Monday, March 26, 2012

Continued Home Repairs

Spring cleaning has taken on a new meaning in my home this past week. As many of you may be aware, my home flooded three weeks ago. In my last post, I spoke about home repairs. This last week, I was on Spring Break, and let me tell you, there was no resting. With my in-laws in town, we pulled up carpet, sanded base boards, cleaned them and painted them. My father-in-law took down all 21 of our doors, sanded them and painted them while my husband and I sanded, cleaned, taped and painted the door frames. This took eight hours a day and nine days to complete. We are exhausted and still have one room left to paint the base boards. In the meantime, we are waiting for our new carpet to arrive and be installed. In two weeks, our house will look like brand new.

As for the rest of the spring cleaning, I went through every room and closet and purged. It was wonderful loading my car and donating what we don't use. Each day was a new trip filled with toys, clothes, books, and other non-essentials. But more importantly, while purging my house, I purged myself. I cleaned out the cobwebs forming in my mind trapping all thoughts of self-doubt. I'm feeling much more like my early self. I'm hopeful once again. I want to relish in this and enjoy as long as I can. I can't say I'm writing again, but I am welcoming the thoughts once again. I'm not diving in right away, but it's coming. I have eight more weeks of school and then I may be indulging in the sound of my fingers typing on the keyboard. Who knows what the future holds, but I do know I'm going to focus on one thing...being happy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Home Repairs

My life has been taken over by home repairs thanks to our recent water issue.  We have decided to replace all of the carpeting in the house, which won't take place for a couple of weeks, but woo-hoo, I'm excited. This weekend my husband and his father have been replacing the baseboards which were torn out, and now we have been busy sanding, filling holes, and starting painting trim molding. The only problem is that now we have to do the whole house so that it matches.

Once the above is done, I know what comes next...the doors. And inevitably the walls. This process is back breaking and tiresome, but the house will look so much better after it's done.

As for writing, that's completely on the back burner. I think this flood was His way of telling me it's time for an official break. I know I said before I was stopping for a while, but I ultimately kept going back to it. Now, I just don't have the time.  Between repairs and work, I'm swamped and exhausted. I have eight more weeks of school and then I am free once again for two months. Perhaps I will start writing then. I really had some feelers out, but it didn't come to fruition. I've started thinking about epubbing again, but who knows. As I said, time is not plentiful.

Anyway, I am off to dinner. My wonderful mother-in-law has cooked lasagna from scratch, and it smells delicious. Good night. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Make Lemonade

So, some of you may already know this, but my house flooded on Friday. I came home from work to find the dink sink in my laundry room turned on and two towels in the sink disallowing it to drain. We think the cats did it.  Anyway, I am guessing it ran all day because when I got home from work, there was about an inch of standing water throughout my house. Thankfully about half of my house is tile, but the bedrooms (four of them) are carpet. We immediately called insurance and within an hour there was a water mitigation crew arrived and they worked quickly to clean it up. We were in a hotel for three nights, and are now back in the house - thank goodness. There is damage, but it could be worse. While we wait for the repairs to begin, I am making the most of the situation and going one room at a time, purging the unused toys, clothes, shoes, books, etc. I have to be proactive, or I might go crazy. Any personal time is gone, so even if I wanted to write, I can't. Being served lemons is such an understatement at the present time. The same day my house flooded, I woke to news that I lost a writing contest. Honestly, there were probably hundreds of entries, so I'm not surprised. I'm one week away from spring break, and it can't come soon enough. There is so much work to be done at home, but I still have to go to work every day. My children have been through a lot.

Lemonade is all I can do. I can't allow this to define me. I have to be strong for the family. We need to pick new carpet out for two rooms, and live with concrete under the carpet for the time being. My laundry is out of control, but I'm tackling it today. I don't know how people survive floods where they lose everything. I'm considerably lucky and the minimal amount of damage as is.

As far as my writing goes, I know I said I wasn't going to anymore, but let's be realistic...I can run from it but I can't hide. I just don't have the time. The things I once saw as being a big deal are now not so big anymore. I have to focus on my kids and our home. I can't think about me. I don't want to dwell any longer.

Anyway, that's an update on me. My message to you all is when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. We need to be able to see the silver lining or we drown.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Still Writing - slowly

Ok, I admit I've been writing. My new WIP is out with a beta, unfinished, but getting closer. I reached 91 pages last night. It's dark to say the least. I started it in a dark place, and figured I need to finish it. I put it aside for a solid two months, and when I came back to it, I had to reread to get caught up. I can honestly say, I couldn't remember what I had written. Don't get me wrong the ideas were/are still in my head, but the details were already gone. Anyway, as I read it, there were parts that genuinely choked me up. It's hard reading such emotion and not getting swept away in it all over again.

I'm enjoying the process, though. I have another third of the book to write once revisions are done, and those will be taking place as soon as I get the feedback. I'm trying my hardest not to think about publishing, but I do wonder if it's too dark for the YA market. If it is, oh well. At least I can say I have another completed manuscript under my belt. I read somewhere that it takes 750,000 words before you write solid stuff. That being said, I think I'm at about 400k if you count all of my short stories along with various version of manuscripts. That has definitely given some perspective to the whole process. Ultimately, one day, I will reach that word count.

Well that's it for my update. I am off to grade 90 literary analysis papers. It won't happen in a single night, but I do have a deadline. Have a wonderful evening.