So… I haven’t done an update post since February 10th.
It’s been a bit crazy.
I’ll just… give a minor rundown.
You might understand, after you read this, why there’s been pretty much zero progress on my #WriteMotivation goals.
Sometime shortly before Feb 10, the drain in the garage (the one the washing machine, you know, drains into) started… draining sluggishly. So when I’d do laundry, it would overflow onto the garage floor, and with the below freezing temps we’ve been having pretty regularly, I had to limit when I could do laundry so I didn’t turn the garage into an ice rink.
So, let’s start where it all gets fun…
Tues, Feb 11
Enough laundry has piled up where hubby is out of work clothes, and we’re all almost out of underwear and socks. Serena graciously let me come over and do a few loads of laundry at her house that evening. However, since I had moderator training for WANACon that evening as well, I wasn’t able to get to her house until 8 pm or so. I was there until 2 am. I am not built for all-nighters anymore. Not sure I ever really was. I suspect that my exhaustion from this helped trigger the migraine later in the week.
Wed, Feb 12
Made it through the whole day on 4 hours of sleep. This is errand day, so I was running all over town.
Thur, Feb 13
Let the 30-hr migraine commence! It hit me about 3 or 4ish in the afternoon. I took a warm bath in an attempt to alleviate muscle tension in my neck. It did not help.
Also, baby brother turned 24. What sorcery is this?
Fri, Feb 14
Valentine’s Day. I could not function. The act of swallowing made me want to vomit, and my head spun and crackled whenever I tried to move. And could barely choke down tylenol. Which didn’t help anyway. The smell of food also aggravated the nausea.
And light. Light hurt a lot.
The migraine finally started fading about 10 pm Friday night, when I was finally able to relax enough to pass out.
Sat, Feb 15
I woke up AND MY HEAD DIDN’T HURT. IT WAS A GOOD DAY. I was exhausted, though, so I just took things slow. Did dishes, took naps, neatened the office. That sort of thing.
Oh, and I made a Cayenne Pepper Salve. It’s supposed to help with muscle aches, headaches, and migraines. Because capsaicin numbs nerves. I’ll let you know how that goes next time I have a migraine. Which is hopefully never.
Sun, Feb 16
Church. Got home. Took care of chickens. Flipped out when hubby discovered that Ginger (another one of the Rhode Island Red hens) had a laceration from the rooster. She’s molting too – an even more severe molt than Lucy (poor Ginger has pin feathers coming in all over her body, and it hurts. I’m trying not to handle her as much as possible, but I do have to get her with the Vetricyn at least a couple of times a day, and she’s not as people friendly as Lucy). Started making game plans for what to do because Ginger was not going to cooperate with being inside in a dog kennel.
Finally did the taxes. I need the refund two weeks ago…
Mon, Feb 17
Hubby called in sick at work. Suspect he had strep throat.
Had mass frustrations with the Lowe’s website. Was trying to order things for pick-up in store (for a second enclosure to isolate Lucy & Ginger until their feathers finish coming back in), and their entire ordering system was glitchy. I could do everything BUT check-out.
So I went to the store instead. Where I was nearly over-charged for a piece of plywood, and WAS overcharged (by TWENTY DOLLARS) for fencing.
Saw smoke from a grass fire about 10 miles north of the Lowe’s I went to. A lot of smoke.
Chilled with Lissa for a bit, enjoyed the lovely weather outside.
Mom came over that afternoon and helped me start getting the second enclosure together, but we rapidly ran out of energy and daylight.
Tues, Feb 18
Hubby called into work again. He lived in bed.
Mom came over and helped me finish the chicken enclosure. Brother came with her, and helped me with a couple of things around the house that hubby couldn’t help me with that day.
We saw two hawks circling overhead. Wheee. You don’t get my chickens, you nasty hawks.
Lucy and Ginger moved into the small enclosure.
Somehow, I made the menu & grocery list for Wednesday.
Wed, Feb 19
Hubby called into work again. Used the last of his ETO. So much for any stay-cations this summer…
Got up, went to take care of chickens… and discovered Ginger had not gotten up on the roost with Lucy, but had decided to sit on the floor underneath Lucy.
You know what comes out of pretty much every animal butt in existence?
Yeah, it was all over Ginger’s back. And in the OPEN LACERATION.
Spending Wednesday morning giving a chicken a bath – a chicken with an OPEN WOUND, mind you – was not how I’d planned to start my day. And then I discovered that LUCY also had a small laceration (again). This one had likely happened the same day we finally moved them into the enclosure. I just obviously hadn’t moved her soon enough.
The morning pretty much culminated in me calling my mom in tears because I had no more clean clothes – all of my pants were covered, quite literally, in chicken crap – and I couldn’t use the washing machine because I’d managed to break it and make it so it wouldn’t fill.
So mom ended up meeting me along one of my errand stops to retrieve some of my laundry so I could have clean clothes again. Thank you, mom!
And she did research on the washing machine for me… and discovered that it was very simply fixable.
I’d pretty much put the drain hose too close to the ground and was causing it to siphon the water off the machine as it was filling. Oops.
And I found a box to shove in the shelter with Lucy & Ginger for Ginger to sleep in. No more chicken baths, huzzah!
Thurs, Feb 20
Hubby went back to work. Not because he felt significantly better… but because he had no more time off.
We had 50 mph wind gusts. Lucy and Ginger had to go back in with the other chickens because the wind was tearing the tarp off that I had covering their enclosure. Because we have hawks in the area. I eventually remembered that I had bird netting (to protect berries) in the shed. While it won’t prevent a hawk attack, it would definitely complicate one, and so over the second enclosure it went!
And I did more work in the office. Because WANACon was imminent.
Hubby also managed to improvise an old trash can to slow down the water flow from the washing machine into the drain, so it doesn’t flood anymore. MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF LAUNDRY COMMENCED.
It was also the free PajamaCon night pre-WANACon, though I had to run back and forth half the time to help hubby with the washing machine and get the chickens put to bed.
Fri, Feb 21
I had 2 of my 3 moderator assignments on Friday, and also attended three other sessions that same day. So to say that my brain was spinning by the end of Friday would be an understatement.
I also… became aware of a huge opportunity for me that I’m pouncing on, and have been emailing back and forth with someone, but that’s all I’m going to say at the moment because things aren’t set in stone yet. But if everything works out, it’s REALLY AWESOME.
Sat, Feb 22
More WANACon! Had my last moderator assignment, and while I hadn’t planned to attend any sessions before 2 pm my time, I made a last-minute decision to join the Keynote session because there were SEVEN HANDOUTS.
Michelle and Eris can attest to my love of handouts, because they also squealed along with me at OWFI last year when the luncheon seminar we paid extra for had a 27 page handout. We obviously like speakers who are prepared!
But that said, I was in sessions from noon till 7 pm on Saturday.
My brain was spinning at the end of it.
But on to WANACon…
I’m so glad I signed up for WANACon. They had several revision-focused workshops, and honestly I’ve been feeling a bit stuck with Catalyst. This is the farthest I’ve ever made it in the revision process on an actual novel, and so I’ve been a bit… lost. I definitely needed the conference to help me find what I needed to focus on, and I have a lot to work with now. I’m still in the maze, but I think I know how to find my way out now.
I’ll have a better review of WANACon up eventually, but I will say that my favorite sessions were Backstory: How Your Hero’s Past Shapes His Future (by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglusi of Writers Helping Writers), Creating Compelling Scenes & Characters by Shirley Jump, and Simple System to Rock Your Revisions (by Gabriela Pereira of DIY MFA, and Julie Duffy of Story A Day).
And finally, #WriteMotivation…
My February goals are… not coming along well.
- Get at least one-third of the way through Catalyst revisions. – I can already tell you now that this isn’t going to happen. I obviously need to revise this goal. Probably something more like time spent than actual progress made.
- Get half of personal A-Z Challenge posts written. – Not happening either. Hoping to have them all outlined by the end of the month, rather. Which is in 4 days. Grrrr.
- Get all of assigned Ferret A-Z posts written. – I can still do this one. I have 2 of my four remaining blog posts outlined, and just need to sit down and finish this one.
- Finish world map for Undoing. – Not happening either.
- Start organizing filing cabinet. – This could still happen. I can actually get to the filing cabinet now.
- Read at least one writing craft book, and one non-fantasy fiction book. – This could still happen as well. We’ll see.