And update for November 2020

Flower by the river

Halloween is over. It’s time to get the Christmas lights up and prepare for Thanksgiving.

In England, we’re still in Lockdown 2.0 so there are limits on what Jack and I can do this month. Luckily, we’re allowed to go back to one of his baby classes so we have that to look forward to each week. Plus, it’s good for him to keep seeing other kids, I think.

Mister Pick and I have already started getting ready for Christmas because, like many people this month, we figure why not celebrate early and enjoy the season after the crazy year we’ve had?

I can’t go to any Keeping in Touch days at work and I haven’t ventured to even walk around the mostly-closed mall. I’ve just been taking walks with the family and keeping our heads above water. At least this lockdown was something we could prepare for and knew what to expect.

I’m still trying to keep up with NaNoWriMo 2020 but today I discovered I lost a chapter from yesterday. It’s not great literature, but it did make me feel like I’ll never get anything accomplished. It’s tough to steal moments to write, so it’s that much tougher than it would be if I wasn’t mummying 24/7.

It’s also tough to keep up the bullet journal but I did at least start a November spread today (even though I’m a couple weeks late).

I’ve considered starting a blog just devoted to writing with tips and activities, prompts and writer interviews but, again, I don’t know when I’ll have the time to get that together. I at least got bookblogarama active again after being on hiatus for a long time.

And with that said, I’ll close this update because block editor in WordPress has just deleted text from this entry. (I’m doing well with technology today!) It isn’t a riveting post but I hope everyone is keeping well and getting their writing done.

Happy November!

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An Update on Halloween’s Eve

Green window

It’s been a slow couple of weeks.

Jack got sick last Sunday. It was a cold coupled with throwing up, so I spent a few nights holding him a lot and trying to get him some rest.

Luckily, he’s feeling better now but I’m still worse for wear. I have a runny nose, cough, and sinus headache. I did have a fever. I also had a loss of smell. But all of this is from the stuffy nose and the cold. I didn’t feel it necessary to get a test. I’ve had many colds in my life, and this is one of them.

What troubles me is that with all the social distancing and super hygienic conditions that these places supposedly have these days, Jack still got sick. If we can catch a cold, we can catch Covid.

I’ve wanted to keep taking him to classes just to get him used to other kids because, unfortunately, I’ll have to go back to work next year and he’ll have to go to nursery. I worry about this constantly, and I want to make that transition as easy as possible for him. (I’ll be a wreck. There’s no way around that one.)

Despite this illness in the house, I’ve been able to write a bit in snippets, which keeps me sane and makes me feel productive in some respects. I’ve posted to Medium (the last article was on the subject of said baby illness) and worked on my book.

I don’t know why I say “book” when I have about four I dip in and out of. I love beginnings of stories, then slog through the rest.

What I’m doing is something along the lines of YA romance, and I’ve found Jami Gold’s Romance Beat Sheet.

This has helped me plot a little better than I usually do because I have always been a pantser and I end up not knowing how to steer the story back to where I wanted it to go. Does anyone else have this problem? I’m so impatient and I really want to crank out a decent 1st draft, then edit it without having to totally rewrite the story. This is why I’m amazed that people can churn out a book a month.

Today is Mandalorian Season 2 day, Halloween’s Eve, and the day before I do another Keeping in Touch Day at the library. We’ve not been able to find pumpkins anywhere nearby, so this may be the most subdued Halloween we’ve ever had. But it’s 2020, so what else can we expect?

If anyone else is taking part in NaNoWriMo next month, good luck to you!

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An update for October 2020

It’s been a good day. 🎂  #ThisIs44

I’ll start off with my important public announcement:  don’t get gel manicures unless you want to pay to get one every month. My nails are completely ruined from that polish chipping and ripping a layer of nail off.
Jack is 9 months now and I’ve started Keeping in Touch days at work. There’s not a load of IT going on and no one-to-one sessions for me to do with customers so I’m just a gal in the library.
(I’m learning what I can and cannot touch in there too.)
These days my life is based on keeping Jack entertained, bottles, naps, and so many nappy changes. I try to keep up with my reading and have opted for lighthearted, fun YA rom-coms by indie authors. Of course, I still have Midnight Sun to get back to.
I finally bought an Archer and Olive B6 dotted journal, so the new bullet journal is taking shape very slowly. Steve told me to stop worrying about how wonky everything looks and just do it for myself. Sound advice. I am not a good artist and my spreads are simple but I enjoy it, and now with a journal with thicker paper, I can try watercolor pens. I’ve always envied the people who could go to art supply stores and buy things they would use. Now I can be one of those people.
I’m wondering about getting an Instax camera for Christmas. I’ve looked at them loads of times, but never bought one. Since we tend to go to National Trust places (or, at least we used to) and walks, I thought it would be a good idea to use for mini pictures in my bullet journal. I guess that makes it sort of a scrapbook of sorts as well. I like that idea.
My birthday was good, despite the lack of Florida trips or restaurants or anything other than hanging out at home with takeaways, presents, and my family. But, honestly, that’s what made it a great day.
Writing has been. I have things in motion more than I had in a lot of recent months, so I’m glad of that. I still only have little snippets of time when Jack is napping or Steve’s looking after him, so I don’t get a lot done. Also, as always, I’ve rethought my approach for the current WIP so I can either start from the beginning or keep on with my new ideas.
And with spooky season on its way, get out there, grab your pumpkins, and do your best to enjoy October.
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10 Years of Being Missus P.

10 years deserves a big cookie. 🍪

Today marks our tenth anniversary. We’re supposed to be on a plane today, heading across the pond to Florida, eating chocolates and drinking champagne. Today I should be hugging my parents and introducing them to their grandson. We should be having dinner together as a family and looking forward to our two week visit.

Instead, Steve and I had McDonald’s breakfast delivered, then we had Pizza Hut pizza. Next will be the giant cookie. It’s special, and it’s nice. It’s not the way we imagined spending our anniversary, but in some ways it’s exactly the way we envisioned it because we’re at home with an 8 (almost 9) month old.

Our flight was cancelled ages ago because Covid in Orlando is making Disney a place to avoid. We’re rescheduled for May as our earliest date so, fingers crossed, that we get there then.

Today, however, I’m sitting here with Lenny, my new Lenovo Chromebook that Steve got me for my anniversary present. (Say “Hello,” Lenny!) I can now embark on my dreams of getting at least one book out the door by the end of the year.

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An update for May 2020

Afternoon walk in the sunshine ☀️

I’m trying out my new keyboard. It’s red with typewriter type keys. I never thought about getting one of these before until I saw a post where a girl had a pink, compact one for her iPad. (I need one of those too.)

It’s been so long since I’ve used the computer, and right now, Steve is watching Jack while I get ready for Steve’s birthday tomorrow. (I found his cards! Hooray!)

We’re still under lockdown here, unlike the US apparently who have restaurants open and like is “back to normal.” I still haven’t been to the shops since March, I’m guessing, so the only thing we’ve done is take walks. Sometimes I’ll take a ride in the car with Jack, just for a change of scenery, but that’s it.

To be honest, I don’t know what else I could be doing with the baby other than taking classes or going to the zoo, visiting the library, or other little activities just to pass the time. I worried a lot about “wasting” my maternity leave under lockdown, but I’ve accepted that there’s nothing I can do about it, and Jack’s happy with us, so it’s fine.

Jack has been sleeping better at night (touch wood), so I started journaling and bullet journaling again. I’ve also looked into working on my current WIP (at least I chose one) to keep up with and can tie into JuNoWriMo.

Anyone else doing that? Or has lockdown just been one big writing fest for everyone else? I’m so out of the loop and full of baby life that nothing else really is important.

I’ve messed around on the phone during Jack’s naptimes and want to work more on my author page and my imprint for when I do get my books back to publishing form. (I’ve been saying this for years, haven’t I?) I have only eight more months to be at home so maybe I can get something done but, again, I can’t really worry about that. There is just hardly any time with Jack’s schedule.

The funny thing is, I really thought I would have time to write this year. Yeah, not going to happen. Oh well!

I hope you all are writing and keeping safe. Here’s to a good June!

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