Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Random Thoughts: New Normal, Planners, Alpha Wolf, and Starlight Bar book 2

I've been in my new home for a week, and I still have boxes everywhere. My office looks like a "landing area" for boxes. I've managed to unpack about a third, but still have a lot to go through.  One of my bookshelves didn't survive the move. It was old and cheap, so I'm not surprised. I need to get a new bookshelf for my office. I'm thinking about a cubby shelf with fabric baskets. I even thought about stacking two of them.
My to buy list for the office has grown to two items.
     1) a desk chair
     2) a bookshelf

With the end of June looming just around the corner, I've been thinking about my quarter goals. I didn't accomplish very many of my second quarter goals. DH's job change and the move took center stage over everything else. It didn't help that this move was tougher both mentally and physically on me than other moves we've made.

But I've noticed a change. Now that I'm in the new place, I'm not as stress as I was living in the staff housing. Even my two kitties are acting a lot calmer.

I'm definitely working on a new normal for my life, my health, and my writing.

Part of that normal is my planner system. I've always used some type of planner or bullet journal. I'm not completely happy with the disc system I've been using. The sad part, is that I have the new 18 month calendars. I just need to figure out how to make it work for me at least for this quarter and then re-evaluate for the last quarter.

I am working on the Starlight Bar series book 2. The amount I get written this week will dictate my release schedule for it.

When I released Alpha Wolf, book 1, I put in in the K Unlimited program.  Toward the end of July, I will be taking it out of the borrow system and releasing through other platforms, including Apple Books.

Book 2 of the series will go into K Unlimited for three months when it is first released. After that, it will also be released on other platforms.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

What I'm Doing

I'm still unpacking boxes. I have a feeling I'll be doing this for a few more weeks. The second and third bedrooms are small. My bookshelves won't fit into the room that is to be my office, so they're in the room directly across from it. I also had to put the old dresser that I was using as a counter top and for storage in there too.

I'm hoping to have all the boxes that are still in my office unpacked by the end of next week. The sooner that I get it done, the sooner I can set up my writing space. I still need to go shopping for a new desk chair. My old one was in bad shape and didn't make the move.

I'm reading and editing the first chapter to the second book in the Starlight Bar series.

I'm waiting for various repair people to fix several issues in the rental. I really wish the problems had been fixed before DH and I moved in, but they weren't, and the management company acted like they had no clue about them. On the plus side, it's nice not hearing the howls and barks of the neighbor's dogs, or the neighbors fighting. The duplex we rented is separated from the other duplex by the  tandem garages.

I'm making simple meals. Over the past two months, I've put on twenty pounds. Some of it is due to stress eating, and some to the hormone changes I'm starting to deal with more and more. Yeah, my body is not as young as it used to be. Some days, my brain forgets this, but other days, my body makes it a mission to remind the rest of me.

I'm slowly finding my new normal, and I started back to writing today.

All is good.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Moving Sucks! But There is a Bright Side!!

Sorting through stuff. Trying to figure out what I should keep and what I should throw away (probably should have thrown it away months or years ago). And then there's the packing and living in a maze of boxes.

Moving sucks!

We finally moving out of the old staff housing. We're moving because the new company, who won the contract to run the center, came in and cut almost everyone's pay. In some cases, the pay cut was 30% or more. DH found another job .So now, we are moving.

As much as I hate the moving process, I'm glad we're leaving this place. It's never felt like home. The vibes have been off sense we moved here. Even my two fur babies have acted different. I didn't realize until a few days ago just how much of an effect this place had on me, or more specifically, my writing. Since moving here, I've written less. I'm not happy with this, or the fact, I haven't reach the goals I set for myself.

But there is a bright side to moving!

I'm looking to this move as a new beginning. I will be in a new home. I will be able to set up a new office space and new goals for my writing, blogging, and other social media. I want to start a newsletter. I want to get all the stories in my head onto paper and published for you to read.

I don't have release dates for any, though I have started writing book 2 in the Starlight Bar series.

The boxes aren't going to pack themselves, though I wish they would. LOL!

Have a great day!