I’ve got a lot of crap going on in my life just now, but, in reality, everything is okay. There are some things that I’m worried about, but everything is okay. Right now everything is okay.
I wake up in the morning and forget to be anxious for a while but it creeps back in. I’ve found that messing around on my phone makes it worse. Thinking about this ridiculous presidential election makes me anxious. Thinking about food makes me anxious.
I’ve had enough!
I think the thing I have to do is ask the doctor to increase my anti-depressant dosage since I know it helps with anxiety. Maybe I need a new drug. I’ve been on this one for 15 years after all. I’ve got to do something because living like this is not living. Living like this could cause an MS relapse. I can’t have that!
And why am I not doing yoga? Why am not meditating?
I know that everything is okay and that things will work out fine. Right now everything is okay. It really is.
Each day is better than the one before. My stomach is not much of a problem anymore. My foggy headedness is cleared. I started working on the essay again.
I’ve been using this coloring app on my iPhone and iPad called Recolor. Coloring books for adults are all the rage now. It’s therapeutic. I’m sure coloring digitally doesn’t offer the same benefits of coloring by hand, but using the app is really fun. Here’s an article that discusses coloring’s benefits.
Here are some of my masterpieces. I’m quite fond of shades of blue.
I’m at a doctor appointment with Dad; just a routine follow-up for the formerly cancerous kidney.
The doc is taking forever to come in, so we’re waiting in the exam room.
I have my Kindle, and I’m in the middle of Alice Close Your Eyes. Reading this book is making me want to write. When I connect with a book I’m reading I tend to start thinking in its rhythm and style. That’s happening now.
It’s difficult to write at home. I don’t have a comfortable, ergonomically sound place to sit with my laptop.
It occurred to me that if I want to blog, I may have to take advantage of the WordPress iPhone app. I’m using it now.
So I set this aside for a few hours. Now I’m back. The news on the kidney is good. Hurray for Dad!
After that appointment, I took Cammie, our chihuahua, to the vet. The news was not good for her. I’ll post on that another time.
The point of this post is this; I need to write anytime I can. The iPhone helps me to do that.
I don’t like it when a holiday happens in the middle of the work week. On Wednesday, I kept thinking it was Friday. Thursday felt like Saturday, and then like Sunday. I even thought for a few moments that Thursday was Monday. I was ready to gather the trash for Tuesday’s pick up.
I would have taken today off, but I don’t get days off. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I’m not bitter.
I was quite productive today. I worked on a screencast tutorial, with Adobe Captivate 6, about using the search feature on Box.com.
When you want to demonstrate how search works in an application, you need to have some documents to search. I spent a lot of time creating dummy documents for my search demo. I wonder if there is a place where you can download a bunch of random Word documents for use in projects like these.
That’s what I did all day. It was nice and quiet in the building because people decided to make it a four-day weekend. Sometimes I like the quiet, and sometimes I feel better when lots of people are around.
I remembered to call my insurance agent about our hail-damaged roof, but he wasn’t in. I left a message. I prefer talking to voice mail. I’ve always been a bit phone phobic.
On the topic of blogging:
I’m thinking of having theme days to make this blog seem like less of a hodge podge. I definitely need a regular content curation feature. I’ll have to give it some more thought.
I think I could go on and on, but I’ve got other things to do, and miles to go before I sleep. I don’t really have miles to go, but I was feeling poetic.
I’m addicted to Pinterest. That’s not what I’m going to write about, but I just wanted to say it.
I’m going to outline my “plan” for getting through NaNoWriMo. I put plan in quotations marks because what I’m going to do is probably not what you’re supposed to do when you set out the write a novel. I’m not going to create a detailed outline, and I don’t have a solid plot in mind (although I do have a vague idea for the plot). I’m going to invent characters with names and intriguing back stories. Somehow I’m expecting these characters to meet each other during the course of the novel and do amazing things together. My goal is to get 50,000 words out of my brain and onto the screen. When I’m done, I’ll have the option to rework all of those words into a novel that makes sense, or break it up into short stories, or just never look at it again.
I do have a character named Sheila that has come up in my writing before. At one time, she was supposed to be a young woman who somehow stumbled into solving mysteries in the fictional town of Brandlesburg, Ohio. That idea fizzled out. I had a character who was a librarian in a small town. I think he was going to have a love affair and solve a crime. I can’t remember his name. Sometimes names come to me, and those names seem to have stories behind them. I’ve had a few of those recently, but I didn’t write them down, so I don’t remember. One is a guy called Carlo. He’s an African-American who has somehow disappointed his parents. Maybe he’s gay. Maybe he’s a dancer. I would know if I had written it down.
So, if there’s a lesson to take home from this post, it would be “write things down!” You could even use your mobile device and jot things down using your favorite notetaking app. I use Evernote. I can create a note on my iPhone or iPad and have it sink to the “the cloud”. Then, if I want to see the note on my desktop computer at home, or at work, or anywhere there’s Internet access, I can. I recommend Evernote, but I haven’t tried anything else so take my word with a grain of salt.
So that’s my plan-ish thing. 50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1,666.66667 words a day. This post right now is 410 words. That means that I can do it!
Here’s a picture of a typewriter to symbolize writing. I won’t be using one of theses.