Progress – 01/09/17

Fiction words written last week: 3,549 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  209 words

Writing month to date total: 5,190 words.

Writing year to date total: 5,190 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 87.5 square inches painted. Yes, you read that correctly. I have gotten some painting done. I’ve finished about 10 ACEO’s and done a few bookmarks (which I haven’t included in this count since they are kind of a by-product of the way I make my ACEO’s sometimes). I’d really like to see myself keep this up throughout the year.

Illustration year to date total: 87.5 square inches.

Audio: I spent a little over 2 hours last week editing audio that I’ve recorded.

Week’s happenings: This week I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done. In fact, that’s probably my lowest word count in a while. Considering that the universe gave me every possible opportunity to get something done (sending a blizzard our way which made me leave work early one day and had me snowed in the next — my tire was frozen and wouldn’t move, so I got to stay off the icky roads until way later in the day), then several hours where I could have been writing but I sat wrapped up in my blanket with my cold dog while I watched Superman Returns instead, I should have more writing done. I also took my son back to college this week and because of the weather and the roads that was six hours of driving and last minute shopping (oh, by the way, Mom, I know you’ve asked me several times the three weeks if I needed anything for next semester and I kept saying no, but now I do. — yeah, no parent escapes it). My only hope is that the flooding they are predicting for our area is not nearly as bad as they think it will be. I don’t think I was worried until I heard the snow avalanche off my metal roof on Sunday. It’s come off in a wave like that before and I wish the other side would do the same, but now I keep thinking of things that really need to be checked and watched so we don’t have issues and it’s making me nervous. It’s making me just want to stick my head in the sand and write more. If I’m in my fantasy world, then I control everything that happens. When I’m in this world, I don’t have control and I don’t know what’s coming. I can only make guesses and I’m horrible about predicting what will happen in this world. I’m always on the worst case scenario which doesn’t happen or I’m completely blindsided and left wondering how I will deal with things. I much rather prefer my own little worlds. I even had the thought tonight that I needed to bring myself to a complete minimalist lifestyle so I can just write and not worry about anything else — don’t get sentimentally attached to anything physical; it’s all fleeting anyway, right? See, nervous. This is precisely why I don’t like drama in my life. I want it calm. Anxiety-free is a state I think we should all work for in our lives. Yet here I am letting the weather and “the sky is falling” media get the better of me when I know better than to let myself get worked up. Deal with circumstances as they are presented. Yes, if anything this week has shown me that I still need to take better control of my life and learn to rein in my out-of-hand reactions. No one knows what tomorrow holds and we can only accept the present. I think I wrote something like that in one (or more) of my Sacred Knight books. Heck, I think that though has even crept its way into Loki’s stories in a spot or two. Well, now that I’ve made this into an incredible run-on paragraph, I’ll finish up by saying that I hope the weather is treating you well, where ever you are. We can’t always control outside circumstances, but we can control our reactions. Even though I didn’t get as much writing done as I would have hoped, I did still get some painting done, plus writing. It might not be a rousing success, but it does still count as failing forward.