Long Time, No See

I am slowly, but surely getting back into the swing of things.  I’m not back to 100% yet, but it’s coming along.  I finally got rid of that annoying cast a couple weeks ago and now I’m in a walking boot.  I’m not that good at walking yet.  I’ll take what I can get.

I’m back to writing again.  I’m currently trying to plot out the new beginning to Reapers, and I’m a little stuck.  I know what I want to write, I just keep getting distracted and I don’t actually write anything.  I think most of it is because I’m using a few things from what happened to me back in November, and I really don’t want to remember it.  That being said, I really want to get this thing wrapped up and in editing condition by the beginning of the summer.  Time to bite the bullet.

I’ve also gotten back to reading!  I really like that part.  Last year was a year-long reading slump, and it was annoying.  I’ve set a Goodreads for 50 books this year and I’ve already plowed through four, which is one ahead of schedule.  The most exciting book I’ve read so far was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  It was an awesome read.  And a fun/weird fact–if you look at the casualty list for the Copernicus, my name is listed there (middle and last name).

I’m going to try and get back to posting here on a regular basis, fingers crossed.  How’s your new year going?

Experience Equals Knowledge

Or so I’m told.

About a month ago, I fell through my sisters porch.  I’ve already told you that.  What you don’t know is that I did need surgery.  On top of the dislocation that the hospital was able to fix, I needed plates and screws to fix the broken bones.  The plate went on my fibula along with a couple screws, a screw went in the chip on my tibia, and a screw went in the topmost bone in my ankle.  I was under for a couple hours.

I think I took all this very well considering how much of a doctor-phobe I am.  I mean, I don’t even get flu shots.

I’ve knocked a lot of things off my “Not” bucket list.  A lot of things that I hoped I’d never have to.  On the other side, I can now double Reapers because I can truthfully write about having surgery.

I’m still in a cast, but the incisions have finally healed up enough that it’s not too uncomfortable.  I’ve left my house a grand total of five times since November 19, four of which were doctor visits.  This means I haven’t worked since then either.  My introversion rejoices at that, but it also means it’s going to be a pain when I have to start talking to people again.

That being said, if any of you would like to ask me a couple questions about surgery or being put under, I’d try to answer as best I could.  Drop me a line if you want.

Life put me into a full stop.  What’s it done to you lately?

Ouch…

Hello all.  I’ve temporarily put all reading and writing on hold.  I fell through my sister’s front porch yesterday.  They sedated me (a lot) and were able to fix the dislocated ankle, but the leg is broken too.  I’m currently doped up to high heaven.  I’ve got to go to an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, and I’m just hoping that I’ll just get a permanent cast with no surgery involved.  The ironic thing?  I broke the same bone, in the same place, on my right leg as I did on my left leg in 2001.  Cross your fingers for me!

Change of Plans

Okay, so.  Filming a book haul fell through because, at the moment, I sound like a man with a clothespin on his nose.  It’s not good since I’m not a man and I don’t have any clothespins on me.  Hopefully, I will feel better, and sound better, within the next couple of weekends, and I’ll get to put together something for you guys and gals so you can see what I got.  That, and the box of books is absolutely massive, and I keep having to move it around.

I’ve been in a funk for a little while now–I don’t want to read for writing and I don’t want to write for reading.  So, naturally, I end up doing neither and just watch YouTube videos.  And by YouTube videos, I mean Supernatural clips, gag reels, and footage from the conventions.

But, that is about to change!  Mr. Boss-Man is out of the office today, so I have some free time to write.  Mind you, I could’ve written the first four hours I was here, but again with the YouTube.

What am I going to do with myself?

Okay!  Off to writing!  I need to start now or I won’t.

Talk to y’all next time!

 

Books, Books, and More Books!

I have a book buying problem.  Seriously.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t read a book for two months, I buy a new one just about every week.

I do try to prohibit myself to just the one, though.  There’s a bookstore a few store-fronts down from my office and I could buy a dozen every time I walked in.  I only get one..usually…sometimes.  Let’s put it this way-I limit myself to one new book.  The upstairs of the store contains used books-paperbacks are $0.99 and hardbacks are $3.00.  Come on!  A hardback book for three dollars!  And I also only get them if I know it’s a book that I want to read.

Then Book Outlet had to go and have a sale and give me a coupon…shot that plan in the head.

So, of course, I bought some discounted-discount books.  I’m thinking of maybe doing a book haul when everything comes in.  I’ve been watching booktubers on YouTube for a while now and I’ve got a camera that would be good enough for me to post videos with.  What do you guys think?

Going Back to School?

I can’t believe that I’m going to say this, but I want to go back to school.

I’ve been out of college for a year, and I don’t like it.

Well, I like it.  I’ve got a full-time job, a new car (my old one didn’t like me anymore), and spending money.  I won’t be giving any of that up, trust me.  But I don’t like not learning.  Which is understandable, since I have been in school for one thing or the other for almost twenty years.  Seriously.  I started kindergarten at age 5-we didn’t have a pre-k at my school yet-and I graduated in May before I turned 25 in October.

I feel weird not being in school, not learning, not (I never thought I’d say this) writing papers.  I’m one of those people that likes to learn random things and then spout them out.  My brain is 30% music and song lyrics, 25% movie quotes, 25% book quotes, 20% stuff I learned in school.  (The school part is actually larger, but it overlaps with all the other categories too.)

So, I’ve decided to get my MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University.  It’s going to be online, so I’ll still be able to work full-time, and I can finish it in one year.  One year, people!  Now, I’m not doing it yet.  I’ve got that new car that I mentioned up top.  It was affordable for me, but by no means was it cheap.  I want to save up some more.  I haven’t applied, sent transcripts (which will be a pain since I’ve been to three different colleges), looked at financial aid, etc.

But I know that I can handle it.  One class a month for a year.  All the classes look interesting.  So hopefully by this time next year I will at least have started school again.  I’m actually looking forward to it.

I’m excited.  I’m really, really excited, y’all.  Wow.

PROCRASTINATION

That word, up there.  I am the queen of that word.  I have procrastinated in every way I can think of.  I’m also like a lot of other people in that I will put off doing something, even if it’s something I want to do.  YouTube and Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat…anything to keep me from doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

I hate myself when I do it, and I’m usually telling myself off (in my head) for not doing what I’m supposed to.

So, I’ve only added two scenes to what I have on my computer.  That brings the word count up to 4,500.  I’ve only finished one scene in my notebook, but I’m almost through with another, so I don’t feel that bad about it.  I was stuck for a bit.  I couldn’t figure out how a fight was supposed to go down.  Then I watched a few videos by Katytastic and Jenna Moreci (spelled exactly like that, find them on YouTube) and just decided, “What the hell!  Just put some words down and get a move on!”  And that is how my scene that will eventually reach 1,000 words (probably, hopefully) ended up barely hitting 500.  But, hey!  I finished it!

Right now, I’m just writing down what I can get.  The bones, if you will.  Once I get the basic skeleton down in my notebook and get it all moved over to my laptop, I’m going to start adding the meat into it.  I am also going to rename a few characters.  I don’t know what yet, so I’m sticking with the names I’ve got now and when I start to type on it, I’m just going to do a massive find and replace for all the names.  Maybe I’ll have the names I want by that time.  But (if you’ll please look up at the at the title of this post) I probably won’t.

Okay, now I need to quit procrastinating here and get to work!  Good luck to everyone that’s trying to work on their own projects, but are fighting the procrastination demons.  Let me know how it goes!

Getting Back to Normal

It…has been absolutely crazy.

On top of work and all the people coming and going through the office, and then getting home and doing housework-as if that’s not enough-today I had jury duty.  Thankfully, I wasn’t selected, but it was still an annoyance.

It was a federal court case, at a federal courthouse that was an hour and fifteen minutes from my home.  Had to be there at 9 a.m., found out I wasn’t selected at 12:15 p.m., then I had to go home to get my stuff for work, then drive to work.  I got there at 3:05 p.m., and I leave at 5 p.m.  It just hasn’t been my day.  Needless to say I go no reading or writing done today.

But I did get some writing done over the weekend.  Nothing new, I just managed to transfer three (I think) of my seven scenes from my notebook into Scrivener.  The total word count on my computer is officially 3,080.  My current scene count is 54.  I don’t think it’s too shabby.  It would probably help if I actually wrote in order, though, but I’m a hopelessly scattered person, so I’m not going to get my hopes up on the chance that I’ll get organized.  My method works for now.  I have a five-subject notebook.  Each subject starts off with a table of contents, I number all the pages, and that helps me keep track of what I’ve written.  When I finish a subject, I put it on my computer.

I do wish that I had a scanner that could copy the words from my notebook instead of me typing them in.  I’m one of those that constantly edits.  I’ll erase a whole sentence just because I mistyped the word “the” at the beginning.  I also have the handwriting of a serial killer, or so I’m told by my mother.  I promise I’m not, but I think the universe wanted me to be a doctor, what with my horrendous chicken-scratch.

Either way, tonight, I write.  (Hehe, that rhymed.  I’m know, I know.  Go ahead, roll your eyes.  I know you want to.)  I want to finish the scene I’ve started and maybe add another to my computer.  I’ll let y’all know how it goes!