float_on_alright: artie researching (research is not for wussies)
I have my interview in the morning and I've spent the evening trying to get ready for it. I'm nervous a little bit but I'm also super, super excited. I don't know how my presentation will go over but I actually had a lot of fun putting it together. I'm just mad I ran out of magenta ink and I couldn't print all of the posters etc. I'd mocked up for the "event." That's okay though. I've got a sample in the "slides" I printed. I've ordered replacement ink so I am thinking when I send my thank you note that I might attach something cute. Or something. I don't know. I'll get to that later. I'm counting the words I have on my slide towards my word count for the month. I spent time and did a tiny bit of research (there may or may not be a works cited slide at the end of my presentation... okay there is, but it's a library for goodness sake. Anyway, the interview is at 8:30 am tomorrow so I need to get to bed so I can shower in the morning. I did pick out my clothes so I won't have to go through that in the morning at least. Wish me luck everyone!!

float_on_alright: procrastination is hard work (procrastination is hard work)

I've been trying to write for about the last 27 minutes, and I have 25 words to show for it. That is not an exaggeration. I think part of my problem is that I'm trying to write an "action" scene of sorts and I don't feel very confident in my ability to write those. I'd like to make it fun but also sound like it's plausible which is the part where my confidence wanes. I'll probably ask for some help on it later, but for now, I need to get some words down so I can go to bed. I've got a big day tomorrow, and there is shit to do at work I'm sure especially since I took last Friday off. I was in good shape before I left on Thursday for the most part, but I have more on my plate this week than last. 

We also have a bunch of corporate people that are going to be in the office, and we've been asked to dress a little more business and a little less casual for the week.  Our managers have gotten very relaxed with our dress code so I can't complain about a week or two here and there where they want us to dress a little nicer. This, of course, means waking up a little earlier than normal and putting more effort into appearances. I have laid out a dress for tomorrow. It's a casual, cute dress but I figure it's probably better than jeans. Tomorrow I'll wear my gray slacks probably. After that, I'm not sure. I'll see what everyone else is doing with the "dress nicer" request and go from there. 

I was thinking earlier today about what I'd written down as my goals for the decluttering adventure and wondering if I'd met those goals. I hadn't had them in front of me while I was working and I couldn't remember what I'd written since it had been more of a free write/sprint write than anything else. 

Here is the list of goals:

1) Anything visible in the room will be something regularly used or visually pleasing. 
2) My bookshelves will be tidy. 
3) I will get rid of at least one piece of furniture. 
4) All my clothes will be hung up or in the dresser. 
5) I will have a reasonable number of shoes that are all at least semi-functional. 
6) There will be nothing piled on the floor with the possible exception of dirty clothes in a hamper or bag. 
7) I will have room to do Zumba. 
8) I will have a designated space for writing or otherwise being creative, and it will be comfortable and inviting space. In this space will only be those things which are creative aids, inspirational, or for comfort. 
9) My room will be relatively easy to dust and vacuum. 
10) I will have a fan I like to help me keep the room cooler. 
11) I will have things on the wall I enjoy and that are empowering.  
12) I will feel good about being in the room and find it peaceful and enjoyable. 

It's amazing that writing out what I wanted, even without having the list in front of me, seems to have helped me. I haven't finished organizing my bookshelf because I haven't picked a flow yet, but it will be quite manageable to organize the books once I've made that choice. My closet is incredible shape, and while there are a lot of shoes in there, it's a much more reasonable amount, and everything is wearable. There's nothing in there that would be likely to break my ankle when I attempt a step. I have my favorite pictures, and baubles set out nicely. They will still be annoying to dust my considering how much of my furniture is no longer packed full of piles of assorted knick-knacks, papers, books, and writing paraphernalia it will be much less difficult to move things around to dust. My floor space is now mostly open so that vacuuming will be easy, and there is lots of room to do Wii Zumba or some other exercise. 

The busted, dust magnet pile of plywood and plastic I called a TV stand is G-O-N-E, and I'm not sure I was ever so thankful to throw something away. That was majorly helpful in opening up space in the room for my speaker/footrest and Zumba. I turned one of my desks into the "entertainment center" which is working out wonderfully. Moving the desk where the entertainment center had been, opened up the area which is now my writing nook. I did end up bringing in my DVD/Blu-ray collection that had mostly been in the loft. However, I got rid of enough of that collection that I was able to fit it on only one set of shelves and a little bit of the entertainment center instead of two or three wracks and a shelf of my plastic tub in the hallway. The stand now fits comfortably in the room and looks nice beside the TV. 

I haven't gotten a new fan yet, but thankfully it hasn't been necessary just yet. When summer gets here, it'll be a little more urgent. I have some awesome stuff to put on my walls, but I haven't been able to do that yet. That may be a job for the summer when mom and I are both home and she can help me. It'll take a good bit of time to get all that worked out. 

The most important part of the list, in my mind, is the last thing on it. I so, so nailed it. 
float_on_alright: well when you say it like that it sounds stupid (well when you say it like that it sounds)
 Things I said I would do this month:

1) Look into agents interested in the picture book I have in mind. 
2) Start consolidating debt and work out significant plans for making payments. 
3) Ban the use of credit cards to a) paying the phone bill I split with other people until such time as they pay me and the car insurance and b) actual emergencies. 
4) Finish decluttering my spaces in the house. 

Progress so far:

1) I started working my way through the Writer's Market Guide that the library had but it was pretty cumbersome and it was the general one which meant that there were limited options for agents that worked with picture books. I found a name and started doing research to help me write a query letter and discovered that the agent had moved to a different agency. Now, that isn't necessarily a big deal, but I wasn't familiar enough with the books they were representing to feel confident writing a letter about why I had chosen that particular group for my submission. After further thought, I think I'm going to get a subscription to the Writer's Market website. It's more up-to-date and appears to have better search functions. You can get a free week-long trial for it so I could try it out to make sure that it functions as I think it does. But I'm not quite ready to turn my focus 100% to that project - which I'll get to in a few minutes. 

2) I consolidated most of my credit cards to a lower interest, lower APR loan. One of my credit cards has a better rate than the unsecured loan so I left it as is. I'll be making low monthly payments (in comparison to what the minimum payments on four credit lines were totaled up per month). The whole thing is terrifying, but I think it was the right move. 

3) This has been a huge change of pace for me but I think it's been helpful in watching my money. I realize it's only been about a week and a half but there were a lot of purchases I didn't make because I knew it would come out of my checking account instead of just showing up on a credit card statement. I know it's completely irrational, but it feels like I'm not really spending money when I use credit cards, when in fact, the exact opposite it true. Knowing I am spending my immediate funds rather than funds "I'll eventually have one day" (or something), is a powerful motivator and I should've changed to this method a decade ago.

4) I didn't feel good about taking a day off last week due to territory concerns so instead, I took off yesterday which worked out perfectly. I was also able to leave a little early on Friday which was immensely helpful as well. I'm still not done. Three days of fairly solid effort and I'm still not done. As I talk about this, I expected that I would feel disappointed that I wasn't able to complete the whole project this weekend, but honestly, I feel really proud if a little ... tired. I thought I might be frustrated but I'm not really that either, just ready to have the final product. In "The Four Agreements" one of the agreements is to always do your best - with the caveat that your "best" will vary due to things like health and circumstances. I can say sincerely that I did the absolute best I could to accomplish as much as I could while still being thorough. I did take a few breaks when I needed to rest or eat but I didn't binge a TV show when I should've been working. I didn't draw my lunch out an extra hour before dragging myself upstairs. I worked steadily and thoroughly for about 12 hours every day. And I got really did an enormous amount of work.

I can feel that I'm getting close to being done, though when I started to ask myself if I could stop decluttering at this point and just move onto organizing and rearranging, the answer was a swift, emphatic, non-negotiable, "no". I really want to have this 100% done before I dive into any more big projects. When I have my space clear and comfortable it won't "fix everything!" but I think it will help me focus and I don't want to spread myself too thin over too many projects. If everything is a priority, nothing is.

So close!

Mar. 20th, 2017 10:36 pm
float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (Default)
Holy Shit I’m exhausted. I have been busting my ass on my room for the majority of the last three days with only a few breaks here and there. I’m freaking sleepy that’s for damn sure. 

I’m close to my goal. I can feel it in my bones that I’m almost to that place I want my spaces to be. I’ve stacked up a ton of boxes in the garage to give a way and I have a couple of things in my car I’m going to see if I can sell or at least get some credit at a local media spot. We’ll see what happens on that, but it can’t do more than take a little of my time and gas to try. Either way the stuff should be out of my hair soon. I’m hoping to get some decent cash out of the Xbox. Not that I expect to get more than a small fraction of what I paid for it, but still it’d be nice to get enough to buy myself a nice Blu Ray player. 

I listened to a book while I was working so I did finish a book today, “Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain”, and it was cute so I’m thinking I may eventually pick up the next one. It’s definitely going on my audible wish list if I can’t find it on like Hoopla or on my library OverDrive account. … Actually, I’m gonna look at that now. 

Woohoo! They’re on Hoopla! I can’t say for sure it’s the entire series but it looks like all of the ones released so far. 

I’m really, really trying to do better with money. It’s not easy to break habits 12 - 13 years in the making but I’m determined to make big changes in my life and I won’t get there without some discomfort. 

I need a nap and a half for real. Or maybe just to go to bed. Yeah, that’d be a good idea. 

float_on_alright: officer haught (officer haught)

I mentioned previously that one of the activities that Marie Kondo recommends in her course and with her clients is to really focus on the reason that you're tidying up and why it's important to you. She says you really need to visual the life you want and what your space will look like in order to do things properly and it make sense. If you don't have a specific goal how will you know if the actions you're taking are going to produce the results you want?

There is an exchange in "Alice in Wonderland" that I think makes the point well:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

This is exactly the point that Kondo is making here and which several other authors and coaches have expounded upon in their works. 

I love the next bit because it says so much about my life so far:

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Isn't that just how I've been living up to this point? "I'm not sure exactly where I want to go so I'll just walk around until I end up somewhere and hopefully a street sign will strike me and I'll decide that's where I want to be."

I don't want to live that way anymore because it is exhausting and not rewarding with the exception of the occasional moment of stumbling into something every once in a while (a clock with a dead battery is still correct occasionally). I know that's been a prominent theme in my journaling these last few weeks. 

So, why did I decide to tidy up and what do I want to get out of it and why do I want those things out of it? Or something. 

I have a large bedroom and a spacious walk-in closet and yet I don't seem to have a lot of room. I have lots of containers to help with organizing my belongings not to mention several bookshelves, desks, and a massive chest of drawers. I've been allowed to keep things in the loft as well. Further, I have the cabinet space for two sinks but with only one sink so that I have that entire section of counter that can be used for lotions and potions etcetera. On top of that, I have a medicine cabinet and an over-the-door organizer hanging down. There are two of those on my closet door. There are crates and boxes and giant plastic tubs (I think one of them is 50 gallons). I have stuff in the loft closet as well. 

Somehow, with all that space and all those containers, my stuff is nowhere near contained. It's spilling over everything. It's piled and toppling in every corner of space I own. Including out from under my bed. 

It's too much. It's just too much. 

I didn't think I felt this way as a kid, teen, or younger adult. Choas suited me fine and I knew where everything was because "I had a system". Maybe that was a lie, maybe it wasn't. I can't say with any surety. 

What I can say is that I have gotten to the point where I absolutely cannot breathe in my own space anymore unless I'm sleeping and I can't promise that it's not disturbing that too. 

I want to come home and just be able to relax without moving a pile of clothes to another portion of the room or precariously balance my books on the edge of an already too full bookcase and hope nothing falls down. I want to be able to rearrange the furniture in my room and maybe get rid of a piece so that I have more floor space for doing Wii Zumba or wrapping presents in front of the TV at Christmas. I want to know what I have and where to find it. 

I think a lot of the shopping I've done has been out of the idea that shopping makes me happy and that having stuff makes me happier. I'm sure there is, to an extent, truth to this. There are sometimes that looking for a new pair of shoes or a great outfit or a power lipstick is fun and exciting. There are times that having these things and using them have brought me joy. The thing is a lot of these things are just taking up space now. I don't use them but I don't throw them out when I buy something new because "what if I need it". But if I don't use it at least once a year, how can I possibly justify keeping it? 

I've mentioned it before, but I also get caught up in the idea that a particular person gave it to me and I don't want to dishonor our friendship or their memory or some other similar bullshit by getting rid of whatever thing it is. Mementos are great and I should have some. I should keep most pictures and a few other small things, but I think that's the key here: few other small things. 

I feel like if I can tidy my space that I will be able to tidy my mind. I used to think that was an absurd idea and maybe that isn't how I used to function as a person, but now I know in my bones that if I'm going to change my life I'm going to need to change my environment. I don't need a new place, I just need to make my space like new. I have a lot of habits I'm changing and breaking and replacing but in order to continue, I have to have a space clear of junk. I have to be reminded that it isn't stuff that makes me happy. I have to have a safe, relaxing space to recharge. I have to let go of the things that are holding me back literally and figuratively. 

So again, what does that look like? Anything visible in the room will be something I use several times a week at least or is there because it's visually pleasing. My bookshelves will be tidy. I will be able to get rid of at least one piece of furniture. All my clothes will be hung up or in the dresser. I will have a reasonable number of shoes that are all at least semi-functional - as in they would be worn at least twice a year. There will be nothing piled on the floor with the possible exception of dirty clothes in a hamper or bag. I will have room to do Zumba. I will have a designated space for writing or otherwise being creative and it will be comfortable and inviting space with only those things which are creative aids, inspiration, or for comfort. My room will be fairly easy to dust and vacuum. I will have a fan I like to help me keep the room cooler. I will have things on the wall I enjoy and that are empowering.  I will feel good about being in the room and find it peaceful and enjoyable. 

I think that about covers it. Wish me luck.
float_on_alright: I understand which if i think about it disturbs me (I understand which if i think about it d)
Believe it or not, but I think I finished my soulmate first draft. I can hardly believe it. There is a lot of editing to do of course, but I’m going to let it set for a day or two before I start really digging in. There will likely be a lot of deleting and rewriting obviously but I’m going to give it a few days to rest before I start working on it again. Once I got through it a bit, I’ll be sending it to poor Rebby who is going to have read what is currently over 12,000 words on a pairing that isn’t even one she’s ever seen on screen. Bless her. She’s a good friend. 

In other news, I had started a book about decluttering a while back - “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” or something like that. I’m sure you’ve probably heard of it. As my other book (“White Trash Zombie Gone Wild”) was stressing me, I thought I’d take a break from it and listen to a little more of the decluttering guide while I walked the dog - I immensely enjoy listening to books while I walk the dog. The next bit that I listened to in the 
“Tidying Up” book was instructions on a journaling-like activity that, according to the author, is an absolutely critical part of the process if you want the decluttering to stick. I listened on but right behind that instruction was another activity to do and that made me feel like I really needed to rewind a bit and listen when I could sit down and work on the activities. 

I guess I could listen to the whole book through and then go on about my way, but I feel like there isn’t much point in listening to and reading self-improvement books if you’re not going to do any of the processes they suggest. And maybe nothing will really come out of the activities but I think I will get good things out of it. One of the things she says you need to do before you start a project like this is decide what it is exactly that you want to get out of the process. Really, really visualize it and have it clear in your mind. Then ask yourself why you want what you’ve envisioned. Once you’ve answered write more about why those are things that you came up with until you’ve written down at least a “why” to the “why” to the “why”. As someone who has been floating through with only a vague notion of what I might want for myself, I think this is a really good idea. 

There is a marked difference in my vision for my life - as in I do actually have the start of one - since I read “You Are A Badass” as it’s one of the things stressed in that book as well. Knowing how pointless life starts to feel when you don’t have something specific you’re working towards, a firm goal in mind, I have to say these kinds of processes do seem critical. If you aren’t aiming for anything, you’ll end up doing nothing and, at least for me, that tends to be an empty existence. 

Many of the articles on motivation, creativity, and productivity expound on the benefits of thoroughly digesting and then writing about the books you read. I’ve always been a prolific reader, but I can’t say that beyond a few reviews here and there that I’ve been digging into the information my reading provides. Granted most of the reading I’ve done has been for fun and I certainly intend to continue to read fluff and fun but I’ve been spending more time reading non-fiction lately and the whole point has been to work towards making a better life for myself. I can’t expect to do that by flying through a ton of books. It won’t matter how many books and articles I read if I don’t take the time to not only ingest them but also really digest them. 

I need to make my way towards bed - have make up to take off and leftovers to put in the fridge for now, but I am going to have to do a better job of working on these activities if I want my new found motivation and lack of depression to continue. And sleep is vital too! 

float_on_alright: procrastination is hard work (procrastination is hard work)

I haven't been consistent with the morning posts but I'm glad I'm getting good with the evening ones. I'm wondering what kind of schedule I would have to set up for myself in order to get better at it. Alternatively, it might good for me to avoid getting online in the mornings all together until I'm starting work because once I start playing on a computer or on my phone I tend to get sucked into a game or lost in a stream social network posts and those are the kinds of things I'm trying to get involved in less. It's going to be an interesting line to walk I think. I may need to consider doing paper journaling in the morning instead of online journaling so that I do stay away from the internet for a little while longer. 

I have several mindfulness exercises that I want to do but I'm not sure when I'll do them. I know that it isn't that I don't have time, it's that I have made the time. I have lots of time, but using it wisely is something that I have done well with in the past and something I want to excel at in future. Any habit that leans towards inaction is likely easier to keep than building habits of action and a proactive lifestyle. I've spent a lot of my life being reactive and have done okay but I think if I could become a more proactive person, I could accomplish the things from my daydreams. Anyway, off to the library to pick up a book. 
float_on_alright: leverage mischief managed (leverage mischief managed)
Today was awesome! Jaymie and I had a nice morning and then I my sister and her fam at the theater to see “Get Out” which was incredible. Then I got to spend the rest of the day being mostly lazy. I spent about 2 hours playing sudoku and listening to “How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back”. I then took the dog for a nice long walk while still listening to my book. It was a really nice walk and the weather was wonderful. I wish I’d had a little more time to play in the snow but it was lovely. North Carolina being what it is, the five inches or whatever that we got had all melted by the time I got out of the movie theater around 2pm. 
I got about 500 words added to the soulmate story which was awesome. Another couple of days like that and I’ll have it done. I know I’ve been saying I’m close for … weeks, but really really it’s so close. 
My goals for this week include finishing the soulmate story, decluttering my closet, and facing some stuff at work I avoided Friday. I’m not sure if they’ll be anything else. Maybe reading another book or two… Okay that’s pretty much a given. ;) 
I’m wishing you all a great week! 

March 11th

Mar. 11th, 2017 12:46 pm
float_on_alright: saying book 'em danno is priceless (saying book 'em danno is priceless)
 I forgot my day starter thing again yesterday. Well, actually I didn’t forget so much as I was struggling with some work stuff and I was having trouble “staying in the moment”. I did really well the night before. I even slept mostly without trouble - I mean it took me a little longer to go to sleep but considering that’s the difference between taking 10 seconds to fall asleep and 10 minutes, I really can’t complain. I did wake up at 5:30am but because of thunder. Not just any thunder either; this was shake the house, set off car alarms, go on so long I thought a plane was falling out of the sky into the neighborhood kind of thunder. I am not kidding about the car alarm thing either. 
Yesterday morning though was more difficult. One thing that was on my mind wasn't the worst ever. The other thing isn’t yet resolved, but I think I know how I’ll handle it. 
I didn't do my thankful list last night either but it was Friday and I was very thankful to be off for the weekend. Plus I was busy freaking out about Grimm - I think they're going to hurt me, but at least it looks like Truble will be back soon (she's so hot). I have some really fun things planned this weekend like lunch later today with friends and going to see a movie with my sister tomorrow that I’m super excited for. Right now though, I need a shower!

March 9th

Mar. 9th, 2017 10:44 pm
float_on_alright: liberated a sword (liberated a sword)
I forgot to do my morning post today and I was annoyed but by the time I remembered I was sort of caught up in my day. Also in the book I was reading, “Been Here All Along”, which Oh Myyy Gawd I was absolutely unable to put it down for more than like five minutes at a time. It was like crack. Or really excellent fanfiction. So gooodddd. It’s by Sandra Hall and I highly recommend it if you like m/m fluffy teen romance. 
I did enjoy a lot about today, especially reading that book. My friend Emily and I had so many fun laughs today and had a lovely walk this afternoon - only like 15 minutes but it was a wonderful break. I had several good calls with my customers today too which was great. 
The problem with getting sucked into a book like that is that it’s hard to get anything else done, including work on my writing goals. I have a feeling today is going to be a “bare minimum” writing night but I’m pretty okay with that. Almost all of my goals have been met for the week which is great. The only thing I wanted to accomplish by 11pm tomorrow that I have not yet is write 300 words in an original fiction piece. I am going to try to get a hundred or so words on that tonight just so that I can at least have a start tomorrow when I get home in the evening. I’ll probably need to walk the dog and I’ll also need to make dinner. I am usually pretty worn out on Friday nights too so sometimes it’s hard to stay awake to write at all. It’s kind of funny to me that Friday night would be the hardest for me to meet my writing goal but I guess with the rest of the week being so busy I kind of start to crash. 
I’ve got a big day tomorrow and I’m kind of nervous about a lot of it so I’m working on the whole “be here now” thing and while I by no means have it “mastered” I think I’ve made some significant strides. If I’m in this moment then I’m not worrying about the moments of tomorrow. And tomorrow, instead of anxiously awaiting “getting through” whatever things are going on, I’ll need to practice paying attention so that I can learn from the experiences and grow. 
One of the things that I read recently that had also been said to me by a coworker only a day or two before is something along the lines of “Instead of asking why something is happening to you, ask yourself why something is happening for you.” Shit happens. There will always shit storms in life and there will always be things that aren’t pleasant but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get something positive out of them. The other part is to remember to take nothing personally. That is also a work in progress for me. I think I’m getting better at remembering that people filter the world in different ways but all those filters are false, even my own. The world may be what it is but all we ever really experience is what we impose upon the experiences we have. Not that I don’t think that we shouldn’t strive to make a better world, but I do think this world would be a better place if people (as a whole) stopped thinking that their way to view the world is the only right way to view the world. 
I am, and have always been, a person of faith, but I feel like religion causes a more pain than just about anything else in the world. Don’t get me wrong, an individual’s faith can be a tremendous and beautiful thing but the idea that there is only one way to go about living life is not only absurd but often monstrously cruel. I think the only things people should get hung up on are being kind to each other and chasing their own dreams in healthy, determined ways. 
I’d like to stay up longer. I’d like to write another chunk, but I’m actually exhausted and I have a big day tomorrow so I’d better get some rest. Wish me luck!
float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (get up survive go back to bed)

1) Survive and complete goals for Writo de Mayo - write at least 17k words and at least 26 days out of the 31 (meaning I can go without writing anything at all for five days out of the month).

2) Figure out getting the car fixed without tears and without dragging feet (too much). 

3) Read my book club book "White Horses". 

4) Read another book for my alphabet challenge. 

5) Update the alphabet challenge. 

6) Write at least two of my 100 Things posts which you can follow here.

7) Finish all the stories for  [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo. If possible, I'd like to post them. 

8) Finish at least another disk (preferably 2) of Sailor Moon Season 4. 

9) Continue to make progress in book cataloging. 

10) Pick my next writing project (along the lines of another [livejournal.com profile] avengers_tables or the [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo card). 

Well folks, I believe it's nap time for me. I'm seeing Avengers in just a few hours - SQUUUEEEEEEE!!!! <3

float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (busy writing (castle))

I just wanted mention that I am participating in the Auction for Marvel Fans for Safe Schools. If you have any interest in bidding on my work or the work of other great artists and writers, you can check out the auction page here. I hope you'll check it out :)

float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (get up survive go back to bed)
1) Plan the Wilmington Avengers Adventure (aka going to Wilmington, NC to hang out with my friend Jason and going to see the Avengers). 
Time off - Check

Schedule Coordinated for Traveling - Check-ish

Picking a time and getting tickets - No where near...
2) Get new sheets.

3) Catalog what comics I have in which series in a way that is mobile so that I don't pick up duplicates. 


Bought more comics and added them too. 
4) Start Cataloging my books. 
So far I've added 118 of my books. I've still got a long way to go before I've got all my books, but this is a very good start. 
5) Take the printers and the old cameras to Best Buy to be recycled. 

Check, check. 
6) Write 15,000 words. 

This is going very well. Less than 5,000 words left to go - Woot!
7) Finish at least one story from my [livejournal.com profile] avengers_tables and if possible two as that will complete the table. 

One check, two check, and table? Check!
8) Write a story for [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo

Check! Two done, one is in the editing process and the other is finished, but can't be posted yet (this other story has to be posted first, but it's LONG and editing it is a BITCH). 
9) Get and read my book club book. 

Got the book, check. Reading the book in progress. 

float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (keep calm and drink tea)

I have to say that I'm kind of excited about how well I'm doing with my monthly "To-Do" Lists. It seems that "publicly" making lists and then "publicly" announcing my success seems to be a good motivator for not ignoring (or forgetting) to do the things I said I want to do. 

So now that the I've changed the calendar from Auggie to Will and Declan (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shanachie_quill for my awesome calendar full of my favorite hotties), I believe it is time to make April's list of shit to get done. 

1) Plan the Wilmington Avengers Adventure (aka going to Wilmington, NC to hang out with my friend Jason and going to see the Avengers). 

This is going to involve getting a couple of days off or my schedule changed, my schedule coordinated with Jason's, and buying tickets ahead of time. 

2) Get new sheets.

3) Catalog what comics I have in which series in a way that is mobile so that I don't pick up duplicates. 

4) Start Cataloging my books. 

I was going through and cleaning and tidying up my books and I found three titles that I had 2 copies of apiece. That means there were 3 books I totally wasted money on - yeah I was a little peeved. Especially since two of them I have yet to read and one of them I started and couldn't finish because it was so badly written. You can imagine my annoyance. Now, I don't have a lot of comics (yet) but I have a TON of books. Most of the books I read, if I don't absolutely love them beyond love, I take them to the used bookstore which means that the vast majority of the books I have, I haven't read which makes it a lot harder to remember that I have it. I want to catalog my books in much the same way and for much the same reason as I do my comics. However, this is a massive undertaking and with every thing else I've got going on, I don't wanna push to complete this in a month. I do, though, want to make sure I get a good start on this. 

5) Take the printers and the old cameras to Best Buy to be recycled. 

6) Write 15,000 words. 

7) Finish at least one story from my [livejournal.com profile] avengers_tables and if possible two as that will complete the table. 

8) Write a story for [livejournal.com profile] love_bingo 

9) Get and read my book club book. 
float_on_alright: yoda says write! (write you must to finish your fic)
1) Read "Hunger Games" for Book Club.


2) Finish the 3rd part of "You're to Blame" or all the parts of my table, preferably both, but realistically that's likely to be too much. 

Finished part 3 of "You're to Blame", finished one story from the table. So Check. 

3) Write at least as much in March as I did in February. 

Check, but more on this later 

4) Work on the money situation. 

Going alright. Mostly. Eh. Work in Progress. 

5) Say yes to one social-able invitation that includes more than book club, fellowship, or friends who live in a different area, preferably involving people who you have not hung out with socially in the past.   

Eh. Did go to a birthday party... Eh.

6) Make it so that you aren't the only one who can see the improvements in your living spaces. 

Cleaned the crap out of my room. You can sit on the couch! Still got a junk desk essentially, but the improvement was "photo worthy". Should've taken a before and not just after pics. 

7) Finish at least one, preferably two alphabet challenge books. 

I did read two books for my alphabet list: Vanish and Kiss or Kill.

8) Decide of pointless posts like these count towards writing, and if so how to include them in the count... If they do count, require the word count for March be higher than that of February by at least 500 words. 

Ah yes. So the decision was yes. I did include my ramblings from livejournal. 

In February, I ended up with about 17,000 words which I didn't think was too shabby. Did I beat it? Yes, yes I did. 

Okay, I know it's really silly, but I'm actually super excited about how much writing I did this month. The story I worked on the most is about to be edited so it is going to be a while before it is posted, though I'm very excited about it as it is the longest single part piece I've written. 

The grand total end of the month word count? 27,100 meaning I wrote 10,000 more words this month than last. 

There's no way in hell I do that in April, but it sure as hell felt awesome to write so very much when there are so many other things going on as well with work, other goals, and things with my family.

float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (Myka and HG do epic shit)

For those of my friends who are not members of [livejournal.com profile] furys_avengersI wanted to mention something we're getting involved in. 

In support of Marvel Fans For Safe Schools, we are hosting an auction to help raise money for the GLSEN - the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network which works to end bullying, both physical and emotional, of LGBTQ youth in K-12.

If you'd like to help, you can pledge your skills to the auction. We’re looking for fanfic writers, graphic designers/virtual artists to be a part of this auction.

In a few weeks, we’ll put everyone's skills up for bid and then people can get something made just for them. We do want to make sure all gifts can be sent via the internet so that no extra costs are involved. We really want the funds to go toward GLSEN.

Although this is "Marvel Fans" and we are an Avengers Movie community, we are opening this to ANYONE who wants to be involved working with ANY fandom. You don't have to be a fan of Marvel to believe that no one should be persecuted or made to feel like an outsider.

We’re taking pledges for the auction until April 1st. If you have any questions, please let me or [livejournal.com profile] shanachie_quill know. 

If you'd like to sign up, the link for the sign up page is HERE

float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (get up survive go back to bed)
1) Read "Hunger Games" for Book Club.

2) Finish the 3rd part of "You're to Blame" or all the parts of my table, preferably both, but realistically that's likely to be too much. 

3) Write at least as much in March as I did in February. 

4) Work on the money situation. 

5) Say yes to one social-able invitation that includes more than book club, fellowship, or friends who live in a different area, preferably involving people who you have not hung out with socially in the past.  I will null this if the only invitation is to go on a date with a guy I'm not comfortable saying yes to. I do need a good reason to not be comfortable, though, no offense meant to any one who has them, but having children counts - I'm not ready to be in dating situation that involves children. It is important that I stay out of the lives of children I cannot, at this time in my life, commit to. Also, this does not require me to say yes to people I don't like, such as Wendy, who makes me angry but seems to think we're friends. 

6) Make it so that you aren't the only one who can see the improvements in your living spaces. 

7) Finish at least one, preferably two alphabet challenge books. 

8) Decide of pointless posts like these count towards writing, and if so how to include them in the count... If they do count, require the word count for March be higher than that of February by at least 500 words. 
float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (dancing zoe and mal bdh)
1) Write something and keep track of the daily word count - ish. 

The final count was around 16,200 words. Yay me! (I know it's not the 50000 of some people's November, but still.)

2) Finish something I'm writing, dammit.

Well, I finished two parts of "You're to Blame," one Danny/Steve story, and the first story in my Avenger's MiniTable. 

3) Read/Finish two books from the "Alphabet Challenge" 

I read Avengers' comics (two volumes that I am counting for "A" and Oh.My.Gods for "O". 

4) Do some tidying up in the room. 

I threw out a lot of trash and dusted! I've also started to better organize my books, one of the desks, and the closet isn't looking quite so terrible.

5) Don't be a complete recluse. 

Fellowship weekly, a movie night and drinks with the girls, dinner and movie in with the other girls, book club with the girls, and meet up for coffee with a friend I hadn't seen in ages. 

6) Don't spend money I don't actually have. 

Eep, well this went so-so. I did have some stuff come up for the car, so yeah I did spend some, but it was very necessary. Plus my family is helping. 
float_on_alright: i'm known as actually (hawkeye is awesomes)

1) Write something and keep track of the daily word count - ish. 

- Totally updating my word count excel sheet every day. I plug in the story word count at the end of the day and it - viola! - tells me what I've written (I've written a little over 12,300 words thus far this month and today is in fact the first day I have not written at least some in one of my stories).

2) Finish something I'm writing, dammit.

- I finished first and second parts of "You're to Blame" (second part currently in the Beta/Editing phase).
- I finished MASH which is a coda of sorts to my "Truth or Dare" series (also currently in the Beta/Editing phase)
- I have begun going over other stories in hopes that one of them will poke back at me so I can work more on them. I realized have nearly 9,000 words in story which I would one day like to finish especially since I have already spent so much freaking time on it.

3) Read/Finish two books from the "Alphabet Challenge" 

- One book down! Will be updating my list soon.

If you're interested in what I'm doing click here.
If you'd like to see what I've read so far, you can see that here

4) Do some tidying up in the room. 

- I dusted!
- I threw out all the trash from my couch (yes, there is a small couch in my room - it is mostly used as a way station for my books, bags, and clothes).
- Organized all my stuff for doing my taxes. 
- Got all the books onto shelves or in crates and boxes (aka off the couch and floor).

5) Don't be a complete recluse. 

- Went to see "The Woman in Black" with friends and had drinks after. 
- Spent Thursdays at Fellowship (okay not necessarily ambitious socially, but an evening out of the house counts).
- The 29th will be Book Club, so there's that with the gang. 
- Going to see Jaymie, though this may not be until the first of March, so we'll see if this counts (or not).
- I feel like there's more and I've just forgotten it. 

6) Don't spend money I don't actually have. 

- This appears to be going okay. I mean, there's a lot of work I need to do on the car and I'm not sure how I'm going to pay for it. But hey, so far, so good. 

Side notes: Still obsessed with Jeremy Renner, looking into actually reading comic books not just watching movies "based" on them, I NEED more Cho/Summer in my life (which may or may not result in the search for fanfic) and free episodes on iTunes FTW.


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