So, it’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to update. Remember how I was talking a few post back about how Mondays were so nice because it was really the one day I had to myself, to catch up on all my writing and cleaning and everything else. Nope. Wrong. Just as I was starting to get settled into that schedule and really look forward to making the most out of it, the schedule changes. I work Mondays again. Thursday randomly becomes the day where I can get all my things done. My brain goes into a minor tail-spin because the way I had things planned did not go as planned. Time to regroup. Time to replan. Time to force myself into taking things one day at a time again. Sigh.
Life is all about change, though, isn’t it? So I suppose I just roll with the changes and do what I can, and that’s the best I can do. I’m determined to turn today into that Monday I was looking forward to having, to get a lot of stuff done, and to reorganize my thoughts for February. So here’s what’s on the agenda today:
-Make a blog post. Since you’re reading this now, we can assume that has been accomplished. Signed, sealed, delivered.
Laundry. I don’t know how one person seems to produce so much laundry every week, but I only have one day a week to do it, so do it, I must. Thankfully, we have a machine in our building’s basement, so getting it going isn’t the problem. It’s usually putting it away where I utterly fail.
Pimp my shit. One of my goals for this year was to sell at least one copy of my book per month, since promotion and marketing is where I really failed in 2013. D.J. Lutz was really awesome and bought the 99 cent Kindle version of Bowlful of Bunnies (and, I see, wrote an exceptionally beautiful review! Thanks, D.J!) right off the bat, which made this task easy for January, but unless anyone ponies up this month, it’s off to explore different marketing avenues and ways of getting my book out there on more spheres than just my blog and Facebook. Of course, many of you already have the book, but if you’d like to help out and pimp it a little on your blogs or have some great suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Submit an Application for a New Job. The desire to get out of the current B.S. of my present Job has been mounting even more in the past week, as I realized with startling clarity that I really have no respect for my boss, and there’s no way I can be satisfied working for someone I can not respect. It’s a very complicated thing, especially considering I’ve been with this company for more than three years and have always expected myself to continue moving forward with it. But lately, it’s been so disheartening and it’s truly distracting from what I really want to do. I told myself if anything ever interfered with my writing, it was gone, out of my life, end of discussion. But I have to find a new job first. So I should probably apply to at least one job today, too.
Submit a Story. Now, when I started this plan to submit a story every day I don’t work at the Job, I had these grand delusions in my head that I could whip up something, even if it wasn’t very good, every day off to submit somewhere, anywhere, and then brush up later when/if it got rejected. These grand delusions did not translate into reality, and I found myself struggling to come up with anything even terrible on those days. Luckily, I did shoot a few stories out, and one was rejected, so now I brush that up and try to find a new home for it today. Which leads me into my next goal…
Write a Story. The rest of my day will be spent trying to really focus on getting another story written. If it happens, great, something to brush up and submit next day off (which is Sunday, though that day off will be spent with the boyfriend’s parents and watching The Walking Dead). If it doesn’t…well, hopefully I’ll at least have something started so that I can work on it more at the boyfriend’s parents’ house because they live out in BFE and don’t have WiFi.
Apply for ANOTHER job. One of the places I’d like to work at only accepts paper applications. How quaint in this day and age, right? So I’ve got to spruce myself up and go in to fill one out in transit to visit with the BF, and probably apply for another place down that way, too, while I’m there.
And, finally, Enjoy a relaxing evening with the boyfriend. Thursday nights are and always will be reserved for just chilling with my boyfriend, having some Taco Bell, and catching up on all our TV shows. And it will be a good way to celebrate having made all the things preceding this happen. I’m particularly looking forward to catching up with the few episodes of True Detective that I’ve missed, especially since Community and Parks & Rec are on hold for the Olympics.
There you have it. Hopefully, a full day, a productive day. A day that clearly redefines the term “Day Off.” But these are the days I truly enjoy the most, the days where I consider my craft, build my career, and revel in my writing. Days that are too far and few between now, but, hopefully soon, will become a much more frequent thing.
Happy writing, everyone! Thanks, as always, for reading.