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I slept in this morning, then spent the day between writing, reading a novella, and watching my husband game.

A good day, and one I might mostly repeat tomorrow, except with some time for the kids as well.

Today’s word count: 2,032

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It rained yesterday. It rained last night — I woke up a couple of times and heard it on the roof. By the time I got, just after 6, however, sun was pouring through the living room windows, and it promised to be a balmy day. And what I saw of it was nice.

Wrote 2,030 words today. Happy about that. Tomorrow, I’ll get back to the stat block. Tonight, I’m too tired.

Was supposed to finalize back-cover copy for Siren Circle today but did not. Rather unhappy with myself about that.

Anyway, off to bed now.
tea cup

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May. 25th, 2017 09:41 pm
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When I start something that’s new to me, I have choices about how to proceed: I can read up on how things are done, I can ask questions, or I can bluff and act like I’m positive I know what I’m doing. (Or some combination of these)Read the rest of this entry  )

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In the last day or so, I’ve mentioned to both my kids that I have too many things to do and not enough time to do them in. My daughter’s advice was that I need a schedule. I laughed at this, because it doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

My son told me I need to prioritize and not try to do everything at once. He also suggested a Time-Turner. I told him I’d be fine if, say, I could do a week’s worth of work in a day. (This led to a lovely digression on day lengths on other planets.Pluto’s day length is closest to a week, for those who are wondering.)

What they don’t teach you in school is that prioritize doesn’t just mean decide what order you’re going to do things in; it also means decide what you’re not going to do. Some types of housework are an easy cut, as is clearing off my desk. Another very helpful thing is that at the Nebula Conference this last weekend, some things I thought I would be responsible for were taken off my plate. But my pared-down list is still busy: novella reading I’ve committed to with other writers (they’re reading mine, too), an academic press copyediting deadline, and a novel I’m trying to finish. (This is all on top of family and SFWA stuff.)

So up next (before I go to bed) is roughing out a plan for the next couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

Words today: 325 words

Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk about the other major thing on my mind, the line between vulnerability and helplessness.

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Working on getting back into the groove still. Didn’t help that some had three-hour delay yesterday and today — throws off my internal clock in the morning. On the other hand, I did get to sleep in a little, so I can’t complain about that.

Today was paying work and reading a novella and getting some more words (276). Still a number of things on my “to catch up” list, but I’m getting there!

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Mostly spent the day on sorting e-mail and running errands. Did manage to get the newsletter out and to write 108 words.

Another robot photo from the Nebula banquet:

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A lovely final half day at the conference, breakfast for volunteers, conversation with others, and a great neuroscience talk by Ben Kinney.

And then escaping the area before the hockey fans arrived, the beginning of a long drive home, wherein I’m sure I annoyed the Google Maps lady by ignoring her instructions to take the turnpike. (Turn here to take 476. Okay, take the next exit to intersect with 476. Okay, the next one? No? Fine, take Pennsylvania 33, then. See if I care!)

Anyway, it’s been a wonderful break, and tomorrow is all about catch-up. But I did get 104 words!

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An absolutely fantastic day! We started with the SFWA business meeting, wherein the results of the election were announced. I was not unanimously acclaimed for Director-at-Large, though there were 292 (I think) aye votes. There were also nays and write-ins. Of course, I’m now Vice President, but the overwhelming positive vote was nice. When it was my turn to speak, I thanked those who voted for me as Direvtor, then paused and said, “Surprise!”

The highlight of my day, though, had to be sitting down to talk to Jane Yolen about her time as SFWA President!

The Nebula banquet and Awards were fun, too.

Each table had a lovely robot centerpiece created by Don Jones.Art robot centerpiece

Sadly, most of my photos of the actual ceremony are blurry and not worth sharing.

There were a number of alternate universe acceptance speeches after the awards by nominees who did not win.alternate universe. ebula Award winners

And I got my picture taken with Jane Yolen, who said, “You make me feel tall!”Erin with Jane Yolen

And after I got up to my room, I wrote 115 words and this post, and now I am going to sleep!

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Okay, yes, so far the new streak is only one day, with 257 words written, but it will grow.

Here are pictures from today at the Nebula Conference.

Audience at panel discussion Audience for morning panel on money management

Conversation between Sheila Williams and SFWA’s newest Grand Master, Jane Yolen

Afternoon panel on dealing with discouragement: Barbara Krasnoff, Shanna Swendson, Bishop O’Connell, Siena Leslie, and Trevor Quachri

Cobb salad presentation at Crafted, the hotel’s restaurant

Nitrogen ice cream! (i might be a tad envious of their mixer.)

Jeffe Kennedy and Lawrence Schoen show off their panache and their hats at the mass autographing

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I had such a marvelous time yesterday at the Nebula Conference, meeting people, listening to people, being lost in a whirl of pretend-extroversion … and I didn’t write. For the first time this year!

To distract you from my shame, I offer a picture of the audience at the panel I was on this morning on money management.

Audience at morning panel

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This morning, I followed the usual routine — get up, make kids’ lunches, get them off to school. Then I made sure I was ready, and about 10, I set off on the drive. Took longer than Google expected, possibly because I took more pit stops, there was construction, and there was at least one accident. Eventually, though, I got to Pittsburgh.

The Nebula Conference is one of those marvelous conferences that gives out a bag of swag, mostly books. So my first activity upon arriving was to spend around 3 hours assembling bags of books. (Before my arrival, they’d already spent 2 hours getting all these books unpacked and set up like this!

Tables piled high with books
I’ve already met wonderful people whom I’d only known online before (including Dawn Bonanno! We’ve been friends online for like fifteen years!), and had a good dinner. Came back to the room, unwound a bit, wrote 219 words, and now I’m ready to sleep.

Requisite view from hotel window:
View from window

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Up waaaay too late because I wanted to make sure everything is ready to head off to Pittsburgh in the morning. (Still need to check audiobooks or music!)

Did squeeze in 116 words.

That’s all from me today.

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Edited my novella for the contest today. Which means all of 77 words added, I think. Eh, it’s something.

I also worked on straightening out the final bit of outline for Siren Circle, so the writing there should flow more smoothly now.

And started doing some prep work for the Nebula Conference like picking out clothes and doing what was supposed to be a touch-up to my hair that wound up being much more vivid than that! It’s lighter or darker, depending on the light, but it’s definitely not the “rich auburn” proclaimed on the box.

How’s your Monday been?

New hair color

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Very excited about the upcoming Nebula Conference. I leave Wednesday morning!

Meanwhile, life continues at home as it ever does — some cleaning, gaming with friends (Yay! New haunt in Betrayal!), and words sneaked in at the end of day. Only 342 words, so much less than yesterday, but still words. I’ll take it.

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Trees silhouetted against aurora.

Image downloaded from Unsplash. Taken by Vincent Guth.


I finished the first draft of my novella today! I know at least one thing I have to go back and add details about, but it’s going to wait. Tomorrow, or Monday. Not tonight.

And I can get back to focusing on the next novel, Siren Circle! (That’s what you want to hear, anyway, right? More Pepper?)

Words written today: 4,601
Words written this month: 21,966
Words written 2017: 118,898
Average words/day 2017: 894
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 9

Looking at those words written this month and this year, part of me wants to push one of those up to the next round number. Not happening, though. I’m going to sleep.

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Yep, up too late again. I spent a chunk of the day on SFWA stuff (trying to make sure I have everything ready for the Board meeting at Nebula Conference next week), and then there was taking our daughter to her Brownie sleepover, and my skin itching like mad … with one thing and another, I didn’t get to the writing, really, until after dinner. And then I was only going to do 1k. And then a friend got online and got some more while talking to her. And another friend. And then I was so close to my daily goal anyway, I kept going even though everyone else was being sensible and going to sleep.

Words written today: 2,201
Words written this month: 17,365
Words written 2017: 114,297
Average words/day 2017: 866
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 9

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Okay, so I haven’t actually seen the billowing clouds of pollen coming off trees that I have some years. But it’s definitely there and coating everything. Witness the photos!

Yes, that yellow dust on everything is pollen. Every morning, I have to clean my windshield to see out of it clearly. And this is what I’m expected to breathe?

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In this case, both halfway through the week and halfway through the novella. I’m loving that the novella is going well, but it is distracting me a touch from getting the novel done.

My mom was commenting that when she’s seen my blog recently (only intermittent Internet access), all she sees are how many words I’ve written. For readers who may feel the same as she does, here is other stuff on my plate that I’ve been dealing with, none of which sounds terribly interesting to anyone else, I’m sure:Read the rest of this entry  )

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I really am going to get all these extra things off my to-do list. But there are only so many hours in a day, which means that if I have to run a couple errands outside the house during the middle of the day, and I’ve got a project I promised to finish up last week (finishing touches tomorrow morning, really!), I just can’t get to everything. So I let a couple things fall further behind to try to get these other things off the plate, which will then leave me playing catch up on them — but if I have fewer items to do overall, maybe I’ll hit a balance at some point. We’ll see.

Words written today: 740
Words written this month: 11,077
Words written 2017: 108,009
Average words/day 2017: 837
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 2 chapters with daughter*
Books read 2017: 8

Ursula Vernon’s new Harriet Hamsterbone book was released today, which means all other books take a backseat to reading this one.

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I started the day with a longish list of things to get accomplished, including a couple of errands I wanted to run outside the house. I didn’t get to most of them. What I did do, though, was write, again splitting my time between novella and novel.

Words written today: 3,131
Words written this month: 10,337
Words written 2017: 107,269
Average words/day 2017: 838
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: A few pages
Books read 2017: 8 (Really need to update Goodreads — 2 behind there)

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