In my last post, I told you about how I would be handling my blog from now on, sporadic entries. And, hopefully, at least one per month. I got some good feedback on this decision, although the commenters assumed I was trying to keep things in my life more balanced. Everything in correlative portions. As mistaken as this is, I do understand how those readers came to that conclusion.
CURRENT PLAN: The logic for my changes in my writing life are a little more stringent than just having a better balance. My perspective has changed, which has also altered my priorities. This is a major switch in what I do with my days, not just adjusting the balancing act.
THE BLOG: I started this blog in May of 2013 in an attempt to further my writing skill. Reviewing that post, I can’t say I’ve improved much. It has, however, spurred me to continue to strive for this goal and continue to tackle the task of writing a novel. Dreadfully, I was continuing to think of blog posts before I directed attention on my Work in Progress [WiP], my novel. This, obviously, wasn’t the way to get the work done. Thus was born the strategy of arbitrary posts.
The solution came easy, however. Take blogging out of the mix of scheduled events but don’t bury it someplace where it can’t be found or used to build writing skills. Chances are most of my entries will be a lot like this one, in which I jabber about what has been going on since the last time I wrote a post. There will, however, be those occasional posts that will probably be full of my opinions too.
HEALTH: After having the flu last February, I finally acknowledged the fact I am not as hearty as I used to be. I was so sick all that month from something that used to take just a few days to get over. If I don’t take care of me first, nothing else I want or need to do is going to get done, at least not to my satisfaction.
I’ve lost over forty pounds during the duration of ten months. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. [No, despite being sick for a month, only four pounds came off during that month.] Have you seen that commercial where the woman says all she did was walk to lose the weight? Well, that’s what I did, forty lapses inside my house every day. In truth though, this wouldn’t have taken off the weight except I also gave up all dairy products. Did you know dairy products are full of saturated fat? By giving up all dairy products I have improved my general health. I sleep better and I have a little more energy during the day.
I went in for a bone density test a week ago this last Monday. I wasn’t nervous at all about it thinking it would be a breeze. The procedure certainly was easy enough but I didn’t count on how the results would affect me. To say the least, I was shocked. I have Osteoporosis. Chances are my disability is the most to blame because it hampers so heavily on my mobility. There aren’t a lot of ways for me to get exercise, which helps create more bone mass. So now I’ll have to take a series of shots and, of course, take a calcium supplement.
INVASION OF THE GNATS: Gnats are tiny flies that usually penetrate the home through the drains. In the almost ten years we’ve lived in this house, we’ve never had a problem with them. that is until this year. It was as if they knew when October 1st was and march right in to fly all over our house and drive us bonkers. They even got into our refrigerator. Chances are they appeared because of all the rain we’ve had this year. If you live in a dry climate, don’t complain.
We had our house sprayed professionally but they returned. Money poorly spent. In retaliation, we got some bug spray at the supermarket and spray the entire house once a day until we have a freeze.
WRITING: In my last post, I discussed my plans for a new writing project. Although I’m sure I’m not done with the research and I have yet to make it to the library, I’ve am in the process of writing the first rough draft. Contrary to what so many say about having deadlines and targeting a daily word count, I decided to go for quality of work on this WiP from the very first instead of quantity. I have yet to get past the first chapter, making absolutely sure I am saying exactly what I mean to say in this story. I can’t convince myself to go forward to chapter two until chapter one feels complete.
Do I hear writers moaning about this decision of mine? So far, going at a sloth’s pace has intensified my interest in this project. I’m enjoying the pursuit of how to weave historical paranormal into this tale. Finding the right way to incorporate the goals of not just my protagonist but the other main characters is thought-provoking, putting me on short tangents of fiction within the bigger story.
Autumn: The one and only thing I can say with positivity about living where I am right now are the colors of autumn have been brilliant during the nine-plus years. Except this year, the colors are muted. The radiance isn’t there. In many cases, the leaves are turning a dull brown around the edges and just falling off. I can only guess this dreary shift of the season is due to all the rain during the summer months–waterlogged leaves.
One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one’s own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought. — Albert Einstein