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December 1st, 2016
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Behind November
A crazy month, a surprising month, a busy month, and a frustrating month. Oh yes, can't forget yet another record-setting warm month, too. Haven't needed the heat to kick in at my new place yet (which is why it's included with the rent, ha ha).
 
Got out to see a lot of movies this month--seems like feast or famine on that front. Hacksaw Ridge, Doctor Strange, Arrival (twice), and Fantastic Beasts. So that was fun, but it drew time away from all the other stuff I was trying to move forward with. My novella The Furthest Leap is at least behaving a little better but still not letting me get anywhere easily, and while my 2017 single-page calendar illustration is going very well, I always underestimate how huge a weeks-long time sink that is. Got my editor's great feedback on the second Geren book early, on November 14, but aside from reviewing it and coming up with my response/questions, haven't had time to start implementing changes. Triune progress fared the worst: started gathering notes to start building the outline for the second book, but things got delayed with the last beta reader so that stayed in limbo. Probably better that way--I just don't have the time. Also behind with finances, laundry, ironing, cleaning, and getting ready for winter.
 
But at least I have an accomplishments list, right?
 
Nov 7 - Finished section 1 of 'Furthest Leap'
Nov 15 - Passed the 10,000 word mark with 'Furthest Leap'
Nov 19 - Fourth apheresis donation of 2016
Nov 20 - Made Portal Page image for 'The Furthest Leap'
Nov 21 - Finished section 2 of 'Furthest Leap'
 
Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout COMPLETE!
Pass 7 Final sweeps In Progress, 5% complete

 
For December, there won't be much time to keep hammering away at The Furthest Leap and art projects before I have to get ready to visit family over Christmas and New Year's. That will be fun! I'm also looking forward to the travel time for making serious progress with the seventh pass in the second Geren book, but I don't know how much time I will find for progress with the outline for the second Triune book and final tweaks with the first. Time will tell--I'm just champing at the bit to get started with pass 1 of the third Geren book, as early in 2017 as I can manage!

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November 24th, 2016
07:57 am
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Thanksgiving Post: The Strange Blessing of Limitations
My topics for Thanksgiving posts appear to be getting increasingly peculiar of late, or at least this one certainly is.

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November 1st, 2016
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Odd October
This month felt insanely fast, even worse than September! Quite warm too, which was frustrating for sleeping at times, but made it great for getting to enjoy the autumn. I got out for three long walks, made it to the Red Wing fall art festival, finished one significant art project and got another underway, finished the DWoT changes and lined up another beta reader, have my wonderful editor reviewing the second Geren book, accomplished various projects around my apartment and have the timer lighting system for Schleffie and the other plants installed and finally stable--yet I still don't feel like I accomplished anything in October!

Oct 8 - Finished 'Second Meeting' wallpaper and book cover versions
Oct 18 - Third apheresis donation of 2016
Oct 22 - Finished 'Feathers' for Zazzle project

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout COMPLETE!
Pass 7 Final sweeps Pending professional review


As for November, at least all of the bigger moving-in related projects are wrapped up, which means there's more time at home, finally, for art and writing. This month I expect my focus to be on the novella The Furthest Leap (which has been fighting me tooth and nail but will hopefully start behaving at SOME point). I'll keep working on art projects, and hopefully I can start building an outline for the second Triune novel, TDoT, but I don't want to start writing it until I hear back from the latest beta reader. Later in the month is when I'll hear back about the second Geren book, so that will determine how much work pass 7 will require in latter November and December, which will also impact the time-line for TDoT progress. Lots happening!

Very much looking forward to Thanksgiving and t'DoL's birthday!

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October 23rd, 2016
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Another autumn
So of course, I can't expect any autumn in my area to live up to the amazement that was 2014, not for years to come. But this autumn was blessed as well. Only light frosts so far, not that many storms or bad winds, and the wonder of at least one sunny day on three sequential weekends in October. I had to take advantage of that, to make up for not having time to spare for spring outings this year.

So for anyone interested, the photo spam is below!

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I love God's work!

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October 1st, 2016
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Speedy September
Busy, busy month, but thankfully also a deaccelerating month. An overly warm month that at least brought lots of good stuff. Enjoyed a great time with my mom during her visit. Got pass 6 of my second Geren book wrapped up, the loan made, and then in touch with my editor, who is excited to start on it. Got more settled in at my new place and moved into the bedroom later in the month as the weather cooled (and got Schleffie moved in and the storage unit cleared out). Finally had some more time for reading for fun again, and also started making tweaks in DWoT based on the feedback from beta readers. Even got to kick off both a novella and an art project, so overall, despite the job alternating between crazy and dead and some frustrations on the home front, it was a pretty good month.

Sept 8 - Third whole blood donation of 2016
Sept 19 - Started writing The Furthest Leap

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout COMPLETE!
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for October, my focus will be on keeping the same balls rolling. I've got a backlog of art projects to whittle away at. DWoT edits need to be finished before I hire another beta reader, and once that's done there's the challenge of launching into outlining TDoT, the second Triune novel. (And the challenge of not typing tDoL when I mean TDoT!) Also want to keep moving ahead with 'Furthest Leap' while Geren books are on the back-burner since my editor won't start looking at the second one until later in the month. Hopefully I can get out for some walks and an art show too, and keep organizing and decorating in my new place. Life will certainly not be dull!

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September 8th, 2016
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Wild August
As expected, quite a busy wild ride of a month. Got back from Canada and then lodged in a guest bedroom in the wonderful Towner's basement from Tuesday to Sunday, and very grateful to be down there during the hot weather! Glad for their help along with my former teammate Anna at emptying out my storage unit and getting my stuff moved to my new place. Trying to get unpacked and ready for my mom's visit from August 30 - September 8 kept me very busy the remainder of the month. I did manage some progress with pass 6 work, but certainly no time for art or writing. Again, sigh.

Aug 8 - Back from Canada
Aug 13-14 - Moving into Gondmar

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout In Progress, 63% complete
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for September, hopefully life will finally start to settle down and provide some time for activities not related to storage units or settling in. I hope to get pass 6 for the second Geren book wrapped up, then I can kick off getting a loan to have it (and later two other novels) professionally edited. Also want to get back into DWoT to make some tweaks and improvements based on great feedback from beta readers before I line up a final beta reader. Hopefully there'll be a little time for art and enjoying the autumn in there as well. Hurrah for summer's ending!

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August 28th, 2016
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Chaos versus Order
For those interested...

I took photos every few days since moving into my new place so I could have a visual record of my progress.

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August 12th, 2016
08:33 pm
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Canada!
Got to see an abundance of wonderful new places during my trip to Canada with my mom and her friend Cindy. While I'd been to Waterton National Park in Alberta 11 years ago, I'd never yet been to Banff or Jasper, or anywhere in British Columbia.

Simply loved it. British Columbia is everything I imagined and more. Vancouver Island and Victoria are amazing, and of course the national parks are marvelous.

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August 9th, 2016
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Grim June / Jammed July
It has been a crazy summer. Grueling, stressful, and far too busy. All of June and the first part of July was focused on finding out where to move, which ended up happening far later than I planned. That meant July brought the additional fun of getting everything I own put into storage, since my lease would end while I was on vacation. All the searching and packing and then cleaning consumed my evenings and weekends. Very glad that I got DWoT off to beta readers early in June, since getting pass 5 done with the second Geren book before my trip was more than challenging enough. Needless to say, no writing got done, which made me the more grateful for the one small art project I managed, since it might be a while before I get to work on any non-editing projects.

June 11 - Finished 'Cruising Altitude' sanity wallpaper

July 4 - Second apheresis donation of 2016
July 20 - Goodbye to Aldamar/Off to California

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout In Progress, 1% complete
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started



As for August, once back in Minnesota, I'll be living with the wonderful Towners for a few days before moving into my new place. My mom will be coming for a visit at the end of the month, so I have a short window to get settled in. That means yet another crazy, exhausting, unproductive month--I am really looking forward to autumn!

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June 12th, 2016
11:56 am
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Remembering Shado (2003 - 2016)
Back when I was in college and afterward, I imagined I would have three cats, three years apart in age so that they wouldn't all get old at the same time. I even picked out some possible names, though none of those ended up getting used.

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June 1st, 2016
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Far-too-fast May
May, at least until the last week, went crazy fast. Not only because I was whaling away at editing every spare minute, but because it was my last month with my cat Shado. Editing and bracing myself to say goodbye pretty much sums it up, aside from a very stressful start to the month with the paid job after the big upgrade. At least that has gotten better.

Not much to show for myself on my lists, since all my energy was devoured between getting DWoT ready for beta readers (almost there!) and hammering away at pass 3 work in the second Geren novel.

May 5 - Second whole blood donation of 2016

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots In Progress, 3% complete
Pass 5 Verbal read-through not yet started
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for June, I expect it will stay busy, but the focus will shift. Time spent on DWoT will taper off (whew!) but my energies will turn to getting ready to move instead. I dropped the ball a little with the exercise bike (less than 150 miles in May) so I need to get back on task with that too. While it would be nice to get going with a craft project, or an art project, or do some writing, I haven't had time for 'nice' for a while now, so I probably can't count on it too soon...

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May 1st, 2016
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Exhausting April
Another crazy month, and also crazy fast. While I didn't get as much relaxing done as I hoped during my time off to finish the first draft of the first Triune novel, it was a much-needed respite, since the paid job has only been getting more brutal, grueling, and time-consuming since. Unfortunately, with trying to keep the edits and revisions of two novels on schedule, time for exercising took a hit, time to get out and enjoy the spring didn't exist, and time for any sort of craft or art projects vanished as well. Hence the fairly pathetic list below. Looks like I didn't do anything, but my aching brain and weary bones would be happy to testify otherwise!

Though the weather got quite warm for part of the month, at least it backed off to more normal temperatures of late, which means I've had better sleep recently and the seasonal depression hasn't caused too much trouble yet--thanks also to my light-blocks.

Apr 1 - Finished chapter 24 of 'DWoT'
Apr 2 - Finished chapter 25 of 'DWoT'
Apr 3, Red-letter day - Finished Dark Wings over Triune!
Apr 16 - First apheresis donation of 2016

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions In Progress, 16% complete
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots not yet started
Pass 5 Verbal read-through not yet started
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for May, gulp... The big upgrade at my paid job takes effect on the second, after which I'll soon find out how miserable I'll be over all the stuff I failed to catch during testing. It's going to be a busy month regardless. It's especially going to be another busy month with my true work, balancing between pass 3 on the second Geren novel, and getting the first Triune novel ready for beta readers in June. Doing a very small garden this year, since time, money, and circumstances don't permit otherwise...and I'll soon find out what other balls get dropped!

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April 7th, 2016
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Congratulations!
Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their ninth baby!

Talia Joy
8 pounds, 9 ounces
21 inches long
April 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

At last the girls have good representation! ;)

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April 1st, 2016
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Mad March
Crazy, crazy month, on a couple fronts. Started out with May temperatures and ended up more normal, with a nice late-month snowstorm that buried just the southern half of the Twin Cities. The month was mad one in other ways as well. More and more work showing up at my job, when there's only two of us to deal with it. But I'm very happy I did a far better job at balancing my energies between writing the first Triune novel and rewriting the second Geren one, even if I'm not quite as far as I'd hoped with the latter.

Mar 1 - Finished chapter 20 of 'DWoT'
Mar 7 - Finished chapter 21 of 'DWoT'
Mar 20 - Finished chapter 22 of 'DWoT'
Mar 28 - Finished chapter 23 of 'DWoT'

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions In Progress, 73% complete
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions not yet started
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots not yet started
Pass 5 Verbal read-through not yet started
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


Unfortunately for me, toward the end of March my body started announcing that it doesn't appreciate my whaling away full-tilt seven days a week at one project or another. The whole concept of 'rest' has gotten increasingly elusive as I don't have time for it, but I'm going to need to make some, somehow. Thankfully April gets off to a good start with a five-day weekend in which I will try to get the initial draft of the first Triune novel over the finish line. I'll escape the job as well, which I won't get a chance to do again until Memorial Day, most likely. So, finishing that first draft, making progress with the second Geren book, various small projects, and trying to recuperate a little will be the agenda in April. I will probably give up my reading time on the bus rides soon, which I've been quite enjoying, so I can get more editing done. But at least editing is less draining than writing!

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March 1st, 2016
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Fractured February
A short month but a full one. As the list below shows, I did not do a good job with balancing work between the first Triune novel and the second Geren book rewrites. At all. At least I had a pleasant outlet with the two side-projects that sprang up as a result of finally making my second Geren book animated avatar. As for calling the month fractured, that was due to two events near the middle of the month. One was losing a personal hero who meant more to me than I realized, and working through that grief. The second was the upheaval at my job, with the downstairs supervisor announcing her retirement in June, and my teammate Anna taking her place. She's already moved downstairs and that means my team of three is essentially two again, with all the extra work that entails...and the big upgrade project getting started at the same time, of course! Life is not going to be at all fun on the workfront, that's for certain, and I'm going to be as stubborn as I can about resisting much overtime for as long as I can.

Feb 6 - Finished DWoT Avar Lineup (silly fun)
Feb 6 - Finished chapter 19 of 'DWoT'
Feb 17 - Finished 'Geren and Puma Lord' (wallpaper version)
Feb 20 - Finished TAoH trailer-avatar
Feb 27 - Finished 'Geren riding Mist' (wallpaper version)

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions In Progress, 26% complete
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions not yet started
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots not yet started
Pass 5 Verbal read-through not yet started
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for March, my pathetic attempts at making simultaneous progress with both my second and ninth novels will continue, hopefully with better success! Tax season is behind me, and if time permits I have a couple small craft projects to tackle. Everybody is expecting an early spring after a very short winter around here, so it will be interesting to watch that, but I doubt I'll have much opportunity to get out for hikes this year.

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February 1st, 2016
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Jammed January
Wow, quite a start to 2016. January was very stressful, extremely broke, anything but dull, and super productive on all fronts except art projects and reading for fun. The accomplishments list speaks for itself--blessed with fabulous progress on my first Triune novel, which is now down to 9 chapters left. Also got through all of pass 1 with my second Geren book, and heartened by the fact that it certainly won't be as much work to pound into shape as the first book was.

Jan 2 - Finished Geren book 1 eBook cover image
Jan 3 - Finished chapter 13 of 'DWoT'
Jan 8 - Finished chapter 14 of 'DWoT'
Jan 10 - Finished chapter 15 of 'DWoT'
Jan 16 - Finished chapter 16 of 'DWoT'
Jan 25 - Finished chapter 17 of 'DWoT'
Jan 26 - First whole blood donation of 2016
Jan 31 - Finished chapter 18 of 'DWoT'

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions not yet started
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions not yet started
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots not yet started
Pass 5 Verbal read-through not yet started
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for February, since I'll be starting into pass 2 with the second Geren book, which is the hardest of the 7 passes, that will slow down my Triune progress significantly. On the bright side, I'll actually get to catch up with magazines and read for fun on some of my bus rides, yay! Also, the money situation will hopefully continue getting better despite the load of an extra $95/month between Shado's medicines and pill pockets. In January I started a sale of most of my beloved Poad collection, and February brings tax season and the annual bonus. I am looking forward to that! Hopefully I can keep on making some tiny progress on the art side of things as well, and keep at it with exercise too.

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January 3rd, 2016
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Dogged December
Quite a close to 2015. Landed back in Minnesota shortly after midnight on the first, and not having to go to work until the seventh proved a huge blessing. I could spend a lot of time home with Shado, and I also made good use of that time between editing, my calendar project, and later some writing.

It was a quiet Christmas at home this year, feeling very blessed over how amazingly well Shado is doing. It would have been very sad to come home and then say goodbye only a few days later, or around the holidays. But he's still with me!

Very pleased that I was finally able to get my first Geren book wrapped up, and getting down to the dregs with that huge project freed up more time for writing in my first Triune novel. And while I didn't actually get the eBook files complete until January 3rd, I am counting the Geren book 1 revisions complete with this post. Whew, at LAST!

Dec 1 - Premature return home
Dec 12 - Finished 'Joy in the Journey' 2016 calendar project
Dec 13 - Finished chapter 10 of 'DWoT'
Dec 26 - Sixth apheresis donation of 2015
Dec 27 - Finished chapter 11 of 'DWoT'
Dec 29 - Finished chapter 12 of 'DWoT'

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 3 Items missed in Pass 2, edit revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 4 Highlight/address bad habits and trouble spots COMPLETE!
Pass 5 Verbal read-through COMPLETE!
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout COMPLETE!
Pass 7 Final sweeps COMPLETE!


As for January, I hope to keep at it with writing the first Triune book, kick off a celebratory art project, and get the ball rolling with revisions for the second Geren book. Hopefully, now that I have my strategy and reference spreadsheets all worked out, with helpful software and books already purchased and used, I'll be a little more efficient with book 2. But time will tell!

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December 31st, 2015
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2015
Back with the little quiz I've posted the last eleven years. 2015 was the closest thing I've had to a 'good' year since before the hell year of 2007. Very grateful to God for that, and interested to see where 2016 takes me.

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December 1st, 2015
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Upended November
Wow, what a month. All over the place and with so much happening it feels almost like three months. Promptly on November 2nd I got the manuscript of the first Geren novel back from my editor, and trying to find time to review and process all that great work along with keeping up the progress with Triune AND getting ready for my vacation (at home and work) kept things very busy. Then I was off to see family over the holidays. The first week was great--staying at my parents, enjoying the lovely fall colors, a trip to Apple Hill (I really like it up there), and Thanksgiving over at my brother and sister-in-law's place.

The day after Thanksgiving was when things really turned upside down, because my wonderful catsitter observed Shado acting a little strange, and paid him an extra visit that evening to find him collapsed. The long-dreaded congestive heart failure had finally arrived, with such awful timing. Thanks to some really good treatment at the emergency vet clinic, he survived the night and rebounded, and was able to be taken off oxygen. But he needs frequent medication and monitoring, which led to my cutting my vacation short and heading home early.

Nov 1 - Made Felin image for Triune characters page
Nov 3 - Finished chapter 7 of 'DWoT'
Nov 7 - Fifth apheresis donation of 2015
Nov 8 - Finished chapter 8 of 'DWoT'
Nov 15 - Finished chapter 9 of 'DWoT'
Nov 19 - Off to California!

And now it's December. I don't know if I will have days, weeks, or months left with Shado, though I fear it will be on the shorter side. My other priorities will be divided between finishing up the first Geren book manuscript, finishing an art project, and hopefully getting back into the first Triune novel.

Thankfully little money is required to celebrate Christmas, because I have none left. It's going to be a quiet one this year, that's for certain!

Current Music: O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus by Selah
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November 4th, 2015
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Accelerating October
Interesting month. First my focus was on getting back into the swing of things at home and work after my brother, sister-in-law, and their kids headed for home. Got the manuscript of my first Geren book handed over to my editor, got my short story 'Renegade' posted at my Triune page, and once those tasks were done, I was able to focus most of my creative energy on writing in the first Triune novel. Delighted to get myself up to chapter 7 and past 20,000 words. I also enjoyed a couple autumn outings, and I'm very glad I headed north to Mille Lacs Lake one weekend, because the color up there was far better than in my area. Another unusually warm month, even coming into November with highs in the 60s and still no hard freeze. That has made taking down my garden a pleasantly leisurely affair!

Oct 5 - Finished chapter 1 of 'DWoT'
Oct 11 - Finished chapter 2 of 'DWoT'
Oct 18 - Finished chapter 3 of 'DWoT'
Oct 25 - Finished chapter 4 of 'DWoT'
Oct 27 - Finished chapter 5 of 'DWoT'
Oct 31 - Finished chapter 6 of 'DWoT'

As for November, the full-steam-ahead progress with the first Triune novel won't be lasting much longer. First is getting back my 'dripping-red-ink' manuscript of the first Geren novel, which will take priority with my time. I need to keep nudging some art projects ahead as well, but the latter half of the month will be occupied by a nice long trip to see family over Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to that, but my teammates at work are trying not to panic... ;)

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