Friday, July 27, 2012


Nobody can relax like a cat. I love to see the look of bliss on her face. She's twelve years old, but she still acts like a kitten.

Thursdays were supposed to be my blogging days, but I can't work like that. (Of course, nobody actually reads it, but you still have to write it as if somebody does. It's a mental thing.) So I relaxed and said to myself, "Self, how do I work?" The answer is I have to have wide margins in my deadlines. So, I'll plan to to write the post on Mondays and tell it to publish it on Thursday. If I'm sick Monday, then I can do it on Tuesday,  etc.

That's how I've been getting done a lot of other stuff. This week I used the same method for changing the cat's litter boxes. It took me three days, but it finally got done.

Well, I completely finished Lesson 7 of How To Think Sideways. I'm now working on the Lesson 8 modules. (You've really got to work each lesson as marked and not skip about.) This lesson is all about coming up with just the write amount of worldbuilding before you start. Fortunately I've never been a big world builder, but I've gone to the other end of the spectrum and wrote 'by-the-seat-of-the-pants,' and gotten no finished product out of it.

I tried to go to the other end and build thirty cultures on six worlds and figure out the meal plan for the main character for three weeks, but I just couldn't do it. I get too anxious and want to write. Anyway, that's what this lesson is about. Doing just enough worldbuilding you need to started.

I've always been a very secretive writer, not showing anybody anything. Well, I'm trying to get over that at least to some extent. I don't have anything to show you right now, but I hope to maybe in a month or so. Maybe a little longer (see my work system above). When the times comes to actually start writing the manuscript I'll put up a word-per-day counter here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Color

I love color. These are Swish worsted and Swish tonal worsted yarns from Knit Picks. They make me happy when I look at them. I've started an afghan using the pattern on Attic24. I love the way she puts colors together.

This is the start of mine. It's actually progressed since this, but I haven't taken a picture of it. It'll probably go in the sun room, which is a mess right now so there won't be any pictures of that any time soon.

Yesterday I finished an interesting but grueling exercise from Lesson 7 of How To Think Side Ways. All of her writing instruction are fantastic and this one is no exception, but that doesn't mean it's easy. I haven't finished all the exercises from Lesson 7, just the word exercise that took me more than a week. I'm looking forward to working on the rest but I've scheduled aside Thursdays for blogging and oh, several other things. 

I was rather anxious when I got up this morning. Sometimes it just happens that way without any specific reason. I prayed, of course, and started playing one of those entrainment albums. This one's called Music To Promote Stress Relief by Dr. Lee Bartel and John Herberman. Sorry I don't have a link.The first track has these beats that are like listening to someone's heart beat in a slow, even fashion. Normally I don't like new age music, but this is for a specific purpose and somehow I don't mind that as much.

They say petting a cat helps to lower one's blood pressure and relieve anxiety. (I can't give a resource for this information. It's just 'they.' Someone must have said it sometime or else how would I have heard somewhere?)  Pitti-Sing is a real lap cat and it's hard to get pictures of her as a general rule. As soon as I snapped this one she got up, and I didn't even use a flash. She just doesn't like the camera, what can I say?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm Here

It's been a long time since I posted. I was sicker than usual, probably a virus, but I guess I'm getting better because I'm starting to look around and want to clean up and organize the mess that collected when I was in bed. Cleaning isn't my most favorite thing in the world to do, but I love organizing. I love when everything is clean and put into it's place (and everything has a place to be put). Then things change and you have to reorganize, but I kind of like that. It gives me a fresh, renewed feeling. Obviously I'm not a person with kids. If I had to clean and reorganize every ten seconds just to keep the junk from rising to the ceiling, I'm sure I'd get pretty tired of it. I prefer the organizing to the cleaning anyway.

It's a very gray day. It doesn't get very rainy here. It just gets gray and dark and the pressure feels like the sky in falling in, but the clouds only spit a little on days like this.

Yum-Yum is curled up on my lap. That's a comforting feeling. She doesn't usually cuddle up like this.

Now I have one Yum-Yum at my side and Pitti-Sing purring in my lap. And the battery on my camera just died. I'm in warm, furry heaven and when they get up the moment will be gone and forgotten. They usually have separate territory and lie in different spots. To have the two of them like this is a once-in-a-blue-moon kind of thing.