Monday Morning Reset.

Here I sit, doing my Monday Morning Reset, on a Monday that I actually have off. When I started this little weekly evaluation and refresh, I was regularly having Mondays off, so it just made sense, because I had the whole day ahead of me to wrangle some stuff into order and get my shit together. This has definitely not been the case for a while now, as work has been crazy to the point where I’m actually working more hours than my supervisor (whaaaat?). But today, sweet, blessed today, is a genuine Monday Morning Reset like the days of old (January), and I am very much looking forward to it.

Granted, since I am working more these days, my afternoon is going to be filled with a lot of errands and such, but I know I have this morning and the evening while the boyfriend is at work to get some other stuff taken care of. But for now, let’s have a look at the week that was and the week ahead.

Reading: I’m getting closer to knocking out a couple of the books leftover from last year, as well as one of the newer ones for 2017, though I’m really backed up and my stack is fat. I have trouble focusing on reading except in the morning, but I might try to knock out a few more chapters today. For my new book of the week, I’m delving into Gregory Maguire’s Wicked again; it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve read it, but I’ve always enjoyed it, so it’ll be a nice, lighter, quick read to help pad the numbers a bit.

Writing: It just struck me yesterday that we’re already in March. In the sweet, innocent days at the beginning of the year, I had these plans for a special April project, but I’m realizing I might not have the time. I can still make it a May project, but that means I’ve got to readjust how I do a few things. I might not be submitting as much for the next few months, but I think, since at last count I had more than 40 stories floating around, that’s okay.

A few more rejections came in, bringing the current total to 34. Perhaps it’s the lack of acceptances to make things a little brighter, since I haven’t had one of those in a while, but the rejections have been hitting a little harder lately. One was for an anthology I was really getting my hopes up for, so that blow hurt, but I’ve got to keep moving on. There’s another anthology I’m excited about that will be making their choices this month, too, so I’m just going to stay hopeful on that one for now, and maybe a few others will turn up. I’ve also got the upcoming issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly to look forward to, as they’ll be publishing my story “The Space Between Worlds.”

‘Rithmatic: I only saw a surge back up in my weight once in the past week, and that was after an unorthodox day that involved going out for a really big breakfast, so it’s okay. I’m definitely noticing a difference in my face these days, which is always where I start shedding pounds first, so that makes me happy. Yesterday was the four-year anniversary with the boyfriend, and we celebrated it by having to work. Just like Valentine’s Day! But, no, we had our days off together last week, which is rare, so we took advantage of it by doing lots of things, including going to see Logan, which I highly recommend, especially to fellow storytellers. I need more superhero movies like this…or rather, not so much a superhero movie as it is a movie that happens to have superheroes in it. It’s such a wonderful, moving, intimate story, about characters we love and characters we will love, with outstanding performances all around. It’s not shy on the excitement and fighting, either, while still managing to pull a few heart strings. I’m really sick of the over-the-top, save-the-whole-universe, assembly superhero flick (Guardians of the Galaxy, you get a pass), and Logan is such a perfect antidote to that. It also didn’t hurt that the little girl’s name is Laura, which means i got to hear Sir Patrick Stewart saying my name a lot.

Ahem.

Nothing too big planned for this week. I might be doing a call for beta readers soon, so keep an eye out for that, and a new featured story from WUR Vol. III is up, so definitely check that out, especially if you like pirates and space and especially space pirates. I’m off to try and keep this spark of productivity alive for at least the next half of the day

Happy reading!

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