lady_mab: (faction before blood)
I decided that I really need to start being more proactive about my (lack of) productivity when it comes to things. I spend too much time sitting around doing nothing but refreshing tumblr. In my (current) defense, it is way too hot to care about doing anything BUT that. Cleaning? Dishes?! Fuck, ain't no one got the constitution for that. It's uncomfortably warm and stuffy and muggy. Gross.

Anyway, I was considering this yesterday, especially since at the moment I Have been having a lot of half-shifts and days off due to the Water Park being closed during the week. I figure I just need to start being a bit more forceful when it comes to getting up and doing things -- because when I do, I get things done. It just takes that bit of effort.

So, I plan to start acting accordingly! At the moment, due to my new year's goal being writing every day and getting 25k every month, I'm going to focus on that. But there are a lot of books coming out, and I have a shitton of books on my TBR list that I don't even want to make a TBR list. I have so many crafts that need to be done, laundry that needs to be put away, paperwork for healthcare to look over. I need to be an adult! Ugh.

The first part of that plan is creating a breakdown for things. Yeah, I'm going to be one of those people who schedules her days. It will be a fun challenge to wrap up the year with, and possibly carry over into the new year (in which it will help me with my new goal of reading a certain number of books in a year!)

- Having an hour to just sit down and write. This can be even sitting down to do a blog post (if I start counting them toward my word count, which I Haven't been yet), or writing in a journal. One hour dedicated to writing, even if it is just three words in the end. Turn off the internet and write. Can't do much else during that hour.
- Watch an episode of a show. I have so many anime discs sitting around unwatched because I buy them and go "I'll rewatch this one day". So why not try and incorporate it into my routine? On days I have off, or days that I don't have a long shift at work, I can watch more.
- An hour of video games! I have so many that I need to make my way through, and I generally can't play some of them very long because I get motion sickness (not as bad as it used to be at least). Also, make an effort to check my Animal Crossing village before actually settling in to play ;a; I haven't played in so long I think they have all left me.
- Set aside time for crafts! This can easily be mixed in with watching an episode -- and even more productive on days when I "allow" myself to marathon episodes. This is why I started crochet in the first place -- to give me something to do as I listened to WTNV. Now I can crochet (not that I'm making anything, mostly just practicing...) or work on those jellyfish. Or start scrapbooking officially!
- Always read before going to bed. Make sure to head off before I get too tired, so I can make sure that I can get in at least an hour. This will be increased next year, as I want to try and do a reading challenge. But at the moment, I can at least manage this much and get through two of the currently-reading that I've been sloughing my way through!

Things like listening to audio books or WTNV episodes are best saved for when I'm going on trips. If I'm driving I can't double up, but if I take the train again, or someone else is driving, I'd be able to do something like crochet or play a handheld game that doesn't require thought.

In all honesty, one of my worst fears is not being able to read all the books I have, or play all the video games I have.

Assuming I get home at 6, this is roughly 3.5 hours on average (depending on the show I'm watching). Throwing in time for food, chatting with roommates, relaxing, etc, I'm still looking at capping off around 11. Give or take. Like I said, I'm prioritizing writing. So if I have to sacrifice something, the video games and TV shows will be the first to go.

Of course, this doesn't account for any time during Camp/NaNo or when books come out (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, LOCKWOOD, CABAL, AND CLARIEL), in which all I will be doing is reading those and making sure I carve out at least five minutes to write.

So. Yeah. I'm going to try and get started on that over the next few days! I have the next two days off, but I might do something with Xavier tomorrow (or I might convince him to come over and marathon sleepy hollow or darker than black with me so I can work on jellyfish) and Thursday I'm going to be at my parents' house so I can pick up my mom from work.

WISH ME LUCK. I'm going to me a "currently" post with books I'm reading, video games I'm playing, and stories I'm writing. Just because!
lady_mab: (by any other name)
I failed to mention it on my DW but I mentioned it everywhere else multiple times, but I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT (second draft?) OF MWYR! I am so so so completely excited because, as of yesterday, Sarah finished reading it and wrote me 20+ pages of notes and is going to help me do fashion references once I decide on an era. AHHHH I know a lot of my other friends are reading it but I don't know how far along they all are. But it means a lot to me to have all these different people reading it (friends, family, people I don't know that well--thanks to all of you!)

I also finished rereading the first Kali and reading the 2nd Kali and asdflkj mmmmrrrrrrrrrrr my boys. All of them. I'm really proud of Sarah for charging ahead with it, because I think it is her most well-developed story and I will link you all once she puts it up onto Amazon and B&N for an epub book! Please buy it! It's fabulous. I will be buying it.

I've made several FSTs recently, one for Mwyr, and one for Kali 2 being the ones I will pimp at all of you. I listened to the Mwyr one the entire time I worked on the novel through the end of January and into February, and I've been listening to the Kali one all day today.

Tiffany and I have been looking at apartments online and are finding ones we like and making an order to all of them. We are both really excited. One place we found is TOTALLY ADORABLE AND PERFECT and it's right next to the lake and is in a really nice neighborhood and is really affordable. We've got some time to keep looking, but we're hoping to get that one. And we'll get to see Thor 2 and Catching Fire together (actually, the whole me moving out there with her thing started because I wanted to see Catching Fire with her. It escalated quickly.)

It was only yesterday that I came to realize that, after moving out to live in Chicago, I won't want to move back home with my parents. My mom has been telling me in no uncertain terms that they are thinking of renting out the guest house where I stay, which means I would have to move into the smaller room in the house. But, on the whole, I am really tired of living at home. It has it's perks, of course, but I'm turning 25 this year I think it's about time I get on my feet.

So I asked Sarah if her and Ick would be interested in moving in together somewhere (not San Francisco like our original plans with Amy, but somewhere), and she said they were considering doing something similar with their friend Julia from PA. They were looking into San Bernardino, probably close to where my mom had her apartment. But I think it would be a lot of fun. I know a lot of people have said to me "we should live together" but it's only that: Saying it. They're all very comfortable with where they are right now living and so who am I to say "you need to disrupt this so that I can make my way in". Sarah and Ick are in the same position that I am in. So it is perfect.

Camp NaNo starts next week (well, a week and four days?) And it's kind of cool because this year they are allowing you to set your own word count goal! So I'm aiming for 25k because super busy work hours. I'll also be doing world building exercises for Mwyr during that time, whew!

At the same time, there is a new fantasy anthology project that is accepting submissions with the theme of "Rediscovery". Submissions are to be 2k-8k long and I'm thinking of turning "Still Waiting" into a short story, and possibly seeing if I can't get Soup and Ick to help me out with an Adonisville entry. I've already started writing the thing for SW and it will be interesting to see how I will change it.

Gosh I've had this open for hours but nothing has been going down on here very easily

Dianne is about to start reading Mwyr! I am very excited, and she's going to liveblog her progress on tumblr using the tag "Mwyr because YOLO".

So I'm going to sit here and play Candy Crush and Bubble Witch or something and decide if I want to outline for Camp NaNo or draw.

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