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Time and Tea

One interesting thing about having a blog with regular updates is that it makes you realize how fast time is moving. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing Monday’s post.

And can you believe that September is half over already? Before you know it it’s going to be November and NaNoWriMo will be happening. (A month and a half. And I am so not ready!)

Time is just moving far too fast for me right now and I wish I had a way to slow it down. (Except, of course, for work days where eight hours feels more like eighty some nights.)

(Why does time do that?)

Anyhow, so far I’ve managed to write a thousand words a week this month, so I’m handling that goal pretty well.

I’m not doing so well with spending an hour a week on some other craft, but that’s mostly because everything is still stashed from the “hurry up and make my room not look cluttered” rush of last month. I need to start getting stuff back out and organized because I made a list of stuff I want to do last night and yowza!… so many ideas, so little time.

(Kind of like plot bunnies…)

Actually, I’ve been feeling kinda lazy this past week.  I did pretty much nothing on my days off.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I reread the last three books of The Academy of the Accord.  I’m not quite sure how it happened.  I started out with plans to just look through Book 10 with an eye toward deciding what to post from it for Snippet Sunday next month.  And somehow that led to rereading Book 11 too.  And then Book 12.

And with the re-readings came the realization that I have a lot of revision to do. I think that books 10 and 11 might need switched. Or parts of them might need switched.  A timeline would help but for some reason I just can’t seem to get myself organized enough to make one.  And Book 12.  Geeze!  I have at least three different versions of one part of it, and two of another.

But on a brighter note, I actually did some paper edits work on Onyx Sun.  Mostly I’ve identified areas where I can expand things a bit (based on beta reader suggestions).

And the weather is cooling off so I’m slowly getting some energy and focus back. I love fall and am hoping my usual energy burst hits soon.

And along with cooler weather comes something else I love.  Tea!  I have a cup of it right now and is there anything better than a cup of tea to soothe the spirit and make the day easier to manage?

 

 

 

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It’s About Time

Time for another blog post already?  Time flies when you’re not at work.

Ah, yes.  Time.  I’m beginning to think that Douglas Adams was right when he wrote that “Time is an illusion.”  How else do you explain that three days off zip past in the blink of an eye but three days at work drag on forever?

And have you ever noticed that tasks always seem to take longer than the time allotted for them?

And that different people have different ideas of what “in a minute” means?

Time, it seems, is not nearly as objective as some would have you believe.

I’ve been experiencing my own sort of time paradox lately.  Not just the with the “blink and they’re gone” days off, but with individual days.  I’ll look at the clock and ask myself how it got to be 1:30 in the afternoon, and then I’ll look again and it’s suddenly six o’clock in the evening.  Four and a half hours just… disappeared.

And yet, at work, I’ll look at the clock and see that I’m not even halfway through my eight hour shift, but I know I’ve been there for at least six hours.  And that last fifteen minutes waiting for the next shift to arrive?  It lasts an hour at least.

But it’s not just work vs. non work hours that are of inconsistent length.  Projects and errands always seem to overflow the time allotted to them.

And deadlines. No matter how aware I am of their impending arrival, they always manage to sneak up on me.

Like Christmas.  It’s at the same time every year and yet I’m never ready for it.

The same with NaNoWriMo. It starts on November 1st every year and I’m never quite ready.

And this year is especially bad.

I have far too much to do before the end of this month, and all of the things that I need to do are taking far longer than the amount of time I had planned out for them.

I either need to stock up on 5 Hour Energy Drinks (that wear off after three hours – there’s that time thing again) or learn how to live without sleep.

Oh, wait.  Living without sleep comes next month.

 

 

 

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Friday Already?

Back to work for me today.

Why do days off go by so fast and days at work go by so slowly?  Seriously, three days off and I feel like it was only one day.  I’m scheduled for four in a row and they will take three weeks to pass.

As usual, my days off were less productive than I’d hoped.  I did get the rat cage cleaned, and I kept up the thousand words a day, but barely.  I was hoping to have at least a 3000 word cushion by now, but, well, time got away from me.

Again.

As usual.

And to make matters worse, this weekend we set the clocks ahead, so I’ll “lose” an hour of either sleep or writing time.  Fortunately, I work evening shift, so the switch isn’t as bad as it could be, but still, I seriously hate time changes.  They mess with my internal clock and it takes me about two weeks to adjust.

I’ve always been that way with time changes (in both directions) and until recently I just naturally thought that everyone was affected by them.  But a week or so ago I was reading a thread on a cross stitch message board that was talking about the time change, and was surprised to learn that some people aren’t bothered by them at all.

Time in general is weird for me.

I’m good at getting to places when I should: it’s bigger pieces of time that I have trouble with.

For instance, I can tell you when I need to leave to get to work on time, but plan for Christmas? Ha!  That sucker sneaks up on me every year.

Rather like the end of my days off…

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