There’s a trade-off between productivity and peace of mind. Of course, if you’re getting a lot done, you can enjoy knowing that you’re on top of things. There are times when I have so much energy to spare I can clean the entire house, write for three hours, plan dinner, review my life list, and still find fifteen minutes to work on improving my handwriting. On those days, I feel awesome. There’s a lot to be said for getting a lot done.

Even so, keeping that up for weeks at a time makes my shoulders knotty. Planning to do it, and following through, generally makes me feel accomplished, and even energized, but still: knotty shoulders.

For the past few months, I’ve been working towards one of those Big Life Events that everyone comes together to celebrate and take pictures of, and that lots of us put into fancy albums to take out and cry over every couple years. I intend to do that, by the way. It has taken a lot of planning and effort and (ye gods) money and time, and for the past few weeks, I’ve opted to either do all that, or do nothing at all. This is one of those times that I know I’m falling short in at least one important area, but I’m okay with it because I’ve chosen to sacrifice one important thing for an even more important thing.

I’m getting married.

I’ll see you all again in two-and-a-half to five weeks.



Writing on a Hectic Schedule

September 15, 2009

I have not been disciplined about this at all lately, but some writing has occurred. I have known people (and I have been one myself) who can write themselves a ridiculous schedule for life, the universe, and everything, and still sit down for x hours per day and write.

This month has been more catch-as-catch-can. By the way, has anyone seen that phrase in writing before? I really like it, but I’m pretty sure I got it from a YA fantasy novel where everyone was speaking quasi-Old English. Anyway: I’ve written whenever I can catch a spare 20 minutes on the fly. No purpose, no larger project; just really wanted to be typing, so did.

I must have a lovely, patient Muse, if she puts up with this.

Old People Have Cool Stories

September 10, 2009

Not a new observation, I know. Check out the Foxfire books for a whole bunch of cool stories and useful wisdom.

I made this not-new observation last night when one of the older people I know started talking about his days as a Range Safety Officer for the Army. He told me about the time he was re-training some guardsmen on grenade-throwing, and Something Went Wrong. No one was hurt (well, not more than necessary to keep two people from being maimed), but it was an exciting tale.

If you want to write a short story and have no ideas, go find an old person! Sit, ask a simple question (“How are you today?”) and then just listen. I guess they’re not all as talkative as my grenade-throwing trainer, but keep asking; you’ll hear something. Even if you don’t, you’ll probably be making someone’s day.

New Posting Schedule

September 1, 2009

Dear Readers,

I’m getting married. Nonetheless, in a moment of excitement, I agreed to help a friend with her new website, and I have a couple new projects of my own. Also, my fiance had the (honestly) good idea of cleaning the house from top to bottom so it’s nice when we get back from our honeymoon. He’s buried at work right now and I’m at home, so I’m trying to do as much of that as I can solo. I also want to paint the master bedroom (my fiance would prefer I not drive myself insane before the wedding, but I really, really want to… paint the bedroom, that is). I also have three group memberships with varying levels of obligation.

I’m going to start posting twice a week for a while, Tuesdays and Thursdays, if at all possible.I will try to write some posts ahead of time to put up from the road while I’m off doing the wedding thing, but no promises. I might just disappear for a couple weeks.

This idea I had of paring down my schedule so I could focus on my writing… clearly I don’t actually operate that way. I think I’ll sign up for aikido again after the wedding.