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Re: March 2019 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:29 am

I'm having trouble with the end of the story. There's a chunk of writing - about three thousand words - that is what I want to say to the world, but it isn't fun or interesting to read, not well written, and just stuck in there, and probably doesn't need any concluding - it's just there, but , if I keep it, I have to make it more enjoyable. - a little like making long division enjoyable. (And I'm someone who likes math.) The Wally Frobisher work is about 5000 words and is enjoyable to read, but needs a conclusion that ties it into the rest of the work. Word count isn't really a problem. A novel's length should be 60,000 - 100,000 or no one will print it. This has to do with the cost of the printing. My novel right now is 95,000 words, so I'm okay, but can't add much more to the story. I'm considering cutting those parts out.

Please note that I'm writing this mostly for my benefit, to see the words on paper /computer screen. I'm not asking for answers because that's something I have to figure out for myself. It's just good to have a place to define the problem. First step to solving a problem is to define it.

I'm noticing that writing for two hours during the day is the limit of what I can do. And sometimes it feels like too much. Usually writing every day makes it easier to keep writing, and when I stop writing it's hard to get back in there. But now I'll do a good day's writing, and then I don't want to go back to it. It's not like my day is so cramped that I don't have the time to devote to writing. I have tons of time. And sometimes I feel like I have to write this, and sometimes I feel like I'm delusional and have an exaggerated picture of my ability.

Have fun.

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Re: March 2019 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:11 pm

TWO successes. :D :D :

Vinegar kills weeds, and I like using that much better than using R**** *p.

WE gave my MIL a killer 99th birthday party. No mean feat since she gets tired pretty easily. RIGht before the party, she said she wanted to lie down. THEn she perked up when people started to show up, and looked like she was having a good time.

Yay!
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Postby Lynx » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:27 pm

Hi,

I'm back. Had one day of jammed stuff to attend to after another for nearly the whole week.

Elaine: re: party, wow! 99 years old. Counting down the days to 100. I think it was Mel Brooks or George Burns who quipped "I hope I reach 100 because very few people die after that age."

Re: story stuff. Stick with it, as you will, something is working itself out.

Myself, all my don't miss a day lists suspended from Wed to today, Saturday. Picking them up again tomorrow. Had the dickens of a time fending off my Significant Other's innocent efforts to get me to do things: read a draft, open an attachment that seems suspiciously like work. Nope, mostly, this is my day off. She does want to send an email tomorrow and would like my review. Sigh. I've delayed it as long as I can.

Tomorrow heading to the library last chance book sale. Wish me restraint.

The don't miss a day piece for taxes worked well to get my business taxes done by March 15. I mailed them on Thursday, the 14th, so as not to risk forgetting them on Friday when I knew I would be very tired. I keep feeling like I needed to do something with taxes for Thurs and then reminding myself that mailing them is a big deal.

Yesterday I uploaded the latest supplements to Turbotax. Today I moved my envelope with my 1099s and such from safekeeping to nearer the computer. Check & check.

Also today I let my mind wander as my feet did by taking a long meandering walk.

Yawning, so, to the covers,

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new name for method

Postby Lynx » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:28 am

Hello,

I've got a new name for my evolving method: Eye Cue™.

Here's the sequence: Original name: Autofocus, my first name, Eye 4 an Aye Queue™, and now Eye Cue™.

When I type in I use a drawing of an eye instead of the word, so it's now a rebus, and pun, and pointer to part of the original name (eyes can focus).

Thus ends my breather from addressing taxes for today,

To the forms,

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Re: March 2019 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:38 am

Hi, Steppers,

Lynx, you never cease to amaze me with your tricks to motivate yourself. Kudos!

I have barely started the dreaded taxes. Shudder!

Meanwhile, writing eludes me. I've decided that I don't know how to write and there's no ending that will work. There is some truth to all of this. My writing has a political element, and I get violently upset whenever I read the news. For a while I just didn't look. That really didn't help. it kept me from facing the pain of reality for a while, but, in the long haul, it just made me ignorant, and therefore weak. The Chronicle e-mails me the daily headlines, and I can click on the headlines to get a complete story. So that's helpful. I can handle that much news without going into complete meltdown. But, that said, I still don't know what to do with Weasel. And writing is not remotely enjoyable right now. But I know, that in the future, when I think back on my life right now, I will be disappointed that I didn't accomplish more.

Obviously, I'm depressed. There are times when denial and depression are a good thing. They protect us from problems that we can't handle. But I should be able to handle this.

I'm going to post on the gratitude thread, because I really need to look at the good things.

Oh, to end this with a happy note, I want to make my back yard into a good place for a party. The top half is pretty much weed free. There's a fire pit, a place for a table and chairs. Not sure where the barbecue goes, but there's room for it. I can play music, and there's room to dance if someone wants to. I have a swing that seats four. So I''m ready for a practice party.

Today will be devoted to serious house cleaning. Well - not that serious, but serious enough.
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Postby Lynx » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:26 pm

Howdy,

I've had an energetic afternoon attending meetings @ 4 and 7. Both went well.

Elaine, I'm luvving the concept of a practice party. We're also cleaning. I squeegeed the windows today, tomorrow I wash half out deck, and Thursday I'll wash the other half.

About the writing, you're in a trough, but you'll probably get out of it with a insight into how to fix your ending.

Me, as my taxes are ready to be printed, I'm giving myself some missed days. This is about the earliest I've ever done them. Will apply this idea next year. There are some things I could collect once a quarter to keep up. Or not.

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Re: March 2019 Daily Stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:06 pm

Yay, for finishing taxes, and for successfully completing high energy work.

The grandkids are in a school play tonight which should be terrific and funny. It's titled "Monstersori."

In other news, I have a clean house, and I can't write worth beans. I wish my life were more exciting.
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Postby Lynx » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:17 pm

The end of the workweek, almost.

I have a condo annual meeting tomorrow and I'm girding my girdles to keep my mouth as shut as possible. I'm far too crazy busy to get entangled, and my past efforts, I see now, might not have helped though I served with my heart full of goodwill.

Plus I'm tired, and I'm not able to carefully filter my words well when tired.

And I miss reading my books!

A walk, a nap, then printing out the materials, more cleaning (we're hosting) and keeping a quiet evening.

We'll see,
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Re: March 2019 Daily Stepping

Postby Lyndon » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:27 pm

I am not quite back to reliable weekly stepping -- but improving. A lot of this is bright spring days and the temperature going up 20 degrees in two weeks.

Went to the first meeting of a new bookclub "The Swashbuckling Heroes and Heroines Book Club" (it does seem to be about the swashbucklers, rather than the books they read), -- and got invited to a second and have a recommendation to a third.

To be continued, more briskly I hope. More data needed.
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