unique bird?

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ANSWER: Unique up on it.

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Is it just me, or do you notice whenever you set a deadline for yourself, *something* happens to throw your plans off? Or mangles it until it’s unrecognizable.

Yeah. That seems to be the theme for my life anymore. Anyway, I’m ignoring my missed, self-imposed deadlines and plugging away. One. Word. At. A. Time.

When will book two be done? When it’s done. I’m just gonna sneak up on it.

 

50th Birthday and a “To Do”

pexels-photo-775203.jpegI managed to get two more chapters off to my favorite editor last week.  That brings me up to 20 chapters. Yay!

TO DO: I’ve outlined the next three and have started writing them. I’m falling a little behind, only because my husband decided to gift me his nasty cold yesterday. as an early present.

This morning, I woke up with a sore throat, stuffed up, and feeling like someone beat the tar out of me during the night. Is he sorry? Heck no. He laughed. I’ll remember that the next time he’s sick.

Will I get the first draft done by Tuesday? Probably not. Will that stop me from getting it done this week? Heck no! At the very latest, I’ll have everything done by next weekend. And with yet ANOTHER snow storm due to hit this week, it looks like I’ll have plenty of time to write.

I’m kinda used to Mother Nature taking a white dump on my birthday in Alaska. But in North Dakota? Come on! Texas is looking better and better.

Until next week, stay warm!

I Wrote WORDS and a Quick Update.

rubber-duck-bath-duck-toys-costume-106144.jpegOK, it was only 500 for the whole week, but I felt the logjam in my head start to loosen. I’m hoping to do at least that many this upcoming week.

On a side note: Little man has his evaluation at the nonverbal autism school in 60 days. If everything goes well, we’ll be moving in 90 days. That’s got me wrapped around the axle just a tad.

I have to keep reminding myself to take a deep breath and focus on the here and now until I get the current task or chore done. And only then can I worry about the next task, chore or step.

Yes, I’m a worrier and I like to have my next 100 ducks all lined up. Don’t even think about asking me what happens if one of my ducks wanders off.

Until next time, have a wonderful week!

Stress and Writer’s Slump

pexels-photo-313690.jpegI figured out, with the help of my friends over at Keystroke Medium, what my major roadblock has been.

Stress.

On February 12th, they had a live chat where writers could ask questions and their panel of writers would toss out their ideas. My question was first. “How do you get out of a writer’s slump?”

They had a lot of good ideas. Chuck Manley suggested getting to the root cause of the writer’s slump. And then he offered a good number of ideas on what to do next.

After a week of sitting down and brainstorming (which, in of itself, was painful), I narrowed it down to stress.

Stress about moving to Texas. This would require hubby to commute from North Dakota to Texas on a rotational schedule of 20 days on shift and 10 days off shift. OR, finding a new job in Texas.

Stress about little man going to a private school and all the added expenses it would cause. Which loops back around to the stress of hubby either commuting or starting a new job: will the new job be enough to cover it? Will little man have as rough a time with the commuting as he did the last time? (We’re talking meltdowns for a couple of days each time hubby left).

Stress over hubby’s job: things will start to slow down when Spring comes, so I have a lot of saving to do between now and then to cover the costs of moving and all that stuff.

Now that I’ve nailed down the cause, I need to work my solution. Which was recommended: suck it up and power through it. Turning off the stressed part of my brain to focus on writing has been difficult.

Some days have been easier than others. Most days, it’s been pretty painful, but I’ve found that if I just write one sentence, it helps to start clearing the logjam in my head. Over 200 words have been put down. Not a lot, I know. But it’s better than nothing. And, as the old saying goes, “You can’t edit a blank page.”

Have a great week. I’m going to go write 100 more words.