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Zaphod and Friend

January 1, 2017

I have started writing Journey of a Thousand Truths.  I am having fun with it, just dancing along with the story and no idea of everything that's going on.  Soon the basics of the idea will fall into place.  I might end up doing an outline at that point, but we'll see.  So far it's just been enjoyable to work on, though.

We went out to dinner at our favorite little Mexican place here in town. That was nice.  Russ had company for most of the last two days, so we didn't spend a lot of holiday time together.  At dinner I got to discuss a plan.  I am going to do the 2YN class on FB.  This should be ... interesting.


January 2, 2017

Zaphod decided I needed to update my computer today so he turned it off for me.  Over two hours later, I finally got control back.  There are days when stuff like this will drive a person crazy.  it cut right into my prime writing time and I never did get going again.  So I ended up with just over 1k for the day.

I hope this isn't a sign of how things are going to keep up. Ack.

Missouri River

January 3, 2017

We are back to the bitterly cold weather.  How wonderful.  I keep rushing from one heated room to the other.

I do not do well in cold weather.  I just don't.  We have about three days of this in store, though, so I had better work through it.


January 4, 2017

Just too damned cold. That's all.

I am getting some writing done.  Have to look forward to when the temp is up in the 20's again.  Right now even the rest of the house is dropping down near freezing.

Two months and all of this will be pretty much over with again.


January 5, 2017

Still cold.  Colder in fact.  House as dropped down to 33f outside of the bathroom and my office.  You can't imagine the fun of going from one room to the other.

Tomorrow the temp starts going back up, though.  It's about time.  Yeah, it's only been 3 or 4 days of this, but they always seem far too long.  I do not do well in really cold weather.  Especially when we don't even really have snow on the ground.  Just a light dusting of white, and not enough to cover anything. What good is that?

The new novel is over 10k.  This is kind of fun.  It's the first time in a long while that a story without an outline has seemed to work for me.  I'm having fun.

Winter Road

January 6, 2017

The temp has come up, but it's not enough to heat up the rest of the house yet.  Oh, a bit -- but I don't consider 38f much better than 33f.  The next couple of days should help, though.

I haven't gotten much writing done today.  I'm going to throw myself into it here in a few minutes.  I think I should be able to get a good run at it tonight.

I am happy with it so far.  It has actually drawn almost all my attention this week.  That's nice.  I love the books where I fall into the story and the characters.


January 7, 2017

We went for a lovely ride today.  Saw about six hawks, but none in the places were we expected to see them.  How very odd.

Other than that, it's been a quiet enough January.  Some wild winds now and then but very little snow.  Not much to take pictures of yet.  We'll have to see how it goes!

Zaphod and Buffy

January 8, 2017

We had a lovely sunset ride tonight and dinner out --

And somewhere along the way I hurt my wrist.  Difficult to type.  Ack.


January 9, 2017

Wrist still hurts.  Barely getting 1k done a day.  Ugh.


January 10, 2017

Still having wrists problems.  What did I do?  ugh.  I need to get things done!  This is annoying!

Ugh.  Just ugh.


January 11, 2017

We had a little snow tonight.  Not much, but at least it was something.  They are calling for dire weather this coming weekend -- we'll see if it actually hits.  They're so rarely right.

Writing went much better today.  My wrist and hand is still a little sore, but nothing like it was.    A nice 3k day for a change. 

The weather is cold again, though not so bad as it has been before this.  I'd like to see it warm up a bit again.  I'd like to be able to step out of my office and not feel like I've gone into the arctic zone.

Well, at least my office is warm and the cats are happy in there.  The dog sometimes goes and sleeps on the bed instead, especially if I've turned the blanket on.

Ice on the river

January 12, 2017

And back to a 1k day.  It was one of those days where it hardly mattered what I did, I was not going to get to the writing.  Well, the outside projects are done and we'll see how the rest of this goes!

I've kind of lost my way on the new novel, I fear.  I think I can get it back, but right now it's just sitting there staring at me.  It's about 23k.  That's not too bad, all things considered -- but they are still in the city.  I need to get them off onto the journey itself.  LOL


January 13, 2017

In a couple days we are supposed to be hit with a bad storm.  Ice storm, snow, etc.  I have my doubts because they things never actually hit us, but it could be a problem if they are right for once.

Writing is going well.  2k at least today.  Did some grocery shopping, too.  We're set for the weather.

Of course if the power goes out, I'm in a bit of trouble.  But we'll see how it goes.

Back to work!


January 14, 2017

We went to DeSoto today.  Outside of the refuge we saw 14 different hawks, but not a single one inside the place!  However we did see 7 eagles, some geese -- and a barred owl! 

I have been trying to get a picture of an owl for YEARS!  Really, for years and years.  We saw him just as we were leaving, so the light wasn't good -- but I got the pictures.  It was wonderful!

Barred Owl

January 15, 2017

We are supposed to get a really bad ice storm.  I don't think it's going to happen and I've been saying so from the start.  Right now we're actually a few hours into the 16th and there's still nothing more than a slight mist.

My fascination with watching for the storm took most of my attention for the day.  I couldn't get writing done.  I really didn't do much of anything.  Maybe I needed a day like this one.  Maybe tomorrow I will get back to work.

Or maybe not.  I think maybe I'll like a few days of not pushing for anything.


January 16, 2017

Russ came home at noon and worked from home after that.  We did not get a lot of ice, but it is very slick out there.  I am hiding in the house until all of this is past.

The writing has slowed down. There have been too many things going on that distract me.  Now I need to get focused again ... though not today, I fear.  Or tomorrow, which is when I need to get a lot of other stuff done.

The winter has not been too bad so far.   Looks like snow in a few days, but I doubt that will be much if anything at all.  We are about six weeks from March and the start of spring.  Half way through this already!

Sioux City at Night

January 17, 2016

Today's work was mostly paying ACOA people.  That takes a bit of time.  I've really not gotten much writing done in the last few days.

Journey of a Thousand Truths has slowed down, mostly because I have lost focus on it and my characters are just making little moves with nothing really happening.  I need to change that soon.

What an odd January.

Russ couldn't get the car doors open because of the ice today, so he worked from home.  Tomorrow it will be in the 40's.


barred owl

January 18, 2017

I think I have most of the odd things done now and I could concentrate on the novel -- if only I could concentrate.  That would be helpful.  I need something to happen in the story --

Ah.  Yes.  That might work.

I'm 30k into the novel, though, so can't complain too much!

And the weather today was lovely.  It will be for a couple more days.

Then rain on Friday and maybe some snow sometime next week.  I'm curious to see how all of this goes.  We have not had enough snow to cover the ground yet.  I like weather.  Just not cold.  LOL

Okay, back to work and see if that idea will get things moving!