Skip to main content

Fortifying Friday - Routine

[caption id="attachment_4712" align="alignright" width="300"]tgif Image created using Bit Strips.[/caption]

I've been struggling with routine for a while now and I think I've actually been fighting the routine that is ingrained in me from nearly two decades of traditional work. One would think I would be quicker at getting my writing projects done given the extra time I have during the day, but something in me says writing is to be done in the evening or on the weekend.

Most of my jobs have been the 9-5 variety, so I think I'm fighting to change my routine to one that is mostly writing during the normal-for-me workday hours. Some days I can write just fine and others it's like all my other tasks are coming first. Maybe I need to have one day of the week where I get errands and such done while things are open. That should probably be neither Monday nor Friday as there are many holiday Mondays and people are less attentive on Friday. Maybe Wednesday should be the errand day.

The week that the time change happens in is always the most screwed up for me. My brain and body are off kilter. Hopefully, next week is better in terms of productivity.

I suppose it IS March break for many, so maybe I shouldn't feel bad for taking some time to relax. Over the past few years I've taken vacation days, but they haven't really been time off. They have been used for attending writing conferences, martial arts seminars, home improvements, or some other career related thing. I haven't had a day where I just game all day or just read all day in a very long time. And I think we all need those days.

Especially those of us with anxiety whose minds are constantly running. We need to engage with something that forces our minds to shut up about all the things we CAN'T do anything about, so our subconscious can work on the things we CAN do something about.

Something I'm trying to figure out is how to finish my homemade soft guitar case. It's the piece that involves the zipper that currently has me scared. I have the top and bottom complete. I basically laid my guitar out and made a pattern then transferred that six times to make the outer durable side and the inner soft liner, as well as, the quilty fluff part that is the sandwich meat. The side is mostly done except for the piece that goes near the bottom for the zipper. Also, I'll need to make a strap. Maybe I should affix the strap before connecting the side to either the top or bottom.

Yes, I sew much like how I write. It's *somewhat* planned but mostly pantsed...

Sewing will become a regular part of my routine soon. More on that another day.

Anyway, I have a story to edit and a whole lot of other things to do.

Happy St. Paddy's Day for those who are celebrating. I'm Scottish so I prefer Robbie Burns Day ;)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Salut,
R~

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Under Siege

My city is under attack. I wish I was being facetious.  The so-called "freedom" convoy is here and so far this is what has transpired: 1. They parked on the war memorial. These people who call themselves patriots. This is where the Unknown Soldier rests. This is where Corporal Nathan Cirullo lost his life in October of 2014. The cars were towed, but who knows what actual repercussions they will face. 2. Later, when asked to move away from memorial, one stood and jumped on the tomb itself while others cheered.  3. Despite having port-a-potties provided for by the mayor, they've been defecating on Parliament Hill, in snowbanks, and on streets nearby.  4. Flags being flown include the Confederate flag of the United States, Trump flags, the Quebec equivalent to the Confederate flag, upside down Canada flags, regular Canada flags, Fuck Trudeau flags, libertarian flags, and ones adorned with swastikas. Yeah, this is totally about freedom rather than racism, white su

A Lot of Bullspit - 2020 ROW80 R3-W5

This week has had a lot of bullspit in it. Shortly after my last trip to buy reno supplies, I discovered mold in my bathroom. While that's not shocking, it's pretty much because they appear to have left wet drywall in the wall and covered the wall with another layer of drywall instead of properly repairing it after a leak. Geniuses. This is a mixed bag. It means I may have to do the tub area sooner than I expected. It is the same wall as the annoying peeling paint, so that's kind of good. I may just need to replace much of the wall, which is about 1.5 drywall boards because it's a small room. Cost wise, the wall repair isn't so bad. I'm not looking forward to having to deal with it, but I acquired the PPE gear for it and the mold removal supplies. Now, here's where the project may change substantially. I was originally planning to install a tub surround over the tile and then use the Rust Oleum tub restore stuff, but if there is mold in the wall, it's li

OIW - Book Cover Design Seminar

On May 22nd, I went to a seminar on book cover design. Before the information was presented on design, the author of Imposter Bride, Nancy Richler , read part of her first chapter and the story sounds intriguing. Lately, I am preferring to read the work of other Ottawa-area authors. Perhaps someday it will be my book that they read in turn. Currently, I am reading The Crimson Man by Patricia K McCarthy and though it is not in my genre, it is a fiery read. Ladies, you'll enjoy it. So far it feels heated like 50 Shades of Grey, but with more substance and a higher level of writing skill. At the beginning of the meeting, announcements were made about newly published works by members of the Ottawa Independent Writers group. The Autism Story is written as fiction by a university professor that specializes in the area. It sounds interesting as well. Nancy Richler answered questions about publishing after she completed her reading. Here is what I took from it: 1. Avoid small pr