Monthly Archives: July 2016
Maybe I need to quit drinking coffee in the morning and stick to tea or something. I think my stomach’s upset from the two cups of coffee I had at Graham’s 318. Then again, this isn’t the first time their coffee has given me a somewhat upset stomach…
Yesterday was pretty productive. Managed to get a little over 2k in DARK MOON RISING and tada, finally started editing A ONE NIGHT AFFAIR, after the obligatory “oh-woe-is-me” moaning and groaning that usually precedes an editing session. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, although it was difficult getting into it, like forcing myself to take bitter medicine.
Oh god, I feel myself getting sleepy. It would be SOOO easy to go back down stairs and sleep again. I suppose there’s nothing stopping me, as I am quite tired and my stomach is not too well.
I’m going back to bed.
OMG, I almost ate a whole pizza from Doughocracy. There was a piece left and I don’t know how, but I managed to throw it out, even though I finished the second to last piece thinking, ‘Well, I might as well eat the whole damn thing.’ If I don’t fall asleep in zero-minus-five seconds, it’ll be a shock to everyone, most of all me. I’m here at 318 right now and I’ll try to finish this coffee. The coffee today is actually not that bad. They didn’t have Intelligentsia coffee, thank God, so I’m trying a Two Brothers honey-pressed coffee…did not know Two Brothers got into the coffee business, but then again, they got into beer and even wine, so I guess they’re trying to hit all the beverage departments.
Yesterday, I managed to get a little over 1k. At this point, doing everything on my list and getting down 1k seems to be a monumental task. I woke up in the morning, took a shower, had some coffee while I got my JP reading out of the way. Then I read for half an hour (Fool Moon by Jim Butcher…thought it was rather apt considering what I’m writing right now) while drinking my breakfast shake (coconut water plus frozen fruit and half a scoop of vanilla-flavored protein powder) and then got through my blogging for the day.
It is now noon so I’m hoping the rest of the day can be dedicated to writing and editing.
Actually, I’ve been pushing editing off for so long, it’s pretty fucking embarrassing. Mostly I’m just afraid of re-opening the editing file Megan sent me, ffs.
I’m really thinking I ought to start with editing THD #2 before I do some writing, but on the other hand, writing is super important to me, so maybe I’ll just try to get 1.6k for the day and then just go to editing. I want to work until 5, so I’m going to try to write 3k and edit 2 chapters.
I can do this!
(…no I can’t.)
Band for the day: AMARANTHE
Right. Couldn’t explain to you why I haven’t gotten any writing done in a while. I think Saturday…I don’t remember. Sunday, yesterday, my rather lame excuse is because it was, duh, Sunday and I wanted to have a day off, at the very least. My eyes feel very strange, probably because I’m wearing contacts and also I had a burrito for lunch which is…not light at all. It’s funny, because I told everyone I wanted to have a light lunch and then I end up getting a super heavy burrito. Doh. Well, at least I didn’t go home and eat ice cream, like I had meant to. Although the only reason I didn’t eat ice cream was because I was too damn full.
Right now I’m at Starbucks with a Trenta Passion Fruit Iced Tea, waiting for whoever it was that wanted to buy my laptop. Good bye laptop. Had you for three years, but it’s time to upgrade. And by upgrade, I mean downgrade. This laptop right now is super…low quality compared to the one I’m getting rid of, but I need the money and quite frankly, even it runs much slower than the Asus, I still prefer this. Like I’ve said before, I just love the battery life and the keyboard is super comfortable for typing on. Also, it’s kind of nice the keyboard doesn’t get uncomfortably warm, which was a problem I had with the Asus.
A week and a half before we make our way back to China, which I’m actually a little grateful for (I know I keep saying this, but it’s SO true). I miss our kitties and I kind of just miss the house in general. I know that a month in China, I’ll be begging to come back to Geneva, but I crave ritual and there has been little of that here. Of course, by the time we get used to being in China, we’ll be in Taiwan, lol. Then I’ll get two weeks of whatever before I have to go to Korea, argh.
*sick of traveling now*
My main goal is finishing Dark Moon Rising in the next few weeks. I want to finish the 2nd draft by the end of August and have it out for sale by the end of October. After that, I think I’m going to slide right into the next book and the last in the series because I’ve lived with Tanith Quinn since 2007 and I’m kind of done with her. I’m sure I’ll come back to visit her from time to time, since Centennial City is my own place. I visited it in Kiss of Shadows and Invincible and I definitely want to write more of Eve Faulkner and Ran Hwang’s life. Gaaah….I need to quite shlumping around…I have so many stories I want to write!
So, with that…I’m going to get to it. Today’s goal for writing 3k, 1 chapter edited for THD #2.
Here we go with only doing half of the day’s planned goals, haha.
I really need to get some work done. Didn’t do it yesterday because…I don’t know. I think I was just waiting for the new laptop, which is awesome, I might add. The only problem I might have, if I were to say anything, is probably the somewhat sharp edges off the keyboard, where I rest my wrists while typing. They tend to dig into my wrists while I’m typing. I think the only way to keep the edges from digging into my wrists is either raise my wrists so they don’t rest on the laptop, which doesn’t make typing very comfortable, but another way could be to wear long sleeves and have that act as a barrier between the laptop edge and my wrists. Either that or start wearing sportbands, LOOOOL.
Speaking of sports, tomorrow, Steph and Nate have invited us to play volleyball on a sand court, so that’ll be fun. I really do miss playing sports, so I’m really looking forward to that. In the mean while, I think, in about half an hour or so, we’re supposed to be going to hang out at Anna’s and grill out. I don’t really want to go, to be honest. I don’t fancy being in someone else’s house for an extended period of time when I can’t relax, and I do have a lot of work I want to do, since I know that tomorrow will probably be a wash.
Am I wrong for trying to get some work done while I’m here in Chicago? Is feeling guilty because I can’t get anything done my fault? Should I just put my laptop away and just relax until we get back to China and then go into overdrive? I don’t know. I don’t like the feeling of being idle, but then again I am on vacation, right? So, feeling guilty for not working while I’m on vacation…well, is it kind of destructive? I don’t know how I feel about this. I want to write, every day, but some times that’s just not possible. Either that, or I’m just not trying hard enough. I suspect it might be more the latter than the former. I think I’m going to stay home tonight. I’ll turn something on TV and just write or whatever. I did my JP study in the morning and I did some writing so right now, I think the only thing I really have to do is edit and write. If I stay at home and just write, I think it’s very possible for me to write 3-5k and maybe even get a chapter or two edited.
To be honest, in regards to editing, I am terrified of opening it and getting down to work. It’s almost embarrassing how bad I feel when I read through Megan’s comments. It’s almost like I don’t want to look at my failure. Still, I really want to release The Handsome Devil #2, so at some point I need to just grit my teeth and rip the proverbial bandage off the gaping wound that is THD #2.
Well, I just sent the text to Anna, telling her that I’m not feeling up to hanging out, which is true. I’d rather work than hang out with people and besides, I’ve already made a date to go see a movie with Anna this coming week.
Still, I wish I didn’t lie about feeling under the weather, literally, haa. (God, I hope she doesn’t find this blog)
My writing goals for today: 3k
Editing goals: Editing checklist and 1 chapter
I would love to edit a chapter a day and then be able to release THD #2 sometime in the middle of September, but we’ll just have to see.
Well, got my new laptop, woohoo! And I love it. The battery life is awesome, the keyboard feels great and I like that I can type with this in my lap without needing to put it on top of a laptop cooler. The screen is kind of matte, so there’s no glare if there’s bright lights and even if the colors seem a little duller than the Asus, I’m totally satisfied with this laptop. For example, right now, the battery says I have 14 hours of life remaining. Wow. for a hundred bucks? That’s amazing. Windows 10 is a little weird, but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Had to uninstall a bunch of program, but I’ve got it fitted out the way I want it. Spotify, Scrivener and Dropbox. That’s really all I need. Everything else is just optional. The only problem with this laptop I foresee is probably going to be memory. I think I have about 1.1GB left, but everything I need to save is in Dropbox, and I have the two external HDs. I think, if I can sell the Asus, I might get a 16gb SD card for ten bucks, but for right now, I don’t really feel the urge. Money is super tight right now, but I think we might be able to make it? Not sure. Good thing David gets paid in about 2.5 weeks, but we’ll be spending just about everything we have in the next 12 days.
Strangely enough, I’m kind of okay with going back soon. Chicago has been nice, but it’s been hard trying to focus on what I need to do, and what I need to do is write. I’m actually not looking forward particularly to going to Taiwan, because that’s right in between going back home and then having to fly out again 2-3 weeks later for Chuseok. I don’t imagine I’ll be able to do a whole lot of writing until after Chuseok. That’s almost two months away. Fack. Luckily, I think we’ll be staying at home during National Week in October and I don’t think either Dave or I will travel again until his winter break at the end of January. I might spend two weeks in Korea in March, but for the most part, I need to save money so I can pay for mom and stepdad’s summer trip to meet David’s parents. That’s something I’ll have to discuss with them in September.
No writing today, nor yesterday. But I did do some exercise, read, and studied Japanese today. What I ate probably wasn’t the healthiest, but then again, neither did I eat french fries and hot dogs.
Tomorrow…will probably be another wash, I think. David wanted to go do a bbq thing with Andy and his friends, but I’m almost sure I don’t want to go. It’ll be far and I’ll literally be surrounded by people I might not like. I guess I wouldn’t really think much of going, but Anna also wants us over tomorrow night, so…yeah…I’ll be spending all day socializing tomorrow and that’s going to be no fun. Some people draw energy from others, but I’m the opposite. Being around people is physically tiring.
Well, I think I’m going to go to bed. It’s half an hour before midnight and I didn’t sleep very well last night, thanks to my sinuses.
So…still no new laptop, although I’ve been keeping a close eye on it and it looks like it’s finally on its way to St. Charles. It’ll probably get to St. Charles by tonight, which means that latest I get it is by tomorrow afternoon.
Jesus, it took its sweet time getting here, that’s for damn sure. I’m sick of being leashed to this laptop, even though we’ve been through thick and thick. I took it to China and it’s lasted me for quite some time, but let’s face it, after working with a 27 inch monitor and going down to a 11 inch laptop, I’m still having a hard time adjusting. Granted, it’s not like the new Cloudbook is any better, but at the very least, I can carry it around and just work on it wherever I am, without having to worry about the battery. That and I’m told the keyboard is really nice, which will be nice to work with because I really don’t like this laptop keyboard. Also, it runs too hot so not using a laptop cooler is not an option. A little silly to have to use a laptop cooler for such a small laptop, but whatever.
Right…yesterday, I actually managed to get of my stuff done. The only thing I didn’t do was meditate, but I’m going to do that today. I think. Oh yeah, and no editing. Crap. Still, I got to study JP for half an hour, which I have not done in a while, so I’m pretty pleased about that.
I spent a lot of time on social media yesterday, which wasted a lot of time, so today, I think I’m going to spend most of the day disconnected from all that crap and just do whats most important to me.
Write and edit.
Wow, kind of ironic my next entry is precisely a month later.
I am now in Chicago and honestly, even though I love it here, I think I’ll be kind of relieved to go back home. I know, I know, I’ll probably regret I ever thought this the moment I smell that plastic China air and hear all those people clearing their throats, but it’s true. I miss our kitties, miss the early mornings of just to myself, miss making money. I bitch about teaching an hour 5 days a week, but there’s no denying that it’s a pretty sweet gig.
Still waiting for the Cloudbook. It’s slow as hell, but I don’t really care about that. As long as it can run Spotify and Scrivener at the same time and run for more than six hours on a single battery charge, I am so all over that like racists on Trump.
(Speaking of which, my productivity was seriously shot all to hell because I couldn’t peel myself away from the TV as I watched the RNC launch on TV. Jesus, I’ve never seen such a clown show in my whole fucking life. What a fucking mess.)
Going back to the Cloudbook, it’s supposedly supposed (double negative? wtf) to get here by Saturday. It’s Wednesday now. Considering how USPS works, it’ll take a day or two to get here, so I’m guessing Friday will be the day I can finally declare independence from the power cord. Wth. I’ve waited this long, another two days isn’t going to kill me.
*but I want it now! Now! Now!*
(Amazon Prime and their two day free shipping has really spoiled the shot out of me)
All right. I think I’m ready to hit my writing for the day. I think I’m going to aim for 2 1-hour sessions of writing and I really, really want to do some editing today, as well as go for a walk before it gets too hot, so I can check it off my to-do list.
The cool thing is, I finished the end of DMR so that’s something to celebrate.