2019-05-18

Reading Journal

I did something today I never thought I would do: I bought Scholastic books!

The book fairs were always too expensive for us, so I ended up getting a lot of trinkets and having a good time window shopping.  However, the other day a friend of mine posted to facebook that the Scholastic Book warehouse in our metro area (didn't even know we had one, honestly) was having a BOGO sale.  HMA had the day off, and HMS was up early enough to go out and do things.  They had the idea to go garage saleing, and I said "Let's make it a threesome." 

Our garage sales were a bit of a bust, but I remembered the Scholastic sale, so we went there and made BANK!  It spurred a renaissance of reading for me.  I want to plow through the books with markers currently in them so that I can get to some of the amazing ones that I bought today.  Still need to add them to my goodreads and shelve them.

2019-05-11

Reading/Writing Journal

I've been reading more at home, and plan on reading more in the mornings.  Parking sucks at work, so I arrive about 15 minutes early and sit in the car.  I have been going on list challenges or facebook, but reading a book might be better.  I wonder if I could do scriptures.  I probably should. 

Although I haven't since Saturday, the weather has been more appropriate for reading walks than it has the last few months.  My plan is to use Thursdays as a day to plan my Sunday lessons, since that's my day off.  Once I get my room a little more organized and can find a purse sized notebook (that I know I have at least one of somewhere) I'll work on some poetry.  Being outside and reading books unleashes the poet in me, and those are both in the plans to do more often.

Saturday nights will be devoted to typing them up and journaling, important to fishing out the feelings that I'm feeling and observing.

2019-05-04

Reading/Writing Journal

I had the most successful Camp NaNo experience I've ever had.  I made it about half way to my word count goal.  I started getting the slumpy slumps.  I'm starting to wonder if NaNo has served it's purpose for me.  The focus on quantity has me not worrying one bit about quality.  Like, it's not even a blip on my radar.   Which means I know that every other sentence I write is craptastic.  I think subconsciously...I end up disconnecting with my story because I become hyper focused on quantity.  Not sure how to go about fixing that. 

Probably working on writing quality pieces during non-NaNo peaks, I guess. 

My reading game slumped a little bit, but it's picked up.  I'm still focusing on Main Street, and it is so applicable one hundred years later.  I need to hurry up and finish it, though.  My cover is falling apart.

2019-04-30

Writing Journal

If I'm truly to finish this Camp project on time, I'll have to have a 12k word day today.  I doubt that's going to happen, but I think I can get to 25k by the time I start my new job on the 6th.  I have about an hour here, then I'm off to lunch with a friend.  Then I'll go home and alternate between NaNo and crocheting until it's time to go to the temple.  (Which reminds me, I need to call my new employer and ask if they know yet which day will be my day off so I can let the temple know because I won't be able to make it next Tuesday, unless that's my day off, but I doubt it.  I don't know...I'm trying not to spiral into anxiety about it, but I have a headache, so focusing is hard and not focusing leads to spiraling which leads to depression, which leads to anxiety....trust in God.)

After the temple tonight, I'll go back to crocheting and writing in spurts.

Okay, now I'm off to write!

Update: I'm back, after about 300+ words.  The headache has beaten me.  I have to leave in about 20 minutes to meet a friend for lunch.  I'll just surf the net, maybe journal until then.

2019-04-27

Writing Journal

I need a plan for the day.  I also need to pee.

Now that that's been taken care of....

I wish that the Word Sprints Twitter account was more consistent with their operation hours.  Although, lately, the tweets I have been seeing after the fact have all been for thirty minute sprints.  Um, those are not sprints.  Those are races.  So they probably wouldn't be very effective for me, anyway.  Oh, well.

My plan for today is to do twenty minute sprints of my own.  I'm getting bored...no, that's not the right word.  German is probably the only language with a word for the feeling I'm about to describe. Trunky comes close.  I want the story to continue, but I also don't want it to end.  I want to get to the next scene, but don't want to leave the one I'm in.

So, twenty minute chunks of time until I either hit the halfway point or my sister lets me know she's close to being in town.

9:00 to 9:20 -- write
9:20 to 9:40 -- play
9:40 to 10:00 -- write

So on and so forth.

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Update: I did pretty good at sticking to the twenty minute time slots.  Did some research and am less pantsy about my story now.  I did get to about halfway, though, so I'm gonna call it a morning.  Go home and crochet/watch things and do a little bit of laundry and lesson planning until I get a call from my sister to meet her and her husband as they cross the country.