Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a nice large mug of super strong dark roast, a cuppa tea, some hot cocoa or other warm beverage. We’ll be sitting outside, where it is a little chilly, but the sun feels great and there is no wind in my back yard, so it is refreshing! Where are we? Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as being from New Hampshire.
Monday was my first day back to work since the 23rd of December. It was pretty tough to get inspired! Monday wasn’t as bad as expected, but the week did get busier as it went on. I have several very large projects in process and they have all started to roll along again.
I sent my latest draft of The Old Mill to two people for editing and received both of them back around the new year. I went through the short one first. This had a couple of dozen of small corrections but several large suggestions. After the corrections, I did a few larger scale changes. I hate doing these large scale changes this late in the game, but… I have started going through the second, much longer set of corrections. Hopefully I’ll be done by this time next week. I’ll do one more editing run on my own, then it will be time to start formatting and such. Ugh. I’ve said this many times, but I’ll repeat: The rough draft is the easy part. The rough draft for The Old Mill was about 80,000 words, yet it was about 5% of the total work so far. I wrote it in less than a month. I have spent about two years drafting and editing. (yes, I’m a math nerd – 1 month of 20 months equals 5% ;) ).
I wrote and posted a 4750 word story this week. Yeah, I typically don’t post things this long, but what the heck. And yes, I wrote it out in an evening. As I said, writing rough drafts is super easy.
I have been studying math and science this week. I finished my on-line course on Number Theory, but am reading a college text book on it and doing the problems. Number Theory is abstract, but in many ways super simple – I have been doing most of the exercises in my head and so far have 100% correct. Not sure if I’ll still be able to do that when I work my way up to Differential Equations ;) Possible – I could when I was in college.
I’ve been practicing my music a little, but not as much as I’d like.
I also haven’t been exercising as much as I’d like, though I got one good run in this week. I also had one good session on the row machine and was able to complete my weight training once. Not good, but at least I was able to do it despite dogs whining at me.
Thinking of dogs, there was a lot of dog play and dog walks.
This was also a pretty stressful week for most of us Americans. I am still hoping for a bright 2021, it just may take a while to turn the corner.
Anyway, I need to get up and moving again! Thanks for stopping by! If you have a coffee share, I will try to visit.
Last week was the final week for Alli at Eclectic Alli. to host the Weekend Coffee Share. This week Natalie at Natalie the Explorer has taken over. Thank you Alli for doing it and to Natalie for taking it over! This week’s share is here and the linkup is here.