Working Wednesday, March 6, 2019

It’s National Procrastination Week, but I still worked to get this post up. Hey, I finally got around to it.

What did you put off working on this week?

Or, you know, what did you actually do?

58 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  1. I’ve been feeling alarmingly tired. Seem to be putting stuff away at a snail’s pace. Then an edit arrived late yesterday from Penguin, and to my surprise I feel much better for doing half a day’s work on it. Hoping I can keep doing half-days (it’s a relaxed schedule) plus an hour or two unpacking, and stop running into a wall of exhaustion.

    So procrastination doesn’t seem to be the answer for me right now. Although being relaxed about when everything gets done is probably good.

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    1. Moving is a major exhausting life event. You are doing great!!! NO ONE can pack and unpack constantly.

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      1. When we got the last thing put away (excusing decorations and my pile of papers to sort), it was so freeing. I felt adrift the next night, like I didn’t know what to do with myself. Not sort papers or decorations, of course not. So now I’ve done nothing two nights in a row and I feel so free!

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      2. I moved over a year ago and unpacked until I hit a wall. Just in the past month have finally tackled the remaining boxes in my basement. I found things I thought were lost in the move! Keep it up it does get better.

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  2. It’s procrastination WEEK for me. I have a book due on Friday, and it’s essentially done (just need to fix typos from the proofreading, write the final scene — always leave that to last for reasons — write a two-page synopsis and do a draft of cover copy that my publisher will then make a million times better, but it gives her something to start with). So, really, it could be done today. Except of course work expands to fill the available time, and I’ve got three whole days left. Especially since the publisher is in California, so I have an extra three business hours on Friday!

    I SOOOOOOOOO want this manuscript done. I’ve got the rest of the month allotted to play with new and shiny things: a fiction proposal for my agent to shop for publication in 2021 or thereafter (yikes!), a non-fiction proposal to see if my agent thinks it’s got a market, and brainstorming/outlining the third of the garlic farm mysteries that are under contract, for release in late 2021.

    Plus, I need to TNR a feral cat who hangs out on my deck and in my basement, and start getting ready for Malice Domestic, and play with some projects I started during #dailyfeb2019, but that now need finishing.

    Yeah, so the answer to all those projects is — play online and obsess about the latest plagiarism and copyright-theft scandals.

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  3. I’ve been procrastinating for days about doing the paperwork to get some of my foreign translation rights back, but I finally just sent the letter to a print place. Now I can take a nice leisurely walk down there, stop on the way for some coffee, and still pretend like I’m accomplishing something! But my taxes are looming so I guess I’m considering that my procrastination for the week.

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  4. Instead of working on my closet project yesterday, I decided the weather was too cold for me to open the window while I shellacked so I cuddled cats and read all day. However, if I do not get started on planning our trip, we are going to spend the entire time sitting in Heathrow until it is time to go to Dublin and come home. That has been my major procrastination for months now (I scored frequent flyer business class tickets for this trip by booking it months ago. Now I need to do the rest of the trip).

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  5. I cooked. On Saturday. 😏 Pic and recipe link on the Working Wednesday hashtag.

    I re-started the serious clean out of the classroom. Am inspired by a talk that involved a bit of the “Broken Window theory.” If there’s a bit of mess, it will grow. Am using good Youtube vids like Yoga with Adriene and Medschool Insiders to help me develop a strong foundation for beating procrastination.

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  6. I’m sick again. It started the same as the last time. A dry, hacking cough turned into a productive cough with a runny nose. Last time, I took an entire week off. I requested the same, this time.

    So I’m procrastinating on returning to work.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea to me. While bosses are not wild about employees taking sick time (I used to be in human resources), they are even less thrilled if an employee starts an epidemic.

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  7. I’m working on being a proud Mom. Well, I’m always proud, but I wanted to toot my daughter’s horn here and figured that worked as a segue LOL!

    While my own mother is a whiz with a sewing machine and other crafty stuff, I struggle to sew a straight line and my crocheting looks like the Kracken. But my oldest daughter has amazing skills, and today she is doing a presentation at our local library (where she also works) on refashioning thrift store finds into modern-looking clothing. So I’m going to go and try to learn something from her. She also has a really fun blog (if I do say so myself – https://refashionwithoutrules.blogspot.com/) and loves to read Jennifer Crusie. I know she pops by here from time to time. 🙂

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      1. What’s so amazing is she does all of that with one semester of sewing in high school. She just seems to “get” it. I can barely remember to put the right sides together when I sew a seam. 🙂

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    1. Very talented, she’s made some cool stuff.

      I want to learn to sew, after I’ve reduced my yarn stash

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      1. I went to the presentation yesterday and she showed a blouse she’d made out of a skirt. It had an elastic waist which became the neck. And then all she did was spread the skirt out, cut slits from the bottom toward the waist/neck on both sides, and sewed those up to become sleeves. Even I was amazed and I’ve seen alot of her refashions before.

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    2. Her skills are hella math skills, too! I remember Richard Feynman (the scientist) telling a story about overhearing some young women talking in I think a college cafeteria and thinking, wow, these women sure know their analytic(al) geometry. It turned out they were talking about knitting. But he came away with new respect for knitting, women, and teaching.

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  8. The weather and roads here are miserable (snow, ice, freezing rain on top) so I have been procrastinating on ALL my outdoor activities or things that require driving. On the plus side, I have been enjoying art, music, reading, television.
    And I have gotten indoor chores done! Did my taxes! (the total amount I owe was an unpleasant surprise; same retirement income as last year but I OWE MORE under Trump’s tax reform). And I kept up with icicle control and snow shoveling. (What I haven’t done: trips to the gym or fitness activities [except for those that can be done in front of the television while watching Great British Baking show on Netflix]; trips to get groceries; all social events have been cancelled …)

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  9. I went and had a play in my university’s library. I hadn’t been in there in about 25 years, and a lot has changed, but it felt like coming home. I needed to use their folklore resources, and lost track of the time – one minute it was 8pm, the next it was nearly 10. I love that feeling.

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  10. I bought a new mattress at the weekend, so I’ve been catching up on sleep. The bursitis in my left hip is a lot better. Yay! To good mattresses. And quality sleep.

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  11. New windows. Yay! Not everywhere but several including some French doors.

    New look which is fun but realized today a big bonus is that they’re all squeaky clean & won’t have to be washed during spring cleaning. Which I’m thinking is right around the corner, right? I bet somewhere under all the snow & ice is spring–just hiding for a bit to fake us all out so that it can make a big entrance:)

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    1. I got all excited when I had new windows put in a few years ago, because I thought I’d actually have clean windows for a while. Nope. The guys who put them in just left them as dirty as they came, plus lots of manly fingerprints. And I suck at cleaning windows.

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      1. Whereas the guy who took my front window out the other day made a point of cleaning it carefully when putting it back in. I’m not good on windows either.

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      2. We were lucky — just had to do light wipe on interior side after installation, but outside where it gets dirty is fine. Mostly we’re just happy to have them done and have the house back to ourselves. Grateful we can get the work done, but now we can kick back tonight and watch the latest episode of Lâcher Prise (fun Montreal show about a woman putting her life back together after a burnout) which we saved just for today. Feels appropriate, too, because we’re kinda burned out on renos even though we still have a few more to do soon, at least we have breather.

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  12. I’m still battling the plane plague that would not die, so not getting much done. (Except watching April the Giraffe getting ready to have another baby.) I did manage to finish the polished first draft of the Baba Yaga novel I’ve been working on and get it out to my first readers (it came out short, so can I borrow some of your extra words, Jenny?) but now I need to start on the nonfiction book I’m contracted to do and I have nothin’.

    Puttering around trying to do a few minor things and hoping this stupid bug eventually goes away so I can sleep at night.

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  13. I would love to procrastinate. It’s my usual modus operandi. And I caught the office cold (but hopefully not the office vomiting or the pestilence that my kids brought home).
    But I can’t because the flooring guy is coming on Friday to do our and K1’s room, which means EVERYTHING must go in the livingroom and we have to prep stuff, and we can’t put it off because K1 and K2 might kill each other soon (they’ve been sharing a room for months because of an anti-mold reno).
    And I booked a week off to paint the rest of the house, which I’ve been procrastinating for 6 years now, and I can’t look at that light-sucking mushroom colour for much longer.

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  14. All winter we’ve kept the thermostat at a steady 68 degrees just bundling up to stay warmer, but just now with the temps in the 20’s and it being March I just had to boost it up to 70 in shear defiance and because I could. I think I’m cranky.

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    1. I keep my thermostat at 58 and 68 sounds so toasty warm!! My hands have been so cold I’m having trouble typing – even with the woodstove blasting.

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      1. My trick for warm hands is to have a hot-water bottle on my lap, so I can keep warming them up (having wrapped myself in an old sleeping bag or rug, so my legs don’t overheat).

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    2. Our thermostat is kept at 66 in the winter (heating) and at 75 in the summer (cooling). But we have been having a real cold spell with high winds on-and-off for weeks. While we have a tight house, it has still felt like cold drafts everywhere and the heat is now mostly at 68 and in the evening I sit in the sunroom in front of the gas fireplace with the insulating shades covering all the windows. And it is snowing again, even if it isn’t sticking and has been all day. This is doing my plants that bloomed early because it was warm, no good. Snarl.

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      1. We’ve got two miserable nights coming up, single digits, and then it’ll be in the forties this weekend.
        I’m really tired of this, but at least I don’t live in Minnesota where it got to be 40 below. How do people stand that?

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        1. In Minnesota but Minneapolis so, only 30 below. I deal by procrastinating. I was going to chip snow pack on the sidewalk but snow this weekend soooo, maybe I will just put the Chistmas decorations away. Or mail my Christmas cards. Or watch Antiques road show and eat Oreos and plan a garden…( The Christmas cards are from 2016, 2017 and 2018)

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        2. Perhaps because when it’s that cold, it’s usually so bright and sunny. And if you’re dressed for it, it’s actually quite pleasant to be outside. Unless there’s a windchill. Windchills suck. Then it’s better to enjoy the bright view from indoors.

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  15. Making a few little changes in the WIP before sending out my first ever query. Eep! But I’m all about trying new and scary things these days.

    I’m also working on a couple of work presentations. One is on earthquake preparedness for libraries–I was asked to be a guest presenter for an MLIS course on library disaster preparedness. And the other is a weekly program in April on the romance genre. I have teammates for that one, but I’ll be wearing the librarian hat rather than the romance writer chapeau.

    Procrastinating? Just holding off on something in order to mitigate the damage to my already-in-shambles personal life. Self-preservation is key, as is sleep.

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  16. I’ve been procrastinating crocheting, which is irritating, since I want to do it, and want to finish the blasted blanket so I can joyfully start the next one of five I’m thinking about. Trying to go through my stash. And yet I’m slow as sin compared to everyone, it seems like. No idea how people crochet a blanket in a day, as I see advertised everywhere. I’m not new to it, either. …. And I say go through my stash, when really I mean two of five are stash busters, and three require all new yarn, which I luuuurv!

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    1. Thick yarn, big hooks, lacy patterns.

      I figure I can crochet about 400 yds of yarn per average movie if it’s an easy pattern. So if a pattern calls for 2000 yards, that’s five movies, five nights, not consecutive. Yeah, I’m never going to make a blanket in a night, even a baby blanket. A scarf, sure, if the pattern isn’t complicated, but a blanket? No. The yardage is just too much.

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      1. Bigger needles do help! I usually go smaller for some reason. Which certainly doesn’t lol

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  17. I am at the hospital in the evenings, so the only thing I have created this week are safety fans for live fire ranges. I am taking a class at work on how to construct them. Lots of geometry. Likewise the only thing I would have for tomorrow’s post would be the Army range safety reg.

    As an aside, my Dad is getting more verbal and tracking better but it is going to be a very long recovery. They are suggesting he will spend months in a rehab center.

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    1. My neighbor had a stroke two years ago and was in rehab for several months. He became very despondent and was not doing his rehab. Since at home he could get to the bathroom with its walk-in shower (which was upstairs), his wife checked with an ambulance company and discovered they would bring him home and carry him upstairs. Then she asked what it would cost for them to take him to physical therapy twice a week ($300) which she said was less then they were paying a week in rehab for their share of the cost. It was very difficult for both of them. But once he was home and realized he was not going to spend the rest of his life in a facility and that if he wanted to be more mobile, he was actually going to have to work on it, he started being more pro-active about rehabilitation. And after about 5 weeks, he could navigate the stairs himself and get into and out of cars, so the cost of the ambulance went away. He is now walking without a cane. And once he became more mobile, he started doing things with his friends again. This spring he and his wife spent their usual month in Hawaii (yeah, it would be nice) and are now off to spend two weeks in Mexico and he is getting around just fine. If they pull you through a stroke now days, it is not like it used to be twenty years ago. It is a slog but you can have major recovery.

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    2. I spent several months in a rehab center with a fellow who had had a pretty significant stroke and I was really startled and impressed by how much progress he made. It was slow and a tremendous amount of work, but he arrived in a chair unable to feed himself and left using a walker and cooking. I don’t know what they’re reporting as your father’s prognosis or where in the country you are but there are some extraordinary rehabs around, and the nervous system is far more plastic and regenerative than they knew years ago.

      Meanwhile, don’t forget to take care of yourself however you can. A family member with a medical catastrophe is a very difficult, exhausting and draining process, and it’s important to respect that and be kind to yourself.

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  18. I normally am a terrible procrastinator, but somehow I lit a fire and got things done. I took last Wednesday off from work to put time into a quilt top (woodland theme). I did manage to run the sewing machine over my finger, so that put a damper on my spirits. But I persevered. I still need to put borders on it, so there’s that.

    I traveled for a birthday party on Saturday, so I started a crochet scarf. Since my DH was driving, I had a bunch of time on my hands and made a lot of progress. I ended up finishing it Tuesday.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BuruLshh0wy/

    On Sunday, I found a pattern, rooted through my stash and put together two small quilt tops. I ran to the long armer today and quilted them both, so I’ll post a picture for next week, when the binding is done.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing the quilts! Did you do the quilting at the longarmer’s or was there simply no one ahead of you and the person had time? I’m currently procrastinating by catching up on Argh after being too busy for about 2 weeks. I should be quilting a quilt for a customer.

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      1. I rent time on the machine. It saves me paying them to quilt things and I don’t have to actually purchase a $15K machine. So, money (and space for a machine) saved, but I do bemoan my imperfect longarming skills. I do it for my smaller quilts, and rely mostly on my meander pattern. If I’m prepared, I can get a smallish quilt done in an hour. (Yesterday, I pre-sewed the backing of the two quilts together, so I could load them both on the machine at the same time. I just changed threads between quilt tops.) I’ve tried doing the pin-everything-and-quilt-at-home but that pinning process is tedious, and I end up doing it over several times to get it right. If I’m going to quilt something on my home machine, I’ll go to the longarmer and baste it first!

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  19. I have two new novellas which are functionally complete as of Monday, and will very likely launch this month, if my marketing angel can do e-cover images for me. Novel-in-progress A has six in-fill scenes and a conclusion to be written. Novel-in-progress B is at roughly 74%. Maybe 76%.

    Meanwhile, job hunt stands at four applications in, and presented by a recruiter for a 5th potential. None of them are jobs I want, but a job I must have, so. Argh.

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  20. Jenny, I was a student in your Maui Writer’s Conference retreat. I learned a TON from you. But do you feel the rules are changing? E.g. you gave us the Protag/Antag Conflict box, and I’ve been a slave to it. But I enjoyed the book “The Garden of Small Beginnings” by Abbi Waxman, and I can’t find an antagonist. Then her second book, “Other People’s Houses,” no clear antagonist. They are domestic fiction, not really romance, and I am so confused. Goodreads comments show readers wanting light and fluffy, which they find in her books, but they aren’t about much of anything. I feel duty-bound to ADD an antagonist in my novel that readers are praising for its frothy tone. PLEASE talk current publishing for us!

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    1. Hi, Cyndi.
      It’s not publishing, it’s writing. That is, you’ll find plenty of protagonist/antagonist books in bookstores now. The key is always finding an editor and a publisher that likes the kind of books you write. I can’t remember what I taught in Maui, but I know at McDaniel we touched briefly on patterned stories and non-traditional narratives, and that may be what the books you’re talking about are. Or possibly they’re more character studies, stories about internal arcs without much external conflict. It doesn’t matter. Somebody wanted to publish them and somebody else wanted to read them so good for them.
      I’m positive I told you no rules were set in stone and you had to write the book you had to write, no matter what I said. I think I tattooed “There are many roads to Oz” on the forehead of every student I’ve had. The key is to write the story you need to write, the way you need to write it. What other people are doing is irrelevant.

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  21. Finished a ghostwriting project yesterday so YAY for getting paid! Just got a call that my side hustle is back on next week. Another Yay!

    Went to fiber group this evening which was fun and I worked on a scarf I’ve had in a bin for years.

    I did all my procrastinating in February so I’m giving it a pass this week.

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  22. I got one of 7 customer quilts quilted. Sadly, my iPhone photos aren’t showing up on my iPad so I only posted the detail of an owl to Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BusJN2RBcT6/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=6b3k6qr877ed

    And now even though I still have the weekend posts on Argh to catch up on, I’m going to stop procrastinating and am off to work an quilt #2. Although, going to bed early is tempting. Need to prep for daylight savings, something I wish we’d stop doing.

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  23. I am getting trained in a new business area at work this fortnight, so my work has all been work. I have made very little progress on my friend’s baby blanket, and the housework is starting to pile up again.

    I can’t even cook, because our stovetop fused last week and we have been warned not to use it on pain of electrocution, and that bastard possum that lives in my backyard ate my silverbeet seedlings so I can’t garden either. In summary: wah.

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  24. I’m procastinating on reading Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan because my daughter is reading book 4 House of Hades. She told me there’s a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of Mark of Athena. So I’m impatiently waiting for her to get closer to the end of House of Hades. It’s a system. 🙂 Plus it’s driving her nuts that I haven’t started the Athena book yet.

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