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Worked last weekend, but took yesterday entirely off. Slept a full ten hours starting at a reasonable time, woke up feeling rested. That's progress. i'm still pretty high stress because of work and money stuff, but I'm managing it. 

Did my weekly phone calls to keep in touch with people. Working through my to do list now. Swimming is going well.
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 Content note: domestic abuse and violence themes, mixed with bad BDSM practices. And, I suppose, dark humor.

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This week:

Work is going a little better than it was.

I started trying Airbnb, and have had three sets of guests so far: a French man and a Chinese woman from Tianjing, a couple who were hiking the Appalachian Trail, and a lady cop from New York up for the weekend to go to a concert.

Not as much writing as I want, not doing the career stuff I should be, but I'm feeling less socially isolated and I've gone swimming four times this week. Plus walking. 
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 This weekend E1, S's daughter, came to visit with her new boyfriend T. I like him! He's pretty intense, but he's clever and active. They left for a bike race this morning. S (mom's boyfriend) is still here and we're all talking foreign exchange rates and bank regulations. I adore my family. 

Lots to do today. 

Week plan

Aug. 7th, 2016 12:56 pm
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  • Writing: 500-800 words daily.
  • Editing: 20 minutes daily.
  • Career work/planning: 20 minutes daily.
  • Exercise: 10 minutes daily, swim 3 times.  
  • Read a book. 
Goals:
  • Write 3 Tapestry entries, increase buffer to twice a month for three months.
  • Work on anxiety habits and triggers.
  • Start short story for publication.
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I'm doing my lists of turning negative recurring thoughts into positive/affirmative thoughts. As usual, it feels like stirring my brain with a spoon.

Oh, well. I want to do affirmative thoughts more than I want to deal with finding a therapist, so affirmative thoughts are go. 

Out to water garden/orchids. 
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  •  Deep breaths
  • Get up and move around
  • Get some water
  • Get a snack
  • Mantras
    • I am doing the best I can.
    • I am in the present, not the past or the future. 
  • Physical grounding, grounding using senses

So, Trump.

Aug. 1st, 2016 12:26 pm
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 Thinking about the election. Uh, disclaimer for only reading on if you want to read me on politics.

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 I’m in the mood for action, for political intrigue, for space battles and sword fights and bishie boys. I will write at least 250 words per prompt, and may write more if the urge strikes me. I’ll be taking prompts from July 30-31, and my goal is to finish writing all prompts by Sunday evening. Leave prompts there or here. 

Written so far:
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I posted four pieces of flash fiction over on my writing blog thanks to my prompt call, edited 700 words of Colony X, and wrote two entries of Tapestry. I went swimming, did a bit in the garden, and did some domestic nonsense. I talked to my friends, and read the news. 

More days like this would be good.
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I'm taking writing prompts over here for the next couple days: http://lucyweaver.net/2016/07/30/july-prompt-call-2/  ;
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Cheese and crackers for lunch. Iced tea, a phone call with my brother, and a fan. Of such things are simple joys made.  Wish me luck getting some stuff done today. I got overheated yesterday afternoon and collapsed into a nap, and the evening was pretty foggy after that.
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 I’m at the library today, escaping the midday heat. I’m typing this up offline, because the library wifi does not like my computer.

A lot of things are going well, and a lot of things are chaotic. I’m not sure how much, if anything, I want to write about that. Admirably vague, I know.

This morning I woke up, talked to mom briefly, had tea and toast, cleaned the kitchen, started a load of laundry, watered orchids, read a lot of news and profiles about Tim Kaine, watched an episode of Pokemon XY, and packed myself up to go to the library. I plan to write some fiction, some nonfiction, review my brother’s CV, update my online dating profile, and do some work for my day job. Some of those depend on me having wifi, but a lot of them don’t. I went swimming yesterday and plan to go swimming tomorrow. I’m going to eat lunch in town, probably at the co-op, and have chicken curry for dinner. Today is likely to be a day low of socialization. The weather is in the mid-80s and clear, bringing the temperature at my house to about 77 when I left, because I don’t believe in air conditioning houses if you don’t live in Arizona.

A few things on my mind today:

  • I like Tim Kaine more than I expected to. He adds ‘likable’ to a Democratic ticket best characterized by no one liking Hillary Clinton very much. I suspect people would like Clinton better if she got along better with the press, since they’re the filter we see her through, but it’s probably a few decades too late to change that. Clinton is described as privately warm and publically awkward, while Kaine is described as publically boring but likable and privately… boring but likable. I like him being bilingual, too. I don’t know where he stands on my key issue, torture and expansive overseas wars, but given that he’s described as ‘generic democrat’ I suspect I won’t object too hard. His stance on the death penalty suggests he’s someone who understands the value of human life. So, yay.
  • Pokemon Go is improving my view on humanity, one brief friendly encounter at a time. I did not realize how cynical about people, how standoffish, I have been, until I come around to looking forward to conversations with strangers, and seeing what’s over the next hill. A delightful positive development in my life. 
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