Tuesday Tabellion – Day Before Camp NaNoWriMo 2015, July Edition

There are days where I wonder if I am glutton for punishment. Case in point – NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo 2014 and the Camp NaNoWriMos have not gone well for me the past two years yet I’m trying again. I suppose I hold out hope they will, once again, motivate me to be more productive. This month doesn’t have much in the way of distractions at this point in time so there is a slim possibility of actually devoting a large chunk of time to my writing projects. There are other factors which could kill the creativity but I won’t think or speak of those right now. The only potential time suck in July is the second one where I will be making multiple runs to the airport while staying at my sister’s house taking care of household tasks and such for her.

I would like to complete my current poetry book-in-progress, Yowl & Yarrow, during Camp NaNoWriMo. It stands at 29/100. 71 poems in a month isn’t a huge stretch normally, but it may be this month.

There will be a free Kindle book this month, The Eulogies of Dream. It will be free from July 17th through 21st.

My seventeenth full-length book of poetry, Vervain & Vice, will be release next month. Honestly thought I would never finish that poetry book so I am very happy that it will see the world in print.

I wish I had other news to share, but potential news is still a work-in-progress. I do not wish to jinx it at this point. That light at the end of the tunnel could be a train, not progress.

July 1st is the start of some new things, and the restart of something old. This blog will see more posts. Gradually, over time, I intend to have a daily post – a poem, on writing, or on a topic related to well-being and creativity as they are entwined. Sable Quill Creations will resume accepting manuscripts for content and line editing services. Sable Quill Creations is starting their own blog with a variety of content geared toward writers of all levels, and authors embarking on the various routes to publishing. Their blog content will, also, be a semi-gradual roll out to a post everyday.

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State of Chaos

I’ve been most neglectful of this blog for the month of June. A few pre-scheduled posts about the month’s free Kindle download and that has been it. No Poetry Wednesday, no updates, nothing more. Why? Well, I’ve been working on the third move in nine-ten months. My time with my nephew has come to an end. I will miss him but I have also missed my typical day-to-day routines and my fur babies.

I knew it was truly time for me to go in May but things were delayed a bit as my sister got her ducks in a row to become a stay-at-home mom. Truthfully, I’m surprised it took her so long to do this. I figured out she’d eventually become a stay-at-home mom within 2-3 weeks of the baby’s birth.

In end of May/June, I worked really hard to complete Zephyr & Zinc and Xenium & Xyris. I was becoming quite frustrated that it was taking me so long to finish those books. I should not have been so frustrated considering I spent, since mid-April or so, 70 to 90 hours a week tending to my nephew, cooking meals, cleaning house, and grocery shopping. How I managed to get any writing or editing done from December till now continues to mystify me with everything else going on.

Those hours and their chaos have caught up to me though. I did okay in the beginning but now, I am very sick and will be spending the bulk of the next two months trying to recover. It may take longer than that but not sure if I can surrender so much time. Still, I have a long to-do list for the month of July including participation in the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo and getting my editing business back up and running. I also need to finish editing and formatting Zephyr & Zinc and Xenium & Xyris.

July and August will contain the theme of looking for a place to live. I am moving back to my mom’s house for the time being. Not looking forward to being around her ever-growing hoard of stuff. I’m trying not to think about the hoard. I’m trying to focus on spending time writing, recovering, reading, and cuddling my fur babies. I do not have much in the way of housing prospects right now because my income is very itty bitty but I am optimistic to find something and move into it by September which would make make for four moves in a year. Have I mentioned how much I despise moving?

I did have a small vacation in the month of June. I went to Vegas for 2.5 days and 2 nights for a Symposium in regards to volunteer work I’ve been doing for almost 3 years now. Most of the cost was covered by the volunteer organization which is why I was able to go. I became debt-free in May. There was no way I was going to allow myself to go into a small amount of debt again in order to go on “vacation”.

The Symposium was decent but not as informative as I had been hoping. I have fun getting away for awhile. A friend, who also attended the Symposium, and I went to see Thunder Down Under one night, Cheesiest experience ever. I continue to be baffled about how we let her husband talk us into going (so he could go to some other show guilt-free). I did get to see my paternal grandmother and her husband which was really nice as it has been almost three years since I last saw them. We had a lovely dinner together my first evening out there.

This weekend is the moving of the last bits of stuff aka the furniture. Hope it goes smoothly, and I dearly hope that I will be able to setup up my furniture at my mom’s house on Monday so I have a decent work space and a comfy bed. Last I checked, the bedroom I’ll be using/guest room continues to be overrun with stuff, and the other bedroom where the guest bed will go is so full that only a small walking path exists. My hope is minimal but maybe I’ll get to be surprised.

Poetry Wednesday should be back for July as will general posting.

 

Freebie Friday and NaPoWriMo 2014 & Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 11

It is Freebie Friday! The Kindle version of Unlined & Undertakers is free until the 14th. Download, read, enjoy, and review.

Onto to the status update…

Day 9 was less than exciting although I did put up three poems which was nice. I continued a bad habit of always being out of the house. Enjoying my break from taking care of others I suppose. I did spend a large portion of Day 9 at the vet clinic with my sister’s English Bulldog, Byron. He was getting an Echo Ultrasound to see how far his heart disease had progressed. Prognosis was decent but the vet wants to run some additional tests, and Byron ended up on some medication that should reduce his risk slightly of sudden death. Day 9’s poem is Better Halves, a piece for Xenium & Xyris.

Day 10 should have been heavily focused on writing and editing, especially the editing, but that isn’t what happened. Two poems and five pages of editing do not equal a heavy focus. I ran some errands, tended to some household chores, and finished up some paperwork that had a Day 11 deadline. Day 10’s poem is Honey, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.

Day 11 finds me at the local IHOP again. I had a coupon for a free short stack. Hello, Free pancakes! They brought me a regular stack instead. I didn’t know I had a limit on pancakes. It is four. Five proved to be far too much for me. I have written three poems and this blog post thus far. I came with the intention of lingering – comfortable seating, bottomless drinks, and free WiFi – but my allergies and the waiter seem to want to thwart that plan. Today will be spent all over the place with me working on editing and writing wherever I can find a place to sit a spell. Today’s poem is Roses, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.

Present Stats
Xenium & Xyris: 70/100
Zephyr & Zinc: 76/100
Elysian & Ether: 37/100
Nightmares & Nevermore: 51/100
Overall Word Count: 5700/20000

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 – Day 4 & Last Call for Free Books!

It seems that a pattern is playing out and is impossible to ignore. On Days 1 & 2, I wrote two poems just after midnight. On Day 3, I went to sleep two hours before midnight then I struggled to write all day. On Day 4, I am awake at midnight and two poems are written. It would seem that the prime writing time this month is between midnight and 1am. I must remember this for the days to come. I was sipping Cold Brewed Lemon Zinger tea during those writing times as well so I should keep the pantry and fridge stocked up. Why mess with success?

As I attempted to fall asleep around 3am, I kept contemplating what to do with my various blogs. I’ve been toying with the idea of consolidating them into one which will make it – hopefully – easier for me to remember to post and the like. This idea keeps looking better and better. My contemplations circled around the concept of different days for different topics. The plan will be more solid once I get a calendar going so I can visualize it. I will probably implement such in May unless an attack of life or writing happens.

Today’s NaPoWriMo installment is Lost One from Obiter & Oleander.

Oh, how I hate working on Table of Contents for poetry books. I hate them under normal circumstances but I have developed a fondness for normal circumstances. Rebuilding a Table of Contents after file corruption is a far deeper horror. I kept finding improper page breaks and formatting as I rebuilt which meant I had to keep redoing sections I thought I had already repaired. The Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter file was still highly temperamental about being modified into the publishing file. I finally finished – thankfully – and submitted the file for publishing without further issues.

Writing later in the day was sparse due to the amount of time it took to work on Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter in addition to other tasks I had to do. Nevertheless, I reached my minimal writing goal for the day so I cannot complain.

The giveaway for the Kindle books of Smoke & Spirit, Flare & Fetter, and Little Lines I Shared with Death ends tomorrow, April 5th, around 11:59pm PDT. The paperback version of Flare & Fetter will be sale for $9.99 until April 30th.

Today’s final counts are:
1 poem for Kirsch & Kerosene
1 poem for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
546 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo/Free Books Post
Other writing organizational & formatting stuff

Release Day and Milestones

Today is the release of The Breath of Summer, the fourth installment of the Seasons of Self series. The series has been a long time coming. Been wanting to publish them for years but kept postponing. Now they are out there for public consumption.

New Poetry Wednesday came and went barely noticed  as I was entrenched in decluttering my poetry files. 960+ poems in count but 50 of them are missing in action. They’ve been missing for quite awhile. It use to be 70 pieces missing in action but, at some point, 20 of them worked their way back into the fold. Then there are handful or two hiding out among my blogs that are not logged on the master list.

I found a slew of poems from the same time frame as Seasons of Self that I want to share. I have decided to release them as a series of seven chapbooks over the next few months. The series will be called Moments of Self. The Kisses of Midnight and The Blood of Night will be released first.

Little Lines I Shared with Death has finished with edits and formatting. A little apprehensive about publishing this collection because it consists works from the beginning while I was still trying to find my poetic voice.

The edits for Smoke & Spirit are coming along nicely. I am very confident that it will be done in the next week or so.

The first draft of A Hundred Flames was completed last Wednesday. I believe it should be 100% ready for a release date in February 2013. Very excited about it.

I started A Hundred Flames in July 2011 and Smoke & Spirit in November 2011. To have them both done – at 100 poems a piece – is fantastic and amazing. I am in awe of the writing endurance I seem to have. Not sure where it came from but it is something to further embrace.

Eight pieces into a new poetry book, Ink & Ice.

Still trudging along with The Cupcake Verses. Writing a cookbook is not an easy task no matter how many recipes you have.

In the process of prepping for NaNoWriMo. November has a tendency to sneak up on me, and I am extremely determined to finished Reaper’s Moon this year. I am hoping that I can focus solely on it instead of having ADD like last year. I need to make sure all projects being published before year end are completely ready to go by October in order to aid with the much desired focus. Smoke & Spirit and five chapbooks are the only projects remaining. The chapbooks are almost done – just have formatting to complete.
Clearly, I have been busy although it often doesn’t seem that way to me. I am my own worst critic. 🙂

The Horrors of the Downsizing Process

There are times when I wake up in the ‘dead of night’ after having a nightmare. This a frequent occurrence nowadays and it always involves sorting through clutter. The most common theme is it eating me alive. Shiny, sharp, and slimy teeth working  their way out from the most innocent looking piles of paper or fabric or – the worst – the spiral notebooks waiting to be written in. Still I forge ahead fifteen minutes at a time to try and combat the situation. My home is so not a candidate for that show, Hoarders: Buried Alive, but it has issues.

Issues that fifteen minutes does not seem to make much of a dent in which is why I am still writing about decluttering months after I started. Granted, there were times I slacked off in favor of other activities but I am determined to get real serious about getting it done. After so many months, there is a noticeable difference in my environment which leads to the determination. It is challenging to see the light at the end of the tunnel when everything is blocking the way but brick by brick, the light is starting to become brighter.

Yesterday’s “victim” on my war path was the most clutter prone counter in my kitchen. It is now spotless and reorganized along with the three upper cabinets. I even scrubbed the microwave, toaster oven, tiles, and cabinet doors just because they were there. It took around two hours in fifteen minute increments to complete but I am happy with the results.

Today features record-breaking heat and a swamp cooler that refuses to work so I have been hiding out on the cooler, darker half of the house and writing. I’ve written three poetry pieces and will soon work on editing projects until it is cool enough to venture to the kitchen. (Evil skylights!) If I can get to the kitchen tonight, I plan to sort through the pantry cabinets along with the refrigerator.

Wow, my life sounds so dull. A necessary evil on the way to a simpler and, hopefully, more creatively productive life.

On the side of other projects’ progress, I did get the Kindle versions of The Heart of Autumn and The Soul of Winter reformatted so they are readable once more. A Hundred Flames is closing in on completion. With my upcoming participation in June’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I hope to get A Hundred Flames and Smoke & Spirit done. I have ideas to write about for both so there is a very real possibility of it.

December

Now that NaNoWriMo has come and gone (which I finished on Monday with 50,888 words), it is time for more pressing matters…perhaps.

I spent most of the day curled up under an electric blanket and a purring Anubis cat because Colorado’s weather decided to drop 40 degrees and bring 7 inches of snow to the Front Range. Factor in a spiffy new bout of the common cold and pure exhaustion, I was happy for a day in a nice warm bed.

About an hour ago, I managed to pull myself away from blanket solace in an effort to clean up the office/living room as I continue on the mass purge of household contents. A purging that I foolishly started during November. So far, I’ve made a decent chunk of change for 30+ books and 15 music CDs. I found a home for around 30 YA books and will be helping make the holidays happier for a 12 year old girl. I’m also sending a lot of bead working items and fabric to her. In the grand scheme of things, I’ve recycled an unbelievable of paper and put a rather embarrassing amount of stuff in the local landfill.

My old office is now mostly cleared out thanks to purging – I still have two disassembled beds and a desk in there that need to be moved. Unfortunately, the rooms for the beds are still “congested” and I need help moving the desk once the beds are gone. Tomorrow begins work on the scariest room in the house – the storage room. I haven’t been able to set foot in there since September 2008 or so…I think. Most of the content are actually boxes of fabric and the intent to donate a lot of the fabric and sell the rest is the motivation for starting that room this week. Part of my brain thinks I should do the easier rooms first and forget about donate fabric but that would be the easy way out, a way to procrastinate. This procrastination is why I haven’t really been in that room for years. No more procrastination.

I was suppose to go somewhere tomorrow evening but may end up opting out. I really do not feel well. I have to keep stopping the cleaning process every 5-10 minutes because I feel nauseated and dizzy. How I am getting anything done is a mystery to me. Being put into a social situation for several hours is highly unappealing. I might feel differently tomorrow but, for right now, I am thinking there is no way in hell I will survive social interaction.

I went to shovel snow from my walk this afternoon. Much to my surprise and happiness, someone was kind enough to shovel it for me. No idea as to who did such a wonderful thing for me but I am most grateful. I loathe shoveling snow so much so that I let the sun do most of the work as I live in a south facing house.

I finished the edits to The Soul of Winter on Wednesday while at the final NaNoWriMo write-in. I plan to start formatting it and get it ready for publishing this coming week. While most of my week involves household purging, I’ve set aside a day for work on my books and apply some more advertising avenues for my editing business.

My goals for December are as follows:
– Get all the content written during NaNoWriMo organized and placed in their perspective work files
– Get the whole house purged and reorganized
– Get a few more editing clients
– Get The Soul of Winter ready to publish in January
– Do more work on Reaper’s Moon, A Hundred Flames and Midnight Red.
– Read the remaining 33 books to get to the yearly goal of 500 books read.