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August 17th, 2019
11:26 am
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Art Post: Geren takes the stage
I found it funny that I did three illustrations in a row that all had Geren Reg-son in them, so I decided to make an art post when they were all complete. These are listed in chronological order.

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August 4th, 2019
09:43 am
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FYI the fourth!
As I expected, no way I could get through the monster fourth Geren book in a year...but a year and a half isn't bad. Today I finally finished. This is an FYI that the revised version of my fourth Geren novel is now available for anyone who read the older version and might like to read it again.

Available formats
- pdf
- epub (for Nook, Kobo, Onyx Boox, etc)
- mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

Please let me know if you want paper copies, and they will get a higher priority on my ever-lengthening purchases list!

And now for Geren book 5, the last one, at last!

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May 3rd, 2019
07:47 pm
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Awful April
So, I'm not writing this from a padded cell, not quite. A basement bedroom in a friend's house is not a padded cell, though it's far from a mansion either!

April stunk. The locals especially to the south and west would say the blizzard in mid-April did that. Those in the north would say getting buried by snow at the end of April would do that too. Everyone is annoyed by this string of gloomy rainy days when the rivers are still in flood stage from the massive snow melt. My time and energy during April was occupied with packing and with looking. I wound up retreading the path of 2016, by renting a regular and later a separate climate-controlled storage unit, both now containing most of my possessions, though my house plants are taking refuge in various places.

The month did bring bright spots: my brother flew out over Easter weekend for our great-aunt's memorial. It was great to see him and a bunch of distant relations. And I finished my art project and found it quite apt to my current situation. Slow but palpable progress with pass 7 of my fourth Geren book as well, though currently I can only squeeze in some time on bus rides or sometimes lunch breaks.

Very grateful for help from my brother and Cindy and the Towners with hauling furniture, or cleaning, or offering me a place to stay. And the Johnsons for taking in some of my plants.

April got more awful for my brother and sister-in-law with their loss around Easter. Then it got truly awful at my job. Worst day in my career by far, when a coworker in her mid-20s didn't show up for work Thursday and we find out after noon that she is dead. It's going to take all of us some time to work through this shock and tragedy and loss.

Apr 14 - Finished 'Passage 2019' book 5 illustration

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, 30% complete


As for May...it starts with a memorial service on Sunday for me, my coworkers, and many others. It also kicks off with a huge upgrade at work Saturday that will keep my team very busy for some time. It gets underway with the uncertainty of whether I will be living in the basement bedroom for two more weeks or if more upheaval will hit again. God alone knows where and how May will end...

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April 1st, 2019
07:25 pm
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Maddening March
What a ghastly month. But I should start with the not-bad first. My fellow Minnesotans were probably quite grateful to not have much snow in March, after surviving February. No surprise big storms, and it wasn't even that windy, for March. Best of all, I got the fourth Geren novel back from my editor in the latter half of the month, and I'm delighted she really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to delve into it much yet.

Nothing to show for an accomplishments list. While I did start an art project that was supposed to be 'quick,' my pc Quartus decided it wanted to take over 90 hours to render a big image, so that will be dragging on into April.

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, 3% complete


But art frustrations are just a little icing on a very big cake. Of the two huge decisions that have been looming over me for months...I got an answer to one of them in early March, and it feels like a least-desirable outcome. It leaves me completely strapped for money and bearing an unshakable sense of feeling trapped, since the tiny bit I still have must be saved for moving. Actually, it leaves me stretched on a 'rack' of my own devising. I would have loads of money, more than enough for everything I needed, if I just stopped my giving, or cut it back to a "mere" tithe. But to my conscience, doing that to bail myself out of my current debacle is faithless. It's tantamount to declaring that I don't really trust God to take care of me, so...stretched on a rack of my own devising and longing to escape but unwilling to let go.

Now my objective is preparing to move, but in which direction?

No answers at all there yet, just a wall I can't see past, or plan past. Last year, my focus was on options A, B, and C. But over the course of March I've found D, E, F, G...it goes on. I am a planner and my inability to plan much of anything past the latter part of April is driving me wild. I can't even figure out my packing strategy, since I don't know if I will have an overlap in rental locations as happened with my first two moves, a half-day gap where I have to be out by noon April 30 and can get in somewhere else May 1, or a longer gap than that where I'm 'homeless' for a while (like happened with my 2016 move). Knowing that would help me figure out how to stage my rented storage space (or even what size space I should have rented) but I don't know anything. Except that noon April 30 is when I'm gone from Gondmar.

Can't forget to mention that April is when I move at my job too, as if there wasn't enough upheaval happening already. I'm getting split up from some coworkers I've worked near for 21 years; not at all thrilled about that.

Time will show if I'll be writing my next monthly summary post from a padded cell! Obviously April will be consumed by preparing to move only-God-knows-where. Accompanied by the fun of having hurt my lower back with such fantastic timing. At least I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for the middle of April, since I seem to be adding new minor health issues on a weekly basis now. As time permits, I'll try to wade into pass 7 with the fourth Geren book, but I don't expect time to permit all that much. Just packing, not having a nervous breakdown, and hopefully getting some direction sometime so I can start looking at places...hopefully that's the agenda prior to May.

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March 1st, 2019
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Unique February
An interesting month! First and foremost, of course, was the weather. Plenty of cold and loads of snow led to it being the snowiest February on record in my area, and fourth snowiest of any winter month. Amazing, and so much fun to experience. (I have addiction issues with snow ;)

Aside from the weather, February was a waiting month for me. Some big decisions pending, but I felt led to wait until the end of the month to seek direction. However, in the midst of that came good news both with tax returns and the yearly company bonus. Best of all, I got my fourth Geren novel off to my wonderful editor, who will be working on it well into March.

Not much of a list for February, but glad I had a break between colds to squeeze in a blood donation! Unfortunately my health continues a slow decline, with what appears associated symptoms of depression and no energy. So not nearly as much got done as I'd hoped (no art at all), though taxes made up for some of the lack.

Feb 10 - First blood donation of 2019

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


At the very end of February, I gave my two month notice for moving out. That means the focus of March will be on preparing to move, while I await getting my book back from my editor. I'll continue enjoying more time for reading on the bus rides, though I might shift to editing at some point. March brings some big decisions...and who knows, maybe a little hint of oncoming spring as well...

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February 1st, 2019
07:07 pm
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Dashing December and Frustrating January
It's been an interesting two months. December was busy, of course, between wrapping up my art project for the single page calendars, working away to finish verbal edits with the fourth Geren book, while enjoying extra reading time on the bus rides. Lots of parties the week before Christmas, and then off to visit family for Christmas and New Year's. Lots and lots of wonderful food! My mom and I had a marvelous overnight trip to the Monterey area that was blessed with fantastic weather. I was in California for the first week of January as well, which provided the opportunity to take a niece and nephew to the San Francisco area on another overnight trip.

Unfortunately, I picked up a bug on the way to California, and was sick for three weeks until I finally went to urgent care. So that got January off to an annoying start, between being ill, having to miss the blood drive, and other conflicts wrecking other plans on top of that. I feel stuck in way too many aspects of my life, which also shadowed the month. Still, on the bright side, starting pass 6 with editing my fourth Geren novel meant I could contact my editor again and secure dates with her in February - March. January knew no happy medium when it came to the weather either, starting out appallingly snowless and way above average, then wrapping up with the coldest temps since 1996, back when I was in college.

So my accomplishments list, unsurprisingly, is far from great, but at least it's not empty.

Dec 5 - Finished ‘Night Music’ 2019 calendar project
Dec 23 - Jan 8 - Visiting Family
Jan 30 - Finished 'First Fall' winter wallpaper

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, 95% complete
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for February, just need to wrap up the last tweaks before I hand over Geren book 4 to my wonderful editor. Then, with the last Christmas decorations put away, hopefully I'll have the extra time to start prep-work and purging as a gear-up to moving this year. And not spend it all reading or working on art projects, though I hope to enjoy some of that as well!

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January 5th, 2019
04:58 pm
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2018 Books
Another new year means another round of moving my books list from my shouts_of_joy bio page over here to be a reference down the road. 2018 was not a good reading year, since work on the fourth Geren book took loads of time but doesn't get counted. Just 39 books, so at least I squeaked past 2016's total.

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December 31st, 2018
10:45 am
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2018
Back with the quiz I've posted yearly since 2004. I think the best word to define 2018 would be 'disappointing.' Most of the rotten things from 2017 just kept right on going, while certain good items or changes I'd been anticipating were either cancelled, delayed, or turned into letdowns. At least my rewrite of the five Geren novels keeps progressing and I'm still on track to have the entire huge project done in the space of 6-7 years (2018 being year 4). And yes, I celebrated my 25th anniversary since first meeting t'DoL in February and throughout the year, and that proved one big bright spot.

Now to discover if some of the big changes I've been anticipating will strike in 2019...

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December 1st, 2018
09:31 am
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Chilly October and Nice November
Amazing to realize that it is December already. Parts of October and November felt very fast indeed. Despite my unimpressive accomplishments list below, a lot happened over the past two months. The past two cold months, I should clarify...a bit of October felt like November and a fair bit of November felt like December! A lot of wet, wind, and cold made for a less-than-stellar fall, but thanks to the Towners letting me use the minivan, I was able to get out a few times to enjoy it--a big blessing. I took a course on the Wilderness by Messenger International which was fantastic and challenging, and also started receiving prayer counseling on some Wednesday nights, as part of my very long quest to get through whatever's blocking me from getting out of the wilderness of the past 12+ years.

Editing progress with the fourth Geren novel proceeded quite well, so that I enter December a trifle past my schedule...and on track to hopefully start working with my wonderful editor in February (that thanks to a huge prayer request answered near the end of November). My planned art projects had to decrease from three to two, but at least I finally finished my big illustration I started in February and had it printed on metal to hang in my bedroom, then resumed work on the illustration for both my latest story and next year's calendar. And I got to celebrate both 25.75 years, t'DoL's birthday, and Thanksgiving in the space of a week!

Oct 27 - Finished 'Relentless' 25th anniversary commemorative picture
Nov 11 - Third blood donation of 2018

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 In Progress, 83% complete
Pass 6 Thorough review with different font and page layout not yet started
Pass 7 Final sweeps not yet started


As for December, rushing full-tilt to finish my 2019 full-page calendar illustration along with pass 5 in the fourth Geren novel. Besides that, time to put up the decorations and get ready for a nice long trip to visit family over the holidays. Can't forget shopping, parties, Christmas music! I'm also itching to do more illustrations with the Wolf Lord in them, so if time permits, maybe I can start the next one...

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October 28th, 2018
04:47 pm
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Timing is Everything: Autumn 2018
This was not the best of autumns. Weeks of gloomy, cloudy, then rainy weather starting at the end of September, meant that most of the poplars (cottonwoods, quaking aspens, and bigtooth aspens) had their leaves turn greyish brown and die on the trees in too many cases. The ash trees looked strange, with a combination of green, yellow, and shriveled dead brown leaves on their boughs. Then, as the skies finally cleared, the winds came in and tried to rip the leaves down as soon as they got colorful. Or so it felt.

But, blessed by the loan of the wonderful Towner's minivan, I got out a few times. Down to Red Wing for the Fall Festival of the Arts before peak color, grateful the sun broke out for a little while as I was hiking around the top of Barn Bluff. Then I hit perfect timing the morning of the 21st, to get to Lebanon Hills just a little after dawn and capture that wonderful golden light. Visited Thomas Lake Park the next evening to try to enjoy more color from the oaks (and tamaracks!). Not much left for leaves by the 28th after more rain and crazy winds--but the oaks were stubborn and held on, and seeing a not-quite-mature bald eagle sitting in a tree made up for the sparseness of remaining autumn color. Some adult bald eagles and other raptors were soaring about as well, but I was too far away to get good photos of the migrating swans, coots, and various ducks on the river.

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Fading too fast, as always, but so glad I was able to get out a few times and enjoy it!

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October 1st, 2018
05:55 am
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Speedy September
Fall is finally here! My boss said we must have all fallen asleep for a week, this month went so fast, and I think I agree with her. But despite how crazy quick it felt, at least I managed an accomplishments list! Finished writing the short story I'd been struggling with since July, and also finished a quickie art project. Geren book 4 editing is proceeding fairly nicely--I'm up to the insanity-inducing slow check with editing software, but delighted to find that this version of the software works better than the previous. The Towners wonderful spare minivan took a trip up to Superior for three weeks to help out some of their family, but to my surprise and delight, came back right at the end of September.

Sept 13 - Second blood donation of 2018
Sept 15 - Finished writing 'The Lark and the Lion'
Sept 23 - Finished 'Where Are You?' sidebar and Twitter images
Sept 24 - Finished 'Where Are You?' wallpaper image

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, 62% 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 October, I've got three art projects I want to work on this fall, two of them in progress. Work has been increasingly crazy and is liable to remain that way. I'm hoping to get out to enjoy the autumn at least a little bit. I also want to wrap up pass 4 of the fourth Geren book edits...and that will bring me to pass 5, which means reading 190,000 words out loud. So that will alter my schedule quite a bit, but should provide a chance to polish 'Lark and Lion' and maybe even do a little reading for fun...

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September 1st, 2018
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Awkward August
Another crazy fast month. More down than up, particularly with summer depression wearing away at my health. Fortunately, while work has been busy, my overdrained brain did not have to build anything super complicated this month.

Alas, a nonexistant accomplishments list for August, but I really did make some progress. Like I said last month, can't keep three balls rolling too well; four is impossible. The story I'm writing has been a big struggle all the way, but it's approaching the end. Art progress has been very fitful. Once again, Geren book 4 is proceeding well, actually a bit ahead of my estimated schedule. Probably because there are some sections where I can't stop!

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, 24% 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


Thankfully, September brings the beginning of fall, which includes weather cool enough to finally get good sleep--at some point! I hope to finish the short story, keep plugging away at pass 4, and hopefully start making more progress with art. Oh yes, September 2 also brings me to one year without a car. But it doesn't feel like an anniversary, with the Towner's older minivan essentially 'stranded' at my place since neither of them can drive at present. I'm very grateful to have it!

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August 1st, 2018
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Jumping July
Well, that was a fast month. It brought some blessings, too. Nothing got worse than the prior three months, a couple small details got better, and my area was blessed by some low-humidity cooler-than-average weather in the second half of July which I greatly appreciated. I got a projector to replace my tv (since I guess I haven't watched 'live' tv at home since 9/11). I am loving it. No more hailstorms or aphid plagues, and the portable AC is keeping me functional. My attempts at getting three balls rolling have not been good; seems like I can only manage two reliably. But I did make good progress with Geren book 4 revisions, and I also finally started writing a story.

July 12 - First blood donation of 2018
July 21 - Started writing 'The Lark and the Lion'

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, 65% 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


Thankfully, August brings the last full month of summer, lots of farmers market goodies, and culminates with the wonderful Minnesota State Fair. I hope to keep at it with editing and writing, and maybe more training/project progress too, when it's not so short-staffed at work.

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July 2nd, 2018
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Jagged June
Another awful month. Too much heartache, too many setbacks, and too much depression. Got my pcs running how I want at last, and sometimes I even have a little time...but now I'm too depressed to work on art projects. Oh, the irony!

My garden got hit by a hailstorm and then overrun by a plague of aphids. That's been fun. And my TV broke, so now I get to do my exercise while watching episodes on my computer monitor instead, which is much smaller.

There are always the bright sides. I got to borrow the Towners's minivan for nearly two weeks around my birthday, which was a big blessing. And at least dysthymia helps mitigate some of my summer seasonal depression symptoms. I'm really enjoying the fact I haven't had any anxiety issues yet this summer. And since my area of the state is already at 9 days of over 90 degrees and just barely missed hitting 100 on the 29th, I'm glad my portable air conditioner is working and earning its keep. I'm past caring what my electric bill looks like!

Also glad that I made good progress in June with pass 2 of book 4 revisions. The project, not so much, since I keep finding more I have to learn and plan, and it's hard to find time to focus on it. I did manage a bit of training over lunch breaks, thanks to LinkedIn Learning.

June 7 - Second platelet donation of 2018

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions In Progress, 71% 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 July, that's always been a grit-my-teeth-and-just-survive sort of month, especially when there's no vacation pending. Attempt to stay cool, try to get some good sleep, and keep inching forward on various fronts. I would love to get to August with three balls rolling instead of two, but time will tell...

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June 30th, 2018
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Congratulations!
Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law on the birth of their tenth baby! Yes, that is double digits!

Jonathan David
8 pounds, 4 ounces
20 inches long
June 30, 2018 at 2:30 am

And off to a great start making mom miss out on sleep! ;)

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June 1st, 2018
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Fractured April and Muddling May
The last two months have really stunk. It all kicked into high gear on April 6. That was the day I was going to start moving files from my old pc Tertius to its successor, Quartus. Instead, Tertius decided to 'retire' a little early. Thus ensued a very expensive battle, in both money and particularly time, to get my files from Tertius, get Quartus up and running, try and fail to repair Tertius, spend far too much of my life messing with BIOS menus, have to purchase parts and software multiple times, buy an OS, buy a new hard drive, buy cords to read from a broken hard drive, read all sort of advice on the internet, get a replacement for Tertius, cannibalize parts from Tertius, be forced to switch emails and start updating way too many accounts, lose easy access to all my old emails, and pretty much make no progress with anything truly meaningful.

Life was rotten. No creative progress, no art project in motion, no big enough blocks of free time to do book 4 revisions, and definitely no writing progress. My soul already felt like it had shriveled into dead dust by how awful 2017 was (leaving aside the wounds of 2007 onward), and then this fun came along. Nor was that the sum of it. No car, no way to get out to parks, but little reason to attempt it either, because my lovely state decided to skip spring. April went from a super cold month with a monster blizzard in the middle, to May, which started hot and then ended with a unprecedented 6 days in a row of 90+ temps (and one day likely hit 100) and became the second-warmest May on record. Or as the meteorologist put it, we had two Marches and two Junes this year.

At least I had a blessed reprieve in the form of visiting family in California, though it was not the sort of trip to bestow mountains or long hikes. I'm grateful I was able to not spend all that time thinking about the computer war and do special outings with nieces and nephews.

Needless to say, accomplishments were abysmal, unless staying quasi-sane counts as such.

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions In Progress, 33% 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


So now comes the real June and horrible summer in full, and how I feel is that I'm effectually dead, even if I do technically still have a pulse, collect a paycheck, and pay taxes.

And at least, though I'm now probably approaching $800 over budget with all that's gone wrong, I do finally have Quartus and all its needed software purchased and installed, and Sidekick (the replacement for Tertius) is set up well enough that Quartus is siloed from the internet. If I can scrounge up any time or inner strength, I could go full-bore into art projects again, with only the non-existent Vue website and store to keep me from being able to pursue any project I want.

My big project that I started on in March and hoped to unveil in June has to be rebuilt from the ground up, but at least the delay gave me a little space for some extra training during recent lunch breaks. And I was blessed that I could sequester 7+ hours on Memorial Day just to do book 4 revisions, so at least that ball has the potential to keep rolling.

I'm glad to have things to anticipate. A special event getaway in early June, and just maybe my big 25th anniversary celebration gift will be finished in June as well. Oh yes, and turning 43.

Hopefully that's enough to keep the depression I'm flirting with from getting any stronger, and hopefully life can begin to move in the direction of being something more like life again. I'm very grateful for Starfish (my netbook) in this whole mess, and intensely grateful for my portable air conditioner. Trying to brace for a horrifically warm summer in which I won't want to go many places even if I did have a car.

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April 2nd, 2018
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Middling March
Lots of things in progress for March, a few more projects started, but not much of anything got finished, as shown below. And that includes winter, if the snowfall due tomorrow is any indication! Art projects wound up getting put on hold because most of what I want to do requires a less-elderly computer or time I can't spare. I'm pleased that I made fantastic progress with Geren book 4, getting pass 1 finished and pass 2 started.

Tax refunds made their most welcome appearance, which meant I got to purchase my long-anticipated new desktop and saw it delivered at the very end of the month. Also got rolling with a large, time-consuming project I've been wanting to start since a year ago. It requires a great deal of learning and will hopefully be somewhat presentable in June.

Mar 24 - First platelet donation of 2018

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions COMPLETE!
Pass 2 Major edits and revisions In Progress, 5% 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 April, that will be half a month at home, and half a month visiting family. Spring might eventually decide to show up, too! (Probably after I leave.) Work will start bringing some challenging projects and hopefully some finish lines (and celebrating?) with the big Canada implementations that have been spread out since last year. I hope to keep working at Geren book 4 pass 2 when time permits, but getting my new desktop up and running will be a big priority, and hopefully resuming some art projects as well. Whatever happens, I expect it will feel a very quick month and May will be breathing down my neck far too soon...

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March 1st, 2018
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Fine February
February of 2018 was definitely special. I really enjoyed my eleven days off to celebrate 25 years since first 'meeting' t'DoL, even if I was also surprised by how much I didn't find the time to do! At least I got the essays written, which I will cherish in the future, and I also (finally) completed the review of first three Geren books, the pdfs and eBooks made or remade, and my (late) announcement posted. At last. Lots of feasting happened too, along with extra exercise to make up for it!

Best of all, I got a short story written, my 25th anniversary story! Had some fun with small 'unscheduled' art projects as well, and finally dove into the Geren book 4 revisions. And got fabulous news from my employer with the yearly bonus, though taxes aren't done yet.

Feb 10 - Started writing 'Relentless'
Feb 17 - Finished Mastersword wallpaper image
Feb 19 - Finished writing 'Relentless'
Feb 22 - Finished Mastersword LJ avatar and movie

Pass 1 Highlight/comment potential edits & revisions In Progress, 19% 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 March, much of it may be devoured by book 4 revisions, not just because that's top priority, but because I get sucked in by parts of the book when I reach them! I'd like to keep working on some art projects, such as the illustration for 'Relentless,' but book 4 might just be too engaging at times. I do hope to get 'Relentless' (the story) cleaned up and ready for readers at some point in March.

March is a milestone month in a sense since it gets me to half a year of being carless. I hope to do my taxes and get into shopping for a new desktop in earnest, though I might not get Quartus until late March or April. March also brings the first stirrings of spring, which will make getting around easier, eventually!

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February 19th, 2018
01:22 pm
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A belated FYI, finally!
Running later than late this year--didn't manage to finish in January. But I finally finished. This is an FYI that the revised version of my third Geren novel is now available for anyone who read the older version and might like to read it again. I've also made some very minor tweaks and cosmetic changes to the first two Geren novels.

Available formats
- pdf
- epub (for Nook, Kobo, Onyx Boox, etc)
- mobi (for Amazon Kindle)

Please let me know if you want paper copies, and they will get a higher priority on my ever-lengthening purchases list!

And now for Geren book 4...and that will NOT get finished in a year unless I really do find a time-turner!

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February 17th, 2018
12:00 pm
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25 Years


After a week of celebrating (or more accurately, trying to get through even half of the items on my want-to-do list) the long-anticipated day has finally arrived!

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