- Write 2k
- Do half an hour of yoga
- Eat right
Monthly Archives: April 2016
Well, yesterday was fail, in every meaning of the word. Didn’t write, barely taught, ate over 500 calories over my limit…ick ick ick. This morning, also, I woke up at 3.
This time I decided that I wasn’t going to sleep it until 8 or 9, and I got up at 5 to clear out my email box and whatnot.
Today, I don’t want to do much except for:
I’m not sure what’s for lunch. I kind of want to do mandoo dukgook, but I’m not sure what the calories are on that. I’d be using the ready-made beef broth I bought a few days ago and god only knows what’s in that particular package. I’m also getting my relish today, so maybe I’ll have an open faced tuna sandwich?
Yeah, so much for my weekly dining plan, LOOOL.
Woke up at four again. Next time this shit happens again, I’m pulling my lame ass out of bed. Obviously, there’s a reason I ought to get up, so I might as well.
Today, I need to get more organized, focused, etc. I need to start keeping my schedules. So I’m going to start using Jorte with Vue Minder and I’m also checking out the Getting Organized website. The spammish mails were a little annoying, but the material on it is super useful. Today’s main goal is me trying to figure out my writing plan for the rest of 2016. I tried this at the beginning of the year, but it didn’t plan out the way I thought I would. Maybe it was the lack of motivation, discipline, whatever, but that plan is already borked so I’ve got to try over.
Today’s meal plan is as follows:
Breakfast: Leftover chicken with rice and braised potatoes
Lunch: Ham and Cheese sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes
Hm. Seems to be backwards, but I’m seriously craving the baked spicy Korean chicken I made last night so I’m going to jolly well eat it.
Just came back from a big breakfast. I made egg soup, potato jorim, seaweed muchim, with a cup of rice and the leftover baked chicken. I’ve got about 300 calories left over for my next two meals, wooooo.
I really need my chair to come in today. My butt hurts.
I also need coffee. I kind of feel like I’m drifting away, blargh. I think I’m going to make a latte or something. Brb. Post-pig out breakfast meal, arrrggghhhh.
*stifles yawn and goes to make some coffee*
The coffee machine got all borked. At this point, I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should crash on the couch for the next seventeen hours. *heads desk*
Attempt 2 of let’s please wake me up.
right now, the only thing I care about is getting another 2k for HMM.
That’s all I want.
Let’s do this!
Woke up at four in the morning again. Felt like it was…okay? I’m not entirely sure when I fell asleep exactly, maybe 10…ish? Either way, being able to sleep straight until 6 in the morning would be fucking awesome.
Yesterday wasn’t necessarily a Fuck-All day. Wrote over 2k, read half of The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe (Wow, she makes me feel like such a newb), taught my hardest class, and ate under my caloric recommendation. Although, the last one isn’t actually a good thing since I’m limited to a 1.2k calories a day and 1.2 is the absolute minimum a human can consume and not have their metabolism tank. I’m pretty sure my metabolism is pretty shite anyways, considering how the smallest things just wear me the fuck out now. There were old women in that tour group back in April that had more fizz than I did.
I need to work up my endurance…
Anyways, I really thought I was going to be super hungry yesterday, considering what I ate, but the big meal of the day which was the janchi guksu was actually probably what kept me going until I had some…I don’t even remember what I had for dinner. I don’t think I had any dinner, actually. I just had a little pineapple and that was enough for me, it seems. Also, no sugar, otherwise what was found in the ketchup I had with my eggs yesterday, woo! Oh yeah. And the pineapple I ate. But not additional table sugar, woo hoo!
Today, I do plan on meeting my meal plan…which did not happen yesterday.
Today’s meal is as follows:
Breakfast – Cereal and skim milk
Lunch – Ham and cheese sandwich with tomato and lettuce. I need to pick up a loaf of bread…crap, won’t have time until after three. Maybe I’ll switch up my dinner and lunch.
Dinner – Roasted chicken with mashed sweet potatoes and sauteed greens.
Snacks – coffee, pineapple, cucumber
Or I can just order KFC. LOOOOOOL.
The ayi is coming in a little bit and supposedly internet repair-folk are making an appearance as well. Having internet is certainly a boon, but not having it on this computer hasn’t been the worst thing actually. Still, I’ll be glad when I get it. I’ll have to make sure to restrict my web surfing to an hour a day or whatever. I really honestly think an hour is more than enough time for me.
Today…is pretty much the same as yesterday. I want to finish reading The Sweetest Dark, write another 2k of HMM #2 and eat well. I have another class at 6:30, but the hard work is done for this week, woo. Again, really relieved to give the early Tuesday class to Beka. I have to meet Beka at 3 to hand her the key, so I’ll probably go and get a copy made before I meet her, so I can still keep my key and she can have her own.
So, goals for today are:
- Finish reading The Sweetest Dark
- Write 2.5k of HMM #2
- Pick up a loaf of bread
- Do two loads of laundry
I think that’s it for today. Seems a little light. Hmmm…
Well…yesterday was definitely Fuck-All Sunday. I need to be careful that this doesn’t turn into Fuck-all the whole rest of the week. Although, I did read a historical erotic romance so I consider that my work for the day. I really need to read more. Maybe I’ll get back into reading children’s books for now and then slowly transition into the adult section.
Still having problems with my sleeping schedule. Much as I love sleeping with something playing in the background, I think it is severely limiting my sleep. However, I can’t sleep with David because the room gets stuffy and that’ll wake me up and make me all sweaty and gross. What we need to do is get a screen installed on the window so we can open the window without letting in any mosquitoes. I should look into this.
The house is semi-tidy. I still need to clean up the spare bedroom, do as much laundry as I can, but I’ll leave the heavy stuff for the ayi coming tomorrow. I really like the cleaning lady, but I hate that I’m always super careful because of Mika. Gizmo and Bmo, they’re fine, but after Mika scratched the lady, I’m super leery.
The weather is still crappy as hell. But it’s not hellishly hot, so that’s good, right?
Today, I want to get into writing HMM #2. Now that I read His something-something debutante, I have a better idea of how to write the next chapter. I guess I want to introduce a threesome at this point, but I do want to stress their happily ever after. Sure, this won’t be certain aka nailed down until the third book, but that’s my goal for this week, start and finish the second book.
Meanwhile, I’ve got to figure out how to edit THD #2. Honestly, it just kind of painful to even think about it, but I guess I don’t have much of a choice. Today, I’ll try to make an editing checklist. It’ll suck, but nothing’s that easy.
Got one class to teach today. Actually, I’ve got one class to teach pretty much every day. I’m glad I got Beka to take the Tuesday class. Teaching is hard without an assistant. I miss Linda, bah.
Yesterday’s dinner was a bust. We went to the Chinese-Korean place and left hungry, something that has never been a problem before. I had half a bowl of wontons. I dunno how that fucks up my diet, but then again, my weekly meal plan starts today. I think I’m going to have two fried eggs for breakfast, around eight-ish. I’m thinking 400 calories per meal, but dude, 1200 calories a day is HAAAAARRRRDDDD. If I can manage to hit 1.2k calories three days in a row, it’ll be a fucking miracle.
For breakfast, I’m thinking 2 fried eggs with some ketchup and a piece of toast. For lunch, is an open-faced ham/egg sandwich and then for dinner, which I’ll eat before I go, so around 5, will be Korean food. And then I’m going to try to be in bed by nine-thirty and asleep by ten. Wake up at 5 and start everything all over again, whew.
I need to figure out if we are going to Shanghai via train or bus.
Okay, after I have this cup of coffee, I’m going to make my eggs/toast, eat it and then it’s off to writing I go, tally-ho.
Didn’t get any writing done.
On the other hand, today IS Sunday and I did pretty much promise myself that I would designate Sundays as Fuck-All days. On the other, other hand, I have writing work piled up to my ears. I thought I’d get SOME kind of writing done while I was in LA. Boy, was I wrong. I was at that tour for a week and the total days of our trip was only less than two weeks (wtf did I just write?). I spent a few days trying to get used to jet lag and the time difference and the few days when we got back from the tour, I was recovering from how tiring the whole damn thing had been. I mean, waking up at the brink of dawn (sometimes even when it was still dark out), getting breakfast, sitting in a bus for a few hours, getting lunch, going back to the bus for a few hours, dinner, sleep, repeat for the next week…whew. I told Mom I was never going to do the damn thing again. Especially with old Korean ladies. Jesus, they are obnoxious. I thought they were better than Chinese people, but I WAS SO WRONG.
Speaking of which, I reserved our tickets. Well, reserved to buy them. I need to talk to David and see if we can somehow manage to leave on Thursday since the tickets are much cheaper on that day.
I finished my weekly meal plan yesterday and I’ll probably go do some basic shopping today, while I’m out trying to locate the internet company so we know who to call to get our internet running again. I had cereal at 6, and I’m drinking some coffee right now, so I am hoping I can hold out until lunch time. I’ll probably get out at nine, so I’ll probably have a sandwich for lunch. Dinner…will…I dunno. I ordered some kimchi last night so if it ships today, I’m hoping to get it by Tuesday, at the latest.
I’ve been thinking really hard about how I want to continue my writing career. There’s so many different things I want to write, but I just don’t have enough time. Or maybe I would if I didn’t procrastinate so damn much. Speaking of which, I’ve got to put together that damn cat tree that I ordered almost two months ago. Probably going to put it downstairs, since we already have a small one upstairs. I’ve actually forgotten what the cat tree looks like, LOOOOL. That’s going to be fun to try to decipher. Here’s to hoping the company actually put in an instruction sheet, unlike some other cheap furniture I’ve ordered off Taobao.
Anyways, back to what I want to do with my writing career. I think I’m going to keep Jaelyn Kino. I do think historical erotic romances are very interesting to read, but I’m not ready to give up on Fionn Jameson just yet. I will probably need another pen name for my YA books. Ick. I’d love to release something in the YA genre in the latter half of the year. Mostly, right now, I’m just thinking about the number of series I have yet to complete: Blood Martyr, Her Master’s Mistress, The Immortals, Centennial City, Kissing the Boss…oh my jesus god. Clearly, I have an issue with writing stand alones. Granted, I have heard that series..s (?) do sell better and I tend to prefer series characters, because I think their development needs more than 80k to fully flesh out. Or something like that.
So, I guess what I want to say is…I would like to get some writing done later today. Nothing big. Even if I just get down 1k a day, I’ll be happy with that. I need to go back to maintaining the writing spreadsheet I got from Sidney.
So…today’s task for the day is:
- Go grocery shopping (nothing big, just some veggies)
- Find the internet company
- Write 1k of HMM #2
- Read for an hour
- Play DA:I for an hour
- Help David clean the porch
- Tidy up the house
- Build the cat tree
- Organize the coat rack behind me
- Clean the spare bedroom
- Text Ruby and figure out how to fix the internet
Wow. For a Fuck-All Sunday, I sure have a lot of things to do on my to-do list for the day.
And I will get to it. Just as soon as I finish this cup of coffee.
Well…here I go again. Got back from the trip to LA, spent that horrid day transiting through Chinese airports. Spent all of Thursday recovering and yesterday, I managed to get some house cleaning stuff done, as well as moved my workspace downstairs, in anticipation of the heat. It’ll be hot as Hades upstairs, but downstairs, it’ll be cool, so hopefully I’ll be comfortable for the duration we’ll be here. Ironically, I won’t even be here for most of the heat: I plan on being gone from 6/24 to 8/3 being in Chicago and then I’ll probably be in Taiwan from 8/15 to the 19th. So, clearly, during the summer I’m going to have to be really careful of keeping a few hours to myself to write. Don’t think it’ll be that hard, but it’s easy to get distracted. I’m still wondering if I should help out at the convention in July.
Right. As far as writing goes…well, I’m on my second cup of coffee, with no internet (entirely not by intention, argh) and trying to tell myself that THD #2 isn’t a total mess. Megan has been kind of brusque with me and I can’t help but feel like maybe it was her work on THD edits that made her feel a little cold to me? Dunno, maybe I’m just going nuts. Still feeling a little weirded out from travel. Man, I am a weakling. Something I’m hoping to change. I also need to remember to bring up the nighttime walks at the Children’s Park starting tonight with Dave.
I need to quit procrastinating with editing. But it is kind of painful to look at it and realize that actually, I’m not a very good writer at all. I need to go back and start reading again. I really need to put time aside to read at least an hour a day. Maybe I’ll start today. Most importantly, I need to get the internet reinstalled in the house. Like an idiot, I accidentally pressed the reset button when all I wanted to was power cycle the damn thing.
Got one class today, at 1PM. I managed to foist off the Tuesday afternoon class to Beka so that’s one less thing I have to worry about, woohoo. I don’t care so much about the money, as much as my stress levels. So, I’ll be taking a 350rmb (about 50 USD, give or take a few bucks) dock to my weekly pay, but it’ll be worth it, I think.
I am slowly trying to wean myself off sugar. I don’t particularly mind fat as long as I can avoid table sugar. Let’s see how far this goes. I’d like to lose about ten pounds in the next two months, before we get to Chicago, so I can gain it all back by eating all that unhealthy American food.
David’s going to Shanghai to get his passport renewed this Friday. It’ll take about two weeks for his passport to get back from the States, so I’ll probably book our tickets the second week of April. As it looks right now, I can get a roundtrip ticket from Shanghai to ORD via United Airlines from 6/24-8/3 for around $850. Thankfully, United now accepts Alipay as payment, so hopefully the price won’t change that much when we buy it in April. 850 x 2 = 1700 usd = a little more than 11,000 rmb, which David’s salary for April more than covers. Then, we’ll save up (fingers crossed) all of May. June and July which is roughly around 15000 x 3 = 45000rmb which is about 7k USD. If we can save all of that, I will make it my best effort that we only spend and hopefully save my teaching income. I estimate there’s about 9 more weeks for me as far as teaching goes, so 9 x 1750 = 15750 rmb which is about 2.5K USD. It would be great if we could spend 1k in the next two months and then spend the remaining 1.5k during our 1.5 month stay in the States. I’ll have to talk to David about that. 3k in a month is pretty tough, for us, I think. 3k a month equals about 750 rmb a week, and that includes groceries and other entertainment. I’d really like to see if something like this is possible. I’ll have to talk it over with David. Also, I agreed with Beka that I’d pay her 100 rmb a day to live in our house and take care of the cats, so that’s about 4k rmb that I’ve got to pay out of my own pocket. Hmmm…maybe I need to talk to Beka and try to figure this out again.
I’m trying to think about our major expenses when we’re in the States. Obviously, picking up groceries will be important since after this summer the next time we go back to Chicago will likely be the next year. So, that’ll be maybe 4 bottles of protein powder (I need to ask Steph if she can hook us up with some discounts)…and maybe some barbecue sauce, but really everything else we can get on Taobao. I’m sure our next big expenditure will be eating out, although I’ll do my best to eat with the family. There’s not much I want to do in Chicago, nothing that would cost a lot of money, anyways. Honestly, it’s not like there’s anything to do in Chicago, anyways, loool. The most important thing I want to do the remaining year is to basically write a book every month. Which…I should really be doing right now, as a matter of fact, arggghhh.
This month, I want to finish writing Her Master’s Mistress #2. I’ve decided to cut out all the dross and just focus on the sexy parts. I really need to re-read The Countess Trilogy and figure out how it’s all done. When it’s all said and done, I’m not really sure if I’m an erotica writer. I just enjoy the happy ending and plus, there’s always violence that always seem to make their way into my stories. Erotica and violence doesn’t seem to work out…unless you’re Katie. Which reminds me, I need to email her. I really need to work hard not to burn my bridges. I want to maintain what friendships I can. Writing is, after all, very lonely work.
So…things that I want to do today:
- 1. Pot some kitty grass
- 2. Go to work at 1PM
- 3. Clean the living room
- 4. Clean the porch
- 5. Figure out my schedule for the next few weeks
- 6. Get a meal plan going for the next week
- 7. Go find the internet company
- 8. Write 2-3k of HMM #2
- 9. Figure out how to send the game to San
Wow, busy day today, lol.
Okay, that’s enough talking. It’s already half past eight. I should probably get productive, to make up for the lack of really anything productive since Thursday, woooooo.