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Wasted Days

It’s only day two of Camp NaNoWriMo and I feel like giving up. I wrote a grand total of 243 words yesterday and so far today I’ve written about six.

Yesterday was just a total waste of makeup, not that I wear any. I spent most of the morning waiting for my roommate to get up (she works 3 – 11) to help with a decluttering project that she had seemed all gung-ho about, only to have her not roll out of bed until 12:30, then run off on an errand, then fiddle around on the computer…  It was almost 2:30 before she even started on it (and she had to be at work by 3:00.) Needless to say, it’s less than half finished.

Today hasn’t been much better. My car had to go to the garage because my passenger side headlight and driver side taillight were out. (The headlight wasn’t burned out; it was a wiring issue.) (Note to self: learn how to change the light bulbs in this car; you’ll save a ton of money.) So we dropped it off and then went to my home town to pick up orders from a small chocolate company. They close after Easter so they start a half-price sale a few days before.

Stopped for burgers and ice cream on the way back, then she dropped me off to get my car and I went to the storage unit to grab a bag of dog food. I had to get her to help bring it in though, as my wrist was not happy about trying to pick up a forty pound bag of kibble. (It’s currently wrapped until it stops hurting.) (The wrist, not the kibble.)

So, that and a putting a load of laundry in the washer is my day so far.

And now I’m listening to dogs snore. (Which is somewhat better than telling them to keep their noses out of my chocolate.)

Monday there is someone coming to hopefully fix my internet so it quits cutting out when it rains.

And somewhere between now and then I may (or may not, I haven’t decided yet) cook a ham dinner.

And I have to try to make the house look like it’s inhabited by humans and not a marauding band of Orcs that raided a brewery.

My free time for writing is dwindling rapidly, especially since I picked up a day of work for Tuesday. I’m seriously beginning to consider trying an all-nighter. I wonder if the neighbor would mind if I ran the vacuum at three o’clock in the morning?

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Monday Maybes

I had a post all ready to go on Friday but my internet never came up. It’s down as I’m writing this between bus runs, but I’m hoping it will be up when I get home this evening so I can actually post it.

(It was up for a while yesterday so I finished scheduling my Wednesday Words, Rainbow Snippets, and Snippet Sunday posts for the month, and got started on the Rainbow Snippet blog hop before it went down.)

Yesterday morning I had a town cop knocking on my door. Apparently they’d received a 911 hang up call from my phone line. The same phone line that I can’t get internet through. And which doesn’t have a phone attached to it. He said they get a lot of calls like that when it rains. Seems to me that Windstream needs to do some upgrading or something…

I have three weekdays off in the first week of April and I’m going to have to get a tech out here on one of those days to fix the problem with my internet. (They insist that there needs to be someone home because he’ll have to come inside. Um… I told them that there’s only a problem when it rains, and I’m pretty sure I’d have noticed if it rained in the house, so I don’t know why they think he’ll have to come inside, but whatever.)

Anyhow, that gives me a week to make the front room and my bedroom not look like the aftermath of a medley of natural disasters. I’m not quite sure where to start… Maybe I should write an outline?

Speaking of outlines, writing one for Song and Shadow might not be a bad idea. And I should probably detail the last bit of Hedge House before Camp starts as well.

Why is that? Well, it’s because I announced my Camp project on the NaNoWriMo website: 25,000 words on both Song and Shadow and Hedge House. I’m still not sure that it’s going to take that many words to finish Hedge House but if it doesn’t I’ll just add whatever’s left of that 25k to the goal to Song and Shadow.

Unless I change my mind between now and Thursday.

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Bits and Pieces

Of paper, that is.

I need to clean out my computer hutch because it’s a total disaster area in there, everything keeps sliding out, and I think there may be some sort of new civilization arising from the papers that have ended up behind my computer monitor.

My current solution to the problem is to drag it all out and put it in a box and then go through the box, sorting it into categories like:

important papers
novel notes
plot bunnies
character names
and so on

Why don’t I just sort as I pull it out?

Good question.

For one thing, not everything in there is paper, just the majority of it. Getting the paper all out of the way lets me see what else I’m dealing with.

And a box is a lot more portable than my computer hutch. I can take it all someplace where I’ll have more room to sort it all out into piles. This is especially important because I have no idea how many piles I’ll need.

Plus, currently, every time I pull out one piece of paper half a dozen more avalanche along with it.

The ultimate goal (aside from pretending to have an organized life) is to move some of my writing stuff over here instead of having scattered wherever it currently is. I especially want my Plot Bunny/WiP binder over here so I can just write ideas in it instead of on scraps of paper (which is part of what led to this mess).

I’m also seriously considering not replacing my PC, but just getting a new laptop. That would free up a great deal of space. I’d have the slot where the PC sat before its power supply went kaput (fortunately the hard drive was salvageable), I could get rid of the monitor which give me more room in the hutch itself, and I could get rid of a lot of cords, the PC’s speakers, etc.

I think I just talked myself into it. (See? Decluttering space helps declutter the mind. And it helps clear up creative blockages too.)

So, that’s one current side project. If anyone has any great ideas for taming paper clutter, I’d love to hear them, especially if they’re ideas for keeping it tamed once it’s conquered. Meanwhile, if anyone needs me, I’m engaged in an archaeological dig in my computer hutch.

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Cleaning Out

I’ve been on a cleaning and de-cluttering kick, focusing on the kitchen, mostly.  But the other night I decided to tackle some papers.

See, I have a computer hutch.  My monitor sits pretty close to the front, and I have a tendency to shove “important” notes under it.

And then I add more “important” notes on top of those.

And eventually I have to tilt the monitor to get more “important” notes under it.

And somehow stuff migrates to behind the monitor. (I’ve yet to figure out exactly how that happens.)

Sooner or later, though, I have to do something about the pile of “important” papers – usually after I’ve survived an avalanche or two.

A couple nights ago I decided that the time had come, mostly because I couldn’t find my bamboo crochet hooks, which I was sure were behind the monitor. (They have since been found – on a shelf in the hutch, where I put them so they wouldn’t get lost in the mess of papers,)

So, I dove into the pile of “important” notes.

I found several old work schedules – one dated from the end of December.

I found random phone numbers with no name attached so I have no idea why I wrote them down. One of them did have something written beside it.  It looks like it says “Protection Center” but that makes no sense.

I found notes like: “Patchwork Writing.”  I know that was supposed to be a blog post but I don’t know what I was going to say.  And a search tells me that I wrote a blog post with that title back in August, so the question now becomes: “Is the note that old or did I have another idea along those lines?”  And if the note is that old, why didn’t I cross it out after I wrote the blog post?

Then there was this interesting note: “Pellar — white witch for a village.”  Stunning in its simplicity and its total lack of any useful context.  Is Pellar male or female? What village? Why is s/he important?  I’m pretty sure Pellar wasn’t meant to be a main character because I’d have at least some sort of vague memory about what I was going to do with him or her. But was Pellar supposed to go in something I was working on or in something new?  And either way, what was it supposed to be a part of?

There were random names scribbled in corners of papers, like the above mentioned old work schedules.  Those I can at least explain, though – when I come up with a name that I like the sound of I write it down for future reference.   (Somehow, however, when I actually need a name none of the names in my lists ever seem to be “right” for the person, place, or thing that I’m trying to name.)

Then there was the word “Sentinels” written all by itself on a paper. Really?  I expected me to remember what that meant?

“Did I put in V asking C and T about sharing their room that night?”  Um…. I don’t know if I did or not, but at least I knew what this one was referring to.  I wrote sort of a side scene to Book Two of The Academy of the Accord and I need to check to see if I put it into the current version.

Then there’s a list of fairy tales.  Why was I making a list of fairy tales? I think maybe I was going to modify them by doing a gender switch, which means it’s actually a list of plot bunnies, but there’s also a note across the top of the page that says “Good idea for a theme.”  A theme?  For what? Sometimes I worry about me.

I especially worry about me when I find things like a recipe for something involving ice cream and the oven. That can’t possibly end well.

I found two or three pages with notes and ideas for book promotion. (I really need to get them all in one place – I know there are other ideas scribbled down somewhere.)

A couple “to do” lists from the end of December turned up in the pile of “important” papers.  There wasn’t anything all that important on them and I have no idea why I was saving them.

Oooh! Notes for a talk about NaNoWriMo.  They were probably a good idea at the time, even though no one showed up for the talk.

“Fairies/bubbles.”  Other things on that piece of paper helped figure that one out – it was some notes on memoir writing.  I don’t do that and no longer go to the memoir group.  I’m sure I must be keeping them for some reason, though.

Two pieces of bright yellow paper contained a couple more plot bunnies, or maybe two parts of the same plot bunny.  No names for characters, though, and I only vaguely remember what I was thinking. I’m pretty sure the pages are related, though.

Then there were half a dozen or pages of lists of random words.  I think I’m supposed to combine them to make prompts for Wednesday Words. That’s what I’m going to do with them, anyhow.  (I should write them on individual scraps of paper and put them in a basket or something and draw out sets of three.)

Almost everything under there, though, related to writing. Even the “to do” lists from the end of December had writing-related things on them.

I’m still not sure about that recipe, though.

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