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It never rains, but it pours

I have not been posting lately, except for the onslaught of September birthday greetings. Things are just kind of all happening at once around here.

(1) My novel writing stalled out. I realized I had too much material for one book a while back, so I decided to plan for a trilogy. But then I didn't outline books 2 or 3, and lately, I've found all the stuff I should have moved out of book 1 creeping back into book 1. So I am taking time out to outline all three books. In the meantime, the novel 1 second draft ground to a halt. Trying to get back to that.

(2) Wanting to write other stuff besides aforementioned novel, I decided to take an online writing course through a local college. It started September 3rd. I am trying to keep my A-student, decades-of-writing-experience ego out of this, because it's been a LOOOONG time since I was a student, and the main challenge for me in this course is finding the student mindset again. Learning, not teaching, getting assignments done instead of bitching that I don't have the time. And courage, courage to let other people read my writing while it's still raw, and without the very act of making it public change what I write about. These have all been problems in the past for me.

In other words, my goal is just to pass the class, not get an "A." I am hoping writing classes will push me to be more interactive and social with my writing, allowing more feedback and motivation for more small projects unrelated to the Novel that Won't End.

(3) I recently got a new dentist, who insisted on fresh x-rays. So this fun week, I had a root canal on Monday, after which the endodontist said he would not give me a permanent crown until after I had the wisdom tooth next to it (the cracked one) pulled. So this morning, I had that tooth pulled. It was quick and non-eventful, except for the pre-procedure jitters and the--ouch, damn!--local anesthetic injections.

(4) I'm getting really tired of eating soft foods. I've been doing that all week. I think if I see another mashed potato, it will end up on someone's face. Still, pasta and apple sauce and soup's still the food plan for at least another three days.

(5) On Monday--yes, the same day as the root canal--the Phoenix area had a record rain storm, most of which landed squarely in the Tempe/Guadulupe area. In other words, my stomping grounds. I have been putting off a roof recoating for months because it never rains in Arizona. Monday, I had leaks in at least three windows and two roof lines. So now I have a wee-hours appointment next week for the roofers to inspect it and give me an estimate.

Dentist bills. Home maintenance bills. Tuition bills. And the giant Time Suck of Everything. Please to be stopping the world, I want to get off for a day or two? Thnks.Bye.


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Sep. 12th, 2014 07:22 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping life--or at least writing and teeth--gets better quick! Also weather...
Sep. 12th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
The weather issues came and went in a day. We don't get weather here. 364 days of the year, anyway. But when we do, kazow!

Teeth issues are moving along. T plus 5 hours and counting since tooth extraction, and all seems well (so far). Except for my desperate need for chocolate and alcohol, which is more work-related than surgery-related and are both apparent no-nos for the next three days.
Sep. 12th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
I glad the dental issues went smoothly.

Congrats on the course!

I wondered if the rain hit you hard. Hopefully the roof issues will go smoothly too.
Sep. 12th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they will go smoothly, but not looking forward to the bill.

Sep. 12th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
I have been putting off a roof recoating for months because it never rains in Arizona. Monday, I had leaks in at least three windows and two roof lines.

I sympathize completely. I had to get some roof repairs a couple years ago. Seemed like I could put it off and put it off, but it did catch up with me.

It's still amazing to me how weather works here in the area. Sky Harbor got it's most rain ever and that wasn't anywhere near what your neighborhood got.
Sep. 12th, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I am ten minutes from Sky Harbor.

It was funny, Monday I had to go into work like every other non-student schmuck. I saw NO flooding anywhere up Guadalupe road, my commute, except one gutter about 3/4ths of the way to work, and oh, right, the lake in front of *MY* driveway.

I almost started renting kayaks, but it was gone by 6 PM.
Sep. 13th, 2014 04:20 am (UTC)
good luck with all of it
Sep. 13th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
Real life takes up so much time! I haven't been posting much either because it's been such a busy summer. Hopefully it will slow down, although there hasn't been any sign of that yet.
Like you say, never rains but it pours. Good luck with the course, hope you find it worthwhile!
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