Though I’ve tried to ignore it, I still have to admit that the orderly part of my brain is still twitching a little bit over the fact that New Year’s Day missed Monday by such a small margin. How perfect would it have been if the Full Year Reset happened to coincide with a Monday Morning Reset? Especially since not a lot has happened between today and yesterday, especially since the boyfriend and I decided to be supremely lazy on our joint day off on the beginning of the year (and what a way to start the year!). There was little more than finishing up our It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathon, playing old video games, and eating Taco Bell (even if they did totally botch one of my items by adding cheese; listen, we have complex Taco Bell orders because of our veganism, but that was the simplest one, just no cheese, and it was the only one they screwed up. Like, everything was no cheese; why would that one item, which says no cheese, get cheese?). So it was great. Just not very productive.
And I work early today, so there’s not much more time to be productive today. The next two days I have off, though, so hopefully that will stave off the slightly high-pitched ringing in the back of my head from feeling like I’m already getting 2017 off to a lazy, slacker start. I hope tomorrow is a good one. I want to do my “Books I Read” megapost, update the World Unknown Review submissions page, and give the My Books tab a much needed refresher. It’ll be a good day, but we’ll not focus on that quite yet. Here’s what I have accomplished, though, just for good measure.
Reading: Though there are many books “in limbo” that I started in 2016 but didn’t finish in 2016, I’m excited to already start my 2017 list by finally cracking over Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, though if the first chapter is any indication, there’s a wishy-washiness to it that’s going to drive me up the wall. His writing can be so beautiful, though, and I do relate to some of it nicely already. A good start to the year; I think I’ll get through it pretty quickly, putting me well on the way to beating last year’s 36 books.
Writing: I’m doing things a bit differently this year. I’ve been thinking about how quickly a lot of the stories that came to reside in Bowlful of Bunnies came about, and it was because I was participating in a prompt challenge that had me writing a story every day. Now, I usually don’t have to scribble out a story from start to finish every day, especially with other projects to work on, so my solution is to write out a full outline of the stories now. I’m mimicking the set-up for the prompts (I pull up three random words from a Random Word Generator and one image from my Tumblr feed, and try to construct a story around those elements. I started a little bit before the year ended, just to get a feel for it, to see how it was working, and it’s off to a great start. Five story concepts mapped out from beginning to end already, all that’s left is writing them out. I work a little bit on Fearless, a little bit on a piece for a deadline, and then a little bit on the story for the day. Ideally, when the deadline story is finished, I’ll either focus on another approaching deadline (more than likely taking from the backlog to fit the journal or theme) or just take on one of the backlogged stories.
Sound a little convoluted? It probably is. Don’t even get me started on the new card system I’m putting together to help me keep track of submissions and place to submit. But here’s the thing: my brain loves this shit. I don’t know what it is, but I seem to thrive when I have all these dump, complicated systems in place. You have to do this before you can do this. This needs to be like this so that this can be like that. So on and so forth. But, hey, if it works, it works, even if everyone else is looking at it, baffled by how I manage to get anything done. But I do get it done, one way or another.
I haven’t had a chance to submit anything yet, but I’m about to go on over to 50-Word Stories and give them a little something to do.
‘Rithmatic: Again, yesterday was mostly just TV, video games, and Taco Bell, so I don’t have much to report on here. I’m just looking forward to tomorrow, as the start of two days off to really get all my ducks in a row and get this year going. The most exciting thing going on right now is that our radiator is leaking through the floorboards which have been eaten away after years of this radiator leaking, but it’s finally a problem for the tenants below us, so someone’s going to take a look at it. I just hope that it doesn’t come around to bite us in the ass, because it’s very clear that the damage has been done over much longer than a single year, but it’s a problem that hasn’t been fixed in so long, and we just happen to be there when it became a problem. Ugh.
Either way, it’s time to try to see how much I can try to get done before I have to get ready for work. Happy reading, everyone!