It is funny how we measure things. Most of my day was spent working. Which, was not horrible, but, also not notably wonderful. Happiness stacks just like sadness, though I feel we notice the latter more. That is why there is the saying ‘when it rains it pours’, and not one ‘when the sun shines it…’ well I don’t really know what it would do after that. Explode in a fiery mass, dooming mankind? That took a turn.
Last night, my Father helped me figure out the science I was struggling with in my story. And while I was researching something he had asked me to find, I got the epiphany my characters were going to have. Eureka. I have been struggling with that for weeks, and it finally feels like it is coming together. Tonight, I had the best workout I have had in years. Kicked my but, and I loved it. Now, my cat is curled up in my lap, and I am reading a book after almost two months of barely anything. Not the best of books, but it was part of a series that I wanted to finish, and really it’s not that bad. Just falls into a lot of cliches. I knew that going in though, maybe that makes a difference. And maybe I kind of like it.
Sometimes I measure my days by the time I spend at work. That is fine and all, work plays a very important part in our lives. This week so far (it is early I know), I am measuring it by my evenings. We are not expected to be happy all the time, but right now I am pretty darn peachy. WHICH, for those of you who likes peaches, apparently they are supposed to be really good this year. I tested this theory myself by buying four, and proceeding to eat three in one night. Anyway, happiness. Right. Peaches. Happiness = peaches. Also I have been trying to wake up extra early now, to get things done in the morning. So far successful. But I am le tired. 10 points to anyone who knows what that is from.
You know you are a skilled procrastinator when you procrastinate your procrastination blog… procastception. I have always been that way, even as a wee lad, doing my homework on the bus to school, or even sometimes the period before. I am the queen of unfinished projects, handed down to me from my Mother. (Sorry Mom! You know it is true though :D) One of the only things I ever kept up with was training for a half marathon, and that was because I signed up for it before I had even completed a 5k. It was either keep training, or eat that $85. That is was I need. The subtle threat of a deadline. Or maybe less subtle.
My office today. Yes, I did put my fancy new Starbucks cup on top of my laptop so I could get it in the picture. It has a bunny! And don’t worry. There was SPF 80 on those pale legs of mine. That is also not my pool– though it was home to a porcupine briefly the other night. The real question, did I get any work done? Ha. Kind of. Right now I am working through my second draft, and we use that term loosely. Second draft of my unfinished first draft which is really just a rewrite. Hey whatever help me sleep at night, right? So I did do a little writing, and then came across a section that could be copied and pasted since it still worked well. Bam. A few hundred words down. All work and no play this girl is.
Overall I was quite productive. The perks of dog/house sitting other than doggies and a pool? Access to a washer and dryer. My husband has more clothes than Carrie Bradshaw. Yeesh. I should know, I steal them all the time. If I could live in joggers and t-shirts, I would. Then I cleaned out a significant portion of our spare room, aka the storage unit, aka my office. A room where dirty socks and magic cards go to die. I really wanted it cleaned so I would have room to start my sewing project. What is that saying? Creativity breeds creativity. What it really means is procrastinate your current creative project with a new one.
Speaking of subtlety (something I do not posses), I started reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Does anyone else pronounce it sub-tle when reading it? Like archive. I totally still say ar-chive in my head. Anyway, so far the book exceeds my expectations. Hoping to finish it this week. And, I finally saw Ready Player One. I must have missed the memo because I kept saying, ‘this was not how it happened in the book…’, which was fine by me, I am hardly any kind of book purist. It just took me pleasantly by surprise. Though I did read the book over a year ago so I could have forgotten a bunch of stuff too. A blissfully short memory. Both a blessing and a curse.
The hardest thing I had to do today, was chose between which tote bag I wanted for the Vengeful pre-order. Well I wish that was the hardest thing. Anyway, they are both pretty great. I am a huge fan of V. E. Schwab, and I loved the first book in the series, Vicious. Which is really surprising. Actually, if you look at a lot of my favorite authors, you would think I am some kind of, morbid? Person. Not sure what would be the correct word there. But morbid is pretty much the opposite of me. I had to skim some parts (I don’t do drowning- you can thank Mario 64 for that), and in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods I had a small panic attack during the morgue scene. Yet I continue to read these things.
On a lighter note, I read my first romance novel, ever. It was so cute! It is called the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It is about an autistic woman who hires an escort to teach her the, uh, finer parts of a relationship. If you catch my drift here. It did reaffirm the reason I read mostly sci-fi and fantasy though. I despise when conflict arises from lack of communication. Now with this genre, you just can’t get around it, and I will say the author did an awesome job of working that into the story line. The characters were well defined and very relatable, making it a fun read.
So. The whole reason for my blog. My writing. I really struggled last month. That is okay, life happens. This month I am coming in strong though. I went back to the beginning at started there. Did some editing, threw some new stuff in there as well. I have been experimenting with some shorter chapters among the longer ones. I like it- not sure if the people I share my work with will, but hey, it is all about finding what is right. With multiple points of view, sometimes I just want to show a snippet of someone, rather than a whole multi-scene spread. And if it is getting me to write, why not? The rule is, there are no rules. Someone said that. Or my Mother told me that, I don’t know. But that, and ‘work harder’ are my mantras for this month.
I wrote something, yay! I has the words. Not too much, but a whole scene. It could be the fact that I fell asleep at nine last night after an evening race. I didn’t make my goal time, but I opted to start farther back to socialize. Oh well. It was hot, and with 10k+ people, there is no room to move. It was the kick in he but I needed, because I fell asleep halfway through my beer, and slept all the way till the morning (Friday is my off day). I feel re-motivated now. I have been writing some backstory too. Nothing that will be put in the novel, but I figured if this becomes a real thing then why not post it here? I guess only time, and hard work will tell.
In the fangirl world, BTS released their new album today. I think my favorite song so far is Outro: Tear. Maybe that helped to motive me as well. New music is always great. Speaking of, their interview with Buzzfeed was awesome. That is the right way to do an interview with non-English speaking peoples. I mean, the puppies helped too.
I also found a perfume I really like, Tori Burch Just Like Heaven. It smells like lilacs. I never wear perfume, it is hard to find ones I like because a lot of scents really bug me. So what a success all thanks to my co-worker’s recommendation. AND, I know, no one cares about this, but I found a great pair of, joggers? I think that is what they are called. On sale in the men’s section at my local sporting goods store. They are Nike brand and way better build than anything in the women’s section. I like to have leisure clothes for when I am on the plane or just want to chill at home not in pj’s. Oh, and, last one I swear, I found a new book to read, even though I am on a reading pause at the moment (the lies we tell ourselves), called A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. It is a YA book that one of the YouTuber’s I follow recommended. Her name is Chelseadolling reads. She is super cute and has totally different taste in books than me, but I still love watching her.
It has just been a great week. Which is nice, since I felt like the last three left much to be desired. I should have titled this: Things I like. But then again, I like a lot of things. So the list would go on and on.
For someone who appreciates routine, some may call me fickle. I prefer capricious– just because it sounds cooler. I just finished another book last night, bring my YTD count to 20. I keep track on Goodreads. It has really encouraged me to read more than ever, which in turn I think will help me write better. I pretty much stopped reading after high school except for the occasional fling.
My most recently read was American Panda by Gloria Chao. I still really enjoy YA, there is just something so simple and heartwarming about the genre. This was about a Taiwanese-American girl whose parents had planned out the rest of her life, resulting in a premed track at MIT for a germaphobe. Not to mention the love interest is not Taiwanese, which is a problem. I think the author wrote the MC’s struggle between following her families wishes and her own very well. It was cute and a quick read.
So back to spice. Or rather, herbs. Not sure if it was the beautiful weather, or my form of procrastinating more, but I started a garden this weekend. Boy was it hard work. I am still sore! And this was all after I ran around the park a few times. My Husband and I rent, but there is a small garden plot in front of our place. It was very overgrown and neglected, so I had to remove pretty much everything in it. I ended up planting lavender, basil, peppermint, sage, rosemary, and I think parsley. I lost the tag to that one. My choices worked out well, hopefully, since both rabbits and deer don’t like smelly plants. We have a lot of wild animals around our place. I name all of them. Bernadette and Bernard are the bunnies, Clyde and Claudette are the geese. The woodpecker is Woodrow. And then there is Frank, the groundhog.
I will have to crack the proverbial whip on writing. I had to talk out some ideas for the scenes I am stuck on this week, but that went really well. Now I feel refreshed. I have been bad this month. Only the first few days did I write anything. I have that log to prove it :/. Today, I must celebrate all things Mom, but hopefully the rest of the week will bring progress.
Especially when used in reference to a book. Last night I stayed up till 2, finishing The Children of Blood and Bone. What an great book, I cant wait for the next one. Tomi Adeyemi is a wonderful storyteller. Each chapter left me wanting more, hence why I just powered through the last quarter yesterday evening. I gave it five stars. Only a couple things I didn’t like, but overall an excellent read. I highly recommend it.
I am running on this amazing high right now. Between finishing this book, and then the last book in the Themis Files Trilogy comes out May 1st, Only Human (so excited!), AND THEN, I also got a copy of Tyler Johnson Was Here for 2.99 off of Amazon. Yay reading!
Next, a musical group I really want to see has announced their tour dates, and I am itching to get tickets. We shall see. I am not too picky, as long as we are not up in the nosebleeds, they make me feel super dizzy. But it is going to be stressful when they go on sale. I have a feeling it will sell out in minutes. I have two venues that are close enough for a weekend getaway, so hopefully one of them will work.
And lastly, I finally conquered the battle scene I was writing. Not only did I dislike writing it, I also don’t like reading them. They can be so boring to me. So I channeled my feelings on them, taking what I don’t like about typical battle scenes, and writing around that. Writing more about what the character’s felt, rather than the actions of their weapons. None of my perspectives are skilled fighters, which makes the scene a little more difficult. I am hoping it worked. Thankfully I have a couple awesome friends who read way more than I do and can give me pretty sound advice. In fact, I wouldn’t be this far without them.
I tried taking an ‘artsy’ photo, but decided to go with the Titan photobomb. He is something else. Earlier he attacked a mini propane tank sitting on the floor. I guess it was a threat.
So as you can see, I got a few books at my local library’s book sale. I have already started One Hundred Years of Solitude in audio book format, which is good, but hard to follow as some of the characters have the same name. I am excited to start reading it, but I am now in the depths of Children of Blood and Bone (which is living up to my high expectations). For Wicked, I have seen the musical at my local theater, and I was pleasantly surprised. I have never been very interested in the Wizard of Oz or any of its retellings. The Crichton book I grabbed is called Pirate Latitudes, and honestly I only grabbed it because, pirates. I love pirates. Do I totally romanticize them? Yes.
Finally got some writing done, bringing my WC to 50k. Probably won’t get to my goal of 60k by May 1st, but that is okay. I am going slow, making sure I like what is being written, and not just trying to fill the page.
Sad news today in the EDM community. Avicii passed away at the age of 28. Whatever reasons contributed to it, he was a very talented artist, and one of the few that I actually purchased their album. Spotify had a playlist ready scarily fast, but it has been nice listening to all of his music today. I forgot how many songs I loved. I guess that is all we can do when an artist passes away. Remember why we love them, by reliving what they have produced. Whether it be music, movies, or traditional art.