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Mountains and Buckets

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Hey there, threes of fans.

It seems like I start out a lot of these posts after a hiatus with something akin to “I didn’t realize how much time went by” or “I’ve been super busy with no time to blog.” This time… No such excuses.

I just didn’t want to blog.

It’s been a rough few weeks for me. Not for the family–everyone around here seems to be doing pretty well. Just for me. I think I’ve been a little stuck inside my own head, and it’s taking a Herculean effort to pull myself out of it this time.

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Habit #2: Daily Fiction Writing

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Well, last week flew by when I wasn’t looking, and though I started this post, I never came back to it. It was a crazy week of running around being a mom, mostly. In some ways, I look forward to summer break, because even though the distractions are here, there tends to be less driving. And since Kid #3 gets his driver’s license in May, I should have even less driving this summer than I did last year.

Anyway, moving along…

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts about the habits, my intention was to only focus on one habit at a time and not to move to the next one until I had that one fairly well established.

I have not been following that intention.

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The Business Side of Things

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And now, I’m finally getting to sharing with you all the business side of things…

I find myself with some time to breathe right now. Last year, I had one large project that kept me busy most of the year, one client with a variety of small-to-medium-sized projects, and several small, “one off” kinds of things that came up along the way. It was a good amount of work–just about right for the amount of time I had last year.

But this year…

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Habit #1: Prayer

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Let me start out by saying that I’m going to be somewhat more transparent this year than I have been in recent years. When I look back at my old blog, I kind of miss the conversations that happened when I was being transparent. And honestly, most of you know me IRL, so why not share a little more? I’ll try not to overshare, but the truth is that most of the habits I want to work on this year involve some kind of personal things. It would be pretty tough to write about them without transparency. If that kind of openness is off-putting, feel free to ignore these posts. I will not be offended in the slightest.

Okay, with that out of the way…

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Sherpa Moments

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I’m taking a break from torturing all of you with my ramblings on productivity and habits to torture you all with ramblings on my writing.

But since this is supposed to be a writer’s blog, I guess that’s okay.

This year marks ten years since I officially started writing fiction again. It was November 2009 that I wrote the first draft of Ravenmarked during NaNoWriMo.

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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The Habits, Part 3

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I’ve now spent two long posts complaining about everything around the whole idea of productivity, time management, and, most importantly, habits.

That’s enough of that. Time for some solutions.

Sometimes, moving forward requires going backward a bit and looking at where we’ve been. It’s kind of a way to get traction, I guess.

So I’m going to backtrack a bit and revisit old territory…

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The Habits, Part 2

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I’ll start this one with a confession: The biggest goal I have this year is to get more control over my time. Or maybe a better way to say it is to be more intentional about how I spend my time. In any case, I’m dealing with the time issues this year.

So yes, I’ve been reading those articles I mentioned in my last post and listening to podcasts and thinking a lot about how to at least feel a little more in charge of my own day. And yes, reading those articles and listening to those podcasts has put me in a bit of a funk, because honestly, there are issues with all of the approaches presented.

A breakdown of approaches and principles and my personal issues with each one:

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The Habits, Part 1

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Full disclosure: I’m grumpy today. And frustrated. So you all get the brunt of it. You’ve been warned.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things we’re supposed to do. This is the time of year when all the well-meaning think pieces show up in our inboxes and newsfeeds—you know, the ones that remind you of all the “easy” ways to read more, exercise more, eat better, etc., etc. It’s all just habits, right? “Just five minutes… Just ten minutes… Just do a little prep, a little planning, a little… It’s easy!”

Or so they say.

I call BS. On all of it.

Hear me out.

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Two Years

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It’s been a heck of a week.

My youngest had a birthday a week ago, so much of the weekend before last was spent celebrating the anniversary of her birth. Which, honestly, how is my youngest 14? In the words of Ralph Wiggum, “That’s unpossible!”

We went straight from slumber party and birthday dinner into a crazy week getting ready for my oldest’s wedding. This would have been crazy under normal circumstances, but because we always level up in this house, my husband was traveling all week and came home with the flu, both of which added a layer of stress to my week. And after the wedding, we shared grandson duty with our new daughter-in-law’s parents. (I must note here: Considering that one has almost no control over the in-laws our children bestow upon us, we could not have possibly lucked out any more than we did with this first set of in-laws. My daughter-in-law’s parents are two of the most lovely people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.)

So phew! It’s been a week. The wee one went home this afternoon, and I have been trying to get to my computer ever since to post today, because I have to share with you all…

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Welcome to 2019

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Things I have learned since the last time I blogged:

  1. I have 23% body fat. This is a good thing.
  2. Books do not write themselves. (I already knew that, but now I know it more better.)
  3. Reading glasses are no longer optional.
  4. There are natural ebbs and flows in this thing called life, and it seems like maybe when one thing is ebbing, another thing is flowing, and maybe this is just the way it is. You can’t be constantly at high tide or low tide. Maybe life is just more of a tidal thing than a scale (balance) thing.
  5. Puppies are a lot of work.
  6. Runs on the beach are amazing.
  7. There will never be a time that I am not parenting. Forever.

How are all of you?

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